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Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor contracts the virus
 By News on the Net   --Medical News


Toward an oral therapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease — using a cancer drug
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

Currently, no cure exists for Alzheimer’s disease, the devastating neurological disease affecting more than 5 million Americans. But scientists are now reporting new progress on a set of compounds, initially developed for cancer treatment, that shows promise as a potential oral therapy for Alzheimer’s. Their study appears in ACS’ Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

Detecting concussion-related brain disease in its earliest stages
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

Autopsies have shown that some high-profile athletes who suffered repeated blows to the head during their careers have unusual protein clumps in their brains. Those clumps suggest the athletes had a disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Now, scientists are working on tests that might be able to detect CTE in its earliest stages, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

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Rosemary and oregano contain diabetes-fighting compounds
 By American Chemical Society

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists report. In their new study published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait.

What Critics Won’t Admit About Vitamins and Minerals
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Are vitamin supplements safe? Do vitamins work? Are they necessary? Do they contain dangerous impurities? And, is what’s on the label actually in the vitamin? Lately, newspaper headlines have unleashed a rash of criticism about vitamins. But as England’s Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once remarked, “It is easier to be critical than right”. What critics don’t admit can be very misleading.

Medical Tidbits
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

It’s summertime and the living is easy” is a favourite expression at this time of year. But health hazards don’t care what month it is. You can stub your toe at any time. And, for instance, how many parents worry that their children face a hazard simply by brushing their teeth, summer or winter? Can a roller coaster ride cause more than thrills? Can binge drinking result in more than a hangover? And, in summer, never mess around with 300,000,000 volts.

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Gazan children receive life-saving treatment in Tel Aviv
 By Guest Column

As missiles rained down on a growing number of Israeli communities this morning and Israel launched a major operation against Gaza, four young children from Gaza were making their way to Holon for lifesaving heart treatment.

Tiny DNA pyramids enter bacteria easily — and deliver a deadly payload
 By American Chemical Society

Bacterial infections usually announce themselves with pain and fever but often can be defeated with antibiotics — and then there are those that are sneaky and hard to beat. Now, scientists have built a new weapon against such pathogens in the form of tiny DNA pyramids. Published in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, their study found the nanopyramids can flag bacteria and kill more of them than medicine alone.

Defending Cows
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

“Don’t buy any more butter”, I told my wife many years ago. I was a naïve young doctor at that time and I believed my cardiologist who advised the use of margarine instead to prevent heart attack. But this dutiful switch did not last long. Later, as a not-so- naïve-medical-journalist, I questioned my cardiologist’s reasoning. Now, the cows are having the last laugh.

Bioelectronics could lead to a new class of medicine
 By American Chemical Society

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That’s the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made enough promising advances to draw a big investment by a pharmaceutical giant, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

How to age successfully with diabetes
 By Guest Column

By 2050, one quarter of the people in the world will be over 60 years old. Unfortunately, as baby-boomers age they are more susceptible to conditions such as type 2 diabetes, which is on the rise worldwide.

White bread helps boost some of the gut’s ‘good’ microbes
 By American Chemical Society

White-bread lovers take heart. Scientists are now reporting that this much-maligned food seems to encourage the growth of some of our most helpful inhabitants — beneficial gut bacteria. In addition to this surprising find, their study in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry also revealed that when looking at effects of food on our “microbiomes,” considering the whole diet, not just individual ingredients, is critical.

Lasers to Regenerate Teeth?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Over 400 years ago, Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, realized the importance of sound teeth. Don Quixote said, “For I would have you know, Sancho, that a mouth without molars is like a mill without a stone, and a tooth is more precious than a diamond.”

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