February 2016

Current strategies in reconstruction of facial elements and the skull have severe limitations and are highly challenging at best. For the first time, stem cells unique to the bones of the face and head have been isolated offering great promise in using stem cells for craniofacial restoration. Click here to read more.

From the Office of Women’s Health, a 51 year old healthcare professional shares her pivotal personal experience with a surprising, life-threatening diagnosis. Seemingly in perfect health and doing all the “right things”, she looked for a reason for some unusual but not debilitating symptoms. Life-style, habits and labs all seemed to point to her symptoms being benign. Click here to read more.

Copper can make a significant difference worldwide in protecting us from the spread of resistant MRSA infections. MRSA is notoriously resilient and is easily transmitted via droplets or germs on surfaces that have been contaminated by touching. We are all likely to come in contact with these surfaces in the public places we frequent.  MRSA has been demonstrated to be so rapidly destroyed when in contact with copper, it has no chance of breeding or mutating. Click here to read more. 

Functional ear, bone and muscle have been created using the advanced 3D-bioprinting technology called the Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing system, or ITOP, developed by the research team at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is great news after years of disappointing results from the promising sector of tissue and organ replication and replacement. The new technology creates an environment that sustains the cells, supports cell growth and successfully promotes tissue, vessel and nerve formation. This opens doors to personalized tissue generation in the future.  Click here to read more.

The sugar, SQ, found in green leafy vegetables, may prove to be a multi-faceted boon! Made by photosynthesis, we consume SQ every time we eat our greens such as kale and spinach. This sugar is promising to be an important factor in maintaining healthy gut bacteria and good digestive health while preventing the growth of bad bacteria. SQ is unusual as it is the only sugar containing sulfur, an essential component for life, and allows the good bacteria to thrive. This is possible through the use of an enzyme, YihQ, produced by the good E. coli which a key bacterial colonizer needed by our gut. The discovery of this enzyme is leading to the possibility of developing new antibiotics to fight the bad bugs such as Salmonella and the harmful E. coli. Click here to read more.

So famously quoted, "The eyes are the windows to the soul", so too, "Your teeth are the windows to your health." Our mouths are the reflection of our bodies.  Dentists are on the front line when it comes to treating patients' overall wellbeing.  Information about a patient's health can be seen just by looking into his or her mouth. Assessing one's oral health may require identifying and diagnosing an underlying health issue that is creating problems in the mouth. Not only can the oral problem be treated and avoid recurrence, but the patient can be directed to get the proper care for serious conditions possibly existing elsewhere in the body. Click here to read more.

The Taser stun gun has become the popular less-lethal weapon of choice by police departments across the U.S.  Over 2 million citizens have been Tased by police in the past decade.  However, new research exposes the detrimental effects of the 50,000 volt Taser on the ability of the suspect to remember and process information.  This shock may severely limit the suspect's ability to comprehend their situation, remember events and to understand their rights at the point of arrest. With the Taser's potential impact on decision-making faculties, serious questions are raised regarding the timing of interrogations by police and protecting an individual's "due process rights." Click here to read more.

Studies are suggesting that moderate consumption of chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development and may lower the risks of preeclampsia. Enjoy 30g a day and be rewarded with all the perks chocolate has to offer!  Its flavanols have been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular problems and lower cholesterol.  Click here to read more.

It might be the lure of the glimmering lights and sounds coming from the casinos that actually entice you to keep you playing. Research confirms that the flashing lights and noise associated with casinos are enormous cues for encouraging risky behavior and problem gambling. They have illustrated the strong effects of the environmental sensory input has on holding attention and choosing disadvantageous risky options.  Click here for more information.

Zika virus is a mild disease if contracted but has serious concerns.  It is spreading globally very rapidly. There is a possible link to birth defects and the neurological disorder Guillian-Barre Syndrome.  It may be sexually transmitted as well as by vector.  There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.  It thrives in populated environments, breeds in minute amounts of standing water and has become resistent to insecticides. Click here to read more