Monthly Archives: February 2012

Ultrasound Offers Painless Contraception For Men

Therapeutic ultrasound, which can be used to increase the temperature of a specific area of issue, appears to be effective as a contraceptive technique for men.


Lactose Intolerance: A Diagnostic Fad

Just as clothing styles come in and out of fashion, diagnoses go through fads as well. One such fad diagnosis is lactose intolerance, which is sometimes blamed for everything from hyperactivity to joint pain.

Qualcomm is Building a Digital Human Brain

During the President’s Lecture Series at San Diego State University two weeks ago, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs said that the company is building a digital human brain.

Alzheimer’s Disease Spreads through the Brain

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center recently published data showing that abnormal tau protein, a key feature observed in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, spreads between connected and vulnerable neurons.

Eating Behavior May Be Influenced By Dining Companions

A new study demonstrates that diners mimic the eating patterns of their dining companions, matching them bite-for-bite.

Portable “Life and Activity Monitor” Records Vital Signs

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of California at San Diego have designed a miniature vital statistics monitor that is not only small and inexpensive to make, but is also capable of monitoring vitals from inside a pocket.

Study Identifies Likely Mechanism Underlying Resveratrol Activity

National Institutes of Health researchers and their colleagues have identified how resveratrol, a naturally occurring chemical found in red wine and other plant products, may confer its health benefits.

Embryonic Stem Cells Improve Vision Of Blind Patients

Researchers at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and colleagues have successfully used specialized retinal cells derived from human embryonic stem cells to improve the vision of two legally blind patients.

Just Because It Isn’t Sweet … Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Sugar

From a nutritional perspective, is a spoonful of white rice more like a spoonful of sugar or a spoonful of brown rice?

Heart Conditions Don’t Just Affect Older Adults

How much do you know about the condition of your heart? Heart health awareness typically focuses on heart disease in older adults, but what if you could be at risk for cardiac arrest and sudden death even though you are young and in shape?