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Message 54838 - Posted: 22 May 2012 | 19:48:27 UTC

Neurosurgery Restores Quadriplegic Use of Hands

Several years after suffering a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down and cost him the use of his hands, a 71-year-old quadriplegic has regained the use of his thumb, index finger, and middle finger and is able to perform tasks like feeding himself and writing with assistance. This was achieved thanks to a pioneering procedure to reroute the nerves in his arm and restore communication between his brain and hand. Since the neural pathway between the patient’s brain and upper arm remained intact following the accident, connecting a nerve in his upper arm to one of the nerves leading to his hand restored his ability to pinch and grip things with his fingers

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Message 54899 - Posted: 24 May 2012 | 1:31:07 UTC

73-Year-Old Woman Summits Everest for Second Time

Tamae Watanabe, who 10 years ago became the oldest woman in the world to summit Mount Everest, has broken her own record, reaching its 29,035-foot (8,850-meter) peak for the second time at the age of 73. Everest has been scaled by some 3,700 climbers since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed it in 1953. The oldest person to successfully make the dangerous climb is a Nepalese man, Min Bahadur Sherchan, who did so in 2008 at the age of 76

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Message 54973 - Posted: 26 May 2012 | 20:10:56 UTC

Healthy Diet Cheaper than Junk Food

It has been argued that one of the reasons people eat so much fast food and junk food is that such products cost less than healthy items like fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. However, it turns out that this is not quite true. While healthy foods may be more costly than junk foods in terms of price per calorie, comparing them by weight or portion size reveals that grains, vegetables, fruit, and dairy foods are less expensive than most items high in saturated fat, added sugars, or salt. US Department of Agriculture researchers say that the latter approach is more practical, since calorie content is not a good indicator of food quantity or how filling the item is.

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Message 55109 - Posted: 1 Jun 2012 | 2:41:50 UTC

Scientists Stop Brain Cell Death in Mice

Neurodegenerati ve diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's affect millions of people around the globe, but promising new research in mice could hold the key to halting the diseases' progress. Scientists believe that even though each of these diseases has a different set of triggers, the brain cell death observed in all of them may have a common pathway. In a study of mice with prion disease, researchers found that a buildup of misshapen proteins in the brain turns off the production of new proteins essential for cell survival. By restoring protein production, they were able to halt further degeneration and help extend the lives of the mice.

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Message 55133 - Posted: 1 Jun 2012 | 12:18:25 UTC

Lenin Poisoned?

In the years leading up to his death in 1924, Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin suffered a series of debilitating strokes. It has been suggested that a syphilis infection caused these strokes, but a doctor and a historian who examined Lenin's medical records and other evidence now believe that stress, familial predisposition to hardening of the arteries, and possibly even poison are the more likely culprits. Lenin's brain and body were preserved following his death, and tests could reveal whether he was indeed poisoned.

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Message 55170 - Posted: 2 Jun 2012 | 11:03:55 UTC

Men Have Germier Offices than Women

Men have been shown to wash their hands and brush their teeth less often than women, and this trend may be to blame, at least in part, for the fact that men's offices contain more bacteria than women's offices. Researchers collected samples from offices in three major US cities and found more than 500 species of bacteria. Overall, the bacteria count in men's offices was 10 to 20 percent higher than in women's. The most contaminated surfaces in the offices were phones and chairs.

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