Currently before the U.S. Congress is H.R. 3699 (a.k.a. the Research Works Act or RWA). This bill states:
No Federal agency may adopt, implement, maintain, continue, or otherwise engage in any policy, program, or other activity that (1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any private-sector research work without the prior consent of . . . → Read More: Oppose H.R. 3699!
Consumers should be able to trust their pharmacies to sell them products that will really help them.
Homeopathic products are being sold by pharmacies as real medicine. When people buy a product, they expect it to work. However, the alternative medicine practice of homeopathy involves treating illnesses with highly diluted preparations that are essentially water.
. . . → Read More: WARNING: This product is NOT medicine
The typical mechanism of gene transfer is from parent to child. This is referred to as vertical transfer. Genes may also be transferred horizontally or laterally from one species to another. However, so far, only a few cases of horizontal gene transfer have been identified in complex organisms, such as plants, animals, and fungi.
. . . → Read More: Horizontal gene transfer
A team at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey claims to have coaxed a strain of bacteria to use arsenic the way other, familiar, lifeforms on Earth use phosphorous.
Six elements are considered essential for life on Earth: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur. Phosphorous plays a key role in . . . → Read More: Bacterium dines on arsenic
Children develop well regardless of living with gay, lesbian, or heterosexual parenting couples. This is what a new University of Virginia study concludes after sampling 106 adoptive children living in different parts of the United States.
“We found that children adopted by lesbian and gay couples are thriving,” said the lead investigator, U.Va. psychology professor . . . → Read More: Adoptive children of gay couples develop well
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have found a compound that seems to stem age-related cognitive decline in rats. This may lead to a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
Mental decline thwarted in aging rats. 2010-Jul-08. National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2010/mental-decline-thwarted-in-aging-rats.shtml. Chemical makes brain cells grow, thwarts mental decline . . . → Read More: Chemical helps thwart mental decline
Good news, chocolate lovers!
A study published in the journal, BMC Medicine, combined the results of 15 other studies to examine the effects of flavanols on hypertension. Flavanols (a.k.a., flavan-3-ols) cause dilation of blood vessels and can be found in abundance in some teas, cocoas, and chocolates.
It is noted that there were conflicting results . . . → Read More: Dark chocolate lowers blood pressure
I recently suffered a displaced fracture of my fourth metacarpal bone. It has been an incredibly painful and frustrating experience. Thankfully, it has also been an educational experience.
I learned that when a bone break occurs, the area around the break is, typically, flooded with many types of cells (including precursors of chondroblasts and osteoblasts) . . . → Read More: Bone Healing