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Some interesting research is being reported in the mainstream media: that buckwheat honey can reduce coughing and soothe sore throats as well as over-the-counter cough syrup (dextromethorphan), in children. ABC News specifically reported that, in comparison to baseline levels, coughing children who received honey slept better and coughed less that those that received cough syrup…

Gene therapy is the isolation of a gene, which is then packaged into a vector for introduction into the body in hopes that it can correct some aspect of genetic disease. Often this “vector” is a type of virus which had been specifically engineered to be safer than its original version. This usually involves removing…

A fantastic, and open-access, review paper just came out on the subject of surgical solutions to obesity which answered a lot of my questions regarding this growing area of treatment. Written by Kral and Naslund, who are both professors of surgery, it begins with the terse opener “Obesity is very prevalent.” Well, in America at…

There’s an interesting article up at CNN today regarding families who have “lost” loved ones in mental institutions over the years. One in particular is making a movie about the little sister he thought was gone. One day in 1957, when Jeff Daly was 6 years old, his little sister, Molly, disappeared. Jeff Daly’s efforts…

Surgeons may have a new tool at their disposal to aid in planning surgeries: an interactive “4-dimensional” model of the human body called CAVEman which describes in live-sized detail over 3000 distinct human parts. CAVEman is really just a huge computer image which can be viewed in a booth (giving the image height, width, and…

It really was only a matter of time until a longitudinal study on a massive scale, such as this one in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, came out to back up what common sense told us was unhealthy. That being, that artificial, gross manipulations of diet aren’t great for you. In fact, they may…

UM Hospital has an excellent cancer facility, and as breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, many cases of breast cancer are treated here at UM. However, many post-operative women choose not to go through breast reconstruction. Why? A study here at UM (Comprehensive Cancer Center) discovered that 44% of surgeons…

Sooooo, turns out that pop/soda/Coke *does* rot your teeth. Um, now they listen? Where was this press release during the 1989 school year when a burgeoning nerdlet conducted (not so) scientific examinations into THIS VERY FACT?? Its a conspiracy I tell you! Interestingly, the high-falutin’ eggheads found that root beer products don’t corrode teeth as…

I’ve probably had dozens of sinus infections. This is partially related to my genes; I got some good ones, but sinus problems and severe allergies run in my family. I ended up with both, with the result being a cycle of allergies triggering infections. In fact, I’ve got one now (receding thanks to Zithromax), which…

Hooray for Atkins? Nope.

In a recent head-to-head test of four fad diets, apparently the Atkins diet resulted in the participants losing the most weight. The Atkins diet relies on the elimination of carbs in your diet, and encourages intake of protein and fats instead. However, there’s more to the story: Women on the low-carb Atkins diet lost more…