Want some human eggs in a lab?

How is this for a headline: “Human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory, in a move that could lead to improved fertility treatments.” Some people may say this isn’t a good thing, or it is creepy, or insane. I am not one of thoughs.
According to Science Daily The advance could safeguard the fertility of girls with cancer ahead of potentially harmful medical treatment, such as chemotherapy (2018.)
The risks of having a chunk of ovary removed while the person has cancer – then returning that chunk could open the door to having said cancer return if it was already removed.
The latest study is the first time a human egg has been developed in the lab from its earliest stage to full maturity.
The study, carried out in collaboration with the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, The Center for Human Reproduction in New York and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, was supported by the Medical Research Council. It was published in Molecular Human Reproduction.


(nyt) – Promising Malaria Drug Has a Striking Drawback: Blue Urine. – February 9, 2018

[title Would you rather have malaria or Blue Urine?

A new drug that could combat Malaria has a colorful issue – Blue Urine.
The medical community in West Africa have found that Methylene blue, a dye used to stain tissues viewed under a microscope, can be taken by tablet or injection, and is sometimes used to treat urethral infections and a hemoglobin disorder per the New York Times, can also kill the malaria parasites in the gametocyte stage, the point at which mosquitoes pick it up from human blood and pass it on to new victims.
This is rare because most drugs don’t target gametocytes, which means you still could pass it on.
Dutch, American and Malian scientists working in Ouélessébougou, Mali, found that adding methylene blue to a typical treatment regimen cleared gametocytes from the bloodstream within two days.
The 80 study participants, all teenage boys or young men, were warned about the unusual side effect, Dr. Bousema said, so there were no surprises. But some were unhappy.
“Most were fascinated, rather than shocked,” he said. “The blue urine did cause stains in the clothing of the mothers of patients, and that was considered a disadvantage. What do you think?

Older people in the #USA & #UK have a link with each other and #disability and #income is a main factor.

This is a no brainer my friends.
According to Reuters: People with fewer assets like real estate, savings, stocks and retirement accounts may be more likely to develop disabilities or die prematurely than wealthier individuals, a new study suggests.
While this is nothing new many other studies have found the same thing this one apparently stands out.
Per Reutersthe current study looked beyond just income to focus on a wide variety of financial resources that adults in the U.S. and U.K may accumulate by middle age and beyond.

“Interestingly, the link between wealth and health outcomes was seen in both the U.S. and England, which are two countries with very different health and social safety net systems,” said study leader Dr. Lena Makaroun of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington in Seattle.
She continued: “We also saw the same pattern for older adults both above and below age 65, at which age Medicare becomes available in the U.S. and around which age retirement benefits kick in in both countries,” Makaroun said by email.

The similarities suggest that for low-wealth individuals, health care or financial benefits alone may not be enough to improve their health trajectory, she added.
This study took 10 years and the researchers tracked nearly 20,000 participants in the U.S. and England from nationally representative groups of older adults – 54 to 64 and 66 to 76 –
because Medicare and Social Security benefits in the U.S. and the State Pension in England typically begin around age 65.

Do we need a flavored condom? I don’t think so

I was skimming through the New York Times and one of their articles talked about condoms. Besides the shocking lack of men who use them, and his history with the product one line in his article stunned me.
“I also know (I mean, my job has required me to learn) a lot about condoms. For instance, for a 2013 article about efforts to craft more pleasurable condoms, I had to collect glow-in-the-dark condoms, piña colada-flavored condoms and vibrating condom rings” (NYT, 2017.” I’ll bold the text that should be noted again.
“I also know (I mean, my job has required me to learn) a lot about condoms. For instance, for a 2013 article about efforts to craft more pleasurable condoms, I had to collect glow-in-the-dark condoms, piña colada-flavored condoms and vibrating condom rings.
Why would anyone want a piña colada-flavored condom. The only way you’de know about the flavor is if you took a bite. Need I say more? That is all.

science debunks the theory of race

Science has debunked a theory that people have when it comes to race.
For years the pervading statement was that the only difference between the “races” is skin color.
This isn’t true according to Dr. Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the University of Pennsylvania, and her team.
The team posted their findings in the Journal Science. The NYT explains the findings:
The researchers pinpointed eight genetic variants in four narrow regions of the human genome that strongly influence pigmentation some making skin darker, and others making it lighter.

These genes are shared across the globe, it turns out; one of them, for example, lightens skin in both Europeans and hunter-gatherers in Botswana. The gene variants were present in humanity’s distant ancestors, even before our species evolved in Africa 300,000 years ago. Amazing.

This glue helps people in seconds

How does this sound. You have a bleading cut but all you have is glue.
What you did in the past was glue it together then go to the hospital for the real medical care – that is the internet roomers anyway. I have never done it. But, what if you didn’t need the stitches?
Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds, a “breakthrough” that has the potential to save lives in emergencies, its designers say, reports the new york post.
The glue is called MeTro and it is based on a naturally occurring protein called tropaelastin.
The way it will work: It is applied directly to the wound and is then activated with UV light to form a complete seal, eliminating the need for staples or stitches. Its elasticity means it’s designed to work well on shape-changing internal organs like the lungs and heart reports the New York Post.
This is cool: A study published in journal Science Translational Medicine showed the glue quickly and successfully sealed incisions in the arteries and lungs of rodents and the lungs of pigs.
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3 people win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.

Three people have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry which was awarded for Cryo-Electron Microscopy.
Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson received the Nobel prise in chemistry for their work on cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution. Like you I am going what?
The New York Times describes it like this:”Cryo-electron microscopy makes it possible to portray biomolecules after freezing them very quickly so their natural shape is preserved, the Nobel committee said, in summarizing the work of Mr. Dubochet, of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Mr. Frank, of Columbia University; and Mr. Henderson of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, England.
The method simplifies and improves the imaging of biomolecules, the committee said in a statement, and has moved biochemistry into a new era. So, why does this matter?
Apparently what these men did they founded a method that allows all protein molecules of life to be seen.
“Now we can see the intricate details of the biomolecules in every corner of our cells, in every drop of our body fluids. We are facing a revolution in biochemistry,” Sara Snogerup Linse, a professor of physical chemistry at Lund University in Sweden, said, reports the New York Times.
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