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Smokers, primarily, put their own health at risk with their habit, but their second-hand smoke puts others at risk too. New research now suggests that there are risks from so-called “thirdhand smoke”, toxic particles and aerosols released from surfaces that have previously been exposed to tobacco smoke. Now, I hate tobacco smoke as much as [...]Third-hand tobacco smoke is a post from: SciScoop Science News
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Lauren M. Petrick, Alona Svidovsky, & Yael Dubowski. (2011) Thirdhand Smoke: Heterogeneous Oxidation of Nicotine and Secondary Aerosol Formation in the Indoor Environment. Environ Sci Tech, 45(1), 328-333. info:/10.1021/es10206
SciScoop contact Nykolai Bilaniuk brought an intriguing paper to our attention recently, that at first glance looks like a typical cracked conjecture of the kind SciScoop has reported in the past, but, says Bilaniuk, this one has a certain credibility. The idea is that of UC Berkeley’s Petr Horava, Bilaniuk tells us, and it’s one [...]Reconcile Einstein and Schroedinger by ditching Al is a post from: SciScoop Science News
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SciScoop contact Nykolai Bilaniuk brought an intriguing paper to our attention recently, that at first glance looks like a typical cracked conjecture of the kind SciScoop has reported in the past, but, says Bilaniuk, this one has a certain credibility. The idea is that of UC Berkeley’s Petr Horava, Bilaniuk tells us, and it’s one [...]Reconciling Einstein and Schroedinger is a post from: SciScoop Science News
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When we had some building working work done many years ago, there was a minor scare when one of the builders thought that a panel might be asbestos, thankfully turned out to be some reconstituted wood chip product. But, if it had been asbestos it would have meant us evacuating our home, the recruitment of [...]... Read more »
Liu, G., Beri, R., Mueller, A., & Kamp, D. (2010) Molecular mechanisms of asbestos-induced lung epithelial cell apoptosis. Chemico-Biological Interactions, 188(2), 309-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbi.2010.03.047
Glucosamine and chondroitin do not work in alleviating the pain of osteoarthritis (of hip or knee), other than perhaps as an expensive placebo that sufferers who do gain some relief daren’t stop paying for. A new meta analysis of 10 trials amounting to 3803 patients has been carried out. On a 10 cm visual analogue [...]... Read more »
Wandel, S., Juni, P., Tendal, B., Nuesch, E., Villiger, P., Welton, N., Reichenbach, S., & Trelle, S. (2010) Effects of glucosamine, chondroitin, or placebo in patients with osteoarthritis of hip or knee: network meta-analysis. BMJ, 341(sep16 2). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c4675
A while back my doctor did some routine tests for some vague symptoms I reported (all came back negative thankfully) and yes, I know you can get drugs to treat hypochondria. Anyway, of those tests was an ESR (erthythrocyte sedimentation rate, also known as sed rate). A test for patients with wide-ranging symptoms that may [...]... Read more »
Brigden ML. (1999) Clinical utility of the erythrocyte sedimentation rate. American family physician, 60(5), 1443-50. PMID: 10524488
A management strategy developed by electronics giant Motorola in the 1980s could help Coca Cola reduce the amount of water it uses to make its products, cut overall energy demands and trim its carbon footprint, according to a study published in the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage. Numerous companies, including Volvo, Nokia [...]... Read more »
Tarek Sadraoui, Ayadi Afef, & Jallouli Fayza. (2010) Six Sigma: a new practice for reducing water consumption within Coca Cola industry. International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage, 6(1/2), 53-76. DOI: 10.1504/IJSSCA.2010.034856
If you’re having a baby scan, rest assured there’s nothing to worry about here, this piece of research is about high-energy ultrasound. The difference is like comparing a research laser beam to the light from a cheap flashlight… Anyway, according to Ken Suslick, when high-intensity ultrasound passes through a liquid, the expansion wave of the [...]... Read more »
The internet, electronic communications channels and computer technology that controls critical infrastructure together represent a new combat front on the international political stage. Several nations have been accused recently of cyber attacks, not least Russia and China, on the data centres of other governments. Whole power supply systems have been compromised on occasion and even [...]... Read more »
Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, Henrique M. Dinis Santos, Leonel Duarte dos Santos, & Hamid Jahankhani. (2010) Cyberwar and the Russian Federation: the usual suspect. Int. J. Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 3(2), 151-163. info:/
Today’s SciScoop post is from a guest blogger who is a UK practice nurse with considerable clinical experience and concerns for the nations teens.
Over the course of the past couple of weeks, some interesting stats have come to my attention. Before I go any further, I will explain how I came to stumble over them. [...]... Read more »
Davis, N., McGuire, B., Mahon, J., Smyth, A., O’Malley, K., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2010) The increasing incidence of mumps orchitis: a comprehensive review. BJU International, 105(8), 1060-1065. DOI: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2009.09148.x
A marketing rep from GQ magazine emailed me today offering a story (an anecdotal tale) of an (ex)alcoholic who had tried the 12-step program and then discovered baclofen and is apparently cured. It’s certainly an intriguing thought: pop a pill, eradicate alcoholic cravings and dependency. The feature article, from a quick read through, is well [...]... Read more »
Leggio L, Garbutt JC, & Addolorato G. (2010) Effectiveness and safety of baclofen in the treatment of alcohol dependent patients. CNS , 9(1), 33-44. PMID: 20201813
There is a chance that homeopathy might work. It’s a small chance. In fact, it’s so small that it’s at least as dilute as the remedies “practitioners” use.
The odds of finding a single particle of sulfur in homeopathic “sulfur” are a staggering 6 x 1023 to 1. That’s “6-with-23-zeroes-after-it” to 1 against:
600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1 against.
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Ernst, E. (2010) Homeopathy, a “helpful placebo” or an unethical intervention?. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 31(1), 1-1. DOI: 10.1016/j.tips.2009.10.005
With Copenhagen on the horizon, is it time to check over the physics and chemistry behind the climate change debate? SciScoop has spoken to several scientists recently who would say so, some of whom consider the climate change debate nothing more than a hell-on-earth scenario to give governments a taxation stick with which to beat [...]... Read more »
Willett, K., Gillett, N., Jones, P., & Thorne, P. (2007) Attribution of observed surface humidity changes to human influence. Nature, 449(7163), 710-712. DOI: 10.1038/nature06207
Valery Fortie is the National Awareness Coordinator of
Mediterraneanbook.com, a directory of news source focused on healthy
eating habits. The author suggests that the Mediterranean Diet can help ward off many diseases and illnesses.
One of those serious and potentially life threatening diseases is breast
cancer. With a risk of one in seven people developing breast cancer in
their lifetime, [...]... Read more »
Cottet, V., Touvier, M., Fournier, A., Touillaud, M., Lafay, L., Clavel-Chapelon, F., & Boutron-Ruault, M. (2009) Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk and Dietary Patterns in the E3N-EPIC Prospective Cohort Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(10), 1257-1267. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwp257
Earlier this year, researchers in Finland and Israel sought an explanation for the 35 million year puzzle as to why fall colors in the US are mainly red and why autumn leaves turn mainly yellow in Europe.
The green of the leaves of deciduous trees in spring and summer is caused mainly by the presence of [...]... Read more »
Lev-Yadun, S., & Holopainen, J. (2009) Why red-dominated autumn leaves in America and yellow-dominated autumn leaves in Northern Europe?. New Phytologist, 183(3), 506-512. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02904.x
Exposure is a key element in risk assessment of nanostructures. The environmental impacts of nanotechnology have become an increasingly active area of research. Until recently the potential negative impacts of nanomaterials on human health and the environment have been rather speculative and unsubstantiated.
However, within the past number of years several studies have indicated that exposure [...]... Read more »
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Gemma Prat of the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology, School of Psychology, University of Barcelona, Spain, explains in a research review paper earlier this year, that despite claims to the contrary, we really don’t yet fully understand what causes alcohol hangovers. There are, of course, plenty of theories, and even more home-spun [...]... Read more »
Prat, G., Adan, A., & Sánchez-Turet, M. (2009) Alcohol hangover: a critical review of explanatory factors. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 24(4), 259-267. DOI: 10.1002/hup.1023
A chemical that works like a multitasking hormone in mice not only controls glucose processing in the body but could reduce body weight, according to a report published today in Nature Chemical Biology. The study may ultimately have an effect on treating obesity and diabetes.
Glucagon and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) are natural hormones that regulate glucose [...]... Read more »
Jonathan W Day, Nickki Ottaway, James T Patterson, Vasily Gelfanov, David Smiley, Jas Gidda, Hannes Findeisen, Dennis Bruemmer, Daniel J Drucker, Nilika Chaudhary, Jenna Holland, Jazzminn Hembree, William Abplanalp, Erin Grant , Jennifer Ruehl , Hilary Wi. (2009) A new glucagon and GLP-1 co-agonist eliminates obesity in rodents. Nature Chemical Biology.
News from my Newcastle University published today reveals that cooking carrots whole and then chopping them before serving is better for your health than slicing and dicing before you boil.
Apparently, less of the “anticancer” compound falcarinol leaches out of the carrots and into the cooking water if carrots are boiled whole. Of course, the truly [...]... Read more »
Christensen, L., Vach, W., Ritskes-Hoitinga, J., & Brandt, K. (2005) Inhibitory Effects of Feeding with Carrots or (−)-Falcarinol on Development of Azoxymethane-Induced Preneoplastic Lesions in the Rat Colon. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 53(5), 1823-1827. DOI: 10.1021/jf048519s
Forget the image of Grandma tracking down the latest cutting edge technology news in mobile feed reader, or Uncle Joe whose retirement has been filled with Diggs, Tweets, and Facebook pokes. According to Mark McMurtrey, Ronald McGaughey, and James Downey, in the Department of MIS, at the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, the silver surfer, [...]... Read more »
McMurtrey, M., McGaughey, R., & Downey, J. (2009) Seniors and information technology: A potential goldmine of opportunity?. International Journal of Intercultural Information Management, 1(3), 300. DOI: 10.1504/IJIIM.2009.025371
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