Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Image of a child rescued from sewage pipe evoke shock, anger

A child flushed into a toilet shortly after delivery has been rescued from a sewage drain pipe by firefighters in eastern China.  Social media sites have been buzzing with reactions as the graphic image of the rescue circulate across platforms evoking shock and anger across the world.
'The parents who did this have hearts even filthier than that sewage pipe,' wrote an apparently bewildered observer in a Chinese website.

Video below

Monday, May 27, 2013

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories

Scientists -- and parents -- have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3. As all parents know, no matter how momentous an event is in a toddler’s life, the memory soon drifts away and within months there isn’t even a wisp of it left.
Now a new study shows that “infantile amnesia” may be due to the rapid growth of nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain region responsible for filing new experiences into long-term memory. The study was presented Friday at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.
While youngsters do seem to remember important events for a short time after they occur, they lose these memories as time goes by, says study co-author Paul Frankland, a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
“They can’t form stable memories of what happens in the first few years,” Frankland says. “I have a daughter who is 4 years old and because we were working on this study, I would always ask her questions about her memories of places we visited 2, 3 months ago. It’s clear that she can form memories with quite some detail. But four years from now she won’t remember anything.”

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Yahoo! just bought Tumblr for $1.1bn

Wall Street Journal is out with a breaking news -  Yahoo!'s board has approved the company's purchase of Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Here is how WSJ reported it:
"Yahoo has agreed to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the company, one of the people said. Tumblr would continue to operate largely as an independent business, the people said.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Tumblr's board had also approved the deal. Spokesmen for Yahoo and Tumblr didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bravo! Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie      (c) peoplestylewatch.com
Heard the news?  I guess you might have.  Angelina Jolie, the hollywood superstar yesterday went public about her double mastectomy.  In case you don't know what that means, she removed her two breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
The actress has a defective gene, BRCA1, which doctors told her had increased her risk of developing breast cancer to 87%, and her risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 56, to 50%, she wrote in the New York Times.
The 37-year-old mother of six - three adopted, three with her partner Brad Pitt - noted "I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer."
Jolie truly deserves commendation for her bravery.  For me, the biggest impact of her relevation lies in the hope it gives to women all over the world who may see the BRCA1 gene as a death sentence of a sort

Friday, May 10, 2013

Black women may have highest multiple sclerosis rates

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Multiple sclerosis, long considered a disease of white females, has affected more black women in recent years, a new study finds. Hispanic and Asian women, who have previously seemed to be at less risk of MS, remain so, researchers report May 7 in Neurology. The findings bolster a theory that vitamin D deficiency, which is common in people with dark skin in northern latitudes, contributes to MS.
MS is a debilitating condition in which the protective coatings on nerves in the central nervous system get damaged, resulting in a loss of motor control, muscle weakness, vision complications and other problems.

Rescued 17 days after: an extraordinary story of survival in Bangladesh

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In a week that I saw the worst of man's inhumanity to man in a viral video from Mexico where a man heartlessly cut of the head of his wife boastfully in front of friends who shamefully caught it on camera with their phones, another news from Bangladesh this morning has left me remarkable amazed at the power of the human spirit to triumph against all odds:
"A seamstress buried in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building for 17 days was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against a scene of unimaginable horror, where the death toll shot past 1,000," reports Huffington Post.
The woman survived for more than two weeks in temperatures that touched the mid 90s (mid 30s Celsius)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis – study

Breast implants may delay cancer diagnosis in women, said a study Wednesday that urged a thorough probe into the potential health risks of this type of cosmetic surgery.
In a review of 12 earlier studies of breast cancer patients, a team of epidemiologists from Canada found that women with implants had a 26 percent higher risk of being diagnosed at a later stage of the disease. This was possibly because implants cast shadows on mammograms, blocking the view of breast tissue.
A separate review of five other studies showed that women with implants also had a 38 percent greater risk of death from breast cancer, said the authors — likely due to the later diagnosis.
There was no data to suggest that the implants themselves were a cause of cancer.
“The research published to date suggests that cosmetic breast augmentation adversely affects the survival of women who are subsequently diagnosed as having breast cancer,” wrote the team.

Female smokers more prone to colon cancer

Female smokers seem to be more susceptible to colon cancer than male smokers, particularly to proximal colon cancer, according to a study published online April 30 in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Compared with never smokers, female ever-smokers had a significant, 19% increased risk of colon cancer and males had an 8% increased risk.
Ranjan Parajuli, from the University of Tromsø in Norway, and colleagues followed 602,242 Norwegians, aged 19–67 years at enrollment in 1972–2003, through December 2007 to examine the susceptibility of women and men to smoking-attributed colon cancer.