Good Stuff to Know: October 2014

Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab ** Wine only protects against
cardiovascular disease in people who exercise, study finds ** Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground ** 7 Tips to Protect Your Online Identity While Shopping ** There could be increased numbers of psychopaths in senior managerial positions, high levels of business, research shows ** Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics ** Dog owners over the age of 65 act 10 years younger than their biological age . . .

Scientists grow an organ in an animal from cells created in lab

 

Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from transplanted laboratory-created cells in a living animal for the first time. The researchers have created a thymus — an organ next to the heart that produces immune cells known as T cells that are vital for guarding against disease.

 

Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease in people who exercise, study finds

 

Wine only protects against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people who exercise, according to results from the a study. Evidence suggesting that mild to moderate consumption of wine protects against cardiovascular disease has been accumulating since the early 1990s. In particular, retrospective studies have found that wine increases levels of HDL, the “good” cholesterol. But until now there has been no long-term, prospective, randomised study comparing the effects of red and white wine on HDL cholesterol and other markers of atherosclerosis.

 

Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

 

Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.

 

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7 Tips to Protect Your Online Identity While Shopping

 

Do you know about customer profiling? This means that when you buy something, or just click on an item, that information about you is sent to… I’m not sure, but EVERYONE! Internet companies are tracking your every click, gathering personal information about you, and getting a lot of it WRONG. Here’s a DISASTER STORY about how online shopping can go so HORRIBLY wrong and 7 EASY TIPS on how to stop online companies from tracking you and protect your identity.

 

There could be increased numbers of psychopaths in senior managerial positions, high levels of business, research shows

 

For the first time, it has been demonstrated that people with psychopathic tendencies who have high IQs can mask their symptoms by manipulating tests designed to reveal their personalities. It raises the possibility that large numbers of ruthless risk-takers are able to conceal their level of psychopathy as they rise to key managerial posts.

 

Bacteria from bees possible alternative to antibiotics

 

Thirteen lactic acid bacteria found in the honey stomach of bees have shown promising results in a series of studies. The group of bacteria counteracted antibiotic-resistant MRSA in lab experiments. The bacteria, mixed into honey, has healed horses with persistent wounds. The formula has previously been shown to protect against bee colony collapse

 

Dog owners over the age of 65 act 10 years younger than their biological age

 

Owning a dog makes older people fitter and healthier, according to new research from the University of St Andrews. The research, published in the journal Preventative Medicine, found that dog owners over the age of 65 act 10 years younger than their biological age. 

 

Short jogs linked to lower risk of death from heart disease

 

People who run in their spare time, even if it’s not very fast or very far, tend to have a lower risk of dying from heart disease or from any cause than non-runners, according to a new study.

 

Vitamin D supplements may ‘protect against cardiac failure in older people’, says study

 

Daily supplements of the sunshine vitamin may reduce the risk of heart failure in older individuals by 20%-25%, says a new study.

 

Childhood mentors have positive impact on career success

 

Young people who have had mentors are more likely to find work early in their careers that gives them more responsibility and autonomy — ultimately putting them on a path to more financially and personally rewarding careers.

 

UT Southwestern one of two institutions to offer innovative four-flap microsurgery approach to breast reconstruction

 

UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of only two places in the world that offers a new, innovative and highly successful approach to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.The technique, known as a four-flap breast reconstruction, uses fat and skin from the back of each leg and from two spots on the stomach to reconstruct natural breast materials.

 

Habitual Facebook users: Suckers for social media scams?

 

A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, how long they have known them, or who else is connected with them.

 


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