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Kidney Stones and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

Kidney Stones

Original Photo By: Trevor Blake

Occurrences of kidney stones seem to be more prevailing these days. Various factors are known (or suspected) to be contributing to the rise of this health issue. The main contributing factor for the formation of kidney stones is inadequate hydration. Therefore you should always replenish bodily fluids that get depleted due to sweating and other forms of fluid excretions.

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Effective H1N1 Cure Found: Mystery Chinese Herbs

Excellent Swine Flu Advice (by xaminmo)

Photo Credit: xaminmo

This is probably the most engaging and equally uninformative news surrounding the swine flu pandemic. Quoting Bernama:

BEIJING, July 23 (Bernama) – Chinese herbs have proved effective in the cure of Influenza A(H1N1) in Ditan Hospital, Beijing where 88 out of 117 patients treated for the disease only on the herbs fully recovered and were discharged.

Holy pigs! This is good news, right? That was my first impression too. Seriously, 88 out of 117 is over 75% success rate. Amazing is an understatement!

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Breaking Endometriosis Information: It Increases Cancer Risk

The BBC reported that women suffering from endometriosis are more likely to develop ovarian, kidney and thyroid cancers:

Dr Anna-Sofia Melin and colleagues at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, looked at data on 63,630 women with endometriosis.

They identified 3,822 cases of cancer among these women – which is no more than the general population.

However, certain tumour types, including ovary and brain, were far more common with endometriosis.

Dr Melin said various theories for the link between endometriosis and cancer had been put forward.

Endometriosis is not really uncommon. It is estimated that about 90 million women suffer from the condition. I had an acquaintance that suffers from endometriosis. Since there are currently no cure for endometriosis, doctors usually subscribe to her a cocktail of painkillers to ease the pain.

Coffee May Prevent Blepharospasm

Coffee May Have Properties That Prevent Blepharospasm

In case you’re wondering what the heck blepharospasm is, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

A blepharospasm (from blepharo [eyelid] and spasm [uncontrolled muscle contraction]) is any abnormal tic or twitch of the eyelid.

To put it simply, it’s one of those moments that you’re feeling as if you’re blinking ten or twenty times in a couple of milliseconds.

The good news is that boffins from the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences University of Bari in Italy have discovered that drinking a cup or two of coffee daily could reduce the risk of the condition:

He suggested that caffeine may block receptors in the brain that are associated with the tremor and explained a similar mechanism had been proposed for the protective effects of caffeine in Parkinson’s disease.

Professor David Wong, spokesperson for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, said the condition was fairly rare.

“Sometimes the condition is so bad that the patients spend most of the time with their eyes closed – they are effectively then visually impaired.

“Eye doctors treat patients mainly these days with Botulinum toxin.”

I love coffee! Right now, I’m currently going through my stockpile of Super Power 6-in-1 Coffee, which I bought after reading this post by Joneh 🙂

Cyborg “Learning” Memory Devices May Soon Become Reality

Scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel have demonstrated that externally cultured neurons can be embedded with multiple simple memory imprints that literally lingers on for days without interfering with or erasing one another:

The results, Ben-Jacob says, set the stage for the creation of a neuromemory chip that could be paired with computer hardware to create cyborglike machines capable of such tasks as detecting dangerous toxins in the air, allowing the blind to see or helping someone who is paralyzed regain some if not all muscle use.

Ben-Jacob points out that previous attempts to develop memories on brain cell cultures (neurons along with their supporting and insulating glial cells) have often involved stimulating the synapses (nerve cell connections). So-called excitatory neurons, which amplify brain activity, account for nearly 80 percent of the neurons in the brain; inhibitory neurons, which dampen activity, make up the remaining 20 percent. Stimulating excitatory cells with chemicals or electric pulses causes them to fire, or send electrical signals of their own to neighboring neurons.