Russia Might Ban Tobacco For Anyone Born After 2014

Russia Might Ban Tobacco For Anyone Born After 2014

Nearly half of Russia is hooked on cigarettes, with almost 40 percent of its 143-million-strong population regularly puffing away on tobacco products. But amidst recent pushes to kick the habit, Russia has suggested their most radical action yet. The Russian Ministry of Health has proposed a new plan to ban the sale of tobacco to people…

Schizophrenia may cause type 2 diabetes, new study finds

Schizophrenia may cause type 2 diabetes, new study finds

People with schizophrenia tend to die up to 30 years earlier than the general population. Many of these untimely deaths are due to physical disorders, including heart attacks and stroke, for which diabetes is a major risk factor. Antipsychotic drugs are known to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, but there are other things…

Shared Culture May Be Altering DNA, With Implications For Health

Shared Culture May Be Altering DNA, With Implications For Health

Scientists have found that culture may be leaving a heritable print on DNA. Separate from an ethnic group’s genetic ancestry, these epigenetic signatures reflect a group’s shared environment and practices, and could play an import role in health and disease.   “These data suggest that the interplay between race and ethnicity as social constructs and…

Why Do We Get Allergies?

Why Do We Get Allergies?

From peanuts to pollen, some of the smallest and most unthreatening substances can sometimes be the deadliest, if you happen to be allergic to them. These seemingly overreactions are produced by the body’s immune system, which mistakes harmless chemicals for invading pathogens, and responds by initiating a number of extreme measures. In most cases, this…

Alzheimer's Drug Could Be Used To Naturally Regenerate Teeth

Alzheimer's Drug Could Be Used To Naturally Regenerate Teeth

Researchers have found a way to regenerate rotten teeth. Using a drug normally given to treat those with Alzheimer’s, a team of scientists have managed to repair cavities by stimulating the naturally occurring stem cells in the tooth to rebuild its dense bony tissue. While dentists can treat tooth decay and cavities, the solution is not…

Hand Made Centrifuge Can Fraction Blood And Detect Malaria

Hand Made Centrifuge Can Fraction Blood And Detect Malaria

For 20 cents, it is possible to make a centrifuge out of cardboard, string, and velcro. A peer-reviewed paper has demonstrated that this handmade contraption can swiftly separate plasma from blood and be used to diagnose malaria where medical facilities are not available. Centrifuges work by creating artificial gravity, causing mixtures to separate based on density….