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Thursday, February 13, 2014

2/13/14 Health News: Pesticides in Foods- Study~ Hockey & Football players with Concussions - New stem Cell Discovery - Cells From the Dead may Give Sight

Report on Pesticide Residues in Food
Safe Food, a pro-organic group, is standing by a report on pesticide residues in vegetables and fruit, saying it reveals the effects of long term exposure to chemicals. Continue Reading
Study Finds Changes in Brains of Hockey Players Who Had Concussions
Hockey players who sustained concussions during a recent season experienced acute microstructural changes in their brains, according to a series of studies published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. “We’ve seen evidence of chronic injuries later in life from head trauma, and now we’ve seen this in current players,”: Continue Reading
Tackling Concussion Head On in the NFL
After decades of permitting on-field violent play, numerous well publicized cases of brain injury, and a multimillion dollar settlement with former players, the National Football League has begun making significant strides in improving the safety of the game and minimizing head trauma among players. "The publicity about concussion ... Continue Reading
Stem Cell 'Major Discovery' Claimed
Stem cell researchers are heralding a "major scientific discovery", with the potential to start a new age of personalised medicine. Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid. Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being trialled for healing the eye, heart and brain. The latest development  could make the technology cheaper, faster and safer. Continue Reading
Cells From Eyes of Dead 'May Give Sight to Blind'
Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest. Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats. The team at University College London said similar results in humans would improve quality of life, but would not give enough vision to read. Human trials should begin within three years. Continue Reading

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