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Monday, January 19, 2015

1/19/15 Health News: Potassium salts limit osteoporosis ♦ Ecstasyin rivers near music festival ♦ Check glucose levels without finger prick ♦ Early detection of heart attacks

Potassium salts aid bone health, limit osteoporosis risk, new research finds
The potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important part in improving bone health, researchers have found. For the first time, the results also showed that these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength Continue Reading
Levels of 'Molly,' aka ecstasy, spike in rivers near music festival
The illicit drug called 'Molly' or ecstasy is a serious concern for parents, law enforcement and now for environmentalists. Scientists report that a major music festival in Taiwan coincides with a spike in the drug's levels in nearby rivers. Not only does this highlight drug abuse at the concert, but the scientists say it also focuses attention on potential effects the substance could have on aquatic life. Continue Reading
Tattoo-like sensor can detect glucose levels without painful finger prick
The first ultra-thin, flexible device that sticks to skin like a rub-on tattoo can detect a person's glucose levels. The sensor has the potential to eliminate finger-pricking for many people with diabetes. Continue Reading
Gold nanoparticles show promise for early detection of heart attacks
A novel colloidal gold test strip is demonstrating great potential for early detection of certain heart attacks. Researchers are developing the strip to test for cardiac troponin I (cTn-I); its level is several thousand times higher in patients experiencing myocardial infarctions. The new strip uses mycoplasma-generated gold nanoparticles. Compared to AuNPs produced by traditional chemical methods, the surfaces of these nanoparticles attract more antibodies, which results in significantly higher detection sensitivity. Continue Reading

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