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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Health News: Trading away our food safety ♦ Bacteria the newest tool in detecting environmental damage ♦ Cause of regression in individuals with down syndrome identified Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated b

Trading away our food safety Although there is heated debate about the fate of fast track—or Trade Promotion Authority—and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a little-discussed aspect is how trade pacts affect the food we eat, and the food we feed our children. That’s why many concerned citizens and government leaders such as Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are calling for more transparency
Scientists regenerate bone tissue using only proteins secreted by stem cells Scientists have discovered a way to regrow bone tissue using the protein signals produced by stem cells. This technology could help treat victims who have experienced major trauma to a limb, like soldiers wounded in combat or casualties of a natural disaster. The new method improves on older therapies by providing a sustainable source for fresh tissue and reducing the risk of tumor formation that can arise with stem cell transplants.
New device provides chikungunya test results in an hour Health workers now have a quick way to detect the presence of the chikungunya (CHIKV) virus within an hour, rather than waiting for results of laboratory tests that take days, or even weeks, scientists report.
Bacteria the newest tool in detecting environmental damage A method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants has been developed. The scientists say that their method may potentially be used for everything from well water testing to seaside construction purposes

Cause of regression in individuals with down syndrome identified Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated by significant deterioration in movement, speech and functioning in some adolescents and young adults. Physicians previously attributed this regression to depression or early-onset Alzheimer's, and it has not responded to treatments. Now, a researcher has found that Catatonia may cause regression in patients with Down syndrome. Individuals with regressive Down syndrome who were treated for Catatonia showed improvement

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