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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Health News: Regenerative nanomaterials to improve dental care ♦ Report raises concern over health risks of tasers ♦ Fungal pathogen in GI tract

Coconut oil can control overgrowth of a fungal pathogen in GI tract, Coconut oil controlled the overgrowth of a fungal pathogen called Candida albicans (C. albicans) in mice, new research shows. In humans, high levels of C. albicans in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to bloodstream infections, including invasive candidiasis. The research suggests that it might be possible to use dietary approaches as an alternative to antifungal drugs in order to decrease the risk of infections caused by C. albicans
Regenerative nanomaterials to improve dental care New nanomaterials for dental treatments boast impressive antibacterial, decay-resistant and biomimetic properties. In combination with stem cells, they are even capable of regenerating dental tissues.
Combating sleep disorders: Scientists develop novel compound that regulates wakefulness potent compound that promotes wakefulness and remedies the sleep disorder narcolepsy in model animals has been developed by a team of scientists. The compound works to mimic the action of a wake-promoting substance in our brain called "orexin.
Report raises concern over health risks of tasers Tasers are increasingly being used by UK police, yet recent studies suggest the health risks are greater than previously thought, report experts. Tasers are used by over 16,000 police forces in 107 countries. The device uses compressed nitrogen to fire two barbed electrical probes that deliver a pulsed 50,000 volt shock, causing intense skeletal muscle contractions and pain.

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