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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Health Research: Researchers discover new way to measure if a person is pre-diabetic ♦ To scratch an itch is a hairy problem ♦ Possible new explanation for ALS

Researchers discover new way to measure if a person is pre-diabetic A new discovery may allow physicians to warn patients years before the onset of diabetes, therefore allowing them to change their lifestyle patterns potentially avoiding the diagnosis of a chronic disease.
Reptile pets: Food insects shuttle allergens into homes Reptiles are becoming increasingly popular as pets. The number of reptile pets, such as lizards, turtles and snakes, has doubled in the past ten years. Researchers recently showed that grasshoppers used as reptile food can be a source of allergie
To scratch an itch is a hairy problem An insect lands on your arm, moving the tiny hairs on your skin just enough to make you want to scratch. Researchers have shed light on why light brushing movements like this on our hairy skin make us scratch. Surprisingly, the spinal neurons involved in the tingling sensation caused by a light touch are different from those transmitting pain or a 'chemical' itch, the latter elicited by a mosquito bite or a skin wound that is healing
Possible new explanation for ALS Researchers are proposing a new way of understanding Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the devastating and incurable neurological disease. Their findings could be a major milestone on the path to a treatment for both ALS and dementia. By delving into a previously overlooked corner of ALS research, the team discovered a new way in which the disease kills nerve cells

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