12_Science Word 08_08_18

August 22nd, 2008

Ear Infections Might Cause Obesity – Ear infections during childhood might make you crave fatty foods. Patients who suffered from such infections rated fatty foods as 18% more pleasurable than patients who had not had childhood ear problems.

Could Moisturizing be Bad for You? – A study investigating the effect of caffeine on skin cancer inadvertently found that moisturizer has a tumorogenic effect in mice, increasing number and rate of tumor formation.

Potatoes Might Carry the Cure to Alzheimers – Mice injected with a potato virus developed antibodies that attached to amyloid-beta protein. This could be the beginning of a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease.

Blue Dye For Aging – A compound called methylene-blue, which has been around for over a century, was just found to improve mitochondrial function and slow cellular decline at very low doses. It might eventually be used to prevent age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Flu Survivors Still Protected – Survivors of the 1918 flu still have antibodies to the H1N1 virus, which killed around 50 million people, and are probably still protected. Antibodies taken from surviving individuals were able to cure mice infected with the virus.

Telling the Saharan Story – Archeological evidence from a gravesite preserved in sand dunes suggests that from 5 to 10 thousand years ago, the Sahara desert was a green oasis that supported at least two completely different cultures: the tall hunter-gathering Kiffians, and the short and lean Tenerians.

Ancient Human Impact – It’s hard to say what killed the mega-fauna of Australia and Tasmania some 40 – 46,000 years ago, but a new study centered around the fossil skull of a giant kangaroo places the blame on humans.

3 Responses to “12_Science Word 08_08_18”

  1. Daisy Whitney on August 23, 2008 12:18 am

    Great, now I have to walk around with dry skin…

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  3. Krishnan S. on October 19, 2008 10:12 pm

    Hi Dr. Kirsten Sanford,

    I had a question based on one of your helpful online videos about Protein Denaturation (I have also posed this same question on other article comment section)

    “Will mixing the commercial protein powder (used for body building) in hot milk or hot water render that protein powder useless because of its thermal denaturation…? Will it affect the efficacy of the protein product ? ”

    Please let me know. Thanks a lot. (Oh I forgot–I prefer hot drinks as opposed to c0ld drinks and that’s why I have this question!)

    Thanks a ton–Krishnan (krishnan_indy@yahoo.com)

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