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Nano-bot can probe inside human cells – Magnetic ‘tweezers’ could help diagnose and fight cancer…


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Date: March 13, 2019

01) Nano-bot can probe inside human cells

“Researchers have built a set of magnetic ‘tweezers’ that can position a nano-scale bead inside a human cell with unprecedented precision. The nano-bot has already been used to study the properties of cancer cells, and could lead to enhanced diagnosis and treatment.

University of Toronto Engineering researchers have built a set of magnetic ‘tweezers’ that can position a nano-scale bead inside a human cell in three dimensions with unprecedented precision. The nano-bot has already been used to study the properties of cancer cells, and could point the way toward enhanced diagnosis and treatment.

Professor Yu Sun and his team have been building robots that can manipulate individual cells for two decades. Their creations have the ability to manipulate and measure single cells — useful in procedures such as in vitro fertilization and personalized medicine. Their latest study, published today in Science Robotics, takes the technology one step further.”

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Study provides new insights into the relationship between childhood poverty and inflammation…


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Date: March 02, 2019

01) Study provides new insights into the relationship between childhood poverty and inflammation

“A new study published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity sheds light on the complicated relationship between childhood poverty and inflammation. Poverty was “consistently and reliably” associated with inflammation in childhood, but the picture became more muddled when examining the influence of childhood socioeconomic status on inflammation in adulthood.

“As a (soon to be) clinical psychologist interested in integrated care in medical settings, I am skeptical about the dichotomy healthcare has historically created between mental and medical disorders and the disjointed way in which treatment is provided,” said study author Izabela Milaniak, a clinical psychology PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

“This is how I became interested in the research linking chronic inflammation as a common determinant of both medical diseases such as diabetes and chronic heart disease and what are traditionally thought of a psychological illness such as depression and anxiety disorders.”

“Prolonged activation of the immune system due to ‘fight or flight’ reactions to chronic exposure to stressful environments in childhood such as maltreatment and poverty is linked to over-activation of the immune system leading to wear and tear on the brain and the body resulting in a combination of both mental and medical illness later in adulthood,” Milaniak said.”

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A Brain Implant Improved Memory, Scientists Report…


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Date: February 22, 2019

01) A Brain Implant Improved Memory, Scientists Report

“Scientists have developed a brain implant that noticeably boosted memory in its first serious test run, perhaps offering a promising new strategy to treat dementia, traumatic brain injuries and other conditions that damage memory.

The device works like a pacemaker, sending electrical pulses to aid the brain when it is struggling to store new information, but remaining quiet when it senses that the brain is functioning well.

In the test, reported Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, the device improved word recall by 15 percent — roughly the amount that Alzheimer’s disease steals over two and half years.

The implant is still experimental; the researchers are currently in discussions to commercialize the technology. And its broad applicability is unknown, having been tested so far only in people with epilepsy.”

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12 Things to Know If You Like Sleeping Naked…


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Date: February 06, 2019

01) 12 Things to Know If You Like Sleeping Naked


“A lot of people choose to sleep naked simply because they find it more comfortable. But sleeping with nothing on has science-based health benefits, and, on the contrary, can cause your trouble you probably didn’t know about.

A survey of 1,500 people aged 25 to 55 in six different countries showed that only 30% of us sleep naked and the rest prefer to stay in their underwear or in some comfortable pajamas. One of the most obvious reasons to sleep with no clothes on is to get deeper shut-eye.

Sleeping naked is a good way to keep your skin cool without changing the temperature of your bedroom. By skipping on the sleepwear, you give your body, especially the parts that tend to sweat more than others (like your feet and privates), a chance to breathe.

A woman’s genitalia can be an ideal breeding ground for fungi and bacteria. Sleeping nude helps keep this area cool, dry, and ventilated, reducing the risk of developing a UTI or a yeast infection. For men, tight-fitting underwear overheats the testes and can affect semen quality and reproductive health.

A lot of people, women in particular, usually feel self-conscious about their bodies, even if the supposed “flaws” they have aren’t actually there! When you embrace your body just the way it is, you exude confidence in whatever clothing you decide to put on it.

If we get overheated at night, our stress hormone levels stay high. Plus, our human growth hormone that’s responsible for cell-renewal isn’t released at all. So your body panics and chooses to store fat instead of burning it.

If you’re among the 3% of people that sleepwalk, don’t throw away your pj’s! There have been tons of cases where naked sleepwalkers had problems with their neighbors and even law enforcement. If your skin is really sensitive, sleeping naked isn’t for you either.

Never forget that a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and well-being.

SUMMARY

-Lowering your skin temperature increases the quality of your sleep and reduces the number of times you wake up throughout the night.

-Sleeping naked can actually decrease the risk of skin problems and protect your cells. Plus, it has an anti-aging effect.

-Sleeping in cooler temperatures means less sweat and beautiful stronger hair.

-To keep your privates happy and healthy, never sleep in your underwear.

-Sleeping naked helps you become more confident in your own skin.

-Sleeping in lower temperatures boosts metabolism and prevents the progression of diabetes.

-Skin-to-skin contact, which releases a huge amount of oxytocin, or the “feel good hormone” is crucial for a happy relationship.

-Getting rid of pajamas altogether can help you save money you’d otherwise spend on them.

-If you’re among the 3% of people that sleepwalk, don’t throw away your PJ’s. Imagine all the discomfort it can cause when you’re not sleeping at home.

-Exposed sensitive skin can cause problems like allergic reactions, skin irritation, and asthma due to dust and bugs.

-The temperature drops at night, so it’s important not to be exposed to excessively low temperatures if you’re prone to catching colds.

-If you feel uncomfortable sleeping in the nude or if you’re worried about your kids or roommates barging into your bedroom unexpectedly, you won’t sleep soundly because of your anxiety.”

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Masturbation Cannot Cause Erectile Dysfunction…


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Date: February 03, 2019

01) Can masturbation cause erectile dysfunction?

“No, masturbation cannot cause ED — it is a myth.

Masturbation is natural and does not affect the quality or frequency of erections.

Research shows that masturbation is very common across all ages. Approximately 74 percent of males reported masturbating, compared to 48.1 percent of females.

Masturbation even has health benefits. According to Planned Parenthood, masturbation can help release tension, reduce stress, and aid sleep.

A person may not be able to get an erection soon after masturbating. This is called the male refractory period and is not the same as ED. A male refractory period is the recovery time before a man will be able to get an erection again after ejaculating.”

At times like these…I’m reminded of the old ribbing everybody gave to a boy [even from other boys], that “if you don’t leave it alone for a while, you’re going to end up tearing it off!”…

…I expect that could cause some form of erectile dysfunction…

…Not that I’ve ever seen any credible display, of this actually happening.

…I should hope, that it never has!

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He Started Puberty When He Was 2 Years Old. Now, He’s Sharing His Experience…


Date: January 29, 2019

01) He Started Puberty When He Was 2 Years Old. Now, He’s Sharing His Experience

“One thing all humans have in common is that at a certain point in our childhood, we go through puberty: we get bigger, our bodies change, we often get a little rambunctious and moody, and we mature sexually.

But imagine if those changes occurred not when you were 11 or 13 or 15 years old, but when you were a toddler. That was the experience of Patrick Burleigh, who has a rare genetic mutation that triggers testosterone production far younger than normal.

Doctors call it precocious puberty.

“It’s extremely rare — it’s estimated that there might be like fewer than 1,000 of us,” says Burleigh, who wrote about his experience in New York magazine. “And basically it’s a mutation of the luteinizing hormone chorionic gonadotropin receptor gene, which is responsible for triggering testosterone production in the testicles.”

Burleigh tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson his family was anticipating his symptoms of early puberty because his father, grandfather and great-grandfather all went through it, too. One of the first was pubic hair when Burleigh was just 2 years old.

“I was bigger — considerably bigger — than a 2-year-old, and also [had] impulsive behavior that’s characteristic of someone going through puberty,” he says. “Like just, you know, an inability to control my impulses, aggressive outbursts, hitting other kids, tantrums that were kind of truly epic — just behavior that was extreme.”

Unfortunately…since this just aired a little while ago, the audio is not available for listening to at the time of this posting…It may not be, for a few days…Plus, it’s a two part interview…so…the second half will play, whenever the next episode airs…maybe tomorrow?…

I’ll try to remember to follow up, with a post on the second half.

Male Body Image: The Naked Truth…


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Date: January 25, 2019

01) Male Body Image: The Naked Truth


“Nearly a million British men are believed to use steroids to ‘pump up’ their physique under pressure to look ‘good’. Meanwhile, eating disorders amongst men are on the rise.

In this episode of The Naked Truth, five men – of all different shapes and sizes – talk about their own bodies and reveal what it’s like to feel the pressure to look the part in a six-pack-obsessed culture.

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by eating disorders, the following organisations may be able to help:

Citation:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/
2DRkg4JC7SLT3B7hlrn6DKN/information-and-support-eating-disorders

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Social anxiety…


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Date: January 16, 2019

01) Social anxiety


“I meet people who say they have been diagnosed with social anxiety. However, when I speak to them in an environment where they are free to share their ideas in an open exchange without being made fun of or screamed at, I find them perfectly capable of holding a conversation. Where is the disconnect?”

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