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‘Electronic skin’ could improve early breast cancer detection
 By American Chemical Society   --Medical News

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an “electronic skin” that “feels” and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump could allow for earlier identification of breast cancer, which could save lives. They describe their device, which they’ve tested on a breast model made of silicone, in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.



How To Protect Your Family From Ebola Infection
 By Dr. Gifford Jones   --Medical News

If it wasn’t happening I wouldn’t believe it! But night after night I’ve seen Wolf Blitzer on CNN and Peter Mansbridge on CBC news talking about Ebola, interviewing infectious disease experts about it. Yet, to my knowledge, no one in medical circles nor in the media has discussed the fact that there’s a proven way to treat viral diseases successfully, such as Ebola.



Sunlight is key to fighting childhood obesity and diabetes, Scots scientists reveal
 By News on the Net   --Medical News

A natural gas called nitric oxide, which is released by the skin after exposure to sunlight, helps people to control their metabolism and slow weight gain.







Health and Medical Pages
ACS Ebola resources available to journalists
 By American Chemical Society

Have questions about the science underlying the ongoing Ebola crisis? The virus has so far infected more than 8,000 people, making it the largest outbreak of the virus in history. Despite the incredible efforts of local and global public health teams, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the situation “unprecedented” while on a visit to the affected region. He also predicted that it would only get worse before officials could get a handle on the crisis.



First global social network for doctors
 By Guest Column

G-Med, the world’s first and only global social-professional network exclusively for physicians, allows doctors anywhere to consult with colleagues, manage multinational research projects and offer virtual services to patients.



Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis
 By American Chemical Society

Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team reports they have designed and successfully tested, for the first time, a small skin patch that detected malaria proteins in live mice. It could someday be adapted for use in humans to diagnose other diseases, too.







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The Humpty Dumpty Ego – PsychTests’ Study Reveals The Fragility Of The Narcissist’
 By News on the Net

Montreal, Canada – Celebrities, professional athletes, and high-powered executives seem to have it all; they appear larger than life.  However, it probably wouldn’t surprise people to learn that behind the confident, almost arrogant, façade of many highly-successful people lies an often fragile self-esteem. Assessing 2,072 people using their Self-esteem Test, researchers at PsychTests reveal that narcissists may appear confident on the surface, but much like the fabled egg in the popular nursery rhyme, keeping the shell of their self-image intact is a precarious affair.



Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after pioneering surgery
 By News on the Net

A man who was completely paralysed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries.



Health Canada and CBC Television Distort Medical Facts
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Do you remember the movie, “Network?” Howard Beale portrays the evening news   anchor on national TV and he’s depressed about corruption, crime, unemployment and other societal ills. So angry he decides to speak his mind during the evening broadcast, to everyone’s surprise. Finally, after raving about injustices, he shouts, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”, repeatedly. Then Beale tells listeners to go to their windows and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”



Tonsil stem cells could someday help repair liver damage without surgery
 By American Chemical Society

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a way to potentially inject stem cells from tonsils, a body part we don’t need, to repair damaged livers — all without surgery.



Why diabetes raises risk of Parkinson’s
 By Guest Column

Israeli chemist Yifat Miller and her PhD student Yoav Atsmon-Raz have found a critical link between Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).



Surgeons use 3D-printed heart to save life of 2-week-old baby
 By News on the Net

A 2-week-old baby underwent surgery for a congenital heart defect, thanks to a 3D-printed model, the News-Times reported.



The Rise of the Islamic State: The Strategic Surprise
 By News on the Net

It was only a matter of time before the debate began about who was responsible for the failed strategic assessment about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Less than a year ago, few people knew about ISIS and the risks it represented. Suddenly, within just a few months, ISIS leads the list of threats of a long line of nations, beginning with the United States, and is considered a threat so severe that exceptional steps must be taken in order to confront it. ISIS’ dramatic rise to success, the threat it emanates, the shock aroused by its cruelty, and the sense that fighting it is liable to take a long time have all led to the inevitable accusations, especially in the United States, about why ISIS’ capabilities were not properly assessed and who is to blame.