Posts Tagged ‘health’

In the US where the top 2% are getting richer and richer with help of Republicans and the Tea Party, and the other 98% are only getting poorer, Republican law makers in 2 states are upping the ante.

Katniss, Hunger Games

In Georgia and Tennessee, Republican law makers are in the process of passing legislation that would cut food stamps and other forms of government assistance for poor families if their children’s grades fall below all A’s. This would apply to all families on assistance, even those who have students with learning disabilities and other handicaps. Under the law, assistance could be cut up to 30% depending on the grades of the child. In families with multiple children, up to 40% based on the average of all of the children in the home. Students who get lunch assistance from the state would also see a decrease in the amount of assistance for their lunches.
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Fluorescence images of uncompressed (left) and compressed (right) colonies of malignant breast epithelial cells. Compressed colonies are smaller and more organized. Photo: Fletcher Lab

Fluorescence images of uncompressed (left) and compressed (right) colonies of malignant breast epithelial cells. Compressed colonies are smaller and more organized. Photo: Fletcher Lab

Yes, you read that right. No this is not a joke. Though it’s not just playing with them that does the trick. A new study from the University of California in Berkeley shows a remarkable correlation between breast compression and the reduction of cancerous breast tissue.  The study suggests that cancerous breast cells have simply “forgotten” how to be healthy and with a little cuddle time with other healthy breast cells they can be retaught how to be healthy. “Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back to a healthy growth pattern,” said Gautham Venugopalan, a member of the “Let’s just squash cancer” research team.
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Soldier's Peg Leg

Soldier’s Peg Leg

The line between Science and Science Fiction is blurring. Prosthetic limbs have been around for hundreds of years, from the peg legs of pirates and civil war soldiers, to the old claw like replacement arms we, as humans have tried to regain our mobility and functionality after tragic events. In Science Fiction moves such as Star Wars seem to have been to gold standard when it comes to the idea of prosthetics. Human looking limbs that replace 100% of functionality and require no learning curve. We haven’t gotten there quite yet, but we have come a long way from peg legs.

Prosthetic Running Leg

Prosthetic Running Leg

In recent years we have developed prosthetic legs that have such a natural feel and are functional enough that they have allowed their users to win races against, able-bodied people. Replacement limbs are also making strides in looking more natural. Instead of claw style grabbers we have more realistic looking hands and arms.
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