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Genital herpes more virulent in Africa than in U.S.

Strains of genital herpes in Africa are far more virulent than those in the United States, researchers at Harvard Medical School report, a striking insight into a common disease with […]

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Stem Cell Therapy for Kidney Failure stem cell therapy. Here we are discussing a publication showing bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells reduce kidney damage.

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Stem Cell Therapy for Kidney Failure

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Medical doctors speak out about why they avoid naked body scanners at airports

For those still contemplating whether or not the radiation emitted from airport naked body scanners is serious enough to avoid, you may be interested to know that many doctors routinely “opt out” and choose the full-body pat down instead because they recognize the inherent dangers associated with any level of radiation exposure. A recent CNN piece explains that for many doctors, avoiding all sources of radiation whenever possible is just the smart thing to do.

Throughout the past year, was covered many stories related to the US Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) controversial naked body scanners, which are now installed and in use at nearly 80 US airports ( Besides representing an unconstitutional invasion of privacy (, the scanners blast passengers with full-body doses of health-destroying radiation (

So what do medical doctors who fly have to say about the machines? Well, according to CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen who recently conducted her own small investigation, many are concerned about the radiation these scanners emit. Read more…

Joint Mender for Joint Care

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Antibiotic Resistance Takes a New Turn

A strain of bacterium called Klebsiella pneumoniae that causes blood infections and pneumonia has now developed resistance to the one remaining group of antibiotics that used to be effective against it, called carbapanems.

Especially worrisome is that K. pneumoniae is the first gram-negative bacterium of any significance to develop antibiotic resistance. Gram-negative bacteria exchange DNA with other bacteria more readily than do gram-positive bacteria such as methycillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (Gram-negative and gram-positive refer to whether the bacterium takes up a particular stain, and that is determined by differences in cell wall structure). The danger is that an antibiotic-resistant strain of K. pneumoniae might transfer the gene for antibiotic resistance to other gram-negative bacteria such as the much more common E. coli. And that would mean that antibiotic resistance would spread from one strain of gram-negative bacterium to another even though the bacteria were never exposed to the antibiotic at all.

It’s been just over 80 years since penicillin was first introduced, and despite the development of many new antibiotics over the years, the bacteria seem to be winning the battle. In recent years the development of new antibiotics has slowed to a trickle, to the point that there are no new types of antibiotics even in the drug-development pipeline. Pharmaceutical companies have lost interest in developing new antibiotics, in part because they know that antibiotic resistance is likely to render any new antibiotic less useful with the passage of time.

What to do? Can we research ourselves out of this dilemma, or are we doomed to remain one step behind in the perennial battle against bacteria?

Reference: McKenna, Maryn. The Enemy Within. Scientific American April 2011, pp. 46-53.

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Treating Radiation Exposure

The nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan that was damaged last month by the tsunami continues to release radioactive materials into the atmosphere and the ocean. A few workers who were trying to stop the leaks have been exposed to excessive doses of radiation. Lots of folks are asking: How does radiation damage the body, and are there any drugs to combat radiation poisoning?

At the cellular level, excessive radiation exposure leads to the production of highly reactive oxygen species called free radicals. The free radicals damage DNA, leading to cell death. Rapidly-dividing cells such as those in the bone marrow and lining the digestive system tissues are the most affected. But death from radiation poisoning is usually due to multiple organ failures, making it difficult to treat.

So far there aren’t any truly effective drugs to treat radiation poisoning, though several are under development. The major pharmaceutical companies traditionally haven’t been interested in developing anti-radiation drugs because there isn’t supposed to be a market for them, aside from the rare nuclear accident. Perhaps in the wake of the accident in Japan, that attitude will change.

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NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™


NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™

A Permanent and Natural Alternative to Breast Implants Using Your Body’s Own Fat

(Orlando, FL) Roger Bassin, M.D. cosmetic surgeon and Medical Director of the Bassin Center for Plastic Surgery, has pioneered a revolutionary new procedure, NaturalFill® Natural Breast Enhancement™, which employs the latest technologic advances in fat harvesting and fat transfer to provide women the option of enlarging their breasts using their own fat. NaturalFill may also be used to smooth out breast irregularities, fill in loose areas at the ’superior pole’ of the breast (most commonly seen with post-pregnancy), improve dimpling and visible edges around implants and enhance overall breast contours.

NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement combines the body-contouring power of the advanced AQUALIPO® liposuction process, with gentle fat harvesting and fat transfer to achieve outstanding, long lasting results, with less medical risk and no patient downtime.

NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement utilizes AQUALIPO a revolutionary new minimally invasive liposuction technique that uses the natural power of Water Jet Assisted Liposuction™ to wash away fat, while gently sculpting and contouring the body. Intact fat cells are gently flushed from the body in targeted areas (saddlebags, love handles, lower abdomen, buttocks and thighs) and then immediately injected into selected areas of the breast.

Until now, the recovery of fat from liposuction patients has been a laborious process, involving centrifuges and prolonged time to ‘process’ the fat before use for injection. A process which in the past would have taken hours can now be done in a single office visit, saving the patient additional appointments and money. And since there is no need for general anesthesia, downtime is minimized.

There are several advantages to NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement. Saline or silicone implants which are considered the standard for cosmetic breast augmentation and reconstruction show complication rates to be as high as 25% with a re-operation rate of 100% at 10 years. Additionally, implants can obscure 15-50% of normal breast tissue on screening mammography making early detection or follow-up of cancer difficult.

Fatty tissue does not exhibit reactive inflammation, rejection, or autoimmune disease. NaturalFill Natural Breast Enhancement results in excellent cosmetic result including a natural feel to the breasts that is reproducible and 85% of the fat that is transferred remains. This is up from 30-50% from previous techniques. Unlike implants this procedure will not interfere with future mammograms. The procedure, performed in conjunction with liposuction allows artistic body re-contouring to complement breast augmentation for a new total-body look.

Dr. Bassin

Roger Bassin, M.D.


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Lumenis Launches New AcuPulse with MultiMode™ Technology

AcuPulse from Lumenis

Lumenis Launches New AcuPulse with MultiMode™ Technology at American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)

Lumenis launched the new AcuPulse CO2 laser with MultiMode™ technology, at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on March 30, 2011.

Santa Clara, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) Lumenis Ltd., the world’s largest medical laser company developing, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of high-end medical lasers and sophisticated energy delivery equipment for surgical, ophthalmic and aesthetic applications, launched the new AcuPulse CO2 laser with MultiMode™ technology, at the 31st Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) on March 30, 2011.

With the new, patent-pending MultiMode technology, AcuPulse now offers the ability to perform both deep and superficial fractional cosmetic treatments using a single handpiece and with a simple, touch-point selection, thereby reducing treatment set-up and procedure time. The first generation AcuPulse, released in September of 2009, was designed for hospitals, clinics and physicians looking to offer a wide range of cosmetic laser procedures while maintaining the ability to upgrade to full surgical capabilities.

“The new AcuPulse with MultiMode allows me to be much more efficient in the delivery of both deep and superficial fractional laser treatments, enabling me to quickly deliver both modalities using the same hand piece,” said Michael H. Gold, MD, Medical Director, Gold Skin Care Center. “Initial results show a high level of patient satisfaction and efficacy for the treatment of photodamage, dyschromias and scars.”

AcuPulse is unique in its ability to support a wide range of aesthetic and surgical specialties, delivering fast treatments with very precise and consistent tissue effects, while an easy-to-use navigation system significantly reduces procedure and inter-department set-up time. MultiMode will be a standard feature on all AcuPulse lasers, while all previously installed AcuPulse systems will receive a complimentary upgrade to enable MultiMode capabilities.

“Lumenis has a long history of innovation,” said Dov Ofer, Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to offer yet another technological advancement bringing high levels of patient satisfaction and treatment efficacy, as well as great value to our hospital, clinic and physician partners.”

“With the ability to treat more than 100 FDA-cleared indications, touch screen navigation, and patient-personalized settings, AcuPulse continues to deliver a value-conscious platform that supports Aesthetics, Otolaryngology, Gynecology, Neurosurgery and General Surgery,” said Robert Mann, General Manager Global Aesthetics and Dermatology at Lumenis.

About Lumenis
Lumenis, the world’s largest medical laser company, is a global developer, manufacturer and distributor of laser and light-based devices for surgical, ophthalmic and aesthetic applications, with more than 800 employees worldwide. Lumenis has 270 registered patents, over 260 FDA clearances, an installed base of over 30,000 systems and a presence in over 100 countries. Lumenis endeavors to bring the finest state of the art technology products to the market, fulfilling the highest standards of excellence, quality and reliability, delivering premium value and service to its customers. The name Lumenis is derived from the Latin words meaning “Light of Life” highlighting the light, which is the basis of our technologies, used to enhance life.


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Open-source chemistry: still on the frontier

For most organic chemists (or synthetic chemists in general), if you were to ask them which program they use most on a day-to-day basis, there would be one overwhelmingly popular answer: ChemDraw.  The ChemBioOffice suite from CambridgeSoft is like the Excel of the chemistry world: a program so good, and so widely used that thinking of a replacement is often considered folly.  While the program is supported on both Mac and Windows, Linux support remains elusive, and likely will for a long time.

About two computers ago (how sad that this can actually be understood as a measurement of time), I had my first encounter with Windows Vista.  After about a week, I decided to format the computer and give Ubuntu Linux a go.  The version out then was Feisty Fawn (7.04), and while I had to tweak a lot of things to get the OS working the way I wanted, it was actually a very positive experience.  I was finishing up my second year of undergrad, and hadn’t had too much experience with chemical drawing, so I figured that the plethora of open-source chemical drawing software would be sufficient.  In the long run, it turned out I was wrong.

Simply doing a search in the Ubuntu Software Installer for chemical drawing software turns up quite a few results, often with confusingly similar names (Xdrawchem, GChemPaint, JChemPaint, Chemtool, ChemSketch, Marvinsketch, BKChem, to name a few).  There has also been a pretty long-standing effort to get ChemDraw to work under Wine, a windows API emulator for use in Linux systems.   This seems to have been mostly unsuccessful, but since I haven’t been using Ubuntu for the past two years, my ear hasn’t exactly been to the ground on this issue.

The main problem with most of these open-source replacements for ChemDraw is that, while they have the basic functionality down (i.e. being able to draw simple chemicals) they lack a lot of the flourishes that make ChemDraw such a pleasure to use.  For one, none of the programs I’ve tried has templates like ChemDraw’s (where you can simply load an ACS or RSC template and not have to worry about bond lengths/widths, typeset, or font size at all).  Some of them even lack curly arrows, meaning that electron pushing is essentially impossible, unless you were to ink them in by hand (which I admit to doing once or twice).  Some have template molecules like carbohydrates and amino acids, most don’t.  Some support a vast array of image export formats, some don’t.  While some of these aren’t hugely important to, say, an undergrad drawing structures for lab reports, they make writing actual papers a joke because the formatting is never right and small features like aligning objects have to be done by hand (#firstworldproblems).

So what’s an Ubuntu-lover to do?  The impetus for this post is that I recently got that four-year-old laptop working again, and threw the latest version of Ubuntu on it.  In the past four years, you’d think that the chemistry drawing software would have improved by leaps and bounds.  Turns out…not so much.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

GChemUtils is an ongoing project that is attempted to provide an open-source suite of chemistry software to Linux users.  They recently merged the GChemUtils and GChemPaint projects, and so far it looks like they have a fairly good feature set on the go.  The program has been actively developed by one very dedicated programmer, with help, since late 2002.  Lately, maintenance releases have been coming out about every month or so, and most of the changes are related to bug fixes as opposed to feature expansion, but the program is still getting stronger all the time.

Marvin is another suite that appears to be getting very good.  One excellent feature contained in their drawing program, MarvinSketch, is searching through ChemPub and ChemSpider for drawn structures.  Marvin has many of the structure editing features of ChemDraw, including (some) templates, cleanup, and valency checkers.  It also comes with a powerful set of visualization tools, and even molecular property calculators (which, while not something to depend too heavily upon, can be great first estimates for medicinal chemists).

One big difference between these two programs is the development team behind each.  Marvin is backed by ChemAxon, a company dedicated to the development of an array of cross-platform chemistry software.  GChemUtils is developed by a total of seven people, and as far as I know has abolutely no corporate backing.  As such, Gchemutils could really use some help. Whether or not you have programming experience, their homepage says they are looking for feature testers, web developers, programmers, bug hunters, translators, help with documentation, and even just brainstorming.

So while open-source and Linux-friendly chemistry software development is ongoing and vibrant, what seems to be missing is that little bit of refinement and feature diversity that many open-source projects seem to lack.  Unlike programs such as, which are almost perfect mimics of the program suites they replace, most of the chemical drawing software I’ve come across on Linux seems to need a push in the right direction.  Being a relatively niche market, it’s my guess that a lot of companies aren’t interested in spending time on an open-source program for (organic) chemists who use the least-popular operating system type on the market.  But if more weight gets behind these projects, one of the few remaining barriers to Linux adoption could be torn down.

To freedom!

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Naked penguins baffle experts

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Washington, and other groups are grappling with a wildlife mystery: Why are some penguin chicks losing their feathers? The…

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Nanoparticles increase biofuel performance

How to put more bang in your biofuels? Nanoparticles! A new study in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy shows that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the […]

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Common genetic cause of autism and epilepsy

Researchers from the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM) have identified a new gene that predisposes people to both autism and epilepsy. Led by the neurologist Dr. Patrick Cossette, the research team […]

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Cells That Heal Us From Cradle To Grave: A Quantum Leap in Medical Science

Dr. Roger Nocera discusses the healing mechanisms of adult stem cells. He also examines stem cell medicine in the context of historical advances in medicine.

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Tackling Obesity

The basic formula for losing weight is simple; eat fewer calories than you expend over the same time period and you’ll lose weight. So why has the obesity problem in the United States continued to grow? Why is it so hard to eat fewer calories than one expends?

There are lots of reasons. When we try to eat too few calories, our brains fight against the calorie shortage, encouraging us to eat. Our metabolism may decline when we are in “starvation” mode. Junk food is cheap and plentiful. Marketers are skilled at selling us food that is profitable, even if unhealthy. We’re encouraged by friends and families to eat. We don’t get enough exercise…the list goes on and on.

Is there a solution? According to a recent article in Scientific American, the solution is not likely to come from more knowledge about metabolic processes or even from a diet pill. Taking off those extra pounds and keeping them off over the long run will probably require the application of behavioural modification principles combined with consistent peer support (think Alcoholics Anonymous and Weightwatchers). Changes in government policy that encourage healthy eating, such as requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus, banning trans-fats from deep-fryers, or taxing sugary drinks would help as well.

Reference: Freedman, David H. How to Fix the Obesity Crisis. Scientific American Feb. 2011, pp. 40-47.

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March 2011 Special Report – Energist Portrait PSR

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March 2011
Special Report

Portrait PSR Technology


By Christopher B. Zachary, M.D.

The impact of the economic crash in 2008 was felt by many of us, both personally and professionally. Some of what happened was predictable, most was unforeseen. One unexpected turn of events in the aesthetic market was the loss of a new treatment technology, namely the use of plasma energy (Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration, PSR).

PSR characteristically treats many aspects of chronic sun damage and various other skin conditions, including superficial and deep wrinkles, dyschromia, actinic keratoses, some benign skin lesions, and acne scarring, while improving skin tone, texture, and elasticity. PSR had achieved significant success in the market with its distinctive mechanism for treating skin architecture to achieve cosmetic improvement using a completely different technology from the traditional laser, light, and RF technologies. Unfortunately, the company that introduced PSR hit the perfect economic storm and had to pull out of the market after three years, even though several hundred systems were sold to physicians in the U.S. and 30 other countries and after treating an estimated 40,000 patients.

However, PSR has recently been reintroduced by Energist Group and Energist North America. This is positive news for those who purchased this system, as the plasma technology offers additional treatment options for patients. As a new technology, PSR actually delivered effective cosmetic outcomes that were claimed, as they were based on an extensive series of preclinical and IRB-controlled studies by reputable physicians across several aesthetic specialties. Furthermore, now there are proven long-term patient results out over five years.

A Unique Energy Source for Treating the Skin PSR delivers millisecond pulses of nitrogen (gas) plasma to the skin’s surface that initiates a somewhat unique regeneration response in the skin’s architecture.2 Gas plasma is different…READ ON – Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Zachary

About Dr. Zachary
Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, M.D. is a Dermatologist specializing in cutaneous oncology and reconstruction, cosmetic, and laser surgery. Dr. Zachary is a professor and chair, Department of Dermatology, at the University of California- Irvine. Dr. Zachary is frequently featured as an invited speaker at national and international symposia and is often sought out by the media (eg NY Times, CNN, Today Show) for his candid comments. His ability to critique has drawn some ire, but so far his humor and English accent have saved him from his detractors. His interest in lasers has led to considerable industry supported research in optimal systems for cutaneous laser surgery. He has been the program director for the Mohs College and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Conferences. He is a past president of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons.

He is an educational innovator, having founded both and co-founded He has written and edited his share of papers and books. Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester, United Kingdom. Following his medical school education at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, he subsequently trained in internal medicine and dermatology. During his time at the Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, he gained an interest in dermatologic surgery. His formal surgical education was received at the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1986 to set up the first Mohs and laser surgery unit in London.

In 1988 he was recruited to the Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as Director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center where he spent the next 9 years. In 1997 he sold his boat and lakeside cabin, and moved West to UCSF where he spent 8 splendid years with his friend and colleague Roy Grekin, M.D. as clinical professor and co-director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center, UCSF, San Francisco, California. In 2005, he accepted the position as professor and chair, Department of Dermatology at the University of California-Irvine where he currently resides. This and his family are his main current projects.

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Promoting Science One High School at a Time

I grew up in Foley, Minnesota, a small town (population: 1600 people) in the middle of nowhere. My early world view was shaped by a very homogeneous local population, television, and movies. For example, my isolated perspective made me think that Hollywood was a vision of wealth and fame. Then I moved to Los Angeles for graduate school and these visions were shattered in one fell swoop during my first trip to a shockingly crowded Hollywood strip that offered souvenir stands, sex-toy/lingerie shops, and shattered dreams.

Without meeting a scientist, a similar contrast between reality and imagination can also emerge. Impressions of science and scientists can instead be based on movies like Frankenstein, The Fly or others. For many, this impression can also be affected by anti-evolutionists and climate-change deniers who demonize scientists.

To help add reality into this equation I decided to do what I could, one talk at a time, starting with my former high school. At the beginning of March I was a visiting speaker for my former teacher, Dave Voeltz, in three chemistry classes and one physics class. This was my first attempt at showing the reality of being a scientist and, more specifically, the importance of science and chemistry.

Sam Mueller, my friend since high school, agreed to video tape my talk, cut together some of the more important points, and create a video. I am sharing this video with you with the hope of spreading the importance of science to an even greater audience. Here is the outcome of his 48 hour, video-editing binge (Thanks Sam). I apologize preemptively for my compulsive swaying. With much energy comes much movement.



If you are interested in more of Sam Mueller’s work check out the preview for his latest film Raising Sparrows, which is currently making the documentary film circuit.

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Antidepressants linked to thicker arteries

Antidepressant use has been linked to thicker arteries, possibly contributing to the risk of heart disease and stroke, in a study of twin veterans. The data is being presented Tuesday, […]

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Human Theome Project sets sights on 2012

Joe and Mary Juke are models of piety. They attend services twice a week, are active in faith-based charity organizations, and their house brims tastefully with Christian iconography and literature….

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Weight training for the older set

Getting older doesn’t mean giving up muscle strength. Not only can adults fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with age, but the Golden Years can be […]

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Sun and shade leaves play different roles in tree canopies

‘Outer’ tree canopy leaves influence the sunlight reaching inner canopy leaves by changing their shape, says a new study. The shape and physiology of leaves within the tree canopy is […]

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Dogged by pain — stem cell therapy for dogs

Visit: for more pet stories — A new technique for fighting the crippling effects of severe hip dysplasia is catching the attention of many large breed dog owners. Anne Marie Ogle of Napanoch, the owner of Dasha, a 9 year-old German Shepherd, hopes stem cell therapy will improve her pet’s quality of life. Two vets from Rondout Valley Veterinary Associates in Kerhonkson studied up on the process offered by a California-based company called Vet-Stem.

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Macular Degeneration Improved With Stem Cells Meet Sam, a visual artist who was confronted with the one thing a man in his profession fears most: Compromised vision. In his case his ability to see clearly was being undermined by age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) As conventional medicine could offer little hope of significantly turning his condition around, Sam sought out pioneering physician and stem cell medicine expert, Dr. David Steenblock

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What do Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) mean?

Opposite to good carbohydrate (= “Slow Carbs”), bad carbohydrates – in neo-German also known as “Fast Carbs“ – cause the blood sugar level to rise quickly.
The faster – and thus the higher concentrated – carbohydrates are, the more insulin our body will produce in order to lower the blood sugar level.

As a consequence thereof, the blood sugar level will drop below normal, the appetite – in particular for sweets – will increase, and fat burning will be restricted during this «insulin fattening».

Therefore, GI and GL were invented, to facilitate distinction between «bad» and «good» carbohydrates.

Glycemic Index (GI)
The glycemic index – in short GI – is exclusively applied to foods containing carbohydrates. The GI does not rate foodstuffs with respect to their carbohydrate content but provides figures on their respective blood sugar level increasing effects. Read more…

Immunice for Immune Support

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Beauty Giants Help During The Japan Crisis

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Beauty Giants Help During The Japan Crisis

Japan has always been on the fore front of all things beauty and many of the larger corporate giants that are involved in beautification are giving a helping hand to those tsunami victims in Japan.

With the recent events in Japan victims will need a certain amount of help from everyone including the community that makes beauty possible.

According to Stylist:
“And so some of beauty’s biggest names have stepped forward in the aftermath of the earthquake devastation, looking to help the battered country rebuild with the aid of remarkably generous donations — some of which reach into the millions.”

L’Oréal: The beauty giant — which owns brands as diverse as The Body Shop, Lancôme, Kiehl’s and its namesake drugstore label – will donate $1.3 million to the Japanese Red Cross, in addition to encouraging L’Oréal U.S. employees to personally contribute to American Red Cross relief efforts via an automatic payroll deduction.

Creed: A luxury fragrance dynasty that has continuously passed from father to son since 1760, Creed will donate a portion of all online sales to the American Red Cross. While the percentage is yet to be determined, a brand spokesperson expects it to match or be near Creed’s 10 percent donation to Haiti earthquake relief.

This is just a sampling of the beauty companies looking to help our fellow friends over in Japan by either donating proceeds or a portion of proceeds to help the victims of the tsunami. The beauty industry has the power to create some substantial funds to help our fallen friends and many have taken the first step to do so.

If you are interested in donating visit the American Red Cross and make your donation today.


Source: Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.

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Pandemic Preparedness

The nations of the world are not well prepared for a truly serious pandemic, according to a draft report by a committee of independent experts who studied the World Health Organization (WHO)’s response to the swine flu pandemic of 2009. Fortunately, swine flu turned out to be rather mild, but we may not be so lucky the next time around.

The report found that the production of vaccine took too long to have been of much help if the outbreak had turned out to be really severe. Not surprisingly, rich countries tended to get the vaccine first. Later, when it became apparent that rich countries had stockpiled more vaccine than they would need, millions of doses were donated to poor countries, but they went unused because of liability concerns by vaccine-makers. Some countries panicked, closing their borders to travel or needlessly restricting trade in certain items (such as pork). And the World Health Organization produced too many documents and not enough clear communication and guidance, according to the report.

The report will be discussed at a meeting of the committee this week.

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Gorillas need greens, not processed food

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

The leading cause of death for male gorillas in zoos is heart disease. Sadly, animals that live in close contact with (and fed by) humans end up with human chronic diseases.
Gorillas are the largest of the primates, and they are one of the four species of great apes (great apes make up the Hominidae superfamily, which includes chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas). Following chimpanzees, gorillas are the closest living relatives to humans, differing in only about 3% of our genetic makeup.
Gorillas are herbivores that live in the forests of central Africa, where they can eat up to 50 pounds of vegetation each day, mostly leaves and fruit. Although most gorillas have a preference for fruit, they also eat large amounts of leaves, plus herbs and bamboo, and occasionally insects. In the wild, gorillas spend most of their day foraging and eating.1
In the wild, gorillas eat an extremely high fiber diet, and derive a significant proportion of caloric energy from the fermentation of fiber by bacteria in the colon, producing short-chain fatty acids. The approximate proportions of macronutrients in a wild gorilla’s diet is 2.5% of calories from fat, 24.3% from protein, 15.8% (non-fiber) carbohydrate, and up to 57.3% from short chain fatty acids derived from bacterial fermentation of fiber.2
In contrast, the standard diet for gorillas in captivity is usually not made up of natural leaves, herbs, and fruits – it is a diet of nutrient-fortified, high-sugar, high-starch processed food. Read more…

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