Archive for August 8th, 2012
Chronic exposure to even small amounts of staph bacteria could be a risk factor for the chronic inflammatory disease lupus, Mayo Clinic research shows. Staph, short for Staphylococcus aureus, is a germ commonly found on the skin or in the nose, sometimes causing infections. In the Mayo study, mice were exposed to low doses of a protein found in staph and developed a lupus-like disease, with kidney disease and autoantibodies like those found in the blood of lupus patients.
Eight of 69 girls and young women ages 13 to 21 who had not had sexual intercourse tested positive for at least one strain of human papillomavirus, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Researchers said that it is possible for HPV to be transmitted through hand-to-genital contact.
Seniors with rheumatoid arthritis had a significantly higher risk of developing serious infections, including herpes zoster and skin/soft tissue and respiratory infections, according to a Canadian study involving 86,039 people older than 65. The risk was higher among seniors taking anti-tumor necrosis factor agents and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. The study appeared online in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.
Researchers have had little success in efforts to lower the salt and fat content of cheese because both are important to the taste and character of the food. Swiss and mozzarella are naturally lower in salt, but consumers have not been drawn to other low-fat or low-sodium products. "Cheese is just this big biochemistry experiment," said Tonya Schoenfuss, a University of Minnesota food science and nutrition professor.
According to the internet hysteria surrounding the ancient Mayan calendar, an asteroid could be on its way to wipe out the world on December 21, 2012 … if an asteroid really is on its way, could we take a cue from the disaster movie Armageddon in order to save the planet?
According to science research carried out by University of Leicester physics students, the answer is definitely "no."