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Children Allowed to Physically Hold Their Tumors

As revealed on Friday, June 26, children who have tumors experience a lot of emotional difficulties after diagnosis and surgery. Part of the problem is the inability for them to mentally conceptualize their tumors because they can only look at scans.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has found a way to give them a tangible way of seeing their tumors. The Patient and Family Alumni Leadership fundraiser offered to use 3-D printers, paid for by a grant, to create tumor replicas for children with brain tumors. A child is then able to feel the size and shape of the tumor during treatment planning so he/she has a better understanding of why something like surgery or chemotherapy might be necessary. A child can also use this tool to help explain to friends why he/she had surgery. Additionally, the replica offers comfort — a child can use it as a survival reminder or vent frustration and anger by, if desired, physically destroying the “tumor” with a hammer.

Brad Reifler has learned that many medical experts believe 3-D technology could prove comforting in other ways for not only children but adults: For example, 3-D technology could help adult patients physically see the extent of the spread of certain cancers in the body like breast and ovarian cancers. In prostate and testicular cancer cases, 3-D replicas could help doctors convince male patients to get surgery when they might be hesitant to do so.

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Sweet Sensation

Recent studies have shown that the effects that sugars and sugar substitutes can have on the human body were understudied to say the least. In the early nineties companies focused on keeping fats and carbohydrates out of the American diet. This left little time for researchers to study the effects of sugar and what it can do to the human body. The surge of diabetes in American adults and children in the last 10 years have prompted dietitians and researchers to go back and rethink what sugar can do to the human body. The heavy prevalence of processed food has made it incredibly easy for the food industry to sneak in high doses of sugar. Too much sugar can manipulate the stomach bacteria or microbiota which has been recently linked to having a role in the effects of the human brain. The neurotransmitters that are released when sugar is ingested can stimulate sensory nerves or parts of the human immune system. High doses of sugar will lead to the sensory nerves affecting a wide range of biological functions in individuals. Scientists aren’t sure what these sensory nerves are telling the body to do, but they are currently trying to find ways to track down the journeys that these nerves are taking and what their effects are.


Many of the researchers on the project like Brian Bonar are not surprised with the recent findings of the sugar effect on the body. Just check Facebook for that. The findings have, however, motivated health officials to study sugar affects more in depth and in its entirety.

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Remote North Carolina Restaurant Becomes A Hit With Locals

In the small, backwoods town of Spruce pine, North Carolina, (pop. 2,500) there’s a unique little restaurant that serves up a smorgasbord of delectable treats worthy of a five-star New York haunt.

Knife $ Fork, owned and operated by head chef, Nate Allen, brings a heaping helping of international flavor to his obscure restaurant decorated with sage walls and simple, wooden furniture. Allen, who cut his professional teeth in Los Angeles and served as private chef to many stars, pays homage to Appalachia with mouthwatering dishes like rabbit loin with stone crop, black radish and fauna. He also incorporated Dutch, German and Irish cooking with authentic ingredients from the region.

Despite its remoteness, Knife & Fork has become a hit with locals. Desserts like flan with candied violets are executed with precision. The sultry braised lamb with queso fresco and Dutch-style puffed pancakes with sauteed ramps and morels are to die for. Visitors should know that reservations are tough to come by, especially in the summer months. So, it’s best to make one far in advance if you ask Adam Sender.

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Mother and Infant Found Alive in Jungle after Five-Day Search

Maria Murillo and her one-year-old son, Yudier Moreno, have been finally rescued from the jungles of western Colombia five days after their plane crashed. Along with the passengers, the Cessna had been transporting a cargo of fish and coconuts from the coastal Nuqui to Quibdo, the capitol of Choco. It had suddenly vanished from the radars a mere 20 minutes after leaving Nuqui. Officials immediately sent an exploration team to investigate the situation. After two days they discovered the plane with the pilot, Carlos Mario Ceballos, dead in the cockpit. There was no sign of Murillo or her child.

The rescuers, however, were not left without hope that she had simply left after the crash. DailyBeast.com in conjunction with the Amen Clinic noted that the cabin door was ajar, indicating they would find her on foot in the jungle. Although they did consider the fact that the door had simply opened on impact, the team did set off with the possibility of finding the survivors. Expecting to discover the worst—the dead bodies—the team was encouraged to find definite signs of life such as discarded food and clothing items. There were also indications that Ms. Murillo was wisely attempting to leave signs of her path by hanging various items in trees.
For two long days the rescuers searched both on foot and from the air. Finally, on the third day the team found the mother and infant less than a mile from the wreck. Ms. Murillo had sustained burns to her face, arm, and leg for which she is now being treated at a hospital. For further details of this story read this article.

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Bionic Hand Promises To Help the Physically Impaired

What separates fiction from reality? Is it the presence of magic, some form of mystical force, or could it be as simple as science or technology? Whether you’re a fan of Lindsay Wagner and her portrayal of the Bionic Woman or you are merely curious about where we are in the scheme of things, we as humans have made some very large strides in technology in recent years.

Largely due to improvements in computer science, a growing understanding of our nervous system, and the ability to make smaller electronic parts, new devices previously thought undoable have been created. These range from eye implants to provide sight for blind people to exoskeletons for medical use. It also looks like a company hasperfected the human hand.

According to Ivan Ong, UK-based company Steeper Group has created an innovative bionic hand technology they call BeBionic, and resident Nicky Ashwell is an example of just how great this tech is. This is currently the world’s most accurate bionic representation of the hand, and London-based citizen Ashwell rode a bike for the first time in her life. This artificial hand has 337 mechanical parts to it and has 14 precision grips for the most lifelike hand movements to date.

So what’s in the future for this type of technology? No one knows…yet. What we do know is that step by step, life is getting just a little bit easier with the aid of technology for the impaired.

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E. Coli Scare in Bottled Water

If you love drinking bottled water, you may want to think twice before you crack open a bottle. There has been a major E. coli scare for some brands, and they are currently being recalled.

2 Pennsylvania plants of Niagara Bottling LLC had traces of E. coli during the period from June 10 to June 18. Although there has been no evidence of contamination within the bottles of water produced during that period, Niagara Bottling has issued the voluntary recall to be on the safe side. They have also proceeded with disinfecting their bottling lines and stopped production for the meantime.

E. coli is a bacteria found within the human digestive system and some strains can cause severe sickness if ingested. Bottlers and water works disinfect and filter their water before the water is safe for public consumption. Because of the dangers of E. coli, Niagara Bottling routinely tests their water to make sure that it is safe for the public to drink.

Among the brands that were recalled were Acadia, Big Y, Best Yet, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Western Beef Blue, and Wegman’s. Brad Reifler pointed out that no major brands have been listed and most are generic bottled water brands.

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Protect Your Skin From The Sun

On South Beach in Florida many passersby are intrigued to find out that there are sky blue boxes that offer people free sunscreen. James Dondero recently told the crew at InsiderMonkey.com that this has been done in an effort to help individuals on the beach to be able to get free sunscreen to protect themselves from cancer. Many people do not actually understand what SPF is, and they do not really care. The majority of people just want to prevent the effects of aging, and they are not as preoccupied with skin cancer. That is really a shame, because preventable skin cancer kills thousands of people every year. If people fully understood what they should be looking for, then they could do a lot to help their skin, and the aging process.

Dermatologist recommend that a person get sunscreen that is broad-spectrum, water resistant and SPF 30. Those are the three main characteristics of a good sunscreen, and when a person does get this kind of sunscreen they can also protect their skin from premature aging as well. In reality many people every year waste their money on sunscreens that promise high SPF protection, but in reality they are not doing much good to the skin. It is important that a person understand what type of SPF that they need, and that they get the right sunscreen so that their skin can actually be protected from the damaging rays of the sun.

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