The hype of the electronic cigarette as a safer alternative to smoking was never proven before the product was sold with these claims so the concerns raised by the WHO and the subsequent sales bans in several countries are by no means a surprise.
Archive for March, 2009
For a disease cured more than 60 years ago, tuberculosis is still very much a scourge to humankind. While we may think of it as a disease of the past, it is still affecting a third of the world’s population and as a result still deserves focused research.
Nerve damage has always been a condition with few treatment options and unsatisfactory results in many cases. However, we may soon see new options for treating those with nerve damage as side-effects of the considerable research that is now underway to grow and repair nerve pathways.
News of the Danish government’s decision to compensate female shift workers who developed breast cancer suggests that the 2007 statement by the World Health Organization that shift work may be carcinogenic could result in higher compensation to shift workers.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly of cancers because it is so hard to detect in early stages and because it is so aggressive. With low survival rates among these cancer victims, new research that suggests earlier detection of the disease is welcome news.
Doctors have long used their sense of smell to detect the symptoms of certain diseases in the breath of their patients. While not new, machine analysis of our breath for disease detection continues to expand in its scope to detect a growing number of conditions.
While the lifting of the embryonic stem cell research funding ban by President Obama is being seen positively in some camps, others remain concerned about the use of these cells. However, one hope is that the increased research opportunities may lead to the use of alternate stem cell sources.