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Being Short Not That Bad- Are Very Short People Protected From Diabetes And Cancer?

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This week Science Translational Medicine published provocative results from an Eucador study that people who are genetically short may be protected from diabetes and cancer.  These patients had a genetic mutation that would not allow them to grow more than 4 feet tall -- their heights would be fixed to that of a 7-year-old for life.

Aging Increases Incidence of Epileptic Seizures- New Study

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Aging increases incidence of epileptic seizures.  A new study from Duke finds that repeated acute seizures lead to higher chance of chronic seizures in the aged individuals when compared to young adults.  This clearly demonstrates that aging increases disease burdens and as our population ages, we need to be ready to tackle new challenges.

Shrinking Human Brains Making Us Smarter

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Scientists say human brain in shrinking over the past 30,000 years and this is not that bad, this makes us smarter.

 Human brains have shrunk over the past 30,000 years, puzzling scientists who argue it is not a sign we are growing dumber but that evolution is making the key motor leaner and more efficient.

A Walking Model With No Energy Cost- Walker Aid Prosthetic Limb Design Or Challenge Segway?

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Want to buy a gallon of milk from the Deli in your neighborhood market? Don’t look for the car, just take the Ruina-Gomes walker!  A new study published in Physical Review  reported a model that can walk on level ground with zero energy input.

26 Million With Diabetes And 79 Million With Pre-Diabetes, Our Healthy Future Is Questioned

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Diabetes is creeping faster in to our society.  Americans may be living longer, but that does not mean that they are going to be healthy.  According to the new statistics released by Center for Diseases Control (CDC),  there are 26 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes.

She Gets Her Voice Back- 52 Year Old Woman Gets Larynx Transplant

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A wonderful news. The University of California Davis surgeons successfully transplanted a larynx into a 52- year old woman who had not been able to speak or breathe on her own for more than 10 years.

Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2

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Growing up poor can suppress a child's genetic potential to excel cognitively even before the age of 2, according to research from psychologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Family Member with Tuberculosis Transfers Disease To Others In The Household- Guilt By Association!

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A new study published in The Lancet shows that members of household with one member having active tuberculosis are at high risk of contracting the disease.

The study was conducted in Lima Peru, by scientists from the Harvard Medical School, Socios En Salud Sucursal Peru, Lima, Peru and  Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.