Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia – Medical News Today

In contrast to what is believed, hookah tobacco smoking is not a safe alternative to smoking other forms of tobacco

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of mortality worldwide and is responsible for the deaths of 6 million people annually. Hookah smoking – a form of tobacco use that employs a partially filled water jar – has come under scrutiny in a new study, which suggests hookah smokers and non-smokers exposed to the smoke have increased uptake of benzene, a substance linked to increased risk of leukemia.

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Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia – Medical News Today.

Scientists identify early gene changes that precede blood cancer – Medical News Today

Using DNA samples from research unrelated to cancer, two teams of scientists have uncovered early, pre-cancerous genetic changes in the blood that are linked to increased chances of developing blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndrome.

Scientists have identified some early gene mutations – believed to start in blood stem cells – that are linked to increased risk of blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.

The teams believe their findings open new avenues for research into early detection and prevention of bloodcancer.

The studies – by teams from Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals – are reported in two papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Scientists identify early gene changes that precede blood cancer – Medical News Today.

Genome revolution targets treatments for common cancers – Science – News – The Independent

NHS patients in England will be the first in the world to participate in an ambitious government-led programme to sequence 100,000 genomes as part of a “paradigm shift” in healthcare focusing on the genetic causes of disease.

The NHS has set up 11 “genomic medicine centres” across England as part of the first wave in a future network of more than 100 centres that will recruit tens of thousands of patients with cancer and rare genetic disorders between 2015 and 2018.

Initially the project will focus on five common cancers – breast, bowel, ovarian, lung and CLL leukaemia – and 110 inherited conditions. It is hoped that the programme will help in the development of new drugs and diagnostic tests, heralding a new era of personalised medicine.

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Genome revolution targets treatments for common cancers – Science – News – The Independent.

Golden retrievers bring comfort and joy to holiday travelers at the airport

There are few things more reliably stressful than braving the airport during the holiday travel season.

In the hopes of combating some of that stress, United Airlines has organized visits from comfort dogs at its terminals in Chicago’s O’Hare airport and Houston’s George Bush airport, beginning Saturday.

“I’m glad that our flight isn’t delayed, but if it was, this would be so uplifting,” one passengertold ABC13 in Houston. “They’re so sweet!”

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Golden retrievers bring comfort and joy to holiday travelers at the airport.

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Could Samsung’s app ‘Look At Me’ help autistic children read emotions? | Daily Mail Online

More than 60 million people worldwide suffer from autism, and many struggle to make eye contact and have poor social skills.

While there is no cure for the condition, the use of technology in autism treatment has grown in popularity in recent years.

And Samsung’s latest Look At Me app uses technology in a way that helps improve eye contact and boost autistic children’s social skills and facial recognition abilities.

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This app (pictured) was developed by Samsung, in collaboration with professors, doctors and designers in South Korea. The team created a series of games, or ‘missions’ designed specifically to help children with autism make eye contact, read facial expressions and express their emotions

This app (pictured) was developed by Samsung, in collaboration with professors, doctors and designers in South Korea. The team created a series of games, or ‘missions’ designed specifically to help children with autism make eye contact, read facial expressions and express their emotions

This app was developed by Samsung, in collaboration with professors, doctors and designers in South Korea.

The team created a series of games, or ‘missions’ designed specifically to help children with autism make eye contact, read facial expressions and express their emotions.

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Could Samsung’s app ‘Look At Me’ help autistic children read emotions? | Daily Mail Online.

Sony threatens to sue Twitter if it fails to stop users sharing hacked information | Daily Mail Online

Sony Pictures has threatened Twitter with legal action if it fails to stop users sharing information hacked in the cyber-attack linked to North Korea. 

Twitter has been sent a letter from Sony’s lawyer demanding that any account sharing the leaked information should be suspended.

They also want Twitter to destroy any information that has already been published and prevent any further publication of it.

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Sony threatens to sue Twitter if it fails to stop users sharing hacked information | Daily Mail Online.

source – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Apple issues first ever automatic update to Macs following reports of ‘severe’ security flaws in the software | Daily Mail Online

For the first time ever, Apple has pushed out a security update to all of its Mac customers automatically, without seeking prior approval first.

A number of severe bugs were recently discovered on its OS X operating system that left it at risk of hackers.

Although Apple has had the technology to automatically update people’s computers for years, it typically asks a user’s permission before installing security updates of this kind.

A number of severe bugs were recently discovered on Apple's OS X operating system (pictured) that left it at risk of hackers. Although Apple has had the technology to automatically update people’s computers for years, it typically asks a user’s permission before installing security updates of this kind

A number of severe bugs were recently discovered on Apple’s OS X operating system (pictured) that left it at risk of hackers. Although Apple has had the technology to automatically update people’s computers for years, it typically asks a user’s permission before installing security updates of this kind.

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The scientist planning to upload his brain to a COMPUTER | Daily Mail Online

It is a plan taken straight from the pages of a science fiction novel – and potentially a way to exist forever.

A San Francisco inventor has revealed plans for a system to upload his brain to a computer.

He hopes to be able to replicate the human brain as a mechanical system.

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Randal Koene hopes the brain can be uploaded to a computer, allowing us to inhabit virtual worlds and even visit other planets without having to travel there.

Randal Koene hopes the brain can be uploaded to a computer, allowing us to inhabit virtual worlds and even visit other planets without having to travel there.

Randal Koene says the key to this is the SIM – a ‘Substrate-Independent Mind.’

By mapping the brain, reducing its activity to computations, and reproducing those computations in code, Koene argued, humans could live indefinitely, emulated by silicon.

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Once Upon A Time, Free Speech And Association Were Sacred To Liberals

The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” freedom of speech.

By the same token, all people were free to associate for the purpose of advancing their peaceful interests and government had no right to interfere either directly or indirectly, such as by compelling the release of membership information.

The leading case in this regard is NAACP v. Alabama. Alabama’s segregationist officials, irked that the NAACP was working against their policies, wanted it silenced and ousted from the state. Toward that goal, it relied upon state law to compel the NAACP to disclose a list with the names and addresses of all its members and agents within the state.

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Once Upon A Time, Free Speech And Association Were Sacred To Liberals.

source – http://www.forbes.com/

Stem Cells and the Lawsuit That May Shape Our Medical Future

Regenerative Sciences, a medical company that pioneered a procedure to treat orthopedic injuries using patients’ own stem cells, is fighting the Food and Drug Administration tooth and nail over a claim that human cells should be federally regulated as drugs, in a landmark case that has far-reaching implications for the future of regenerative medicine.

At the heart of the debate is a therapy that uses stem cells derived from bone marrow to repair damaged joints. It was developed in 2005 by the Colorado-based company, which began offering it to patients around 2007, and has since gathered a raft of clinical evidence and testimony about its safety and efficacy. The FDA is questioning its legality, alleging that the stem cells it uses are more than minimally manipulated drugs and should be regulated and subject to approval as drugs. In 2008, the agency accused Regenerative of practicing medicine without a license required for the introduction of a new drug, and in 2010 sued to stop it from performing the procedure.

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Stem Cells and the Lawsuit That May Shape Our Medical Future.

source – http://www.forbes.com/