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Ralph Turchiano

I have a strong affinity for the sciences which led me to create my sites. My compulsion for the past decade has been reviewing literally every peer-reviewed research article. Which can easily be validated by following my posts. To me, science is where the real news is, as it will mold our destiny beyond that of politics or economics. ;-)

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The bird that came back from the dead

New research has shown that the last surviving flightless species of bird, a type of rail, in the Indian Ocean had previously gone extinct but rose from the dead thanks to a rare process called ‘iterative evolution’. Source: The bird that came back from the dead

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats

Neuropathy Completely Reversed with monounsaturated fats Swapping dietary saturated fats for monounsaturated fats reverses nerve damage and restores nerve function in male mice, finds new preclinical research published in JNeurosci. Amy E. Rumora, Giovanni LoGrasso, John M. Hayes, Faye E. Mendelson, Maegan A. Tabbey, Julia A. Haidar, Stephen […]

Heart failure deaths rising in younger adults

Death rates due to heart failure are now increasing, and this increase is most prominent among younger adults under 65, considered premature death, reports a new study. The increase was highest among black men. This study shows for the first time that death rates due to heart failure […]

Five things to know about physician suicide

Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems. A ‘Five things to know about …’ practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview of this serious issue. Source: […]

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia

Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia Peppermint May Help Ease Difficulty Swallowing, Dysphagia “Our findings suggest that peppermint may help prevent these symptoms by relaxing the smooth muscle in the lower esophagus,” says Donald O. Castell, M.D., a professor emeritus in the MUSC College of Medicine, a […]

Schadenfreude: Your pain is my gain

If someone in the workplace is mistreated, their colleagues may respond with empathy — or with schadenfreude. The latter emotion, according to a new study by the University of Zurich, occurs primarily in highly competitive working environments, when one person’s misfortune facilitates another’s goals. Even worse, schadenfreude can […]

Pig experiment raises ethical questions around brain damage

The brain is more resilient than previously thought. In a groundbreaking experiment published in this week’s issue of Nature, neuroscientists created an artificial circulation system that successfully restored some functions and structures in pig brains. The result challenges the notion that mammalian brains are fully and irreversibly damaged […]

Travel through wormholes is possible, but slow

A Harvard physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through which travel is possible. But don’t pack your bags for a trip to other side of the galaxy yet; although it’s theoretically possible, it’s not useful for humans to travel […]

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination “””the measure of function in large blood vessels and of inflammation improved with treatment. Similarly, the presence of biologically available nitric oxide, a compound that helps blood vessels dilate, also increased.”” Over-the-counter Antioxidant Cocktail Improved Vascular […]

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

In this study, researchers found evidence that poverty can become embedded across wide swaths of the genome. They discovered that lower socioeconomic status is associated with levels of DNA methylation (DNAm) — a key epigenetic mark that has the potential to shape gene expression — at more than […]

Blood Cell Production Boosted with Nicotinamide Riboside

Blood Cell Production Boosted with Nicotinamide Riboside Blood Cell Production Boosted with Nicotinamide Riboside The study shows, for the first time, that nicotinamide riboside as a dietary supplement can have a significant positive effect on preventing blood-recovery problems in cancer patients, even after chemo- or radio-therapy. The NAD-Booster […]

When cash is your enemy

People often experience psychological pain when they part from cash, which may make it more difficult to invest cash than dematerialized money to increase savings for the future. Source: When cash is your enemy

The income gap, growing

After more than a century of shrinking, the gap between rich and poor communities has increased dramatically over the past four decades, and Robert Manduca believes a large measure of the change can be chalked up to rising income inequality. Source: The income gap, growing

Evidence rogue waves are getting more extreme

Research led by the University of Southampton suggests that ‘rogue’ waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. Scientists have, for the first time, used long-term data from a wide expanse of ocean to investigate how these rare, unexpected and hazardous ocean phenomena behave. Their findings are […]

Can you ‘catch’ cancer?

Billions worldwide are infected with tropical worms. Unsurprisingly, most of these people live in poor countries, kept poor by the effects of worm-related malnourishment. What may surprise many is that worms also cause the majority of cases of some cancers in these countries. Published in Frontiers in Medicine […]