Archive for the ‘Community Health’ Category

Physical Therapist Is A True American Ninja Warrior

Double duty: Todd Bourgeois uses his knowledge of physical therapy to teach his students and to compete in the challenging tasks of "American Ninja Warrior."
Source: APTA

Watching Todd Bourgeois, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, FAAOMPT, artfully navigate the ramps, ropes, waving pods, and sliding curtain obstacles in his qualifying round on NBC TV’s “American Ninja Warrior,” you half expect him to shoot webs out of his wrist, Spiderman-style. He’s that good. But radioactive spider bites aren’t at work here. This is pure [...]

One Injection Stops Diabetes In Its Tracks: Treatment Reverses Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes In Mice Without Side Effects

In the liver tissue of obese animals with type 2 diabetes, unhealthy, fat-filled cells are prolific (small white cells, panel A). After chronic treatment through FGF1 injections, the liver cells successfully lose fat and absorb sugar from the bloodstream (small purple cells, panel B) and more closely resemble cells of normal, non-diabetic animals.
Source: Salk Institute for Biological Studies

In mice with diet-induced diabetes — the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans — a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery by Salk scientists, published in the journal Nature, could lead to a new generation of [...]

Scientists Find Way To Trap, Kill Malaria Parasite

Scientists may have found a way to imprison the malaria parasite in its protective chamber inside red blood cells. In the electron micrograph, the malaria parasites appear in blue and uninfected red blood cells are shown in red.
Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Scientists may be able to entomb the malaria parasite in a prison of its own making, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report in Nature. As it invades a red blood cell, the malaria parasite takes part of the host cell’s membrane to build a protective compartment. To grow properly, steal [...]

Tak Mak Study In Cancer Cell Maps Decade Of Discovery To Potential Anticancer Agent

Dr. Tak Mak
Source: UHN

The journal Cancer Cell  published research led by Dr. Tak Mak mapping the path of discovery to developing a potential anticancer agent. “What began with the question ‘what makes a particular aggressive form of breast cancer cells keep growing?’ turned into 10 years of systematic research to identify the enzyme PLK4 as a promising therapeutic [...]

Don’t Skimp On Shades This Summer

Josh Liberio, lead singer of band 5 Cherry Lewis, didn't forget his shades when he performed during the all-day music festival Movin' On a few years ago on Penn State's University Park campus.
Source: Penn State

Sunscreen and sunglasses top the list of summertime must-haves for most people. But just as skin can burn on an overcast or chilly day, eyes can sustain damage anytime you’re outdoors without sunglasses. Although it’s fashionable to slip on a sleek pair of shades, Tara O’Rourke, an optometrist at Penn State Hershey, says shopping for [...]