Remember Dolly? Critics of a new embryonic skin cell breakthrough do The prospect of using a patient’s skin to generate healthy heart, liver or nerve cells for transplant operations has moved a step closer after a breakthrough by scientists, but some researchers are concerned the development leaves the door open too wide to the cloning of human babies. [Getty Images]
In this photograph taken on April 17, 2013, fifteen month old Roona Begum is tended to by doctors and family at a local hospital in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi. Doctors have successfully carried out life-saving surgery on an Indian baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size, a neurosurgeon told AFP on May 15, 2013. “The surgery went perfectly, much better than expected,” Sandeep Vaishya said after the procedure on 15-month-old Roona Begum, speaking to an AFP reporter inside the operating theatre at a hospital in New Delhi.
On Tuesday, actress Angelina Jolie revealed she had undergone a double mastectomy after learning of a heightened risk for breast cancer, Here, an explainer of the process, including what it is, how it’s done and why it helps prevent breast cancer: natpo.st/YSVK88
Wondering which foods to pick up first at the farmers’ market this spring? Dietitian Jennifer Sygo recommends two foods — asparagus and the plant pictured above (can you guess what it is?) — to pick up as they arrive on shelves this month, fresh from gardens and farms. Both back a powerful punch of vitamins, and can assist in shedding pounds, too. [Dean Bicknell/Postmedia News files]
The technology has many nicknames. Besides “wearable robot,” the inventions also are called “electronic legs” or “powered exoskeletons.” This version, called Indego, is among several competing products being used and tested in U.S. rehab hospitals that hold promise not only for people such as Gore with spinal injuries, but also those recovering from strokes or afflicted with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.
The service – the Calgary single mother makes a living at this – costs about $200.
Within a day, she presents new moms with their placentas in pill form – an average human placenta yields about 150 capsules – with promises of renewed energy, better lactation and no post-partum depression. They keep indefinitely.
Placenta-eating has gained some cachet among the natural-birth set, including Mad Men’s January Jones. Ms. Stewart said she became interested in it in 2009, after she was knocked down by depression following the birth of her first child, and she could see little downside from trying it.
“It was natural, it wasn’t from a drug. It was an organ that comes from your body and it’s typically thought of as a disposable organ or medical waste,” she said. (Keith Morison for National Post)
For years, women have been taught the virtues of a good bra in order to make the most of their assets and defy the pull of gravity. Now a French study has claimed that breasts gain no benefit from underwear support and that women would in fact do better to go without.
Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, of Besancon University, spent 15 years studying the anatomy of 330 women before concluding that bras are a “false necessity.”