Health

Weight-Loss Surgery Could Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Bariatric Surgery for weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes helped many to reduce their blood sugar to healthy levels and not need more medication for the disease three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical meeting on Monday. The operation also helped patients to reduce the need for treatments for high blood pressure and cholesterol and led to improvements in quality of life compared with those who received medical therapy for weight loss, the researchers discovered. The study, called Stampede, which involved 150 obese patients who had type 2 mellitus diabetes for at least eight years, was led by…
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Stem Cell Study Contained ‘Fraudulent’ Parts

The Nippon Research Institute of Riken acknowledged today that the last and revolutionary study on stem cells, led by scientist Haruko Obokata, published by the journal "Nature" contained "fraudulent" parts. The study, published in January in two articles that were picked up by "Nature", showed a very simple method to reprogram adult cells (immersing them in an acid or by applying pressure on their membranes) and obtain stem cells, with the ability to become any tissue. Although the great find would simplify the process to obtain these cells (which may constitute the future of regenerative medicine) many researchers began to report, after the publication, the use…
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This Day In History

Today In History: March 20 1727

Death of Isaac Newton His enormous prestige earned him the title of Sir and upon his death receiving State honors. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. On March 20, 1727 died the scientist whose theories marked the path of physics to the relativity of Einstein, Isaac Newton. In 1661 he joined Trinity College, Cambridge, where his main mentor would be the mathematician Isaac Barrow. Encouraged by him and by the ideas of Galileo, Kepler and Descartes Newton was given to the study of mathematics. In 1666 his findings revolutionised the world of science: he invented infinitesimal calculus (whose discovery was disputed with Leibniz),…
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Culture

Happy PI Day!

Today the world celebrates a rare event: PI Day, an invention of an American scientist to commemorate mathematical science, which has gained some importance to the point such that the search engine Google has decided to modify - as in other opportunities - their logo in honor of the date. PI day was officially declared last year in the United States and the March 14 selection is due to the way that American culture describes the calendar: 3/14 - month, in this case March, registers first - to coincide with the mathematical expression , which indicates the radius of the…
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Today In History: March 14 1879

Albert Einstein Is Born Although a self described pacifist, his works contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb Albert Einsten was born in the German town of Ulm on March 14, 1879. His rejection of the education system and militarism of Germany at the time led him to move to Switzerland in 1895. There he began his studies at the Polytechnic of Zurich graduating in physics and mathematics. However no professor accepted his assistantship application because of his known tendency to not conform to the standards that preceded him. He finally achieved a stable job in the Patent Office…
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