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I've been submitting stories from for many weeks, but noticed you're not accepting them anymore. Can I ask the reason? If I did something against the rules, I apologize, it wasn't my intention. I wish we could fix it and share interesting stories on health/science with slashdot readers again.
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+ - Bone-Marrow Transplant Halts Rett Syndrome, Prolongs Life and Reverses Symptoms

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smoothjazz (2573317) writes "Bone marrow transplants that boost a type of brain immune cells could potentially be used to treat Rett syndrome, a severe and incurable autism spectrum disorder that affects about one in every 10,000 girls, by improving the debilitating symptoms associated with the disease and significantly extending patient lifespan."

+ - Nano Spiral Staircases Modify Light

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An anonymous reader writes "There was a lot of excitement a few years ago following the discovery of the DNA origami technique. The approach could be used to build nanoparticles of a given shape and size. However, real applications, such as nano-tweezers, remained out of reach. An international team of researchers led by Professor Tim Liedl of the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitaet Muenchen and Professor Friedrich Simmel of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have now succeeded in building nanoparticles using optically active DNA building blocks that can be used to modify light in very specific ways."

+ - Smartphones More Accurate, Faster, Cheaper for Disease Surveillance

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An anonymous reader writes "Smartphones are showing promise in disease surveillance in the developing world. The Kenya Ministry of Health, along with researchers in Kenya for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that smartphone use was cheaper than traditional paper survey methods to gather disease information, after the initial set-up cost. Survey data collected with smartphones also in this study had fewer errors and were more quickly available for analyses than data collected on paper, according to a study presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta."

+ - NASA Astronauts Brain Scans Reveal Tissue and Eye Damage After Space Flight

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smoothjazz (2573317) writes "Magnetic resonance imaging of the eyes and brains of NASA astronauts, who have spent long periods of time in orbit, revealed damage to their eyeballs and brain tissue, side effects similar to intracranial hypertension, a condition in which pressure builds within the skull, according to a new study."

+ - Daily Serving of Red Meat Raises Risk of Early Death

Submitted by smoothjazz
smoothjazz (2573317) writes "Eating a serving of red meat a day significantly increases the risk of premature death from diabetes, heart disease or cancer, according a new comprehensive study published on Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The longitudinal study, with a follow-up of up to 28 years, consisted of 121,342 American men and women, and found that each additional serving of red meat, both processed and unprocessed, was associated increased risk of all-cause premature death, with a higher risk linked to processed meats, according to Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and his research team."

+ - Birth Defects Linked to Certain Drugs for Asthma, Depression, Diabetes

Submitted by smoothjazz
smoothjazz (2573317) writes "In a study, expected to be published next year, European researchers are examining medical records of nearly four million births across the continent that have been linked to birth defects in newborns, including cleft palate, spina bifida and heart defects, and determining whether they are associated with prescription medications like asthma inhalers, artificial insulin, anti-epileptics and some anti-depressants."

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