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Sunday, January 21, 2007

health news

Scientists at the Imperial College of London, working with Canadian scientists, have mapped the gene for Type 2 diabetes. Does this mean there could be a cure looming on the horizon? Is it time to celebrate yet?

Debilitating Rett's syndrome might be curable by turning on a specific gene. Rett's is a disorder that affects mainly girls, and the news that a cure might be available in the foreseeable future must be a mighty source of joy to many miserable parents.

Shakespeare was not wrong when he referred to sleep as that which
" ... knits up the ravelled sleeve of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast."

According to researchers at Princeton, sleep deprivation (at least in rats, so far) causes the brain to manufacture fewer new brain cells, in the hippocampus, which is where memory is formed. Hmmm ...

Turns out, getting up early can actually give you more colds, aches and pains, and make you FAAAAAAAT!!

In good news, Portugal will legalize abortion. Why is this good news, in my opinion? Because there are way too many people on the planet, many of them children who have been orphaned or born to folks who don't want them. When people want and love their children, the bond between parent and child can be a beautiful thing. But an unwanted child is a child in danger of neglect and abuse, and all the sermonizing by wellmeaning godtards doesn't change that. Of course, how wellmeaning godtards are is open to debate, since they are usually also the ones who most strongly resist actually doing anything to help abandoned, orphaned, neglected, or abused children, preferring to let them fend for themselves until they commit one or more crimes in their attempts to stay alive, whereupon the godtards sweep down all righteous-like and promptly allocate money for jails and death sentences (though rarely for rehabilitation, reform, or any actual, you know, help).

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