Couples hoping for a pregnancy have a new tool designed to help. The Ovulation Scope from quest products works like other saliva based fertility predictors, but at about one third the price. The reusable, lipstick sized device collects a sample of saliva on the scope. After it dries, a peek through the scope will let you know if you are in the right time-frame for conception. A fern like pattern, caused by dried salt crystals, will appear just prior to and during ovulation. Major retailers nationwide should have the Ovulation Scope on store shelves this month.
In a cancer study, scientists at the University of Michigan may have stumbled onto a side effect that could be worth millions. They had applied a chemical containing a cancer causing protein called Beta Catenin to the backs of the mice. Instead of giving the mice cancer, the cancer free mice started growing hair follicles instead in massive numbers. Researchers say their surprise findings may lead to possible strategies for hair growth, but don't count on that anytime soon because the need lots more study to make sure there is no cancer link. The research was funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Check up on your health on Saturday (5.17) at the Rawlings Community Center where you can get free glucose screenings, free cholesterol checks, a free hearing test, and free blood pressure readings. There will also be food and activities planned for the whole family at the Rawlings Community Center open house. The center is at 40th and Avenue B, and the health checks run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.