A gel-like substance made from human cells and tiny beads may one day offer a non-surgical, reconstruction alternative to women who have lumpectomies or mastectomies. Researchers at Clemson University devised a process to grow cells on tiny beads. Mixed with a gel, the tissue transplant is injected into the body, leaving the cells to grow and fill-in. The gel and beads act as a platform for the transplanted cells to reach their target area and then are absorbed by the body. Though more than a decade away from human use, the researchers say bone reconstruction and spinal disc repair are other potential uses for this tissue technology.
If you're heading out to enjoy the fall colors, be wary of ticks looking for a good meal. The Lyme Disease Foundation says that as long as temperatures are above 30 degrees, ticks will be awaiting hosts like you or your dog. Wearing light colored clothing can help you spot a tick that gets on you. And don't forget to check your pet for ticks: they can carry the creatures into your home, or get infected with Lyme disease themselves.
Parents who rely on grandparents to care for their children might want to look for alternate baby-sitters because a new study finds grandparents who care for a grandchild even just a few hours a week have an increased risk of heart disease. The study of 54,000 women found those who cared for a grandchild just nine hours a week had a 55 % higher risk of problems like heart attack compared to women who didn't care for a grandchild. The study looked at the health impact of childcare on mothers and grandmothers, but found no ill health effects on women caring for their own children. This research was conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is published in the American Journal of Public Health.