The most common form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne MD, affects one in 3,500 boys born every year, but is not diagnosed until a child is nearing preschool age or older. The Columbus Children's Hospital is the only site in the United States working on a test to detect the Duchenne coded genes in newborn boys. Starting in January, mothers at four Ohio hospitals will have the chance to have their infant sons screened for MD. Researchers believe the newborn testing will ensure treatment years before symptoms appear.
Infertility researchers seeking ways to help women conceive have developed a new source of human eggs. Reproductive scientists from the University of Tennessee grew mature human eggs from cells scrape off the surface of women's ovaries the cells were obtained through a laparoscopic procedure done with middle age women. The research is at a very early state, though it may eventually help women with ovulation-related fertility problems have a change to conceive their own eggs.
Keeping a razor in the shower seems convenient but it's most convenient for the bacteria that would like to reside in your skin. Experts from Maine Medical Center say Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles, can be spurred on by microbes hanging out on razors. Get a leg-up on prevention, and keep those nasty germs off your skin by tossing your razor every week.