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Diabetes Breathalyzer Could Replace Need For Pricking Finger

Most diabetics are familiar with the daily task of pricking their finger to draw blood, it’s something they must do to test their levels. But a new tool on the horizon will allow diabetics to ditch the pricking and it’s as easy as breathing.

Oxford University researchers have developed an breathalyzer that replaces the need for drawing blood, according to ExtremeTech.

As pointed out in the report, published in the American Chemical Society journal Analytical Chemistry, diabetics can have fruity smelling breath, which indicates acetone. It’s a natural byproduct of the metabolism.

A strong presence of acetone signifies ketoacidosis. This could mean that there isn’t enough insulin in the bloodstream to handle glucose, wh


"Second Skin" Products Correct Wrinkled Skin

The sun can do a number on the elasticity of one's skin, causing some serious wrinkling over time. However, a network of scientists have developed a product described as a "second skin" that can reverse some of that damage. 

The substance is silicone-based polymer can be applied as a thin coating on the skin. It mimics the elastic and mechanical properties of young, healthy skin.

During human trials, it was able to reshape under eye bags and improve skin hypdration. 

While the creation has beauty applications, researchers from MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Olivo Labs and Jennifer Aniston’s beauty company Living Proof found that that in addition to tightening, and smoothing the skin, it can also protect the skin from harmful UV rays and possibly be used to provide medication for skin problems like eczema and dermatitis, according to research published in 

Immunotherapy Drug Approved by the FDA to Treat Lung Cancer

An immunologic drug has gotten the Food and Drug Administration's stamp of approval to be used as a lung cancer treatment. This means the drug will be considered a viable option that will be offered before having to resort to chemotherapy.

The drug was approved after researchers from two separate studies found the treatment to be a breakthrough.

The drug, Keytruda, will be used to treat America’s number one cancer killer, non-small metastatic lung cancer (NSCLC).

Keytruda works by kicking the immune system into gear to fight cancer.

"This study may change current practice for the treatment of patients with advanced NSCLC,” said Johan Vansteenkiste, a Belgium medical professor, referring to one of the studies, which was published in the  New England Journal of Medicine.

There were 305 patients who were treated with Keytruda. Their illness was profession-free by four months and 80 percent of the patients were


Male Birth Control Found Effective, But Causes Serious Side Effects

Ever thought men should be able to shoulder the responsibility of birth control for a change?

Well now that's a real possibility, but it still may be a long way off before it ever hits the market. 

An injectable birth control, similar to the depot shot, was tested in a new study sponsored in part by the United Nations and the results were published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The birth control was over 96 percent effective in preventing pregnancy, but the study, conducted from 2008 - 2012, was cut short because some participants couldn't handle the side effects. Some of the participants complained side effects, such as experiencing mild to moderate depression, increased libido, pain at the injection site and acne. In some extreme cases, it took longer for the participants to return to normal fertility levels and one person's sperm count still hasn't


Exercise Can Decrease Memory Loss

Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide — and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's.

The effects were modest, but a series of studies reported Thursday found vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer's — and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.

"Regular aerobic exercise could be a fountain of youth for the brain," said cognitive neuroscientist Laura Baker of Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina, who reported some of the research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.

Doctors have long advised that people keep active as they get older. Exercise is good for the heart, which in turn is good for the brain. Lots of research shows physical activity