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Cheers and Jeers

by Laura Jungreis, blogger

Cheers to…

The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, who has been able to engineer a human liver in the lab.  Researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest stripped animal livers of their natural cells in a process known as decellularization, and filled in the remaining structures with human liver cells.This exciting advance opens the door to develop other organs as well.  Get more details from the news release here.

The Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, whose recent study confirms the old myth that working out reducing the severity of cold symptoms.  The study followed 1,000 subjects between the ages of 18 and 85 for 12 weeks during cold season.  Researches found that cold symptoms were shorter by 43 to 46 percent in the subjects who exercised at least five times a week, and those that felt most fit had symptoms that were 41 percent less severe.  Read the full story here.

Jeers to…

Loud urban environments, which can not only damage your hearing but lead to heart attacks, according to a recent study.  German scientists published an article in the European Heart Journal explaining how the stress of a noisy environment is an important health factor to consider.  High noise levels in the city and at the workplace particularly affect patients with other risk factors for heart attacks, like diabetes, smoking and high blood pressure.  Read more about the study here.

Sandoz Inc., who recalled batches of their Methotrexate Injection.  Some of the vials were found to have traces of glass in them.  Methotrexate is a drug that interferes with cell growth, and is often used in cancer patients.  Fortunately, there have been no injuries and the recall seems to have been issued early enough to prevent any damage.  Read what the FDA has to say here.