Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

World health statistics 2008

In Books, Disabled People, Health on May 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Ten highlights in health statistics 7-34
Progress towards MDG 5: maternal mortality 8
Coverage gap and inequity in maternal, neonatal and child health interventions 10
HIV/AIDS estimates are revised downwards 13
Progress in the fight against malaria 15
Reducing deaths from tobacco 18
Breast cancer: mortality and screening 21
Divergent trends in mortality slow down improvements in life expectancy in Europe 24
Monitoring disease outbreaks: meningococcal meningitis in Africa 27
Future trends in global mortality: major shifts in cause of death patterns 29
Reducing impoverishment caused by catastrophic health care spending 32

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Scheme to Let Robot Take Over Brain-Computer Interface

In Bionic, Cogno, Disabled People, Enhancement, Governance, Health, Information Technology, nano, Nanoscale, NBICS, Neuro, Robotics on May 23, 2008 at 2:26 am

20 May 2008—A group of mechanical engineers at Caltech have come up with a way to guide miniature robots in the task of inserting and positioning electrode arrays in brain tissue. What they propose would be the first robotic approach to establishing an interface between computers and the brain by positioning electrodes in neural tissue.

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A Brief History of Asbestos Use and Associated Health Risks

In Governance, Health, Paralympics on May 22, 2008 at 4:48 pm

If one is into history this seems to be interesting.
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Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study

In Health, nano, Nanoscale on May 22, 2008 at 4:01 am

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Nature Nanotechnology
Published online: 20 May 2008 | doi:10.1038/nnano.2008.111

Carbon nanotubes introduced into the abdominal cavity of mice show asbestos-like pathogenicity in a pilot study

Craig A. Poland1, Rodger Duffin1, Ian Kinloch2, Andrew Maynard3, William A. H. Wallace1, Anthony Seaton4, Vicki Stone5, Simon Brown1, William MacNee1 & Ken Donaldson1


Carbon nanotubes1 have distinctive characteristics2, but their needle-like fibre shape has been compared to asbestos3, raising concerns that widespread use of carbon nanotubes may lead to mesothelioma, cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos4. Here we show that exposing the mesothelial lining of the body cavity of mice, as a surrogate for the mesothelial lining of the chest cavity, to long multiwalled carbon nanotubes results in asbestos-like, length-dependent, pathogenic behaviour. This includes inflammation and the formation of lesions known as granulomas. This is of considerable importance, because research and business communities continue to invest heavily in carbon nanotubes for a wide range of products5 under the assumption that they are no more hazardous than graphite. Our results suggest the need for further research and great caution before introducing such products into the market if long-term harm is to be avoided.

1. MRC/University of Edinburgh, Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen’s Medical Research Institute, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ, UK
2. School of Materials, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS, UK
3. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004-3027, USA
4. Institute of Occupational Medicine, Research Avenue North, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, UK
5. School of Life Sciences, Napier University, Colinton Road, Edinburgh EH10 5DT, UK

Correspondence to: Ken Donaldson1 e-mail: ken.donaldson@ed.ac.uk

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New Artificial Cornea Could Restore Vision For Millions Worldwide

In Bionic, Disabled People, Health on May 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

An improved artificial cornea, which could restore the vision of more than 10 million people worldwide who are blind due to diseased corneas, finally is moving toward reality, scientists in California conclude in a new analysis of research on the topic.

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Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine created

In Health, Stem Cell on May 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

the Department of Defense announced the creation of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, which will go by the happy acronym AFIRM. According to DOD’s news service, AFIRM will “harness stem cell research and technology … to reconstruct new skin, muscles and tendons, and even ears, noses and fingers.” The government is budgeting $250 million in public and private money for the project’s first five years. NIH and three universities will be on the team.
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Environmental Nanotechnology/Nano Environment, Health and Safety Bibliography

In Health, nano on May 15, 2008 at 12:24 am

my April 30 2008 column here

Three article on Genetics

In Disabled People, Health on May 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Genetic, And Moral, Enhancement
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From the issue dated May 16, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Years of Toil in the Lab Yield a New Field
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From the issue dated May 16, 2008

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Medical Genetics Is Not Eugenics
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From the issue dated May 16, 2008

Researchers Target Tumors With Tiny ‘Nanoworms’

In Health, nano on May 7, 2008 at 3:10 am

Segmented “nanoworms” composed of magnetic iron oxide and coated with a polymer are able to find and attach to tumors. (Credit: Ji-Ho Park, UCSD)

ScienceDaily (May 7, 2008) – Scientists at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and MIT have developed nanometer-sized “nanoworms” that can cruise through the bloodstream without significant interference from the body’s immune defense system and-like tiny anti-cancer missiles-home in on tumors.

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Groups Demand EPA Stop Sale Of 200+ Potentially Dangerous Nano-Silver Products

In Health, nano on May 4, 2008 at 12:22 am

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Are multi-walled carbon nanotubes more like asbestos than we thought?

In Health, nano on April 21, 2008 at 3:17 am

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DOE Inspector General report critical of the Energy Department for failing to follow the recommendations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in protecting workers who work with nanomaterials at DOE facilities.

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:28 am



In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:21 am

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Recirculating Air Filtration Significantly Reduces Exposure to Airborne Nanoparticles

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:08 am

David Y.H. Pui, Chaolong Qi, Nick Stanley, Günter Oberdörster, and Andrew Maynard
doi:10.1289/ehp.11169 (available at http://dx.doi.org/) Online 26 March 2008



BACKGROUND: Airborne nanoparticles from vehicle emissions have been associated with adverse effects in people with pulmonary and cardiovascular disease, and toxicological studies have shown that nanoparticles can be more hazardous than their larger scale counterparts. Re-circulating air filtration in automobiles and houses may provide a low-cost solution to reducing exposures in many cases, thus reducing possible health risks.

OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effectiveness of re-circulating air filtration on reducing exposure to incidental and intentionally produced airborne nanoparticles under two scenarios: while driving in traffic, and while generating nanomaterials using gas phase synthesis.

METHODS: We tested the re-circulating air filtration in two commercial vehicles when driving in traffic, as well as in a non-ventilation room with a nanoparticle generator, simulating a nanomaterial production facility. We also measured the time-resolved aerosol size distribution during the in-car recirculation to investigate how re-circulating air filtration impacts on particles of different sizes. A recirculation model was developed to describe the aerosol concentration change during recirculation.

RESULTS: The use of inexpensive low-efficiency filters in recirculation systems is shown to reduce nanoparticle concentrations to below levels found in a typical office within three minutes while driving through heavy traffic, and within twenty minutes in a simulated nanomaterial production facility.

CONCLUSIONS: Development and application of this technology could lead to significant reductions in airborne nanoparticle exposure, reducing possible risks to health and providing solutions to generating nanomaterials safely.


Human health implications of nanomaterial exposure

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 4:06 am


Published in: journal Nanotoxicology, Volume 2, Issue 1 March 2008 , pages 9 – 27

1Institute of Cell Biology & Biosystems Technology, Rostock University Rostock, Germany, 2National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, West Virginia, USA, and 3Dean Research & Development Integral University, Lucknow, India


Nanotechnology presents countless opportunities to develop new and improved consumer products for the benefit of society. However, as the industrial production and use of nanotechnology products continue to expand at a fast scale, potential human health concerns and ecological safeguards for the environment need to be addressed. Health risk assessment involving different animal species for multi-organ toxicity complimented with molecular investigations in cells is essential for investigating the potential toxic effects of nanomaterials. The purpose of this review is to present the current state of knowledge regarding the potential routes of human exposure to nanomaterials and their biological health effects. Although anthropogenic nanosized particles emitted in the environment are known to produce adverse human health in susceptible populations, much remains to be explored. Exposures can occur from direct exposure or from the use of commercial products made of nanomaterials. Safe manufacturing guidelines for prevention of exposures and recommendations on safe handling and use need to be established on a proactive basis to prevent adverse outcomes.

Majority of nanotechnology companies do not perform any form of risk assessment

In Health, nano on April 3, 2008 at 3:49 am

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Nanotech Exposed in Grocery Store Aisles

In Health on March 12, 2008 at 2:11 am

Report finds Miller Light, Cadbury and other brands have toxic risks

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials currently on the shelf, without warning or new FDA testing, according to a report released today by Friends of the Earth.

The report, Out of the Laboratory and onto Our Plates: Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture, found nanomaterials in popular products and packaging including Miller Light beer, Cadbury Chocolate packaging and ToddlerHealth, a nutritional drink powder for infants sold extensively at health food stores including WholeFoods.
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Symposium on nanomedicine in Qatar

In Health, nano on March 9, 2008 at 11:47 pm

in Quatar


NIOSH Updates Nano Planning Through 2012

In Health, nano on March 9, 2008 at 11:45 pm

NIOSH, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health posted on its website an updated version of its strategic plan for reseach in nanotechnology through the year 2012.
The agency is accepting public comments on the document Research Strategic Plan for NIOSH Nanotechnology Research: Filling the Knowledge Gaps until June 1, 2008.
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Nanoparticle Chicken Feed Keeps Birds Healthy

In Animal, Health on February 29, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Feb. 29, 2008 — Researchers at Clemson University have fed nanoparticles to chickens, eliminating deadly bacteria and making the chickens safer for human consumption.
The research could reduce the number of cases of food-borne diseases in the United States and one day treat the more than five million people in developing countries who die annually from diarrhea.
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