Phakomatous choristoma explained
By: Susan Smalls
Phakomatous Charistoma is a very rare non-cancerous tumor of the eyelid that is typically present at birth. The first recorded case was documented by Lorenz Zimmerman in 1971. He was the first person to correctly identify that the tumor is comprised of ectodermal cells that...
An introduction to chromosomes, genes and DNA
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Understanding genetics involves understanding the basic components of heredity. The basic unit of heredity is the gene, which is a segment of DNA found on a chromosome. But what are these biological entities? And how do they relate to one another in complex genetic processes...
What caused a 2011 smallpox scare in a Virginia museum?
By: Leigh Goessl
Back in May 2011, a Richmond, Va. museum devoted to Virginia state history faced an unintended and interesting problem. The museum had created a "Bizarre bits" display, which featured unique items. One item in the exhibit caught the attention of the U.S. Centers for...
Study: Chinese researchers suggest Vitamin B may protect against strokes
By: Penne Cole
Taking Vitamin B supplements may just save your life. In a study led by Yan Ji MD of the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, researchers have found that taking Vitamin B supplements lowered homocysteine levels, which reduced the risk of a stroke. The study...
Chinese doctors grow new nose on patient's own forehead
By: Sun Meilan
Medical research is progressing every day. Things that even a few months ago wouldn’t have seemed possible are now being done on a regular basis. Luckily for a young Chinese man whose nose became damaged following a traffic accident, it is now possible to...
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