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Transplanted cornea still sees after 123 years – Health care- msnbc.com

Now this is most interesting story;

OSLO – Bernt Aune’s transplanted cornea has been in use for a record 123 years — since before the Eiffel Tower was built.

“This is the oldest eye in Norway — I don’t know if it’s the oldest in the world,” Aune, an 80-year-old Norwegian and former ambulance driver, told Reuters by telephone on Thursday. “But my vision’s not great any longer.”

He had a cornea transplanted into his right eye in 1958 from the body of an elderly man who was born in June 1885. The operation was carried out at Namsos Hospital, mid-Norway.

Transplanted cornea still sees after 123 years – Health care- msnbc.com

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Now hear this: Don’t remove earwax – Health care- msnbc.com

There’s a reason for the goo. Earwax is a self-cleaning agent, with protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties, doctors say.

That’s why tiny glands in the outer ear canal constantly pump out a watery substance, which gets mixed with bits of dead hair and skin and together is called earwax or cerumen. Excess earwax normally treks slowly out of the ear canal, with an extra boost from chewing and other jaw movements, carrying with it dirt, dust and other small particles from the ear canal. Then, dried-up clumps of the stuff fall out of the ear opening. 

Yep guys it is official leave that ear wax alone, it serves a purpose there.

Now hear this: Don’t remove earwax – Health care- msnbc.com

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Colorizing technology highlights cancerous tissue – Engadget

Here is some technology which can help our health if it performs as it claims to  and that is it makes the cancer cells fluoresce, so that doctors are more able to see up close where exactly they should remove the cancerous lesions from;

In operating rooms today, cancer surgeons are essentially forced to operate without any definitive way of determining whether or not 100% of the diseased tissue has been removed. Thanks to a radical invention by researchers in Massachusetts, that huge limitation could soon be a thing of the past. A new system, dubbed FLARE (Fluorescence-Assisted Resection and Exploration), involves a near-infrared (NIR) imaging system, a video monitor, and a computer. These tools are used to see special chemical dies (christened NIR fluorophores) that are crafted to “target specific structures such as cancer cells when injected into patients.” When these dyes are exposed to NIR light, the cancer cells light up, giving doctors an easy look at what they have left to remove. The team is gearing up to showcase the technology at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia — here’s hoping it can be put to good use in the very near future.

Colorizing technology highlights cancerous tissue – Engadget

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Tobacco Could Treat Cancer

Scientists use the plant to “grow” key components of a cancer vaccine,and when I first saw this I was in a state of shock myself until I realized what they were actually doing. They are using the plants as factories for an antibody chemical specific to the cells which cause follicular B-cell lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
More research is needed but this could prove to be a step in the right direction,by getting the treatment from plants the cost would be cheaper and there would be less risk to the patient.

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Worried about layoffs? Here are 5 jobs immune to recession – USATODAY.com

With a souring economy and rising food and gas prices, workers worry about layoffs. But what if you worked in an industry immune from economic downturns?

According to Sophia Koropeckyj, senior economist at Moody’s Economy.com in West Chester, Pa., industries that may keep workers out of the unemployment office include health care, education, environment, security and energy.

Reading this article there is also another form of work that is more or less immune to the recession and that is the job of Mortician, I mean think about,,the work is steady,,always.:)

Worried about layoffs? Here are 5 jobs immune to recession – USATODAY.com

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