Constipation drug for late-stage cancer patients also shown to extend their lives

Constipation drug for late-stage cancer patients also shown to extend their lives

Agence France-Presse A drug that is given to late-stage cancer patients to help ease the constipation brought on by morphine has been shown to extend their lives, researchers said. Methylnaltrexone, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2008 to treat opioid-induced constipation, could play a role in cancer therapy, said researchers who presented

Tractor beams of science fiction becoming a reality

Tractor beams of science fiction becoming a reality

Reuters The tractor beam, a staple of science fiction including “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” that is employed to grab spaceships and other things remotely, is entering the realm of reality. Researchers on Tuesday said they have developed a tractor beam that uses high-amplitude sound waves to levitate, move and rotate small objects without making

A radioactive band-aid may heal skin cancer

A radioactive band-aid may heal skin cancer

Medical Daily

Radiotherapy, a common cancer treatment, involves the use of directed, high-energy radiation. So to heal one form of skin cancer, scientists are now developing a type of radiotherapeutic bandage. Though tested only on animals so far, the bandage delivers radiotherapy directly to a squamous cell carcinoma (tumor), and might someday replace existing treatments, according to University…

Oxygen found on Rosetta’s comet: ‘Most surprising discovery’ so far

Oxygen found on Rosetta’s comet: ‘Most surprising discovery’ so far

Los Angeles Times

Scientists from the Rosetta mission have found oxygen in the atmosphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — a discovery that could change our understanding of how the solar system formed. The molecular oxygen (O2) was detected by the ROSINA mass spectrometer, one of a suite of instruments aboard the Rosetta spacecraft that has been traveling with the comet…

A face-lift won’t help with your sagging self-esteem, study says

A face-lift won’t help with your sagging self-esteem, study says

Los Angeles Times

Here’s some eye-opening news from plastic surgeons: A face-lift may make you look younger, but it won’t necessarily improve your self-esteem. Doctors asked 59 patients who were planning to get face-lifts to answer 10 questions designed to assess their feelings of self-worth. The patients stated how strongly they agreed or disagreed with statements such as “I…

Christianity and kink have a lot in common

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet Want a special someone who will bring you to your knees? One who will be totally in charge? One who will tell you that you are really, really bad and threaten you with punishments? Maybe you have a little day dream about being a captive virgin. Or maybe you prefer to fantasize