In ancient times, asparagus was renowned as an aphrodisiac, and maybe for good reason. This succulent, savory vegetable contains a stimulating blend of nutrients that help boost energy, cleanse the urinary tract and neutralize excess ammonia, which can cause fatigue and sexual disinterest. High in vitamin K and folate (vitamin B9), asparagus is extremely well balanced, even among nutrient-rich vegetables. "Asparagus is high in anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese and selenium," said San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores. Furthermore, the vegetable contains the amino acid asparagine, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that helps insulin do its job transporting glucose. It's also especially rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that can help destroy carcinogens. For this reason, asparagus may help fight or protect against certain cancers, … [Read more...] about Asparagus: Health Benefits, Risks (Stinky Pee) & Nutrition Facts
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Big liver news! Two discoveries released yesterday point towards a future without the need for liver transplants. Liver cells are famous for their ability to proliferate in the body (slice out two-thirds and the remaining third will quickly regenerate a normal organ). But end-stage liver failure caused by diseases like cirrhosis and cancers eventually destroy its regenerative ability. A new study shows how cells taken from the tips of mouse tails and genetically reprogrammed to mimic mature liver cells can repair damaged livers. The same technique could ultimately be used to reprogram human cells and reduce the need for transplants. Nature News reports. Liver cells have always posed a problem for cellular reprogrammers because of their many, many functions – from breaking down toxins to producing proteins. Lijian Hui of the Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences and his team tackled this problem by sifting through 14 proteins known to be important for activating genes in … [Read more...] about Can reprogrammed cells nix the need for liver transplants?
Like many of our readers, we here at Digital Trends tend to spend a lot of time inside. There are far too many amazing video games, TVs, and computers to play with to be wasting time outside. There is some good news for those of us who do not spend much time outside working on our tans and lack some much-needed pigment in our skin. A recent study shows that there could be a link between drinking red wine and reducing sunburn.The study found that grapes contain flavonoids, which block changes in the body that might damage skin. These flavonoids also happen to be found in red wine, sorry all you white-wine drinkers. Technically flavonoids don’t prevent sunburn, but they protect the skin from the damaging effects of sunburn. The report says that red wine could actually protect you from the sun’s radiation, and prevent skin cancer. Flavonoids protect the skin by blocking the formation of “reactive oxygen species,” by doing so it limits just how much skin reacts to … [Read more...] about Study: Wine prevents damage from sunburn, nerds rejoice
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a device called the MasSpec Pen, which is capable of detecting cancer in seconds — thereby helping surgeons to remove tumors in their entirety during operations. The smart pen is reportedly 150 times faster than established conventional technologies at detecting cancer and is 96 percent accurate.“The user first touches the pen on the tissue and triggers the process using a foot pedal,” Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, one of the researchers on the project, told Digital Trends. “The device was engineered in a way that it provides a tiny droplet of water to the pen tip, which interacts with the tissue, extracting biomolecules. Next, this droplet containing the biomolecule is transported to a mass spectrometer through a tube. The mass spectrometer is a very powerful analytical technology that measures and identifies molecules and generates a molecular profile, or a molecular … [Read more...] about Forget biopsies — this smart pen identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds
iPhone owners armed with pitchforks and torches are ready to storm the Apple castle over the problems some have experienced, and many have repeated, with making calls, keeping calls alive and holding a data connection. The IPhone 4 Antenna Flap: An FAQ Reports of call and data signal strength problems in the new iPhone 4 surfaced within hours of the smartphone's launch last week . By the next day, Apple was acknowledging that holding the iPhone 4 can diminish the signal, but offered only generic advice to "avoid gripping it in the lower left corner" or "use one of the many available cases." iPhone 4: Three Big Cons Beneath Sleek Design As they're want to do, iPhone users have come up with other, more creative ways to work around the problem.We've selected some of the best advice we've seen so far. Ready? Flex your fingers. It's time to grip the problem, and your iPhone 4.Take Steve Jobs' advice. Hold it just like this. On the day Apple launched the iPhone 4, Engadget posted … [Read more...] about How to Solve the IPhone 4 Antenna Problem