A&S in the News- March 12-18, 2016

  1. Getting Multiple Tattoos Can Boost Immunity, Prevent Common Cold- Study
    Health Line – March 12
    Tattoo designs not only make a fashion statement, they could have a major health benefit. The tattoos may confer protection against common cold by strengthening your immune system. That’s what suggested by researchers from the University of Alabama (UA), United States. According to the UA researchers, getting multiple tattoos could significantly boost an individual’s immunological response, which makes them better able to fight off infections.
    Tuscaloosa News – March 12
    Al.com – March 15
    Yahoo! Style – March 15
    Men’s Fitness – March 16
    Huffington Post – March 11
    NBC 12 (Montgomery) – March 15
    Sputnik – March 12
    Stuff – March 12
    MSN.com – March 16
    CBS Boston – March 11
    Marie Claire – March 11
    ABC 7 (Denver.) – March 15
    Hello Giggles – March 12
    International Business Times – March 15
    The Journal (Ireland) – March 12
    Macedonia Online – March 12
    Qatar Tribune – March 16
    Inquisitr – March 13
    Viral Section – March 13
    NBC 4 (Oklahoma City) – March 18
    TimLennox.com – March 13
    Financial Spots – March 14
    Steelers Lounge – March 14
    The State Journal (Wis.) – March 14
    ABC 13 (Lynchburg, Va.) – March 14
    The Debrief (U.K.) – March 14
    Medical News Today – March 14
    Star Pulse – March 14
    Pop Sugar – March 14
    WOWK (Charleston, WV) – March 15
    Nano News – March 16
    ABC 13 (Houston) – March 16
  2. Federal R&D programs lift small firms
    Chemical and Engineering News – March 14
    Franchessa Sayler was a chemistry graduate student at the University of Alabama when a staff scientist there asked her to analyze a catalyst that kept failing to speed a reaction. After doing some research, she got back to him. “I said, ‘This stuff is horrible,’ ” she remembers. He told Sayler if she could make something better, “people will be banging down your door to get it.” Sayler took on that challenge and developed a better catalyst. Now she’s chief executive officer of a small business, ThruPore Technologies, which she cofounded with her adviser, Alabama chemistry professor Martin Bakker. They are working to move that catalyst from the lab to the marketplace with support from a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation.
  3. The chilling truth behind this mum’s tragedies
    Australian Women’s Weekly – March 13
    Mary Rocha has known more tragedy than any mother could imaginably endure. Her daughter Leah died of cancer last year, while another daughter, Kai, passed away from severe burns in the same year. She has two other daughters, Maddie and Ally, who are both fighting cancer, one daughter has it in her spine, while the other has it in her hip … Although the traditional forms of Munchausen are considered mental disorders, this new morphed version is virtually ignored by psychiatric associations. “MBI is not universally considered to be a mental disorder, partly due to a lack of clarity about whether it really is, and partly due to the slowness in the movement of the field,” says author of Playing Sick, and M.D of the University of Alabama, Marc D. Feldman who has been working in the Munchausen field for 25 years.

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