Macular Degeneration :: USC biomedical team to participate in $6 million low vision project

An interdisciplinary team of biomedical researchers from the USC Viterbi School, the College and the Keck School of Medicine of USC has received a $6-million Bioengineering Research Partnership grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to begin designing visual aids for millions of older adults who suffer from significant vision loss.

Heart :: Early treatment can reverse heart damage

University of Minnesota researchers have discovered that treating people who have early cardiovascular abnormalities, but show no symptoms of cardiovascular disease, can slow progression and even reverse damage to the heart and blood vessels.

Geology :: December Geology and GSA Today media highlights

Topics include: impact of melting glaciers on near-shore ecosystems; discovery of intact egg clusters from a Middle Cambrian oceanic invertebrate; biotic recovery from the End-Permian mass extinction; fossil evidence of unusual animal foraging behavior; dating the destruction of Herod the Great’s harbor at Caesarea; El Ni?o-related landslides along the Big Sur coastline, and evidence of flowing water at Mars’ Erebus crater. The GSA Today science article describes dynamics of ice sheet recession in East Antarctica.

Smoking :: Quit Tips From The American Cancer Society

On November 16, the American Cancer Society will hold its 30th annual Great American Smokeout. Every year, smokers across the nation take part in the Smokeout by smoking less or quitting for the day on the third Thursday of November. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of the many effective ways to quit for good.

Cancer :: ‘Hair Again’ Gives Cancer Journey Meaning

“Medicine alone is not enough to get you through cancer,” comments Linda Dibblee, breast cancer survivor and winner of the 2006 Lilly Oncology on Canvas International Art Competition and Exhibition. “You have to stay strong and positive through even the darkest times. Having a channel through which you can release your feelings can help you find strength that you never knew you had. For me, painting became my way of expressing all my thoughts, hopes and frustrations, and I truly believe it played a part in helping me beat cancer.”