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Fracture healing gene Lawrence Livermore New identification of a gene involved in the fracture healing process could lead to the development of new therapeutic treatments for difficult-to-heal injuries. Fracture healing involves communication between bone, muscle, vasculature and the thin membrane covering the outer surface of bones (periosteum) during the fracture repair. The periosteum contains stem cells that migrate to the fracture site and differentiate into chondrocytes (cartilage-forming cells) and/or osteoblasts (bone-forming cells). However, little is…

Sen. Lamar Alexander wind farm Sen. Lamar Alexander publicly opposed the upcoming Crab Orchard Wind Farm project. In a speech on the Senate floor said he will not support the new wind farm project. “There are few places any more beautiful than Cumberland County. We should not allow anyone to destroy our environment,” said Alexander. Cumberland County resident Steve Rimmert caught the speech on TV and agrees with the senator. “To spoil this for such…

European honeybee virus A study led by an international team of scientists, including the University of Sheffield, has found that the European honeybee is the source of the Deformed Wing Virus, which is affecting hives worldwide. The finding also suggests that the pandemic is manmade rather than naturally occurring, with human trade and transportation of bees for crop pollination driving the spread. As reported By Science Daily, although separately they are not major threats to…

Impossible Foods, a four-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based company at work on a new generation of meats and cheeses made entirely from plants, has raised $108 million in new funding from a powerful group of backers. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing are among the investors. According the Wall Street Journal, founded in 2011 by Stanford University biochemist Patrick O. Brown, Impossible Foods is creating plant-based foods that it says taste like…

Couple 13th son Holy smokes that’s alot of diapers! A Rockford couple welcomed their 13th child into the world this week. What’s even more amazing, is that the fact that all 13 chidlren are boys. Kateri Schwandt gave birth at 9:06 a.m. to an 8 pound 15 ounce boy who measured 22 inches long. Her husband Jay posted on Facebook: Ok, so the boys know now! Good Morning America will air the “exclusive” reveal tomorrow morning so…

Valeria Lukyanova abs are poppin Human Barbie, aka Valeria Lukyanova, has come back into our lives after a six-month hiatus. The human barbie wants us all to see her killer new abs! The Ukrainian model, who’s made it her mission to emulate the iconic doll, said she got tired of her flat stomach and wanted to build up muscle to channel an Amazonian warrior instead. E! adds: After being violently attacked by two men outside…

Julie Fitzgerald eye cancer An Illinois woman said she spotted her son’s eye cancer in a cellphone photo and although it turned out to be her family’s worst nightmare, “it saved our son’s life.” It all started several months ago. Julie Fitzgerald from Rockford, Ill., said she had been seeing spots in her 2-year-old son Avery’s eye. “I would notice that when I was looking at Avery in a light I would see something in…

Strange but True According to media reports Friday, a paternity case involving a set of twins had twist ending, even Maury would blink at. The girls have different dads. A judge ruled Monday in a paternity case that the man from whom the twins’ mother sought child support has to pay for only one of the children. A DNA test showed that he was almost certainly the father of one twin, but wasn’t the father…

Yamini Karanam, 26, was diagnosed with a pineal brain tumour Doctors knew something was wrong with Yamini Karanam, but what they found was shocking. The PhD student had moved from Hyderabad, India to Indianapolis in the US to study computer science. But her new life in America was amiss. Once a brilliant student, she now had trouble understanding simple articles. Friends and colleagues would say things to her, only for the sentences to get mixed…

NEW YORK – It’s even worse than Lyme disease. Ticks in our area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus. As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, doctors have warned that the Powassan virus, a rare, tick borne illness could be serious. It doesn’t have a treatment or a cure. “The doctor just has to support you during the acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Daniel Cameron explained. Dr. Cameron is the…

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