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The truth about doctors' handwriting: a prospective study | BMJ
"This study fails to support the conventional wisdom that doctors' handwriting is worse than others'. Illegible writing is, however, an important cause of waste and hazard in medical care."
writing  medicine  science 
february 2014 by kevan
Scott and Scurvy
"Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times. Scott left a base abundantly stocked with fresh meat, fruits, apples, and lime juice, and headed out on the ice for five months with no protection against scurvy, all the while confident he was not at risk. What happened?"
disease  medicine  science  history  food 
june 2012 by kevan
Technology Review: Biologists Enlist Online Gamers
"By making the game available to anyone over the Web, the researchers expect to find people they call protein savants--people who are very good at solving protein structures and who will spend several hours a week playing the game."
science  medicine  games  simulation  brains 
may 2008 by kevan
Zombie cockroaches revived by brain shot - life - 30 November 2007 - New Scientist
"[Libersat] injected [wasp-paralysed] cockroaches with candidate chemicals that resembled various neurotransmitters in the brain. [...] One of the drugs, a mimic of the neurotransmitter octopamine, succeeded in bringing the roaches back to life."
insects  brains  science  zombies  medicine  necrotech  via:mattgreen 
november 2007 by kevan
Monkey Business (1952)
Demonstrating that one of the most dangerous aspects of self-experimentation is having a biased personal epiphany about social consequences, and abandoning all research on an apparently workable panacea.
filmlog  2stars  science  medicine  coincidences  apes 
september 2007 by kevan
Bad Science » Given the choice, I'd have the miracle pill story
"This story was completely ignored by the entire British news media, despite their preoccupation with both antisocial behaviour and miracle cures, for one simple reason: this was not a story about a pill. It was a cheap, practical parenting programme."
science  medicine  news 
may 2007 by kevan
Viral Fossil Brought Back to Life -- ScienceNOW
"In a controversial study, researchers have resurrected a retrovirus that infected our ancestors millions of years ago and now sits frozen in the human genome."
science  genetics  viruses  history  apocalypse  medicine  pestilence 
november 2006 by kevan
The Seattle Times: Need to quit a bad habit? There could soon be a vaccine to help
"When the person later smokes a cigarette or takes cocaine, the antibodies wrap up and neutralize the molecules before they can trigger feelings of euphoria and pleasure in the brain."
medicine  drugs  cigarettes  science  via:mutual 
october 2006 by kevan
How to cure your asthma or hayfever using hookworm - a practical guide ||
Anecdotal case of successful self-infection. "It involves a great deal of research, a trip to Cameroon and a lot of barefoot walking in open air latrines in west Africa."
medicine  science  worms  parasites  via:holly 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Interest surges in trials despite patients' plight
"'The industry has been very concerned this would have a negative impact on clinical trials, but the odd thing is more people seem to be showing an interest,' said Dr Roberto Solari [...] 'I don't think people realised there was money to be made.'"
drugs  medicine  science  money  pestilence 
march 2006 by kevan
University Health Care: U Hydrogel 'Paper' Plays Critical Part As Study Seeks to 'Print' Human Organs
"The cells and liquid hydrogel are placed in the printer cartridge and then dropped in three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel solidifies. After many layers [...], the cells fuse into tissue that forms 3-D structures."
medicine  paper  technology  science  via:jones 
november 2005 by kevan
Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries
"The user held the case in his hand and a small wooden piece in his mouth was gripped tightly by the teeth. Sound was picked up by the diaphragm, and was passed to the user's teeth via vibrations through a piece of silk-covered wire."
sound  ears  technology  history  art  medicine  science  teeth  via:boynton 
october 2005 by kevan
MosNews: 15 Years in a Fridge
"The man is suffering a rare heat exchange disorder and cannot stand temperatures over 5 degrees Celsius. For nearly fifteen years now, Matyukhin has been living in a fridge."
russia  ice  medicine  science  prison 
october 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Mice Infected With Bubonic Plague Missing
"Federal official said the mice may never be accounted for. Among other things, the rodents may have been stolen, eaten by other lab animals or just misplaced in a paperwork error."
rodents  pestilence  apocalypse  science  medicine 
september 2005 by kevan
Wired 13.06: How to Farm Stem Cells Without Losing Your Soul
"Hurlbut advocates genetically altering cloned embryos so, like a teratoma, they wouldn't have the DNA necessary to become viable humans. [...] You could grow them in vats, kill them at will, and never risk offending God."
genetics  religion  medicine  science  teeth 
june 2005 by kevan
Acquired growth hormone deficiency and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in a subject with repeated head trauma, or Tintin goes to the neurologist
Measuring "the length of loss of consciousness (the number of frames before Tintin returns to normal activity) and the apparent severity of the trauma (indicated by the number of objects [e.g., stars, candles] revolving above Tintin's head)."
brains  comics  medicine  science 
may 2005 by kevan
New Scientist | Jaw transplant allows man to chew after nine years
A jawbone made from stem-cells on a titanium frame, fixed to the patient's shoulder for a blood supply while it was growing.
bones  medicine  science  teeth 
august 2004 by kevan | How I survived Chernobyl
"A couple of seconds later, I felt a wave come through the room. The thick concrete walls were bent like rubber. I thought war had broken out. We started to look for Khodemchuk but he had been by the pumps and had been vaporised."
apocalypse  death  medicine  pestilence  russia  science 
august 2004 by kevan

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