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BBC - Future - The women with super-human vision
"Today, she knows that this is a symptom of a condition known as “tetrachromacy”. Thanks to a variation in a gene that influences the development of their retinas, people like Antico can see colours invisible to most of us. Consider a pebble pathway. What appears dull grey to you or me shines like a jeweller’s display to Antico. “The little stones jump out at me with oranges, yellows, greens, blues and pinks,” she says. “I’m kind of shocked when I realise what other people aren’t seeing.”"
med 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin | Popular Science
"A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, Nature News reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future treatments since their creation eight years ago, which was itself a milestone. This human test is set to be a historic moment in biotechnology."
med 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Press Releases :: MYOS Corporation (MYOS)
"MYOS Corporation Reports Additional Clinical Data on the Impact of Fortetropin on Lean Body Mass, Fat Mass and Muscle Size in Male Subjects"
med  bodymod 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
South Koreans 'will be extinct by 2750'
"South Koreans will be 'extinct' by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation's falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul."
med 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
The World's First Handheld DNA Sequencer Is a Genetics Lab In a Box
"The device, called Freedom4, brings the quantitative PCR method of DNA sequencing to the field. The brick-sized machine has a six-hour battery life and can process DNA samples in one step, identifying the presence and extent of, say, a norovirus infection in under an hour."
tech  med 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Young blood to be used in ultimate rejuvenation trial - health - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"In October, people with Alzheimer's disease will be injected with the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition."
med  sci 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital | Earth. We are one.
"What those in the West view as mental illness, the Dagara people regard as “good news from the other world.” "
med  occult  cult  good+news+from+the+other+world 
june 2014 by warrenellis
Wim Hof World Record Breaker Trains Others On His Mental Method
"I am at the mercy of Hof, who wears a pointy green hat that makes him look like a life-size garden gnome. A bushy beard frames his piercing blue eyes and ruddy nose, and his body bristles with tightly corded muscles. A six-inch surgical scar across his stomach marks a time he took his training too far and ended up in the hospital. Hof is a savant and a madman. He’s a prophet and a foil. And as is occasionally the case with people who try to cultivate superpowers, Hof’s abilities have come at a heavy price."
bodymod  med 
may 2014 by warrenellis
Human psychophysiology, macroscopic ... [J Altern Complement Med. 2006] - PubMed - NCBI
"Ending with several experimental examples wherein a therapeutically processed device and an unprocessed device are critically compared, one finds strong evidence to propose that an information entanglement process is converting the unprocessed device to a functional replica of the processed device in that its therapeutic efficacy is comparable to that of the treatment device. Furthermore, arguments are provided to indicate that a practitioner's biofield is capable of expanding the range of diagnostic capability of commercial measurement instruments so that the practitioner/device hybrid system becomes a potent psychoenergetic instrument for diagnostic and treatment purposes."
sci  med 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Sentient Developments: Bioengineered monkeys with human genetic diseases have almost arrived — and that's awful
"Looking to create more accurate experimental models for human diseases, biologists have created transgenic monkeys with "customized" mutations. It's considered a breakthrough in the effort to produce more human-like monkeys — but the ethics of all this are dubious at best."
med  crime  pol 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Forget AR Dinosaurs, MIT Startup Wants to Bring YOU Back from the Dead | Augmented Stories
"MIT startup Eterni.me wants to bring you back from the dead to create a virtual avatar that acts “just like you”: “It generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.”"
tech  med  longnow 
february 2014 by warrenellis
The FDA Just Approved a PillCam The Jetsons Predicted 50 Years Ago
"After nine long years, the FDA just recently approved the swallowable PillCam. Developed in Israel, the PillCam is used as a way to examine a patient's colon without a colonoscopy. The patient swallows the small device and it slowly makes its way through the digestive tract in about 8 hours. The information is beamed to a receiver device carried on the patient's waist, and a doctor can then review the results later."
med  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - China cloning on an 'industrial scale'
"This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year: China is exploiting science on an industrial scale."
cloning  sci  med 
january 2014 by warrenellis
The gel that stops bleeding instantly
"Veti-Gel, the name chosen by NYU student Joe Landolina, uses plant polymers to rapidly solidify when applied to open wounds"
med 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Franken-Teeth | Ultraphyte
"So how do they know the teeth are “human”?"
med 
march 2013 by warrenellis
New Book Suggests Return from Death Possible : Discovery News
“Although most people think this takes place in only four or five minutes, we now know that actually brain cells are viable for up to eight hours … We now understand that it’s only after a person has turned into a corpse that their cells are undergoing death, and if we therefore manipulate those processes, we can restart the heart and bring a person back to life.”
med 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate
"A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout."
robots  med  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home
"The nation's public health agency has released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak." It allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions: Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick?"
ios  med 
february 2013 by warrenellis
What if Google Could Think Like You Do? – ReadWrite
"The New York Times reported Monday that the Obama Administration is close to announcing the Brain Activity Map, which scientists quoted by the paper say could be on the scale of the The Human Genome Project, a $3.8 billion project to map the human genome that, the Times reported, returned $800 billion in jobs and other benefits."
sci  med  neuro 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Radiation, Alzheimer’s Disease and Fermi
"“Galactic cosmic radiation poses a significant threat to future astronauts,” said O’Banion. “The possibility that radiation exposure in space may give rise to health problems such as cancer has long been recognized. However, this study shows for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a mission to Mars could produce cognitive problems and speed up changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”"
space  med 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Sound bullets in water
"In 2010, researchers at Caltech led by Chiara Daraio, a professor of aeronautics and applied physics, developed a nonlinear acoustic lens that can focus high-amplitude pressure pulses into compact "sound bullets." In that initial work, the scientists demonstrated how sound bullets form in solids. Now, they have done themselves one better, creating a device that can form and control those bullets in water." SOUND BULLETS. Ah, world, you are too good to me, some days.
sci  med 
november 2012 by warrenellis
BBC News - Ancient virus DNA thrives in us
"Traces of ancient viruses which infected our ancestors millions of years ago are more widespread in us than previously thought. A study shows how extensively viruses from as far back as the dinosaur era still thrive in our genetic material."
med  bio  history 
april 2012 by warrenellis
'Noodle gels' or 'spaghetti highways' could become tools of regenerative medicine
"Medicine's recipe for keeping older people active and functioning in their homes and workplaces — and healing younger people injured in catastrophic accidents — may include "noodle gels" and other lab-made invisible filaments that resemble uncooked spaghetti with nanoscale dimensions"
med 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Totally drug-resistant TB emerges in India : Nature News & Comment
"Physicians in India have identified a form of incurable tuberculosis there, raising further concerns over increasing drug resistance to the disease. Although reports call this latest form a “new entity”, researchers suggest that it is instead another development in a long-standing problem."
med 
january 2012 by warrenellis
First Ebola-like virus native to Europe discovered
A team of international researchers has discovered a new Ebola-like virus – Lloviu virus -- in bats from northern Spain. Lloviu virus is the first known filovirus native to Europe, they report in a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Octobr 20th.
med 
october 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Glasgow surgeon using ultrasound to treat fractures
Doctors in the Scottish city which pioneered the use of ultrasound to scan the body are now using it to heal broken bones.
med  tech 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Paralyzed man uses mind-powered robot arm to touch
"It wasn't my arm but it was my brain, my thoughts. I was moving something," Hemmes says. "I don't have one single word to give you what I felt at that moment. That word doesn't exist."
med  tech  cyborg 
october 2011 by warrenellis
fecal politics
"According to the World Bank, in 2008 46 percent of Indian urbanites – or nine out of every ten living in a slum – lacked “improved sanitation facilities”, meaning that people living within them lack sewerage and public toilets3. Where community toilets do exist, poor maintenance and overuse often render them unsanitary before long. For example, a survey of 151 slum settlements in Mumbai conducted by Mahila Milan/NSDF found that there were 3,433 municipal toilet seats, 80 percent of which were not working, to serve one million people – a ratio of one toilet for every 1,488 people4. Likewise, a 1993 survey of half a million slum-dwellers in Kanpur found that 66 percent had no toilets. Lacking facilities, they shit in the open or in waterways."
pol  cities  eco  med 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Whole grape - seed and skin - may be perfect colon cancer fighting food
"Although researchers have known that resveratrol, a compound in grape skin, and compounds in grape seed extract may prevent colon cancer cells from growing, scientists have not known how the two compounds work together. CSU’s study shows that the compounds must work together -- making the whole, seeded red or purple grape a perfect colon-cancer fighting food."
med 
june 2011 by warrenellis
The NutriSmart system would put RFIDs into your food for enhanced information
"Mr. Harms, who is currently a design engineering student at the Royal College of Art in London, has designed the NutriSmart system. The system is based on edible RFID tags that will tell you more about your food then you ever wanted to know."
rfid  spimeworld  dataviz  tech  med 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists turn human skin cells directly into neurons, skipping IPS stage
"Human skin cells can be converted directly into functional neurons in a period of four to five weeks with the addition of just four proteins, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding is significant because it bypasses the need to first create induced pluripotent stem cells, and may make it much easier to generate patient- or disease-specific neurons for study in a laboratory dish."
med 
may 2011 by warrenellis
New biomaterial more closely mimics human tissue
A new biomaterial designed for repairing damaged human tissue doesn’t wrinkle up when it is stretched. The invention from nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego marks a significant breakthrough in tissue engineering because it more closely mimics the properties of native human tissue.
med  tech 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Forecast calls for nanoflowers to help return eyesight
"University of Oregon researcher Richard Taylor is on a quest to grow flowers that will help people who've lost their sight, such as those suffering from macular degeneration, to see again."
tech  med  nano 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists create stable, self-renewing neural stem cells
"...a game-changing advance in stem cell science: the creation of long-term, self-renewing, primitive neural precursor cells from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) that can be directed to become many types of neuron without increased risk of tumor formation."
med 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Making temporary changes to brain could speed up learning, study reports
"In a breakthrough that may aid treatment of learning impairments, strokes, tinnitus and chronic pain, UT Dallas researchers have found that brain nerve stimulation accelerates learning in laboratory tests."
med  neuro 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Manipulating morals: scientists target drugs that improve behaviour | Science | The Guardian
"A pill to enhance moral behaviour, a treatment for racist thoughts, a therapy to increase your empathy for people in other countries - these may sound like the stuff of science fiction but with medicine getting closer to altering our moral state, society should be preparing for the consequences, according to a book that reviews scientific developments in the field."
med  neuro 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Virus-eating virus identified in Antarctic lake
"Deep within the waters of Antarctica's Organic Lake an Australian research team, led by microbiologist Ricardo Cavicchioli from the University of New South Wales, have discovered a new virophage, or virus eater."
med 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Biosensors: Hormonal attractions
"Estrogen receptor (ER) proteins play a major role in controlling the transcription of genetic information from DNA to messenger RNA in cells. Understanding how ER proteins interact with specific DNA regulatory sequences may shed new light on important physiological processes in the body, such as cell growth and differentiation, as well as the development and progression of breast cancer. Guo-Jun Zhang at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and co-workers have now developed a detector that uses silicon nanowires (SiNWs) to evaluate these interactions."
sci  tech  med 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Study reveals mercury levels in downtown Toronto
"Buildings are not only an intrinsic part of Toronto's landscape, they are also adding mercury to the city's air. As suggested by the findings of a Ryerson University study, it can lead to a negative long-term impact on our health..."
cities  med 
march 2011 by warrenellis

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