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Implantable Biosensor Can Tell Tales On Our Hidden Diseases

In 2009, Michael Cima, professor of materials science and engineering, and his MIT team created an implantable sensoring device capable of detecting and monitoring cancer. This week, another version of that device was presented that can detect whether a patient has had a heart attack and its severity.  This will help diagnose the 30 percent of heart attack victims for whom there are no symptoms.

 

A Back Support That Moves With You: The Hug

Back pain is the most common health complaint in the world.  It seems that nearly everyone you know has, or has had, back problems, whether they come from swinging a golf club, falling off a curb, or sitting at a desk all day. 

Achoo! Allergies Shown To Lower The Risk Of Brain Cancer

It's nice to read that allergies are actually beneficial to allergy sufferers in some way.  According to a  study reported in this month's issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the more allergies you have, the less likely you are to get brain cancer!

Diet Soda May Be Deadly

Nothing like a diet orange to wash down some barbecue spare ribs, french fries, and buttered biscuits, heh?  Or a Diet Coke with your Mac & Cheese?  If this sounds like your idea of saving calories, you're a lot like millions of Americans, who believe that because diet soda has no calories, it can't be bad for your diet.  You're wrong.

 

Got Issues? Map Them - A New Map Making Tool That Anyone Can Use

IssueMap is an easy to use, free map making tool that allows you to map your data quickly and professionally.

Spread Of Ovarian Cancer Contained By Certain RNA Genes

.... If this success is continued in subsequent studies, miR-429 could become the catalyst that literally reverses the fate of an ovarian cancer patient.

 

Retro iPhone Charger Stand Lets You Talk While You Charge

You'll really get a charge out of this cool, cute iPhone charging station! It juices up your smartphone while allowing you to talk hands-free or via the retro handset.

Advance Planning: Burial With Your Pet

Americans are buried next to their cats, dogs... even iquanas, and more are preparing for their own inevitability by purchasing plots in advance, right next to their pets.

Miraphone Turns Up The Sound, Not The Volume, For Hearing Impaired

... Users seem to find the Miraphone a desirable solution to their telephone communication difficulties, as many hearing impaired persons cannot use a voice amplified phone at all.

Study Shows Osteoporosis Drugs Add Five Years To Your Life

Some rather surprising results from a longitudinal study of older persons taking bisphosphonates for osteoporosis revealed that they are outliving those who are not on the drugs... by five years!  That's not all....

Bioengineered Blood Vessels May Revolutionize Bypass & Hemodialysis Surgeries

A new bioengineering technique for creating 'off the shelf' blood vessels was unveiled today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.    Researchers believe their technique might one day obviate the need to use the patient's own blood vessels to replace those that are not functioning, specifically in heart by-pass and hemodialysis surgeries, saving as many as 500,000 lives a year in the U.S. alone.

 

New Lights To Shine On Cancer Cells With FDA OK Of C Dots

C Dots, or Cornell Dots, named for the university where they were first developed, have received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)... to be used in a human clinical trial.  The C Dots were first developed as optical probes, but have since been adapted for use as cancer cell trackers, assisting both the diagnosis and targeted treatment of cancer cells.

 

Aerobics Or Toning? Which One Can Grow Back Your Memory?

The hyppocampus is the brain structure responsible for all memory formation.  When it shrinks during aging, it is also responsible for memory loss.  Researchers from four universities studied the brains of older persons who were already experiencing atrophy of the hippocampus to see if and what kind of exercise might increase the size of the hippocampus.

 

10 Anti-Valentine Gifts That Say 'I Hate You!' Louder Than Words

If you've been shot by Cupid's arrow and you can't get pull the darn thing out of your heart, you're in pain.  Cupid must have been in a particularly facetious mood the day he brought that babe or dude into your life. Lucky you; there are so many ways to let those stinkers know just how you feel on this Anti-Valentine's Day. Here are some of my recent favorites.

'Beer Hour' Portable Personal Beer Dispenser Gives You Head

The “Beer Hour” beer dispenser from Takara Tomy helps wannabe bartenders pour a perfect, foamy-headed glass of beer every time from any beer can.

Social Media Goes Dark In Egypt Amidst Protests

Unfortunately the news coming out of Egypt is all too familiar to countries like the U.S. that have watched other totalitarian governments censor social media, particularly during country-wide protests. However, during the 2009 Iranian Election protests, citizens were still able to access their hand-held devices and connect to global social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. This is not the case in Egypt where mobile phone texting, Blackberry messaging and the Internet were silenced by the government.

First Surgery Studies Successfull In Reversing Symptoms For Dementia Patients

For the first time a surgical study using a placebo control group has been performed by researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden on dementia patients.  In this strange but important experiment, half of the patients received functional shunts and the other half non-functional shunts.

 

Could Social Media Currency Replace the Dollar, Euro or Yuan?

When Mark Zuckerberg first launched his Open Graph API at the last Facebook F8 Conference in 2010, it was clear that a paradigm shift was set in motion- one that would revolutionize advertising - but more importantly one that would transform monetary transactions across the Web.  But could it possibly replace the dollar, euro or yuan?

Old Chinese Treatment For Cataracts Passes Scientific Tests

According to the World Health Organization, the number one cause of blindness in the world is age-related cataract, affecting about 18 million people. For areas that do not have adequate surgical facilities for lens replacement or for those who cannot afford such surgeries, this Chinese 60 year old non-prescription medicine just might do the trick...

 

Social Media Helps Promote Persian Version Of Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show'

With Facebook friends scaling past a quarter-million and a YouTube account that has attracted over 15,000 views since January 21, the Iranian TV show, Parazit is using social media channels to promote its answer to Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Co-created by Iranian ex-pats Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, the popular Voice of America's Persian-language program is produced in Washington, DC, where the founders can lampoon their parent country, without fear of reprisal.