10 Mid-March Medical News Shorts For Those Who Like Them Brief

There is so much medical and health news coming out daily, it's hard to keep up with it.  I attempt to cover what I think are the most interesting and most relevant stories to our readers, but miss so many that fit into that big pond.  So today, I thought I would cover more news in less space by blurbing instead of blogging.  These are stories that have come out in the last few days.  I'll start with something on the light side....


Chris Hughes Using Social Media Engagement To Expand 'The Good Web'

Non-profit social networks are gaining prominence online. The genre of sites known as "The Good Web" are championed by people like Corey Szopinksi and Jane McGonigal who have furthered a good number of causes using social media as their conduit. Entering this arena is Chris Hughes, a wunderkind of sorts, unknown to the general public, but widely known in social networking circles and the Democratic National Party.

Japanese 'Maid Trains' Hope Miniskirts Will Maximize Ridership

Two train lines in Japan's Ibaraki prefecture aim to sweep passengers off their feet this weekend. Six young ladies in full-out Akihabara maid costumes have been hired to serve refreshments, cosplay style.

Google TV & 3rd Party Developers Anticipate The Web/TV Meld

As ubiquitous as Google is, it's no surprise it will soon become one of the pioneers in melding TV with the Web. So much so, in the next couple of months it will actually provide 3rd party developers and outside software engineers with a toolkit to help develop what Google TV will eventually look like.

LG 2010 Competition For The Best Design Of The Future Mobile Phone

Wouldn't you love to be the designer of the future mobile phone - one so revolutionary that the competition trips over each other getting out copies of it?  Well, for the third year, LG Mobile Phones is giving you a chance.  So, start imagining!

Golf Course + Safari Park = 'Lion Woods'

Forget Tiger Woods, here's 'Lion Woods'. A Japanese golf course happens to be located immediately adjacent to a popular safari park. Golfers are advised to stay out of the rough... and I ain't lion.

Researchers Test Freezing Of Breast Cancer Tumors

A small but promising study was conducted by Peter J. Littrup, M.D. and his team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI, in which 13 women with breast cancer were treated with a minimally invasive technique - image guided cryotherapy, the freezing to death of tumor cells.

Solar Roadways Prototype Built and Could Win an Award

Last year, in September, I wrote an article about Solar Roadways and their $100,000 grant, by the Department of Transportation, to build a solar powered road prototype. They did exactly what they set out to do and they built a prototype. Now they are finalist for an award.

Colorful Pocket Ashtray Snuffs Your Ciggies

Smokers will love the stylish, functional, portable Mistletoe Pocket Ashtray that keeps used cigarette filters out of sight and scent. Non-smokers will love it for the same reason.

Ingenious 'Flow' Lighting For The Third World By Igendesign

... Flow and other self-maintaining public lighting are low cost, low maintenance, and low footprint solutions to the reduction of overload on municipal electric grids.  Besides... Flow is elegant in form, function, and beauty.

PayPal vs Square Are Bumping & Beaming Money Via iPhones

Whether you've been a loyal PayPal user for the last 10+ years or are willing to put your trust in the hands of one of the Twitter co-founders, you may be one of the early pioneers to use iPhones as the new form of currency. Bumping and beaming financial transactions via smartphones may be the missing link to a time when there will no longer be a need for actual money to exchange hands.

Conan O'Brien & Team Coco 'Tweets For Seats'

What does an ex-late night talk show host do after Jay Leno kicks him to the curb. In the case of Conan O'Brien, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and hits the tweets running.

An HIV Vaccine Made From Bananas?

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School have discovered a set of proteins in bananas that may finally slow the spread of HIV.   They are lectins, sugar-binding proteins that can identify a foreign invader and attach themselves to it, blocking its entrance into the body.

Going Somewhere? You May Want To Take This Backpack & Suitcase Furniture With You

.... Though others have designed furniture in suitcase form, perhaps the Quinze & Milan sofa design for backpack company, Eastpak, is the only sofa, so far, that unmistakeably draws its inspiration from a backpack. 

Artist's Pet Urns Are Her "Happy Urns"

Artist Alyson Whitney creates ceramic urns for pets that reflect the joy that pets experience while they're alive as well as the joy they give us humans.  Her brightly colored palette, painting her unique urn designs with three or four layers of rich paint, are her signature marks.