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Observing The Brain As Singing Helps Stroke Victims Regain Their Speech

Singing therapy for stroke patients is an established rehabilitation technique, but a new study combined music therapy with brain imaging, so researchers could actually see what goes on in the brain as patients learn to sing their words.  These observations are improving the chance of success for speech impaired stroke patients.

An End To Food Allergies? Well, Let's Start With Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are the most common cause of food related death.  Four percent of children are allergic to peanuts and only 20 percent of those children ever outgrow the allergy.  Symptoms of peanut allergy can include rashes, itchy skin, sneezing, teary eyes, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and swelling.  But severe symptoms may include anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly if not treated immediately.  You don't mess with food allergies.

 


College Inventors & Entrepreneurs Face-Off In March Madness For The Mind

You probably know about the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but did you know that there is a National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)?  It has approximately 200 college and university members, and more than 5,000 students at these institutions are on entrepreneurial inventor teams (E-Teams).  Now, 15 of those teams are getting ready for a face-off at the March Madness for the Mind showcase in San Francisco.

 

Sex Hormone Now In Phase III Trials As Treatment For Traumatic Brain Injury

....Several drugs are currently used to minimize the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); the precise one(s) prescribed often depend on the symptoms expressed.  But 25 years of research on a biologically available hormone, progesterone, is finally in Phase III trials, having shown promise for early-identified and early-treated TBI patients, regardless of the specific symptoms.

Top Ten 2010 Winter Olympic Gear & Collectibles

Having caught the Olympic fever, everyone is looking to acquire some of the events' hot ticket items (much to the amazement of Christopher Walken). Anything that is officially sponsored by the 2010 Winter Olympics is taking in millions as the official stores and outlets are trying to keep up with the supply. Keepsakes, fashion and winter sports gear make up this year's TOP TEN list of gift items you might want to select for yourself, friends, family members and sport fans.

Forget Everything You Know About Food: Philips Has Redesigned It

Yesterday, I wrote about the Electrolux Design Lab concept for 2050, Heart of the Home.  To give you an idea of how out there Heart of the Home is (and I mean that lovingly), the kitchen's pots and pans are traced into existence with an index finger, and they don't need to be washed or stored, just erased! 

Now, wait until you see what Philips Design has cooked up for 2050! 

 

Ricky Gervais Gets Animated On HBO & iTunes

Anyone who saw Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes knows that the British comedian knows how to balance schadenfreude with self-deprecating humor.  He is the master of the put-down who knows how to include himself as the butt of the joke.  While always cutting-edge, this modern-day Charlie Chapin is getting even more animated.

Former Friendster Founder Launches PlacePop

'Location' may be considered social media's Holy Grail. With the smartphone explosion cyber-ventillating exponentially, a new category of social networks have emerged to capitalize on the monetary rewards that have eluded traditional social networks like Twitter. While a good number of Location-based social networks (LBSs) with their check-in functionality and game-like components are filling this void, is there room for latecomers like PlacePop to enter this already crowded field?

Targeted Ultrasound Tested As Stroke Prevention Method

The large helmet is the ExAblate 4000, a magnetic resonance guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) device, by Israel's Insightec.  ExAblate 4000 has been tested successfully to isolate and destroy the smallest of tumors in the brain, without affecting the surrounding tissues or bones.  Now, researchers are looking at the technology to do the same with blood clots that can lead to stroke.

 


Tablet Wars: iPad vs HP Slate vs JooJoo vs Dell Mini 5 vs Archos7 vs Notion Ink Adam

Not since the MP3 Wars of the last decade has there been as much excitement over the launch of a new type of hand-held device. It's a little odd to be talking about the Tablet Wars in advance of these products actually hitting market. - but in today's digital world, that's how fast things are moving. Which makes our job of forecasting a front-runner - a wee bit of a challenge. Pre-orders would be an indicator, but those numbers are being held under close wraps.

Forget Everything You Know About The Kitchen: Electrolux Has Redesigned It

I'd be worried if I was a design student contemplating entering the Electrolux Design Lab Competition 2010: The Second Space Age. You will have to compete with Electrolux's own design concept "Heart of the Home," and it is one heck of a design, even though it doesn't look like lack of space was a consideration. Come, take a look....

Kodak Looking For A Pay Day From iPhone & Blackberry?

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is investigating a February 17th complaint lodged against iPhones and Blackberrys by Kodak. The case began when the digital camera and printer company accused Apple and the Blackberry firm of Research in Motion (RIM) of using the technology they developed for previewing pictures. Is this a legitimate case, or is the odd-man out envious of the cool kids on the block?

The 12 Best Toys Of 2010: Toy Industry Awards

It's that time of year again. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) just hosted its 107th Toy Fair at New York City's Javits Center, and the TIA has presented its 2010 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards.  This year there were 12  toys that received TOTYs in 13 categories of awards.  The Grand Prize winner this year, was also a winner of two individual category awards in this years competition!

Crackberry Addict Alert: Kindle App For Blackberrys

Now you don't have to give up your Crackberry habit to get your 'Kindle On!' Amazon has launched a Kindle Application for Blackberry owners so they too can purchase and read eBooks from the Kindle Library, with just a tap of the finger.

The Tputh Is Out There: Social Media News For Techies

How do you discern what's important, and what's being talking about the most?  Tputh is trying to answer that question by offering a social media aggregator based on tech news.