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Medical Discoveries And Bio-Inspired Innovations by T Goodman

Welcome to my page.  I write about new inventions, findings, and discoveries in medicine, and about biology - specifically inventions and designs that are bio-inspired.  Known as biomimicry today, the creation of mechanical forms based on nature's superb performers, has been practiced by man and many lesser species as far back as history can trace.

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The Eyes Are In Focus At The Alzheimer's Association International Conference

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease and strategies to help Alzheimer's patients lead more fulfilling lives are two areas of emphasis at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, going on now until July 17, 2014.  Three papers, so far, have addressed the eyes and Alzheimer's disease (AD); two that  focused on early detection of AD through an eye exam and one that reported on the importance of cataract surgery to help AD patients remain active and alert.  Following is a summary of these new developments....

Newest Cancer Treatment May Already Be In Your Medicine Chest

....These findings are completely novel, establishing a relationship never before drawn between allergies and cancer and even a possible means of fighting cancer!

A Stinky, Explosive Gas Shows Hope For Remediation Of Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Dementia And Other Major Diseases

You are lucky if you've never smelled hydrogen sulfide, a gas most strongly wafting from swamps and sewers. But you probably have smelled it, as hydrogen sulfide is present in flatulence and in rotten eggs. It results from the breakdown of organic matter without the benefit of oxygen. In anything but very tiny amounts, hydrogen sulfide is very toxic, flammable, and corrosive. But researchers at Great Britain's University of Exeter have found some promising applications for this gas when used in small doses and targeted to certain cells in our bodies.

Bad Relationships Put Your Heart At Risk In More Ways Than One

A bad relationship may end in a 'broken heart,' but research indicates stayng in a bad relationship is really bad news for your heart.  It can lead to cardiovascular disease or stroke.

Dark Chocolate Improves Blood Flow To Legs, Boosts Walking Ability

Many studies have shown that dark chocolate has healh benefits, but few have shown such immediate remedial benefits as the study published in the most recent Journal of the American Heart Association.  Could the study, although conducted with peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients, also suggest some benefit to athletes, particularly marathoners?

Dance Therapy Improves Pain And Gait In Elderly

People with a slow gait are more likely to be dependent on others for care, more prone to falls and the concomitant broken bones, and more dependent on pain relief medication.  Researchers at the University of St. Louis looked into the possibility that dance, a once very popular activity of the elderly (during the 1940's and 50's, for example), might help increase and stabilize gait as well as help reduce pain and stiffness in the hips and legs in older persons.

Study Shows 'Cut The Rope' Video Game Improves Executive Function In Adults

Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games.  He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.

Rice University Researchers Give Big Boost To Solar Power

Though great advances have been made to maximize the amount of sunlight that is absorbed by solar cells, the best solution, until now, is a two-step chemical process that enables the cells to absorb 96 percent of the sun's light.  That's an excellent result.  But Rice University chemists have created a single-step process that enables the cells to absorb 99 percent of the sun's light, a process that is not only more efficient than other current processes, but less expensive.

'Bionic Pancreas' Developed For Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Researchers at Boston University's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a revolutionary device equivalent to a 'bionic pancreas,' a device which does all the regulating of blood sugar that a human pancreas does when it is functioning properly.  The bionic pancreas has been tested and found superior to blood glucose pumps on the market today as well as other pumps currently being tested.

VibriSee: Ain't Those The Cat's Whiskers?

Reflective lights and clothing let bicyclists be seen at night, but one invention, created by students at California State University Long Beach, went a few steps further.... They created VibriSee, cat-like whiskers for your bike that make the bike and the biker more visible in daylight as well as at night.  And though the whiskers may look like a cat's, their biomimetic functions are actually more like peacocks, rodents, octopuses, and ctenophores.



March 2011