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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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Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.

Glucosamine May Do More Than Help Your Joints

Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine supplements to reduce arthritis pain, but with varying effects; some are helped by it, some not. But researchers have been studying the effects of glucosamine on another aspect of aging... longevity. 

Study Indicates Procrastination And Impulsivity Are Related Genetic Traits

Consider two human tendencies: impulsivity and procrastination. Impulsivity indicates a tendency to act or react quickly, perhaps without giving an action too much thought or consideration.  Procrastination is a tendency to act later, to put things off until tomorrow or some unknown future time. They may seem contradictory, or like opposite traits, but they are not. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder explain how they are complementary and genetic traits.

'Screen Time' Is Risk Factor For Low Bone Density In Teenage Boys

Most parents don't consider that their teenagers are at risk for osteoporosis; teens certainly don't think about it.  But with teens spending more time with their screens - computer, notepad, TV, and smart phone - than in athletic activities, researchers are starting to look into how these sedentary habits are affecting teen development - particularly their bone development.

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring them to respond to images of swimming fish. 


Making Sense Of The New Statin Recommendations

Perhaps you've read that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines on which persons should take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. On March 19, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AHA presented these guidelines, including age, gender, and race, as well as various pre-existing health conditions that might call for statin intervention. But what do the new guidelines mean for you?

Scientists Identify Protein Common To Metastasis Of Several Cancers

In a major research project to determine what causes a tumor to spread to other cells and organs of the body, a team of researchers from the Wistar Institute and several renowned international research institutes have discovered a protein that is common in certain metastacized cancers, but not found in the original site of the cancer. They have identified the protein LIMD2 in metastatic breast, thyroid, bladder, and melanoma cells, but not in the original tumors.

Groundbreaking Blood Test Successfully Predicts Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other forms of dementia have evaded successful therapies though considerable research has focused on their development. One reason is that they have also evaded prediction, not even being recognized until memory decline and functional loss appear.  Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center made a significant breakthrough in identifying blood-based biomarkers of cognitive impairment that can be observed through blood testing up to three years prior to the onset of disease symptoms.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.


March 2011