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Written By: grant on November 6, 2013 No Comment

Intestinal bacteria, that is. Rheumatoid arthritis has long been a medical mystery – an autoimmune disease that’s triggered by who-knows-what, but that suddenly starts attacking the joints and causing chronic pain and fatigue. Well, Laboratory Equipment says some NYU researchers might just have found the culprit lurking in patients’ digestive tracts:

Researchers have linked a species of intestinal bacteria [...]

Written By: grant on November 4, 2013 No Comment

I’ve seen this in a few different venues, but Laughing Squid brings the best of it together. A dad, frustrated at the thought of buying his son a prosthetic hand for tens of thousands of dollars, instead figured out how to print one for about $10 in materials:

Two years ago, his father Paul McCarthy saw a video of [...]

Written By: grant on October 2, 2013 No Comment

Nature has the details on the bionic limb wired to an amputee’s nerves:

A 32-year-old man whose knee and lower leg were amputated in 2009 after a motorcycle accident is apparently the first person with a missing lower limb to control a robotic leg with his mind. A team led by biomedical engineer Levi Hargrove at the Rehabilitation Institute [...]

Written By: grant on September 11, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg has the brilliant news about using itty bitty flecks of precious stones to boost the power of medication to treat exceptionally stubborn cases of leukemia:

Daunorubicin is currently one of the most common drugs used to treat leukemia. The drug works by slowing down or stopping cancer cells from growing, causing many of them to die. It is [...]

Written By: grant on August 11, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Tabula XXIII: De humeri fracti compositioni & luxationem cubiti, humeri, ac femoris restitutioni</i>, from <i>Armamentum chirurgicum</i>, by D. Joannis Sculteti, 1656

A 17th-century guide to leg surgery. Unfortunately, my Latin’s not what it could be, so I can’t tell exactly what Dr. Joannis Sculteti is recommending we do here. I can tell, however, that it doesn’t really look all that comfortable.

Text found on openlibrary.org.

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Written By: grant on August 4, 2013 No Comment
Science Art:<i> Sketch of a Decompression Chamber in Use</i> from <i>Caisson Sickness, and the Physiology of Work in Compressed Air</i>, by Leonard Hill, M.B., 1912.

People seem to like caissons (pressurized chambers used to build foundations underwater), or so my search referrals tell me.

Well, here’s what working in a caisson can do to you – give you the bends, or something like it. To avoid that, yer construction crew needs to go into a thing like this. Once they take off the deep-sea [...]

Written By: grant on August 1, 2013 No Comment

BBC reports on the struggle to develop an early blood test for Alzheimer’s:

A technique published in the journal Genome Biology showed differences in the tiny fragments of genetic material floating in the blood could be used to identify patients.

The test was accurate 93% of the time in trials on 202 people.

…[Alzheimer's] starts years before symptoms appear and it is [...]

Written By: grant on May 30, 2013 No Comment

Or, Sci-News.com seems to be saying, a protein from breast milk at least undoes

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Written By: grant on May 20, 2013 No Comment

Singularity Hub reports on the pioneering surgery that used 3D printing to replace 75 percent of a patient’s skull:

At the beginning of March of this year, a radical surgery was performed on an American patient: 75 percent of his skull was replaced with a 3D printed implant. The company that produced the implant, Oxford Performance Materials, made [...]

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