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Written By: grant on July 21, 2014 No Comment

Yep. Scientific American has more on a painful consequence of temperatures swinging upward unexpectedly:

In a study published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, [Gregory] Tasian [of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia] and his collaborators reported that higher average daily temperatures increased the relative risk of forming kidney stones. The results [...]

Written By: grant on July 18, 2014 No Comment

Salk Institute scientists have discovered an injectable protein that reverses diabetes for two days:

In mice with diet-induced diabetes — the equivalent of type 2 diabetes in humans — a single injection of the protein FGF1 is enough to restore blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days.

“Controlling glucose is [...]

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Written By: grant on July 2, 2014 No Comment

Not just fresher, says PopSci, but better for transplants:

The procedure was part of an experimental new method for treating donated organs. The method is still in its early stages of development, but it’s showing some promise. Rat livers treated in this new way lasted three times as long in storage as rat livers [...]

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Written By: grant on June 17, 2014 No Comment

The Independent opens wide with a new treatment that promises to help teeth repair themselves:

The technique, developed at King’s College London, effectively reverses decay by using electrical currents to boost the tooth’s natural repair process.

Minerals that are lost during decay and eventually cause painful cavities are replaced, removing the need for drilling and [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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