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Written By: grant on February 26, 2015 No Comment

New Scientist seems to be going a little around the bend with transplants this week (witness hand enthusiasm), especially when it comes to the prospect of putting your head on an all-new body:

The idea was first proposed in 2013 by Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy. He wants […]

Written By: grant on January 30, 2015 No Comment

Siberian Times, the paper of record for the taiga, reports on the first successful reconstruction of ancient brain surgery:

Neurosurgeons have been working with anthropologists and archaeologists over the past year following the discovery of holes in the skulls of three ancient sets of remains in the Altai Mountains.

Evidence at the time suggested […]

Written By: grant on January 27, 2015 No Comment

Eurekalert releases results of a study that’s found hormonal birth control increases risk of brain tumors:

Taking a hormonal contraceptive for at least five years is associated with a possible increase in a young woman’s risk of developing a rare tumour, glioma of the brain. This project focussed on women aged 15 -49 years […]

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Written By: grant on January 9, 2015 No Comment

Healthline spells out the basics of rebooting an immune system from scratch – which means a pretty dramatic step forward in medicine:

Studying 24 study volunteers who underwent stem cell transplants between 2006 and 2010, Dr. Richard A. Nash of the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute in Denver and his colleagues recently published their findings in […]

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Written By: grant on December 22, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals a bizarre hidden power of one of the world’s most common over-the-counter analgesics:

Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science, Genetics.

“We first used baker’s yeast, which is an established aging model, and noticed that the yeast treated with […]

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Written By: grant on December 15, 2014 No Comment

MedPage Today is among the sources spreading the determination (with no mincing of words) that sugar is just as bad as salt – if not worse – for your blood pressure:

In a research review published Dec. 11 in the BMJ journal Open Heart, James J. DiNicolantonio, PharmD, of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart […]

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Written By: grant on October 16, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals some interesting (and counter-intuitive) findings following the world’s largest medical study of human consciousness at time of death:

The results of a four-year international study of 2060 cardiac arrest cases across 15 hospitals concludes the following. The themes relating to the experience of death appear far broader than what has been […]

Written By: grant on August 27, 2014 No Comment

Young blood. New Scientist sketches out the future of rejuvenation with experiments based on using young blood to keep old brains lively:

Disregarding vampire legends, the idea of refreshing old blood with new harks back to the 1950s, when Clive McCay of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, stitched together the circulatory systems of an […]

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Written By: grant on August 21, 2014 No Comment

The Atlantic gives hope to the new generation of WebMD obsessives with a fascinating tale of an athlete who used the internet to figure out what was *really* going on in her malfunctioning body:

She cycled, ran, climbed and skied through the Rockies for hours every day, and was a veteran of Ironman triathlons. […]

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