By Tanya Lewis
Published February 21, 2013
Mechanical engineer Larry Bonassar holds a fabricated ear printed with a 3D printer in his lab at Cornell University’s Weill Hall. (Lindsay France/Cornell University Photography)
A 3D printer fabricating an ear. (Lindsay France/Cornell University Photography)
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With 3D printing, it seems the things you can make are limited only by your imagination. The latest innovation: a 3D-printed artificial ear.
Ear looks and functions like a normal human ear
Created by squirting a gel made of living cow ear cells and collagen into an injection mold
Current replacement ears often made from a patient’s harvested rib —
Read more at http://www.LiveScience.com
Quantum POP asks if ears are here can arms, legs and kidney’s be far behind?
Imagine the high tech clinic visit just around the corner as you choose your new and improved body parts as the doctor shows your the basic model and then lists the options available for a little more money. Modifications for extra stress resistance, longer life, resistance to wear and tear etc.
It is conceivable that we will soon be able to grow body parts in a lab that are hardier and mote functional than the ones we were born with.
Everyone will want them, especially athletes and astronauts and those involved in dangerous work to name a few.
So my friend the doctor will say, what kind of body would you like today. We can put it on our popular 5 year payment plan. Each part is guaranteed for 10 years with a 5 year warranty estention available if you wish.
Get ready it is coming.
Preface to this article: Since publishing this article I have been accused of agreeing with Mark Regenerus’ conclusions because I did not repudiate all the data in the New Family Structures Study which is the subject of the article. I do not agree with his conclusions. Also I have been accused of looking to find fault in the study where none exists from anti gay people. I therefore feel the need to state even more clearly what I think about this study. I believe that the study raises valid questions that deserve consideration however the study is very inconclusive as to proving whether a committed gay couple can or cannot raise a child. Anyone who wishes to use it to prove that gay couples are unable to raise well-adjusted kids, needs to realize that much of the same-sex data in the study concerns households where there was family instability, trauma from breakup and extra marital affairs. Also the study is totally counter to most other studies on the same subject which immediately calls Professor Mark Regenerus’ conclusions into question.
Because the data set is larger than other studies, weighted with many factors well organized, and due to the fact that after careful review the University of Austin validated the science I am not prepared to invalidate the study simply because it doesn’t conform to PC norms. I can even see where some of the data may be helpful in same-sex parenting for instance in helping to define the role of the donor or surrogate in child rearing. I do however believe that the data is limited, and needs to include more variables and does not take into consideration enough factors concerning stable gay relationships influences on children. More research must be done about committed stable gay relationships.
Quantum POP will publish more articles concerning studies on childhood development as they appear, including same-sex parenting. I hope to see more studies on all types of stable family units raising children. I personally believe that when more data is gathered from more research we will find that the childhood development that leads to the greatest social adjustment and happiness will be a childhood featuring a stable family core with a foundation where role model diversity is positive, wide and accessible. I personally believe that all things being equal, a stable same-sex family unit, which includes more diverse influences of role models, hetro, gay, male, female as well as racial, economic and other factors etc are likely to produce better results than a comparable opposite-sex stable family with limited positive diverse role model influences and visa-versa.
But do I know this for sure? No I do not. What I do know is that rejecting data out of hand only because it is not what I want to believe, will not increase my understanding. I also know a good parent of any kind is always better than a bad one. Also, if we are trying to raise children into loving, caring, tolerant adults then immediately thinking the worst and hating people who have questions and/or lifestyles that threaten our sense of self, may not be good role modeling anyway.
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Once again, scientific data is dragged through the mud of social advocacy and prejudice.
Professor Mark Regnerus’ “New Families Structure Study” does nothing more than confirm what most people instinctively know. Namely that access to and a lack of intimate non sexual (meaning directed at the child) proximity to both sexes during childhood affects overall development as an adult.This should not be controversial on the face of it. Unfortunately the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Lesbian (GLBT) advocates of gay child rearing, act as if they wish us to believe otherwise. The differences between the two sexes and the obvious benefit of having as much constructive intimate childhood exposure to both should be as obvious to GLBT, as the fact that homosexuality is a vital part of nature from plants and animals to the human experience should be to everyone in general. If anyone wishes to understand more of the scientific documented differences and current studies concerning the difference between the sexes, then go to this site which does nothing but publish studies of the sexes and have your eyes opened.
The current news making article last week, published by this site involves the difference between how human male and female eyes see.
Then there is the anti gay crowd who wish to ignore previous studies and lump all their assumptions about the dangers of homosexuality into this study and say it proves something that it does not. Namely that gays aren’t as good at parenting as opposite sex couples. If you are one of those that think that homosexuality is unatural and you are suffering from homosexual atheism check out;
When both side have finished their assignments then I thank you. Pleasel meet back here and continue reading this article.
The controversy always arises when statistics seem to challenge attempts by one group or another to assign a sociological advantage to differences that occur commonly in nature. Such a set of stats was recently arrived at by the New Families Structure Study. To read this controversial study, please do yourself an educational favor and go to;
To read Professor Mark Regnerus’ conclusions you must read his article here.
Quantum POP has concluded that the study may be helpful in decisions for children who are the victims of family structure dissolution. It is not at all conclusive as to the benefits of stable same-sex parent relationships within a personal social network structure. We would define a personal social structure network, as one where the child has some degree of intimate, non sexual access, to adult family and friends for role modeling, according to the parents values and perception of the child’s needs.
The study deals with adults age 18 to 39 who experienced any kind of child rearing outside of the Intact Biological Family (IBF)) model and compares their answers to questions with the answers from participants who grew up in the IBF. Most of the participants who grew up outside of the IBF in this study were victims of family dissolution. They experienced divorce, or extramarital affairs, and other traumatic events which resulted in the breakup of the IBF. But there were some who were not affected so much by the events that led to their non IBF experience, as they occurred before the age of 3. all these were then lumped together and sorted.
So the categories are
|IBF (intact bio family)||GF (gay father)||Adopted by strangers||Divorced late (>18)||Stepfamily||Single-parent||All other|
The study compares all the categories to each other and finds percentages of behavior that may not be healthy. For instance drinking to get drunk frequently mostly is not healthy. As you might expect the IBF raised adult has the least frequency in this. The most frequency is gay father raised adult children, however those raised by lesbian mother do much and are affected by this only a bit above IBF. It is important to understand that often in this study the gay father or mother did not live in the home after their homosexuality became an issue in the family unit. Therefore the problems experienced by the participants in this study, may have had less to do with their same sex relationship and more to do with the family dissolution itself.
Lesbian Mothers (LM) fare worse than all other non IBF categories in most of the statistics from the study. Frequency of arrest among adults raised by LM’s is one example of this. This appears to be a damning statistic and needs to be considered further without a doubt. So let us consider. Many police when confronted by someone who’s mannerisms and attitude is unfamiliar may ask a lot of questions.The LM’s childhood experience may lead them to equate the amount of questions and attitude of police with harassment due to anti gay attitudes experienced during childhood. They may then cop an attitude. Police do not like attitude and see it as a potential danger. A child from a stable IBF or otherwise stable family may exhibit characteristics more familiar to police. Though they may be just as guilty as LM raised person they may be let go without a search of records or property leading to less arrests.This study cannot consider this variable. Another missing variable in this stat is simply, seriousness of the crime. Are we talking murder, robbery extortion here or are these arrests more like, failure to appear for traffic citation, small amount of marijuana? This makes a big difference.
There are many other variables which we need to consider in these studies, which begs the need for more studies. Realizing that differences in nature are more often than not advantages. Quantum POP would like to see studies of planned families of different types, that remain intact until age 18. We would like to know what the advantages are of exposure to all types of constructive romantic behavior in a stable nurturing environment with regards to human childhood development. There are probably advantages to both homo and hetro influences in the development of happy productive people.The contributions to our culture by same-sex individuals is certainly well documented. The Gay inclusive culture and the contributions of the ancient Greeks and Romans have had a profound effect on our US System of Government.
What we need to do is avoid the paranoid obsession to move on thinking all of the facts on human sexuality already are known to our advantage because as this study indicates, there is much more to discover. It is time to enjoy this social discovery for the sake of the children. Flying on prejudice through a subject like human sexuality, is a little like flying over Yosemite valley and saying we know all about Yosemite. This one thing seems to hold true in life more often than not. Prejudice without science only creates problems. Science is still one of our best tools to solve problems. Unscientifically speaking, the consideration we place in childhood social development, will develop us as a species more than anything else. Children are the life we create for ourselves and leave for the future.
Conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, the New Family Structures Study has been used by opponents of same-sex marriage to suggest that the children of same-sex couples fare poorly on a number of issues including relationships, abuse, and poverty.
A woman enters the “Who’s Your Daddy?” DNA testing van in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. Reuters. A mobile DNA testing facility that looks more like a motor home than a medical clinic is raising questions about the ramifications of quick and easy tests to determine paternity and other biological connections.
Once a time-consuming and complicated process, DNA testing has become so accessible that experts worry families and individuals may not be properly prepared for the results.
A 28-foot (8.5-meter) recreational vehicle cruising around New York City emblazoned with the question “Who’s Your Daddy?”, and offering on-the-spot DNA testing services starting at $299, has renewed those concerns.
The clinic, operated by a New York company called Health Street, started in 2010 but was revamped two months ago.
Go here to read the rest: DNA testing van answers ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’
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A new study led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that a healthy intake of micronutrients is strongly associated with improved sperm DNA quality in older men. In younger men, however, a higher intake of micronutrients didn’t improve their sperm DNA.
In an analysis of 80 healthy male volunteers between 22 and 80 years of age, the scientists found that men older than 44 who consumed the most vitamin C had 20 percent less sperm DNA damage compared to men older than 44 who consumed the least vitamin C. The same was true for vitamin E, zinc, and folate.
Read this article: Healthy intake of micronutrients may boost sperm DNA quality in older men
This discovery is sure to fuel the already developing debate as to the effect of diet, exercise, lifestyle and personal attitude, even beliefs, on the quality of DNA in a person.
Whether genetic defects be erased over time and generations through lifestyle choice, will be one of the great moral arguments of the 21st century. It will take all of our collective knowledge to come up with the answers to these great fundamental questions of what constitutes optimum quality of life.
The great doctors, researchers, religions and philosophies will be challenged to show a relationship with their ideas and improved DNA.
Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff
I cover science and medicine, and believe this is biology’s century.
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Street Fight: Which Desktop DNA Sequencer Is In The Lead?
Makers of DNA sequencers are dueling: and so are the estimates of Wall Street analysts who cover them. On Wednesday, I pointed to estimates from Macquarie Capital arguing that the Personal Genome Machine, from Life Technologies, is outselling the MiSeq, from Illumina, despite what the Macquarie analysts said are the MiSeq’s superior capabilities. The battle between the Personal Genome Machine (PGM) and the MiSeq is important because the PGM has become the most prominent position in DNA sequencing.
Follow this link: Street Fight: Which Desktop DNA Sequencer Is In The Lead?
With the soon to be realized goal of instant diagnosis from the doctors office on the horizon investors need to ask some questions about the effect on the market of this great benefit.
Presently doctors send blood tests to a lab and the lab takes 2 days to a week or more sometimes coming up with the results. These labs and their equipment will need to find other uses in medicine and some equipment that is standard now may soon be obsolete. Labs will have to find other types of services to offer. Manufacturers who stay with a product line too long may find themselves out of business.
Entrepeneurs working on specific projects may want to look for good prices on some great lab equipment in the not too distant future as the diagnosis business is phased out.
Originally posted here: Advance makes possible near-instantaneous DNA analysis
Twins Cured After Whole Genome Sequencing
This is article By Chris Chan| Saturday, Aug 25, 2012 | Updated 11:03 AM PDT, Source: North County Twins Cured After Whole Genome Sequencing | NBC 7 San Diego Here you can read about how, just by doing something the medical community likes to call whole genome sequencing, the lack of a particular substance in the body was found which research has determined helps a person to breathe normally.
See the original post here: Twins Cured After Whole Genome Sequencing
The genome is the entirety of an organism’s hereditary information. The sequence therefore is the way the DNA is connected to form this entirety. Of course as you may expect every persons genome sequence is different from another.There are billions of pieces of information involved in sequencing the genome. The accuracy necessary to evaluate all these chromosomal and other DNA pieces and understand the ways they connect with each other has only become possible in the last several years because of the advancement of computing power.
Quantum presents a series of articles today on DNA and the genome. There is no question that the process of understanding human health from the genetic level will be beneficial to mankind. The questions we hope to answer as we publish Quantum POP is, when a person is found to be deficient in a certain hormone as is the case in this article http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/North-County-Twins-Cured-After-Whole-Genome-Sequencing-167426045.html is it better to replace it or correct it diet and exercise if possible and how can we apply these two methods to arrive at the best health for us. Also how can we improve our Genome quality for the benefit of our decendents.
London, August 27 (ANI): People who carry a “G” instead of an “A” at a specific spot in their genetic code have roughly a six-fold higher risk of developing certain types of brain tumours, a new study has found.
The findings could help researchers identify people at risk of developing certain subtypes of gliomas which account for about 20 percent of new brain cancers diagnosed annually in the U.S. and may lead to better surveillance, diagnosis and treatment.
Researchers still have to confirm whether the spot is the source of tumours, but if it’s not, “it is pretty close,” said senior author Robert Jenkins, M.D., Ph.D., a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center.
See the article here: Gene variant that ups risk of brain tumours discovered
The procedure could become common in clinical practice within a decade, experts say. Some express concern that genetic findings may lead to more terminated pregnancies.
SUNDAY, July 29 (HealthDay News) — New gene mutations associated with the development of melanoma have been identified by scientists who conducted what is believed to be the largest…
See the article here: Scientists Uncover Gene Variation Linked to Melanoma
(Credit: AP/ Newmont Mining Corporation) (CBS News) A new study shows gold nanoparticles, in combination with a compound found in tea, may treat prostate cancer better than chemotherapy
Chemotherapy can treat different kinds of cancer, but typically carries toxic side effects. While it has been known to shrink tumors, chemo also destroys healthy areas as it passes through the body. But, University of Missouri researchers discovered that when small gold particles and a compound found in tea leaves were combined, they targeted prostate cancer tumors more directly
With chemotherapy, hundreds of radioactive “seeds” are injected into the prostate, but their size and their failure to deliver effective doses doesn’t make them ideal and renders their ability to treat aggressive forms of prostate cancer rather futile.
But, with the gold and tea combination – called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – scientists were able to create nanoparticles that were just the right size. Instead of needing hundreds of injections, the compound was injected only once or twice and the nanoparticles were able to stay closer to the tumor sites. The tumors shrunk by 80 percent within 28 days of treatment.
What is ESCG? We checked out the green medicine web site acquireal.com for the answer. They say; Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) is an anti-oxidant polyphenol found mostly in green tea. Green tea has many benefits for your health as a nutritional supplement for cancer, atherosclerosis, HPV virus infection, blood sugar control and neurodegenerative diseases. it is best to not take too high doses on a daily basis. Many ingredients are healthy and balanced to use in reduced volumes but could possibly cause damage if taken in extreme doses. One choice is to take an EGCG complement 2 or 3 times per weeks time.
One can imagine that the doses involved here are stronger than the doses that acquireal.com might find ideal but when you are comparing it to the levels of toxicity in chemotherapy it is probably like spitting in the ocean. But what of the risks involved with gold nanoparticles?
the web site Softpedia tell us this about gold nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are among the most promising materials to be incorporated in the medical therapies of tomorrow. They can be constructed so as to carry vaccine molecules directly to the place of interest, or can be made to glow in certain wavelengths, evidencing various targets inside the human body for medicphysical al imaging technologies. PhysOrg reports.
Another schoalarly analysis of several studies on the subject reminds us that the volume of nanoparticles acing on cells is critical to determining toxicity. We cannot emphasize enough that knowledge of the dose is critical: many drugs that are beneficial at low doses are toxic at high doses. In the literature, however, the dosages of nanoparticles used vary widely across different research groups, and the number of cells exposed to their nanoparticles at a given concentration is not always reported.
In other words more research is needed. One thing that seems likely at this point is that it is a potentially less risky and demonstatively more effective treatment for many cancers than chemotherapy.
With the gold and tea combination – called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – scientists were able to create nanoparticles that were just the right size. Instead of needing hundreds of injections, the compound was injected only once or twice and the nanoparticles were able to stay closer to the tumor sites. The tumors shrunk by 80 percent within 28 days of treatment.
Because radioactive gold nanoparticles have a very short half-life (the time it takes for half of the substance to decay) of 2.7 days, the radioactivity from the gold only lasts for three weeks. This meant the researchers were able to treat the tumor much more effectively and with a dose that was thousands of times less than what is given with chemotherapy.
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This is inspired from an article that first appeared on the blog Innovation News entitled;
CONCLUSION: Nano-hydroxyapatite has no accumulative toxicity to rabbits, it is suggested that it is safe when the hydroxyapatite-sol was applied intravenously as a drug carrier in small dosage more less than the medium lethal dose, even as a kind of anticancer drug.
The next one that jumped out were the phytosterol nanoparticles in the canola oil to reduce cholesterol. Toxicity is possible a study suggests. Lab rats once agian were called upon to test the effects of phytosterols, (not in nano particle form) and found it poisoned their little heart cells. Ouch! That’s right. The levels of toxicity were at the level to raise concerns for humans.
Quantum POP asks; is it better to eliminate cholesterol by adding ingredients that do not exist in it naturally or simply choose other foods? Also; Can nanoparticles of phytosterols be introduced in such low levels that they are not toxic? Research is also showing that many rimes other nanoparticles can be introduced which eliminates the toxicity of the beneficial to the particular physical condition to be modified. For a scholarly study on nanoparticles and cholesterol please read. http://www.kipbiotech.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/micellar-phytosterols-effectively-reduce-cholesterol-absorption-at-low-doses.pdf
The last item in the article entitled 10 Ways You’re Using Nanotech Right Now (And Don’t Even Know It) that actually named the nanoparticle in question was condoms that used our old friend silver nanoparticles for bacteria and STD infection fighters. However there is the question of testicular cancer being linked to the silver. Condoms with silver nanoparticles may need to be avoided till further studies are done.
Their are other products and advancments listed in this article beut these are the only items in the article where the specific nanoparticles are named.
According to the web site Scribd http://www.scribd.com/doc/61507151/Introduction-and-Application-of-Nanotechnology-in-Food-Technology-2 there were 200 companies worth over 25 billion dollars.
With the Olympics starting this week Quantum POP wonders if there are numerous performance enhancing nanoparticles, that will not be detectable by Olympic officials being ingested by our modern athletes. According to an article in Researchers are already experimenting with blood supplements based on oxygen-carrying nanoparticles for use in emergency situations. If an athlete get more oxygen in their system their performance could definitely be enhanced.
There was a lot of talk about the possibility of biologically infused nanodevices that could perpetually maintain certain thresholds of performance. Nanotechnology is used already in the Olympics widely, to alter the properties of sports equipment and, with it, improve athletic performance. Carbon nanotubes, for example, are used to make bicycle frames and tennis rackets lighter and more durable and give golf clubs and hockey sticks a more powerful and accurate drive, while a coating of nanomaterials makes kayaks faster and more stable and keeps tennis balls bouncy for longer.
No question that nano particles are increasingly entering the bloodstream of many people in the developed world. Many times without adequate testing. Even nano particles that are used for textures can when handled enter the bloodstream where in their larger form they would not.
In the short term proper labeling of nano as well as normal substances seems to be warranted.
How prevalent are nano particles in our daily lives? This picture is worth at least 1000 words.
In an article titled “Nanoparticle technology turns personal care products toxic
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by: Danna Norek
We learn how some particles such as zinc oxide in skin care products formerly tested in a whole particle state and found to be safe, may become toxic in nano form.
Here is a part of that article.
The problem with nanoparticles
Minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, commonly used in sunscreen lotions, foundation and other liquid types of lotions are harmless in their normal size. They simply sit on the skin rather than absorbing in to the skin since they are too large to penetrate its protective barrier.
However, when these are broken down into nanoparticles which are often smaller than the size of a red blood cell, they are easily absorbed into the skin. There is research showing that nanoparticles of zinc oxide and other ingredients like aluminum collect in parts of the brain and cause cell death.
These particles are so easily absorbed that they are detectable in all areas of the body, including vital organs. Animal studies have shown that when they are applied to the skin, they penetrate tissues and cells causing damage when they begin to build up. The tiny size gives these particles the ability to travel the body extensively and can enhance their toxicity.
[Brain image via Shutterstock]
Obviously more research is and should be done on this subject. Quantum POP would hope that the solution that could be as simple as finding or developing a nanoparticle that is not absorbed into the body and coating anything that is handled by humans with it, that contains nanoparticles that are toxic to the touch.
Most of our bodily functions and daily processes are well-understood. We have a pretty good grasp of why the heart beats, why we need to breathe and the purpose of our kidneys. The same cannot be said for sleep. Despite spending nearly one-third of our lives asleep, the fundamental function of sleep remains a mystery.
We do understand what happens when we are not able to sleep. There is a decline in our cognitive ability, our mood deteriorates, and if the period of sleeplessness is long enough, psychotic behavior may emerge. Rats will actually die in about three weeks if not allowed to sleep. However, such studies tell us little about the real biological role of sleep.
There have been many proposed explanations for why virtually all creatures on this planet must sleep. Some believe sleep to be an evolutionary step born from the need to stay out of harm’s way when it grows dark outside.
Our understanding of sleep science has grown significantly more complex over time. Now, experts generally agree that sleep is all about the brain and serves to maximize brain function.
- The Adenosine Hypothesis: Sleep serves to control neural chemistry or regulate the level of certain substances in the brain that cannot be regulated during constant wakefulness.
- The Synaptic Homeostasis Hypothesis: Sleep reduces the number or strength of synapses or connections between brain cells, which steadily increase during wakefulness and cannot be maintained. Thus, sleep serves to prune these neural connections.
The first hypothesis states one of the functions of sleep can be to regulate a molecule named adenosine (1,2). Adenosine bound to phosphorus is the primary source of energy, which allows cells to function normally. As cells are active and discharging over time, there is an accumulation of of the molecule adenosine.
Certain nerve cells in the brain (neurons) have been observed to be quite active (firing frequently) during wakefulness and become less active or completely silent during sleep. One example would be neurons in the basal forebrain. These neurons connect to many other nerve cells in the brain and are believed to at least partially dictate whether the organism (man or animal) is awake (basal forebrain neurons active) or asleep (neurons less active or silent).
Investigators promoting this hypothesis believe that as basal forebrain neurons are active over time (wakefulness), adenosine accumulates outside the cell and ultimately binds a receptor on the surface of the cell (called an A1 receptor), which inhibits activity of the cell (yielding sleep). After brain cells have been active for a long time over the course of the day, this accumulation of adenosine provides a mechanism to let the cells (and the organism) rest.
At least two lines of evidence support this hypothesis. First, if adenosine levels are continuously monitored in the basal forebrain, they steadily rise during wakefulness and fall during sleep, suggesting that sleep is important in the regulation of this molecule (1). Second, caffeine, the most widely used stimulant in the world, is an adenosine antagonist. This means that caffeine blocks the ability of adenosine to “turn off” these cells and promote sleep. As a result, you stay awake or receive a short energy burst.
The second hypothesis is quite different and focuses on synapses — connections between nerve cells in the brain (3,4). According to this line of thinking, the net strength of these synapses accumulates steadily over the course of the day (wakefulness). While awake, your cells must learn new functions by strengthening connections between cells. For example, if we learn how to execute a task during the day, many synapses strengthen and some new ones may form in specific areas of the brain. This helps to establish memory. However, learning through strengthening synapses comes at a price; stronger synapses require energy to be maintained, occupy more space on the cell surface, consume supplies needed for cells to function, and eventually saturate the capacity to learn.
So, every day connections must be reduced and returned to a baseline level or vital cellular and brain processes could be compromised. Sleep serves as an ideal time when such synapses can be pruned since the brain is “offline” and new learning is not occurring. This is how new memories formed during the day are integrated with older ones, and the brain can figure out which synapses are more important, reducing or eliminating the others.
Ample evidence in support of this hypothesis shows synapses build up during the day and are reduced during sleep (3.4). Additionally, studies show that a unique kind of brain activity that occurs during sleep, called slow waves, becomes especially intense over very specific brain areas where learning has occurred, likely indicating synaptic pruning during sleep (4).
In all likelihood there may not be a single function for sleep, but multiple neural processes that can only occur when the brain is largely disconnected from the environment. While our understanding of sleep science continues to grow, there continues to be a strong consensus on the need for a good night’s rest.
1) Porkka-Heiskanen T, Strecker RE, Thakkar M, Bjorkum AA, Greene RW, McCarley RW Adenosine: a mediator of the sleep-inducing effects of prolonged wakefulness. Science. 1997 May 23;276(5316):1265-8.
2) Basheer R, Strecker RE, Thakkar MM, McCarley RW. Adenosine and sleep-wake regulation. Prog Neurobiol. 2004 Aug;73(6):379-96.
3) Massimini M, Ferrarelli F, Huber R, Esser SK, Singh H, Tononi G. Breakdown of cortical effective connectivity during sleep. Science. 2005 Sep 30;309(5744):2228-32.
4) Huber R, Ghilardi MF, Massimini M, Tononi G. Local sleep and learning. Nature. 2004 Jul 1;430(6995):78-81.
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An Ohio hospital is the first to use a new technologythat utilizes ultraviolet light to eliminate harmful bacteria. Anderson Hospital located in Cincinnati, is the first in the state to use ultraviolet light technology to reduce and eliminate HAIs, healthcare-associated infections. Although first in the state to deploy the new IRiS™ system, it is only one of a handful of hospitals in the country to use the new disinfection weapon. IRiS stands for Intelligent Room Sterilization System. This high-tech disinfecting weapon is distributed Medline Industries, Inc.
The hospital has reported success in reducing HAIs, especially Clostridium Difficile (C.diff), since using the IRiS system. Reports released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one out of every 20 hospital patients contracts some kind of infection in America. There have been potential for contamination from viruses and bacteria from surfaces which can cause serious infections. Some bacteria are very hard to kill and can survive for weeks on surfaces located around hospital patients’ rooms, making security from infection difficult. Such surfaces include phones, handrails, counters and other small surface spaces that make it difficult to reach and disinfect.
Read the rest here: Ohio Hospitals Reduce Bacteria Using Science Fiction High-Tech …
By Liam Scheff
June 29, 2012
Excerpted from “Official Stories”
The following is an exclusive excerpt from the new book “Official Stories” by Liam Scheff, from Chapter 5: Vaccination – The Religious Science.
The Official Story: Vaccination, injecting viruses into people, especially small children, prevents future infection and is therefore good for you. It began with Louis Pasteur, who devised germ theory. Then Edward Jenner developed a vaccine against smallpox. Jonas Salk’s vaccine stopped Polio in the 1950s. We use vaccines today to fight latent “slow viruses” like HPV which, officials say, can cause cancer in women, eventually.
The Lone Gunman: Viruses. But this time there’s a counter-attack and it’s equally powerful – the syringe full of specially-prepared viruses.
The Magic Bullet: Whatever is in those syringes; it stopped polio, it’ll stop HPV and the bird, pig and every other flu too.
Scratch 1: Vaccination comes from the word “vacca.” We could call it cow-injection, to be true to history, because, and we’re never really told this, but the vaccine that made it all famous – smallpox – came from the sores on the underbellies and legs of cows and horses. Pus and blood were scraped off, put on the ends of small, sharp pronged forks or lancets and jabbed into people’s arms. Yes, “vacca” means “cow.” Does that surprise you? Do we generally think that animal blood and pus is good thing to put into our bodies? Probably not, but we’ll get into that in a minute.
Vaccines are regarded as a nearly magical process, like a totem or a crucible, a station of the cross in the Western world; it has replaced baptism as a holy right. Those who are opposed are mistrusted and feared, almost as witches; certainly as troubled heretics. But no one ever asks the question:
What Is In A Vaccine?
Scratch 2: Vaccines are not conjured at Hogwarts by honest wizards. Willy Wonka doesn’t brew them in his chocolate factory. They are not magical and there is a reason, or many, why some people oppose them so strongly. Vaccines are toxic, by their very nature.
The liquid in the syringe is filled with very small pieces of…well, a lot of things. These materials come from laboratory dishes where putative viruses are grown. But nothing biological can be grown, except in a “medium” or substrate. That is, it takes living tissue to grow living microscopic entities. So, what tissues are vaccines grown in, or really, culled from?
The first substrates were a variety of animal body parts, including spines and brains; rabbits were often used. Sometimes it was pus and blood from a sick animal. Then it was monkey kidneys and testicles; that’s what the putative polio virus was grown in. Of course, monkey cells contain monkey proteins, viruses, bacteria, mycoplasmas and toxins. It is not possible to filter out one microscopic particle, from a sea of similarly-sized or smaller particles. These particles, proteins, viruses and cellular debris have been and are being injected into millions of people, in the name of stopping polio – and every other disease for which there is a vaccine.
Hamster ovaries, washed sheep blood, dog kidney cells and here’s a favorite with the Christian crowd – aborted human fetal tissue; these are newer substrates. These cells are cultured, fed, stimulated and made to replicate so as to produce…well, that’s what this chapter is about and we’re almost there.
In addition to the living tissue, vaccines have added to them a series of metals and preservatives, as well as chemical agents sent to inflame and agitate your cells. Mercury is one of the longest-used metals in vaccines. Formaldehyde has made it into countless batches. Formaldehyde is used to embalm dead people – to keep them from rotting. Is that good for children? No, it’s a toxic poison. But there it goes, into the blood.
Squalene is one of the most famous adjuvants for its starring role in Gulf War Illness. Its job is to agitate your muscles, blood vessels, cells and tissue into an inflamed state. Vaccine manufacturers actively seek this inflammatory response. They feel it helps their vaccine work. But it can also bring on real illness: Pain, nausea, cramps, fainting, tremors, seizures and a long list of neurological responses. Some-times vaccines cause death; sometimes instantly. Yes, that has happened too.
Vaccine proponents will tell you that the 30,000 adverse events reported annually on the government’s VAERS self-reporting system for vaccine side effects are worth it. It doesn’t seem to bother them that even the government agrees that VAERS captures about 1% of the total number of toxic events due to vaccination. It’s like a religion. There are the vaccine true-believers – and their generally ridiculed opponents.
The Doctor’s Office
If you can believe it, I was agnostic for a long time about vaccines. Understanding vaccination came late in my studies. I didn’t like them, but, I wasn’t sure. Maybe they helped. After all, there had been polio and now there isn’t. Smallpox has gone away. I couldn’t discount vaccination entirely.
I was three or four years old. I was in a doctor’s office. I saw a needle coming for me – it was going to be put into me. INTO. I knew with all my being that this was insane. Wrong. WRONG. Not going to happen. Large hands held my small limbs and forced the needle and fluid into me, sending a hot swelling pressure into my arm.
“That’s not so bad,” they said. “That’s a big boy.”
I had a lot of strep throats as a kid. I had a number of very bad fevers. I felt awful, a lot. The next time I went, I remember being older by a few years. I held still; I looked away; I held my breath. “That’s a brave young man,” they said. I continued to have a lot of flus and strep. But, I had a terrible diet.
I stopped getting stuck with needles in my…I can’t quite recall. Early teens? After childhood, I avoided doctors and all medical procedures. Maybe it’s that I come from a family of doctors. It turns you off to it. On the inside of a group of medical men they’ll tell you, “Oh, it’s just a flu, tough it out.” So you do. Decades on, I don’t get sick the way I used to, but my diet is entirely different. I also haven’t been injected with anything for decades.
So I was agnostic. I did not know. I had to read and study, starting with polio 6 or 7 years ago, then HPV and then reaching back to the beginning, Pasteur and Jenner. What I learned was a hidden history. What I can do for you is to share it.
Vaccination, The Other History
People have always gotten sick and people have always died. That seems to be part of the deal here on Earth, for as long as anyone can remember. In order to deal with this reality, some ancient cultures, including the Chinese and Indian, devised complex medical systems involving categorization of energy types, effects of food and herbs and interaction among the organ systems. They had great success with them for thousands of years.
One method of disease prevention was to take pus from people and animals who had the “pox” or pustule-forming diseases, remove it from the pustules and dry it in the sun. (Sunlight and fresh air – the ultimate disinfectants). That dried material would then be crumbled or ground into a powder and blown (whoosh!) up your nose and sinuses, if you’d never had the disease and especially if you were young. By this method of introducing dried, sterilized powder from a sick creature into the nasal passages, the recipient would receive a benign exposure to an otherwise toxic substance. Some cultures would prick your skin with this dried, sterilized substance.
Let’s make a check here: Breathing something into your nasal passage is very different than opening a wound in your flesh and pouring in the dripping wet pus and blood drawn from the sick animal. And pricking skin with dried, sterile material is different than injecting diseased animal remains deep into your muscle. Without reading another word, you can begin to understand the problem with the Western system of vaccination.
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On Audiobook and Kindle in late 2012
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The highest temperature anywhere on Earth ever, anywhere in today’s universe for all I know, has been briefly inferred in the teeny fireballs of colliding particles at the US’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Guinness World Record people are in agreement. To set the mark, the physicists banged gold nuclei into each another at near-light speed. They have a whole program devoted to smashing gold that way. This record is just a footnote. But superlatives are natural stories. They grab eyeballs (Fastest! Smallest! Densest! Farthest! Anythingest! will do). Hottest makes the A-list.
But this has the advantage of not only being cutting edge science (quark gluon soup comes up), but of letting us know that while Europe has the Large Hadron Collider and is thus glamour queen of high energy particle physics, the US still does have machines hard at work and with PhD physicists at the helm. This is so even with Fermilab’s Tevatron shuttered and the lab’s public affairs shop reduced to inviting reporters to see new calves in its bison herd as about the only thing going on. Yes, that’s an exaggeration. But Tevatron is dark.
Grist for the Mill: Guinness record announcement ;
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By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News
A group of experts has urged funders of UK research to encourage scientists to publish their results in journals that offer free public access to findings.
A report by Dame Janet Finch argues that there is a powerful “moral” case for publicly funded research to be freely available.
Dame Janet also states that there could be considerable economic benefits if industry has free access to research.
Currently, most results have to be paid for by subscription.
But supporters of commercial publishing say that they have contributed greatly to the development of the peer review system and the resulting high standard of scientific research.
According to Dame Janet, “everyone agrees that greater open access would bring huge economic and public benefits. The challenge though is how we move to this model without damaging UK research, peer review or scientific publishers?”
Historically, scientists have sent their research results to scientific journals for consideration for publication.
Specialist editors working for the journals sift through the material submitted to them and select those they feel have made a significant contribution to the field.
The long term future lies with open access”
End Quote Dame Janet Finch Report Author
The editors then send these scientific papers to experts in the field for assessment, a process known as peer review. It is at this stage that one or more of the experts can reject the research because they believe it is flawed or that it has not made a significant contribution to the field.
It is more often the case though that the expert reviewers, known as referees, ask for clarification or more experiments to be carried out.
Once all or most of the referees are satisfied, the journal publishes the research and it is at this stage that the work is formally considered to be new science.
Not really, but hearing known songs during a snooze may help people play them later
Web edition : Sunday, June 24th, 2012
A dreamland ditty played softly during a nap helps people hit the right notes while awake. Soft tones during sleep creep into the napping brain and strengthen playing skills, researchers report online June 24 in Nature Neuroscience.
The results don’t mean that after a nighttime Beethoven sonata, a piano novice will wake up with the ability to play it. But the results do suggest that an existing skill can be sharpened during a nap, says study coauthor Ken Paller of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Earlier work by Paller and others has found that sound and odor cues during sleep can improve a person’s memory for the locations of objects. The new study extends those results by showing that a learned skill — in this instance, playing music — can also be influenced during sleep. Although these sorts of experiments are just getting started, “the door is wide open,” Paller says. Musical ability, athletic prowess and other talents that normally require a lot of practice may be amenable to boosts during sleep.Before the easy job of having a nap, 16 right-handed participants in the study had to do some actual work. Volunteers learned two different not-very-catchy tunes, played with their left hands on the a, s, d and f keys of a computer. In an arrangement similar to that of Guitar Hero, circles that floated up the screen told participants which key to hit and when.
After this training, the volunteers’ chairs were converted into comfy beds for a 90-minute nap. When scalp electrodes indicated that the snoozers had entered slow-wave sleep, a phase that’s thought to be important for memory processing, researchers surreptitiously played one of the two songs the volunteers had just learned.
Refreshed from their siestas, volunteers were better overall at playing both songs than before their naps. But there was an important difference in this improvement: People were better at playing the song that was broadcasted during their nap than the song that hadn’t graced their sleep.
This effect may be caused in part by sleep spindles, waves of electrical activity that have been linked to memory processing during sleep. Spindles in the right premotor cortex — the brain area that controls movement of the left hand — were tied with the post-nap performance, the team found. “The more spindles, the more benefit,” Paller says.
It’s not clear whether the gain represents a simple boost or just a bias in shifting the brain’s attention to one song at the expense of the other, Paller says. Sleep may offer a finite window of improvement, such that enhancing one skill may come at the expense of another.
Just because a skill can be sharpened during sleep doesn’t necessarily mean that it should, says sleep researcher Robert Stickgold of Harvard Medical School. “I think your brain does a lot of triaging at night. Now, you’re trying to override that triaging and tell your brain what it should be worrying about.”
And overriding the brain is fraught with the problem of choosing what to listen to, Stickgold says. “I would argue that sleep might be smarter than you.”
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A few stories that POPPED our Quantum eyes this week:
Darwin Tunes . org: A group of scientists from the UK are turning a lot of machines loose on some random machine generated tonal loops. It is a little like American Idol for machines. The machines randomly generate these rhythmic tonal patterns and you the public, get to vote on what loop you like the best. Each winning loop gets another generation and is combined with other winning loops to begin the process of melodic and harmonic composition. It is kind of like Bach meets African thumb harp meets pac-man. If you would like to be a part of the creative process of this science experiment just go to http://darwintunes.org/
Hear the democratic loops for yourself and see if you think there is a natural pattern of evolutionary events that is the basis of music revealed in these loop compositions. My review of the music: It is what you get when everything is run through a committee. there is a real blandness of execution that makes it not to bad but not to great. Only time will tell what this process will ultimately achieve. Right now I could see some of the finished loops being used as fodder for dance tracks at the nightclub. but by itself it still wouldn’t really round out my collection of dance favorites. But I plan to participate in the new voting for percussion sounds they are generating now, because maybe my little vote will give it some spark, it otherwise would be without. It is pure vanity I know but try to forgive.
CHINA DOLL IN SPACE:
The legacy of the Clinton administration’s gift of superior missile guidance, kept paying dividends this week as our honorable global partners, (who love us very much) the Chinese, launched a rocket into orbit for their first ever docking mission. It also had the first ever Chinese female crew member. Now it is said that they are where we were in the 70′s technologically speaking. There is one difference however. They are in space and we are on the ground. Perhaps they will return the Clinton administration favor for the guidance technology we gave them and give our current government leaders some spaceballs.
Where does real outer space begin?:
It seems to be all in the quality of the gamma rays. That part of the electromagnetic spectrum way above violet light and above X-rays, that is generated by explosions in our universe billions of earth years old and light years away. The voyager 1 and 2 space machines launched in the 70′s are out there where they are getting more gammas from the universe and less and less from our own solar system.
Stay safe little machines we will monitor your data as long as we can.
OPINION. This shouldn’t happen to a bug:
Researchers in the Netherlands decided that they would try to make a virus from the bird flu virus that could infect humans. So they did. It only took them five mutations from the current strain of flu to make the transition. If anyone had wanted to take that flu and release it on the general public it would have reigned havoc on the masses. Fortunately for us there was never any danger we are told and no ethical violations occurred and the virus they say, was destroyed. Whew! Although they proved that it could be done in 5 mutations they still did not prove the probability that it would occur naturally. But now that they know they can make it they can get more money to figure out the antidote.
That’s all for now
Posted: Jun 19th, 2012.
Arrogene Unveils New Cancer Targeting Nano Drug. (Nanowerk News)
(Nanowerk News) Arrogene, Inc. a cancer nano therapeutics company that is commercializing technology licensed exclusively from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer and President, Dr. Julia Ljubimova is an invited speaker at the TechConnect World Nanotech Conference, being held in Santa Clara, California, June 18-21, 2012
Dr. Ljubimova will be discussing nano therapeutics for blocking multiple targets as part of the Cancer Nanotechnology conference program, and will be unveiling some of the breakthrough platform technologies developed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and being commercialized under exclusive license by Arrogene. Arrogene’s pipeline of new nano-drugs based on these nanotechnological advances includes a nanobioplatform that can be conjugated with a variety of tumor-specific molecular inhibitors (e.g., antisense oligonucleotides and/or chemotherapeutic drugs) with antibody targeting to specific cancer receptors for the nanodrug delivery and therapeutic effect simultaneously. Preclinical studies have shown that when multiple targeting and delivery are used simultaneously, there is significant improvement of inhibition of cancer growth than when conventional anti-cancer drugs are used. This has been shown to be effective against various cancers, including HER2-positive breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer, and brain cancer (glioblastoma multiform).
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Vienna, Austria | Posted on June 20th, 2012 by Melanie Kah
Abstract: Research is urgently needed to evaluate the risks and benefits of nano-pesticides to human and environmental health. Melanie Kah and Thilo Hofmann from the Department of Environmental Geosciences of the University of Vienna recently performed an extensive analysis of this emerging field of research. The results were published June 6th in the internationally recognized journal Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. The study presents the current scientific state of art on nano-pesticides and identifies direction priorities for future research.
Nanotechnology has developed tremendously in the past decade and was able to create many new materials with a vast range of potential applications. Some of those innovative materials are promising to reduce environmental pollution. For instance, carbon nanotubes and metal nano-particles are great candidate materials for cleaning polluted water and soils.
However, the risk that nano-particles may pose to human and environment health is not yet fully understood. The precautionary principle therefore suggests keeping environmental release of nano-particles minimal until their fate and toxicity is better understood. “A good understanding of nano-materials is essential to evaluate whether the benefits overcome potential new risks”, explains Thilo Hofmann, dean elected at the Faculty of Geosciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of Vienna.
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Meet robo-squirrel. New technology in the emerging field of bio-robotics is helping biologists learn more about animal behavior.
The Bay Area may be the high-tech capital of the nation, but increasingly, biologists working at some of the area’s universities are turning to technology, too. The game-changing field of “bio-robotics” is opening a new window onto animal behavior.
That can be seen in the hills high above San Jose, where there’s a timeless battle going on between predator and prey – California ground squirrels and Northern Pacific rattlesnakes.
Rulon Clark, a biologist at San Diego State University, is studying this unique interaction at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve. As he shows me the field site, he warns me that the grassy hills are chock full of rattlesnakes. “Just try to watch where you’re stepping,” he says.
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The annual symposium of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, held at Harvard Medical School, prompted a spirited discussion on robotics and medicine, with nature as a model.
Scientists looking to nature for inspiration in solving humanity’s problems gathered at Harvard Medical School(HMS) on Friday to learn how robotics is helping to improve medical care.
Participants in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering’s annual symposium, called “Noise and Rhythm: Harnessing Complexity in Medicine and Robotics,” heard about how advances in the field are improving artificial limbs, about how other devices are teaching injured people to walk, about manufacturing and control of small flying robots, and about advances in “swarm intelligence” controlling bunches of machines.
Wyss Director Donald Ingber, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at HMS and professor of bioengineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, introduced the daylong event, which took place at HMS’s New Research Building.
Ingber said the Wyss has come a long way in the three-and-a-half years since it began, and today has 300 full-time staff members, 100,000 square feet of space, 180 patents, 20 to 25 industry collaborations, and two clinical trials about to begin.
Three speakers in the morning addressed the complexity of nature’s rhythms, highlighting research that explored irregularities in heartbeat, in nerve signaling, and in babies’ breathing while asleep. Ary Goldberger, a core faculty member at the Wyss and professor of medicine at HMS and at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said that the traditional view of medicine has been that health is a steady state disrupted by illness. Once the illness is overcome, the body returns to its normal state. The more researchers learn, however, the more they understand that health is not a simple steady state, but is complex and dynamic, which is an important lesson in understanding robotic design.
Michael Goldfarb, Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, described a new, powered, artificial leg that improves on current models that function passively. Passive prosthetics are hinged at the knee and work using the movement of a wearer’s upper leg to swing the lower leg into place
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Media reports suggested that a new study showed exercise to be ineffective in fighting depression. But that’s not what the study actually found.
Scientific studies only answer the questions that they set out to ask. That seems like an obvious point, but it sometimes gets forgotten in health reporting. Case in point: a study published in the British Medical Journal last week on the effectiveness of exercise for treating depression. Here are some of the headlines the study garnered:
Exercise doesn’t help depression, study concludes (The Guardian)
Exercise ‘no help for depression’, research suggests (BBC)
But there’s a problem: that’s not really what the study found, or even tested. Here’s how it worked: they took 361 patients who went to their family doctor showing symptoms of depression. Half of the patients were randomly assigned to receive the standard treatment — basically, whatever the GPs in question would normally have suggested, including medication, counseling, and exercise. The other half of the patients received the exact same standard care, and in addition were given extra encouragement to exercise and given the opportunity to consult a “trained physical activity facilitator.”
So this means two things:
Read more here: Exercise, Depression and Health Reporting | Sweat Science
Anyone who has a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease understands the worry of a wandering incident.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes its sufferer to become paranoid, confused, and have memory problems. Being confused about their surroundings, many patients wander around aimlessly, which can lead to life-threatening situations, such as walking into lanes of traffic. The Alzheimer’s patient may now know where they’ve wandered too, where they live, or even their name.
Approximately 60 percent of people inflicted with Alzheimer’s disease are prone to wander. This is a concerning statistic for family members and caretakers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, particularly if it’s impossible to keep a close eye on them every second of every day.
As the number of baby boomers approaching the age of 65 reaches the millions, the rate of Alzheimer’s sufferers is predicted to affect up to 16 million by 2050, according to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report published by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Whether a family member or health care facility professional, caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients may soon breathe a sigh of relief however, thanks to GPS technology.
With the expected rise in the number of Alzheimer’s patients, real-time GPS tracking devices have become an essential tool for both family in-home caregivers and assisted living homes alike. Without a GPS tracking device, the task of finding a wandering Alzheimer’s patient is quite challenging.
Real-time GPS tracking devices for Alzheimer’s patients are available in a number of different forms today. For instance, they can be attached to a person’s clothing or worn as a piece of jewelry, like a watch or bracelet. GPS tracking devices for memory-challenged individuals can even be implemented in shoes. In this case, the GPS tracker is implanted directly into the heel of the shoe, giving the shoe a natural look and appearance.
These on-person GPS tracking devices can be used to track a patient for several miles, providing accurate, real-time patient location. Some devices offer the ability to alert the caregiver when a patient wanders out of range, while others can provide an alert if the Alzheimer’s patient falls.
In 2011, approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and an estimated one in eight people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
Cost effective GPS tracking solutions can locate in real-time and on demand vehicles, people and property from any web based computer or mobile device.
Excerpt from: GPS Tracking Technology for Alzheimer’s Patients
A coalition of agricultural organisations have written to a US congresswoman who is seeking to restrict severely antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production, pointing out the stringent federal approval process and regulation of antibiotics, the lack of human health risks from their judicious use in livestock production and the benefits they offer in food animal production.
Members of the coalition include the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Feed Industry Association, American Meat Institute, Animal Health Institute, American Veterinary Medical Association, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Meat Association and National Turkey Federation.
Go here to read the rest: Use science in regulating antibiotics, ag coalition says – World Poultry
The human brain is an amazing piece of machinery that controls, processes and stores everything we think, say or do. And every function in our body, both conscious and unconscious, is run by our brain. When part of our brain is compromised through stroke or acquired brain injury we are able to grasp just how much the brain is relied upon for daily operations.
Brain injury, caused by traumatic impact, stroke or disease (such as Parkinson’s) is known to impair several areas of cognitive function in victims. Combinations of chemical imbalances in the brain and severe emotional distress, impairments of speech and language processing, physical abilities, cognitive processing, as well as loss or disorganization of memory are the common result of many injuries.
Through the efforts of scientists in the field of neurology, we are discovering and identifying how our brains change throughout out lives, not just in the developing brains of children, or the adapting brains of brain injury victims. With advanced technology that is able to capture images of brain functions while performing various simple or complex tasks we can see exactly what’s happening in our brains when we are engaging in music therapy. Researchers at the Dana institute (according to the article cited below) are discovering that music functions use many of the same brain pathways as motor functions, speech and language processing functions and cognitive functions. Because of this, music therapists are able to participate, and be an important part of rehabilitation in individuals with brain injuries. Advanced brain scan technologies show that music is activating so many areas of the brain and music therapists have been able to design and create musical interventions that target specific functions and help to reshape and retrain brain injury victims to perform daily tasks.
As a music therapist, I have had the privilege to work with stroke and traumatic brain injury victims for the last few years in individual and group situations. I’ve seen remarkable improvements in clients in the areas of balance, fine and gross motor coordination, speech production, speech processing and memory recovery. I have also witnessed significant improvements in mood, increased hope and increased motivation. A brain injury is a cognitive and physical loss but victims also experience much grief. Music therapy not only targets rehabilitation of daily functions and retraining of the brain, but it can holistically address emotional, social and wellness needs of clients. Tears are shed, friendships formed, joys and excitement expressed all in the making of music, and rehabilitation on all fronts.
Read more from the original source: The Science of Healing the Brain Using Music
The NEWS media scared people with contagious report.
On October 4, 2011, CBS and other NEWS outlets took this story and frightened those who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s. This is one of the most sensationalistic and potentially damaging science reports I have read. Immediately, I wanted to know how they jumped to such a conclusion. What is the basis for such a report?
The first words by CBS NEWS were: Is Alzheimer’s contagious? What new study says “A provocative new study may have you pondering that question next time you offer a hug and a kiss to someone affected by the devastating neurological disease. It showed that the brains of mice injected with tissue from a human with Alzheimer’s exhibited changes characteristic of the disease – suggesting that some cases of Alzheimer’s may spread from person to person in much the same way that “mad cow” disease spreads.”
How could the University of Texas study make an assertion that Alzheimer’s may be contagious?
Before we get into the science of HOW they made the conclusion, let us look at the words: CONTAGIOUS, INFECTIVITY, and INFECTIOUSNESS.
The word contagious means there is infectivity, i.e. the ability of an organism to (1) enter, (2) survive and (3) multiply in the host. The word infectiousness of a disease denotes the comparative ease with which the disease is transmitted to other hosts. Infectious diseases are communicable, contagious, transmittable, and are all caused by infection.
The EASE of infectiousness was not there because the student(s) took brain cells from an Alzheimer’s patient and with a needle injected them into the brain of a mouse. That is how the infection took place. The amyloid-beta protein (A-beta) immune system of the mouse brain was compromised by the human Alzheimer’s cells. This damage would not have happened had the mouse touched the material or breathed the material, and probably would not have happened even had the mouse eaten the tissue.
Dr. Claudio Soto, the study author and professor of neurology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said in a written statement, “Our findings open the possibility that some of the sporadic Alzheimer’s cases may arise from an infectious process, which occurs with other neurological diseases such as mad cow and its human form, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.”.
Even the worst of the Mad Cow disease cases is believed to be transmitted by contaminated meat-and-bone meal fed to cattle. Not touched. Not breathed, but by actually eating the prion infected meat or bone meal.
Viruses, harmful bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites, and even the misfolded proteins known as prions are all subject to mission failure from a good immune system. These pathogens are the cause of disease epidemics and without them no infectious epidemic can occur.
Another team of scientists have found evidence that the amyloid-beta protein (A-beta) is a, if not THE, front line innate immune system of the brain. The best defense against any infection is a strong offense in the form of a well performing immune system. That is where Smart Sugars do their work.
To Dr. Soto’s credit, he said that there is no need for dramatic precautions. “We know that there is no risk [to] family members of people with prion diseases,” he told CBS News. “There are no cases of disease in relatives. The prions don’t go through the air.”
Original post: Alzheimer’s Contagious Study May Be Mad Science
NBC’s Chief Medical Editor is very ‘pro-science’ and believes that detecting potential genetic defects in your unborn child has great potential for the future, but it also gives parents the choice to decide whether they want to abort their child. Despite ethical issues it may bring up, she’s pro-science so screw the social questions!
LIFE NEWS – On Friday’s NBC Today, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman explained to viewers that it’s just good science to abort an unborn child that may have a genetic disorder, explaining that testing for such conditions, “gives parents a chance to decide whether they’re going to continue that pregnancy or not. This is the science of today.”
Snyderman then predicted: “I think the future will be such that you’ll find out that your child may have a genetic hit. You can fix that genetic problem, and improve your chance, a child’s chance…” When co-host Savannah Guthrie raised ethical questions about aborting children under such circumstances, Snyderman matter-of-factly replied: “Well, I’m pro-science, so I believe that this is a great way to prevent diseases.”
“NANCY SNYDERMAN: Well, you might learn that a child has a severe genetic problem. It gives parents a chance to decide whether they’re going to continue that pregnancy or not. This is the science of today. It is running fast into the future. And I think the future will be such that you’ll find out that your child may have a genetic hit. You can fix that genetic problem
GUTHRIE: Do you think it raises ethical issues? I mean at what point, if you have information that your child is going to have a genetic problem, and then you’re posed with the question of whether to go forward with the pregnancy?
SNYDERMAN: Well, I’m pro-science, so I believe that this is a great way to prevent diseases.
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Christchurch, New Zealand | Posted on June 9th, 2012
The Australian Patent Office has also accepted Izon Science Patent No. 2005315729 for the same core technology.
Izon Science has also been granted a patent for its analysis platform by the UK Intellectual Property Office. UK Patent No. 2477287 (formerly Application No. 1001311.8) for Control of particle flow in an aperture and relates to the use of combined pressure and voltage. This follows on from the prior award of the core patent in 2006 (GB2421303, 12 November 2006).
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A freezer malfunction at Harvard’s McLean Hospital has damaged about a third of the world’s biggest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research by as much as a decade.
“This was a priceless collection,” director of the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center, Dr. Francis Benes, told Boston.com. “You can’t express its value in dollar amounts.”
The freezer housed brains that belonged to people who had some kind of neurological or psychiatric condition, such as Alzheimer’s or bipolar disorder, as well as Autism. It was usually kept at negative 112 degrees Fahrenheit. It was supposed to be protected by two alarms, and staff checked a thermostat on the outside twice a day. However, neither alarm went off and the temperature was giving a normal reading. The problem wasn’t discovered until someone opened the door and didn’t feel any cold air. Though the thermostat claimed it was the right climate inside, it was actually more like 44 degrees, the same temp as a typical refrigerator. What’s even worse is that the condition of the brains indicate the freezer had been off for about three days. That was enough time for 150 brains to thaw out and turn dark from decay.
More than 50 were owned by advocacy and research organization Autism Speaks. They were a part of the Autism Tissue Program, donated by the families of kids and young adults who had suffered from the disease. This brain library is important because nearly 1 in 88 kids in the U.S. have autism, but the cause is still somewhat of a mystery.
The good news is affected brains aren’t entirely unusable—32 of them have been divided, half returned to freezers, and half placed in a preservative called formalin. While the preserved brains can still be used for research, the information they’ll give is different than if they were still frozen. That said, they might still be effective for genetic study. But sadly enough, it’s going to take a long time to rebuild the collection— Harvard’s brain bank had been gathering samples for about 20 years. [Boston.com]
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