For years it has been scientists have described tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation as “probable carcinogens’. However now International cancer experts say tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, stating both to be as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. Vincent Cogliano, one of the cancer researchers believes that the current study will help teen to avoid using sunbeds. The new classification means tanning beds and ultraviolet radiation are definite causes of cancer, alongside tobacco, the hepatitis B virus and chimney sweeping, among others.
According to U.S. researchers common and safe blue food dye may turn out to be the best treatment available so far for spinal cord injuries. The researchers further explain that when the nerve cells in the brain or spine are damaged, they often release a spurt of chemicals that causes nearby cells to die. Only when this process is stopped, damage that continues to build after a stroke or spinal cord injury can be prevented. One of the chemicals is ATP. Scientist found the blue dye, which they called BBG, would do this via the P2X7R receptor or doorway. Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester Medical Center cautioned that tests in humans are likely still years away.
Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, said that his team is intending to build a functioning, artificial human brain within the next 10 years. The team started few years ago with the efforts to create a fully functioning artificial rat brain using the IBM supercomputer, Blue Gene. The idea was if they could fruitfully replicate a rat’s brain, they would then influence their knowledge to do the same with a human one. With not much success in the beginning, recently the neurons have begun unexpectedly organizing themselves into a more complex pattern. Markram thinks that in 10 years, they’ll moreover have an artificial human brain that has consciousness or they’ll know that consciousness is more than just a neurological pattern. According to the scientists, this is the beginning of the self-organizing neurological patterns that eventually, in more complex mammal brains, become personality.
Archie Barton, three year old child, who lost both legs to meningitis took his first steps on new bionic limbs. Since his favorite color is red, he insisted on light weight bionic limbs be in red color. These bionic limbs which are funded by NHS are for £12,500. His mother says that Archie who lost his legs, fingers and much of his sight two years ago is very excited about his new limbs.
Medical iPhone applications has become very common amongst medical practioners, infact Epocrates, Inc. has announced that more than 100,000 physicians are using company’s iPhone software in their clinical practices. The company further states that this user load puts Epocrates among the privileged top five percent of iPhone developers whose products are used for more than a month after the download. The company claims that Epocrates is the most frequently used guide at the point of care with physicians using it more than six times per day. Jeff Tangney, their president and chief operating officer believes “The iPhone platform has been a terrific vehicle for them to continue to innovate, introducing new features physicians have fully integrated into their workflow.” Epocrates just released an application for the iPhone, Blackberry, Palm, and Windows Mobile that provides detailed information on over-the-counter medications.
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The RejuvaStamp Digital “Electro Collagen Induction Therapy” (ECIT) Device, or “Needling” is a latest device which assures future in skin rejuvenation. The RejuvaStamp Digital helps with Acne Scars, Stretch Marks, and Wrinkles. This procedure is as successful as laser resurfacing, dermabrasions and chemical peels, but it has no side effects. The ECIT works under the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen growth, tighten, and rejuvenates skin, while keeping the epidermis intact; all without any side effects and faster healing time. The device also helps improving skin pigmentation, repairs smoker’s lines.
Mirasol Eating Disorder Recovery Center has started a new program for women who are looking for a way to “jump start” or sustain their recovery from anorexia, bulimia or binge eating. This program is flexible emphasizing on real world skills and techniques that can achieve rapid improvements in the client’s ability to cope with stress. Transformational Living Center (TLC) provides training in emotional freedom techniques (EFT), meal planning and preparations, psychodrama, dance/movement therapy, adventure therapy, coping skills, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), co-dependency, healthy communication, relationship development, sexuality, body image, art therapy and women’s health. Their treatment also includes “Brain Paint” a new development in neurofeedback that helps improve and restore brain function, and that the client can continue at home after completing residential therapy.
ICIO personal transporter has been created so that seniors can become more independent and active in their lifestyle and everyday activities. The ICIO, is a project developed by a Swedish designer Malin Grummas as an alternative to the walker/scooter, for seniors that enables more independence and opportunity for mobility and active lifestyles and also keeps them fit in their daily strolls. This future project promises a better quality of life for a longer period for the elderly people.
Designer Aran Mun keeping visually impaired in mind has created a multiple device called “Ripple” to make life easy for them. This device lets them maintain independence and privacy while allowing them to adjust a continuous transition process with one simple control. It is wireless multi-audio switch permits people with visual impairment the prospect to carry multiple assistive technology devices with them in a compact and organized manner. By plugging Ripple receivers to device before they step out of the door, it would make their day easier, without struggling with the complexities of modern gadgets.
Researchers have developed a device Cellscope that could identify and track diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and malaria in developing countries with limited access to health care, or in rural areas of the U.S. A Cellscope is a cheap smart-phone microscope could bring fluorescent medical imaging to areas with limited access to health care. It captures and perform simple analysis of magnified images of blood and sputum samples, or transmit the images over the cell-phone network for analysis elsewhere. The contraption a tube like extension linked onto the cell phone with a modified belt clip–works just like a traditional microscope, using a series of lenses that magnify blood or spit samples on a microscope slide.