December 22, 2014 - Alzheimer's patients progressively lose their memories. I watched my mother-in-law and mother both succumb to the ravages of this disease as it robbed them of the recent past and then peeled away the decades until they reverted to distant memories. In my mother, a trilingual and adept, discerning individual, it even robbed her of her ability to speak coherently.
December 10, 2014 - The world of smartphone apps continues to be a source of disruptive innovation. PEEK stands for Portable Eye Examination Kit. It is a combination of adapter that can clipped on a smartphone and a number of apps that can deliver a professional eye examinations using portable technology that produces results equal to high-priced ophthalmoscopes and retinal cameras.
December 8, 2014 - A collaborative research team led by St.
On my night stand, there's a stack of old sci-fi books I borrowed from a well-read friend. I had just opened Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980) by Frederik Pohl. Tucked in the pages was this makeshift bookmark. I turned to my wife excitedly and showed her my discovery.
November 28, 2014 - Antibiotics have been the principle means by which humanity fights off bacterial infections. But the over subscribing of these life saving drugs has given the bugs the ability to mount defenses.
October 29, 2014 - It occurred to me that I am part of a phenomenon in the 21st century that can only have happened because of the invention of the Internet - freely distributed information to advance knowledge.
October 17, 2014 - With the outbreak in West Africa teetering out of control, and with the first cases showing up outside of Africa, medical teams are on a fast track to understand how to contain and eradicate this deadly virus.
October 6, 2014 - The Canadian government and provincial Ministries of Health are about to find themselves facing the democratizing of genetic information, forever altering the relationship between patients and their doctors. The latest genome test kit, 23andMe, is selling in Canada for $199 CDN (under $180 USD).
Our individual minds, though distinct and uniquely ours, may also join with others in a kind of mental symphony that now and then becomes audible against a prevailing background of static. That's a conclusion suggested by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), which got its start at Princeton University in 1998 and now operates as an international collaboration.