Biomedical Advances Continue to Make Headlines

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February 4, 2015 - In looking at recent journal articles that have significant biomedical implications I have selected four to talk about today.

New Advances Bringing Lithium-Air Batteries Closer to Commercial Application

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January 28, 2015 - The promise of electric vehicles (EVs) is very much dependent on improvements to battery technology. Today's lithium-ion batteries consist of a series of cells that contain layers of lithium separated by cobalt-oxides. Lithium salt is the anode. Lithium cobalt oxide is the cathode. Ions travel between the two to create an electric charge.

Recovering Lost Brain Memory Appears Possible

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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.

Can NSAID Drugs Extend Our Human Lifespan?

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December 20, 2014 - NSAIDs are anti-inflammatory drugs commonly used by us to deal with aches and pains. Whenever I have taken them all I get is a stomach ache.

Ten Positives to Talk About as 2014 Comes to an End

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December 19, 2014 - In my last posting I presented ten disturbing statistics about our 21st century world. There are, however, signs that we humans haven't yet succumbed to a hopeless future. So let's look at ten technological innovations and the positive disruption they bring to this century, leading to a much better outcome by the year 2100.

Learn About PEEK and Maybe Help Prevent Blindness

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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.


Curing Malaria - New Compound Cures with a Single Dose

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December 8, 2014 - A collaborative research team led by St.

Longitude Prize Tackles Antibiotic Resistance

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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.

Evidence of a Changing Climate - Disease Creep

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November 27, 2014 - The list of diseases appearing in unfamiliar places continues to increase for lots of reasons. These include:

  • Human-engineered water projects such as dams, canals and irrigation.
  • Agricultural intensification and the use of insecticides.
  • Urban crowding and poor sanitation.
  • Deforestation.
  • Reforestation.

Forecasting Threats Like Ebola

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Eleven months into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, there have been more than 9,200 suspected cases and 4,500 deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 2.5 times that many have gone unreported and warns that there could be up to 10,000 new cases each week by December.

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