The 21st Century: Our Journey to Immortality or Extinction

October 15, 2016 – It is the Ides of October and I have resolved after seven years of writing this blog to attempt a synthesis of much of its content into a book which will bear ... Continue Reading →
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Does This Experimental Stem Cell Treatment Mean We Can Reverse Quadriplegia?

October 11, 2016 – In March of this year 21-year old Kris Boesen was in a car accident and suffered severe trauma to his cervical spine. His diagnosis, permanent paralysis from ... Continue Reading →
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Imagine A Future of Reproduction Without Sex

October 3, 2016 – In Peter Diamandis’ latest email blast he talks about the impact of technology on sex and reproduction including topics such as: reproduction without sex, ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: New Nano-embedded Bandage Can Heal Wounds Faster

September 30, 2016 – Researchers at Zewail City of Science and Technology in Egypt have developed a bandage for treating wounds that promotes healing faster than traditional coverings. ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Wearable Device To Help Diagnose Balance Issues

September 18, 2016 – If you are familiar with BPPV then you want to read this? Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is a vestibular (inner ear) balance problem caused by microscopic ... Continue Reading →
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Target Malaria Could Become Target Zika, Target Chikungunya and Other Mosquito Transmitted Diseases

September 8, 2016 – When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was increasing its financial contribution to Target Malaria, a project focused on mosquito-killing ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Potential New Phone App Could Detect Anemia

September 8, 2016 – University of Washington researchers in Seattle have developed a way for smartphones to detect anemia using the phone’s camera and an external light ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Smartphone App Diagnoses Atrial Fibrillation

September 2, 2016 – Finnish researchers have created a smartphone health app that uses the built-in accelerometer and gyroscope common to the technology to diagnose atrial fibrillation. ... Continue Reading →

Health Threat from Climate Change Outlined in Speech to Canadian Doctors

August 27, 2016 – This week James Orbinski, founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) spoke to a meeting of Canadian doctors in Vancouver, telling ... Continue Reading →
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Floods in Louisiana Raise Two Questions: Is This Climate Change and Will This Facilitate the Spread of Zika?

August 22, 2016 – A once in 500 year storm doesn’t necessarily point to climate change, but for those teetering on the edge between denial and belief, it certainly tips ... Continue Reading →