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Stem cell breakthrough December 4, 2007

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Japanese scientists have succeeded in creating embryonic stem cells without using embryos.

The bio-team from Kyoto University announced their discovery on 20th. Nov, 2007 along with another team from the University of Wisconsin in the U.S. who’d made the same breakthough during separate research.

Medical Simulation and its impact November 30, 2007

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Blood loss is one of the leading causes of death on the battlefield, but war-zone medics often find it difficult to receive the training to prevent those deaths.

Today they can “save” a life-sized arm developed by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training that simulates “bleeding.”

Researchers there have developed the arm in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and Chi Systems. On Tuesday, they demonstrated how it works during the nation’s largest exhibition of modeling, simulation and related technologies at Orange County Convention Center.

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Medical Records on Your Cell Phone — Computer Scientists Turn Cell Phone October 27, 2007

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New software technology allows cell phone and PDA users to download their medical records, making them quickly accessible in case of emergency. The new software, to be available in a year, can even display animated 3D scans. Computer scientists say the technology will also enable students to do research using their portable devices.

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Using Spam Blockers To Target HIV, Too September 29, 2007

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A Microsoft researcher and his team make a surprising new assault on the AIDS epidemic

Cut-rate painkillers! Unclaimed riches in Nigeria!! Most of us quickly identify such e-mail messages as spam. But how would you teach that skill to a machine? David Heckerman needed to know. Early this decade, Heckerman was leading a spam-blocking team at Microsoft Research. To build their tool, team members meticulously mapped out thousands of signals that a message might be junk. An e-mail featuring “Viagra,” for example, was a good bet to be spam–but things got complicated in a hurry.

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Future of Imaging September 24, 2007

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Dr Robin Choudhury and colleagues at the University of Oxford have developed a marker that attaches itself to particular molecules involved in inflammation. As a result, these molecules ‘light up’ on MRI scans.

The ‘VCAM-1’ molecule plays a key role in inflammation, which contributes to many diseases, including multiple sclerosis, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and atherosclerosis (a hardening and narrowing of the arteries which can lead to heart attack and stroke),

This study was published in September 24th Issue of Nature Medicine Journal.

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Laser printers and your health August 13, 2007

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Do Laser printers cause harm to your health?

According to the  recent study published in the online issue of American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology Journal,some of the Laser printers could release tiny particles of toner-like material into the air and could pose a long term health hazard to people when these are inhaled.

The report which was based on the research conducted at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane study who studied the printers used in our home and office found that some of these printers released particles from the toner-an ultra thiner powder used instead of ink.

This study investigated particle number and PM2.5 emissions from printers using the TSI SMPS, TSI CPC 3022, and 3025A TSI P-Trak and DustTrak.The monitoring of particle characteristics in a large open-plan office showed that particles generated by printers can significantly (p = 0.01) affect the submicrometer particle number concentration levels in the office.These released particles were comparable to emissions released from cigarette smoking.
This could mean that you could end up with the same lung as a passive smoker does?

Think about it.

Coffee and your Health August 11, 2007

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 Coffee and your health

You like your morning cup of coffee,but did you know  that it could be  beneficial to your health,while now French researchers compared women aged 65 and older who drank more than three cups of coffee per day with those who drank one cup or less per day.and they found that Those who drank more caffeine showed less decline in memory tests over a four year period.The study, published in the journal Neurology, raises the possibility that caffeine may even protect against the development of dementia.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said that with no cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet available, research into possible protective factors was important, particularly as the disease is expected to become more common.She said: “This study does not suggest that caffeine actually lowers rates of dementia in women, but since memory seems improved, it may be that it is slowing it down.

So coffee could be beneficial to you after all.Only time will tell.

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Could you measure happiness with technology? August 6, 2007

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579px-brain-mappingsvg.pngTechnologies usually play an important role in material world,but now they find application in our spiritual world also.
Can we now analyze,measure happiness with technology more so with nanotechnology?

Yes with the reasearch work of Yoshinobu Baba, a professor of chemistry at Nagoya University and a director for nanobiotechnology research at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan.His work is on how Nanobiotechnology could be used as a measure of happiness, stress levels and health.

He says that we can measure the stages of cancer or diabetes, since genomic research tells us which genes are related to which diseases. But we need to analyse proteomics and glycomics in more detail. The next stage is to measure the function of the brain, looking at happiness and stress.

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Cellphones and Heart Attack August 3, 2007

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It is estimated that more than 22 million people are at risk of sudden heart failure at any one time around the world, experts say. But timely care and prompt treatment can save many people’s lives if their heart fails.

The trick is getting medical help quickly enough.

That’s where the new device comes in. Reporting in the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, Thulasi Bai and S.K. Srivatsa from Sathyabama University in Tamil Nadu, India, have developed a wearable cardiac “telemedicine” system for post-cardiac patients.

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Iphones and your health July 31, 2007

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Can Iphones play an important role in managing your healthcare.

If you watch this you tube video you will have an idea of what it could do in future.But,before it can be widely adopted in our lives,there are several hurdles that need to be overcome.

Vist :our wiki and scroll down to you tube section for an glimpse.

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