April 05, 2005

Health & Medicine Newsflashes

A very cool DNA repair kit has been developed by a research team in California that has corrected disease-causing mutations in lab experiments. This technique has not yet been tested on animals, so it will probably be many years before it sees human trials.

Talk therapy may be just as effective as drugs in treating some cases of depression, with less likelihood of relapse.

Doctors will lobby against Medicare cuts, expected to total up at a 4-5% reduction in physician reimbursement. Premiums are scheduled to go up by 14%, and a Medicare administrator mentioned on the jump suggests that the premiums patients pay may rise even more as more detailed numbers come in.

Physical performance has strong inherited components, including muscle structure, oxygen uptake, and heart efficiency.

A component of garlic is highly effective against pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the lungs.

New types of treatments including heat and targeted drug delivery are showing promise in the reduction or removal of inoperable liver and lung cancers.

An experimental chip interfaced with the brain's movement center is allowing a quadriplegic man to control electronic devices with his thoughts.

Posted by natasha at April 5, 2005 12:27 AM | Health/Medicine/Health Care | Technorati links |

That last article is one of the coolest things happening with technology today. Not only can it potentially allow quadriplegics to lead somewhat more fulfilling lives, but interestingly, it could also make it clearer to people in the future that people like Terri Schiavo are not conscious enough to conjure up thoughts.

Posted by: thehim at April 5, 2005 06:02 PM

Also, it brings closer my childhood dream of becoming a cyborg. Bwahahahaha.

Posted by: natasha at April 5, 2005 10:22 PM