Category Archives: Medicine

More Radiation Panic

As I predicted: more people are going to be hurt by iodine than by radiation. I really really should be selling placebos. (Or red wine. See this post) As workers struggle to contain the fallout from the crippled nuclear plant in … Continue reading

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Can Red Wine Protect You From Radiation?

Skip The Iodine, Pass the Zinfandel According to the latest research, red wine – along with its many other claimed benefits – may also protect you from radiation exposure. A team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have … Continue reading

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Pharm-illogical Panic Buying: Iodine Sells Out on West Coast

I bet I could sell a TON of anti-radiation placebos in California. Many West Coast residents came up empty handed in their search of potassium iodide this week as fears over radiation spreading from Japan took hold. The rush on … Continue reading

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Art in a Petri Dish

    Biophysicists are growing Petri dishes of different species of bacteria in order to develop new antibiotics. The bacteria are subjected to different temperatures and have limited food sources inside the dish. Despite these conditions, most colonies tend to … Continue reading

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The War on The War on Drugs

I’ll have a latte with extra THC, please. Make it a double. State-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries now outnumber Starbucks in Colorado. But outside Denver and Boulder, few doctors are comfortable dealing with medical marijuana. Now, residents in rural Colorado towns like … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of DARPA

DARPA is intent on developing a mind-controlled robot arm.             No, not that one. This one: The arm, which was developed at a cost of over $100 million by DARPA and Johns Hopkins University over … Continue reading

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Does That Hurt? Don’t Look Away!

From the BBC: Contrary to many people’s compulsion to look away during a painful event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body – in this case the hand – reduces the pain experienced. The team also … Continue reading

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