April 29, 2009

CNN…maybe not as precise as we might like to think

Posted in medicine, news+rss at 4:59 pm by waynezwhirled

CNN, the self-proclaimed “most trusted name in news” seems to be insistent on referring to the new flu virus as “swine flu” .  This, in spite of the fact that officials recommended the name change to Influenza A (H1N1) virus to eliminate public confusion and to more accurately highlight that the virus is transmitted via human-to-human contact.   According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), while the name “swine flu” is catchy, it’s not accurate and it’s causing unnecessary problems and concerns. Apparently CNN didn’t the memo.  Will somebody please send them a Tweet or something…


March 28, 2009

I hate cancer

Posted in medicine tagged , , at 4:06 pm by waynezwhirled

Nice new technology described in this article that could lead to pratical, easy early detection of some types of cancer.  Increased NO produced by the disease state can cause a liquid to gel up.

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March 26, 2009

DARPA funds limb regeneration study

Posted in medicine tagged , , at 10:51 am by waynezwhirled

A top-down view of skeletal muscle
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WPI was awarded a contract from DARPA to extend its research into tissue regeneration.  CellThera/WPI team will try to reprogram and engineer cells to replace damaged skeletal muscle and to restore the normal function of that muscle.

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Tissue regeneration research

Posted in medicine tagged , , at 8:57 am by waynezwhirled

Collagen fibres of woven bone
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This is some very promising engineering that will help with tissue regeneration for organ and bone repair.  Kudos to him for not only doing the engineering but also pursuing the business aspects that will turn this into work that will have real impact in the near term.

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