Vegetative No Longer?…Using electroencephalogram (EEG) machines, scientists found that patients previously thought to be a in vegetative state showed full signs of brain activity. In one group of subjects, 20% of patients who were deemed unresponsive showed the exact same response as healthy volunteers. These findings could lead to major changes in the care and treatment of brain-injury victims. To read more, look at here. Continue reading
In the past one hundred years, science has become so advanced that it has effectively gone over our heads. We live in a sea of cell phones (like the image below) and flat screen televisions, but how many of us understand how these devices work? The breadth and depth of knowledge has outpaced even trained scientists, such that we now need an advanced degree to answer even the most basic of questions in a niche field. Nevertheless, the masses enjoy using emails and airplanes, substituting faith for understanding when it comes to how all these things work.
Nowhere is this more evident, and more dangerous, than in medicine. Here the gap between public and expert leads to the same blind faith, only with higher stakes. Some of us have a healthy skepticism, but as Americans we also want to buy the best outcome available. However, we don’t always understand what we’re buying.
A new study will follow more than 40,000 tobacco users in an initiative announced by the FDA and National Institute of Health. The goals of the study will include “determining what makes people susceptible to smoking and tobacco use, evaluating tobacco use patterns and resulting health problems [and] analyzing patterns of quitting and relapse.” More at MSN Health Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of factual Fridays. The leading health stories in the news are about polio concerns in China, more health concerns for those who have diabetes, new disease discovered, and a new FDA warning. Continue reading
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Last week we posted an article to try to call out awareness to washing your hands. On May 5th, the World Health Organization organized its annual call to action to Save Lives: Clean Your Hands Day. We like to push this topic further and we were able to interview one of the top experts in this area, Jason A. Tetro (in picture to right), who as you may already know if you follow our Editor-in-Chief, @SonnyPatel, came across my post and “tweeted” to Sonny about it.
Jason A. Tetro has been in the scientific community for nearly 25 years. He has worked on diagnostic technologies and has expertise in the food, water and bloodborne fields. He is currently Coordinator for the Emerging Pathogen Research Centre (EPRC) and the Centre for Research on Environmental Microbiology (CREM) both housed at the University of Ottawa. Here, he works to develop novel methods to identify and mitigate infectious disease risks. Jason is also known as the “Germ Guy” where he promotes health and hygiene in the public. He is internationally recognized as an expert in germs, their spread and how to prevent illness.
After getting myself further educated on this subject and interviewing him, I must say, I am never going to take washing my hands for granted anymore.
I enjoyed interviewing Jason so much that I split his interview into two parts. Below is part one of the interview. Enjoy.
There is a controversial debate about whether it’s appropriate to flirt with a member of the opposite sex at the gym. Some people view the gym as a proverbial meat market…whereas others are focused on just working out and they don’t want to be bothered.
I’m agnostic to the thought of flirting at the gym, but I can certainly see both sides of the argument: