MamaNatalie: The Childbirth Simulator

Before I get to the news part of this post, let’s start with the led graph: from the CNet story: In some glorious day in the future, babies will be born via artificial uterus. The technology exists in science fiction so it’s bound to become science fact. But until then, we’re stuck with the miracle of [Read More...]

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Head Transplants?

  This had been tried on animals since the 1950s, but the problem has always been connecting the spinal chord. I don’t doubt that, at some point in the future, the technology will exist to make this possible, and one scientist thinks he may be getting closer: Canavero describes in a recent paper a step [Read More...]

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Administration Issues Final Rules on Contraception Coverage and Religious Organizations

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This just came from the White House Office of Communications. Offered without comment, but there are no surprises here: Today, the Obama administration issued final rules that balance the goal of providing women with coverage for recommended preventive care – including contraceptive services prescribed by a health care provider – with no cost-sharing, with the [Read More...]

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Melissa Etheridge’s Dangerous New Age Babble

Angelina Jolie has been in the news recently for choosing to have a double mastectomy, even though she does not have breast cancer. She does, however, have the BRCA gene mutation which could lead to breast cancer, and although a voluntary double mastectomy is a radical choice, it’s also a reasonable one. This is not an [Read More...]

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Boy Gets Printed Trachea

The list of human body parts successfully being replaced with 3D printed analogs is growing longer: In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. In the case of Kaiba [Read More...]

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Eyes in Your Tongue

I haven’t had a good upbeat ain’t-tech-wonderful post in a little while, but the recent approval of Wicab’s BrainPort V100 device for use in the EU gives me a chance to show this bit of coolness: Here’s how it works: The BrainPort V100 includes a video camera mounted on a pair of sunglasses. The camera works [Read More...]

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Kim Kardashian and The Pilgrim Soul

If you think modern society is humming along just fine and we all need to hope aboard The Good Ship Future, then you probably haven’t seen this picture: “That’s horrible!” you may be thinking, if you’re still sane. “Clearly the woman has been in a terrible accident.” Nope: that’s a Kardashian, and she’s just had [Read More...]

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Awesome Medical Tech, or Merely Obamacare Propaganda?

Ace of Spades linked to this NBC piece about the use of cell phones in medicine. The writer [Warden] and his brother were of two minds about the story, the former taking the position that it seemed pretty cool, the latter, that it was a piece of propaganda: Did you correctly see this as nothing more than [Read More...]

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