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Radiation in space might harm the brains of astronauts

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50334586/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UOK82ak2_zI “This study shows for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a mission to Mars could produce cognitive problems and speed up changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease,” study author Kerry O’Banion, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a statement.

Genetically modified virus produces heart’s own pacemaker in animals

http://technorati.com/technology/article/viruses-helped-to-make-the-natural/ Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute had another idea. They knew a gene called Tbx18 is normally activated during the sinoatrial node’s development, when an embryo is forming. So they set out to add Tbx18 into a functioning, fully grown heart. To do it, they inserted the code for this gene into a virus, […]

Genetic manipulation in neuroscience, reproductive medicine, cancer

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/508981/its-all-about-the-genes-and-the-brain-machines/ MIT’s Technology Review reports advances in genome sequencing in several areas.  Most applicable to ApplySci is the melding of mind and machine.  Their coverage follows: “The melding of mind and machine was also big this year. Scientists in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, demonstrated that a brain implant could replace some cognitive function in primates, which could […]

1/4 of Americans trust mobile health monitoring apps as much as their doctors

http://www.newscenter.philips.com/us_en/standard/news/press/2012/20121212_Philips_Survey_Health_Info_Tech.wpd#.UNb48qk2_zL A recent Royal Philips Electronics survey found that consumers believe web-enabled, mHealth and mobile apps are part of their health care solutions and key to living long lives.  While about half of Americans (49 percent) are comfortable with symptom checker technologies or home-based vital sign monitors automatically sharing information with their doctor, more than […]

IBM 5 focuses on human senses

http://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/us/en/ibm_predictions_for_future/ideas/index.html IBM published its annual report, this year focusing on the five basic senses.  Highlighted future abilities of computers include: -the ability to identify distinctive image features, foregoing the need for tags -the development a sense of taste -smelling computers that detect explosives in the public and cancer in our bodies -touch sensitivity, allowing us […]

Ray Kurzweil joins Google

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/508896/what-google-sees-in-new-hire-futurist-ray-kurzweil/ Esteemed futurist Ray Kurzweil has joined Google as Director of Engineering.  His focus will be machine learning and language processing, and will lead to advances in networks, data centers and algorithms. “I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Google to work on some of the hardest problems in computer science so we can turn […]

Brain technology market to exceed $1B by end of 2012

http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/brain-health-technology-market-exceed-1b-years-end The market for brain health technology will surpass $1 billion by the end of 2012, and is set to grow at a brisk thereafter, to between $4 and $10 billion by 2020. Technologies in demand include computerized Web-based and mobile cognitive assessments, cognitive training and cognitive behavioral therapies, and biometrics-based monitoring and brain training […]

4 top trends in digital healthcare

http://blogs.computerworld.com/healthcare-it/21405/top-four-trends-will-shape-digital-health As we approach 2013, the following trends continue to spawn companies, investment, and technologies: The proliferation of personalized mobile health technologies.  The maturation of the Big Data ecosystem in health care. The rise of health startup accelerators. The emergence of health care exchange and alternative care delivery platforms.