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 […]