DailyDirt: Medical Curiosities
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
While the fundamental mysteries of the universe seem pretty far from being fully understood, one might assume a more practical science like the field of medicine should be a bit easier to grasp. But that's not really the case at all. There are a vast number of medical curiosities which are only starting to be studied. When even a fairly straightforward phenomenon like the Placebo Effect is commonly misunderstood, it doesn't quite bode well for other more complicated medical studies. Still, modern medicine has come a long way from poorly-trained barbers. Here are a few quick links to some interesting medical discoveries.
You are not only what you eat. You're also what your father ate. Epigenetics kinda messes with selfish genes a bit. [url] A cure for HIV might involve a bone marrow transplant. There's only one case so far of this working, and about 30% of bone marrow transplant patients don't survive the procedure -- so no celebrations are planned just yet. [url] In 2008, a girl's blood type was changed after receiving a bone marrowliver transplant. Her immune system was also converted to that of her donor, so if this procedure were just a bit less random and risky -- there might be some cool treatments from this process...? [url] Big amygdalas are correlated with being social. With this in mind, social media experts everywhere might want to get their heads examined. [url]