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 marrow liver 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]
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    Mike Masnick (profile) says:


    ok – curious here – why use bit.ly here? what’s the benefit of using that and then separating out a separate url link?

    Seems this question gets asked (and answered) every other day on these posts.

    Mike likes to see how many people click on these stories, so he gets a sense of what people like. Bitly makes it easy to track that data (and, for anyone to see it, actually). Yet, some people hate Bitly and wanted to know what the actual URLs were so he added those at the end?

    Anonymous Coward says:

    This reminds me of how we keep letting others decide how we will have healthcare in the future.

    Sorry I know this has nothing to do with what was shown here is just related somehow.

    I was thinking of how most kitchens today are more clean than the labs that manufactured medicines in the 60’s and 70’s.

    Opensource drug production.


    Pixelation says:


    I watched a show on Epigenetics a while back. It was really interesting and a little scary. The environmental impact of chemicals on people and even their offspring through multiple generations is coming to light. The cool thing was the guy cured of lung cancer using Epigenetic therapy. Mapping the human genome is just a start. Now to study what turns those genes on and off. Very cool.

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