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How to build a bionic man | Corrinne Burns

Rex the bionic man shows how close technology is to catching up with – and exceeding – the abilities of the human bodyHe cuts a dashing figure, this gentleman: nearly seven feet tall, and possessed of a pair of striking brown eyes. With a fondness for Ralph Lauren, middle-class rap and sharing a drink with friends, Rex is, in many ways, an unexceptional chap.Except that he is, in fact, a real-world bionic man. Housed within a frame of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs is a functional heart-lung system, complete with artificial blood pumping through a network of pulsating modified-polymer arteries. He has a bionic spleen to clean the blood, and an artificial pancreas to keep his blood sugar on the level. Behind the deep brown irises are a pair of retinal implants, giving him a vista of the crowds of curious humans who meet his gaze.He even has a degree of artificial intelligence: talk to him, and he'll listen (through his cochlear implants), before using a speech generator to respond. Although, like us, he sometimes stumbles over his words, memorably describing his idol Eminem as a "well-known crapper", before quickly correcting himself.Created by Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP, the TV company behind Touching The Void and Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections), with the help of robotics experts Shadow Robot Company, the bionic man was conceived as a literal response to the question: how close is bionic technology is to catching up with – and e...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Tissue engineering Robots guardian.co.uk Technology Editorial Science Source Type: news

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Publication date: September 2018 Source:Protein Expression and Purification, Volume 149 Author(s): Shijie Li, Linlin Li, Zhuo Chen, Guangpu Xue, Longguang Jiang, Ke Zheng, Jincan Chen, Rui Li, Cai Yuan, Mingdong Huang Plasma-derived human serum albumin (pHSA) has important applications in many clinical indications, including blood loss, serious burn, or hemorrhagic shock. The limited supply and potential infectious pathogen contamination of pHSA have stimulated the development of recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA). However, rHSA often entraps endogenous or exogenous impurities, including color pigments and polysacchar...
Source: Protein Expression and Purification - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
Dear Carol: My Dad cared for Mom for seven years until she died from Alzheimer’s. Now, Dad needs a little help. He knows how hard caregiving can be, and with my working full time, he's worried that I’ll burn out or get sick if I take on his care. He has money to pay for some hired help at home which is where he wants to stay. He has a personal alarm and is safety conscious. I live with depression, though I’m treated. Still, I have kids at home so I do have limits in what I can do for Dad. When I read about caregiver burnout I worry about that happening to me. I don’t want to get so that I hate ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
“Put me out of my misery!” I’ve pleaded to anyone within earshot in the throes of a grueling day, a rant from one feeling burnt out. There are days I want to pull my hair out, even the ones that aren’t gray. One night I caught myself grunting, “I hate my life,” while heading out the door at 12 a.m., after an already exhausting day in the OR. No sane person should ever say that. But the world of medicine nowadays is far from sane. After returning home for two hours of sleep, I drag myself to the office with a full patient-load, which is not bad in itself if it weren’t for that unset...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Primary Care Source Type: blogs
This study provides further empirical evidence to support the use of SCOPE in a cross-cultural context.
Source: Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusions These results demonstrate significantly shorter cSP in the burned arm in patients with upper limb burn sustained <2years ago, those with partial thickness burns, those with upper limb burns only, and those with burns of less than 10% TBSA. The results are consistent with the existing literature, which demonstrates a reduction in cSP duration in patients with a range of peripheral nerve injuries. There is a strong suggestion that cortical inhibition is altered following burn injury, and that TMS is a useful and sensitive method for investigating changes in cortical inhibition in burn patients.
Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Conclusions Based on the data from our unit, sustaining a burn as an elderly person does not reduce life expectancy. Medical and surgical complications, immediate, early and late, although higher with greater frailty and TBSA of burn, but do not adversely affect survival in this population.
Source: Burns - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Conclusion Taken together, SOE noticeably inhibited replication and antigen secretion of HBV, which was at least in part attributed to ziyuglycoside II, thus presenting the possibility of developing therapeutic candidates for the treatment of HBV-related diseases.
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
´╗┐Linda Hamilton, MDFrom the desk of Linda Hamilton:Want to help your family cut down on added sugars, then read on:AMERICANS consume more added sugars than any other society today, about 270 calories or 17 teaspoons of sugar daily, and do not do enough exercise to burn off those calories, resulting in weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers.Added sugars are not naturally occurring but are added in food products and beverages such as soda, energy drinks, Sport drinks, cookies, candies, cakes, pastries and ice cream.A 20 ounce soda contains 14 tsp of sugar, and a 20 ounce Sport drink contains ...
Source: Pediatric Health Associates - Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news
Labouring in water may reduce the number of women having an epidural but does not appear to affect mode of birth or serious perineal tears.Water immersion during labour and birth is increasingly popular and is becoming widely accepted across many countries, and particularly in midwifery-led care settings. However, there are concerns around neonatal water inhalation, increased requirement for admission to neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), maternal and/or neonatal infection, and obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS).A team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom worked withCochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth to ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - Category: Information Technology Authors: Source Type: news
Losing a few eyelashes from time to time is normal. However, sometimes a person loses many or all of their eyelashes, perhaps as a result of a burn, a medical therapy, or a health condition. In this article, learn how quickly the eyelashes grow back, as well as treatments and home remedies to help the process.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news
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