Ada Lovelace Day: Nature Research editors celebrate leaders in their fields – Part 2
You can read part 1 of this blog series here and read more about Ada Lovelace’s legacy here. Mary Elizabeth Sutherland, Associate Editor, Nature Communications Brenda Milner was 89 years old when I started my PhD at McGill University, and now, ten years later, she is still actively contributing to our understanding of how the human brain shapes cognition. This field, neuropsychology, became widely recognized mainly because of Brenda’s work with a patient known as HM. Due temporal lobe surgery (to cure his epilepsy), HM had lost the ability to convert short-term memories into long-term memo...
Source: BioMed Central Blog - October 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Davy Falkner Tags: Publishing Ada Lovelace Day Source Type: blogs

Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
More than 70 percent of new drugs approved within the past 30 years originated from trees, sea creatures and other organisms that produce substances they need to survive. Since ancient times, people have been searching the Earth for natural products to use—from poison dart frog venom for hunting to herbs for healing wounds. Today, scientists are modifying them in the laboratory for our medicinal use. Here’s a peek at some of the products in nature’s medicine cabinet. A protein called draculin found in the saliva of vampire bats is in the last phases of clinical testing as a clot-buster for stroke patient...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - August 14, 2015 Category: Research Authors: Srivalli Subbaramaiah Tags: Chemistry and Biochemistry Pharmacology Cool Creatures Diseases Medicines Natural Products Source Type: blogs

I love my green fairy
I LOVE MY GREEN FAIRYI use  to go to  Starbucks  and order a Venti triple expresso.  A new drink called Four Loko, has added some flavoring of taurine, guarine, wormwood (absinthe), and 6 packages of sugar.  It is topped off with 6 cans of compressed beer (12% alcohol)  and I now have a great college drink guaranteed to put me in LaLa land, or possibly the ER.  If I drank on an empty stomach, my  blood alcohol would read around 0.40 the low end, approaching death.  I can get all this for only $3 at any convenient store.  If I want to get a Four Loko  light, (9% alcohol...
Source: Dr. Needles Medical Blogs - November 1, 2010 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Tags: I LOVE MY GREEN FAIRY Source Type: blogs