Medicine

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

I found out about this special through Tangled Bank, the awesome production house that worked on Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, also on PBS. You can watch the program here. As skeptics, we know the importance of continuing to beat this dead horse of a subject. It’s one of the most important from a public health standpoint, and one of the most frustrating and infuriating on a personal l... »

Dr. Tania Singer and the Neuroscience of Empathy

Dr. Tania Singer and the Neuroscience of Empathy

The year is 1990 and a man is sitting across from a monkey. Between them is an object that will, in mere moments, become the Raisin Heard Round The World.  This is the lab of Giacomo Rizzolatti, and the monkey is part of an experiment to determine what pre-motor cortex neurons fire in the performing of an action.  By hooking an electrode up to a neuron and a loudspeaker and listening for activity,... »

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Lab Track: I’m Cured

Labber Anne spotted this one, and it might just be my favorite lab track of all time. Written by comedy writers Stephen Levinson, Joel Moss Levinson, and Rob Kutner along with singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and performed in a video that stars Aimee Mann, David Wain, and Dave Foley (these names, you guys! How can it not be good?), this track is a break-up song from the common-cold virus to the scient... »

Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

MAL’s very own Beth brought this sweetass article about the Wellcome image collection to my attention recently. The Wellcome Museum in London made 100,000 high resolution medical and art images available under a Creative Commons license. This includes photos, illustrations, manuscripts, paintings, etchings, sculptures, and artifacts. »

A Promising New Treatment for PTSD, Straight From The Movies

A Promising New Treatment for PTSD, Straight From The Movies

A paper published two weeks ago in Cell promises an exciting new therapy for PTSD, at least in mice. And it’s a little more like something out of “Eternal Sunshine” than you might think. The funny thing is, the reason for that comes down to how memory — especially learned fears such as those that cause PTSD — is written, and rewritten, in your brain. Like Amy said in ... »

What Can You Tell From a Color-Coded Chromosome?

What Can You Tell From a Color-Coded Chromosome?

In an article published earlier this month, researchers color-coded cells based on which of two X-chromosomes they expressed resulting in beautiful images of marbleized cells like the one above. They are undeniably beautiful; but they also rely on complicated biological pathways and illuminate processes at play in every mammalian female. How does this work, what does it show, and how would it be u... »

You are your gene expression: why it’s not surprising that meditation changes epigenetics

You are your gene expression: why it’s not surprising that meditation changes epigenetics

A study came out that was a rather nice demonstration of some molecular changes that actually drive the benefits of mindfulness meditation, and the response to it was all out of proportion. Which, I suppose, is where I come in. Because headlines like “Scientists finally find how meditating can CHANGE YOUR GENOME!” give me hives. »

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

The main premise behind the practice of homeopathy is that water has a memory. Homeopathy as “medicine” is created by introducing an ingredient or specific chemical into a water or alcohol base that would cause the symptoms (in a healthy person) that you are trying to cure in a sick person. The water or alcohol is mixed with this symptom-inducing-chemical and then shook and reduced, an... »

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