Google’s investment fund, Google Ventures, has backed companies like Uber and Nest. Now the biggest percentage of Google Ventures’ assets are invested in science and, in particular, oncology. Continue reading… “Google executive: it’s possible to live to 500”
Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies, that homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition. Continue reading… “Report: homeopathy not effective for treating any condition”
Google is becoming increasingly ingrained in the fabric of our daily health-and-wellbeing habits, from answering heath-related questions in its search results to a fitness data platform for developers. Continue reading… “How Google helps drug discovery using big data and machine-learning”
Doctors already use sweat for drug tests and insight on diseases like cystic fibrosis, and can be as helpful as blood in checking on health. Continue reading… “Sweat tests better than blood tests?”
A new radical plan for human head transplants is set to be announced. But is this ethically sensitive procedure even feasible? Continue reading… “Human head transplants in two years?”
Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, when compared with other recreational drugs — including alcohol. Researchers may also be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use. Continue reading… “Researchers: Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought”
The tricorder was a handheld device, featured on the Star Trek shows and movies, that is able to diagnose a wounded or sick patient in seconds.
Continue reading… “Real life Star Trek Tricorder By 2016?”
It’s hard to wait for the future to get here and give us all the amazing things we’ve dreamed up in our countless sci-fi books and movies (I’m still waiting for the hover-boards Back to the Future promised me). Though much of what we’ve seen on the big screen is still decades or millennia away… or straight up impossible by our current understanding of the universe, there are several sci-fi level technological and scientific advances we’re likely to see in just the next decade.
Blogger Jordan Lejuwaan over at High Existence has compiled a list of ten such advances to look forward to in the not-to-distant future:
Futurist Thomas Frey: I’ve been closely watching the debate on artificial intelligence with people like Rodney Brooks saying it’s only a tool, and others like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking giving bone chilling warnings of how it could lead to the destruction of all humanity.
It is difficult reliably to distinguish different “disorders.”
By Peter Kinderman: The idea that our more distressing emotions such as grief and anger can best be understood as symptoms of physical illnesses is pervasive and seductive. But in my view it is also a myth, and a harmful one. Our present approach to helping vulnerable people in acute emotional distress is severely hampered by old-fashioned, inhumane and fundamentally unscientific ideas about the nature and origins of mental health problems. We need wholesale and radical change, not only in how we understand mental health problems, but also in how we design and commission mental health services.
Exposure to a component of air pollution increases the chances of children developing ADHD by five times.
A link between rising air pollution in urban areas and the rapid increase in diagnosis in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has been discovered in a new study.
The goal of biomedical research is to allow people to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible.
CRISPR is the revolution to enable genome editing and the bio-information revolution is happening. Joao Pedro de Magalha does not consider the breakthroughs in gene and genome editing that are occurring with CRISPR.