Bizarre Facts About … Pee!

 
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You pee, I pee, we all pee – but have you ever given thought to what exactly you’re flushing out of your body? In her book That’s Disgusting! An Adult Guide to What’s Gross, Tasteless, Rude, Crude, and Lewd, Greta Garbage explains all sorts of bizarre trivia about urine.

Warning: not for the squeamish. True to the title of her book, Greta Garbage’s book is like a No Holds Barred trivia book about really gross things. You’ve been warned (or if this sort of things interest you, then “urine” for a treat!)  

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Scientists Learning To Grow Custom-Size Bone Implants

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Researchers use a bioreactor, left, to house and help cultivate material, right, that evolves into a bone.

If a lover breaks your heart, tissue engineers can’t fix it. But if sticks and stones break your bones, scientists may be able to grow custom-size replacements.  Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, a professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, has solved one of many problems on the way to successful bone implants: how to grow new bones in the anatomical shape of the original.

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Spraying on Skin Cells – New Technique in Burn Treatment

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The ReCell kit, hardly bigger than a designer sunglasses case, houses a miniature lab for harvesting skin basal cells.

Traditionally, treatment for severe second-degree burns consists of adding insult to injury: cutting a swath of skin from another site on the same patient in order to graft it over the burn. The process works, but causes more pain for the burn victim and doubles the area in need of healing. Now a relatively new technology has the potential to heal burns in a way that’s much less invasive than skin grafts. With just a small skin biopsy and a ready-made kit, surgeons can create a suspension of the skin’s basal cells–the stem cells of the epidermis–and spray the solution directly onto the burn with results comparable to those from skin grafts.

 

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AuraLevée System – Breakthrough Cosmetic Skin Tightening Technology

 

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The AuraLevée is a Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase 2009

AuraLevée is a proprietary breakthrough technology – the first to employ high frequency alternating magnetic fields for applications in cosmetic medicine by Rocky Mountain Biosystems, Inc. Treatment with the AuraLevée system results in an immediate cosmetic skin tightening that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and skin laxity, followed by the stimulation of new collagen production that results in thickening of the dermis.

 

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Scientists Discover A Potentially Better, More Efficient Drug Delivery System

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University of California Santa Barbara researcher Erkki Ruoslahti

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a potential new drug delivery system. The finding is a biological mechanism for delivery of nanoparticles into tissue. The results are published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

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Salamander’s Regeneration Wonders In Realm Of Possibility For Humans

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Salamander: superhero of regeneration

 The salamander is a superhero of regeneration, able to replace lost limbs, damaged lungs, sliced spinal cord — even bits of lopped-off brain. But it turns out that remarkable ability isn’t so mysterious after all — suggesting that researchers could learn how to replicate it in people.

 

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Skin From A Factory

Skin From A Factory 

Skin from a factory — this has long been the dream of pharmacologists, chemists and doctors.

Skin from a factory – this has long been the dream of pharmacologists, chemists and doctors. Research has an urgent need for large quantities of ‘skin models’, which can be used to determine if products such as creams and soaps, cleaning agents, medicines and adhesive bandages are compatible with skin, or if they instead will lead to irritation or allergic reactions for the consumer. Such test results are seen as more meaningful than those from animal experiments, and can even make such experiments largely superfluous.

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Study Shows The Human Heart Can Grow New Cells

Study Shows The Human Heart Can Grow New Cells

Heart muscle cells can be grown from human embryonic stem cells, but new research suggests the adult heart can grow new cells, too. 
 

The human heart has a notorious reputation for being unable to heal itself, but new research suggests it is capable of at least some self-repair. Using carbon dating to gauge the age of heart cells, scientists have found that low numbers of new heart cells are continuously being created throughout a person’s life. This raises the possibility that we may one day be able to use drugs to directly stimulate this regenerative capacity to patch up damaged hearts, rather than relying on cell-transplantation therapies.

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British Scientists Could Become First To Create Synthetic Human Blood

British Scientists Could Become First To Create Synthetic Human Blood

Scientists want to create blood from embryonic stem cells 

British scientists are on course to become the first to create synthetic human blood from embryonic stem cells, it emerged today.

The ground-breaking project could provide an unlimited supply of blood for emergency transfusions free of the risk of infection.

Because stem cells multiply indefinitely, it would be possible to enormous quantities, researchers said..

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Learning With Robot-Aided Therapy

Learning With Robot-Aided Therapy 

A robot named Cosmo has become six-year-old Kevin Fitzgerald’s unlikely ally in his uphill everyday battle with developmental difficulties.

At a strip mall clinic in suburban Maryland, Kevin is at the unlikely intersection of new efforts to treat symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders with robotics and computer work.

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