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Oxygen Chamber Can Boost Brain Repair Years After Stroke or Trauma

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Researchers are currently studying the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for traumatic brain injury and as anti-aging therapy in Alzheimer's and dementia at early stages.

Tel Aviv University researchers have found a way to restore a significant amount of neurological function in brain tissue thought to be chronically damaged -- even years after initial injury using Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) -- sessions in high pressure chambers that contain oxygen-rich air -- increasing oxygen levels in the body tenfold and significantly increasing neuronal activity in post-stroke patients up to 20 years later.

Read the article in Science Daily, January 23, 2014

 

 

When Will Genomics Cure Cancer?

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A conversation with the biogeneticist ERIC S. LANDER [2012 laureate] about how genetic advances are transforming medical treatment

"Eric S. Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, a map of the 3 billion letters of DNA that make up a human being’s genetic code, discusses how researchers may soon convert forms of cancer from fatal afflictions to manageable chronic diseases." 

"There are 800 different anticancer drugs in clinical development today. Cancer drugs used to be just cellular poisons, but almost all of these new ones are targeted at particular gene products that have been discovered."

"Cancer drugs used to be just cellular poisons, but almost all of these new ones are targeted at particular gene products that have been discovered."

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer's disease: Mapping the brain's decline

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Imaging the brains of Alzheimer's patients provides insights into the way this insidious disease progresses.

.... the death of brain cells precedes Alzheimer's symptoms by five or six years. The goal of newer imaging methods is to detect these changes even earlier, and more precisely track disease progression.

“At some point, we will develop screening methods and early intervention treatments” 

Read the article published in Nature, 

 

Time-waster or powerful tool that is going to transform the humanities and social sciences?

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‘Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture’ by Erez Aiden, 2011 Dan David Prize scholarship recipient, and Jean-Baptiste Michel

 

Big Data Becomes a Mirror
The New York Times, December 24, 2013

Mr. Aiden and Mr. Michel wound up inventing something they call culturomics, the use of huge amounts of digital information to track changes in language, culture and history.

....powerful lens of culturomics “is going to change the humanities, transform the social sciences and renegotiate the relationship between the world of commerce and the ivory tower.”

Read the New York Times article

‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ directed by the Coen Brothers, 2011 laureates, chosen as the best picture of 2013 by the National Society of Film Critics

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Melancholy Odyssey Through the Folk Scene 

...“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s intoxicating ramble through Greenwich Village in 1961.

"... it’s a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie’s nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship."

"But if Llewyn is an archetype, he is also a familiar kind of Coen antihero, the latest face in the gallery of losers, deadbeats and hapless strivers the brothers have been assembling, over 16 features, for nearly 30 years. These dudes are usually at the mercy of other people, a hostile universe and their own stupidity. Above all, they are the playthings of a pair of cruel and capricious fraternal deities whose affection for their creatures is often indistinguishable from contempt."

 

Read the New York Times article, December 5, 2013

 

Brainlike Computers, Learning From Experience

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"The new computing approach, already in use by some large technology companies, is based on the biological nervous system, specifically on how neurons react to stimuli and connect with other neurons to interpret information. It allows computers to absorb new information while carrying out a task, and adjust what they do based on the changing signals." 

Read the New York Times article, December 28, 2013