Monday, September 16, 2013

Medical notes of the week

The "I Don't like Green Food" item of the week:

Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers think.

uh, that says it is their opinion, not a scientific fact, and is based on mice and cell cultures, meaning it is a very very early experiment.

So they now will have folks eat lots and lots of broccoli to see if it's true.

The good news: IF you don't like broccoli, brussel sprouts will do.

and it could be worse: You might be told to eat Hospital food....


Growing human minibrains in the lab? 

The "Yuck" factor here is high, suggesting there are ethical problems with the experiment: Like, why didn't they start with monkey or guinea pigs instead of embryonic cells?

or maybe not: some of the brains didn't come from embryos but from skin?

Prof Paul Matthews, from Imperial College London, told the BBC: "I think it's just mindboggling. The idea that we can take a cell from a skin and turn it into, even though it's only the size of a pea, is starting to look like a brain and starting to show some of the behaviours of a tiny brain, I think is just extraordinary.

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