antdude writes “A British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report says that ‘Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal … compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame.’” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
How modeling HIV on an atomic level could lead to a cure Part of what makes the HIV virus so difficult to kill — aside from being thousands of times smaller than an average human cell — is that it’s covered in several layers of protective proteins. Techniques are already being developed to attack the virus when it’s at its weakest and most vulnerable. But new models — developed by scientists using the University of Illinois’ “Blue Waters” supercomputer — are finally giving researchers an atomic-level look at the formidable barrier mechanism enclosing the heart of the virus.
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A new blood-testing subdermal sensor has been developed by a team of scientists in Switzerland. While that may not sound particularly notable, this half-inch prototype can instantly beam several health metrics to smart devices over Bluetooth , monitoring cholesterol, blood sugar levels as well as the impact of medical treatments like chemotherapy using five built-in sensors. The device has already been tested on animals and while the researchers hope to begin testing soon on patients that would typically require a lot of blood tests and monitoring, the module is still several years from a commercial release. According to the EPFL ‘s video, the sensor can even predict heart attacks several hours before they occur, sensing minute changes in the bloodstream ahead of time. We’ve ‘implanted’ the explanation after the break, but if you’re looking for some more medical-minded specifics, head to the source. Filed under: Science , Alt Comments Via: BBC Source: EPFL
Your chances of being split open sternum to sphincter for a medical procedure are quickly declining (whew) thanks to the advent of endoscopic surgery and robotic surgical platforms like the DaVinci , though even these revolutionary procedures have their limitations. But thanks to a team of Stanford researchers, size is no longer one of them. More »