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Robotic Surgeons on the Horizon From Google, Johnson & Johnson Team

Your surgeon’s favorite new assistant? A robotic arm.

It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but nimble robot hands are routinely used by surgeons in complex surgeries today. The field has grown dramatically in recent years, with hospitals around the country performing thousands of robot-assisted surgeries every year.

And now, search giant Google is trying its hand at surgical robotics by teaming up with Ethicon, a subsidiary of medical giant Johnson & Johnson. In a news announcement on Friday, the companies said they would share resources and expertise to create a “robotic-assisted surgical platform” to develop new tools and capabilities." Find out more on our new #digitalhealth  blog, #FutureofYou.
Google is is teaming up with medical giant Johnson & Johnson to advance the field of robotic surgery.
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Tsunami Preparedness Week: Building a Network of Awareness

"This week, March 22 – 28, is Tsunami Preparedness Week, a concerted national effort to bring together everyone—from emergency responders to the general public—to prepare for tsunamis, the seismic sea waves which can threaten our Bay Area beaches and coastlines around the world.

The great earthquake tsunamis in Sumatra (2004) and Japan (2011) awakened an awareness of tsunamis that had faded in this country since the great Alaska earthquake of 1964. It has been heartening to watch this program spread through internet campaigns and social media." Find out more via +Andrew Alden. 
Tsunamis are a worldwide menace with specific local threats. It pays to learn your local situation and keep the knowledge fresh in your community.
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An Asteroid Boulder Will Be A Stepping Stone on the Journey to Mars

"NASA’s plan to snag an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the moon for astronauts to explore just took another step toward reality. For a while now, the agency had been considering two options for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM): One that would grab an entire small asteroid and tow it back and another that would land on a larger asteroid, scoop up a smaller, boulder-sized chunk and cart that back.

Today, NASA associate administrator Robert Lightfoot announced in a press briefing that the mission will go with the second option."

Read more at +Smithsonian Magazine.
NASA announces details in its plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbit
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Is the probability that they by mistake crash the asteroid onto Earth negligibly small? It looks a REALLY dangerous endeavor.
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Frontline 'Vaccine War' Live Chat; Wednesday 3/25, Noon PST

"Frontline aired an updated version of its 2008 documentary The Vaccine War on Tuesday night. The film dives deep into the debate over vaccines. While the overwhelming majority of parents vaccinate their children, a small but growing minority either under-vaccinate their children or refuse vaccines altogether.

On Wednesday (March 25) at noon PT, Frontline is hosting a live chat, with KQED health editor Lisa Aliferis. ‘Vaccine War’ producer and director Kate McMahon will take your questions, along with Carl Krawitt, and Dr. Arthur Reingold, Head of Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health."  Join the discussion now!
KQED health editor Lisa Aliferis moderates live chat with Frontline producer, two guests.
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+Mary S. lady if you have something to say to me don't be afraid !!!you know how to use the comment bar and address it to me!!.,.i am not medically uneducated and i am also educated about our government system!! I also have seen the effect of this first hand,,.,have you?? i'm sure you have not and are just stating your ignorant opinion and that is fine,, you have that right but please EDUCATE yourself!!
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Mutation is Baked Into the Chemistry of Our DNA

"In a new study in Nature, the Al-Hashimi Lab at Duke University has discovered an important way that some DNA mutations happen. Or more accurately, they have provided evidence for something James Watson and Francis Crick predicted over 60 years ago.

It turns out that mutations are built into the very chemistry of our DNA. And thank goodness they are." +Nature News & Comment 
Mutations are the raw stuff of evolution and they are built right into the chemistry of our DNA.
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Hypothesis: Our Solar System Lacks ‘Super-Earths’ Because Jupiter Wrecked Them All

"It turns out our solar system is weird: it doesn't have any rocky "super-Earths" orbiting closer to the sun than Mercury. Here's one theory as to why: Like Miley Cyrus, Jupiter came in like a wrecking ball."  
It turns out our solar system is weird: it doesn't have any rocky "super-Earths" orbiting closer to the sun than Mercury. Here's one theory as to why: like Miley Cyrus, Jupiter came in like a wrecking ball and smashed any nascent terrestrial planets just as the solar system was forming.
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Of course, Jupiter also took several hits for Earth from incoming comets, etc. Jupiter has been a good protector. 
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Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

Garlic lovers: You can smell them before you see them. Some people would say they even stink! Hours after you eat garlic, your breath can still smell bad, as your body digests compounds in the plant and releases them into your blood.

Now scientists say a similar process might explain why people infected with malaria attract more mosquitoes than those not infected. Malaria-infected blood releases odors that lure mosquitoes, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis reported Tuesday in the journal mBio." Find out more via +NPR 
When malaria parasites infect blood, they manufacture odor molecules that smell sweet to mosquitoes, scientists report. So how do these odors get from the bloodstream to the insects?
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University and Biotech Firm Team Up on Colorblindness Therapy

"More than 10 million Americans have trouble distinguishing red from green or blue from yellow, and there’s no treatment for colorblindness. A biotech company and two scientists hope to change that.

On Wednesday, Avalanche Biotechnologies in Menlo Park and the University of Washington in Seattle announced a licensing agreement to develop the first treatment for colorblindness. The deal brings together a gene therapy technique developed by Avalanche with the expertise of vision researchers at the University of Washington." Find out more on our new #digitalhealth  blog #FutureofYou  via +NPR .
Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.
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..... they are lucky that they can see at all! Perhaps the grocery and fruit stores should have more description on their produce displays, showing 'when picked' and when brought into the store. 
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How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where to Go in Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

"From more than 900 miles away, Kpetermeni Siakor helped get volunteers to the right neighborhoods in his native Liberia during the height of the Ebola epidemic. He did it with Ushahidi, crowdsourcing software that was developed in Kenya in 2008, when the country experienced a wave of post-election violence." Find out more on our new #digitalhealth  blog  #FutureofYou .
Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.
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The more important question is: How in the h### did some of them get out of there and come back to their home countries carrying it!?! 
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Geologists May Have Just Discovered A New Layer of Earth

"A new study suggests that a previously unknown rocky layer may be lurking about 930 miles beneath our feet -- and evidence suggests that it's significantly stiffer than similar layers, which could help explain earthquakes and volcanic eruptions." via +TheHuffingtonPost 
Have geologists just discovered a new layer of Earth's interior? A new study suggests that a previously unknown rocky layer may be lurking about 930 miles beneath our feet -- and evidence suggests that it's significantly stiffer than similar layer...
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Why There's a Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

"When a panel of nutrition scientists tasked with updating the government's guidelines on healthy eating released its 500-plus-page tome on Feb. 19, one particular 52-word footnote threw a wrench into the conventional wisdom on lean meat. It caught the meat industry's eye, and it's created a controversy. Here's the line in the note that has the North American Meat Institute particularly upset: 'Lean meats can be a part of a healthy dietary pattern.'" via +NPR 
Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.
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"everything is bigger in Texas"
Except of course BRAINS
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What Digital Health Lacks: Female CEOs

"Health care is undergoing major technological changes, from an explosion of consumer tools used to access medical information to advancements in genetics. But in the booming health-tech economy, just like in the health care industry at large, this transformation is primarily being led by men.

Just 6 percent of digital health startups that have raised at least $2 million in capital in the past four years are led by women. That’s according to data compiled by early-stage venture fund Rock Health for a report released on Monday." Find out more via our new #digitalhealth  blog, #FutureofYou.
Only six percent of digital health startups are led by women, according to a new report, and women continue to make up a small percentage of executives across the wider health care industry. To change the ratio, the report calls for more mentorship for would-be female entrepreneurs, and some dramatic changes to health care hiring processes.
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