Saturday, 28 April 2018

Scientists can now keep brains alive without a body

A team of scientists recently revealed they had successfully conducted experiments on hundreds of pigs that involved keeping their brains alive for up to 36 hours after the animals had been decapitated.

Through a delicate, complex process they were able to keep the brains alive by connecting them to a closed-loop system called “BrainEX” that pumps oxygen-rich artificial blood through the necessary areas of the brain to sustain life.

The researchers intent, reportedly, is to create a complete atlas of the connections between human brain cells, a monumental undertaking that has never been done. By keeping the pig brains alive, they are able to study them in ways that will contribute to further breakthroughs. This could lead to a radical enhancement of our understanding of the human brain.

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Exceptional people: Army medics praised for stopping to help children, school van driver in Mandai accident

A group of army medics has drawn praise after stopping to help four children and a school van driver in a traffic accident along Mandai Avenue on Wednesday morning (Apr 25).

Servicemen from the combat medic specialist course of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Medical Training Institute were on their way to an outfield exercise when they came across the incident at around 6.40am, according to a Facebook post by the Singapore Army.

The Singapore Army said it "would like to wish the children a speedy recovery and commend our servicemen for being ready to step forward".

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Science cannot explain why kinesiology tape works

It is the kind of thing that some people swear by for muscle and joint pain, like they would their grandmother’s chicken soup for a cold.
  • “It’s absolutely bloody brilliant,” Paul Hobrough, a physical therapist based in the UK, told the Guardian. 
  • Olympic track cyclist Dotsie Bausch says she wears kinesiology tape for days at a time instead of taking ibuprofen for her back pain. 
  • Basketball player James Harden of the Houston Rockets tapes himself up even when he’s not hurt. “Whenever I’m sore, whether it’s my knee or my shoulder, putting the KT tape on gets the blood flowing and circulating around my body,” Harden told NBC. “I’m able to go out there and play free, not really thinking about injuries.”
But even almost 40 years after kinesiology tape’s invention, no one really knows how it works.

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Why older adults exercising should drink more water

Older people, who drink more water post workout, reap more cognitive health-related benefits of exercise, suggests a study.

Dehydration has been shown to impair exercise performance and brain function in young people, but less is known about its impact on older populations.

"Middle-age and older adults often display a blunted thirst perception, which places them at risk for dehydration and subsequently may reduce the cognitive health-related benefits of exercise," a team of New England-based researchers wrote.

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Warning: Car crime in Britain rises by 56% due to easy keyless technology hacking

A dramatic surge in car crime has been fuelled by high-tech thefts that do not require criminals to break into the vehicle.

The number of vehicle thefts jumped by more than half last year amid claims that keyless technology has made hacking into modern cars ‘child’s play’.

In a damning indictment of how easy it has become for criminals to steal cars, the ONS said in almost half of thefts, they are ‘entering the vehicle through an unlocked door’. Motoring campaigners and police said this showed hacking into keyless cars had become the new modus operandi of ‘digitally savvy thieves’.

The figures appear to undermine claims from manufacturers that modern cars are more secure than ever.

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