Guinea worms are a devastating parasite. I studied them as a graduate student in the 80’s and treated a couple of Sudanese orphans with it in the nineties. At that time, the thought they would be rendered extinct was laughable.
The effort was sponsored by the Carter Center.
It is a really, really big deal.
Of interest, ancient Greeks treated the parasite (also called Dracunculus, literally “little dragons”) by cutting open the skin over the worm, letting the worm grab onto a small stick and then twirling the stick to roll up the little sucker and pull it out of the skin.
The worm can be up to three feet long and you can only role it up a couple a turns a day. Visiting the healer every day for weeks on end created the bond that we now know as the “patient-physician relationship.”
That’s also thought to be the origin of the Caduceus, the symbol of the medical profession.
Open with that at your next party, see how that goes.
“This is the first time scientists have been able to identify a patient’s own brain cell code or pattern for memory and, in essence, ‘write in’ that code to make existing memory work better, an important first step in potentially restoring memory loss,”
A “proof of concept” regarding episodic memory restoration.
File this under “the benefits of monogamy”.
No photo header because…Ewww.
We could play connect-the-dots all day.
Whether or not it should is another question.
Afib can cause strokes. Is the number of strokes prevented with widespread monitoring worth the costs and risks of inappropriate treatment?
I know what the makers of the smart watch would say.
Don’t get sick.
I’ve taken care of people with bird flu. You don’t want it.
Included because every health system executive dreams of being able to replace their clinicians with robots that use these algos—and given they way they treat their clinicians, they soon may have to.
Spoiler alert: the cells around them tell them what to do.
Hey, take what nature gives you.
The diabetes drug Byetta and Bydureon comes from gila monster venom—go figure.
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