Thursday, July 18, 2013

Medical Progress

Found a bunch of interesting medical titbits today.

First of all, a surgeon has designed a smart knife for use when removing cancers. It reads the smoke that comes off when the area is cauterized and determines if there are any cancerous cells left.

Second, scientists have managed to correct the defect that causes Down's syndrome - albeit in the petri dish. The therapy, if it can be made to work, involves "turning off" the extra chromosome - by using the same mechanism that turns off the extra X chromosome in women.

And while I don't believe it any more than the last wonder pill claims, how about an exercise pill?