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There Are Martians In LA and An App To Find Them

Nagin Cox
TED: What time is it on Mars?

Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she works on the team that manages the United States’ rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth’s — has particular, often comical challenges.

She tells us that she has dreamed of working at NASA since she was 14 years old and this is her “dream job.” She also divulged that “sleep experts” have studied her and her colleagues because working on Mars time “is a blast, but not sustainable” because it is so hard on the body of an “earthling.”

State of Immunizations: 2017

Believe it or not the brand spankin’ new immunization schedule just released has actually LOWERED the number of immunizations recommended for teens!

I know, it’s hard for me to comprehend too; but, we’ll take it while it lasts.
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Body Parts: State of the Research

New Body Parts
TED: Oded Shoseyov reveals the state of the arts in bionics – artificial body parts

What do you get when you combine the strongest materials from the plant world with the most elastic ones from the insect kingdom? Super-performing materials that might transform … everything – including body parts. Nanobiotechnologist Oded Shoseyov showed us examples of amazing materials found throughout nature, in everything from cat fleas to sequoia trees, and shows the creative ways his team is harnessing them in everything from sports shoes to medical implants.

Shoseyov is a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an expert in nanobiotechnology; he has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications and is the inventor or co-inventor of 45 patents. He received the Kaye Innovation Award from the Hebrew University in 2010, and an honorable mention from the Israeli Prime Minister for his contributions in entrepreneurship and innovation in 2012. He has founded ten companies, several of which are focused on engineering new materials for use in human tissue, jet fuel and food packaging.

How new technology helps blind people explore the world

Cheiko Asakawa
TED: New Tech For the Blind

The quiet yet dynamic, unassuming but persuasive, fully-accomplished TED fellow has accomplished more in her life despite blindness than most sighted people do in their lifetime.
Generating braille texts from books, a braille reader, an audio reader, a braille text editor – all her accomplishments. She and her associates develop oftware and products which help the blind become more educated and independent.

With ease, she describes ‘next generation’ products for the smart phone making its speaker and gps give her detailed directions around a building and its video read bar codes and wrappers to describe articles. The camera even notices the approach of a person, analyzes him to be a friend and tells her that ‘he looks happy.’

Finally, she announces that all this technology has been made OPEN SOURCE so that the world could join in its continued development. The average person doesn’t usually have a clue how significant that decision is! Imagine a world with an alternate Steve Jobs who announced that the iPhone was just made Open Source so everyone in the world could eventually be able to use one freely!

Sleeping With “Big Soda” and Conflict of Interest

I have to tell you I’m still pretty ticked-off finding out about this huge conflict of interest: Big Soda acting like Big Tobacco and the health-care industry falling for it! I’m not sure where I’ve been to not hear about this until now; but, thankfully, the American Academy of Pediatrics and a few others have already come clean and done the right thing!
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Eat All You Take: Portion Distortion

Did you get all those “tricks” to give them a HAND over portion distortion?

– Food labels can’t be relied on
– Serve children on smaller plates, they’ll look larger.
– Dish out families food in kitchen on plates and bring them to the table, learn correct portion control.
– Don’t let children serve themselves out of “family-sized” bowls, they’ll always take too much.
– “Lend them a HAND,” teach them “rules of thumb” for portion control using their hand as an example. As it GROWS, so does the portion size.
– The FIST represents the portion size of rice, cereal, fruits or vegetables for a single meal.
– The size of the PALM represents the amount of protein, about 4 or 5 ounces, that should make up a DAILY serving size for a child or teen.
– The TOP OF THE THUMB’s FIRST JOINT represents the amount of mayonnaise, butter or salad dressing for a single meal.
– Eating at restaurant, wait to see what portion size comes for your child before ordering yourself so you can share theirs if it’s too large, or cut it in half and serve it as a second meal later on.
– Parents, you need to set a good example: if you don’t ask for seconds, your child won’t either.

Super, advice and tips.

Ways To Lower Risk Of Allergies

Even though you may show little gratitude for it on a routine basis, I know you think that your wonderful “developed” country universally has lower rates of every disease than those poor, unfortunate undeveloped areas with little health care. Am I right? And it largely has to do with better hygiene… right? Huh? Huh?
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“Presidential” Medicine

Anyone who hasn’t just about had enough of all things “presidential” by now must have spent the last year living in a cave somewhere.

I’ve found some “presidential medicine” related stuff that you probably “ought to know.” Just sayin!
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Rheumatic Fever Video

Here is a video I found that contains information about Rheumatic Fever for “medical types.” A DISCLAIMER is that the commentary is being delivered by a HIRED VOICE-OVER ARTIST, according to the authors bio. I say that, because he apparently knows how to pronounce “synergy” but not “Sydenham” or that “arthralgia” is NOT “muscle pain” but rather “joint pain.”

He gives basically good information but sort of sounds like he’s parroting text material and unsure about specifics of the disease – I would highly doubt he’s a pediatrician. Yes, “Sydenham” IS the name of the discovering physician.

3 Rashes And Their Heart Problems

We’ve chatted about rashes before (ok, a lot) and we’ve talked about heart diseases before. Heart diseases only very rarely are associated with rashes. And only an infinitesimally small number of rashes cause heart disease. When they do, it’s worth talking about… so let’s chat about rashes and heart.
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Trying to Unsuscribe

James Veitch
TED: How To Unsubscribe

It happens to all of us: you unsubscribe from an unwanted marketing email, and a few days later another message from the same company pops up in your inbox. Comedian James Veitch turned this frustration into whimsy when a local supermarket refused to take no for an answer. Hijinks ensued.

For James Veitch, a British writer and comedian with a mischievous side, spam emails proved the perfect opening to have some fun, playing the scammers at their own game.

Packed full of Nigerian princes, can’t miss investment opportunities and eligible Russian brides, James Veitch’s correspondence with email spammers leads to surprising, bizarre and usually hilarious results – and a book deal.

Out of this experiment came his first book: Dot Con.

In 2014, his first solo comedy show The Fundamental Interconnectedness of Everyone with an Internet Connection, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe to wide acclaim.

His second show, Genius Bar, focused on his time working for Apple, chronicles his attempts to fix his relationship using the same troubleshooting techniques he’d been using to fix iMacs, iPhones and iPods.

He is currently writing his third show and preparing to tour the UK.

Single Dose of Old Drug Boosts Memory, Attention

Once, I read more than I wanted to about a common (and then extremely inexpensive) drug because I had a patient with seizures (Dilantin). It seems the company had found a multitude of uses for it and produced it for things like emulsifying agents including paint. There were so many I couldn’t stop reading.
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