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Rick Santorum To Mother Of Cancer Survivor: Yes, Your Son Should Pay More For Health Insurance

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Sorry for adding to the shower of Santorum that's inundated the blog -- but before we're hit by the inevitable Santorum tsunami doomed to result from tonight's GOP debate, it's worth taking a look at this appearance by the candidate in Merrimeck this morning, during which Mr. Santorum explained to a mother why it's good and right and holy that her cancer-stricken young son should have to wrestle with prohibitively high health insurance costs his whole life. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

(HT: TPM)

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Painless Dental Cavity Filling Could Be Here by 2013: VIDEO

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Human clinical trials are underway on the "plasma brush" a device that should revolutionize the dental industry with painless cavity filling:

In less than 30 seconds, the plasma brush uses chemical reactions to disinfect and clean out cavities for fillings. In addition to the bacteria-killing properties, the “cool flame” from the plasma brush forms a better bond for cavity fillings.  The chemical reactions involved with the plasma brush actually change the surface of the tooth, which allows for a strong and robust bonding with the filling material.

“There have been no side effects reported during the lab trials, and we expect the human trials to help us improve the prototype,” said Qingsong Yu, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering of MU, and Meng Chen, chief scientist from Nanova, Inc., which holds a co-patent for the plasma brush with MU.

For those of you who cringe at even the sound of a dentist's drill, this should be good news.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via gizmodo)

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Doctors Find Face in Ultrasound of Man's Testicles: PHOTO

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Usually it's Jesus in a Walmart receipt or something like that, but pareidolia really has no limits now.

Urologists thought they saw a face in an ultrasound of a man's testicles that were being examined for a tumor.

They were so excited they sent it to Urology, the International Society of Urology's official journal, and it was published in the journal's September issue, the UK's Telegraph reports:

Writing in the journal, they said: "The residents and staff alike were amazed to see the outline of a man’s face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself was also experiencing severe epididymo-orchitis,” wrote the authors, referring to an inflammatory condition.

“A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps ‘Min,’ the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation.”

PS - the mass was benign.


DEA Bans Essential Chemicals In Bath Salts

Bath_salts_003The DEA is cracking down on bath salts!

Do you know about bath salts? They don't go in your bath. These semi-legal drugs, sold in head shops under names like "Vanilla Sky" and "Bliss," are usually snorted or ingested intravenously, and contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, which are apparently real mind-benders. Bath salts first popped up in the media earlier this year, attached to all kinds of horror stories. In the New York Times this summer, we learned:

Poison control centers around the country received 3,470 calls about bath salts from January through June, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, up from 303 in all of 2010.

“Some of these folks aren’t right for a long time,” said Karen E. Simone, director of the Northern New England Poison Center. “If you gave me a list of drugs that I wouldn’t want to touch, this would be at the top.”

... Some of the recent incidents [involving bath salt abuse] include a man in Indiana who climbed a roadside flagpole and jumped into traffic, a man in Pennsylvania who broke into a monastery and stabbed a priest, and a woman in West Virginia who scratched herself “to pieces” over several days because she thought there was something under her skin.

Does that sound at all familiar? Like those bogus stories from the 60's about nice suburban girls trying acid for the first time and staring at the sun until their eyes melted? Or the Reefer Madness-era stories about weed turning suburban boys into rape-crazy cavemen? 

Still. Just 'cuz drug opponents cried wolf once (twice, three times, whatever) doesn't mean they can't occasionally tell the truth. And those bath salt stories appeared in the Times! It's the paper of record!

And now, according to the Times:

The Drug Enforcement Administration took emergency action on Friday to ban three synthetic stimulants used to make products that are marketed at head shops and on the Web as “bath salts,” but are actually used as recreational drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

The emergency measure places these substances — mephedrone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and methylone — under the D.E.A.’s most restrictive category for at least a year, while they study whether they should be permanently banned. This classification is reserved for substances with high potential for abuse and no accepted use under medical supervision.


Scientists Begin Visually Reconstructing What Our Brain Sees: VIDEO

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Scientists at UC Berkeley have figured out a way to interpret our brain activity in a way that allows them to begin to visualize what we see when we watch something (in this case, movie trailers) using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and computational models:

As yet, the technology can only reconstruct movie clips people have already viewed. However, the breakthrough paves the way for reproducing the movies inside our heads that no one else sees, such as dreams and memories, according to researchers.

“This is a major leap toward reconstructing internal imagery,” said Professor Jack Gallant, a UC Berkeley neuroscientist and coauthor of the study published online today (Sept. 22) in the journal Current Biology. “We are opening a window into the movies in our minds.”

Eventually, practical applications of the technology could include a better understanding of what goes on in the minds of people who cannot communicate verbally, such as stroke victims, coma patients and people with neurodegenerative diseases.

Check out their video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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At Tea Party Debate, Crowd Cheers Letting the Uninsured Die: VIDEO

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At last night's Tea Party debate, the topic turned to health care.

Asked Wolf Blitzer:

"I want to just — you’re a physician, Ron Paul, so you’re a doctor.  You know something about this subject.  Let me ask you this hypothetical question. A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what?  I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it.  But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it. Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example?  Who pays for that?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously...
Republicans Applaud Texas Executions at GOP Debate [tr]
Tea Party Cheers Upon Hearing They Are Blamed for Credit Downgrade [tr]

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