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Brown fat therapy reverses Type I diabetes in mouse trial

A Vanderbilt University School of Medicine study published in Endocrinology and Metabolism found that mice with Type I diabetes that received brown fat transplants had their diabetes reversed 53% of the time.

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Wil Wheaton on depression

In a heartfelt and frank interview (conducted by our own Caroline Siede!), Wil Wheaton discusses the moment he realized he needed help with his clinical depression, and the moment he realized that the help was helping.

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Iodine bindis may help healthcare in India

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Most people in the United States and the rest of the west have easy access to iodine, an essential chemical for our health. In many parts of rural India, this isn't the case. Thanks to Grey for Good and "The Life Saving Dot"—an iodine patch that women in India can easily add to their daily routine—this is changing. [via]

FDA & FTC mull homeopathy's future


Both the UK and Australian governments have issued reports describing homeopathy as bunk, and now the US Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission are holding hearings on the regulation of high-priced sugar-pills.

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3D printing your organs before surgery

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This is a 3D printed heart made from CT scan data. Smithsonian talks to Brigham and Women’s Hospital radiologists Beth Ripley and Tatiana Kelil whose 3D Print For Health effort to spur conversation and exploration around 3D printing in medicine.

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Quantified Self Expo in San Francisco on Saturday (6/20)

Our pals at Quantified Self are hosting a big expo in San Francisco on Saturday and they're offering BB readers a $10 discount off the $20 ticket price! Get hip to the self-tracking scene and see your life through the lens of data! Event details here.

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Shoe that wraps like a scarf: Vibram Furoshiki

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Vibram leveraged its reputation for killer army-boot soles into a second life as manufacturer of shoes with individual toes for "barefoot" runners -- now they've made Furoshiki, a shoe that wraps around your foot like a scarf, whose promise is a better-than-ever fit.

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Broga: Yoga for Bros

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"Linebacker II" [hrothstein.com]

Manly mindfulness for mellow macho muscle men.

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Internet-connected hospital drug pumps vulnerable to remote lethal-dose attacks


Researcher Billy Rios (previously) has extended his work on vulnerabilities in hospital drug pumps, discovering a means by which their firmware can be remotely overwritten with new code that can result in lethal overdoses for patients.

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Mapping the disciplined ranks of anti-vax Twitter


Anti-vax Twitter consists of several thousand vaccine denialists whose present project is stopping California's mandatory vaccine bill, through campaigns of lockstep tweeting to lawmakers, workplace and home-based harassment of dissenters, and coordinated SEO campaigns that muddy the waters for concerned parents who try to research the subject.

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Good news for high-frequency masturbators


"After controlling for potential confounders, higher monthly ejaculation frequency was associated with a statistically significant decreased risk of total prostate cancer compared to the reference group at every time period."

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Popehat on depression


Just because you're a Type A, "fully invested in the classic American self-image of independence and grit," don't think you couldn't use some help.

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Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide

From a brilliant Web-rant to an indispensable guide to the perils of statistics and their remedies, Alex Reinhart's Statistics Gone Wrong is a spotter's guide to arrant nonsense cloaked in mathematical respectability.Read the rest

Drug pump is "most insecure" devices ever seen by researcher

Security researcher Jeremy Richards has called the Hospira Lifecare PCA 3 drug-pump "the least secure IP enabled device" he's examined.

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Crowdfunding medical MDMA and magic mushrooms

An activist couple (she's a neurscientist, he's a psychologist who successfully treated his depression with psychedelics) (they fight crime!) are raising $1M on Indiegogo to fund production of medical-grade MDMA and psilocybin.

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The microbes on your phone are different from the microbes on your shoes


But the microbes on your shoes are similar to the microbes on everyone else's shoes and the microbes on your phone are similar to the microbes on everyone else's phone.

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