Really, really intriguing piece at Nature News by Heidi Ledford. It's all about a class of patients called "exceptional responders" — aka, the people who got a benefit (sometimes a big one) from a medication or treatment that otherwise failed the clinical trial process. When we do clinical trials, we're looking at group averages. We want to know whether a drug performed better than placebo when administered to lots of people. Sometimes, though, drugs that can't do that do seem to have a positive effect for a few lucky individuals. Now, scientists are trying to figure out why that is. What makes those people special? And how should this change the way we do research?
Irrigating twice a day with a Neti pot vastly decreases the chances that Covid 19 patients will end up hospitalized or dead, concludes a study of 79 high-risk patients at the Medical College of Georgia. COVID-19 symptoms resulted in one ED visit and no hospitalizations in 42 irrigating with alkalinization, one hospitalization of 37 in… READ THE REST
Watch a Nemertea shoot an alien-like proboscis from it's body. A Nemertea aka a ribbon worm will shoot this silly-string-like proboscis outwards to catch prey or to distract a predator. I like the way Its proboscis branches out into many vein-like structures. Upon first glance, it's hard to believe this footage is actually real. It looks… READ THE REST
Imagine a gaggle of little algae robots maneuvering around inside your body, carrying life-saving medication to target the chemical receptors directly at the point of need rather than an injected medication that has to circulate throughout the body first. Maybe little creepy-crawly feelings emerge. Don't worry, if and when this technology becomes available for humans,… READ THE REST
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We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Would you wash your floors with an already dirty mop? Would you dust off your shelves with the same rag you used the last time, the one that still contains the… READ THE REST