Liberate RVA Couched X — Mandatory Voting, Sociopaths, & Transhumanism – Video

March 27, 2015 By: BoicepSip Category: Transhumanism



Liberate RVA Couched X — Mandatory Voting, Sociopaths, Transhumanism
Get to know your friendly neighborhood Richmond anarchists in this weekly roundtable show. On-the-fly topics and real-time discussions. 00:25 — Mandatory Voting 16:05 — Professional Sociopaths…

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Forget wearables, cyborg tech is the future

March 27, 2015 By: heissegiohoft Category: Transhumanism

The primary goal of technology should be to improve our lives in some way. So far that has seen us embrace computers, the Internet, smartphones and most recently wearable gadgets. However, many are predicting that the future will not see us hold or wear technology, but have it directly implanted into our bodies.

Already, the transhumanism movement is seeing technology implants gain greater acceptance, but many still feel uneasy about the ethics involved when we attempt to improve our bodies artificially. In response to the advances made in body modification technology, weve looked at five high-profile examples below.

Replacement limbs

For many years, individuals have used technology to help solve medical problems. Artificial pacemakers have been implanted into humans since the 1950s and prosthetic limbs, in their most basic form, have been used for centuries.

Now limb replacements are becoming increasingly advanced, with the DEKA arm being one of the most notable. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Army Research Office, DEKA can carry out a series of complex movements controlled by electrical signals sent from electrodes connected to the users muscles. The electrodes transmit signals to the arm, which can carry out 10 different types of movements.

The DEKA arm has given those that are missing limbs the ability to perform delicate tasks, such as grasping a bottle, which wouldnt be possible with traditional prosthetics.

Neil Harbissons antenna

Self-confessed cyborg Neil Harbisson is one of the most famous exponents of body modifications and has used technology to overcome the extreme form of color blindness that has afflicted him since birth.

Harbisson is unable to see color at all and so decided to implant a permanently attached antenna into his skull in 2004. The “Eyeborg”, as it is known, allows him to experience colors by translating them into sounds. An Internet connection also allows Harbisson to receive phone calls directly into his skull and his activism has seen the British government recognize his as the worlds first cyborg.

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Scientists Spot Gene Tied to Severe Autism in Girls

March 27, 2015 By: stoommica Category: Genetic Medicine

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways.

The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays crucial roles in the nervous system, said senior author Aravinda Chakravarti, a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Institute of Genetic Medicine.

His research team found that a group of girls with severe autism carried CTNND2 mutations that appeared to reduce the effectiveness of delta-catenin, potentially affecting their neurological development.

“There are many, many proteins that in fact ‘moonlight,’ doing many, many different things,” Chakravarti said. “Maybe the severity of the effect of delta-catenin comes from the fact that when you lose function of this protein, you lose not just one function but many functions. Although that remains to be shown, it is strongly implicated by our study.”

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins early in life. The cause is not known, although scientists suspect genes play a role.

The researchers discovered the CTNND2 gene’s link to autism using an approach that focuses on rare and extreme cases of autism, according to the study released online March 25 in the journal Nature.

By focusing on extreme cases, they believe they will discover genes that have a more powerful effect on brain development and help explain the root causes of autism.

“If we study rare and extreme forms, they are both genetic and they represent very early neurodevelopmental events,” Chakravarti said.

The researchers chose to study girls with autism because they are far less likely to have autism than boys. When girls do develop the disorder, their symptoms tend to be severe.

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Rapture Alert – March 20th – Solar Eclipse! – Video

March 27, 2015 By: lokkol Category: Atheism



Rapture Alert – March 20th – Solar Eclipse!
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Theistic Evolutionists lean towards atheism – Video

March 27, 2015 By: painlord2k Category: Atheism



Theistic Evolutionists lean towards atheism
Proof that i both accepted and defended evolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-eZhYAiPQ GULO gene supposed evidence for common ancestry debunked …

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Duck Dynasty Star’s Bizarre Rape & Murder Speech Against Atheism – Video

March 27, 2015 By: stoommica Category: Atheism



Duck Dynasty Star's Bizarre Rape Murder Speech Against Atheism
”'Duck Dynasty' patriarch Phil Robertsondelivered a bizarre speech in which he created a hypothetical scenario about an atheist being forced to watch his “little atheist daughters” get raped…

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions – Video

March 27, 2015 By: Walid Yassin Category: Stem Cell Therapy



Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions
Dr. Todd Malan, MD and Chief Cell Therapy Officer discusses the benefits of adult stem cell therapy to help repair damaged cartilage, joints, tendons or ligament in conditions such as Osteoarthriti…

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Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions – Video

March 27, 2015 By: painlord2k Category: Stem Cell Therapy



Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases and Conditions
Dr. Todd Malan, MD and Chief Cell Therapy Officer explains the benefits of stem cell therapy for Autoimmune diseases and conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and…

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Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation reduces opioid tolerance, opioid-induced pain

March 27, 2015 By: lokkol Category: Stem Cell Therapy

Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation reduced opioid tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia caused by daily morphine injections in rats, according to new research. The results could herald stem cell transplantation as an innovative, safe, efficacious and cost-effective therapy to treat pain and opioid tolerance, said researchers, who presented results in a Plenary Research Highlight session at the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Not only was opioid tolerance prevented when the rats were transplanted with MSC before repeated morphine injections, but tolerance was reversed when the rats were treated after opioid tolerance had developed, results demonstrated.

“MSCs have a remarkable anti-inflammatory effect and a powerful anti-tolerance effect,” said the study’s principal investigator, Jianguo Cheng, M.D., Ph.D., who led the research team from the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. Although clinical trials are still three to five years away, he said, eventually, “The results may apply to millions of patients with a wide range of pain states, including cancer pain and other intractable chronic pain that requires long-term opioid therapy.”

Furthermore, Cheng characterized the procedure as practical, in light of readily available sources of stem cells, reliable stem cell technology, the simplicity of transplantation procedures and the fact that clinical trials are already underway involving autoimmune and other diseases.

The Institute of Medicine report on pain in America documented millions who suffer with chronic pain (“Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research.” National Academies Press [US]; 2011). Opioid therapy is a cornerstone component of pain management for many people with severe, ongoing pain; however, side effects such as tolerance and the risks posed by abuse, addiction and drug overdose limit its utility. Tolerance, a physiologic process in which the patient’s body adjusts to a dose and no longer achieves pain relief, is a common limitation with opioid therapy. The higher doses that result can limit effectiveness and compromise safety.

Glial cells are of growing interest in pain research and have been implicated in the development of tolerance. Glial cell activity also produces pain through the release of products that excite the nervous system, playing an important role in the spinal cord during nerve injury. Furthermore, the opioids used to treat pain, also can induce glial activity, causing pain relief to drop and unwanted opioid effects, including tolerance, dependence, reward and decreased breathing, to grow. A focus of research, then, is to separate the desired effect of pain relief from the unwanted opioid effects (Watkins et al, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences 2009;30(11): 581-91).

Interest in transplant of stem cells is another maturing research avenue (Hsu et al, Cell Transplant 2007;16(2):133-50). MSCs can differentiate into a variety of cell types and have been investigated for potential repair of damaged neural cells and for calming inflammation in the immune system to promote recovery after traumatic brain injury (Zhang et al, J Neuroinflammation 2013;10(1):106).

Following this line of research, the study investigators wondered whether they could create an anti-tolerance therapy by transplanting MSCs into the intrathecal space surrounding the spinal cord. With approval by the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and funding through the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, they compared the withdrawal thresholds of the hind paws in response to painful mechanical and thermal stimuli in two groups of rats that received daily morphine injections. The first group was treated with MSC transplantation and the control group with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS).

They found that both groups of rats developed morphine tolerance (i.e., reduced responsiveness to morphine) within five to seven days with repeated injections; however, the MSC group demonstrated significant and consistent higher thresholds for paw withdrawal than the PBS group. Furthermore, immunohistochemistry confirmed microglial activation in the spinal cord after repeated daily morphine injections, but the activity was substantially weakened in rats treated with MSC. The animals also maintained normal locomotion, food and fluid intake and body weight gain, findings that demonstrated safety, Cheng said.

The next step is to translate the experience of animal experiments to clinical trials. Cheng outlined the need to first determine and optimize the key variables of stem cell transplantation, such as sources of cells, routes of administration, number of cells to transplant and the timing of transplantation.

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3 The Anatomy and Physiology of Digestion – Video

March 27, 2015 By: lokkol Category: Physiology



3 The Anatomy and Physiology of Digestion
This is the third lecture for the lecture series of HUN 1201 The Science of Nutrition, Principles of Nutrition, or Essentials of Nutrition. This presentation will cover 8 of our bodies 11…

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