Stealth Gonorrhoea


If you’re a Canadian or an American, you’re in luck … mostly. In many countries internationally, namely Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and Denmark, many sexually transmitted infection (STI) tests came up with false negatives! Why? Because at some point, one strain of the bacteria underwent a series of mutations that has changed its expression profile for the enzyme prolyliminopeptidase (PIP) … which was the protein tested for by doctors to determine if you had an infection. If you have, or thought you got rid of your case of gonorrhoea, you might want to go back to the clinic and ask for 2 tests that check for different proteins/enzymes to ensure you got rid of your infection. For the full article see: ‘Stealth’ gonorrhoea on the rise.

To get some more information about STIs, there are many books out there that can help get you informed whether you are an average Joe, or a scientist. For the average Joe, please check out Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Colour Guide and for the scientist in you, order Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

“And remember … don’t be a fool, wrap your tool.” – Van Wilder

Hey Cancer, We Can See You!


Two recent articles discuss diagnostic and medical imaging technologies that help researchers to identify cancers and look deep within. Another discusses some “preventitive medicine” that has no prevention, only costs.

Headlines indicate that Holographic Images Use Shimmer To Show Cellular Response To Anticancer Drug, and another study demonstrates that PET Imaging Identifies Aggressive Kidney Cancers That Require Surgery. The Holographic imaging research is at the cutting edge of technology, specifically, it is “the first time holography has been used to study the effects of a drug on living tissue,” mentions David D. Nolte. He is the leader of the research group from Purdue.

Some smokers and/or lung cancer candidates have been screened for presence of tumours or micro-tumours in the lungs by multi-detector CT scanners. While the technology found 3 times the amount of tumours than expected, earlier treatments for these patients didn’t yield better results as the mortality rate remained the same. Dr. Peter Bach, who is a lung physician and epidemiologist, and the study’s first author said, “Early detection and additional treatment did not save lives but did subject patients to invasive and possibly unnecessary treatments.”

But, Dr. Bach … you should focus on the fact that you were able to find 3 TIMES the amount of tumours originally predicted. Right now, current treatment regiments don’t allow for an increase in the number of lives saved, but as technology improves and more clinical trials come to market, many of these micro-tumours will be stopped in their tracks by new therapeutics, chemotherapies, cancer-targeting viruses, or perhaps nanoparticles linked to toxins which target tumorigenic tissues. Maybe the process of surgical excision should be rethought; maybe only certain tumours that have a certain genetic profile should be removed early. Genotype the tumour, and THEN deploy the necessary tactics. Don’t just cut out anything that looks like it “could” be fatal, surgeries often have complications and implications for the patient’s health.

Refrigerator Will Toss You Can of Beer


“When John Cornwell graduated from Duke University last year, he landed a job as software engineer in Atlanta but soon found himself longing for his college lifestyle. So the engineering graduate built himself a reminder of life on campus: a refrigerator that can toss a can of beer to his couch with the click of a remote control.” See the rest of the article at Wired.com.

It’s no wonder this kid built one of these — it’s about time there was a beer launching fridge! Every University student should get one upon graduation. Hey John Cornwell, go negotiate that with the beer companies and every major US University and you should be able to retire young …

Organizing WHO you Know!


I was just following-up on a speaker, Don Tapscott that I was able to see on Monday of this week at the Canadian Venture Forum. This guy knows what’s going on. Don is the author of the new book called Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, and I highly suggest reading it.

In any case, I found a deck of slides he gave at another conference and there was a great slide on how to organize your connections with other people to maximize your network. Check out slide 35 from this presentation: http://www.newparadigm.com/media/2007-NGenBriefing.pdf. Now, if you’re lacking a network of friends, or acquiantances to organize, you might want to read another book that will help to maximize your business contacts; go and read The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell immediately. You’ll become friends with more mavens, connectors and salespeople before you know it …

Is Your Memory Erased While You Sleep?


“The authors speculate that memories are stored in both the neocortex and the hippocampus. Then, during sleep, the hippocampus, acting as a temporary storage system, is cleared for another day of learning, while the memories are retained in the neocortex, which provides permanent storage much like a computer hard disk.” See full article at SciAm.com.

So, I finally gave into the Web 2.0 era of interactive content and user-generated communities. Also, I’ve had it was emailing out interesting articles to my friends everytime I come across something else on the web that is newsworthy, or at the very least noteworthy! Thus, here it is, post #1. Thought provoking, huh? Well, go to sleep, it might be erased! Come back tomorrow and be provoked yet again…