Superhuman power, 2 hearts and Youtube in medicine

Sorry for not posting long, serious articles (by the way, the blogterview about robotics and medicine is almost ready), but I’ve been really busy at the university, so this time again I show you some of my favourite links for today:

Photographic memory, Tertiary Neurosyphilis, Synesthesia, Savantism without major autistic impairments, Temporal Lobe Epilepsy, Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome and Hypergraphia. Don’t miss it!

Fascinating images and EKG from the NEJM of a patient who had a heart transplant, but the native heart was left in.

It’s exciting to see more scientists start using web2.0 products such as youtube, google video, social bookmarking sites like furl, stumbleupon , netvouz, del-ic-ious and blogs and wikipedia. The BioIt magazine has published the following article on the trend.

And the most important finding:

Research studies demonstrating the viability of an approach to routinely detect the presence of fetal DNA in a mother’s blood to accurately diagnose or rule out genetic defects — as early as the first trimester — was presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine held in San Francisco. This future diagnostic technology, currently under development at Sequenom, Inc. shows promise that a universal alternative to such invasive genetic screening procedures as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, may be available in the future.

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