upto0013 writes: A new national study is under way to see if medicine derived from vampire bat saliva can help patients survive a stroke. The anti-coagulating properties of the saliva help dissolve blood clots, keeping them from reaching the brain. Link to Original Source
upto0013 writes: A new study shows that a common sleep disorder may be a sign of dementia or Parkinson's disease up to 50 years before the disorders are diagnosed.
The new research was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study, based on Mayo Clinic records, suggested that people who experience rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder could one day come down with the degenerative aging disease.
Sufferers of REM sleep behavior disorder, dubbed "Jimmy legs" in the sitcom "Seinfeld," often act out their dreams with violent movements, such as punching or kicking. Link to Original Source
upto0013 writes: Intel is showing off new software that can read minds. Designers say that the software could help disabled people speak, in a way.
"The software analyzes functional MRI scans to determine what parts of a person's brain is being activated as he or she thinks. In tests, it guessed with 90 percent accuracy which of two words a person was thinking about, said Intel Labs researcher Dean Pomerleau."
It's currently only working along side the MRI scanners, and has yet to analyze abstract thoughts, but it signals a step leap in controlling technology with our mind.
upto0013 writes: Chinese democrats are battling each other for the right to regulate World of Warcraft so they can get the political clout and the revenue that comes along with controlling a new industry with potential for explosive growth.
"If you supervise a more dynamic area with a lot of growth potential, you have more budget and more administrative muscle," said Edward Yu, president of Analysys International, an Internet research firm in Beijing. "They see this pie is getting bigger and bigger, so it is no wonder different administrations are fighting over pieces of that territory."