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You’re looking at lungs that scientists created in a lab. This creepy sci-fi creation comes from a team of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch who made a functional lung from donated lungs too damaged to transplant.

The scientists first created a sort of skeleton for the lung by removing the cells from a damaged lung – leaving behind natural scaffolding to host their engineered tissue (made from a donated lung that could not be transplanted but still had viable cells).

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Trans Uterus

The recent CBS story regarding nine Swedish women who received uterus transplants undoubtedly caught the attention of transgender women throughout the world. Anyone, with even the slightest awareness of the advancement of medical science, understands that eventually there will be few things left in the realm of impossible. The idea that a transgender woman will one day be able to carry a child in her womb is no longer just an idea. It is a reality of the future.

Another story in the Dallas Voice is evidence to this fact as Sarah Luiz has positioned herself as a candidate to become the first transgender woman to potentially give birth. Anyone, with even the slightest awareness of society’s obsession with sex and gender, understands that the word controversy applies to this situation in the same way the word skirmish applies to World War II.

“There are two things that I will never experience as a female human being. I will never be a three-year-old girl shopping with my mom for a beautiful dress, spinning and twirling down the aisles of the store, perfectly engaged in absolutely nothing other than being a three-year-old girl. And I will never know what it feels like to carry a child in my womb… Neither of these things makes me less of a female human being. I am, I have always been, a female human being… I am 56 years old. I won’t be the first transgender woman to receive a uterus and experience pregnancy. But I will probably live to see it happen. And that makes me feel like I am spinning and twirling down the aisle, perfectly engaged in being nothing other than a three-year-old girl. How much more simple could it be?”

     -(excerpt from this article)

It’s an exciting time to be a trans womanDo you ever remember dreaming about having a little baby in your stomach? A lot of little trans girls dreams were crushed when they were told they couldn’t do that.

This is a lifechanging thing that’s going to bring to life those young girls dreams.

Cis women have given birth with a transplanted uterus, which I find the most promising, and fertile Ovarian transplants and lab-grown vaginas are no longer futuristic.

I personally am not going to go through this, I’ve always believed firmly in adoption or if my future partner wanted to carry it. But just the idea of it makes my heart flutter. Something I want to see is a trans woman who has dreamt of kids her entire life, find out she’s pregnant.

To me, that’s better than being a three year old girl dancing in the aisles, and I know it will change the lives of a lot of girls like us.

-Vanessa 

Tony “who says yay when he finds a secret door” Stark

Tony “elevators not worthy” Stark

Tony “hopeful that all the avengers will stay for the party” Stark

Tony “getting really attached to the team” Stark

Tony “do I get to rule Asgard?” Stark

Tony “pretend flirting but totally meaning it with Rhodey” Stark

Tony “I’m not the boss, I just pay for everything, make everyone look cooler, etc which he totally does because he cares” Stark

Tony “bragging about how boss Pepper is” Stark

Tony “is making medical advances” Stark

Tony “calling himself old man” Stark

Tony “don’t take from my pile” Stark

Tony “willingly going to fix Clint’s tractor” Stark

Tony “caring for friends so much he’d build something to keep them safe” Stark

Tony “making jokes in horrible times to ease the tension” Stark

Tony “giving up JARVIS because he thinks that’ll save the world” Stark

Tony “has anxiety, PTSD, and he’s still in the game” Stark

Tony “telling Bruce to take a stand not to be rude but because Bruce doesn’t have to bow down to anybody” Stark

Tony “I’m not the same man as before” Stark

Tony “going from war profit to saving the world because he thinks it’s what he was destined to do, even though he’s just a civilian, no super powers, just because he damn wants to, he’s gotten so far and become such a better person but no one really sees that over his mistakes” Stark

Tony “isn’t the same man as before, because he’s so much better” Stark

Tony fucking Stark

BY ANDREW VILLAGOMEZ

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Announced on Sunday, a child from Mississippi—whose name and gender were not released to protect his or her identity—has been effectively cured of HIV. Now two-and-half years old, the toddler no longer needs medication for the AIDS virus, and doctors believe he or she has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others. This is the first time such a case has been documented, and though medical staff and scientists are uncertain why the treatment was effective, the success raises hope that the therapy might ultimately help doctors cure the virus among newborns and small children—especially in Africa where there is an estimated 3.4 million children living with HIV at the end of 2011, 91% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Hannah Gay, who cared for the child at the University of Mississippi medical center, told the Guardian the case amounted to the first “functional cure” of an HIV-infected child. “Now, after at least one year of taking no medicine, this child’s blood remains free of virus even on the most sensitive tests available,” she said. Dr. Gay gave the baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth, according to the Huffington Post. That was before tests confirmed the baby was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labor. “I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot,” Gay added.

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health to The Associated Press. No one should stop anti-AIDS drugs as a result of this case, he cautioned. However, he added that “it opens up a lot of doors” to research if other children can be helped. “It makes perfect sense what happened,” he said.

This week, 30-year-old Russian man, Valery Spiridonov, announced that he will become the subject of the first human head transplant ever performed, saying he volunteers to have his head removed and installed on another person’s body. If this sounds…

Okay, so I’m no “head transplant” expert. But this borders somewhere between “extremely crazy” and straight up “WTF?” How do you transplant a full head?! I don’t even get it. Yeah, they’ve been transplanting organs for a while - livers, kidneys, hearts, pancreases, whatever. Apparently they’ve even transplanted a penis recently. Fine.

But a whole head? Like, how does that even make sense? The head comes with it’s own bones and multiple organs, not to mention connections to the rest of the body. To just assume they’ll be able to fuse two parts of two different spinal cords into 1 working cord is … well, crazy. This seems like something out of a really bad sci-fi movie.

On the other hand, the idea of experiencing “something worse than death” is a little bit ridiculous, no? What exactly do they think is the worst case scenario?

anonymous asked:

I asked Cultureshift multiple times if they were for or against scientific discoveries that would make abortion obsolete - like cryostasis or artificial wombs. They did not answer, so I am asking you, are you for or agains, and do you think pro-lifers actually don't want abortion obsolete so they can still make money off their agenda?

I am sorry that it took me so long to get to your ask. I have been very busy with real-life obligations today and I also wanted to take some time to think this one through.

I will begin with a disclaimer that I am in no way an expert on these advanced medical procedures/devices, so please, correct me if I make a statement that is blatantly incorrect. That said, I will first state that I don’t believe the pro-life movement’s main goal is to make money; their main goals are to regulate sex and force conservative Christian values on others. Here is a terrific article, written by a former pro-lifer, that details many of the things that are wrong with the movement and its ulterior motives for fighting to “save the babies”. With that said, I would not be remotely surprised if the pro-‘life’ movement opposed procedures that would allow for the relocation or indefinite ‘storage’ of an unwanted embryo/fetus, because that would mean that women would still have a way to ‘avoid responsibility’ for their actions. It is absolutely fascinating how the other side will refer to children as blessings one moment and punishments the next.

If an already-developing fetus could be moved into an artificial womb, I think that would be a wonderful option for women who want children but would have extremely dangerous or potentially fatal pregnancies, as well as couples who are unable to naturally conceive. I do worry about what the availability of such procedures would do to the number of children in foster care, though. Would infertile people be less likely to adopt because they had a way to create their own children? Would unwanted pregnancies be incubated in artificial wombs just so that the child could be dumped straight into foster care? I see a lot of great things that could come out of this procedure, but I also see a lot of potential issues.

Additionally, such medical procedures would not make abortion ‘obsolete’, though they would likely reduce the number of abortions considerably. As I have previously mentioned, moving a fetus to an artificial womb or preserving it indefinitely could potentially create a lot more ethical issues than it would solve, in my opinion. What about a woman who does not want to be pregnant or raise a child, even if it can be incubated somewhere else? What about a woman who is not comfortable with the idea of creating an orphan, regardless of where it develops? What if a fetus was to be kept in stasis until its parent eventually wanted it, and they decide they do not ever want it? I fear that the pro-life movement would simply branch out into protesting for the ‘rights’ of the ‘frozen’ children and complaining about the fact that artificial wombs are ‘unnatural’, in addition to continuing to protest abortion, as it would most likely still occur. They would be angry because even though not all unwanted fetuses would have to ‘die’, their parents would still not have to ‘suffer the consequences’ of creating them, and the pro-‘life’ movement certainly would not condone that.

Despite the concerns I have voiced, I, personally, would be in favor of the development of these scientific advancements. They would offer people with uteri more choices in regards to their reproductive health and family planning, and the procedures would have other applications besides providing an alternative to abortion. Scientific progress is wonderful and I feel that it should be encouraged, but the ethical issues that accompany it are not always so great.

I believe that is all I can really say until these breakthroughs really start happening. It really leaves you with a lot to think about, doesn’t it? I, too, would be interested to hear Cultureshift’s opinion on the matter, but I think we can all be fairly certain that it will never be voiced.

Thank you for your very interesting question, and I would welcome any feedback (or corrections) from other readers, if you have something to add. Thank you all for promoting a culture of choice.

Fake Windpipe Saves Life!

A patient in Sweden who was supposed to die has been saved by a man-made trachea - the first accomplishment of its kind. It was created using stem cell’s extracted from the patient’s own bone marrow.

This has huge implications for anyone who suffers for tracheal cancer, but it also could point to other developments in organ implant technology.  However, the doctor behind this man-made windpipe cautioned that while this might work for hollow organs like the windpipe, it may be a much bigger challenge to build a more complex organ like the heart which has much thicker tissue. 

Still - yay doctors! 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304793504576432093996469056.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

An international team of researchers have created the first telescopic contact lens; a contact lens that, when it’s equipped, gives you the power to zoom your vision almost three times. Yes, this is the first ever example of a bionic eye that effectively gives you Superman-like eagle-eye vision.

The telescopic contact lens has two very distinct regions. The center of the lens allows light to pass straight through, providing normal vision. The outside edge, however, acts as a telescope capable of magnifying your sight by 2.8x. This is about the same as looking through a 100mm lens on a DSLR. For comparison, a pair of bird-watching binoculars might have a magnification of 15x.

The main breakthrough is that this telescopic contact lens is just 1.17mm thick, allowing it to be comfortably worn. Other attempts at granting telescopic vision have included: a 4.4mm-thick contact lens (too thick for real-world use), telescopic spectacles (cumbersome and ugly), and most recently a telescopic lens implanted into the eye itself.

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The most important difference between the world today and 150 years ago isn’t airplane flight or nuclear weapons or the Internet. It’s lifespan. We used to live 35 or 40 years on average in the United States, but now we live almost 80. We used to get one life. Now we get two.
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“Heart in a box.” Is this amazing? Or is this amazing!? :) I feel like I’m such a nerd for finding this amazing lol! 

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A team of researchers at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago demonstrated a type of peripheral interface called targeted muscle re-innervation. By rewiring nerves from amputated limbs, new interfaces allow for prosthetic control with existing muscles. Former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman, injured in Iraq, recently demonstrated improved TMR technology. In this video, Lehman demonstrates simultaneous joint control of a prosthetic arm made possible by support from the RE-NET program.

ISRAEL21c compiles a list of the 10 most extraordinary medical devices and pharmaceuticals waiting in the wings to revolutionize global healthcare.

In our recent “Top 12 most amazing Israeli medical advances”, we promised a top 10 list of the most exciting Israeli medical-device and pharmaceutical developments just around the corner.

Like the top 12, this list was also very difficult to narrow down, because Israeli breakthroughs in this field are a near-daily occurrence. Our top 10 is just the tip of the iceberg.

Watch for new health stories on ISRAEL21c every week for a broader picture of how Israeli ingenuity is changing the face of healthcare worldwide.

1. Na-Nose can detect lung cancer from exhaled breath and will be commercialized in a joint venture with Boston-based Alpha Szenszor – after a few more years of development and testing by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Invented by Technion Prof. Hossam Haick, Na-Nose (the “na” is for “nanotechnology”) has been proven in numerous international clinical trials to differentiate between different types and classifications of cancer with up to 95 percent accuracy.

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This article tells about a new device that could potentially save many lives. For people with severe heart problems, this device could replace their fleshy, beating heart, and allow them to live… without having any heartbeat whatsoever! It’s pretty incredible! I recommend reading the article (click on the title to go to the link) for more details.