Health Updates 7 October 2011

  • Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk: “On Wednesday, Nicolelis and an international group of collaborators declared that they had cleared a key hurdle on the path toward that goal, demonstrating they could bypass the body’s complex network of nerve endings and supply the sensation of touch directly to the brains of monkeys….The latest experiment of the nonprofit consortium showed that electrical messages conveying sensation could be sent directly to the monkeys’ brains – in enough detail that both animals could distinguish among three identical circles by virtually ‘feeling’ their different textures.” (LA Times)
  • Government panel advises against routine prostate cancer test for healthy men: “Two years ago the task force recommended that women in their 40s should no longer get routine mammograms, setting off a firestorm of controversy.  The recommendations to avoid the PSA test is even more forceful and applied to healthy men of all ages.” (NY Times)
  • In other prostate news, FDA approves Cialis to treat enlarged prostates: “So now, when he can no longer urinate without fits and starts, a man can score a prescription for Cialis and, if he’s lucky enough to have health insurance with a drug plan, get it paid for by insurance.” (LA Times)
  • ‘Sexy anorexia’ Halloween costume stirs controversy: “The Anna Rexia costume features a black bodysuit style dress with a glittery, silk-screened skeleton print, bone headband, heart name tag, measuring tape ribbon belt, and the most shocking accessory of all – a matching measuring tape choker! We’re not sure if the costume manufacturer intended for the choker to be a pun.  Critics say the costume makes a joke out of a deadly eating  disorder.” (CNN)

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