Carolina Bertazzo Currat

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Scientists Finally Know Why Tattoo Ink Lasts Even Though Skin Regenerates

No wonder they're so hard to get rid of.<p>If the skin regenerates itself every couple of weeks, then why do tattoos last for <i>years</i>? Sure, we know that …

If you leave your kids alone, it’s not predatory strangers who are a risk | Toronto Star

Only in the past decade or so has “no child left alone” become the social and legal norm in the U.S.<p>A doctoral student in cognitive science at the …

Living with schizophrenia: 'Public perception is changing, but it's still used as a term of abuse'

Artist Alice Evans, who suffers from terrifying hallucinations as a result of schizophrenia, tells Victoria Lambert that more needs to be done to help<p>On a family walk through Hackney in London about six months ago, Alice Evans began suffering hallucinations. ‘I was having visions,’ she says. ‘My …

Why You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination in Your Life

Most of us—no matter how many time-saving techniques we employ—don’t have enough time to waste. But productivity comes at a cost: having that down …

Theranos isn’t the only diagnostics company exploiting regulatory loopholes

Avoiding pre-market verification is downright easy<p>Theranos isn’t alone in avoiding regulation using an easily exploited loophole — in fact, it’s just one among many.<p>Pathway Genomics, Admera Health, and Strand Life Sciences are diagnostics companies that offer cancer tests that impact people’s …

Another health care fail, in ovarian cancer treatment. Best in the world, my ass.

There are some days I just want to quit. From today’s NYT:<p>In 2006, the National Cancer Institute took the rare step of issuing a “clinical …

Neanderthals had outsize effect on human biology

From skin disorders to the immune system, sex with archaic species changed Homo sapiens.<p>Our ancestors were not a picky bunch. Overwhelming genetic …

Evolution

New study shows yet another reason not to overuse antibiotics

The consequences, they caution, are dire—and already emerging in hospitals with bacteria that can't be treated with any of our existing antibiotic medications.<p>But the thinking went that to become resistant to the drugs we use on them, bacteria have to pay a price.<p>They may be able to survive the …

5 Things You Need to Know About Coffee the Wonder-Beverage

• In terms of what we desire throughout the average day we wish for coffee slightly less than sex and a bit more than alcohol. Regular drinkers don’t …

So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European…

Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to physics in the 20th century. He is the father of nuclear physics, with labs and atoms named after him.<p>I’m not related to him. I can reveal however that I am a direct …

Genealogy

Meet the Espresso Tonic, Iced Coffee's Bubbly New Cousin

Tonic's best friend is no longer gin. In fact, the bubbly quinine-laced beverage has been hanging out with coffee as of late. Together, they yield a cold, caffeinated and carbonated drink that's quickly growing in popularity. And while cafes across the country are beginning to experiment with …

Depression Can Physically Change Your DNA, Study Suggests

More evidence that the disease is much more than a mood disorder.<p>Researchers from the UK have found evidence that depression doesn't just change our …

Genetics

Your Employer's Wellness Program Can Demand Your DNA

Imagine if, as part of your workplace wellness program, your human resources department and your health insurance company could make you fork over some DNA. Besides using this DNA to predict your odds (with very limited accuracy) of getting diabetes or a heart attack in 20 years, imagine that your …

Google teams up with health firm to develop AI surgical robots

Google believes it can enhance surgeons’ tools using technologies employed in other parts of its business, including self-driving cars<p>Google has struck a deal with the healthcare company Johnson & Johnson to develop surgical robots that use artificial intelligence.<p>Google’s life sciences division …

Medical Technology