Straight to the Bar

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Looking At : Oct 14, 2012
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Weekly summary
Binoculars at Echo Point

Echo Point, Blue Mountains.

During the past week we’ve discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Larklife Wristband : I’m a huge fan of sleep as a recovery method, and this definitely looks like my kind of thing. The Larklife Wristband.
  • FitWet : An unusual combination – an exercise bike and a hot tub. Say hello to the FitWet.
    (As strange as it looks, I suspect it does actually have some rehab uses. I’d love to hear from any physical therapists out there who’ve used something like the FitWet.)
  • The Science of the Perfect Nap : As I hinted at above, I’ve been fascinated by sleep for a long, long time. This article explains the theory behind a big part of that – napping.
  • Alzheimer’s Prevention Studies : This is a very interesting approach. Three studies are due to begin early next year, providing various medications to people who currently have no outward symptoms of Alzheimer’s; but are expected to within 5 years. If any of the drugs work, the outward signs should be delayed/reduced/never appear. Fantastic.
  • Transplanting Neural Stem Cells into the Brain : The journal Science Translational Medicine looks at the results of a very interesting series of operations, one year on – the transplantation of human neural stem cells directly into the brain. As they explain, this leads to some very interesting possibilities indeed. Nice one.

NB : to see all of these as they appear (and to share your own thoughts on things), the simplest way is to follow me on Google+. You’ll see these, and a whole lot more.

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.



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