Sputum, writes Samuel Million-Weaver (@smwmarathonsam), is no fun. It’s gloppy. As a tuberculosis sample, it has many flaws, including that it conceals the bacteria that clinicians are looking for. An oral swab test could be simpler, more accurate, and easier to administer in the field. Samuel describes promising results for a TB swab test for UW Health Sciences NewsBeat. More personal musings and photos of the author’s Avengers bedsheets are at millionweaver.com.
A bread revolution is coming, writes Eric Sorensen (@WSUDiscovery), and it’s starting here in the Northwest. In Washington State, Eric describes research at the Washington State University Bread Lab to change the science, marketing, and public perception of our daily sustenance. Agriculture, experimentation and the culinary arts are all on the menu at the Bread Lab, which is training students from high school to graduate level.
At Scientific American, Richard Yonck explores a new scientific method that could have huge therapeutic potential. In his guest blog, “Optocapacitance Shines New Light on the Brain,” Richard explains how optocapacitance developed from increasingly sophisticated technologies, as scientists strive toward real-time, in vivo monitoring and even manipulating the brain. Follow Richard @ryonck and Intelligent Future Consulting.
Robin Lindley’s in-depth interview with British historian Joanna Bourke covers the history, language, and personal experience of pain. Professor Bourke’s book, The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers is the starting point for the conversation but the exchange goes far beyond the usual author interview. Politics, warfare, research, and spirituality are just some of the topics Robin and Professor Bourke discuss.
Sally James, at HealthNewsReview.org, gives a rundown of the social media response to “The Emperor of All Maladies,” a Ken Burns documentary about cancer. What do physicians, patients, and researchers say about the film, which is based on the best-selling 2010 book by ? Sally (@Jamesian) takes a look at the public e-conversation of tweets, posts, and comments.