There's been some cool medical and science stories that have cropped up this week. From a blood cell glucose sensor to a possible vaccine for heart disease, it's been a pretty interesting week for some heavy topics. Digestible microchips! Of course there's lots of stories and research out there. These are just a few that stood out. Let's take a closer look:
Your blood knows: Some folks have figured out how to make a blood cell into a chemical sensor and reintroduce it to the body. One practical application they suggest is for diabetic patients. Of course, these are not long term, as blood is continually broken down and recycled by the body. Detection is also limited by compounds that can actually enter the cells, but it still is pretty cool. (via Slashdot)
Mutations: Apparently as a man ages, the number of mutations in his half of the genetic mix rises. This could cause an increased risk of developmental disorders in resultant children. This is a reversal of the theory that the age of the mother contributes to the genetic variance necessary to increase risk. (via AARP Blog)
Digestible Microchips: A group has figured out how to fit a small chip into a pill. The idea is to track how patients take their medication. As the pill is digested, the chip sends out a small signal. The data gained can help doctors adjust medications and identify and if when the drugs are being incorrectly used. Quite an interesting safety feature. (via Nature)
Heart Disease Vaccine: Inflammation of your arteries is one cause of plaque buildup that can lead to clogging and, well, trouble. Some immunology scientists have figured that this inflammation is some manner of autoimmune issue. Meaning, they think, that it could be possible to control this body response with a vaccine. Still just a theory. But one worth really taking the time to work out. (via Gismag)
Tune in next week for some more interesting medical science stories. If you see something cool out there, drop us a link on Twitter @AARPHealth.