Monday, May 16, 2011


Conductive And Conformable

EY Technologies' iCON insulated, highly conductive microwire filaments offer affordable high performance for flexible, comfortable wearable electronics, smart clothing and other e-textiles.

Janet Bealer Rodie, Managing Editor

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Diagnosing Historic American Military Medical Innovations

By James Curley
Phi Kappa Phi Forum Summer 2010

The period between the late 19th and early 20th century was marked  by a radical transformation of medicine, especially in biomedicine, technology, specialization and rehabilitation. Wartime medical practice saved lives and served as a training ground and experimental laboratory, substantively influencing military and civilian medicine. New technologies like radiographic imaging saved soldiers in the field. The evolution of others such as prosthetics, coupled with the rise of medical specialization such as orthopedics and plastic surgery, also helped the wounded reclaim their lives and reintegrate into society.

For more information, visit the Websites of National Museum of Health and Medicine and Medical Museums.

The Grin Reaper

Comedian Bob Zany wrote an article in Phi Kappa Phi Forum Summer 2010 about "dying."  He joked about Oscar the Cat, the therapy pet at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, R.I., who allegedly curls up next to patients right before they pass away. He would add that according to the staffers, this allowed the patient to die with comfort and dignity, unlike the other nursing- home pet, Slobbers the Great Dane. 

In another event, a waiter told him and his wife this story. It's about when his best friend was dying. The waiter and his friend spent a lot of time in the hospital watching stand-up comedy on TV and that moments before his friend passed, he saw Bob Zany's act and literally died laughing. Or, at the very least, with a smile on his face.

Orthotics and Prosthetics

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Human and Animal Blood Groups/Types

Blood groups/types - probably the distinctive factor why humans are different from animals (mammals) even if some of their features (physical) are similar. Blood types are inherited from the parents (combination of the parents' blood types).

Blood Type and Diet

I didn't know that blood type is related to diet until today. Now I understand why I should avoid certain foods and why I have allergies. I had my blood typed yesterday (B+) and was curious what it could mean.