The loss is in the eye of the beholder

RECENT ADVANCES IN RESTORATION OF SIGHT

 

John Freke, the first ophthalmic surgeon in Britain started practising at St Bart’s around the time when the Bristol Royal Infirmary opened its doors, but it was not until Baron de Wenzel’s appointment in 1772 that the specialty gained its true recognition. After becoming an oculist to King George III, de Wenzel perfected his skill in removing the cataracts, which was seen at a time as an almost miraculous deed of evangelical magnitude (1).

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Stem Cell Transplantology In Neurodegeneration

No area of medicine in recent years has produced as much hype and hopeful thinking than that of stem cells. So much so that two US presidents have issued executive orders to control their use in research (EO:13435, EO:13505). Many countries continue to heavily regulate or even ban their use outright.

In this article, I will attempt to cut past the ethical dilemma surrounding stem cell use and focus on the hard science.

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A hamster who mistook his day for a night

Is brain transplant at all possible? Wonderful story about a rodent maverick that changed the way we understood neuroscience.

 

Sleep is a criminal waste of time

Well, at least that’s what one famous inventor, Thomas Edison, said about this very interesting activity. We spend about a third of our time sleeping, which is an average of 25 years during lifetime.

25 bloody years doing exactly nothing.

But is it really a time wasted? I could write a whole article on that matter, explaining why we know almost nothing about the Morpheus’ state of the body. Today, however, for the sake of neuroscientists sanity (if such thing at all exists), we’ll stick to the things we know.

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