DITM 2 New Podcast Projects Close to Launch!

New Podcast Projects:  The past two weeks have been a wild ride of fun and excitement!  I have two podcast projects undergoing the final edits prior to launcing.  The first is the docinthemachine podcast focusing on the new technology and medical breakthroughts of this blog.  The second, is a major new medical education project – […]

Docinthemachine Guest Blogging at Medgadget!

I am very excited to begin guest blogging over at Medgadget!  I am sure many of you are familiar with the site.  Medgadget is a hugely popular site that reviews new medical devices.  My first post is Bionic Implants Available Today: Docinthemachine Guest Post and reviews the state of the art of current human bionics; technology […]

Human-Animal Mutant Animal Developed: It’s Not the First!

Many reports on-line are coming out about chimeric man-sheep creatures developed. Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being […]

FDA Warns About All Natural Products- With All Natural Arsenic

Everyone is jumping on the natural product and herbal bandwagon.  What many don’t know is that all-natural is often far from all-safe.  Almost all of these producs remain highly unregulated and untested in their claims (therefore the need for the blanket disclaimers that the products are not intended to diagnose of treat any condition).  One […]

Grand Rounds Is Up!

Grand Rounds is upat medviews - this weeks he has a very wide range of great pieces – unencumbered by themes.  I appreciate him including my post on cadaveric surgical implants – and why synthetic is a much better route to take.  Doc in the Machine takes exception to the use of cadaveric disks for spinal […]

Bionic Friday Posts

For your enjoyment today – a collection of forward thinking docinthemachine posts about robotics and bionic humans.  Take a minute today to push your mind a decade into the future.  Ponder with me roboic amoeba rovers inthe body, bionic retinal implants, and humanoid androids.  Finish the day with a post on the singularity and mind […]

Robotic Amoeba Created: Teens Fear Bionic Blob

Dennis Hong, of Virginia Tech College of Engineering is designing a Whole Skin Locomotion (WSL) mechanism for robots to work on much the same principle as the pseudopod — or cytoplasmic “foot” — of the amoeba. With its elongated cylindrical shape and expanding and contracting actuating rings, the WSL can turn itself inside out in […]

If You Transfer Your Mind to Robot Which One of You is “You”?

Kurzweil and others have been forecasting the coming of the technological singularity for some time. The term, coined by Vernor Vinge, describes the creation of “humans 2.0″ when man and machine become connected in the creation of a new type of being.  For more background information on this concept and predictions for it s coming […]

Beyond Genetic & Prenatal Testing- Pre-embryo Testing – Hiding the Results From the Patient

Woody Guthrie Died from Huntington’s Chorea Medviews (host of next weeks grand rounds) has an interesting post about the dilemmas of genetic testing for deadly diseases such as Huntington’s Disease (he has one error- he calls it autosomal recessive but it is actually an autosomal dominant disease).  For those unfamiliar see notes from the Huntington’s […]

Big Med-Industry Courts Med-Bloggers

Beppe in NYC Now I have seen it all.  Old school med-industy came to NYC a-courtin’ new school med-bloggers last night.  I was invited to a dinner at Beppe a well ranked (not bad in Zagat – menu here) Italian restaurant near Grammercy Park by the Corporate Communication Folks at Johnson & Johnson. The big […]