Zombies and teeny weenie llamas
First up, maybe not truly zombies, but did this headline (emphasis on head):
Scientists jump-start two people’s brains after coma
In 2016, a team led by UCLA’s Martin Monti reported that a 25-year-old man recovering from a coma had made remarkable progress following a treatment to jump-start his brain using ultrasound.
Wired U.K. called the news one of the best things that happened in 2016. At the time, Monti acknowledged that although he was encouraged by the outcome, it was possible the scientists had gotten a little lucky.
Now, Monti and colleagues report that two more patients with severe brain injuries — both had been in what scientists call a long-term “minimally conscious state” — have made impressive progress thanks to the same technique. The results are published online in the journal Brain Stimulation.
Alrighty, the full article is here:
The online "Paper",Ultrasonic thalamic stimulation in chronic disorders of consciousness, is here: https://www.brainstimjrnl.com/article/S1935-861X(21)00009-7/fulltext.
Ity is early in the game, but there may be hope for Congress yet, not to mention the executive branch.
Now, I have been a wee bit guilty of miniscule misdirection in my own headline, but does not
sound like llamas with microscopic torsos? It isn't, it is, instead, a tool in the fight against Covid-19. You're all just lucky that I didn't point out that there are ARTIFICIAL llama nanobidies out there; transplants or something. OK so
A UCSF team has engineered a tiny antibody capable of neutralizing the coronavirus
I think I've readd about this before, and maybe even reported on it, for now, named AeroNabs:
“This is something that you could take after testing positive that could diminish your viral load immediately.”
But don't expect it anytime soon, there's no money out there for trials because it's all going for vaccine development. Good news all the same, however, especailly since a probable 25% of US people won't ever take the vaccines.