Once Upon A Time, Free Speech And Association Were Sacred To Liberals

The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” freedom of speech.

By the same token, all people were free to associate for the purpose of advancing their peaceful interests and government had no right to interfere either directly or indirectly, such as by compelling the release of membership information.

The leading case in this regard is NAACP v. Alabama. Alabama’s segregationist officials, irked that the NAACP was working against their policies, wanted it silenced and ousted from the state. Toward that goal, it relied upon state law to compel the NAACP to disclose a list with the names and addresses of all its members and agents within the state.

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Once Upon A Time, Free Speech And Association Were Sacred To Liberals.

source – http://www.forbes.com/

Stem Cells and the Lawsuit That May Shape Our Medical Future

Regenerative Sciences, a medical company that pioneered a procedure to treat orthopedic injuries using patients’ own stem cells, is fighting the Food and Drug Administration tooth and nail over a claim that human cells should be federally regulated as drugs, in a landmark case that has far-reaching implications for the future of regenerative medicine.

At the heart of the debate is a therapy that uses stem cells derived from bone marrow to repair damaged joints. It was developed in 2005 by the Colorado-based company, which began offering it to patients around 2007, and has since gathered a raft of clinical evidence and testimony about its safety and efficacy. The FDA is questioning its legality, alleging that the stem cells it uses are more than minimally manipulated drugs and should be regulated and subject to approval as drugs. In 2008, the agency accused Regenerative of practicing medicine without a license required for the introduction of a new drug, and in 2010 sued to stop it from performing the procedure.

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Stem Cells and the Lawsuit That May Shape Our Medical Future.

source – http://www.forbes.com/

A Link Between A Mediterranean Diet And A Long Life

The Mediterranean diet keeps on gathering merits: Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and cognitive decline are some of the conditions it may prevent, or in some cases, reverse. It’s also been linked to a longer lifespan in people who stick to it over the long term. And a new study adds some intriguing evidence to the connection, finding that people who adhered to a Mediterranean-style diet had “younger”-looking chromosomes. What’s more, the study was done in an American sample: Just imagine what might be the effect on Mediterranean participants.

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A Link Between A Mediterranean Diet And A Long Life.

source – http://www.forbes.com/

Knee Meniscus Regenerated With 3D-Printed Implant

3D-printed prosthetic body parts certainly aren’t anything new at this point, but a team of medical researchers at Columbia University Medical Center has just taken the idea to a whole new level. Instead of replacing a damaged body part with an artificial insert, they’ve cooked up a way to use 3D printing in conjunction with stem cells to encourage your body to regrow the damaged part on its own.

Detailed in a recently published study in the online edition of Science Translational Medicine, the researchers have basically devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a custom 3D-printed scaffold infused with human growth proteins that prompt the body to regenerate the lining by itself. Over time, the scaffold will deteriorate as the meniscus tissue begins to grow back, presumably leaving the patient with a fully formed, non-artificial joint when it’s all said and done.

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Knee Meniscus Regenerated With 3D-Printed Implant.

source – https://wtvox.com

Top 10 Implantable Wearables Soon To Be In Your Body

Wearables. A growing trend with very soon to have their “moment in the sun” but I am firm believer that wearable technology is simply a transition technology. Technology must and will soon move from existing outside our bodies to residing inside us. That is the future of wearables, the next big frontier.

Here we have top 10 implantable technologies rapidly growing, soon to be part of your life (and your body):

Top 10 Implantable Wearables Soon To Be In Your Body.

source – https://wtvox.com/

Google Wants Your DNA: Are You Willing to be a Project in the Cloud? | Healthcare Global

For the past 18 months, Google has quietly been approaching hospitals and universities to acquire genome data in an effort to roll out a cloud computing service for DNA, according toTechnology Review.

Google Genomics is the search giant’s first product for the DNA age, providing an API to store, process, explore and share DNA sequence reads, reference-based alignments, and variant calls, using Google’s cloud infrastructure.

For $25 a year, Google will host a copy of genome sequences in the cloud.

While genetic databases already exist online, Google Genomics is the latest and most ambitious iteration. Genealogy databases for finding ancestors and public genetic databases run by national research centers, while impressive and useful, have nothing on the DNA storage service.

Connecting and comparing genomes by the thousands, and soon by the millions, will propel medical discoveries for the next decade. Between Google, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon – the question of who will store the data is already a point of growing competition.

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Google Wants Your DNA: Are You Willing to be a Project in the Cloud? | Healthcare Global.

‘4D Printing’ Makes Shape-Shifting Structures

Using a new technique known as 4D printing, researchers can print out dynamic 3D structures capable of changing their shapes over time.

Such 4D-printed items could one day be used in everything from medical implants to home appliances, scientists added.

Today’s 3D printing creates items from a wide variety of materials — plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, and even more unusual ingredients such as chocolate and living cells. The machines work by setting down layers of material just like ordinary printers lay down ink, except 3D printers can also deposit flat layers on top of each other to build 3D objects.

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‘4D Printing’ Makes Shape-Shifting Structures.

source – http://www.livescience.com/

13 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2015

New year, new music.

In 2015, a slew of artists will bless fans with brand new albums. From the surprise return of Modest Mouse to the embattled swan song of Lil Wayne, audiophiles are eagerly awaiting a bunch of new releases.

While we can speculate about the potential return of stars like AdeleKendrick Lamar and Rihanna, here are 13 albums listeners can definitely spin in 2015.

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13 albums we can’t wait to hear in 2015.

source – http://mashable.com/

Genetic study shows how much America really is a melting pot

Many Americans who identify as European actually carry African ancestry just as many Americans who identify as African carry European ancestry, finds an extensive new genetic analysis.

DNA tells no lies, so the findings, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, reveal just what a melting pot of different racial and ethnic groups exists in the United States.

“Our study not only reveals the historical underpinnings of regional differences in genetic ancestry, but also sheds light on the complex relationships between genetic ancestry and self-identified race and ethnicity,” study author Katarzyna Bryc of 23andMe and Harvard Medical School said in a press release.

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Genetic study shows how much America really is a melting pot.

source – http://mashable.com/

Dog Runs For First Time In His Life, Thanks To 3-D-Printed Legs

Some might say Derby the dog is disabled, but clearly they haven’t seen him in action.

“He has always been the happiest dog I know,” Derby’s adopted human, Sherry Portanova, tells The Dodo. But before he met Sherry, things weren’t so bright for him.

Derby was born with underdeveloped front limbs, and although he was otherwise a healthy dog, that one difference nearly caused him to be put down. The young dog’s original owners decided they didn’t want him anymore, and he soon wound up at the Peace and Paws Dog Rescue shelter in Hillsborough, N.H. But he wasn’t unwanted for long.

Fortunately, Derby soon met someone who was not only compassionate enough to save his life, but also equipped with the know-how to improve it too.

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Dog Runs For First Time In His Life, Thanks To 3-D-Printed Legs.

source – https://www.thedodo.com