Indian authorities last year pulled the plug on a dubious clinical trial aiming to reverse brain death in 20 people. But, it seems, the resolve of the trial’s leaders is undying. They have revived their plans and will announce a new trial in upcoming months that will take place somewhere in Latin America, Stat reports.
The trial, led by Philadelphia-based biotech firm Bioquark, aims to restore life to those declared clinically brain dead by using a slap-dash potpourri of methods—combining mesenchymal stem cell injections with peptides said to promote brain cell growth, transcranial laser therapy said to jump-start brain cells, and electrical stimulation of the median nerve (a major nerve that runs through the arm) to enliven the senses.
Individually, some of these interventions have hinted at potential benefits for some patient populations in preliminary research. For instance, early studies suggest that stem cell injections into the brain or spinal cord may help some with brain injuries. But there is no indication that the interventions—individually or together—can bring back brain-dead patients. Bioquark and partners have not even tested out their hodgepodge method on animals.
It’s claimed that listening to this one song — “Weightless” — slows your breathing and reduces brain activity to such an extent that Weightless, written by Manchester band Marconi Union, is said to be the ‘most relaxing song ever’.
Holidaymakers in China’s Shandong province have found an alternative to the classic combination of sunscreen and hat.
Opting out of tanning, fair-skinned men, women and children visiting the sandy beaches of Qingdao have been sporting Face-Kinis. The brightly coloured protective item is similar to a balaclava and appears to be sewn out of waterproof fabrics.
This facemask and swim hat hybrid may seem like a drastic measure to cut down on UV exposure, but it is a popular accessory on these shores. And, it been that way for years.
Editor’s note: Reminded me so much of the look once embraced by Pussy Riot, I had to revisit what they were doing. No more masks for these Russian warriors, but they haven’t lost their commitment to stick it to the Kremlin. Watch the video ‘prison is a weapon’
Like Pokémon Go? Like Dogs? Live in Indiana? Then get in touch with Muncie Animal Shelter (USA) because they want you to take their dogs for a walk while you’re out capturing Meowths and Rattatas.
“Trying to hatch an egg or catch rare Pokemon?” says the ad on the shelter’s Facebook page. “Come on down to the Muncie Animal Shelter to walk one of our dogs while you get your steps in! Just come to the front desk and say you are here for the Pokemon dogs!”