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Good News Tuesday

Forgot about these good news posts last week — that happens when I happen to take Monday off; Tuesday just doesn’t feel like Tuesday. But that means several links piled up.

Like this one, for example:

Possible new treatment for neuroinflammation in stroke

Researchers have identified a potential new treatment to reduce the effects of intracerebral hemorrhage, or ICH, a severe form of stroke causing blood vessels to burst and bleed into the brain, which can lead to life-threatening edema and neuroinflammation.

I expect like every other treatment for stroke, timing is important. But anything that reduces the damage from strokes is definitely good news.

Here’s another, even better:

Scientists Halt Growth of Colon, Stomach Cancers

Australian researchers have discovered a “revolutionary” new way to stop the growth of colon and stomach cancers, which could lead to a new cancer-fighting drug within three years. … When researchers used a drug-like molecule to inhibit the protein in animal tests, existing colon and stomach cancers stopped growing. The appearance of new cancers was also reduced.

I expect we all know someone who has died of gastrointestinal cancer. I certainly do. Plus the rate of these cancers in younger people has been spiking, I believe. So this is very good news.

Here’s hoping this next one pans out:

After Decades of Work, a Malaria Vaccine Is Here

Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures. … Malaria infects more than 200 million people worldwide every year and kills about half a million, most of them children in Africa.

Well, even a partial vaccine would be a great thing. Good luck to those trying it!

Here’s a very cool one:

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

A compound in the frog’s mucus—long known to have germ-killing properties—can latch onto flu virus particles and cause them to burst apart, researchers report in Immunity. The peptide is a potent and precise killer, able to demolish a whole class of flu viruses while leaving other viruses and cells unharmed. But scientists don’t know exactly how it pulls off the viral eviscerations. No other antiviral peptide of its ilk seems to work the same way….

Click through and read the whole mysterious thing.

Here’s a somewhat misleading headline:

Elon Musk Outlines His Mission to Link Human Brains With Computers in 4 Years

This instantly makes one think of real SF computer-brain interfaces, as is shown particularly well in the Touchstone trilogy, for example. But the immediate intention is to use these little devices in a medical capacity:

Tesla founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk said his latest company Neuralink Corp is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.
Neuralink is aiming to bring to the market a product that helps with certain severe brain injuries due to stroke, cancer lesion, etc, in about four years.

A bit creepy in its potential! But we’ll see.

Now, this last one is just cool:

Strange new ‘superfluid’ boggles the mind

Physicists have developed a fluid which has “negative mass” — meaning it accelerates toward you when it is pushed away.

Well, that sounds totally crazy. Maybe those of you who are more into physics than I am will understand better how this is even remotely possible. Very cool thing to use as SF handwavey magic technology, though.

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