Band-Aids of the Future

MIT engineers are developing a “smart” bandage that can monitor and deliver drugs to a wound.


A group of mechanical engineers at MIT is trying to change things up. They’ve developed a bandage made from a stretchy, rubbery hydrogel. Embedded with a range of electronics and drug reservoirs, this “smart” dressing can actually monitor a wound, administer drugs and alert a doctor when more medicine is needed.

First, the team, led by professor Xuanhe Zhao, had to create a hydrogel that behaved like human skin. To accomplish this, they decided that the material, like skin, would have to be predominantly water. In November, Zhao revealed the results of the work—a hydrogel made of a thin web of biopolymers and composed of 90 percent water.


The material sticks to the metal or glass of electronic devices the way tendons stick to a bone. “Electronics are usually hard and dry, but the human body is soft and wet,” Zhao told MIT News. “If you want to put electronics in close contact with the human body, it is highly desirable to make the electronic devices soft and stretchable to fit the environment.” Zhao and his colleagues just published a paper about their hydrogel bandages in the journal Advanced Materials.

Typical synthetic hydrogels are brittle and barely stretchable, and they adhere weakly to other surfaces. To get around these challenges, Zhao’s team came up with a general design strategy for robust hydrogels, mixing water with small amounts of selected biopolymers to create soft, stretchy materials with a stiffness of 10 to 100 kilopascals—about the range of human soft tissues. The researchers also devised a way to strongly bond the hydrogel to various nonporous surfaces.

 Zhao says they’re not looking at commercialization quite yet. The bandage has not yet obtained FDA approval, but he says some of the earliest applications could be for dressing burn wounds, which need to be covered, monitored and treated.


My Obsession With Fun

In keeping with my obsession that I have with the band, “Our Name is Fun”, I’m posting another video of theirs.  They have some sort of siren song hex on me or something.  I MUST  listen to their songs over and over and over and over.  Okay, I admit that maybe I may need some medication for my OCD  (should be spelled “CDO”).

Here’s what they just did.  Fun is in London right now and they released their new album, “Some Nights”.  They wanted input from the public about the fun things that peeps like to do in life.  Then the group Fun got a gigantic FUN logo that looks like it was make of foam or something. Fun went about town and solicited sticky notes from people  telling what  fun things they like to do in life.

Sounds plausible to me.  We work too hard and don’t take enough time off (especially Americans!).  Everyone is so busy with their tight schedule that people hardly get time for themselves.  One of the comments on YouTube was, “Nate Ruess’ hair is fun.”  It IS.  It’s crazy madcap fun.

I think that fun is BEST when it’s shared with others. Sure, it’s great to be alone sometimes … but, not lonely. If you were to stop  and think about all  the fun times you’ve had in life, I’m pretty sure most – if not all of them – would have been around friends, family, or other people you know well and have fun with.  Get out and have fun.  Do stuff.

I am not getting paid to post this or anything.  I just really like the band.  I do make money on some items that might appear on my website.

What is your idea of fun? If given a choice to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day? Hiking, camping, or backpacking? Just one day of spontaneity!



Chinese Intercept Ground Baby Parts

I’m glad I don’t live in South Korea or China. I might have ingested human baby parts. There’s a report that Chinese customs officials have intercepted 17,000 pills filled with powdered baby parts from China. They were purported to be both a stamina-enhancer and a medical panacea in parts of Asia. What ?

The Daily Mail explains:

“The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.

The tiny corpses are then bought, stored in household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves. Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummeled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.”

They say that the capsules were confiscated – all of them. No one has been arrested, as the authorities deemed that 17,000 pills was only a small amount. Sounds like a lot to me.

Dying Rooms

There are reports that not only aborted or stillborn babies were used in the pills – but they also put baby parts in there of children left to die in China’s “dying rooms”. I guess the Chinese are only allowed to have one child per family. So if they make more than that – they just let them die after birth. What a waste. It makes me sick.

There are reports that say the South Koreans are unwilling to press the issue for fear of creating a diplomatic rift with China, instead preferring to let Chinese officials investigate and take any necessary action when the Chinese intercepted ground baby parts.

Allegedly, the baby corpses were supplied by hospitals in China that sold the them to the company that manufactures the tablets for the equivalent of around 20,000 yen, (US$200.00) each. The pills were selling for the equivalent of 600 yen, (USD6.00) each.

Nootropic Drugs

You can improve your memory, enhance your daily brain functions and stimulate the central nervous system when you buy and ingest nootropic drugs. Nootropics are comprehensive and effective cognitive enhancers.

Smart Celebrities

I’ve tried Piracetam – both in the liquid form and the pills and found them to be real “brain jolters”. Sorry, I know that’s not a medical term. I’m pretty dense (think blond-stupid) and if Piracetam can help me – it can help anyone. I took it in the liquid form until one day I had to take an airplane trip. Well, I didn’t want any trouble with the Airline Gestapo – so, I switched to the pills. I think the liquid has a faster effect on my brain.

Go to and purchase your supplements.  I bet Lisa Kudrow and Conan O’Brien take smart drugs.


Piracetam Nootropil works independently or in sync with other smart drugs and belongs to the group of medicines known as smart drugs or nootropics – that’s where Nootropil got its name. Nootropics are known in the medical world to effect and stimulate the brain in protective, positive and non-toxic capacities. Piracetam is a cognitive enhancer with the ability to improve memory, attention and intelligence – without possessing any addictive properties.

It’s also used successfully to treat a wide range of conditions. Piracetam helps to slow down senile involution and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In tests and trials, Piracetam had a positive effect in elderly out-patients suffering from age-associated memory impairment. The tests demonstrated that by taking Piracetam, they showed significant improvement in memory consolidation and recall.

Read up about these amazing brain jolters and see if they can help you. It takes about three weeks to receive supplements because they ship the vitamins from an island near Britain. (I love the Brits!)

The aim of this video lecture is entitled ‘The role of Nootropic drugs and nutrients in the ageing individual’. It’ll give you an overview about some of the most popular and in-demand Nootropics such as Piracetam & Deprenyl plus other less well known ones such as Vinpocetine and Centrophenoxine. Check this out to get more information about nootropic drugs.

The New Funny: Ted Movie

Can’t help it – just saw the preview of the new funny Ted movie. I watched it a bunch of times. It’s really funny. I can’t wait until the movie comes out on July 13, 2012. I usually hate the stupid movie genre. This one is somehow different. I hated King Pins. Dumb and Dumber made me feel dum just watching it and I cringed when my foster kids demanded to see it. It was Really Stupid.

I think the reason I like this funny Ted movie is because it has emotional appeal. Mark Wahlberg & Mila kunis stars in it. Mark reminds me of Kevin Bacon. It’s a dirty movie. But, I likes it.