Science Saturday

They feel your pain. Children between the ages of seven and 12 appear to be naturally inclined to feel empathy for others in pain, according to researchers at the University of Chicago, who used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) scans to study responses in children.

The responses on the scans were similar to those found in studies of adults. Researchers found that children, like adults, show responses to pain in the same areas of their brains. The research also found additional aspects of the brain activated in children, when youngsters saw another person intentionally hurt by another individual. More>

For my pal Kevin: Dialysis-on-the-go. Two researchers from UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have developed a design for an automated, wearable artificial kidney, or AWAK, that avoids the complications patients often suffer with traditional dialysis.

The peritoneal-based artificial kidney is “bloodless” and reduces or even eliminates protein loss and other dialysis-related problems. More>

1 Comment Science Saturday

  1. Kevin July 14, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Meg! Technology is crazy…the wearable dialysis system is what many of us hope for while we wait for a transplant…hopefully they’ll zip the process along on this!

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