Dr Kieran Breen, director of research and development at the Parkinson's Disease Society, said: "Deep brain stimulation can be very effective in the treatment of some people with Parkinson's, but it is very invasive to the brain and can cause side effects. This new study suggests that it may be possible to stimulate the nerves in the spine to send an electrical signal up into the brain with a similar effect to that seen in DBS, without being as invasive." … [Read more...] about Sending electric signals into the brain could eliminate Parkinson’s symptoms
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When Wood got a job at the Tate in 2002, she asked him to make a performance work. At the time, he had been performing with a band he had formed, called donAteller. She remembered the first gig, at the 414 Club in Brixton. Ed Laliq, then the sole other member, was an androgynously beautiful young man, “wearing large-mesh fishnets and gold hotpants”. Leckey was in “a mac and a baseball cap”. Laliq sang, Leckey lurked in the background providing shouted interjections. The songs were cover versions of tracks by artists like Missy Elliott and All Saints. Some record label people came in, “and clearly thought it was terrible”, remembered Wood. “I thought it was one of the best things I’d ever seen.” Leckey was living out his pop yearnings. “The expectations I had had of subculture had migrated from the music world to the art world. We were art-world darlings for a bit.” For Wood it showed a different way forward for … [Read more...] about How Mark Leckey became the artist of the YouTube generation
THE FUTURE OF GUT HEALTH: SMART TOILETS, MIRROR SENSORS, AND AN APP TO SCAN YOUR POOP Dr Rob Knight, co-founder of the American Gut Project, said his team is working on many 'science fiction' ideas to revolutionize how we understand our personal gut health. … [Read more...] about Gut health affects MEMORY – but some people would be better off eating ice cream than plain rice to balance their microbiome
Photography Love on the Left Bankbook, first published in 1954, is a groundbreaking merging of fiction and reality, documentary and staged narrative that was way ahead of its time. Everything about the book – the images, the text, the characters, the setting – drew me in when I first picked it up decades later. Photographer Ed Van der Elsken brilliantly evokes the spirit of a short-lived Parisian demimonde where intellectualism and bohemianism went hand in hand. At its centre is cult icon, Vali Myers, as the semi-fictional Anne, her style - kohl-rimmed eyes, big hair and baggy polo necks - defining the beatnik sublime as she moves through the St. Germain night, trailed by a passing cast of beautiful outsiders. “I report on young, rebellious scum with pleasure,” he once remarked. This photo-book, more than any exhibitions of this work I have seen, brilliantly evokes that profane punk spirit.Sean O’Hagan … [Read more...] about Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics’ lives
This has become all too often synonymous with celebrity - which is problematic when you consider that many famous people exhibit behaviour that would embarrass a kindergarten class, and cultivate problems that massively eclipse average Joe's if we were to copy it. That they may be setting an example to the minions is the last thing on their minds when they're struggling to get up in the morning to drag themselves through the day (cf Britney). … [Read more...] about Who needs role models?