Indego joins Ekso with FDA Exoskeleton Approvals

Putting on the Indego. Credit: Parker Hannifin Corporation/Flickr. Indego is the result of 10 years of development by engineers at Vanderbilt University, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In 2012 it was licensed to Parker Hannifin (recently renamed to just Parker) for commercialization and marketing. It is an external skeleton that works by strapping[…]

Has Trump Violated Federal Law?

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.15.2016 Steve Malzberg with NewsMax recently interviewed Ben Carson, and the good doctor let something slip.  Hear the interview here. The most important part of the interview is the following: DR. BEN CARSON: I do believe, and certainly in my discussions with Donald Trump, he does love America and he[…]

Animal Cognition – The Philosophy of Being Inside the Minds of Animals

From Kristin Andrews at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The philosophical issues that relate to research on animal cognition can be categorized into three groups: questions about the assumptions on which the research is based; questions that arise about the methods used in the research programs; and questions that arise from within the specific research[…]

We Can Save Individual Species – But Can We Save Entire Ecosystems?

Photo by Dennis Lingohr / APR The 1973 Endangered Species Act has rescued numerous individual species from extinction in the United States — think Rocky Mountain wolves or Florida crocodiles, for instance. But as the climate changes and humans continue to modify the landscape in a frenzy of plows, pastures and pavement, single species are[…]

Another Senator Calls for Action on Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Residents

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking the U.S. Justice Department for information about how aggressively it pursues elder abuse in nursing homes, particularly cases in which workers share degrading photos or videos of residents on social media. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch following a[…]

The Costs of Inequality: Money = Quality Health Care = Longer Life

Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say Illustration by Kathleen M.G. Howlett If you want to get an idea of the gap between the world’s sickest and healthiest people, don’t fly to a faraway land. Just look around the United States. Health inequality is part of American life, so[…]

Pakistan Religious Groups Say Law Protecting Women from Abuse ‘un-Islamic’

By Mubasher Bukhari Reuters / 03.15.2016 – An all-parties conference convened by Pakistan’s oldest Islamic political party and attended by powerful religious groups asked the government on Tuesday to retract an “un-Islamic” law that gives unprecedented protection to female victims of violence. The Women’s Protection Act, passed by Pakistan’s largest province of Punjab last month,[…]

People with HIV in Asia Ejected from Hospitals, Women Sterilized

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some health workers in Asia are refusing to perform surgery and provide services for people living with HIV, and are even expelling patients from hospitals and forcing women to undergo sterilisation, according to grassroots organisations. In China and Vietnam, discrimination took the form of changing the recommended[…]

House Speaker Paul Ryan Calls for Less Violence on Presidential Campaign Trail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday condemned efforts to disrupt political rallies, but said all presidential candidates must bear responsibility to help curb violence at campaign events and create a less hostile atmosphere. “All candidates have an obligation to do what they can do …provide  an atmosphere of harmony, to reduce[…]

David Barton Claims ‘Biblical Teachings’ Have Reduced Violent Crime in Las Vegas by 75 Percent

Last month, right-wing psuedo-historian David Barton appeared on “The Patriot and The Preacher” radio program, where he claimed that “biblical teaching” were responsible for a 75 percent reduction in violent crime in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Barton said that he was “a math and science guy” before God “providentially” led him into the[…]

Breitbart Imploding

Criminal complaints, fake bylines and exodus: Breitbart News Network’s chaotic few days From Manuel Rolg-Franzia and Paul Farhl at The Washington Post: Breitbart News Network likes to think of itself as a “Fight Club” for journalists eager to punch it out with politicians and politicos. Now its staff is fighting amongst itself. In the span[…]