11 ELEMENTS OF THE HUMAN BODY*
HOW LONG CAN A HEART SURVIVE WITHOUT A HUMAN?
Until recently human donor hearts could only be cooled for a short amount of time before they had to be transplanted. Now a new storage system allows a heart to be reanimated and subsequently kept alive. To achieve this the heart is kept in a special container and supplied with blood, oxygen, and nutrients via hoses. In this way it can continue to beat until it reaches the patient. So far there have been 15 instances of the “heart in a box” being successfully kept alive after the donor had died. In the future this method may significantly increase the number of heart transplants done per year.
Can addicts get clean by playing Tetris?
Researchers at Plymouth University in the UK have recently discovered that Tetris can help reduce a person’s urgent craving for alcohol, chocolate, or cigarettes. Test subjects indicated that their desire for drugs or other pleasurable substances was dramatically reduced after they had played the game. The scientific explanation: The puzzle-based video game keeps the brain so occupied that not much room remains for the idea of consuming anything. (Study results even extended to the urge for sex and sleep.) In the future the “Tetris Effect” could aid in hard drug– withdrawal therapy.