Doctor Leaves Cellphone

Wait, what?! Gynecologist accidentally leaves mobile phone in patient following a C-section

By on May 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM.

Wait, what?! Gynecologist accidentally leaves mobile phone in patient following a C-section

In a bizarre story emanating out of Jordan, the old adage of truth is stranger than fiction has never been more appropriate.

Originally reported by Gulf News, a 36-year-old Jordanian woman named Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim underwent a C-section procedure last month. The baby was delivered, the parents were overjoyed, and it was soon time for everyone to go home.

While this would ordinarily be the end of the story, Karim’s family soon noticed something odd; her stomach was vibrating. Compounding matters was that Karim was also experiencing serious abdominal pain.

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Study: Learn and Speak Second Language

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

By on March 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Learning new languages will literally make you see the world differently

Researchers have found that people who speak more than one language literally see the world differently, ScienceMag reveals. Researchers have found that depending on the primary language spoken, people looking at the same set of events perceive things differently. For example, Russian speakers apparently can distinguish shades of blue faster than English speakers, while Japanese speakers group objects by material rather than shape. More →

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Apple Watch Cancer

No, the Apple Watch won’t give you cancer

By on March 20, 2015 at 12:48 PM.

No, the Apple Watch won’t give you cancer

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an exceptionally bizarre and fear-mongering article that originally ran with the following hyperbolic title, “Could wearable computers be as harmful as cigarettes?” Penned by Nick Bilton, the article clumsily attempts to insinuate that we might want to be a bit wary about the impending wave of wearables because devices like the Apple Watch might, just maybe… cause cancer.

Ugh. More →

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Hearing Voices Study

Scientists are trying to figure out whether you’re actually hearing voices in your head

By on March 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Scientists are trying to figure out whether you’re actually hearing voices in your head

Hearing voices in your head is often a symptom associated with schizophrenia, but a team of researchers from the Durham University in England believes there might be something else at work besides this particular mental illness. The scientists designed an exploratory survey to determine whether there’s more to hearing voices than what existing research reveals, Ars Technica reports, and they’ve come up with some interesting findings. More →

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Penis Transplant: First Successful Surgery

A miracle of modern medicine: The world’s first successful penis transplant surgery

By on March 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

A miracle of modern medicine: The world’s first successful penis transplant surgery

Doctors from Stellenbosch University and the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town performed the world’s first successful transplant of an organ that wasn’t previously easy to transplant, Bloomberg reports. More →

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Alzheimer's Ultrasound Treatment on Mice

Promising Alzheimer’s treatment on mice might lead to major breakthrough for humans

By on March 14, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

Promising Alzheimer’s treatment on mice might lead to major breakthrough for humans

Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, have figured out how to treat mice suffering from a form of Alzheimer’s, Ars Technica reports. While it’s not clear yet whether the same findings can be applied to human trials, the results are certainly interesting and might lead to further improvements in treating the disease. More →

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The Female Orgasm: How It Works Video

Video: The female orgasm, explained in 90 seconds

By on January 15, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Video: The female orgasm, explained in 90 seconds

The most complex piece of technology that we’re still trying to decipher, and even mimic in certain tech products, is the human body. Think about it: it’s a self-driving biological computer capable of performing amazing things, and it runs on a strange mix of oxygen, water, complex biochemical products and sleep.

While all sorts of companies are trying to understand its most hidden functions and constantly improve its performance, BuzzFeed tried to explain a simpler, yet very complicated phenomenon of the human body: The female orgasm. More →

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How To Quit Smoking

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

By on September 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

We’ve heard all kinds of crazy ways to quit smoking but none of them have ever come close to sounding this trippy. Bloomberg reports that a new study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology this week found that smokers who had long had trouble quitting their habit managed to remain smoke-free for six months using a highly unorthodox method: Consuming the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. More →

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X-Ray Glasses Medical Advancement

Video: X-Ray glasses could be the next major medical advancement

By on January 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Video: X-Ray glasses could be the next major medical advancement

Let’s face it: Only masochists like getting shots when they go to the doctor’s office. Not only are you stabbed with a long needle, but doctors and nurses often have to try more than once in order to hit a vein. Evena Medical has created a convenient solution to bring this imprecise practice to an end: the Eyes-On Glasses, an imaging technology solution that is both cost-efficient and extremely portable. The Eyes-On Glasses allow medical professionals to visualize the vasculature of a patient beneath the skin in real-time, eliminating the need for multiple needle sticks or the help of additional staff members. Eyes-On is one of the first wearable solutions to this common problem, and will go on sale later this year for an estimated price of $10,000. Watch a demonstration of the glasses in action below. More →

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Study suggests reading this post could make you blind

By on July 27, 2012 at 10:00 PM.

Study suggests reading this post could make you blind

Computer Screens Blindness Study

The United States Department of Health & Human Services suggests people limit exposure to screens such as computer monitors and television sets to less than two hours per day. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, however, today’s children are exceeding the recommended maximum exposure time by 66%. To make matters worse, millions of jobs also require workers to sit behind some sort of screen that could be potentially harming their eyes. A Healthier Michigan notes that when users focus on a screen for a long time, the small muscles in the eyes remain contracted, resulting in fatigue, blurred vision and an inability to focus. While a typical person blinks between 12 and 15 times a minute, when focused on a screen, blinking can be reduced to between four and five times per minute, leading to dry and scratchy eyes. More →

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Could Steve Jobs’ leave of absence be more serious this time around?

By on January 17, 2011 at 11:48 AM.

Could Steve Jobs’ leave of absence be more serious this time around?

This morning, Apple revealed that its CEO and leader in every sense of the word, Steve Jobs, will be taking a medical leave of absence for an unspecified amount of time. While the news is shocking, it’s also apparently not completely unexpected. According to the New York Times, Steve Jobs “has looked increasingly frail” in recent months. Apple’s CEO was reportedly supposed to be at Verizon’s iPhone announcement event last week as well, and coupled with the delay of the new iPad digital newspaper The Daily, it’s beginning to look like there is something more to the story. More →

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence

By on January 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes medical leave of absence

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said on Monday that Apple’s board of directors has granted him a medical leave of absence. It is currently not known why Jobs requested the leave or for how long he will be gone. Jobs also took a six-month leave of absence in early 2009 when he received a liver transplant. Today, Jobs says that he will continue as CEO and will be involved in major strategic decisions while Apple COO Tim Cook will take over day to day operations during his leave. Hit the break for Jobs’ note regarding his leave. More →

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New tech lets you pee on your phone to check for an STD

By on November 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM.

New tech lets you pee on your phone to check for an STD

As much fun as it is to head to your doctor’s office or a clinic to get tested for an STD, it looks like there might be a slightly more private and comfortable option on the horizon. A group of organizations in the UK have combined to produce over $10 million in funding for research related to inexpensive portable STD test. The test consists of a single-use USB dongle-sized component containing a microchip. Once urinated upon, the device connects to a mobile phone or laptop and tests for herpes, chlamydia and gonorrhea with instant results. The tests would be distributed through vending machines in UK nightclubs, among other places, and would cost less than $2 each. It is almost a given that more private testing options will lead to more frequent testing and, hopefully, to safer behavior. Let’s just hope that once this great new mobile STD testing technology hits the market in the UK, it spreads quickly. More →

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