Growing Artificial Heart Tissue 3D

3 new projects pave the way for growing human organs from scratch

By on March 30, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

3 new projects pave the way for growing human organs from scratch

There are more than seven billion people in the world, and life expectancy keeps growing thanks to the unbelievable advancements in modern medicine. However, the human body can’t outlive its expiration date, and organs often fail and require viable replacements. But because there never seem to be enough donors around, doctors are looking at various ways to create artificial organs that are either built out of human flesh or mechanical parts, and that could replace some of our internal components.

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Apple Watch Heart Attack

Apple Watch helps man survive potentially fatal heart attack

By on March 15, 2016 at 5:40 PM.

Apple Watch helps man survive potentially fatal heart attack

The Apple Watch is probably already on your must-have list, but a man in Canada was able to avoid a heart attack thanks to the Apple Watch he’d recently purchased.

Dennis Anselmo, a 62-year-old builder, was returning to work after lunch on August 18th last year when he began feeling unwell. Little did he know that what he suspected to be a flu or fever was actually a heart attack. More →

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Heart Disease

New medical device lets doctors see inside arteries and remove dangerous plaque

By on March 3, 2016 at 9:45 PM.

New medical device lets doctors see inside arteries and remove dangerous plaque

As the number one cause of death in the United States, the statistics regarding heart disease are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 610,000 individuals die of heart disease each and every year. Put differently, one out of every 4 deaths in America can be traced back to heart disease.

Though heart disease encompasses a wide range of heart-related ailments and conditions, it generally refers to a condition where plaque builds up inside the walls of the arteries, thereby decreasing and, at times, blocking the flow of blood, a scenario which can result in a heart attack or even a stroke.

That heart disease is so prevalent in the United States shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, especially given our nation’s affinity for soda, ginormous portion sizes, and almost anything deep fried. We are, after all, the land of the chicken biscuit taco, a hot dog wrapped in fried chicken, and the bizarre hot dog/hamburger hybrid sandwich.

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Cocaine Brain Cells Cannibals

New study says cocaine turns brain cells into cannibals

By on January 20, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

New study says cocaine turns brain cells into cannibals

Other than turning you into a person whose brain will focus on various schemes to try to score more cocaine, this highly addictive substance will also make your brain eat itself. This side effect was discovered only recently, giving the world yet another reason to avoid the drug at all costs. More →

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Light Nanoparticles Kill Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Light-activated nanoparticles can kill 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By on January 19, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Light-activated nanoparticles can kill 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Light-activated therapeutic nanoparticles that are 20,000 times smaller than a human hair may one day be used to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study reveals. Called “quantum dots,” the particles resemble semiconductors used in electronics, and they’re able to act directly on the infection without interfering with healthy tissue around it. More →

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Freeze-Dried Fecal Pills Obesity

Doctors want to cure obesity with freeze-dried fecal pills

By on January 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM.

Doctors want to cure obesity with freeze-dried fecal pills

As gross as it may sound, popping freeze-dried fecal pills might one day cure obesity and you might be instructed to take them to lose weight. In fact, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital will test these freeze-dried fecial pills on 20 obese patients, Quartz reports. Each day, for six weeks, these people will ingest a few grams of someone else’s freeze-dried fecal matter while researchers track their weight. More →

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Weight Loss Fast Slow

How much weight should you lose each week to keep it off?

By on January 7, 2016 at 10:15 PM.

How much weight should you lose each week to keep it off?

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the smart wearables business is only getting bigger. More and more companies are coming out with new smart bands and watches designed to assist with fitness tracking and health monitoring, with a slew of new products having been unveiled at CES 2016 this week.

These wearables can help you track workouts and many health parameters, but they won’t tell you how many pounds you should lose each week to keep it off. More →

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E-cigarettes Popcorn Lung Disease

E-cigarettes flavoring chemical linked to deadly lung disease

By on December 8, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

E-cigarettes flavoring chemical linked to deadly lung disease

It’s not enough that regular cigarettes pose various health risks, but it looks like e-cigarettes may also raise some significant health concerns, according to a new study.

This time around it’s not the nicotine that’s at issue — instead, Harvard researchers have looked closely at some of the other chemicals found in e-cigarette liquids and have connected one of them to a deadly lung disease.  More →

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Heavy Coffee Drinking Health Benefits

The more coffee you drink the longer you’ll live, new study says

By on November 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

The more coffee you drink the longer you’ll live, new study says

A massive study that incorporated data from more than 200,000 people reveals that drinking regular amounts of coffee is associated with a lower risk of mortality, even if it’s decaf. Drinking from three to five cups of coffee per day lowers the risk of premature death by up to 15% compared to people who do not consume any coffee, researchers from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health concluded. More →

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Cancer Treatment Herpes Virus T-VEC

We’re now killing cancer with herpes

By on October 29, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

We’re now killing cancer with herpes

We’re still far from eradicating cancer, but researchers are making progress with all sorts of interesting therapies that could put a stop to abnormal cell growth and cure certain types of cancer. One of the newly approved remedies involves infecting the patient’s body with a variation of the herpes virus that won’t cause herpes as we think of it. Instead, it’ll find and attack tumor cells and kill them. More →

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Most And Least Obese States

Ranking the the least and most obese states in the country

By on October 27, 2015 at 10:45 PM.

Ranking the the least and most obese states in the country

There’s no getting around it: America has a weight problem. Despite widespread efforts from a number of entities to encourage physical activity and promote healthier eating habits, obesity remains a serious and growing problem across the country.

Today, 35% of Americans are considered obese, a jarring figure that prompted the OECD to recently label the United States the most obese country in the world. Compounding the problem is that unhealthy lifestyle habits are imparted onto children at an early age. As a result, the percentage of obese children in the U.S. is greater than in any other country in the world.

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Bacon Cancer Risk Facts

The hysteria about bacon giving you cancer is out of control

By on October 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM.

The hysteria about bacon giving you cancer is out of control

Yes, the World Health Organization is placing bacon and other processed meats on the list of substances that might cause cancer. No, you don’t have to stop eating bacon, sausages or ham. But yes, you absolutely have to stop freaking out about it. More →

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WHO Bacon Red Meat Cancer Risks

World Health Organization: Bacon, sausages and ham are now serious cancer risks

By on October 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

World Health Organization: Bacon, sausages and ham are now serious cancer risks

Bacon, sausages, and ham are the new entrants on the World Health Organization’s most carcinogenic substances, ranking right next to cigarettes as a major cause of cancer. Cured and processed meats are now included in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco, as the WHO says that new evidence links them to colorectal cancer. More →

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