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Brain implant breakthrough may reverse paralysis

April 28th, 2020

Researchers developed a system that uses a brain implant and brain-computer interface to translate signals between the brain and limbs of a paralyzed person. Early testing shows that the system can restore the sense of touch and even allow a paralyzed patient to play Guitar Hero. Eventually, as the technology is further improved, a wearable …

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Scientists actually reversed stroke damage in rodent tests

April 8th, 2020

Doctors successfully repaired stroke-damaged rat brains using human skin cells that had been reprogrammed to act as nerve cells.  The new cells made the correct connections in the brain after being transplanted, restoring movement and sensation.  Further studies are needed to determine how safe and effective the procedure is before deciding to pursue testing in …

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Erectile dysfunction meds turn men’s vision blue

February 7th, 2020

If you’re a man who has gone through the somewhat embarrassing process of talking to your doctor about your lack of performance in the bedroom, you’d hope that asking for help is the biggest hurdle you have to overcome. For some, however, getting a prescription for Viagra or its generic form, sildenafil, is just the …

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Former FDA adviser wants LASIK eye surgery banned

November 15th, 2019

LASIK is one of the most popular kinds of eye procedures around. Once prohibitively expensive, laser eye surgery is now cheaper than ever, and patients often experience very little downtime afterward. Lots and lots of people love their results, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t complications, sometimes severe complications, in certain cases. Now, a former …

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Illinois teen’s memory resets every two hours after head injury

September 16th, 2019

Of all the types of injuries a person can sustain, head injuries tend to be the scariest. Scientists have learned a lot about how the human brain works, but there are still many uncertainties. That’s especially true when it comes to brain injuries, where a person can appear medically healthy but still exhibit dramatic cognitive …

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Study finds that energy drinks may seriously mess with your heart

May 30th, 2019

In a world where working longer and longer hours is becoming the norm, products that keep us awake and alert have rapidly become must-haves for millions of people. Coffee, the old standby, has big competition from sweetened energy drinks, and the trend is growing across all age groups. Now, a new study published in the …