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Medicine

bionic hand

Woman gets equipped with bionic hand that can actually feel

January 5th, 2018

Prosthetics have improved my leaps and bounds over the past century and we’ve reached a point where someone with an artificial limb is often just as capable (and in some cases even more capable) than a person with their natural arms and legs. Still, prosthetics have long fell short in one very important aspect, which …

head transplant

Italian surgeon who is definitely not a supervillain says he just completed the first human head transplant

November 17th, 2017

Medical advancements are happening all the time, and medical ethics seems to be having a hard time keeping up. The latest (and perhaps most unsettling) example of this is Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero’s unceasing desire to perform the first human head transplant. Well, in an announcement today, Canavero claims he’s accomplished that incredible feat, albeit …

asteroid cancer cure

Dinosaur-killing asteroid could hold the cure for cancer

November 2nd, 2017

Being diagnosed with cancer doesn’t necessarily carry the same weight as it did a few decades ago, and treatments today have increased the survival rates for many types of the disease dramatically. That said, we obviously still don’t have a cure, but new research into the effects of iridium on cancer cells looks not only …

fighting aging

Humans living forever is ‘impossible’ according to science

October 31st, 2017

If you’ve been hoping that science would find a way to beat aging before you enter your twilight years I’ve got some pretty bad news to share with you: it ain’t gonna happen. Life expectancies have obviously gone up dramatically over the past few centuries, but the actual process of human aging has never been …

surgical glue

Breakthrough surgical glue seals wounds shut in 60 seconds

October 5th, 2017

Surgery can be incredibly taxing on the individual going under the knife, but when the surgeon wraps up the procedure it doesn’t always mean the end of the patient’s medical woes. Recovery from such an operation can take a long, long time, and dealing with stitches and staples as they hold a wound shut can …

vaccine refusal

Mother who refuses to vaccinate her son is headed to jail

October 5th, 2017

The debate over child vaccinations shows no signs of slowing down, and despite no actual scientific proof that vaccinating a child predisposes them to anything but a healthier life, there’s still a small but vocal group of parents who don’t think their kids should have to be vaccinated. Now, one Michigan mother is headed to …

cancer pen

This pen can detect cancer in just 10 seconds

September 7th, 2017

The detection and identification of cancer has seen incredible improvements over the past several decades, offering a new lease on life to those who would have been out of luck in the past. Now, a new instrument invented, designed, and built by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin could further revolutionize the detection …