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CDC confirms Chinese coronavirus has arrived in the US

January 22nd, 2020

The bizarre new virus strain that popped up in China weeks ago has now made its way to the United States. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that the first confirmed case of the viral infection has been documented in the states, though it’s not likely to be the last. …

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Scientists just 3D printed a superweapon to fight back against bacteria

January 21st, 2020

The war against the spread of bacteria in places like hospitals and medical centers is often waged using chemical sprays that kill off pesky microorganisms before they can cause problems. They tend to work great, but they’re not suitable for every application and have to be used repeatedly to keep a surface sanitary. But what …

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Tiny nanobots made of frog cells might prevent your next heart attack

January 14th, 2020

It won’t be long until we start sending fleets of tiny nanobots inside our bodies to deliver medicine  and fix a few of the annoying problems that might otherwise cause irreparable harm and even death. But those robots might not have any metallic components if some researchers have their way. Instead, these fleets of robots …

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Americans are taking fish antibiotics to save money

December 11th, 2019

Health care costs in the United States are, well, pretty insane. A decent insurance plan helps mitigate out-of-pocket costs for certain medications, but those with no health coverage can find themselves with enormous bills and no hope of paying them down. It’s a bizarre situation, and as elected officials continue to debate just how broken …

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People won’t stop asking the internet to diagnose their STDs

November 5th, 2019

The internet is a magical place where you can find just about anything. Unfortunately for doctors, medical misinformation tends to spread across the internet just like everything else, and anonymous people on sites like Reddit don’t mind issuing medical advice despite having no expertise. A new study published in JAMA took a close look at …

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Oh, good: An antibiotic-resistant germ evolved to beat a ‘last resort’ drug in less than a month

October 22nd, 2019

It’s been almost a century since doctors began using antibiotics to treat bacterial infections and illnesses, and those treatments have saved many, many lives in the decades since. Antibiotics are great, but one of the biggest fears of medical experts and researchers has been the emergence of so-called “superbugs,” or antibiotic-resistant bacteria that mutate to …

Paralyzed man walks again thanks to brain-controlled exoskeleton

October 4th, 2019

A 28-year-old man who fell some 40 feet off a balcony four years ago is getting back on his feet thanks to advancements in brain-controlled robotics technology. The man, identified as Thibault in a new research paper, had his spinal cord severed in the fall, preventing him from moving almost every part of his body. …