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Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)

Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it with a traditional orthopedic implant, the

Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health

Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and the desire to use it to better our own lives, as well as the lives of everyone else. This is what has made our species

Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola

Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes close. The only way it can be spread is through bodily fluids- getting the blood or vomit of a sick person in your eyes, nose,

World Health Organization: Ebola Outbreak Is Moving Faster Than Our Efforts to Control It

The current Ebola outbreak in Africa is a serious problem. Since it began in March, the outbreak has claimed 729 lives, leaving another 1,300 people with confirmed or suspected infections. This is by far the most serious and deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus ever. The second most deadly outbreak, in 1976, only had 602 cases and 431 deaths. Earlier today, Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), spoke to leaders from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (the three most affected countries) in Conakry, the capital of

New Study: Just 7 Minutes of Running per Day Cuts Your Risk of Dying from Heart Disease In Half

Most people know that exercising regularly reduces your risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests that even a seemingly insignificant amount of exercise can have huge benefits for heart health. The study, which will be published in the August edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was a joint project. It included researchers from Iowa State, USC, and LSU, as well as the University of Queensland Medical School in Australia. The results are based off of data from more

Groundbreaking New Malaria Vaccine Could Receive Approval as Soon As 2015

Every minute, a child dies from malaria. According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 billion people, nearly half of the Earth’s entire population, are at risk for the disease. Though malaria rates have dropped by 42% since 2000, the disease is still expected to kill anywhere from 600,000 to 800,000 people this year, with the majority of them being children under the age of five. In fact, malaria is the third largest killer of children worldwide. And while improving medical technologies and practices

Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better

Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing experience. But then, I thought to myself: are things really that bad? And I realized, the answer is undoubtedly NO. What we must realize here

China Seals Off 30,000 People After A Man Dies of Bubonic Plague

The Chinese government has sealed off about 30,000 residents in parts of Yumen, a city in northeast China. The move comes a week after a 38-year-old man died from the bubonic plague (also known as the black death). The man is said to have contracted the disease after coming in contact with a marmot- a rodent similar to the groundhog. Residents have been told they cannot leave the area, and police have set up roadblocks to enforce that decree. Yumen has a

How A Hairless Man Grew A Full Head of Hair After Signing Up for An Arthritis Drug Trial

Scientists at Yale just discovered an amazing new use for an arthritis drug called tofacitinib citrate that was recently approved by the FDA. One of the patients who signed up for the trials of the drug suffered from a rare condition known as alopecia universalis, which causes rapid hair loss all over the body, leaving sufferers almost completely hairless. Although the hair sometimes grows back spontaneously, it’s impossible to predict if or when this will happen, and there are no proven cures or

Brilliant New Treatment Uses Targeted Nano-Particles to Blow Up Cancer Cells and Deliver Drugs

Two years ago, researchers at Rice University began working on an innovative, unique way to treat particularly aggressive forms of cancer (like head, neck or brain cancer), which are often resistant to both drugs and chemotherapy. To make the problem worse, cancerous tissue is often interlaced with healthy tissue, making it difficult to remove all of the cancer through surgery. So a team of researchers, led by Biochemistry and Cell Biology professor Dmitri Lapotko, designed an ingenious 3-step treatment that will allow

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