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Hate Needles? This New Pain-Free Device Collects Blood Without Them

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Almost everyone has been subjected to a blood test at some point in their life. Blood is tested for a variety of components that are analyzed to help measure a person’s health. For more than 150 years now, needles have been the dominant method for drawing blood, but the risks associated with this method — not to mention the general discomfort of being stabbed by a metal syringe — can now be avoided. Not long ago, medical researchers at Tasso Inc. received a $3 million federal grant

This “Pacemaker For The Stomach” Could Help You Lose Weight

stomach pacemaker

Earlier this year, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) gave its approval to a unique new electronic device that helps individuals lose weight. EnteroMedics Inc., a biotechnology company in Minnesota, has created a “pacemaker for the stomach” in order to provide another treatment avenue for people battling obesity. Obesity can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, smoking and current medicine use. But the single biggest contributer to excess food consumption is your appetite. Hunger occurs when the abdominal vagus nerve sends signals to

How 3D-Printed Pills Could Help You Feel Better Faster

3d pill printer

All of us have taken a pill at some point in our life. Whether for sinus congestion, an upset stomach or a headache, medications usually take a while before they start acting in your body. But that could wait could be significantly shortened in the next few years, thanks to our recent advances in 3D-printing technology. UK-based FabRx Ltd., in collaboration with medical researchers from the School of Pharmacy at University College of London (UCL), recently published a study showing that the shape of

New Implantable Medicine Pump Could Tackle Chronic Pain Using 99% Less Drugs

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Medical researchers in Sweden have created an implantable device that allows for medication to be automatically dispensed into the body. The groundbreaking device delivers medicine with extreme precision, reducing the amount of drugs needed to just 1% of the dosage doctor’s would normally use. Nearly 1 in 6 people suffer from neurological disorders and close to 100 million people battle chronic pain on a daily basis. This implantable device acts as an ion pump: by allowing ions to move into it and medicine to move

Cuba Has Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine for 20 Years. Now It’s Heading to the US

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During the early 1990s, the Cuban government’s Molecular Immunology Center began testing a groundbreaking lung cancer vaccine called CimaVax. Besides treating the symptoms of the disease, the vaccine also helps prevents recurrence of the cancer. With Cuba and the United States normalizing relations in December, CimaVax could be available in the U.S. in the not so distant future. Kelvin Lee is the chief of immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. “This vaccine is cheap to make, it is effective and it

Migraines: How They Happen and How to Treat Them Without Drugs (Infographic)


If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know just how miserable they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, roughly 36 million Americans suffer from recurrent migraines; 90% of these sufferers report being unable to work or function normally during an attack. While most people only have attacks once or twice a month, the MRF reports that a whopping 14 million people experience headaches on an almost daily basis. This great infographic — created Christine McMahon at WholesomeOne.com — gives you the

The World’s First Head Transplant – Medical Breakthrough or Mad Science?

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On Wednesday, April 8th, a 30-year-old Russian computer scientist named Valery Spiridonov volunteered to be the first person ever to undergo a full head transplant. The idea was first proposed two years ago by Italian neuroscientist and surgeon Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group. The seemingly far-fetched concept arose from a discussion Canavero and his colleagues had about how to improve the situations of those suffering from severe muscle and nerve damage. In February of this year, Canavero outlined the transplant technique he

This Flesh-Eating Disease Is Spreading Through the Ranks of ISIS Militants

isis lieshmaniasis

ISIS fighters in Syria are being ravaged by an outbreak of Leishmaniasis, a debilitating skin disease that causes painful painful ulcers to erupt on the body. The illness also attacks the liver and spleen and can cause anemia. The disease — which is caused by a parasite and spread through the bite of the sandfly — is actually relatively easy to prevent and treat with the proper medical facilities and equipment. In fact, doctors from the organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) had established a campaign to curb Leishmaniasis outbreaks in

World’s Oldest Living Person Passes Away At Age 117


On Wednesday, surrounded by her family and medical staff, Misao Okawahe, the former oldest person in the world, passed away due to heart failure. Okawahe died at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan, the same city in which she was born on March 5, 1898. According to the Daily Mail… “The world’s oldest person has died a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday – after saying her life seemed ‘rather short’.” When asked what her secret was to living such a long life,

German Court Forces Anti-Vaxxer to Pay $106,000 After He Loses Measles Bet

measles bet

Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, scientists and the more level-headed members of society, the anti-vaccination movement has been stubbornly resilient. The latest chapter of this frustratingly ridiculous argument took place in Germany, where a recent measles outbreak has put the anti-vax discussion at the forefront of public discourse. Stefan Lanka, a German biologist and vocal anti-vaxxer, refuses to believe that measles is a virus (which is why he opposes vaccination). Instead, Lanka insists that the disease is a psychosomatic illness that occurs when,

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