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  1. Science

    Digital Mirror Allows People To See Their Organs

    Most of us are probably curious of what our insides look like beneath our skin. Initially, the notion of being able to see what lies underneath our flesh sounds amazing, but imagine actually standing in front of a mirror that revealed everything. We're pretty much seeing what TSA agents at the airport see when we walk through those body scans.

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  2. Science

    Doctors Have Regenerated a Living Organ for the First Time, Soon We’ll All Be Time Lords (Probably Not)

    Score one for science! A team from the University of Edinburgh has regenerated living thymus organs in mice -- that's the first time a living organ has been regenerated. Ever. It's an exciting development that could have huge potential for medical science in the future. Allons-y!

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  3. Science

    FDA Recalls Homeopathic Products For Containing Actual Medicine

    Bad news for consumers who choose the natural route to avoid side effects typically associated with over-the-counter or prescription drugs---the FDA is recalling products from a homeopathic company for containing accidental and unregulated amounts of penicillin and penicillin derivatives.

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  4. Science

    Survey Shows American People Are Super Gullible and Believe Silly Things

    If you're a rational adult who Googles and debunks every conspiracy theory your weird uncle shares in your Facebook feed (for real, why haven't you just blocked him yet?), prepare to develop a drinking habit. A recent survey has explored just what kind of dumb conspiracy stuff people believe with some disheartening results.

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  5. Science

    Screws Made From Silk Could Be The Future of Broken Bones

    Good news for skeletons: researchers have developed biodegradable screws that strengthen bones, prevent infection, and minimize many of the risks in orthopedic surgery. Also they're made from silk, so get ready to become a race of super-fancy worm people.

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  6. Science

    Nanoparticles Filled With Bee Venom Could Be a New Weapon Against HIV

    The line between poison and medicine can often be a slim one. Medicines like morphine can be toxic if you overdo it, while poisons like cobra venom are being investigated in the hopes of uncovering their medicinal qualities. The latest case in point? Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are reporting that nanoparticles loaded with the venom that gives bees their sting could one day mean a new weapon in the battle against AIDS.

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  7. Science

    Molecule That Gives Beer Its Hoppy Bite Could Also Help Treat Diabetes

    Beer is wonderful and good for you -- I've always known this, and I've said it regularly and loudly to anyone who will listen. Also, to people who would rather not listen. Now, science offers the latest proof that beer is medicine. Or rather that the structure of some of the molecules that make up beer and give hops it's bitter bite, could be, in moderation and after years of careful research, used to offer treatments for diabetes. If the research pans out, it could mean a brand new breeds of drugs. If it doesn't, that's a shame, but we could still finally develop the world's first truly perfect IPA. While that outcome is certainly less good than new lifesaving drugs, I would humbly submit that that doesn't make it "not good."

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  8. Science

    Iron Age Medicine Tablets Among Treasures From Ancient Shipwreck

    Researchers sifting through the artifacts of a 2,000-year-old shipwreck have uncovered an unexpected treasure --  one not of gold or silver, but simple, unassuming zinc. A tin full of zinc tablets contained within the wreck may be one of the earliest examples of a modern, prepared medicinal compound, say researchers in a story published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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  9. Science

    A 3 Minute Phone Call Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

    British mathematician Max Little and his team have built a speech algorithm that can diagnose Parkinson's disease from just a phone call, and they need you to help make it better.

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  10. Science

    Medical Breakthrough Could Lead to a Cure for Ebola

    Virologists working at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada announced last week that they are approaching a cure for the highly deadly Ebola virus. Their work may lead to the first consistently effective treatment for the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), of which there have been a number of serious outbreaks in Central Africa. The world of medicine has taken an important step in ridding the world of one of its most fast-acting and deadly viruses once and for all.

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  11. Science

    Paralyzed Rat Experiment Provides New Hope for Spine Injuries

    Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis can be devastating. The inability to use one's limbs drastically changes the quality of life for those afflicted with such injuries. Thanks to a research team led by Grégoire Courtine of the Federal Institute of Technology a significant number may be able to walk again eventually. The team has found that rats with partially severed spinal cords can be taught to walk once more with the right combination of stimulus and pharmaceutical drugs.

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  12. Science

    Report: Researcher Exposed to Deadly Bacteria in Lab, Killed by Disease He Was Trying to Cure

    San Francisco researcher Richard Din died this past Saturday of a meningococcal infection -- the bacteria which causes meningitis. However, Din was not just a random individual struck down by a deadly disease; he was a researcher working with the very bacteria which killed him.

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  13. Science

    Scientist Dies Three Days Before Being Named Nobel Prize Winner

    The Nobel Prize committee announced its winners for achievements in medicine today, naming cellular biologist Ralph Steinman worthy of the prestigious award. Steinman's award winning work began in 1973 when he identified a new type of cell, the dendritic cell, which plays a key role in the human immune system. Thanks to his ground breaking work, medicine now has a far greater understanding how the body fights off invaders, and how it can sometimes turn on itself. Though Steinman is certainly worthy of the award he is, unfortunately, dead. According to the Seattle Times, Steinman died three days before the Nobel announcements were made leaving the committee unaware of his demise. This puts the Nobel committee in a bit of a tricky situation, since posthumus awards are no longer given by the organization. Two other scientists named in the award, Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffmann, seem to be in no danger of losing their award, though there is no word whether their shares of the $1.5 million prize will be increased. The Nobel committee has not announced how they will handle the situation, but it is certainly a tragic moment for Steinman's family. Congratulations Dr. Steinman, wherever you are. (via Seattle Times)

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  14. Science

    Dead-Eye “Doctor” Shows Off His Trick Shots [Video]

    I would be totally fine with this trick shot "doctor" working on me, right up until he does the thing with what looks like a jar of ether. That's a bit over the line for me doc, but you can throw tongue depressors at my face all day. (via Neatorama)

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  15. Science

    Gross, Squicky but Still Impressive Video Of the Day: The Skin Gun

    Jörg C. Gerlach has invented a revolutionary technique for regenerating skin after severe burns that makes perfect sense to us. After all, airbrushing works so well in Photoshop, why shouldn't airbrushing stem cells directly onto burn sites work in real life? We've posted the video behind the jump because it's got some pretty graphic pictures of burned skin in various states of healing. International viewers can find a video here.

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