medicine

I'm Not Putting My Arm Anywhere Near This Blood-Thirsty Needle Robot

It promises to make having blood drawn or getting injections far more comfortable and stress-free, but outside of a few testers (who are probably being well-compensated) who among us is willing to give a robot like the VenousPro a taste for human blood — specifically your blood?


Should Professions Like Pilots Have Less Medical Privacy?

Since it was revealed that Andreas Lubitz — the co-pilot who purposefully crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, killing 150 people — had been treated for psychiatric illness, a debate has ensued over whether privacy laws regarding medical records should be less strict when it comes to professions that carry special responsibilities.


The Real Cost Of Pure Water

Ghana has plenty of water. So why do its people buy plastic pouches from street vendors? Shaun Raviv investigates.


In The Future, Spider Silk May Help Grow Your Replacement Heart

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how spider silk is this crazy wonder material that may soon find its way into everything from electronics to ultra-strong fabrics. Now, there’s another reason to be excited about spider silk: doctors might one day use the stuff to grow you a new heart.


Scientists Can Quickly Blast Large Cargoes Into Living Cells With Light

It’s incredibly time consuming to inject large cargoes into cells through their membranes without damaging them. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new technique which uses laser light to blast substances into them — quickly, and without damage.


Genetically-Engineered Bacteria Can Keep Mice From Getting Fat 

Scientists now know that gut microbes almost certainly play a role in us getting fat, and poop transplants are sometimes touted as a potential route to weight loss. But if that’s a little too icky for you, Vanderbilt scientists have been experimenting with more refined microbiome tinkering in mice using genetically modified E. coli.


Dispatches From The Vaccine Wars In California

The city of Berkeley has long been a liberal bastion in a region already known for its lefty politics. And yet, despite its status as a progressive university town, Berkeley is at the forefront of one prong of the war against vaccines. Last night’s city council meeting here revealed the hippie side of the anti-vaxxer movement.


The Doctor Who Infected 1300 Guatemalan Patients With STDs 

In the 1940s, a young American doctor went to Guatemala to do medical experiments. He was funded by the venerable US National Institutes of Health, but he did not make anyone healthy. Instead, he deliberately exposed 1300 people to sexually transmitted diseases.


Australian Researchers Using Google Maps To Explore Depths Of Human Body

Google Maps makes it easy to pan, zoom and search the world — and now it can do the same for the deep recesses of the human body too.


Fatal Familial Insomnia: The Brain Disease That Stops You Sleeping

Sometimes the worst nightmares are the ones you don’t have. There are numerous conditions, disorders, and illnesses that either limit or prevents the amount of sleep an individual is able to get. Many of them are quite dangerous, but none of them are as frightening or rare as fatal familial insomnia.