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FDA Approves World's First Automated Insulin Pump For Diabetics

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G, a medical device that monitors a diabetic’s sugar levels, and then automatically injects the required dose of insulin.


This Blooming Flower Isn't What It Seems At All

Scientists have been working on materials that change shape for a while now. But as New Scientist points out, these metamorphoses usually require external stimuli to get going — until now. New research published in Nature Communications shows that some non-living substances can be made to transform all on their own.


Dogs Suck At Sniffing Out Lung Cancer

A team of European researchers put six highly-trained sniffer dogs to the test to see if they were any good at detecting lung cancer. The results were surprisingly bad, but the scientists say factors other than the canine sense of smell were responsible for the poor performance.


Anonymous US Pharmacy Claims Supplying Execution Drugs Is Protected Speech

In a bid to keep its identity secret, an anonymous pharmacy filed a motion Friday night arguing that selling the lethal agents used in 16 executions was protected political speech, “no different than signing a referendum petition or selling a t-shirt.”


Controversial 'Head Transplant' Doctor Claims Success In Animal Experiments

An Italian neuroscientist who wants to perform the world’s first human head transplant next year is claiming to have conducted radical spinal cord experiments on mice, rats and a dog. Experts say the results are vague and incomplete, and that talk of human head transplants are grossly premature.


A 17-Year-Old In Belgium Becomes The First Minor To Die With Doctors' Help

A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to be helped to die in Belgium since age restrictions on euthanasia requests were eliminated two years ago. It’s a historic precedent that could influence suicide laws elsewhere.


Why Hillary's Pneumonia Is Nothing To Freak Out About

Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia, fuelling ongoing concerns about the US Democratic presidential nominee’s health. Here’s what you need to know about this common illness, and why Clinton will quickly bounce back.


World's First 'Nanofish' Coming To Swim Drugs Up Your Bloodstream

If the idea of a robot fish swimming through your veins elicits a Cronenberg-ian chill up your spine, you might want to brace yourself. Researchers at U.C. San Diego have created the first nanofish, the New Scientist reports — a magnet-powered bot that they hope to use for targeted delivery of medication, non-invasive surgery and single-cell manipulation.


10 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor

Doctors have this nasty habit of asking a lot of questions, many of which make us uncomfortable or self-conscious. So we bluff. A lot. Here are 10 typical lies we tell our doctors, and why these seemingly innocuous fibs are hazardous to our health.


Clingy Ebola Virus Found Hanging Out In Man's Semen For Over A Year

Much like their human hosts, some deadly pathogens just can’t let go. That’s apparently true of the Ebola virus, which was detected in a Liberian man’s semen an incredible 565 days after he recovered from illness, according to a new CDC report.


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