medicine

7 Up Used To Contain Lithium

Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It’s an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of our favourite soft drinks used to contain the mood stabilising element.


Bloodletting And Bone Brushes: The White-Knuckle Days Of Early Dentistry

With all those gleaming, stainless-steel tools readied for painful prodding, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. But modern dentistry is a walk in the park compared with archaic methods of treating oral maladies: Be glad you’re not seeking treatment for mysterious “tooth worms” or using dentures filled with the syphilitic teeth of dead soldiers.


Extremely Rare Case Of Woman With No Cerebellum Puzzles Doctors

A 24-year-old Chinese woman recently went to the hospital complaining of dizziness and nausea. She was most likely not prepared for the cause of the discomfort. The otherwise healthy grown woman does not have a cerebellum. Amazing — it’s the ninth case in medical history.


Your Breath Temperature Might Be Enough To Detect Lung Cancer

Detecting lung cancer can now be as simple as exhaling into a specially-designed thermometer. This is good news, since it’s dastardly difficult to detect.


3D-Printed Wolverine Claws Turn Kids With Prosthetics Into Superheroes

A handful of enterprising engineers and artists are using 3D printers to design and build cheap but functional prosthetic hands for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. And taking things one step further, Aaron Brown, a volunteer over at E-nabling The Future (the group behind the 3D-printed prosthetics initiative) took things one step further by designing a set of fake Wolverine claws to make kids wearing the prosthetics feel like superheroes.


Why We Still Don't Have An Ebola Vaccine

More than 1900 people have died in this year’s Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organisation says nearly all of the 3500 confirmed or suspected infections result from human-to-human transmission. Amid emergency WHO meetings and frenzied containment efforts, where is the Ebola vaccine?


New Prosethics That Connect Right To The Bone Let Amputees 'Feel' Again

Despite the many exciting advance in prosthetics, the vast majority of people missing a leg are walking around with what is basically a peg leg, a stick attached to the residual limb. But there’s a new way, a more cyborg-like solution. Researchers in London have created a prosthetic leg that attaches directly to the bone.


Tripping Senior Citizens -- For Science

In a study that even Sum 41 could get behind, scientists at the University of Illinois in Chicago are tripping senior citizens over, and over, and over again — all to save lives.


App Turns Your Phone's Camera Into A Jaundice-Detecting Paediatrician

Infant jaundice, where a baby’s liver can’t remove blood toxins, is potentially fatal. Doctors recognise it as an unusual yellow hue in a baby’s skin and eyes, but what if you’re a nervous parent far from a pediatrician? This experimental app turns your phone’s camera into a doctor’s trained eye.


The Man Who Grew Eyes From Scratch

Growing nerve tissue and organs is a sci-fi dream. Moheb Costandi met the pioneering researcher who grew eyes and brain cells.


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