A Paper Strip That Detects Cancer In Urine Samples

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The field of modern medicine is a constantly evolving machine — from the “Dark Ages” of healthcare practices just a century ago (where the flu killed way more humans than it ever should have), to the pedestal we currently stand on today. We’ve finally become rationally concerned with the health status of our bodies. Sure, obesity is a major topic for many nations across the world, but despite what you hear on CNN, obesity rates are actually in decline. A new tool in the fight against misdiagnosing illnesses is the Scanadu Scout, also known as a “Real-Life Tricorder“. Developed and… read more

Can Staring At Screens Really Damage Your Eyes?

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It’s something we’ve been told since cable television, computers, and video games became a staple of the modern home. “Don’t stare at the computer screen too long or you’ll lose your eyesight!” Many a parent has warned their child, looking for just five more minutes of gameplay, that such a danger exists. But is there any truth to the claim? And if so, how should we be monitoring ourselves? Check it out: Now that you’ve watched the video, will your parenting methods change? Are you still wary of those crazy science people? After all, mother knows best … right? It makes a… read more

Stress And The Body

The Effects of Stress On The Body

Stress doesn’t always announce itself. Though we all know what it’s like to occasionally feel stressed out, ongoing stress can actually store in the body and present itself in an array of symptoms. An inability to concentrate, recurrent headaches and insomnia can all be signs of stress, but sometimes they are not recognized as stress induced. Letting symptoms repeatedly continue without intervention can lead to other issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems. This infographic from HeartMath provides a summary of how stress can irritate the body: Many health studies have looked into how stress affects… read more

Scientists Create A Trap For Cancer Cells

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have created a sort of “Pied Piper” for cancerous cells. Rather than rely on modern means of killing cancer cells (all of which rarely guarantee results), this method lures cancer cells to their death site. The treatment creates artificial pathways for the cancer cells to travel, which routes them to an easy-to-access area of the body for surgery, or perhaps to a cancer-killing drug. The researchers stress that it will likely be years before this treatment becomes widely available, though this is a major first step in creating a breakthrough cancer treatment. Ravi Bellamkonda, lead investigator… read more

Medicine and Ecology: A Natural Balance

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Ecological medicine is becoming increasingly important. Although it has been around for a while, it‘s practice is needed now more than ever. The human impression on the earth and its ecosystems has been severe, even eradicating some once natural processes. Sustainable medicine acknowledges that people and the environment are interconnected. When exposed to unnatural elements, it can no doubt influence how our bodies and minds work. This approach takes into account the impact of contaminant issues along with other factors regarding one’s health, instead of just looking at the outside to see what shows up, like illnesses and disease. Humans… read more

Synthia — The Synthetic Life Form

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In 2010, a breakthrough had been made in medical science. “Synthia”, as they called it, had been created. It was a synthetic life form that wasn’t quite synthetic, but heralded a new era of test-tube life forms. Here’s a quick video of one of the team’s scientists discussing their efforts at a TED talk: The reason the life form wasn’t 100% synthetic is because they created it using existing living cells. The process was guided by computer technology, which essentially takes the original cell and copies it. It’s a complicated process, but you can visit this link to view a… read more

What Flour Is That?

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The most common type of flour is wheat flour, and for this article we will not be examining the origins of other flours – such as those made from rice, oat, and soy. There are six varieties of wheat, each with their own designated purpose and varied amounts of moisture and gluten content. Hard Red Wheat and Hard Red Winter Wheat are protein dense and suitable for pizza dough and most breads. High in gluten, hard reds are strong enough to endure the pounding, pulling, and tossing involved in making pizza dough. Soft Red Wheat is used for cakes and other… read more

Digital Medicine Of The Future

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We take medications for a variety of reasons — Doctor prescribed pills for diseases, illness, headaches, etc. Sometimes we don’t always follow the instructions, which can lead to further complications, or the illness not being treated properly. This in turn causes headaches for medical professionals, but puts more money into the pockets of pharma companies after you purchase even more meds to cure the illness. Some companies are working on digital pills that will send data back to your doctor with information such as how you’ve been using the medicine, how often you take it, how it’s working in your… read more

Google Wants You To Live Forever

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Last fall, Google announced that they were creating a new startup company that would tackle the issue of human longevity — namely, stopping the brain from decaying as we age. It was partly based off the science suggested by Dr. Cynthia Kenyon in her Ted Talk about aging, which can be viewed below: Google’s startup, if successful, wouldn’t give us the god-like ability to never age, but it would be a giant leap in that direction. If we could bring the median age from 70-80yrs old up to 100-120yrs, wouldn’t you want those extra 40-50yrs of life to enjoy? I… read more

Healthy Shades of Sweet

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The ongoing demand for sugar alternatives is evident in the vast markets for both artificial and natural sweeteners. Though there exist ‘natural’ sweeteners like honey and agave nectar neither contains any real nutritious value. In fact, they can be as hazardous to your health as sugar. Luckily, with these ‘bad’ sugars, nature has also provided a few sweeteners that are safe and beneficial to your health. Stevia is nature’s answer to calorie free sweeteners. Extracted from the Stevia rebaudiana leaf, it is 400 times sweeter than sugar. Because of this, Stevia can achieve the same amount of sweet as sugar… read more