TAG: Medicine

Maple Syrup Also A Medicine


Sap from maple trees can enhance recipes, but the syrupy substance also has many medicinal properties. Known for centuries for its sweet flavor, it has also been turned to for natural remedies. Native North American people discovered the tree sap and its many beneficial qualities. Around the 17th century it was sold as an affordable, natural sweetener, and has been popular ever since. Maple syrup is made when the sap from maple trees is collected by drilling a hole and gathering the slow-dripping, thick liquid. It is then run through an evaporator to concentrate the syrup. After going through the evaporation… read more

Transforming Skin Cells Into Liver Cells


The technology has existed for a while now to grow certain organs in a lab to be used as replacements for organs in which finding a donor may be difficult. Those organs, however, were never complete copies — they were merely close replicas. Now, researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco had announced that they’ve discovered a way to create fully mature liver cells. The organs have only been tested in lab animals whose bodies have been modified to imitate liver failure, but the tests showed that the liver cells were able to thrive on their own without… 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

Digital Medicine Of The Future


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

Robotic Muscle Thousand Times Stronger Than Humans


Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have invented a robotic “muscle” that’s 1,000 times stronger than human muscle. It’s an incredible creation, and could allow the muscle to lift and throw an object 50 times its weight and five times its length. Here’s a short video demoing the muscle: If the muscle performs as expected, it could be used in everything from robots to human prosthetic limbs, as well as exo-skeleton machines for the military. Individuals with damaged muscles would finally be able to function normally again, and those born without limbs and/or individuals who’ve… read more

New Gel Invention Stops Bleeding Instantly


A ‘Star Trek’ future is nearly upon us. A 20-year old NYU student has invented a gel that heals injured skin almost instantly, stopping blood flow and clotting the wound. Check out the video: As stated in the video, this gel has amazing potential to revolutionize the medical field. For those with naturally thin blood, this gel is a miracle worker. Paramedics will now also be able to stop a patient from bleeding out while on the way to the operating table, as will combat medics, field doctors, etc. We hope to see the gel hit pharmacies in the near… read more

This little boy is a real surgeon


In the remote village of Nurpur, India, a 7 year old boy by the name of Akrit Pran Jaswal performed his first surgery. The patient? The daughter of an impoverished family. Akrit is a child prodigy, and is also the first 12 year old to be admitted into the medical department of Punjab University. This is his story: Akrit’s story should help bolster the argument that better access to medical assistance in poor countries should be a priority for world health organizations. This little village was lucky enough to have a prodigy born among them, but what about all the… read more

Gadgets that Will Self-Destruct on Demand

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With a little help from Pentagon funds, Darpa, the Defense Advanced Research Agency, has been developing devices that will be able to self-destruct on command. In order to render themselves inactive, and effectively transform into thin strands of mush, devices begin to biodegrade when exposed to water. And thus, biological fluids and other liquids. Such transient electronics would prove useful in multiple applications, including use for medicinal and military purposes. In healthcare facilities, devices could be placed within post-operative wounds to monitor for signs of infections, dissolving into the patient’s bodily fluids over time. During military missions, the technology could… read more

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking Soda For Healing

Baking soda has been a staple in cleaning and baking for years. However, this basic product has a place in medicinal practices as well. It is often applied in simple powder form or as a paste with the addition of water. So if any of the following ailments are giving you grief, you may want to dig around your pantry and take advantage of baking soda’s healing properties. Canker Sores – Make a rinse by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water. Swish this solution around in your mouth and rinse. If needed, repeat every few hours until the sore… read more

Scientists Can 3-D Print You A New Body Part


Prosthetic limbs have long been a part of society, dating back to the Egyptian times, traveling through to fictional Captain Ahab and his notorious peg leg, and now to the modern day world. However, yesterday’s scary-looking body part is tomorrow’s 3-D printed miracle. There are a wide variety of items you can print using a 3-D printer, and we can now add “body parts” to the list. Here are a few limbs we can create in a lab and attach to anybody who needs it. Ears It’s an absolute tragedy when somebody loses an ear, or is born with a… read more