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3-D printing seems to have become one of our generation’s great achievements. This concept has become so ubiquitous in the science and engineering world that a large proportion of articles that you can read about in these fields pertain to 3-D printing (including this article). New research on the subject matter, pushing the limits of … Read More

In the name of money, large corporations commonly raise pigs, cows, and chickens in compact spaces where they are unable to move, frequently mutilated, and pumped up with hormones. As a result, many people are fighting against the mistreatment of animals by going vegetarian, abstaining from eating meat on Mondays with the widely-used hashtag #meatlessmondays, or simply buying free range meat. … Read More

FAQ on that foul smell, hey! Halitosis. That is the medical term for bad breath. Most of us at one time or another have quite literally zipped our mouth shut because of that foul smell that even we ourselves cannot stand. How can the mouth, the organ that keeps us alive and that we associate with … Read More

If there are 50 shades of grey anywhere, it is probably in Mr. Grey’s dental X-rays (given the amount of coffee he consumes). The shades of dental X-rays may bring different sentiments other than love, such as denial, dread, confusion, relief, or even, curiosity. After all,  X-rays capture what we cannot see. Embed from Getty Images  X-ray films Image Source: Andresr … Read More

Section 3008 of the Affordable Care Act went into effect October 1, 2014, penalizing the top quarter of inpatient hospitals based on rates of hospital-acquired conditions by reducing its Medicare payments by 1%. In other words, 25% of the hospitals in the US with the highest rates of hospital-acquired conditions will only receive 99% of their … Read More

A potential new tool in the ongoing fight against Ebola has been developed by researchers at Harvard, and it fits on a piece of paper. Dr. James Collins, who led one of the teams involved in designing the system, described it as an “in vitro, sterile, abiotic operating system upon which we can rationally design … Read More

When you think of public health, you probably don’t think of prisons. Prisoners as a group represent one of the sickest segments of the population. According to a study by the RAND corporation, prisoners are four times more likely to have tuberculosis than the general population. Rates of Hepatitis C and HIV infection are nine … Read More

Last year was the hottest year since we began keeping track of temperatures in 1880. A joint report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed the record, adding that 2014 was the 38th consecutive year in which temperatures were warmer than the past year and … Read More

Let’s get down to business! You clicked on this article because you didn’t know that seaweed was such a healthy food option. Or maybe you do know it’s good for you, but you’re not sure exactly what benefits it could possibly offer for our bodies. Whichever the case, you’re about to find out why. The main thing … Read More

For those who choose to participate, it is a way of life, and for those who don’t, it appears to be a mere distraction. In either case, one cannot deny the powerful and alluring force that is social media and its effect on everyday life. Why? There must be something more profound to social media than flashy filters and celebrity tweets. … Read More

Twenty five years ago, AquaBounty, a biotechnology company aiming to improve aquaculture productivity and sustainability, created a genetically modified Atlantic salmon that is now in the process for approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be the first genetically modified meat for human consumption to hit the markets…and it might not even be labeled as “genetically … Read More

On June 30, 2015, Bill SB277, which limits people’s ability to opt out of vaccines, was approved and signed into state law by California Governor Jerry Brown. In response to the large measles outbreak in December, a situation linked to low immunization rates, the law requires mandatory vaccinations for children prior to starting school and prevents … Read More

Appendicitis. It’s a diagnosis familiar to many, often heard after a loved one becomes hospitalized. Less common, however, is an understanding of what this condition—and the region of the body it affects—truly entails. Appendicitis is fairly common, affecting roughly one in 15 Americans at some point in their lives. It stems from inflammation of the … Read More

Onions may be famous for giving you bad breath and bringing tears to your eyes, but they carry some pretty hefty nutritional value too! While providing abundant flavor to your favorite dishes, they are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and possible players in preventing cancer and reducing the risk of heart disease. Embed … Read More

Marijuana often evokes images of euphoria and relaxed lethargy. Some of the earliest human cultures ingested and smoked the leaves of the plant, and its consumption has persisted in modern society. Although it’s most commonly used as a recreational drug, marijuana also has important medicinal, religious, and spiritual applications. To some, it’s an important clinical substance that functions as … Read More

We’ve all been in this situation: it’s a busy day, we’ve been sitting in front of the computer screen for a few hours, and we’re beginning to get restless. Eventually, all that pent up energy starts being released, little by little—we begin to move around in our chair, perhaps tapping our fingers, or wiggling our … Read More

This year, 3D printers have helped so many in the medical field. Able to print a variety of helpful parts ranging from prosthetic body parts to bridges from a digital file, this invention is truly revolutionary. To achieve shape and dimensions, the printer lays down layers upon layers of material until the finished product is completed. Printed … Read More

When astronaut John Phillips looked down at the Earth from aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2005, the image he saw of our home planet was blurry. Normally sharp-sighted, Phillips was taken aback and wondered if his vision was failing. “I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself … Read More

Imagine a world where one could take a pill based on his or her medical condition, without worrying about any adverse consequences that the pill might stimulate. For instance, if there were problems with the intestines or an infection within the body, the pill would be able to sense the correct ailment and release the appropriate medicine. … Read More

Folic acid intake is extremely important before and during pregnancy. Insufficiency of folic acid in the mother’s body can cause severe malformations in the baby, such as neural tube defects (NTDs). These NTD’s can include anencephaly, when a baby’s brain does not fully develop, and spina bifida, where the tube enclosing the spinal cord is open at … Read More

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