Scientists from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have made it possible for paralyzed rats to walk again using electrical and chemical stimulation. In humans, however, this would require long-term implants that would not cause tissue damage. The e-Dura implant, developed by research teams led by professors Stéphanie Lacour and Grégoire Courtine, is one such … Read More

Hydrogels are water-based polymers that have the characteristics of both liquids and solids. With their high water content and elastic consistency, they resemble living tissues – making them biocompatible and therefore able to be injected into the body. Some current applications of hydrogels include: contact lenses, disposable diapers, wound dressings, and components in EEG/ECG electrodes. Embed from … Read More

With the advent of FDA regulations requiring fast food restaurants to post calories on their menus, it’s often difficult to enjoy a meal without that calorie count sitting in the back of your mind. A casual trip to Taco Bell can turn into an internal struggle over calories versus gratification. This is not to say … Read More

Many people need a daily cup of coffee or tea in the morning to feel ready to start their day. But in terms of health, coffee is often given a bad name while tea is praised. Some people even call tea a “superfood”—but why? Tea can be divided into two categories: those made from the plant Camellia sinensis, and those … Read More

With ear plugs pushed in, shades draped over his eyes, and seat fully reclined, the weary, jet-lagged traveler pulls out a sleeping pill hoping for a good night’s rest. While this scene may sound familiar to many of us, melatonin, the hormone in that sleeping pill, may be a little less familiar. Naturally produced by … Read More

Tick tock. “1:59 AM.” Tick tock. “2:00 AM.” You find yourself tossing around in bed, wishing that you could simply drift off to that blissful world of sleep. Embed from Getty Images  Sleep can be a problem for some individuals. Many of us have probably, at some point, suffered from insomnia and have had to … Read More

In social media and entertainment, cocaine is depicted as a crippling substance often associated with gangs, cartels, and reality shows related to drug interventions. However, cocaine has been around for a while and its initial form and purpose is quite different from the drug that we currently see and know it as. Cocaine is a … Read More

In addition to the incredibly expensive modern day hospital fees, pharmaceutical treatment of a variety of illnesses has become increasingly taxing. With the recent scandal involving Martin Shkreli, a hedge fund manager and CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, and his 5000% price hike of Daraprim, many people are beginning to question the legitimacy of such actions. In September, … Read More

Although researchers have known that endogenous retroviruses, or viruses that reside within our nerve cells, constitute 5% of the human genome, they considered the viruses to be “junk DNA.” Very little of all the DNA in your body is actually utilized in the process of protein synthesis, DNA’s primary focus. This is why many researchers assumed that the retroviruses were … Read More

Stress. It surrounds us humans at every second of every day. It is the feeling of having too much to do in a limited amount of time, of not having enough money to cover your rent this month after being fired from a job, or criticizing personal imperfections, even when no one besides you notices them. Stress … Read More

Chinese wolfberries, often called goji berries, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine since 200 BC. Goji berries are believed to provide strength and energy to the body, support liver and kidney functions, and even help prevent age-related diseases due to their high antioxidant properties. Goji berries are not only used for medicinal purposes but are also commonly … Read More

When you take a massage day at the spa, relaxation is expected, but would you ever think of using massage therapy to treat your chronic pain or anxiety? According to Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 85 percent of nurse practitioners say they recommend patient to try massage therapy as an alternative treatment option. … Read More

With the recent natural food boom, demand for natural yet non-caloric sweeteners is on a steady rise. Among such natural sweeteners on the market, Stevia is the most widely known and used by food manufacturers. In the U.S., we find highly refined forms of Stevia sold under brands like Truvia. Stevia sweeteners are extracted from the … Read More

We have all been there: it’s the morning after you ate a whole box of pizza and you feel like you have a boulder inhabiting the inside of your colon. To your demise, you go to the bathroom and the rock won’t budge— what do you do now? Constipation is a common malady that most … Read More

Although the holiday season is seen as a time of cheer, family, and delicious food, winter time, for some, also marks the beginning of an internal battle against seasonal depression, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Seasonal Affective Disorder is more than just winter blues. It’s a form of clinical depression that occurs during all … Read More

What is TB? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infectious disease of the lungs. It is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and can be contracted through exposure to airborne pathogens from coughing or sneezing. TB is largely resistant to the drugs used to treat it, forcing patients to take a cocktail of medications over an extended period … Read More

New research indicates that a person’s balance may be a telling sign of his or her brain’s health. The inability to balance on one leg for more than 20 seconds may indicate brain damage and a risk of stroke, even in seemingly healthy individuals. Researchers at the Kyoto School of Medicine in Japan tested about … Read More

Flu season has started. Better start popping multivitamins, right? Well, not quite. Multivitamins have been a surprisingly controversial topic in the past few years. Traditionally, multivitamins have been considered the best source for getting our daily dose of vitamins. But, it turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Overdosing on multivitamins … Read More

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