According to the Huffington Post, Americans drink over 400 million cups of coffee per day. Yup, that’s 400,000,000 per day! About 320 million people live in the United States currently, so that means everybody is drinking at least one cup of coffee every day. But some people –hard working medical professionals, frantic writers on a deadline, and … Read More

An endoscope is a medical tool used to internally examine a patient’s body. It’s a thin, hollow tube that has a small camera and light attached to one end. The tube is inserted into the patient’s body and the image is fed back to a screen from the camera. Doctor’s can use the endoscope to confirm a diagnosis, conduct a … Read More

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized most notably by motor impairments: shaking, trouble walking, and an overall slowing of movement. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s yet, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge has taken a big step towards understanding the underlying mechanisms behind the disease’s progression. Embed from Getty Images  Vesicle … Read More

If you’ve ever watched The Simpsons, you may be familiar with the explosions that generally result from nuclear meltdowns, likely finding it humorous. Unfortunately, nuclear meltdowns don’t just occur in cartoons and they certainly are not a laughing matter; some notable occurrences include Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island. A nuclear meltdown often occurs when … Read More

It’s unfortunate, but eventually everyone passes away. Although life expectancy has certainly increased in recent years, immortality has yet to be reached. Some people are able to accept the fact that death is inevitable, but it isn’t at all unusual for people to fear death. However, people are often able to overcome this fear through various means, a major … Read More

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine at USC have made another step in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia that causes memory loss and cognitive dysfunction. Our brains are protected by something called the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), a semi-permeable membrane that protects the brain from toxins, bacteria, hormones, neurotransmitters, and other … Read More

Hair loss is typically dealt with by using cosmetic products. It is an inconvenient occurrence that generally comes with aging and can be explained by the reduced division of cells located at the end of each strand of hair, known as hair follicles. Your immune system deals with infections by producing macrophages from white blood cells called monocytes. Macrophages basically … Read More

Vampires may have figured out the connection between eternal life and blood long ago, but they got the drinking part wrong. Scientists conducting aging research have discovered that through the sharing of blood circulation between old and young mice by a procedure called parabiosis, the healing process of damaged organ tissue in old mice improved … 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

Exciting new research from the Wake Forest School of Medicine shows that an insulin nasal spray may be effective in treating Alzheimer’s Disease, a type of dementia that causes loss of memory and cognitive degeneration, as seen in the bottom right image. While previous studies have shown that insulin may be effective in treating people with … Read More

Often times while studying students find themselves staring at the same sentence for minutes on end. Although many of these students lament their inability to focus, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have uncovered an interesting twist to this dilemma: the right type of mental rest can actually boost learning. But what is … Read More

Mad cow disease is a fatal brain disease found in cattle. The disease causes deterioration of the brain and ultimately results in death. Humans could develop the human form of the disease by eating beef contaminated with central nervous system tissues of infected cattle. There currently is no cure for the disease due to the lack of information … Read More

If you’ve ever accidentally burned or cut yourself, you understand the resulting pain that is oftentimes unbearable. It is important for your body to be able to experience pain otherwise you wouldn’t realize that all your fingers have been cut off from dicing onions. However, in cases such as recovering from medical treatment, pain is often … Read More

You may have heard the phrase “nature versus nurture” before. This is the debate between whether a person’s behavior is shaped more by genetics (nature) or more by experiences and environmental influence (nurture). New research from Stanford University sought to resolve this debate and see whether differences in the human immune system could be attributed to genetics (heritable influences) … Read More

New research suggests that light (and a little genetic modification) may be the answer to a better night’s sleep. Researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical school have found a way to induce REM sleep in mice using new technology called optogenetics. REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep is the stage in the sleep cycle stage most associated … 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

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