Jennifer Reilly, an active, healthy 27-year-old woman, was surprised to wake in the night with an agonizing headache. The next day, she related the incident to a co-worker, who insisted she see a doctor. At the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Liebeskind informed her that she’d had a stroke. “I was really skeptical,” said Reilly. She … 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

Cinnamon is most commonly used as a topping, a flavorful addition to everyday treats such as bread, lattes, and cereal. But now, scientists at Rush University Medical Center have discovered an astounding new use for America’s favorite spice. According to the new study, published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology, consuming cinnamon … Read More

Throughout history, human beings have always held a certain fascination towards nature and her wonders. Now, scientists have linked this fascination to improved public health. A team of scientists from the University of Queensland (UQ) and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) recently held an Australia-based study to prove that people, in general, … Read More

While much of genetic research focuses on differences in our DNA sequences, the field of epigenetics concentrates on the variability in how those sequences are expressed, or converted into proteins which regulate our biological characteristics. This variability is mostly due to environmental factors, but certain epigenetic changes can be inherited as well. Embed from Getty Images  Genetic material is converted into proteins … Read More

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have superpowers? Well, it may surprise you to learn that you already possess some skills—simply because you are human—that come naturally to us as part of our genetics. Researchers at the University of Stuttgart, Germany have discovered a unique skill possessed by most humans. According to … Read More

In a fortunate accident, researchers who were trying to develop a vaccine against malaria for pregnant women discovered a potential weapon against cancer. The scientists, from the University of Copenhagen and the University of British Columbia, realized that the carbohydrate that malaria parasites attach to in the placenta is identical to a carbohydrate found in cancer cells. The researchers recreated … Read More

As humans, one of our most unique traits is our ability to speak and comprehend language. Apart from us, only a choice few other species have this ability, the most well-known being parrots and parakeets. Their speech is mostly mimicry, in which they copy heard words quite accurately and form sentences; these sentences usually don’t … Read More

Most of us have heard the expression “hard of hearing”, and we’ve seen elderly folks acquire hearing aids as their abilities wear down over time. Naturally, we are accustomed to thinking that these difficulties that come with age are attributable to a loss of nerve connections or decrease of function in some areas of the … Read More

Imagine walking down a dimly lit hallway at night or a pitch black alleyway. You feel what you think are eyes upon your back, and you hear muffled noises coming from behind you. In a situation like this, what do most people feel? Yes, there is probably fear, but there is also the sensation that an outside being is present, … Read More

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder. It slowly develops, often beginning with a slight tremor in the limbs. Other symptoms include slowed movement, rigid muscles, impaired posture, and changes in speech and writing. The brains of people with Parkinson’s disease display Lewy bodies–clumps of substances within brain cells–and are markers for the disease. Parkinson’s … Read More

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered that enzymes previously believed to promote cancer actually help suppress tumors. Enzymes are proteins that act as biological catalysts for cellular processes. The group of enzymes studied by the researchers was Protein Kinase C (PKC), which controls functions like cell survival, division, and … Read More

A new device called the Maestro Rechargeable System has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of obesity. The FDA has approved the device for patients ages eighteen and older who were unable to lose weight with weight loss programs. To be eligible for treatment with the Maestro System, patients must have … 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

Radiation therapy is a treatment option for patients with brain cancer. Its purpose is to destroy the brain tumor or attempt to stop its growth. Radiation is usually used on tumors that are unable to be surgically removed.  However, radiation is unable to differentiate between tumor cells and healthy brain cells and causes damage to both. Radiation therapy … Read More

Emphysema is a disease involving the damage of the alveoli, or air sacs, in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath. The main cause of emphysema is long term exposure to irritants like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke, air pollution, and manufacturing fumes. People at higher risk of developing emphysema include smokers, people ages 40 to 60, and those exposed to secondhand … Read More

Hormonal contraceptives use female hormones to greatly reduce the risk of pregnancy. Types of hormonal contraceptives include: oral contraceptives (birth control pills), vaginal rings, injections, and contraceptive patches. When used as directed, hormonal contraceptives are over 99% effective. A research team led by Dr. David Gaist of the Odense University Hospital and and University of … Read More

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