Today in surprising medical news, scientists now believe some rare, unsuspecting berries found in the far northern corner of Australia might hold the key to curing cancer.
After an eight-year study, researchers have discovered that Blushwood berries — found in the rain forests of Far North Queensland — contain a compound that might be able to destroy head and neck tumors, as well as melanoma, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
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3D-printing can do the most amazing things, you guys — like in the Netherlands, where doctors just successfully implanted a 3D-printed skull into a woman’s head.
An Oregon based startup might have revolutionized the way we heal gunshot wounds.
Startup RevMedx, which develops products for military medics and members of the emergency services, has created a device that can heal a gunshot wound in 15 seconds, Popular Science reports. The device is called XStat, and its creators are hoping the FDA will approve it for use by medical professionals.
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Because a good ol’ thermometer is no longer high-tech enough, scientists have created a mini-computer inside a pill to measure core body temperature.
Pills such as the CorTemp from HQ Inc. are not quite ready for widespread use, but “some people on the cutting edge are already swallowing them to monitor a range of health data and wirelessly share this information with a doctor,” the New York Times’ Bits blog reports. The pills contain sensors and transmitters and are swallowed with water or milk. The devices stay intact while making their way through the intestinal tract.
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Just in time for the season six premier of True Blood, the UK’s Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has given researchers at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine the go-ahead to try creating synthetic blood with stem cells.
This happened late last month, according to Wired, and either the timing is a total coincidence or HBO has Read More
It’s so very easy to overestimate the power of 3D printing. DIY semiautomatics, for example, are a terrifying prospect, but they’re not exactly right around the corner. Likewise, it’s easy to dream of a world where surgeons can simply 3D print a new liver. But the Wall Street Journal reports that current medical applications are a little more mundane.
Robots are frequently relied on in the medical community to perform complex, invasive surgeries that require a dexterous touch. But like any person (or thing!) with a medical degree, robots are now become the target of lawsuits launched by their former patients.
As much as we can accomplish over the Internet these days, sometimes there’s just no substitute for IRL. Case in point: That mysterious rash that won’t disappear no matter how much lotion you apply.
A study released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project says that while 59 percent of Americans have looked online for some sort of health information, only 35 percent have turned to the Internet with the specific aim of diagnosing themselves or someone else online. A mere third! That seems a little low, no?