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These Rare Australian Berries Might Contain Cancer Cure

The drug made from the berries had a 75 percent success rate. (Screengrab: YouTube)

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. Read More

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This High Tech Injection Heals Gunshot Wounds in 15 Seconds

The XStat, pre-injection. (Facebook)

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. Read More

Quantified Self

Eat and Then Poop Out a Mini-Computer to Quantify Your Health

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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. Read More


‘Doctor Google’ Isn’t Replacing Actual Doctors Any Time Soon

To be fair, the Internet is WAY less awkward. (

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? Read More