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This Super Simple Tourniquet Will Save a Soldier’s Life in 25 Seconds

David Smothers June 24, 2014

Throughout both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, IEDs have been the leading cause of death and dismemberment for US servicemen and women—mostly because the pelvic and upper leg injuries that they generate can’t easily be treated with conventional tourniquets. That’s why a former combat medic went ahead and redesigned the device for 21st century combat…. Continue Reading »

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This Slim iPhone Case Works Like a Real-Life Tricorder

David Smothers March 6, 2014

You’ve seen the iPhone accessory that can check your blood pressure, as well as the one that can monitor your heart rate. There’s even one that can turn your phone into an electrocardiogram (ECG). But, now, there’s an iPhone case that can do all of that—and more. Meet Wello. This thin, ultralight iPhone case can… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft Is Helping Develop a Bra That Tells Women When to Stop Eating

David Smothers December 5, 2013

Don’t worry, emotional overeaters; your future is bright, sort of. Thanks to a collaborative study between the Microsoft Research Institute and the University of Rochester, a new, emotional-stress-detecting bra and mobile app duo may soon be giving your already fragile emotional state the extra guilt it needs to finally put the fork down. Travel with… Continue Reading »

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Why the University of Washington Wants Its Surgeons to Play Videogames

David Smothers September 11, 2013

In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study found that as many as 98,000 people die every year as the result of medical error in the U.S., incurring some $17 billion to $29 billion in hospital expenses. In 2009, the Safe Patient Project concluded that the situation may have gotten even worse in the decade that… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Just Grew Human Heart Tissue That Beats With Total Autonomy

David Smothers August 13, 2013

oming fresh on the heels of the news that scientists are successfully 3D printing live, working, mini human kidneys, a new report in Nature is giving another burst of hope to the future of organ transplants. For the very first time, a research team has been able to grow human heart tissue that beats totally… Continue Reading »

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We’re Closer Than You Think to Beating HIV

David Smothers July 12, 2013

At least 35 million people around the planet live with HIV, and it kills over 1.7 million people each year, so the fact that it’s currently untreatable is one of the biggest medical problems of our time. But in recent years scientific advances seem to be kicking HIV’s ass more effectively than ever—so is there… Continue Reading »

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Bone Marrow Transplants Remove All Sign of HIV in Two Men

David Smothers July 3, 2013

It’s turning into quite a year for HIV treatment. First a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, then 14 adults were successfully treated with early-stage ARV drugs. Now, two men with longstanding HIV infections have been freed from HIV drugs thanks to bone marrow transplants. We’re really getting there. The two men—one… Continue Reading »

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Americans Have No Idea Whether Their Supplements Will Kill Them

David Smothers June 18, 2013

Scientific studies show that the vast majority of Americans are not doctors. That does not, however, prevent Americans from medicating themselves with “alternative” medicines and supplements, as if they were doctors. Why are we Americans so dumb? Do You Believe in Magic? is a new book, by Paul Offit, about alternative medicine, and how you… Continue Reading »

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This Lab-Grown Kidney Can Keep Rats—And Maybe Even You—Alive

David Smothers April 15, 2013

For the first time ever, a whole lab-grown kidney has been successfully transplanted into a rat, where it allowed the creature to process urine like a really kidney would—and it could someday save your life. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston took kidneys from donor rats and washed away the… Continue Reading »

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This Eavesdropping App Calls Your Shrink If It Thinks You Sound Too Bummed-Out

David Smothers February 23, 2013

Ain’t no problem that can’t be solved by an app. At least, that’s what it seems like the folks at EI Technologies are out to prove. Their app “Xpression” aims to help treat depression by listening to a user’s voice, cataloging his or her moods, and alerting a doctor of any dangerous dips. All automatically. Based… Continue Reading »

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