Author Archives: Health & Medicine

Flu Season Has Exposed Life-Threatening Flaws in Medical Supply Chains

Flu season in the U.S. typically peaks in February, but this year’s outbreak is already one of the worst on record. As of Jan. 6, 20 children have died from the flu, and overall mortality caused by the flu is already double that of last year’s.

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Even During Deep Sleep, Mouse Pupils Filter the Outside World

The eye may not be the window to the soul in the conventional sense, but it is a window into the intricate workings of the mind.

The pupil of the eye fluctuates and varies a lot in humans and many mammals. If tracked during the day, the pupil will not… Continue reading

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You Can Do More to Combat the Flu than Just Get a Flu Shot

If you feel like this year’s flu season is a rough one, that’s because it is.

CBS News recently reported that this year’s flu virus is dominated by a particularly nasty strain, H3N2, which has reached almost every corner of the country, causing … Continue reading

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Cringeworthy Dental Procedures of Ancient Times

Most people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. There’s just something off-putting about having your mouth wide open while someone’s scratching and scraping your precious chompers. But at least dentists can give you Novocain to make your mouth go n… Continue reading

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Fart-Sniffing Pill Reveals Secrets of the Gut

Your nose, mouth, skin pores and…other…body holes each serve their unique functions. But most of them also double as biological exhaust pipes, spewing gaseous byproducts of the myriad internal chemical reactions keeping you alive.

And, just as we … Continue reading

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Suppressing a Sneeze Could Rupture Your Throat

Attempting to contain a sneeze could be a recipe for disaster.

A 34-year-old patient visited a hospital in the United Kingdom complaining of an extremely sore throat and a dramatic voice change after attempting to suppress a sneeze by pinching his nos… Continue reading

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Surfers 3 Times More Likely to Harbor Dangerous Bacteria

British surfers are coming back from the beach with more than good vibes.

A study from University of Exeter researchers found the surfers had levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that were three times higher than those who didn’t hang ten. It’s lik… Continue reading

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Make a List; Fall Asleep Faster

About 40 percent of Americans have problems falling asleep and they spend billions every year on sleep aids and remedies. Instead of spending hard earned cash, falling asleep could be as simple as writing a to-do list.

Previous research has shown wr… Continue reading

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Baby Fat Is Far More Than Cute

“Aw, you still have your baby fat!” This refrain plagued me throughout my childhood. No matter what I did, I couldn’t shake my “baby fat.” I was not a particularly overweight child. I just seemed to maintain the round cheeks and pudgy tummy t… Continue reading

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An ‘Internal Scale’ Could Regulate Weight Loss In Humans

Losing weight may not be that hard — for rodents, a new study shows. Researchers have discovered an internal scale in rats and mice that sends signals to the brain to cut back on food if weight gain is detected. Now, the researchers hope to translate… Continue reading

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Robotic Implants Could Help Remedy a Rare Birth Defect

Robots are finding new ways to get under our skin, and that’s a good thing.

Lab-grown organs are carving their place in medicine, as scientists can today grow miniature brains, kidneys and more in the lab to conduct research or even treat patients. … Continue reading

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It’s So Cold, You Might Be Allergic to It

On a freezing morning in January, my boyfriend had just emerged from the icy waters of Lake Michigan along with hundreds of others who had just participated in the annual Polar Plunge. He was frozen to the bone, but so was everyone else. There was, how… Continue reading

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Your Computer Can Volunteer, Too

By: Caitlin Larkin

You probably remember when the Ebola virus became news in 2014, after it killed thousands of people. Erica Ollmann Saphire (pictured above), a structural biologist at The Scripps Research Institute, and one of the world’s foremost… Continue reading

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You’re Sick, We Can See It All Over Your Face

Humans seem to possess an uncanny ability to read sickness on others’ faces, even in the earliest stages of an infection.

No kidding, you might say. Who couldn’t pick out a poor soul who’s been in the throes of the flu, red nose and all? But our… Continue reading

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Human Embryo Gets CRISPR Treatment

Researchers in a U.S. lab finally test the revolutionary gene-editing tool in human embryos. Continue reading

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Essay: ‘Living Drug’ Gets Green Light

The FDA approves a powerful gene therapy to fight a resistant cancer. Continue reading

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Why Sleep Deprivation Affects Us All Differently

Lose some sleep over the weekend, and you’re likely to come into work Monday feeling a little off. Whether that’s zoning out in a meeting, missing typos in an email or something more dangerous like drifting off at the wheel, sleep deprivation blunts ou… Continue reading

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This Is Your Brain on Mixed Martial Arts

Michael Bisping has fought professionally in mixed martial arts since 2004. Last year, the journeyman won his first title. He knocked out Luke Rockhold in the first round to win the middleweight belt in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, the m… Continue reading

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Under Review: A Male Contraceptive Topical Gel

A new male contraceptive is set to begin testing next year.

Beginning in April, about 420 men will begin rubbing a hormonal gel onto their shoulders every morning, with the goal of lowering sperm counts below what’s needed to cause a pregnancy. If al… Continue reading

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Heads Up: Female Soccer Players More Prone to Brain Damage Than Males

Ladies, looks like we might have another thing to worry about — well, at least for those of us who play soccer.

New, unpublished research, presented in November at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., suggests female s… Continue reading

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Heads Up: Female Soccer Players More Prone to Brain Damage Than Males

Ladies, looks like we might have another thing to worry about — well, at least for those of us who play soccer.

New, unpublished research, presented in November at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C., suggests female s… Continue reading

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NIH to Resume Funding Controversial ‘Gain-of-Function’ Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it would be removing a three-year funding pause on so-called “gain-of-function” research.

The type of research in question involves engineering viruses to give them capabilities not fou… Continue reading

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NIH to Resume Funding Controversial ‘Gain-of-Function’ Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it would be removing a three-year funding pause on so-called “gain-of-function” research.

The type of research in question involves engineering viruses to give them capabilities not fou… Continue reading

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How Bad Is It to Hold in a Poop?

You know the feeling when you have to poop, but there’s no toilet in reach or you’re too scared to stink up the stall at work? Then, instead of listening to Mother Nature, you end up holding in your poop?

Let’s face it, no matter how many times … Continue reading

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How Bad Is It to Hold in a Poop?

You know the feeling when you have to poop, but there’s no toilet in reach or you’re too scared to stink up the stall at work? Then, instead of listening to Mother Nature, you end up holding in your poop?

Let’s face it, no matter how many times … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Disease and the Fall of Rome

At some time or another, every historian of Rome has been asked to say where we are, today, on Rome’s cycle of decline. Historians might squirm at such attempts to use the past but, even if history does not repeat itself, nor come packaged into moral… Continue reading

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‘Man Flu’ and Giant Wine Glasses: The BMJ’s Christmas Issue

Scientists aren’t always considered to be the most festive group of people. But The British Medical Journal does its part to celebrate the spirit of the holidays with its annual Christmas issue.

Once a year, the journal opens submissions for studi… Continue reading

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Stay warm with winter projects from home!

This week we are highlighting projects that help advance research on penguins, seals, the Antarctica and more.

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

FjordPhyto

Maria Stenzel

This one involves a little travel t… Continue reading

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Never Pop a Zit With Woodcarving Tools

Let’s preface this whole story with a disclaimer: It’s never really a good idea to pop a pimple. But, if you must, absolutely do not use a dirty woodworking blade.

How do we know? Because a 23-year-old man from Chicago did exactly that, and paid a… Continue reading

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For Homo Sapiens, This Is as Good as It Gets

Well, that’s it.

Pack it in, boys.

Show’s over for us as a species: We’ve peaked.

At least, we might have, according to a paper in Frontiers in Physiology. If anything, it looks like we might be going downhill, with climate change and other en… Continue reading

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