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  • Conjoined Twins Connected at Head Separated in Rare SurgeryConjoined Twins Connected at Head Separated in Rare Surgery
    After a successful operation, a pair of 10-month-old conjoined twins are now separated. The girls, Erin and Abby, were connected at the the top of their heads, a rare condition called craniopagus. But, they are now able to live separate lives thanks to a multidisciplinary team at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP). “Separating conjoined […]
  • Can This New Test Detect Dormant HIV?Can This New Test Detect Dormant HIV?
    Despite extensive efforts, there’s still no cure for HIV. Since the virus often lives dormant in cells, it’s difficult for doctors to deem a person is cured. But, a newly developed test may be sensitive enough to identify “hidden” HIV, according to research published in Nature Medicine. The scientists at the University of Pittsburgh who […]
  • Marijuana May Help Those Fighting Alzheimer’sMarijuana May Help Those Fighting Alzheimer’s
    As I’ve noted, I don’t smoke pot, but I have friends that do. Like me, they’re aging baby-boomers. Unlike me, they’re retired and don’t have to meet daily deadlines. So why the heck shouldn’t they? That question took on new urgency recently with reports that pot might play a major role in warding off Alzheimer’s […]
  • Magic Mushrooms: The Almost Safest Illegal DrugMagic Mushrooms: The Almost Safest Illegal Drug
    Just kidding, they’re illegal. Okay, so this isn’t an actual mushroom—it’s a soap bubble. But if you were high right now you’d totally think it was a mushroom. Pashminu/Wikimedia Commons Disclaimer: Popular Science does not endorse the use of illegal drugs. If you’re looking to play it safe when it comes to illicit substances, look […]
  • Surgeons to Use Hepatitis-Infected Hearts in TransplantsSurgeons to Use Hepatitis-Infected Hearts in Transplants
    Kiran Shelat was willing to try almost anything to get off dialysis. Every night, the civil engineer was hooked up to a machine for 10 to 12 hours, often suffering excruciating muscle aches. And he would need to live this way until he could get a kidney transplant – which could take up to 10 […]
  • Blood Type Is Associated With Greater Risk of a Heart AttackBlood Type Is Associated With Greater Risk of a Heart Attack
    Our blood types can tell a lot about our health, from risk for pancreatic cancer to overall stress levels. According to a new study, your blood type may also inform doctors of your personal risk for heart troubles. The research found that having a blood type other than “O” may be associated with a higher […]
  • Low Impulse Control Attributed to Male Sex HormoneLow Impulse Control Attributed to Male Sex Hormone
    Not to make excuses for every dumb, impulsive decision made by men, but a new study says it might be in their hormones. A team of researchers that included scientists from Caltech and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, found that testosterone makes men less likely to think before acting. Read: Will He […]
  • Five Antibiotics That Can Cause Early Term MiscarriageFive Antibiotics That Can Cause Early Term Miscarriage
    Pregnant women strive to be as healthy as possible by watching what they eat, drink, and do with their bodies to ensure a safe, and healthy baby. Many expectant moms are hesitant to take antibiotics during pregnancy, although they’re more vulnerable to getting bacterial infections, specifically UTIs. Now, researchers at the University of Montreal in […]
  • Antibiotic Recipes Found in Medieval Medical BooksAntibiotic Recipes Found in Medieval Medical Books
    By Erin Connelly, CLIR-Mellon Fellow for Data Curation in Medieval Studies, University of Pennsylvania. A recipe for an eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook.’ © The British Library Board (Royal MS 12 D xvii) For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which […]
  • New Stem Cell Discovery May Pave Way to Cure for CancerNew Stem Cell Discovery May Pave Way to Cure for Cancer
    Researchers at UCLA successfully created an artificial thymus capable of killing “disease-causing intruders” responsible for the growth of cancerous tumors. Scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research said the stem-cell research breakthrough could one day pave the way toward creating a cure for cancer. Unlike ordinary thymuses […]

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