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Here Are The Top 10 Most Unnecessary Medical Treatments, According to Scientists

Way too much of a good thing!<p>A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were …

Plan to cut training for Hong Kong family doctors by two years to boost role of primary care

Hong Kong’s specialist medical training school plans to slash two years off the course for family doctors to attract more students.<p>These new recruits …

Health Care

A big Alzheimer's drug trial is about to offer real hope for treating the disease — or crush it

Scientists at Eli Lilly are racing to wrap up a clinical trial on a drug that could be the first major advance in treating Alzheimer's in more than a decade — or a crushing reminder of why the memory-destroying disease has bedeviled researchers for so long.<p>This is the third time Lilly has tested …

Edible Battery To Power Internal Medical Devices

Devour the power!<p>Imagine taking a pill with an ingestible sensor that takes measurements and sends information wirelessly to your doctor, or a pill that senses changes in your gut microbiome and adjusts its dose accordingly. Ingestible medical devices promise such applications, and many more, but a …

Medical Technology

Virus hunters search for the next deadly disease outbreak

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is a slow and cumbersome descent hindered by head-to-toe protective suits. A wooden ladder dips down the side, as two researchers in white suits and respirators make their way into Grootboom cave in South Africa.<p>The suits make the journey more cumbersome, but they are the only things …

Public Health

Zika virus could have Alzheimer's-like effect in adults

Zika can “wreak havoc” on the brains of adults and cause major, lasting damage, according to a new study. The research could overthrow the assumption …

This New Equation Might Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics, Claims Physicist

Linking general relativity and quantum mechanics with wormholes.<p>One of the most stubborn problems in physics today is the fact that our two best …

When Pregnant Women Need Medicine, They Encounter A Void

A few years ago, almost every aspect of Rosanne Mottola's life was governed by the feeling in her gut. Literally.<p>"I experienced extreme urgency to have to use the bathroom. Pain. Bleeding," says Mottola, who has ulcerative colitis. "A lot of times I would go the whole day without eating," she says, …

Pregnancy

NIH kicks off Zika vaccine clinical trial

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of a …

Disease

On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic | Reuters

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Here at the front line of the Ebola epidemic, the tide seems to be turning against the disease.<p>A health worker checks the temperature of a man arriving at Bata Airport, January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh<p>A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone …

Disease

Stanford researchers devise method for bone marrow transplants without using chemotherapy

10 Aug 2016<p>Blood stem cell transplantation, widely known as bone marrow transplantation, is a powerful technique that potentially can provide a …

This Man Will Get the World's First Human Head Transplant Procedure

Italian neurosurgeon <b>Sergio Canavero</b> is planning to perform the <b>first-ever body transplant</b> in December 2017. He will put the head of a terminally ill, …

Physiology

Zika vaccine gives complete protection and is ready for human trials, say scientists

Three Zika vaccines have been found to give complete protection against the virus in monkeys and scientists say they are ready to be trialled on humans.<p>The breakthrough offers hope that within months an effective jab will be available to prevent the devastating infection, which has been linked to …

A Neuroscientist Tells You What’s Wrong With Your Brain

Don’t get him wrong: Dean Burnett loves the brain as much as the next neuroscientist. But if he’s being honest, it’s “really quite rubbish in a lot …

The Brain

Earth - We know the city where HIV first emerged

It is easy to see why AIDS seemed so mysterious and frightening when US medics first encountered it 35 years ago. The condition robbed young, healthy people of their strong immune system, leaving them weak and vulnerable. And it seemed to come out of nowhere.<p>Today we know much more how and why HIV …

Immune System

Scientists have created self-healing fabrics that also protect from harmful chemicals

Protective clothing is critical to the health and safety of workers who handle hazardous chemicals. A new fabric coating promises to not only neutralize toxins, but also to heal tears and holes on its own while the clothes go through the laundry.<p>The coating, developed by a team of researchers from …

Protein

Scientists in South Africa have discovered a compound that could end malaria

Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D) say they have found a new anti-malaria compound “with potential for both treatment and prevention of malaria.”<p>The compound, which is set to be developed and is referred to as ‘UCT943’, is the second candidate …

South Africa

Theranos unveils a new device for blood testing in remote areas

It’s been a shitty 2016 so far for Theranos: the medical company that claimed to be able to conduct a variety of tests from a single drop of blood had to void results that went back two years after they were found to be inaccurate. And last month, CEO Elizabeth Holmes was barred from operating labs …

Theranos

Drones will begin delivering blood and medicine in the US

After launching in Rwanda, Zipline brings its fleet of medical drones to three US states<p>A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will bring its drone delivery program to rural and remote …