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10 Famous People Killed By Bad Medicine

In the past, medicine was not so much a science as a cross between amateur alchemy and compensated sadism. And the worst quackery wasn't just …

Would Lincoln Have Survived If He Was Shot Today?

The anatomy of the President's fatal wound, and what modern medicine could have done for him<p>Abraham Lincoln often spoke and dreamed about being assassinated, convinced that he would not outlast the rebellion when his work would have been done. Prior to his inauguration, he received letters warning …

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

UC Berkeley

We've Decoded Some Shoe Terms You Should Know

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com<p>Between pronation, midsoles, gait analysis, and heel to toe drops—it’s no wonder shopping for new running shoes can …

The Value of Running

A philosophical perspective on why running is worth it.<p>The book won't make you run faster," says Mark Rowlands, author of <i>Running with the Pack</i> (Pegasus, 2013). "But if you are a runner who wants to understand the value of what you are spending large swaths of your life doing, then this will …

Marathons

Gender Differences Found In Brain Wiring: Insight Or Neurosexism?

A new study claims to have found the neural differences between men and women. But the story's not that simple.<p>The latest neuroscience study of sex differences to hit the popular press has inspired some familiar headlines. The Independent, for example, proclaims that:<p>The hardwired difference …

The Brain

Christmas shopping so stressful it triggers primal 'fight or flight' response

Battling through throngs of Christmas shoppers has become as much a part of the festive season as trees and mince pies. But psychologist Dr David Lewis claims crowds are so big now they are stirring up deep primal fears.<p>Christmas shopping feels so stressful because huge crowds spark a primal ‘fight …

eCommerce

How To Get Rid Of Animal Testing

From chimp to chip<p>Last summer, the National Institutes of Health announced that it’s phasing out experiments on chimpanzees. All but 50 of its 451 chimps will go to sanctuaries, and it won’t breed the remainder. The change is based on its 2011 study that determined that advancements have rendered …

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

If you got sick, you probably wouldn't go to an evolutionary biologist to get treated. But Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, says that his field can help you understand why you got sick, and make you more aware of healthy and harmful behaviors.<p>He joins <i>Fresh</i> …

Doctors Vacuum A 2-Foot-Long Clot Out Of Man's Leg

The human body is so weird.<p>So we don't know how 62-year-old Todd Dunlap is feeling right now. We just can't imagine. Last month, doctors vacuumed a two-foot-long clot out of his leg veins—a first for the state of California, according to UCLA, where Dunlap was treated.<p>Dunlap's doctors used a …

Mouse Skin Cells Transformed Into Viable Eggs, Sperm And Babies

A similar treatment for infertile human couples is still decades off.<p>You may have begun as a spark in your parents' eyes, but in the Kyoto University lab of Katsuhiko Hayashi and Mitinori Saitou, baby mice begin life as… skin cells.<p>After a decade of work, the two biologists have developed a way to …

Could the 'triple whammy' technique that beat HIV/Aids win battle against cancer?

New gene treatments that attack tumours on multiple fronts can prolong life – but also show cancer cells are more complex than scientists had thought<p>Wing commander Brian Liversidge was 60 when he was diagnosed, in 2004, as having aggressive prostate cancer. The CEO of a Cumbria educational trust …

Hospital extends scheme to treat patients at home

<b>The announcement last week of extra money to help struggling A&E units was a reminder of deep concerns in the health service - and in government - over how they will cope in the coming months.</b><p>The move followed repeated warnings that hospitals were overstretched, and calls for better community-based …

Physiology