Taylor Hitchcock

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The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike

Doctors are miserable, patients are miserable, and there’s no end in sight. It’s time to revamp the health-care system from the ground up—starting …

Here's How Much Money Doctors Actually Make

While many Americans complain about the costs of healthcare: insurance, hospital bills, paperwork, and medicine, relatively few begrudge doctors …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Nanorobots that hide in your blood like viruses could someday fight cancer

When it comes to fighting disease, your body’s defense system doesn’t like enlisting outside help. Overcoming this “locals only” attitude has been a huge handicap for scientists trying to make medical nanorobots, but now a team from Harvard thinks they’ve developed a disguise that will help the …

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There's a large ocean inside Saturn's icy moon - Futurity

Scientists have confirmed that Saturn’s icy moon is home to a large subsurface ocean near its south pole.

Making Better Mesenchymal Stem Cells

WIKIMEDIA, ROBERT M. HUNTStem cell therapy is often hailed as the treatment of the future for several diseases. And mesenchymal stem cells …

Neurosurgeons successfully implant 3D printed skull

A 22-year-old woman from the Netherlands who suffers from a chronic bone disorder -- which has increased the thickness of her skull from 1.5cm to …

Watson’s Next Challenge: Smarter Cancer Treatments

New innovations in computational biology are changing the way researchers tackle cancer and diabetes. Can algorithms find drug treatments that human doctors can’t?<p>Computational biology–the application of coding, mathematical models, and large-scale data processing to biology–hasn’t turned into a …

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Seeing Cells As They’re Meant To Be Seen: In 3-D

Here's the big picture<p>Cells live in a three-dimensional world, but until recently, scientists using fluorescence microscopes could see them well in only two dimensions. With advances in confocal microscopes, which use pinhole apertures to focus light on several planes, scientists can now view …

You can’t dismiss brain imaging as just an academic gimmick

While there are limits to what brain imaging can tell us, that doesn't mean they don't have an important role. Convergent evidence is key, argues Matt Wall for The Conversation<p>Given the media coverage brain imaging studies get, you might think that they are constantly revealing important secrets …

Do today's scientific practices really suppress brilliant breakthroughs?

The modern research profession is not without its flaws, but even without Richard Feynman it still packs a serious punch<p>Are scientific mavericks, such as the flamboyant and brilliant bongo-playing Richard Feynman, an extinct product of the 20th century? And is science today relatively too staid and …

Surgery could change how doctors treat prostate cancer - Futurity

Direct treatment of the primary tumor in metastatic prostate cancer appears to significantly prolong survival, a new study shows.

Your brain knows when your thirst is quenched - Futurity

Our brains are hardwired to stop us from drinking more water than is healthy, according to a new brain imaging study.

Bryan Clarke obituary

Professor of genetics who founded the Frozen Ark to preserve the genes of endangered creatures<p>Bryan Clarke, who has died aged 81, was the founding professor of genetics at the University of Nottingham, where he set up the Frozen Ark, a scheme to preserve the genes and cells of endangered creatures. …

Scientists publish 'navigation maps' for human genome | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body - work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.<p>A DNA double helix is seen in an undated artist's …

Self-Driving Car Test: Steve Mahan

Drake Equation: Estimating the Odds of Finding E.T.

The Drake Equation is used to estimate the number of communicating civilizations in the cosmos, or more simply put, the odds of finding intelligent …

Exoplanets

Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

The most significant skull prosthetic to date<p>A woman with a rare bone disorder has had much of the top of her skull replaced with a 3-D printed plastic piece, <i>Wired U.K.</i> reports. Three months later, she's symptom-free and back to work.<p>The woman's condition made her skull increase in thickness, …

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How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

Pottery just got really high-tech<p>For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys. They maintain structural integrity at high temperatures and allow uranium neutrons to escape in order to produce nuclear reactions. But, …

Crows solve Aesop's fable puzzles, offer clues to cognition | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A species of crow native to islands east of Australia has long wowed scientists with its intelligence, and now it has shown it can solve at least one puzzle as well as the average 7-year-old child, scientists reported on Wednesday.<p>Like other research on the cognitive abilities …

12 Totally Bizarre, Gross Remedies From Old Medical Texts

Most of us have fantasized about living in the past -- seventeenth-century France, Rome of the emperors, sailing with Viking explorers. But there is an aspect of the past that can be guaranteed to send us scurrying back to the reassuring present -- health and medicine. No matter how fascinating …

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Ebola: Looking Beyond the Pucker Factor

The best way to describe the reaction to an outbreak of Ebola virus was penned by Dr. C.J. Peters in his book, Virus Hunter. Known as "the pucker factor," it consists of “…an uncomfortable and unpleasant tightening of certain sphincter musculature.” His reasoning for the response is valid; of the …

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

Doctors will place patients between life and death in suspended animation trials

For the first time ever, surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh could save patients by putting them between life and death. They're ready to test a technique that would place patients in a state of "suspended animation," giving surgeons enough time to operate on injuries that would …

3D-printed splint used to help a baby breathe again

3D printing doesn't have to be limited to tchotchkes. The production method has already proven its utility in surgery, and now a doctor has used 3D printing to help save a baby's life. The baby was born with a condition known as tracheomalacia that left him with a trachea susceptible to collapsing …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

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