Katie Sandifer

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Safer, more effective way to shock the heart - Futurity

A new system designed to treat arrhythmia is able to shock a dangerously irregular heart back into normal rhythm more safely and more effectively.

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

Imagine a tiny computer embedded under your scalp that's constantly tracking your brain activity and zapping you when it senses something awry.<p>That might sound like science fiction, but a medical device that does that was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an option for people …

Could arthritis drug combat Alzheimer's?

At the beginning of next year, Clive Holmes will attempt to do something remarkable. But you'd never guess it from meeting this mild-mannered psychiatrist with a hint of a Midlands accent. In fact, you could be sitting in his office in the Memory Assessment and Research Centre at Southampton …

These get me every time

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

Absurd Creature of the Week: Elusive Goblin Shark Has World’s Most Terrifying Jaws

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.18.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>In the movie <i>Labyrinth</i>, David Bowie stars as …

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

7 Must-have Apps for Audio Lovers

Are you someone who constantly has your ear buds on?<p>Do you love listening to music, audio books, or podcasts while driving or working out?<p>Well, here are seven awesome iPhone apps to fill your ear buds with energizing music, educational audio books, or funny podcasts all day long.<p>1. Umano (free)<p>If …

Alzheimer's treatment: landmark study gives hope for simple pill

A landmark British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.<p>The research, performed on sick mice, is at a very early stage and it could be a decade or more before any medicine is developed.<p>But experts say the results …

This A Cappella Cover Of Lorde's "Royals" Will Make Your Ears Happy

Nailed it.

How high blood sugar throws off heart rhythm - Futurity

Scientists have identified a biological pathway—activated by abnormally high blood sugar levels—that causes irregular heartbeats. …

Statins may reduce dementia by a third

Cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions of British patients can also help to reduce the risk of dementia by almost a third, research has found.<p>A major review of 16 studies found that taking statins for more than a year appeared to safeguard the brain from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of …

The FDA Has Approved The First Artificial Pancreas

An easier way for diabetics to control their insulin intake<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its first "artificial pancreas" to automatically control the insulin levels of diabetics. (You know, before the shutdown furloughed almost half of its staff.)<p>The hormone insulin controls …

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Meiosis 'checkpoint' sheds light on birth defects - Futurity

Researchers have identified two enzymes that play a critical role in meiosis—the process of cell …

Dogs: an uncomplicated relationship

Recently Pete Etchells posted about our complicated relationship with cats so, to balance the score, this week I'm going to tell you why our relationship with dogs seems so <i>un</i>complicated.<p>Dogs read our body language<p>Human babies understand that pointing and gaze direction are indications of what's …

FYI: Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

I mean, it's not just me, right?<p>The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

Mobify – Digital Experience Platform

Boost your revenue by launching a superior Progressive Web App in just 90 days<p>Mobify is the only proven Digital Experience Platform for building customer-first shopping experiences through Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), and native apps.<p>The #1 Provider ofProgressive Web …

Scientists pinpoint 'root cause' of 30 common cancers - Futurity

U. QUEENSLAND (AUS) — Scientists have identified signature mutations that drive tumor growth in 30 …

MRI for breast cancer raises odds of surgery - Futurity

YALE (US) — For older women with breast cancer, heavy use of MRIs may lead …

Copper exposure likely 'key player' in Alzheimer's - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER (US) — Copper, found in a variety of foods and some drinking water, …

What Blood Shows Scientists About Suicide Risk

A new study of bipolar patients brings researchers closer to creating a blood test for suicidal thoughts.<p>Suicide was responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes were in 2009, but it's not always easy for doctors to tell when someone is at risk. A new study from the Indiana University …

Unusual Whale Stranding Gives Scientists Rare Opportunity

Author: Nadia Drake. Nadia Drake Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.20.13.<p>Time of Publication: 3:20 pm. 3:20 pm<p><i>Photo: Alex Washburn/WIRED</i><p><i>The first steps</i> …

Why our colons are happy homes for bacteria - Futurity

CALTECH (US) — Biologists have figured out how it’s possible for some beneficial gut bacteria …

Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

What's thick-skinned and leathery, about the size of an egg, essential for guacamole and sold eight for a dollar?<p>No, not limes. Hass avocados. This year, anyway. These pear-sized fruits usually weigh half a pound or more. In the summer of 2013, though, hundreds of thousands of trees in Southern …

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …

An In-Ear Brain Monitor Could Watch For Seizures Discreetly

The hearing-aid sized device could allow researchers to record EEG data over multiple days, even as patients move around.<p>Measuring the brain's electric signals, a process called electroencephalography (EEG), is a useful way to diagnose seizures and evaluate sleep disorders. Attaching a jumble of …

How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …