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  1. This Is Some Mad Scientist S@!#t: Russian Man to Undergo First Human Head/Body Transplant

    I've often wondered if I'd ever want to have my consciousness uploaded into a machine cylon-style when my body inevitably starts deteriorating, but I've never thought about getting another actual human body. For Valery Spiridinov of Russia, that situation is very real, and he recently reached out to an Italian doctor (or "mad scientist," depending on whom you ask), Sergio Canavero, to undergo the world's first human head/body transplant.

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  2. Lacking Time Machine, Scientists Study Heart Disease in the 24th Century Through Star Trek

    Welcome, to the World of Tomorrow!

    Can we study all future science through fiction about the future? Because I hear that we mastered eugenics in the '90s, maybe we could use that genetics knowledge to eradicate some cancers, etc.

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  3. U.S. Finally Gets Its Clammy Hands on Hangover “Cure” Berocca With Bonkers Joel McHale Commercial

    BEROCCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

    The U.S. is finally catching up with the rest of the world! Everyone rejoice! What? No, I don't mean in education or healthcare—this is far more important. I'm talking about hangover cures. Yes, we're finally getting a full-scale launch of the rest of the world's favorite* hangover cure*: Berocca. *Actual favorite-ness and cure-ness not guaranteed.

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  4. New Study Says Cancer Could Be Detected by a Simple Blood Test

    Let's hope this study holds up to scrutiny.

    Screening for non-specific cancer is difficult because cancer is really just a catch-all term for very different diseases with a range of causes, symptoms, and treatments. A new study says researchers have found a common factor and a simple blood test can be used to screen patients for hundreds of types of cancer at once, but there is a drawback.

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  5. New Organ “Supercooling” Technique Could Save Lives of Those on Transplant Lists

    Not be confused with "Super Cool."

    Too many people die each year waiting on organ transplant lists, but a new technique could increase the number of available, viable organs. The technique, developed at Harvard, "supercools" the organ while pumping it full of nutrients and oxygen, making it last up to three times longer. That can save a lot of lives.

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  6. First “Suspended Animation” Trials Aren’t Actually Suspended Animation—They’re Kinda Better

    After all, who needs interstellar space travel when you're currently bleeding out all over your carpet?

    Have you been stabbed recently? If so, you should probably go get some medical assistance and possibly also some counseling for Internet addiction, because you really should not be online right now. Also, in the future, doctors might be able to chill your body to keep all that blood from coming out of you so quickly. So look forward to that.

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  7. Digital Mirror Allows People To See Their Organs

    No! Now even my spleen will be scrutinized?

    Most of us are probably curious of what our insides look like beneath our skin. Initially, the notion of being able to see what lies underneath our flesh sounds amazing, but imagine actually standing in front of a mirror that revealed everything. We're pretty much seeing what TSA agents at the airport see when we walk through those body scans.

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  8. Doctors Have Regenerated a Living Organ for the First Time, Soon We’ll All Be Time Lords (Probably Not)

    Yeah, but can they do it more than 12 times?

    Score one for science! A team from the University of Edinburgh has regenerated living thymus organs in mice -- that's the first time a living organ has been regenerated. Ever. It's an exciting development that could have huge potential for medical science in the future. Allons-y!

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  9. FDA Recalls Homeopathic Products For Containing Actual Medicine

    Possible side effects: irony, cynicism, disillusionment with natural remedies.

    Bad news for consumers who choose the natural route to avoid side effects typically associated with over-the-counter or prescription drugs---the FDA is recalling products from a homeopathic company for containing accidental and unregulated amounts of penicillin and penicillin derivatives.

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  10. Survey Shows American People Are Super Gullible and Believe Silly Things

    I think I've seen this survey before. It's called "Facebook Newsfeed," maybe?

    If you're a rational adult who Googles and debunks every conspiracy theory your weird uncle shares in your Facebook feed (for real, why haven't you just blocked him yet?), prepare to develop a drinking habit. A recent survey has explored just what kind of dumb conspiracy stuff people believe with some disheartening results.

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  11. Screws Made From Silk Could Be The Future of Broken Bones

    Sorry, vegans, guess we'll have to keep drilling this metal into you like it's the 1800s.

    Good news for skeletons: researchers have developed biodegradable screws that strengthen bones, prevent infection, and minimize many of the risks in orthopedic surgery. Also they're made from silk, so get ready to become a race of super-fancy worm people.

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  12. Nanoparticles Filled With Bee Venom Could Be a New Weapon Against HIV

    The line between poison and medicine can often be a slim one. Medicines like morphine can be toxic if you overdo it, while poisons like cobra venom are being investigated in the hopes of uncovering their medicinal qualities. The latest case in point? Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are reporting that nanoparticles loaded with the venom that gives bees their sting could one day mean a new weapon in the battle against AIDS.

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  13. Molecule That Gives Beer Its Hoppy Bite Could Also Help Treat Diabetes

    Beer is wonderful and good for you -- I've always known this, and I've said it regularly and loudly to anyone who will listen. Also, to people who would rather not listen. Now, science offers the latest proof that beer is medicine. Or rather that the structure of some of the molecules that make up beer and give hops it's bitter bite, could be, in moderation and after years of careful research, used to offer treatments for diabetes. If the research pans out, it could mean a brand new breeds of drugs. If it doesn't, that's a shame, but we could still finally develop the world's first truly perfect IPA. While that outcome is certainly less good than new lifesaving drugs, I would humbly submit that that doesn't make it "not good."

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  14. Iron Age Medicine Tablets Among Treasures From Ancient Shipwreck

    Researchers sifting through the artifacts of a 2,000-year-old shipwreck have uncovered an unexpected treasure --  one not of gold or silver, but simple, unassuming zinc. A tin full of zinc tablets contained within the wreck may be one of the earliest examples of a modern, prepared medicinal compound, say researchers in a story published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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  15. A 3 Minute Phone Call Can Diagnose Parkinson’s Disease

    British mathematician Max Little and his team have built a speech algorithm that can diagnose Parkinson's disease from just a phone call, and they need you to help make it better.

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  16. Medical Breakthrough Could Lead to a Cure for Ebola

    Virologists working at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Canada announced last week that they are approaching a cure for the highly deadly Ebola virus. Their work may lead to the first consistently effective treatment for the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), of which there have been a number of serious outbreaks in Central Africa. The world of medicine has taken an important step in ridding the world of one of its most fast-acting and deadly viruses once and for all.

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  17. Paralyzed Rat Experiment Provides New Hope for Spine Injuries

    Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis can be devastating. The inability to use one's limbs drastically changes the quality of life for those afflicted with such injuries. Thanks to a research team led by Grégoire Courtine of the Federal Institute of Technology a significant number may be able to walk again eventually. The team has found that rats with partially severed spinal cords can be taught to walk once more with the right combination of stimulus and pharmaceutical drugs.

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  18. MIT Scientists Invent Needleless Injections, Next, Drill-less Fillings

    Consider the Following

    Needle-phobics rejoice! A team at MIT has developed new technology that can administer injections without the need to pierce the skin with a tiny sharp object. Which left me with only two questions: Does it involve accelerating substances to the speed of sound? Does it involve shooting things into my eyes? The answer to these questions are, joyfully, "yes," and "yes."

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  19. Report: Researcher Exposed to Deadly Bacteria in Lab, Killed by Disease He Was Trying to Cure

    San Francisco researcher Richard Din died this past Saturday of a meningococcal infection -- the bacteria which causes meningitis. However, Din was not just a random individual struck down by a deadly disease; he was a researcher working with the very bacteria which killed him.

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  20. An Introduction to Dr. Janet Travell, or How My Neck Problems Became Work-Relevant

    This Exists... Because of A Lady

    So, this is a rare occasion when a personal anecdote became relevant to my job here at The Mary Sue, and it only meant a pain in the neck. A severe pain in the neck. After a surprise trip to the doctor, I found out what was wrong: I had a myofascial trigger point in my neck. It's basically a muscle knot, except worse and possibly chronic. But what I found out about trigger points was actually incredibly important to women's history -- trigger points were discovered by one Dr. Janet Travell, who was also the first woman to become the Personal Physician to the President of the United States. She also brought back the rocking chair. But she was so interesting and important that I just had to tell you about her.

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