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01.19.15 Rhett Jones

It seems like every day another cause of cancer is discovered, so it may come as a surprise that a new report is estimating that almost no one will be dying from the insidious disease by the year 2050. According to a study by University College London,”it is realistic to expect that by 2050 nearly all […]

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06.05.14 Sophie Weiner

A recent study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry pointed to even more possible medical uses for weed. The study showed that THC is able to suppress some functions of the immune system, which could be a huge deal for treating auto-immune diseases that cause inflammation. The group of molecules with the capacity to […]

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05.19.14 Andy Cush

The above documentary from VICE introduces the world to Paul Perito, a fantastically fast-talking Miami urologist who specializes in dick implants. The procedure is positioned as a cure for erectile dysfunction. Having trouble getting it up? Just give the ol’ “third testicle” as a squeeze — actually a small pump inserted in the scrotum — […]

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04.29.14 Andy Cush

A new review of studies from the American Academy of Neurology confirms what many medical cannabis patients already know: that weed can help alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis like pain, stiffness, and overactive bladder. The study also looked at weed’s ability to treat other brain diseases, finding inconclusive evidence for whether pot could effectively treat […]

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04.15.14 Andy Cush

In True Blood, a softcore porn series about a southern restaurant, vampires are allowed to roam the earth freely because Japanese scientists discovered a way to synthesize blood. The vampires have always been around, you see, but now that they don’t depend on mauling and feeding on humans for sustenance, they can come out of the dark […]

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04.03.14 Andy Cush

Say you want to implant a chip to monitor your blood sugar level, or check some other bodily function. It could make keeping track of your body much more convenient than it would be with an external devices, seamlessly sending information to your computer or phone as often as you’d like. But how do you […]

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02.20.14 Andy Cush

Somehow, fecal microbiota transplantation is a real, scientific treatment that actually cures diseases. That is, in real life, not an Austin Powers film or a bad episode of South Park, you can get other people’s poop implanted into your colon to treat your Clostridium difficile, a deadly digestive infection. And it works! But until now, there’s been no place […]

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01.23.14 Andy Cush

So you’ve outfitted your body with all the necessary bioelectronics: pacemakers, cochlear implants, RFID art chips, and the like. Now: how to power it all? Soon, you might consider a new device that converts the movements of your organs into usable electricity, so that those devices can run without a recharge for the rest of […]

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12.18.13 Andy Cush

Researchers at the University at Cambridge have successfully 3D printed living retinal cells, a development they believe could lead to treatment for blindness. “This is the first time that cells from the adult central nervous system have been successfully printed,” professor Keith Martin said in an interview with Dezeen. “We’ve demonstrated that you can take cells from the […]

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06.07.13 Andy Cush

In today’s fun-recreational-substances-that-may-also-have-medical-uses news, research published this week in Experimental Brain Research suggests psilocybin mushrooms may have positive effects for victims of post-traumatic stress disorder. The study, led by Dr. Briony Catlow of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, found that low doses of psilocybin eased conditioned fear in mice. A group of mice–some dosed with shrooms, some not–were […]

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