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A Robotic Snake Is Now Capable Of Performing Surgery

The Flex System - based on a robotic snake previously used to explore an abandoned nuclear power plant - is a robot designed to perform surgery...by slithering down the throat of a patient. Don't worry, that's actually significantly less unpleasant than it sounds.

Researchers Find Method To Trick Treatment-Resistant Cancer Cells

Despite the many advances in cancer treatments, oncologists often encounter cancer cells that are resistant to therapy.  Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas tackled this phenomenon in tumors with different types of gynocological cancers and discovered a successful method of tricking these cells....

Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring them to respond to images of swimming fish. 

Coming Soon: Cure Your Hayfever With Photo Therapy

Suffering from hayfever? A new treatment that doesn't involve taking antihistamines every day for the rest of your life is in the works. It's called Allergia, and it's a phototherapeutic medical device that suppresses the sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion of seasonal allergenic rhinitis (SAR).

Making Sense Of The New Statin Recommendations

Perhaps you've read that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) issued new guidelines on which persons should take statin drugs for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. On March 19, 2014, in the New England Journal of Medicine, the AHA presented these guidelines, including age, gender, and race, as well as various pre-existing health conditions that might call for statin intervention. But what do the new guidelines mean for you?

Go Faster With Glowfaster: A New “Smart Jacket” That Makes You Run Faster

The Glowfaster smart jacket is the latest contender in ‘health conscious’ wearable technologies.  This innovative idea utilizes health-tech features (heart rate sensor, GPS tracking) and presents them in a new, motivational, way.  With other wearable technologies on the horizon, how will the Glowfaster stack up?

See In The Dark With Night Vision Contact Lenses

Who wouldn't love to see in the dark? An idea best remembered from the rainy Tyrannosaurus Rex scene in the original Jurassic Park movie in 1987, night vision, without clunky technology, is finally getting closer to reality. Researchers at University of Michigan have developed a prototype using graphene to embed into a contact lens or smart phone camera lens.

Avoid Prescription Drugs: Electrocute Yourself With Electroceuticals Instead

With all the controversy of Zohydro (a painkiller that is about to receive FDA approval despite an 11-2 vote against it by independent experts), the field of electroceuticals has been launched back into the news: the field of bioelectronics to develop alternatives to drugs to manipulate the nervous system.

Listen Up: FDA Approves Bionic Ears For The Elderly

Today the FDA gave approval to the Nucleus Hybrid L24 Cochlear Implant System, the first implantable hearing device for adults with the most common type of hearing loss: profound sensorineural hearing loss, that happens as a result of aging, hereditary, or just from attending too many heavy metal concerts.

Soylent: The Future Food That Wants To Be Your Only Source of Nourishment

When you read the word Soylent, it may conjure up images of Charlton Heston and a dystopian future.  However, Rob Rhinehart hopes to change that.  Soylent is actually a food substitute, crafted with several ingredients that intend to give its consumers all of the necessary nutrients and calories required for a single day.  Thus, a few cups of Soylent a day is all you need to sustain yourself.