Medicine

Telling people they’re getting a placebo does not stop it from working

Does giving a placebo require lying to a patient? This study concludes...no! Placebos still work even when the patient knows, at least for emotional distress.


Horseshoe crabs are critical to the biotech industry

Did you know that the modern US biomedical industry is built around the baby blue blood of horseshoe crabs? Come find out what scientists are doing to help…


Diet and exercise can shape how your mind ages

Dementia is a condition that many of us are all too familiar with within friends and family. Dementia itself is a blanket term that describes several conditions…


Can a Chinese medicinal herb Psoralea fructus build healthy bones?

Osteoblasts are cells that are responsible for bone formation. A lack of osteoblasts will cause osteoporosis – a disease that occurs when the body has too…


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Did you know that the modern US biomedical industry is built around the baby blue blood of horseshoe crabs? Come find out what scientists are doing to help protect the lives that are saving ours. #horseshoecrabs #conservation #marinebiology #aquaculture

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Dementia is a condition that many of us are all too familiar with within friends and family. Dementia itself is a blanket term that describes several conditions including a decline in thinking skills, memory loss, and altered behavior, feelings and relationships. In contrast, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common…

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Osteoblasts are cells that are responsible for bone formation. A lack of osteoblasts will cause osteoporosis – a disease that occurs when the body has too little bone. The current treatments for osteoporosis either slow down bone resorption, or promote the growth of osteoblasts. However, these treatments are often…

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New research finds we were looking at sperm all wrong. For 350 years, scientists believed sperm wiggled their tails side-by-side to create a whip-like motion. Using 3D technology, a study found sperm actually move by rolling around and spinning their heads like tops.

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The immune system is your body’s personal army of soldiers — when it comes across potentially harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria, it will flag those invaders for destruction. However, this defense system is not always perfect. In some cases, it may become overly active and attack healthy body cells,…

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A team of scientists has made valves which can operate on tiny channels of fluid the width of 3 human hairs! This paper, published in the Journal of Biomedical Microdevices, represents a step forward in lab technology. Creating a tiny valve like this could have important implications for cancer research, where fluids…