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About 15 million people worldwide suffer from complications caused by either disease or trauma to the cornea, the outer surface of the eye. About a third of those people live with total blindness. With the availability of corneas for transplant far from meeting the demand, researchers have turned to various media for prosthetics. Recently, a team at Newcastle University discovered a way to recreate...
Pancreatic cancer remains one of the deadlier forms of the disease, and just the suggestion of a diagnosis can be pretty scary. Despite being rare, only responsible for about 3% of cancer diagnoses, it causes nearly 7% of cancer-related deaths. It most often strikes people 65 and older, with the risk of developing it increasing as you get older. Catching it early increases survival rates though, so...
We seem to be glued to our electronics. Where would we be without our computers and cell phones? Everywhere we go people are looking down at their phone and tablet screens. And many wonder why our kids are always wanting to be on our (or their own) phones, or on their tablets.Through all these electronic devices, social media has made a huge mark on society. With the ability to connect us to all the...
Improved technology has paved the way for a whole new level of understanding with better imaging. Over the last year, researchers have announced the discovery of two "new" organs in the human body! With new discoveries come new understanding about our bodies and how they work, which may also lead to breakthroughs in disease treatment and prevention.The MesenteryUp until recently, doctors saw the mesentery...
If you're not feeling quite right and have been looking for answers, it could be your thyroid. Low thyroid, or hypothyroidism, is extremely common. The thing is, while about 20 million people in the United States have some kind of thyroid disease, it is estimated that 60% of them don't even realize they do. Not only that, but women are 5-8 times more likely than men to develop issues with their thyroid...
Chronic sleep deprivation may seem like a normal part of adult life, but it may be having a greater impact on your health than you realize. Researchers are finding that sleep deprivation can do far more than affect your concentration and work performance. Over the long-term, not getting enough sleep can lead to a number of health conditions, and it might even shorten your life.Insomniac NationBetween...
Most people would agree that teen mental health is deteriorating, especially with the increase in use of technology over the last decade. Despite initiatives to help kids get the care they need faster, the endless epidemic of depression and suicide cases is only getting worse. We have to do something, and fast – and researchers believe that the answer just might be less time in front of a smartphone...
Over 16 million people suffer from depression in a given year, and over 40 million struggle to cope with anxiety. Affective disorders like depression and anxiety have long been known to exacerbate physical illnesses such as IBD, stomach upset, and otherwise unexplained illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers have now added dementia to that list. Prematurely Aging the BrainA...
Unless you’re among the millions of people who are color blind, you’re fortunate enough to see the world in all its full-spectrum glory. Now many who suffer from the most common form of color blindness can look forward to literally seeing what they’ve been missing. Researchers have developed contact lenses that help to correct one form of color blindness, allowing those wearing them to view reds and...
Purdue Pharma, which manufactures OxyContin and a few other opioid painkillers, has received a patent for a “new” medication to treat opioid addiction. This is in the wake of a $3.4 million donation to Harm Reduction Therapeutics, manufacturer of naloxone—or Narcan, a nasal spray used to counteract deadly overdoses. These new advances have left some consumers wondering: Have company leaders grown a...