This Sponge Could Help Fill Gaps Where Bone Can't Regrow Itself

Your bones are masterful self-healers, but certain injuries and defects can leave a gap too wide for new bone cells to fill in. Texas A&M's Dr. Melissa Grunlan and team have come up with a solution, a biodegradable polymer sponge that supports new bone cell growth, then disappears as it's replaced by solid bone. » 8/14/14 5:55pm 8/14/14 5:55pm

A Common Bacteria Can Be Injected Directly Into Tumors to Fight Cancer

In its natural form, Clostridium novyi is at best benign (it lives in the soil) and at worst harmful (it can cause infections). But a slightly modified version of the bacterium could be a completely new treatment for cancer. Injecting thousands of spores of a modified C. novyi into rats, dogs, and one human patient… » 8/13/14 6:34pm 8/13/14 6:34pm

The Truth About Cholesterol

For years conventional medicine has told us that high cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, and as a result, doctors have instructed patients to keep cholesterol levels low – at nearly any cost. Recent scholarship, however, has demonstrated that this all-or-nothing approach to cholesterol and heart disease… » 8/08/14 7:15am 8/08/14 7:15am

See Inside a Living Mouse Brain Thanks to Lasers and Carbon Nanotubes

The living brain has always been a tricky thing to study. How do you figure out what's going on without poking, prodding, and jostling the brain so much that it's not working right? A relatively non-invasive new technique developed by neuroscientists at Stanford and Massachusetts General Hospital uses a laser and… » 8/07/14 4:21pm 8/07/14 4:21pm

UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away. » 7/26/14 9:04am 7/26/14 9:04am

Anti-Missile Tech Is Being Used to Find Malaria Before it Strikes

As it stands now, there's no truly effective method of protecting against malaria. Vaccines are notoriously difficult to make, and it's almost impossible to detect the infection in its early stage—until now, that is. And it's all thanks to highly advanced, tank-fighting military hardware. » 7/21/14 12:17pm 7/21/14 12:17pm