7 Up used to contain lithium

Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It's an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of America's favorite soft drinks used to contain the mood stabilizing element. » 9/15/14 12:58pm Monday 12:58pm

Bloodletting and Bone Brushes: The White-Knuckle Days of Early Dentistry

With all those gleaming, stainless-steel tools readied for painful prodding, few people look forward to visiting the dentist. But modern dentistry is a walk in the park compared with archaic methods of treating oral maladies: Be glad you're not seeking treatment for mysterious "tooth worms" or using dentures filled… » 9/10/14 3:00pm 9/10/14 3:00pm

3D-Printed Wolverine Claws Turn Kids With Prosthetics Into Superheroes

A handful of enterprising engineers and artists are using 3D printers to design and build cheap but functional prosthetic hands for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them. And taking things one step further, Aaron Brown, a volunteer over at E-nabling The Future (the group behind the 3D-printed prosthetics… » 9/08/14 9:33am 9/08/14 9:33am

New Prosthetics That Connect Right to the Bone Let Amputees "Feel" Again

Despite the many exciting advance in prosthetics, the vast majority of people missing a leg are walking around with what is basically a peg leg, a stick attached to the residual limb. But there's a new way, a more cyborg-like solution. Researchers in London have created a prosthetic leg that attaches directly to the… » 9/04/14 10:15am 9/04/14 10:15am

App Turns Your Phone's Camera Into a Jaundice-Detecting Pediatrician

Infant jaundice, where a baby's liver can't remove blood toxins, is potentially fatal. Doctors recognize it as an unusual yellow hue in a baby's skin and eyes, but what if you're a nervous parent far from a pediatrician? This experimental app turns your phone's camera into a doctor's trained eye. » 8/28/14 11:05am 8/28/14 11:05am

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