Every year more than 100 million blood donations are collected globally, and according to the World Health Organization, that's not nearly enough. Synthetic blood would be one ideal solution, but it has long been nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, thanks to new research on deep-diving whales, researchers suddenly think they've figured out the secret to making this medical miracle a reality.
A single type of cancer stem cell has been identified as the source of the most aggressive and invasive bladder cancers, according to a new study.
The Ebola outbreak, which made headlines just last year, is slowly-but-surely coming under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health initiatives. It's no secret that to prevent future outbreaks, experts are scrambling to create an effective vaccine. However, that kind of work takes time, and immunization isn't always available. That's why it's equally good news to hear that, for the first time, a medicinal approach for treating Ebola has seen some success in early trials.
Remedies from the Dark Ages certainly don't sound like trustworthy things. After all, they are from a time when healers slapped leeches on their patients and walked around warding off "evil smells," which were thought to be the root of infection. However, one potion has survived that may even help patients today, even overcoming resilient superbugs that antibiotics can no longer handle.
Researchers have made what they are calling a "groundbreaking" discovery concerning cerebral malaria - one of the most deadly forms of the mosquito-borne disease - in children. Now they hope that these revelations can pave the way for new treatment options that can save many young lives.
An Australian father-son pair recently put their minds together to birth an invention that may very well change how beekeeping is done forever. Called the Flow Hive, this revolutionary beehive puts fresh honey literally on tap, reducing labor for beekeepers, and - most importantly - stress for the world's most important pollinators.
Green tea has long been celebrated as healthy drink. Now a new study has found that not only does this beverage encourage good health, but it could even trigger a cycle that kills oral cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone.
Researchers have figured out how to turn back time, at least for a boiled egg. And while that alone is a pretty impressive accomplishment, this 'unboiling' innovation wasn't just for bragging rights. The researchers behind the technique argue that it could dramatically reduce the cost of food production, biotechnology works, and even cancer treatments.
With growing fear of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) an unavoidable and understandable consequence of 'playing God,' researchers have been in pursuit of new ways to eliminate some of the real threats modified products could pose to the natural world. Now, two separate teams of researchers have designed unique "kill switch" systems that would automatically eliminated escapee experimental GMOs.
Micromachine medicine recently saw a small victory after a lab mouse's body was successfully navigated by a tiny team of microscopic motors. The machines in question delivered a small test cargo of gold nanoparticles into the lining of the subject's stomach, proving that these advanced medicinal delivery systems are very possible.
An international collaborative between Chinese and Australian researchers has led to the discovery of a gene in soybeans that can help the plant naturally tolerate soil salinity, and that's really good news for the future of agriculture. Experts explain why.
Researchers from New York University are claiming to have developed a vaccination regimen that can effectively fight off brain-wasting disease, like Mad Cow disease, which can infect deer and other animals. They say that this will solve problems on two fronts: preventing livestock infection and also halting a risk of these diseases jumping to humans.
Most climatologists, ecologists, and even the World Bank have all reached a consensus that climate change is occurring. Experts and policymakers alike have attributed rising concentrations of carbon dioxide to net warming, but finding straightforward evidence of this can be difficult. Now, a team of researchers claims that they have identified, for the first time, how global warming is related to the amount of carbon emitted in a mathematical proof.
The nose knows... and cures paralysis to boot! That's at least according to a recent miraculous case where researchers used a paralyzed man's nose cells to help him regain some sensation and voluntary movement .
Like a scene straight out of "Star Wars," future scuba divers might simply have to slip a thin mask over their face to gain the ability of breathing under water - no oxygen tank required. That's at least one of the dreams fueled by the creation of a new material that can absorb and store massive amounts of oxygen.