Diabetes is a disease that affects more and more people every year, especially in the US, because fat unhealthy Americans or whatever you’re about to say. While diabetes isn’t the death sentence that it used to be, it still can drastically reduce one’s life span as well as just being an enormous pain in the ass. As a more permanent solution to insulin or injections, scientists have now developed a bionic pancreas— basically it’s an insulin pump embedded in your body that uses sensors to check blood glucose levels every five minutes and doles out the amount of insulin needed.
For centuries, some people have touted the benefits of periodic fasting, and now with 21st century science, researchers have discovered that fasting for three days apparently “restarts” the immune system by triggering the body to turn stem cells into a batch of brand new white blood cells. Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
Once just a pipe dream of science fiction, suspended animation is here. While right now, it won’t be used to put astronauts in hibernation for long space journeys, it will be used in hospitals to buy precious time to try and save people who otherwise would definitely a goner. The technology is going to start human trials in hospitals in Pittsburgh, and since it’s the kind of thing that would only be used if you were in the kind of severe condition that you wouldn’t be able to give consent to having all of your blood temporarily replaced with a chilly saline solution, yes, you can opt out now, just in case. Or you could be a suspended animation pioneer, though that would require you to have a massive heart attack or be full of bullet holes, so it’s not really something you should wish for.
The cast you see above might be the future of fixing broken bones. Instead of simply holding the limb stable while the bone heals, it also uses the magic of ultrasound to prompt the growth of new bone, drastically reducing the healing time. Plus, it’s 3D printed, which makes it cheap, and the lattice design is not only strong, it prevents that nasty plaster cast stink.
Just trying to inject raw oxygen or atmospheric air into your bloodstream would be really bad— I wouldn’t recommend it. But when airways are obstructed, every second counts as the oxygen level in your body drops. Now, science has created the perfectly sized injectable oxygen particle by gently wrapping a handful of oxygen molecules in lipids, creating microscopic gel-caps of oxygen that are the bite size for your red blood cells, providing emergency oxygen for when breathing normally isn’t an option.
The 36-year-old accountant, suffers from a chemical imbalance that triggers anxiety and hypersexuality. She is said to need to masturbate for at least fifteen minutes every two hours. The condition, that requires the sufferer to orgasm to relieve stress and anxiety, caused Ms Bezerra difficulty at work. At the peak of her condition she was having to masturbate up to forty-seven times a day. Guanabee.com quotes Ms Bazerra as saying: “I got so bad I would have to masturbate up to forty seven-times a day. That’s when I asked for help, I knew it wasn’t normal,” Now on on a variety of tranquillisers, Bezerra reportedly (only) has to masturbate around 18 times a day.
Way before the push for medicinal marijuana, during the days of Prohibition in the US, if you wanted your liquor fix, you could take your chances on the black market, or you could stroll down to your doctor’s office and get a prescription for medicinal booze. It’s for my glaucoma *hic*
While some countries struggle with the idea of providing euthanasia for terminally ill and suffering elderly, Belgium looks to be the first country to pass laws allowing for the euthanasia of minors who are terminally ill. Visit Belgium… come for the waffles, stay for the child murder.
As if there isn’t enough else to worry about these days— the global environment being totally fucked up, governments spying on everybody, crazy people out there with guns, bombs and an agenda… here’s something else to keep you up at night. After 85 years of being the greatest thing to ever happen in medicine, antibiotics are slowly growing impotent. People have talked about it for decades, but the reality will be here within this century. Rising tides, rising temperatures, rising tempers and people dying of simple infections like it’s the Middle Ages because antibiotics have lost all use.
One of the more convincing arguments for the legalization of marijuana is not just that it’s fairly harmless, but it also has a number of useful health benefits. But weed isn’t the only recreational drug that can be good for you in one way or another. So click on the link below, if you can see it through all the dancing elephants.