An Outlandish Surgeon Who Aims To Perform The First Head Transplant Just Gave A Rat A Second Head

An Outlandish Surgeon Who Aims To Perform The First Head Transplant Just Gave A Rat A Second Head

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made headlines around the world two years ago with the bold claim that he would soon be stitching one person’s head onto another’s body. Despite the numerous obstacles Canavero faces from ethical and scientific standpoints, he appears to be moving full-steam ahead. Last year, he performed what he called a “proof-of-concept” procedure in which he severed a…

Grandmother's Smoking Correlates With Autism Diagnosis

Grandmother's Smoking Correlates With Autism Diagnosis

Children whose maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, a study of UK children has found. There’s an even greater discrepancy in the proportion of girls who show certain autism-like traits. Given the enormous problems associated with inaccurate reports of autism’s causes, much care needs to be taken before…

Health Check: What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

Health Check: What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

Doctors request a urine test to help diagnose and treat a range of conditions including kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes and infections. Testing urine is also used to screen people for illicit drug use and to test if a woman is pregnant. Urine can be tested for particular proteins, sugars, hormones or other chemicals, certain…

CPR Saves Drowning Blue-Tongue Lizard

CPR Saves Drowning Blue-Tongue Lizard

Adverts encouraging people to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) because they “might save a life” probably don’t have lizard saving in mind. Yet Dave Hall of Caloundra, Australia, found reptiles also have a heart that can be restarted by applying human techniques. On Tuesday, Hall found a blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides) at the bottom of his…

Researchers Create An Artificial Womb To Grow Preterm Lambs

Researchers Create An Artificial Womb To Grow Preterm Lambs

In an amazing advance in medical science, researchers have developed an artificial womb that is able to grow preterm lambs for up to a month.  The researchers, from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, have in effect created an artificial womb far more developed than anything produced previously. After…

Four New Types Of Human Blood Cell Discovered

Four New Types Of Human Blood Cell Discovered

The human body is probably the most studied biological system ever. You’d think that by now we’d know all there is to know about our lungs, skin, and kidneys. But time and again, scientists keep uncovering yet another facet of our own make-up. Now, researchers have discovered four new types of blood cells that we…