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New Study on Black Bear Hibernation May Aid Human Medicine

Photo: Øivind Tøien, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska FairbanksA female black bear just emerging from the hibernation den it was put in It was long assumed that when black bears hibernated, they did so as all other known mammals, by significantly dropping their temperature and their metabolism. However, in a unique study, this …

Could Flesh Wounds Lead to Cancer?

Photo: Caitlin Regan For years, doctors and scientists have realized that wounds can cause basal cell cancers on your skin but didn’t know why (and still aren’t sure of the whole process) until now. It all comes down to follicular stem cells – the cells associated with areas that grow hair. They spend most of …

Could Swine Flu Hold the Key to a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Photo: Larry Stauffer It began as an obscure virus in the U.S. in 1917. But it quickly took on pandemic proportions as American soldiers who carried the H1N1 Virus, better known as Spanish Influenza, shipped out to ports in France and manned the allied trenches of World War I. The virus raced through the Allied …

History’s Most Terrifying Medical Tools and Procedures

Photo: rossaroni As a former nurse, and one who handled the medical care of what society considers its least desirable members, the history of medicine has always fascinated me. We can learn a lot from where we came from, heading into the future knowing what has failed in our history. Many of the instruments pictured …

How You Can Protect Yourself from Pandemic Bird Flu

Photo: Arthur Warrington Thomas In recent years, public health officials have been informing the United States about a potential pandemic involving avian influenza, also known as bird flu. Media reports have gotten involved and at time elevated the urgency of this information to that of a warning, with junk news and uninformed blogs elevating the …