For amputees, there are many activities that are difficult to take part in such as rock or mountain climbing.  One of the challenges that a leg amputee is faced with is not being able to use the toes to grasp onto surfaces.  A prosthetic designer has noticed something though –

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging is used in many different ways to diagnose problems. It doesn’t use radiation like x-rays and that is a real plus. MRI takes advantage of the properties of water in our bodies to generate measureable signals. The combination of radio frequency and water generate a signal that

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What do we have in common with zebrafish? Hair! Well, cilia, actually. Cilia are the hair-like structures that line human airways. Zebrafish also have cilia, but they're involved in moving fluids, rather than air - which makes sense, since they're fish, right? What's cool about zebrafish cilia is that they're

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Many people think of the skeletal structure as static, but as our ribs show, they are some of the most dynamic structures in our bodies. Although all bones can repair themselves, our ribs are the only bones in our body can that regenerate itself, which is to grow a new

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Pneumonia. Not something you usually associate with ball pythons, right? But, pythons do have respiratory problems, but until recently we didn't know the cause. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, may have found the culprit: ball python nidovirus. They studied tissue samples from pythons with respiratory illness and

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Kids are growing up in clean, disinfected, and sterile environments and we go to great lengths to make sure we are protected from germs. At the same time, we have rising rates of allergies, asthma, autoimmune problems and gut related disorders (especially in children). Could there be a connection? While avoiding excessive

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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided, Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before. The type of Ebola causing the outbreak known to affect humans called the "Zaire",

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As an adult, you have three to four pounds of beneficial bacteria and yeast living within your intestines. However, every time you swallow antibiotics, you kill the beneficial bacteria within your intestines. While the development of antibiotics has lengthened our lifespans, our excessive and inappropriate use of these drugs may

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Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide, is caused by a defect in the drainage system in the eye. Aqueous humor, the liquid within the eye, has no way to drain, pressure builds up, and ultimately causes glaucoma and blindness. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new mouse model that is

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