It’s relatively easy to imagine a new medicine, a better cure for some disease. The hard part, though, is testing it, and that can delay promising new cures for years. In this well-explained talk, Geraldine Hamilton shows how her lab creates organs and body parts on a chip, simple structures with all the pieces essential to testing new medications — even custom cures for one specific person.
Psychology & Health
The human brain is puzzling — it is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. But: why?
AFP Photo / Khaled Desouki Genetically modified foods such as soy and corn may be responsible for a number of gluten-related maladies including intestinal disorders now plaguing 18 million Americans, according to a new report released on Tuesday. The report was released by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and cites authoritative data from the US Department […]
Brain Research by UH Biologists Provides New Clues to Pavlovian Conditioning
Is punishment or reward more effective for helping people learn. A lot of people would say different incentives motivate different people, or in different circumstances, but in psychology there is a sizable body of evidence that in order to learn skills, positive feedback is more effective. This fining has been verified not just with humans, but also with other species.
It’s what post-Fukushima Japan fears the most; cancer. Amid allegations of government secrecy, worrying new claims say a cancer cluster has developed around the radiation zone and that the victims are children. In a private children’s hospital well away from the no-go zone, parents are holding on tight to their little sons and daughters hoping […]
This video illustrates the difference between crack and powdered cocaine and explains the effect that both drugs have on the brain and the rest of the body.
Research upends understanding of how humans perceive sound.
In the US, women live 5 to 10 years longer than men. Are men doing something wrong, or are women really the superior sex? Laci explains this life expectancy discrepancy.
Some parasites are relatively harmless, some are annoying, and then there are those that will not only kill but literally suck your brains out while doing it. These are 25 parasites you do not want to be infected with.
No matter how you think of it, your skin is very important. It covers and protects everything inside your body. In humans, it is the largest organ of the integumentary system.
Kids are able to heal from injuries so much faster than adults thanks in part to one particular protein. As Anthony shows us, scientists are showing remarkable progress in harnessing that protein into a powerful drug enabling the body to regrow lost tissue.
The Titan Arm Exoskeleton, a mechanical strength enhancement system designed for physical therapy patients, fatigued laborers and assisted lifting, is the 2013 Dyson Award winner.