Why do humans need pain?
By: Johnathan Vredeveld
You forget to use oven mitts when you go to remove that tray from inside the burning hot kitchen appliance. Upon touching your fingers to the heated metal dish, your hand yanks back with a small "ouch". You can't recall if you meant to pull...
Gastric bypass surgery: The pros and cons
By: Janet Grischy
Deciding whether or not to have gastric bypass surgery is difficult. Potential patients and their doctors must balance risk and reward. Research from The Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative says that one half of one percent of bariatric(weight loss) surgery patients suffer life-threatening complications.The numbers...
Should smokers and the obese be denied coronary artery bypass surgery?
By: Josh Wilde
I am the person you wanted to kill last month. On May 25, I had a quadruple bypass operation. It is probable that it was the result of my having smoked for 46 years. Mind you, there have been other, more dangerous, things that I...
Dna Research has done more Good Tan Harm
By: Eric Yager
Arguably, no other field of scientific research has generated as much debate as genetic research. On one side, genetic research could potentially lead to the prevention and treatment of many health conditions such as cancer, asthma, hereditary disease, and even aging. Conversely, genetic research has...
The mathematics of breathing
By: Richard G. Lanzara
Breathing is a rhythmic activity that has many aspects that can be described mathematically. At rest, most adults breath in and out at about 10 to 20 times each minute. By drawing an analogy to the rhythmic tidal motions of the sea, this breathing volume...
Insights into the brain's sense of perception
By: Richard G. Lanzara
The sense of perception requires the stimulation of receptors within the brain. This is usually done through one of our five senses of taste, smell, sound, sight or touch. Interestingly these senses all obey Weber's law or the Weber-Fechner law, which was initially discovered by...
Embryonic stem cell research explored
By: Anelisa
REGENERATIVE MEDICINE: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY, Winstom Salem, N. C.. This is an article you do not want to miss! NEWSWEEK, May 19, 2008, by ANNE UNDERWOOD. (Go to Newsweek, type in regenerative medicine and the article will come up, (id/136309) It is SURREAL! While the...
The anatomy of the brain
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The anatomy of the human brain is as complex as its function. As our understanding increases about how the brain works, the brain is theoretically divided (meaning there are no natural lines or separations) into lobes from front to back based on the relative placement...
Neurosurgery from the patient's perspective
By: Kimberly Michell
As I look back at the past year, my life has been changed irrevocably. With so many medical professionals telling me they could "all but cure" my cerebral palsy with a simple implant, I began to believe. The implant is called an Intrathecal (directly into...
An introduction to giardiasis
By: Upton Rehnberg
According to the FDA "Giardiasis is the most frequent cause of non-bacterial infection in North America". About 2 million people in the U.S. get it every year. It also occurs world wide, infecting an estimated 200 million people. This disease is caused by parasitic...

 

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