New Blood Test Aims to Detect Cancer Sooner Than Ever

By zeroing in on miniscule amounts of DNA, researchers believe they can catch cancer early and save countless lives.

3D-Printed Blood Vessels Successfully Implanted Into Monkeys

3D printing technology for medical purposes is still in its infancy, but its utilization for blood vessels looks promising.

Genetic Variant Tied to Greater Obesity Risk in African Americans

The new focus opens up additional opportunity for understanding — and perhaps preventing — rates of obesity among African Americans.

From AIDS to Cancer, Scripps Laboratories Are Revolutionizing Medical Research

At Scripps Research Institute, scientists are making some remarkable discoveries in their research into how disease infects our bodies.

Peppertree Berries May Fight Deadly Superbugs

The ready abundance of the peppertree plant means that, should the treatment prove effective in human trials, the medical community would face no shortage of the disease-fighting berries.

New Technology Deciphers Thoughts of Paralyzed People Who Can’t Speak

By measuring a person’s electrical activity in the brain, the brain-computer interface allowed patients to communicate in response to simple questions.

Cancer-Fighting Cap Nearly Doubles the Survival Rate for Brain Cancer

The cap, called Optune, can be worn while patients go about their daily tasks and works by sending alternating frequencies to the brain.

Lab-Grown Cartilage May Bring Relief to Osteoarthritis Sufferers

With a cellular structure similar to that of natural cartilage, the bioengineered material features exceptional durability for lab-grown tissue.

Glass Batteries Could Soon Power Our Devices

The man who helped to invent the lithium-ion battery has now introduced a more efficient, fast-charging glass battery that could soon make its way to market.

Magic Mushrooms May ‘Reset’ Depressed Patients’ Brains

The researchers note that using psilocybin as a treatment method is a tactic that goes back centuries, and one that may be beneficial for hard-to-treat cases of depression.

Promising Alzheimer’s Vaccine Moves Closer to Human Trials

The vaccine testing program is currently underway in pre-clinical trials, and the researchers plan to move forward with efficacy tests among human subjects once they conclude.

High-Tech Tattoos Can Transfer Data From Skin to Smartphone

DuoSkin tattoos combine high-tech interfaces and fashionable gold leaf material.

Empathy Device Allows You to Move Another Person’s Hand with Your Emotions

The involuntary hand gestures occurred as the result of a mood change in the person on the other end of the device.

Miss or Must-Have? Rank These Health Innovations

Vital Updates scours the web daily for innovative health products. Cast your vote to let us know which ones you think are the most interesting.

This Sleep Mask Wakes You Up With a Sunrise

The illumy sleep mask uses natural light to both lull you to sleep and wake you up.

Music Therapy May Reduce Pain After Surgery

Patients recovering from surgery who received a live music performance, which was tailored to their musical preferences, all reported a drop in pain level.

Researchers Create ‘Pill-on-a-String’ Technique to Better Detect Cancer

The unique technique can rub the esophagus and scrape away cells that scientists can then examine for cancer.

Old Wives’ Fertility Treatment Proves to Be Scientific Marvel

New research that studied the effect of flushing blocked fallopian tubes with poppy seed oil was promising for women dealing with infertility due to this issue.

This New Fabric Repels Grease Stains

Good news for pizza lovers — this new nanotech fabric is oil and grease-resistant.

New Pregnancy Bracelet Buzzes to Let Dad Know When Baby Kicks

New technology from a Scandinavian diaper company allows fathers to connect with their unborn children in a brand new way.

Virtual Reality Could Help Amputees Deal With Phantom Pain

The phantom pain that often plagues amputees has remained something of a mystery, but a new treatment shows promising results for reducing the pain.

Immunotherapy Could Be the Next Step to Preventing Alzheimer’s

Solanezumab is the name of the antibody researchers are using with hopes to interrupt or even reverse the formulation of beta amyloid plaque within the brain.

Researchers Aim to Create Painless Way to Screen Breast Cancer

This new treatment adds lasers to the mix, using a combination of laser and ultrasound technology to determine the presence or absence of cancer cells in the breast tissue.

MDMA Moves Closer to Being PTSD Treatment

Researchers want to flip the narrative on MDMA and put its psychological-soothing properties to good use in the fight against traumatic stress.

Wireless Smartphone Device Could Reduce Migraine Pain

The high-tech device could be very attractive to individuals who are wary of taking prescription painkillers for their migraines.

New Tech Allows Users to Pay With Their Veins

A new biometric payment system reads a customer’s finger veins to complete a purchase.

This Artificial Lung Can Fit Inside a Backpack

The artificial lung is small enough to be carried in a backpack and is the first of its kind to actively drive up the patient's oxygen levels.

Bacterial Spray Could Help Clear Up Eczema

Scientists have developed a spray loaded with the good bacteria that people with eczema are missing.

New Blood Test Can Reveal Just How Well You’re Aging

Analyzing biomarker signatures in the blood offers insight into a person’s risk for developing age-determined diseases and even death.

Robot Joins Classroom as Teacher for Autistic Children

Learning social skills from a robot may seem odd, but for children with autism, it can provide a unique experience that is more predictable and engaging.

Scientists Delete Specific Memories from Snails’ Brains

The research may be especially important for those who experience traumatic events and have the memories to remember them by.

New Brain-Scanning Device Can Detect Bleeding After Trauma

The new head-scanning device can detect brain bleeding with 97 percent accuracy.

Stem Cell ‘SkinGun’ Could Be Used To Heal Burn Patients

New technology could make repairing skin from burn injuries as easy as misting cells from a gun-type device.

This Doctor Just Created a Slimming Chocolate

After developing a variety of supplements that help to better your body from the inside out, Dr. Amy Lee and the Nucific brand are combining two ideas that are usually an oxymoron: slimming and chocolate.

Measuring Brainwaves May Predict Reading Success in Children

Researchers noticed a unique pattern of brain activity among children who later achieved higher academic success.

CRISPR Pills Could Replace Antibiotics

Scientists are utilizing gene-editing technology to create pills that could destroy bacteria within the body.

Umbilical Cord Blood May Boost Memory and Learning

Researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine identified a specific protein in the plasma of umbilical cord blood that increased cognitive functioning in animal studies.

Robotic Hip Device Works to Prevent Devastating Falls

A device called Active Pelvis Orthosis, or APO, can prevent elderly persons from falling, even when put through hazardous conditions on a treadmill.

Drug Therapy Suppresses Inflammation to Reduce Heart Risk

The researchers tested several different doses of a powerful anti-inflammatory drug on a group of about 10,000 study participants, with the doses ranging from low to medium to high.

Scrub Away Cellulite With Coffee Grounds?

Scrubs made with coffee grounds can give your skin an extra boost from the antioxidants, and the caffeine can tighten the skin.

When High Heels Hurt, Try These ‘Pillows’ for Your Feet

Anyone who has ever worn high heels knows that tingly ball-of-foot pain that happens after a few hours. That pain can ruin your night...

WATCH: This New Robotic Hand Has a Human Touch

A group of scientists from Cornell University may have devised a way for a robot to feel its surroundings internally, similar to the way humans do.

This Bionic Leaf Has the Potential to End World Hunger

Just like how fertilizer may have been the main factor in preventing a worldwide food crisis in the 20th century, now a ‘bionic’ leaf holds the same potential for our global future.

Chronic Pain Can Stop, Study Says

A new animal study shows how chronic pain starts and where it can end.

USB Stick Doubles as HIV Test

British scientists have developed an HIV test on a USB stick, which quickly and accurately measures the levels of the virus in a person’s blood.

Can Unwanted Thoughts Be Prevented?

The study found an interesting insight when looking at levels of GABA within the brain.

Stevia May Be the Cure for Lyme Disease

Stevia leaf extract was shown to treat the tick-borne disease better than traditional antibiotics.

Virtual Reality Could Help Prevent Older People From Falling

Utilizing virtual reality to assess the muscles used in maintaining balance could lead to new therapies to help the elderly avoid falling.

Scientists Engineer Super-Intelligent Mice via Gene Suppression

The researchers believe their findings may hold implications for the treatment of cognitive disorders in human beings.

Breath Test May Soon Be Able to Detect Flu Virus in Minutes

Combining the high-tech elements into one device gives the new test a significant advantage over current detection methods, which take hours to diagnose the virus instead of minutes.

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