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3D Printed Cadavers?

The onset of 3D printing has truly revolutionized numerous fields, such as fashion, prosthetics and human organs, although medical educators have been a little more skeptical when it comes to artificial cadavers.  The 3D Printed Anatomy Series, to be sold later this year by Paul McMenamin, the director of Monash University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, contains life-sized replicas of all parts needed to teach the anatomy of the limbs, chest, abdomen, head and neck.  While this may replace plastic models with higher resolution models, its place in medical schools...
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Ebola Test Kit Developed

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has led to German researchers developing a fast, cheap and accurate test to be performed in patient-care settings without a centralized medical laboratory.  In the parts of West Africa hit hardest by Ebola, a lack of electricity, reliable cold storage and diagnostic equipment pose as major obstacles for technicians trying to test patients for Ebola.  However, a new test developed by researchers at the German Primate Center (DPZ) cuts the time to answer an Ebola diagnosis to just 15 minutes.  This method requires no electricity, and is...
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New Dinosaur Discovered

Back in 1997, fossil hunters in Montana found a rock containing part of the skull and lower jaw of an unidentified small dinosaur.  However, a new study published last week confirmed the identification of the fossil as an early ceratopsian (horned dinosaur related to the Triceratops) that could be found in the region some 107 million years ago, during the Early Cretaceous period.  According to scientists, this ancient dinosaur had a sharp, hooked beak and spiky cheeks.  Before this latest discovery, the earliest known horned dinosaur found in North America was...
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The Great American Smokeout

Every year, the third Thursday in November marks the Great American Smokeout, a nationwide opportunity for those interested in quitting smoking to find the support they need.  The event, inspired by anti-smoking events in the early 1970s, makes for a handy start date for anybody who has been thinking about quitting but hasn’t yet gotten around to it yet.  The event has its roots in a fundraising drive in Randolph, MA, in 1970, when citizens of the town were asked to stop smoking for 1 day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school...
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Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

According to a survey conducted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), only 6 percent of US hospitals said that they were sufficiently prepared to handle Ebola patients.  5 percent of the hospitals said that they weren’t at all prepared.  The remaining 89 percent of hospitals ranged somewhere between the two, with the majority of them saying that they were “somewhat prepared”. According to the survey, around 51 percent of hospitals only had one or less than one full-time professionals on staff who were capable to identify...
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Ancient Genome Discovered

While it doesn’t seem like a 2,330 year-old skeleton from the southernmost tip of Africa could tell us a lot about our genetic ancestry, it actually can reveal a great deal.  This skeleton’s DNA profile is one of the “earliest diverged” found to date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated from some 200,000 years ago.  The man’s maternal (or mitochondrial) DNA was sequenced to effectively provide clues to early modern human prehistory and evolution.  This mitochondrial DNA provided the first evidence that humans originally came from Africa, and...