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Sleep Laterally

According to researchers at Stony Brook University, sleeping in the lateral position, as opposed to on one’s back or stomach, could help more effectively remove brain waste and be an important practice to help reduce the chances of developing such neurological diseases as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  By imaging the brain’s glymphatic pathway with dynamic contrast MRI, Stony Brook University researchers discovered that a lateral sleeping position, the most common among humans and animals, is the best to most efficiently remove waste from the brain.  Brain waste chemicals...
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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...