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Awakening

Tens of thousands of patients each year in the United States alone wake up at some point during surgery. Why we still know so little about anesthesia’s effects on the brain.

The Case for Using Drugs to Enhance Our Relationships (and Our Break-Ups)

A philosopher argues that taking love-altering substances might not just be a good idea, but a moral obligation.

Athletes May Soon Be Getting Routine Gene Doping Tests

Overabundant skepticism about genetic manipulation in sports may be as dangerous as the hype that heralded its arrival.

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Robots Taking Record Number of Human Uteri

Robot-assisted hysterectomy became 20 times more common between 2007 and 2010. | James Hamblin


Scientists Identify Drugs' Side Effects by Analyzing Search Data Collected From Millions of Users Shutterstock

Scientists Identify Drugs' Side Effects by Analyzing Search Data Collected From Millions of Users

A team of researchers has for the first time found a side effect of a common drug combination by looking at search queries.

Book as Mobile Device: No Really, a Medieval Almanac That Attached to Your Belt Rosenbach Museum and Library

Book as Mobile Device: No Really, a Medieval Almanac That Attached to Your Belt

Transporting large quantities information has always been a challenge, including when that information was astrological tables and your medium was vellum.

On Kurzweil: The Sleight of Hand That Makes It Seem We Understand the Mind U.S. National Library of Medicine

On Kurzweil: The Sleight of Hand That Makes It Seem We Understand the Mind

Is the way we talk about the human mind messing with our ability to think about it clearly?

High-Energy Physics Is Still a Worthwhile Investment Denis Balibouse/Reuters

High-Energy Physics Is Still a Worthwhile Investment

Beyond bombs and the indulgence of scientific curiosity, there are plenty of practical uses for particle physics.

Study: Hospitals With More Facebook 'Likes' Have Lower Mortality Rates .reid./Flickr

Study: Hospitals With More Facebook 'Likes' Have Lower Mortality Rates

Online popularity reliably indicates quality care -- in this case.

The Best Books About Biotechnology NIH

The Best Books About Biotechnology

Here's my biotech reading list. I'd love your help fleshing it out.

How Much Should Be Spent Beautifying Hospitals? Cedars-Sinai

How Much Should Be Spent Beautifying Hospitals?

Where the evidence exists to support it, design has the potential to increase safety, promote healing, and even end up saving money.

Study: Wii Tennis Is an Effective Training Tool for Surgeons Hachimaki/Flickr

Study: Wii Tennis Is an Effective Training Tool for Surgeons

After a month spent playing video games in addition to their usual training, 21 surgical residents performed laparoscopies with significantly improved accuracy and economy.

Study: Drivers Can't Concentrate on Turning Left While Talking on the Phone Carlos Barria/Reuters

Study: Drivers Can't Concentrate on Turning Left While Talking on the Phone

Even hands-free conversations are a safety hazard.

Baby Monitor of the Future? MIT Scientists Create Program That Makes a Person's Heartbeat Visible MIT

Baby Monitor of the Future? MIT Scientists Create Program That Makes a Person's Heartbeat Visible

By dramatizing subtle changes, new software makes it possible to see motions that are normally imperceptible to us.

Study: Telehealth Doesn't Improve Quality of Life Sarah Twitchell/Flickr

Study: Telehealth Doesn't Improve Quality of Life

Remote health monitoring is promoted as a more cost-efficient and comfortable way of managing chronic conditions.

A Medical Lab in Your Smartphone

A Medical Lab in Your Smartphone

A new app is "trying to democratize healthcare" -- in this case, through urinalysis.

Testing Drugs on the Developing World Claudia Daut/Reuters

Testing Drugs on the Developing World

For people struggling to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, "voluntary" participation in clinical trials is a slippery slope.

The Loophole That Keeps Precarious Medical Devices in Use ResinMuse/Flickr

The Loophole That Keeps Precarious Medical Devices in Use

Devices such as AEDs remain in a grandfathered status that allows them to bypass important regulation

Could Better Syringes Reduce HIV Transmission? William A. Zule et al./International Journal of Drug Policy

Could Better Syringes Reduce HIV Transmission?

The designers of a low-dead-space syringe hope that their innovation could hamper the disease's spread among the estimated 15.9 million people who inject drugs worldwide.

Translating Shakespeare Into DNA Katratzi/Flickr

Translating Shakespeare Into DNA

Could the solution to data storage turn out to be the carrying capacity of our own genetic material?

9 New Ways to Sit in the Office, Thanks to Smartphones and Tablets Steelcase

9 New Ways to Sit in the Office, Thanks to Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile computing has changed the way we communicate, the way we work ... and the way we lounge.

Study: Facebook May Improve Memory boellstiftung/Flickr

Study: Facebook May Improve Memory

Broadening online worlds could help maintain and improve cognitive abilities in old age.

The Invisible Worlds All Around Us Robert Hooke

The Invisible Worlds All Around Us

Imagine the world before the microscope.

The Original 'Blonde Bombshell' Used Actual Bleach on Her Head AP Photo

The Original 'Blonde Bombshell' Used Actual Bleach on Her Head

Jean Harlow died young, bedridden, and losing her hair.

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