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Dogs Can Sniff Out Breast Cancer

Dogs Can Sniff Out Breast Cancer

With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate as breast cancer spotters in an unusual but promising diagnostic trial. Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumor, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual but promising diagnostic trial. With just six months of training, a pair of... »

DIY: Homemade microscope and cell-picker

DIY: Homemade microscope and cell-picker

DEVELOPER: Urs Gaudenz AKA GaudiLab & HackteriaLab team DATE: Rolling Development DESCRIPTION: A CD-ROM reading head for XY micro-positioning of a small glas capillary. The coil head is controlled using an arduino. The coils are directely connected to the PWM output pins. Picking head mounted on a larger XY-table (roboscope-style cam design, -ed.) for macro adjustments using the two stepper mo... »

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found

Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new evidence revealing that they don’t just facilitate respiration – they also play a key role in blood production. In experiments involving mice, the team found that they produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platel... »

Medical Terms That Make Me And You Laugh :)

Medical Terms That Make Me And You Laugh :)

We, as patients, need to be aware when we’re being made fun of or used as an example. This page will bring some of the doctor slang into perspective. I’ve done the deciphering for you. The list is not finished, it’s just beginning. AALFD — Another A**hole Looking For Drugs. Acute Lead Poisoning — Gunshot wound. Adminisphere — Where hospital managers work, reckon... »

Top 10 Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

Top 10 Things Your Doctor Wants You To Know

It may surprise you to know that doctors, in fact, get our most up-to-date medical knowledge from the National Enquirer (Man Gives Birth to Baby With Wooden Leg, Hospitalized With Splinters!), Sports Illustrated (Swimsuit Edition) and Reader’s Digest. The “I am Joe’s Pancreas, Kidney or Ovary” series personally got me through first year medical school. A recent issue of Readers Digest discussed te... »

11 Doctors On Facebook Were Asked About Their Dumbest Patients

11 Doctors On Facebook Were Asked About Their Dumbest Patients

Their Responses Did Not Disappoint… 1. via Imgur 2. via Imgur 3. via Imgur 4. via Imgur 5. via Imgur 6. via Imgur 7. via Imgur 8. via Imgur 9. via Imgur 10. via Imgur 11. »

Why are lab coats and physician coats white colored?

Why are lab coats and physician coats white colored?

The white coat gives a specific emotional response from patients. Traditionally, they were beige, but white is synonymous with innocence, being trustworthy, cleanliness and life. In the past, doctors wore their street clothes most often or black, reflecting the mortality and frequent deaths seen in their chosen profession. Today, the coats lend an air of professionalism and evoke feelings of a doc... »

25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

25 Skills Every Doctor Should Possess

As many ScienceBlogs readers know by now, last month Popular Mechanics published a list on their website of “25 Skills Every Man Should Know,” which included such esoteric talents as “frame a wall” and “extend your wireless network.” How these two made the list over such accomplishments as “find tickets to a Hannah Montana concert,” or “pass gas anonymously on an airplane flight” is beyond me, but... »

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