3D Printer Produces Functioning Ovaries

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The intricate potential that 3D printing has on their field of medicine continues to evolve and many scientists believe that the possibilities are endless. A recent landmark study has taken 3D printing to a whole new level.

The study was conducted by a team of scientists at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering. Their intention was to begin exploring possible fertility solutions that could ultimately be used to restore female cancer victims’ ability to conceive if they become sterile as a result of chemotherapy or radiation. The experiment was conducted on female mice and began by removing an ovary from each of them. The scientists used a 3D printer to create bioprosthetic ovaries to replace those who had been previously removed. The man-made ovaries are printed scaffolds that house immature eggs[1] and the Read more

The Benefits of Getting Outdoors

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Summer is almost here, and with it come seasonal barbecues, yard work and outdoor events. And the scientific evidence is growing in favour of getting out into the woods or mountains, the centre of town or even your own back yard. Getting outdoors can be one of the healthiest things you do for both your body and your brain, according to many studies. While, many of the benefits are common knowledge, some of the results may surprise you.

VITAMIN D: “THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN” Statistics show we do not get enough of the “sunshine vitamin,” not only because of long periods indoors, but because Vitamin D doesn’t occur naturally in many foods. Unlike other vitamins, Vitamin D has many disease-fighting properties, protecting against everything from osteoporosis and depression to Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that moderate, controlled time in the sun for short periods of time can give you all the Vitamin D you need. CLEANER AIR Studies have found the concentration of some pollutants is significantly higher indoors – sometimes 100 times higher or more Read more

World Blood Donor Day 2017

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  • 108 million blood donations are collected globally, half of these are in high-income countries.
  • Blood donation by 1% of the population can meet a nation’s most basic requirements for blood.
  • 62 countries collect 100% of their blood supply from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.
Tomorrow we celebrate World Blood Donor Day to commemorate the millions of lives saved thanks to the solidarity of those who share their blood to help another. In a world that is in a constant state of volatility, the World Health Organisation has chosen to focus this year’s event on preparing to be able to provide sufficient blood during emergencies. Millions of people are affected by emergencies every year including natural disasters, disease epidemics, road accidents and armed conflicts. “In the last decade, disasters have caused more than 1 million deaths, with more than 250 million people being affected by emergencies Read more