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A Cure for Allergies

Allergies are perhaps the most unpleasant part of spring and summer… but they could all be coming to an end! D News explains.

Naked Mole Rats & Cancer

Naked mole rats, the butt of many jokes, those pale ugly subterranean rodents, might just hold a new key to cancer research. Alex Dainis of Bite Sci-zed explains.

New Body Part Found

Medical researchers in Great Britain have discovered a new body part — a previously unknown layer of the human cornea. Alex Dainis reports on the finding in a landmark edition of Bite Sci-zed, the 50th installment of her popular YouTube science series.

Who Decides How You Die?

You may have the right to control your own life, but what about your own death? This is a question facing several states across the U.S., including, most recently, Vermont and Montana. While physician aid-in-dying, or assisted suicide, has been legal in Oregon for almost two decades and legal in Washington for almost five years, other states have proved resistant to the idea. Reason TV was on the scene as this legal and moral battle played out in a somewhat surprising place: Montana, where conservative Republicans dominate local politics.

“We have a certain tradition here, going back to frontier days, of saying there are certain areas the government ought to stay out of,” says Robert Connell, a Montana attorney who argued in the state’s landmark Supreme Court case, Baxter v. Montana. Connell’s client, U.S. Marine veteran and retired trucker Robert Baxter, suffered from a terminal illness called lymphocytic leukemia and wanted the ability to take medication that would hasten his death and end his suffering. He died before Montana’s Supreme Court could even issue the Baxter decision, which recognized a constitutional right to assisted suicide for all Montanans.

A Cure for Villainous Viruses

Viruses are among humanity’s greatest threats and it seems like they’re always one step ahead of us. But this week, biologists say that they’ve discovered a new weapon we can use against some of our most nefarious virus enemies — including Ebola and Rabies — and it comes from our friends the plants. Hank Green shares the encouraging news.

 

Who’s the Best Doctor?

Dr. House, Dr. Watson, Dr. Phil — take your pick. Mario and Fafa from Glove and Boots bust the chops of the world’s best-known doctors.

Mummy Health Secrets

Today on SciShow news, dead person wisdom is helping enrich our understanding of the natural world. How did Vikings manage to be such awesome navigators? And is heart disease inherent in human beings? Scientists think mummies may have the answer.

Printing a Human Kidney

Surgeon Anthony Atala demonstrates an early-stage experiment that could someday solve the organ-donor problem: a 3D printer that uses living cells to output a transplantable kidney. Using similar technology, Dr. Atala’s young patient Luke Massella received an engineered bladder 10 years ago; we meet him onstage. H/T TEDEducation

Best Performance by a President

This just in…Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for his portrayal of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. “Hey, we thought the best acting by a president was when Obama said his proposals won’t raise the deficit,” says Jodi Miller. In this edition of NewsBusted, she also weighs in on California’s looming shortage of doctors, horse meat in the United Kingdom and a woman who is suing her university because she received a C-Plus.

I Want Your Blood

In the first recorded blood transfusion in 1667, a French boy received the blood from a sheep — and somehow, miraculously, the boy survived. ┬áIn this episode of the SciShow, Hank Green tells you the strange story of how blood transfusions got their start in medicine.

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