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Medicine

If You Lived 1000 Years

If You Lived 1000 Years

Meet Arnold, the king of animated hypotheticals is here to explore what might happen to us if we actually could cure aging, and live at least 10 times longer we can today. The result isn’t all butterflies and lollipops. Also, nice segue to the sponsorship, guys.

Simon Giertz’s Brain Surgery

Simon Giertz’s Brain Surgery

(PG-13: Language) We love Simone Giertz for all of the wonderfully sh*tty robots she’s given us. But not too long ago, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Well, the good news is that she’s on the mend from the scary procedure to remove it, and is here to share her story.

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Pre-industrial Surgeries

Pre-industrial Surgeries

If you’re squeamish about the possibility of having a surgery, one look at Sam O’Nella Academy’s history lesson on how these procedures worked before modern medicine should give you plenty of perspective and a more positive outlook on your prognosis.

What If You Never Felt Pain?

What If You Never Felt Pain?

Whether it’s a bee sting or a kick in the groin, pain sucks. But we need these unpleasant sensations so we know when something is wrong or when to avoid danger. Life Noggin explores the nature of pain, and some conditions which prevent people from feeling it.

How Does Anesthesia Work?

How Does Anesthesia Work?

If you’ve ever had surgery, you know the strange sensation of counting backwards, then basically remembering until you wake up in recovery. TED-Ed explains the science behind modern anesthesia, and how they keep you from moving, feeling pain, or forming memories.

Singing in an MRI

Singing in an MRI

A fascinating look at inner workings of vocalist Anna-Maria Hefele’s head and neck as she performs in a mix of regular and overtone singing. University Medical Center Freiburg, Institute for Musician’s Medicine captured a whole DVD of various vocal techniques.

Could We Cure Aging?

Could We Cure Aging?

Kurzgesagt follows up their earlier clip about the moral and ethical dilemmas of longer life with a video about scientific developments which could extend our lives – or the quality of our healthy years – much sooner than you might think.

Should We End Aging Forever?

Should We End Aging Forever?

Kurzgesagt teamed up with CGPGrey to explore the moral, ethical, and practical concerns about our longevity as humans, and whether being able to control our mortality is a good or a bad thing. Be sure to watch the second part here.

I Just Do Eyes

I Just Do Eyes

Super Deluxe introduces us to Eric Lindsey of Prosthetic Artists, Inc. to go inside the artistry of creating prosthetic eyes for people who have lost theirs. Each eye must not only be perfectly fitted, but must be precisely painted to match the patient’s natural eye characteristics.

Do Glasses Ruin Your Eyesight?

Do Glasses Ruin Your Eyesight?

It’s a question many of us who have worn glasses have pondered – does the simple fact that we started wearing glasses when our eyes were only slightly blurry make our vision worse, or is it just age working against us? SciShow explores this myth and sets the record straight.

The Uncomfortable Effort of Thinking

The Uncomfortable Effort of Thinking

Veritasium explores the work our brains perform to process information, and how the shortcuts our minds automatically take can lead to mistakes. Bottom line is that study and practice are key to improving our brains’ ability to reach sound, but quick conclusions.

The Paper Centrifuge

The Paper Centrifuge

It may look like a kid’s toy, but this simple contraption made from paper and string provides scientists in less developed areas with access to a critical piece of lab equipment at virtually no cost, and with no need for electricity.

The Man with Two Robot Arms

The Man with Two Robot Arms

Les Baugh lost both of his arms in a freak accident about 40 years ago. Now scientists from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have fitted him with two robotic limbs, which can be controlled wirelessly using his own thoughts.

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Life Through an MRI Machine

Life Through an MRI Machine

(NSFW, Gross) MRI scanning is low risk and pain-free,  allowing doctors and researchers to take lots of images. Vox shares a few animated MRI scans of humans engaging in various activities. Yes. Yes it shows that. That too.

PillPack

PillPack
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PillPack is a medicine subscription service for U.S. residents. They’ll work with your doctor and insurance company to collect the medicines you need, sort them in clearly labeled and portable packs, then ship them to you at no added cost.

Touch Bionics I-limb Ultra

Touch Bionics I-limb Ultra

(NSFW: Language) LiveLeaker Adam Harris’ customer demonstrates his i-limb ultra prosthetic hand. LIke the BeBionic3, it can be activated by the wearer’s muscles, but it can also be controlled by an app. F you all the way!

The Street Doctor

The Street Doctor

Since 1992, Dr. Jim Withers has been going out on weeknights to care for homeless people. Believing that everyone matters, Withers helped create Operation Safety Net, one of the United States’ first street medicine programs.

What is Aging?

What is Aging?

Humans accept the idea that we’ll grow old and die. But some animals are resistant or immune to aging, so perhaps growing old isn’t so natural after all. Learn more in this primer by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes and PHD Comics.

Living with a Bionic Hand

Living with a Bionic Hand

Nigel Ackland demonstrates some of the finer points of using his BeBionic3 robot hand to do everything from tying his shoelaces to dealing cards – and freaking us out with his spinning wrist.

BeBionic3 Robotic Hand

BeBionic3 Robotic Hand

An incredible futuristic prosthetic limb, which provides its wearer with 14 precise hand positions and grips, helping amputees do everything from write with a pen to gently crack an egg.

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Sabi Grande Carafe

Sabi Grande Carafe
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Sabi makes pill organizers and other pill accessories, like the Grande Carafe. It’s a 455ml water bottle with a cap that doubles as a pill box. The only downside? It’s not dishwasher-friendly.

Rutaesomn Chill Pills

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Drink coffee like a madman during the day, then can’t sleep at night? Take one of these 2 to 4 hours before bedtime to speed your bodies’ caffeine absorption and help you catch some Zzz’s.

The End of the Wheelchair?

The End of the Wheelchair?

The TekRMD robotic mobilization device aims to revolutionize mobility for paraplegics, enabling them to not only to expand their horizons, but to be able to stand up and sit down without assistance.

VeinViewer Flex

VeinViewer Flex

If you’ve ever had your blood drawn, you know how painful it can be if they can’t find your vein. This ingenious device uses near-infrared light to project an image of your veins on your skin.

Sarah Hears Herself

Sarah Hears Herself

If you considered Operation Smile a success, then you’ll probably like this video Sloan Churman shot of his wife Sarah, born deaf, hearing her own voice the first time thanks to a cochlear implant.

Reconstructing Brain Waves

Reconstructing Brain Waves

Researchers at UC Berkeley recorded brain activity while subjects watched YouTube videos under an fMRI, then reconstructed what they saw using a computer algorithm. Total Recall, here we come.

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