Today’s Solutions: October 17, 2021

Medicine

Exoskeletons improve bowel function in patients with spinal cord injury

Following a spinal cord injury, damage can occur to the nerves that allow a person to control bowel movements. This often leads to constipation and uncomfortable bowel and bladder accidents — one of the most common problems reported by people who experience a spinal cord injury. That problem, Read More...

Study confirms that Covid vaccines provide protection against severe illness

Breakthrough Covid-19 infections in fully vaccinated adults are causing concern, especially among families who considered themselves safe with inoculation, but a new study from Israel’s health ministry provides further evidence that while the Delta variant is far more contagious, vaccines Read More...

Snake venom is the special ingredient in new life-saving super glue

If someone were to ask you to think of a life-saving substance, snake venom is probably low on the list—especially if you’ve read our recent article about snakes in India—but scientists from the Universities of Manitoba, Shantou, and Western Ontario have discovered how this unlikely Read More...

First artificial heart transplant in the US deemed a success

On average, 17 people die each day in the US because they aren’t able to get an organ transplant in time. That’s what makes the emergence of artificial organs such an exciting development in the world of medicine — and that’s also why the news about the successful completion of the first Read More...

Suffering from hot flashes? Another reason to go vegan

If you or if someone you know is going through menopause, then you likely are probably familiar with the inconvenient and uncomfortable issue of hot flashes, also known as vasomotor symptoms. Vasomotor symptoms include night sweats, hot flashes, and flushes, and an estimated 80 percent of Read More...

Deadly spider venom could soon help repair damage from heart attacks

Australia’s Fraser Island funnel-web spider is one of the world’s most dangerous arachnids. This is because of the powerful fangs through which it delivers its potent venom, as well as the venom itself — which has recently come to the attention of scientists as a promising potential drug Read More...

Researchers allow paralyzed man to speak via brain signals

A man who is severely paralyzed was able to communicate successfully using cutting-edge technology that translates signals from his brain to his vocal tract into words that are displayed on a screen. Researchers at UC San Francisco developed this technique that allows people with speech loss to Read More...

Study: Dance therapy is incredibly beneficial for patients with Parkinson’s

A big part of addressing Parkinson’s is slowing the progression of the disease to maintain as much mobility as possible, and fortunately, a new study from York University in Canada finds that the joy and movement of dance classes can effectively slow the progression of Parkinson’s. The Read More...

mRNA vaccines show real promise as targeted cancer therapy

We’re all familiar with mRNA vaccines for their lifesaving efficacy as Covid-19 vaccines, but at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, the vaccines are playing a different role. Rather than working as a preventative measure, they’re being used as a therapeutic measure for patients with Read More...

Study demonstrates immense advancement in HIV treatment

If you were diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the 1980s and 90s, then it was almost certain that it would develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is a chronic, life-threatening condition that damages your immune system and prevents your body from adequately Read More...