Does our heart have a natural ‘backup battery’?

A team of researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre discovered that the human heart contains its own fail-safe backup ‘battery’ system to regulate the heartbeat. Their findings were published in Science Translational Medicine. If further testing is successful, fewer people might need mechanical pacemakers in the future

Does our heart have a natural ‘backup battery’?In an episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Lieutenant Worf is badly injured, but recovers when it is discovered that his body holds a lot of redundant parts and organs — for example, 23 ribs — that allow him to regenerate. Science fiction? Not entirely. A team of researchers at The Ohio State University […]

11 medical devices that changed the world

Medical devices may sound like a modern invention, but they in fact have helped us manage and treat diseases for centuries

11 medical devices that changed the worldHere are our top ten picks of medical gadgets that play a significant role in our lives, many of them so ubiquitous that we sometimes take them for granted. Stethoscope We have to credit a modest 19th-century Parisian doctor for having invented the stethoscope. In 1816, while examining a female patient with heart disease, Dr […]