Can Marijuana Cure Epilepsy?

With Oregon, Washington, and D.C. legalizing marijuana in this week’s midterm elections, weed and its place in society has been on a lot of people’s minds. It’s not just for looking cool in your freshman dorm, or showing your parents that they should’ve come to more little league games anymore–it’s also a viable medical treatment for disorders like epilepsy.

Current treatments for severe epilepsy are brain surgery, invasively implanted electric stimulation devices, and medications whose side effects can include huge drops in the number of white blood cells and platelets in the body, problems with the liver and pancreas, aplastic anemia, and even liver failure. In other words, what little relief these treatments might provide to epileptics is obscured by their side effects.

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Doing Yoga In An X-Ray Machine: A Study Of The Human Body

This incredible video was created by Hybrid Medical Animation, a group dedicated to the accurate depiction of the human body in dynamic, 3D images. A perfect digital rendering of a human skeleton, this video is meant to show the stress, cooperation, and grace of the human skeleton in motion.

4 Diseases More Terrifying Than Ebola

Ebola has been in the news for a while, what with all the killing, and for once it appears the media has actually underestimated the severityof the problem. It’s gotten so bad, even the usual gang of shameless opportunists is getting called out for feasting on the human tragedy.

Far be it for us to rise above a good panic. As part of ATI’s continuing series on things that should keep you up at night, here are four diseases that are way scarier than Ebola that you should be way more scared of.

Scary Diseases: Influenza

Scary Diseases Spanish Flu

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, the flu. Somewhere in our collective unconscious mind, we all kind of know that the flu is a big deal that totally kills people, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s just a bad kind of cold. After all, what has the flu ever done but buy you a few extra days to study for a fifth-grade spelling test?

Scary Diseases Justin Bieber

Technically not as bad as an airborne plague.
Source: New York Daily News

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These World War One Medical Innovations Will Baffle And Amaze You

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, which tore through Europe from 1914 to 1918 and took millions of lives with it. Though most people who would remember the event are gone, the Great War still reverberates through our lives even today. In fact, many life-saving medical innovations that we now take for granted were created during that period by field surgeons and nurses who needed to respond quickly to a number of potentially fatal ailments.

World War One Medical Innovations Field Hospital

A church converted for the entirety of the war as an American army field hospital. Source: Getty Images

Blood transfusions, which help prevent patients from dying of shock or blood loss, started to be used just before the war. It wasn’t until the the war began, though, that the technique was truly put to the test.

World War One Medical Innovations Blood Transfusion

A German blood transfusion kit circa early 20th century. Source: eBay

Sepsis, an all-too-common hospital malady back then, was beaten with the invention of antiseptics. And though it sounds obvious to us today, it was also during WWI that practicing good hygiene and cleanliness in hospitals became a prominent strategy for disease prevention. Penicillin wasn’t discovered until 1928, a decade after the armistice that ended the war in 1918. But even without antibiotics, WWI surgeons brought us out of medicine’s dark ages.

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