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Doctors transplanted ‘dead hearts’ into three patients, and it worked

Two months ago, doctors in Australia transplanted a “dead heart” — a heart that had stopped beating inside a donor’s chest — into a 57-year-old woman, reports the BBC. The operation, which has been deemed success, was unlike any other, because for the first time, it didn’t involve a brain-dead donor who’s heart was still beating.

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Doctors are prescribing mushrooms to cancer patients to treat anxiety

The results of the first study on LSD used in drug therapy were announced last month, hinting at the benefits of psychedelics substances used in treating patients with anxiety. Now, according to The Atlantic, similar research is being conducted at New York University, as scientists test psilocybin mushrooms as a means of treating anxious cancer patients. Like LSD, psilocybin mushrooms are Schedule I substances regulated under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, putting stringent restrictions on scientific study. Nevertheless, after going through all the requisite safeguards on their work, researchers are seeing some patients benefit from the treatment — especially with regard to their coping with terminal illness. While their data is…

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Doctors develop a pill-sized 3D camera to help them diagnose cancer

Tethered pill camera

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new pill camera that will help to detect ailments such as Barrett’s esophagus by generating 3D renders of internal organs. Current pill cameras are only able to take quick pictures of the esophagus before making their way through the intestines, but a thin wire has been attached to the new camera that allows doctors to move it up and down the body at will. The new device doesn’t just take simple pictures, either. It can also provide a full 3D rendering of the esophagus through optical frequency domain imaging, a technique that uses infrared light as opposed to ultrasound waves.

The new devices should help doctors to avoid typical endoscopies, which normally involve…

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