Your Spleen Can Multiply Into Accessory Spleens
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Ask anyone if they know what a spleen does, and nine out of ten times they'll probably either look at you with a blank stare or maybe say "it's one of those organs you don't really need." While it's true that a person can live without their spleen, this orange wedge-sized organ is pretty underrated. Oh yeah, and it can multiply into what's called accessory spleens.Related: Side Stitches May Be Caused By An Organ You've Never Heard Of
Distraction Osteogenesis Could Make You A Foot Taller
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If you're a guy who's shorter than average, you've probably daydreamed about what it would be like to grow taller. Well, your wish is science's command—there's a procedure for that.Related: A Robot Performed Soft-Tissue Surgery By Itself
Science Is Thiiis Close To Growing Human Hearts In A Lab
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Of the more than 4,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a heart transplant, only about 2,500 will get one this year. Even among those lucky few, however, many of the patients' bodies will attack the foreign cells within them and reject the transplant. It's clear that we need a better way, and medical researchers have been hard at work trying to find one. The dream is to figure out a way to grow whole, beating human hearts from a patient's own cells, and in 2016, scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School got the closest we've ever come to that goal.Related: The "Heart In A Box" Device Is Revolutionizing Transplants
Could Magnets Take The Place Of Antibiotics When It Comes To Sepsis?
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Septic shock is a life-threatening condition that kills 50 percent of the people it afflicts. Antibiotics are the current preferred treatment method, but scientists agree that these medications might not be cutting it. So now doctors are introducing blood-sifting magnets.Related: What's Inside Your Blood?
Bitrex Is The Most Bitter Substance In The World
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What's the most bitter thing you've ever tasted? Coffee, kale, or maybe even dark chocolate? Imagine that pungent flavor multiplied exponentially. That's Denatonium Benzoate (Bitrex, to use its brand name). It was named the world's bitterest substance by the Guinness Book of World Records.