Scientists make big progress in building mini-kidneys

A team of scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has created what could be a key building block for assembling a synthetic kidney. In a new study in Nature Communications, Zhongwei Li and his colleagues describe how they can generate rudimentary kidney structures, known as organoids, that…

High-tech new toothbrushes designed to make you smile

High-tech new toothbrushes designed to make you smile Looking to add ‘better-looking teeth’ to your New Year resolutions? The latest electric toothbrushes claim to be capable of treatments once available only in the dentist’s chair, from tooth whitening to scaling and polishing.  But are they worth splashing out on? ANGELA…

What is Prednisone & Why Does It Make Your Face Puffy?

Bodies are always complicated — and bodies dealing with chronic illness and autoimmune disease often have different challenges to navigate than some of their peers. For folks whose treatments involve the corticosteroid (a fancy word for hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically to decrease inflammation) like Prednisone,…