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Good News in History, January 11

55 years ago today, the Surgeon General of the U.S. released a landmark report which concluded that smoking likely caused lung cancer and other diseases....

Instead of ‘We Are What We Eat,’ the Science of Kindness Says ‘We Are What We See’ in Daily Life

If the old adage “you are what you eat” is true, then it also stands to reason that we are what we see as well.

Wrinkles May Soon Be a Thing of the Past Thanks to New Skin Cell Discovery

Not only could the discovery spell the end of aged skin, it could also serve as a stepping stone to defeating several common diseases and infections.

After 15 Years in a Vegetative State, Nerve Stimulation Restores Consciousness

The 20-minute surgery was shown to restore a renewed state of consciousness to a patient who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years.

When Hospitals Can’t Afford Equipment, Doctor Uses Discarded Shampoo Bottles to Cut Mortality by 75 Percent

This man's ingenious device only costs about $1.25 to make out of discarded shampoo bottles, but it has already saved hundreds of lives.

When Doctors Predicted These Coma Patients Would Not Wake Up, AI Disagreed. Then All 7 Patients Woke Up.

The AI model directly contradicted the diagnoses that were given by physicians – and it turned out to be right.

Got Kidney Stones? Ride a Roller Coaster, Says Study

This amusing 2016 study was just awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine.

26 Years of Research Shows Cardiovascular Health in Dairy Lovers is Not Aversely Affected by Choosing Cheese

Contrary to what the average dietary guidelines say about fromage, these new studies all show that cheese is much better for you than you might think.

Lab-Grown Lungs Successfully Transplanted into Living Animals Without Any Complications

With proper funding, the team believes they could be growing lungs for transplant patients much sooner than expected.

Human Trials for Artificial Kidney Could Begin This Year, With First Patient Implants in 2020

A new update from this research organization says that human trials for an implantable bioartificial kidney could be on the horizon.

Bus Driver Stops Route So He Can Help Blind Passenger Maneuver Road Work

A Milwaukee bus driver is being praised for his kindness towards a passenger who was daunted by the obstacle course of orange cones at his bus stop.

On a Hunch, Doctor Gives HPV Vaccine to Advanced Skin Cancer Patient and Dozens of Tumors Disappear

There has been very little research on whether an HPV vaccine could combat skin tumors, but this doctor decided to act on her hunch anyway.

‘Landmark’ Mosquito Trial Eliminates 80% of Invasive Species Carrying Disease in Australia

An exciting new trial experiment from Australia has successfully eliminated 80% of a disease-carrying mosquito population. The Aedes aegypti species of mosquito has been called the...

Man is Hailed as Hero in China After Rare Organ Donation Changes Five Lives

Phillip Hancock was only 27 years-old when he passed away two months ago – but the compassionate young man's death made history in Chongqing,...

Why We Should Practice Forest Bathing and How to Get the Benefits of ‘Forest Medicine’

There are a host of astonishing health benefits that come from the Japanese practice of “shinrin-yoku” – or “forest bathing.” Here's how to start doing it.

California Becomes First State to Feed Chronically Ill With Specially Prescribed Meals

The “Food is Medicine” initiative launched in California, making it the first state to have a pilot program that will use food to help treat chronically ill patients.

Instead of Plane Making Emergency Landing, Engineer Fixes Medical Device Using Only a Pen

The resourceful student credits his ingenious rescue to a freshman year engineering class that he had always “loathed.”

911 Calls From the Chronically Ill Dropped By 62% After the City Launched Simple Initiative

The Milwaukee Fire Department is celebrating the success of a simple program that has resulted in a dramatic decline in 911 calls from chronically ill patients.

Can You Be Healthy at Any Size?

The Lesson: It’s true that body weight is strongly correlated with the risk of various diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes....

In Bid to Combat Obesity, a Simple Patch Turns Energy-storing Fats into Energy-burning Fats

A new approach to reducing bulging tummy fats has shown promise in laboratory trials. The solution aims to “use a person's own body fats...