DNews Health Videos
Mar 6, 2013
Do Brain Games Really Make You Smarter?
There's a lot of conflicting research out there about brain training games. It seems like they're helpful, but are they actually working to improve our intelligence? Anthony wades through the research to determine the actual value of brain games.
Can Science Stop Aging?
We'll do anything to conquer aging, and now scientists believe they've found the root cause of it in the brain! Anthony reports on this discovery, and what it could mean for our quest for eternal youth.
Does Hair Really Grow Faster in Summer?
You just got a haircut and now it feels like you need another one! Why is this, and is it true that your hair grows faster during the summer? To get to the root, Trace delves into the science behind hair growth, debunking classic hair myths along ...
Is Tanning Ever a Good Thing?
Summer is nearly here -- and that means more time in the sun! We've been warned about the dangers of sun exposure before. But Laci wonders: Is getting that bronzed bikini bod ever actually good for your health?
Stem Cell Tracheal Transplant Saves Girl's Life
After years of showing promise, stem cell research is finally paying off. A trachea grown from the cells in a lab has saved a young girl's life. Anthony tells the story and shows what scientists are cooking up next.
Morning After Pill IS Safe for Teens
There is lots of debate about the so called 'Morning After Pill' being released to teens without a prescription. Laci Green takes a look at the debate and breaks down the issues as only Laci can.
3 Ways to Improve Your Memory
We've all had difficulty remembering things. Trace looks at three things you'd never guess may actually help improve your memory.
Why We Can't Live Without Bacteria
If you think you can rid your body of bacteria with a quick squirt of hand sanitizer, you'd be oh so wrong. Turns out we have an incredible array of microorganisms living on us AND inside us. But, as Anthony explains, these little guys do some ve ...
Why Can't We Remember Being Babies?
Why can't we recall being born? It was kind of a big day, so you'd think we'd remember. Anthony looks at how the inner workings of a baby's brain differ from those of a fully grown adult.
Why Food Feels So Good
Food is one of the great pleasures in life. But why do we love it so much? Laci looks at what happens inside our bodies when we bite down on our favorite foods.
Wear a Kilt for Higher Sperm Count
There are a lot of myths surrounding male infertility and what actually increases a man's sperm count. Trace reports on why one study claims a kilt may just do the trick!
WiFi Sickness: Just in Your Head?
You've heard of the placebo effect, but the nocebo effect is just as powerful. Scientists have linked it to the controversial "WiFi Sickness," and other problems. Laci breaks down the Nocebo Effect, and how it's affecting thousands of people arou ...
How Drugs Pollute Our Drinking Water
We expect our drinking water to be germ free, but what about drug free? You probably haven't given it much thought ... but new research is showing our water is teeming with all kinds of drugs! Trace looks at what this is doing to our bodies and t ...
Electricity Helps Heal Wounds
It might sound like a late night infomercial, but scientists have created a device that heals wounds using electricity! Trace shows us what happens on the cellular level when we use electricity to repair our broken bodies.
Could Psychedelic Shrooms Treat Depression?
Magic mushrooms have more to offer than a good trip: new research shows they may help treat severe forms of depression. But a prominent researcher in the U.K. says his work is being stymied by the government. Laci Green looks at this fungal fix f ...
How Much Sleep Should We Get?
Is eight hours of sleep enough for you, maybe too much, or maybe too little? Trace looks at the myth of a full night's sleep, and what a person really needs to feel rested.
How Scientists Are Making Brains Transparent
See inside the brain like never before! Stanford University scientists have figured out a way to turn a mouse brain transparent, giving us a whole new view of the least understood organ in the human body.
How to Cure a Hangover
The hangover after a big night out can be brutal. Fortunately, some work is being done to find a cure for this terrible ailment. In this DNews video, Anthony takes a look.
Why Loneliness Can Be Deadly
Being alone can have far reaching health implications. In this DNews video, Laci looks at how and why loneliness can kill.
Ricin Letters: What's So Dangerous?
With a suspect under arrest for the poisoned letters sent to Obama, Anthony asks, what is ricin and what makes it so deadly?
Can You Sneeze Without Closing Your Eyes?
Do your eyelids really hold your eyeballs in when you sneeze? No, believe it or not: Your eyeballs won't shoot out of place due to a simple sneeze. Anthony looks at the real reason behind your eyelids' need to shut during a big "Ah-choooo!"
Do We Really Need Bras?
You'd think bras would give boobs a boost, but after years of close and careful research, a French scientist says bras actually do more harm than good! In this DNews video, Laci looks at whether his argument holds any weight or if it's just full ...
Copper Kills Hospital Bacteria
Copper may be a solution to the growing, deadly problem of hospital acquired infections. When used on commonly touched surfaces, the metal can kill some of the most infectious bacteria without scrubbing or the use of noxious chemicals. Trace look ...
Making A Better Condom
Will $100K from Bill Gates help create a super condom for the future? That's the hope. But where could the condom possibly go from here? Laci looks at some of the wild ideas scientists are developing right now.
Doctors Cure Baby of HIV
Doctors think they've cured a baby of HIV for the first time ever! Anthony walks us through the details of this incredible potential breakthrough.
Stop Eating Food: The Soylent Experiment
We're replacing food with Soylent for a week! And we're posting daily video diaries about our experiences at http://Facebook.com/DNews
The Soylent Experiment: Your Questions Answered
So how did the DNews team do after six days of Soylent? How many of them were able to make it without solid food? And the answer to one of the most-asked questions: Did they poop?! Watch and find out!
Should Doctors Prescribe Placebos?
Sometimes, thinking you're taking a medication when in fact you're not can actually help you feel better. It's called the "placebo effect," and it's being used more and more as a treatment option. But is that ethical? Trace and Laci weigh in on t ...
How Too Many Screens Affect Our Brain
Kids are rotting their minds by spending hours upon hours in front of screens. That's what parents say, anyway. But what impact does all this screen time really have? Trace spent hours researching -- in front of a computer screen -- to get a defi ...
Kim Kardashian's Blood Facial
Blood Facial. Yup, apparently it's a thing. In this DNews video, Trace looks at whether there's any actual science behind Kim Kardashian's bloody attempt to stay wrinkle-free.
Outsmarting Our Immune System
Our bodies are a battleground--constantly fighting off infection and disease. But what happens when our bodies fight off something that's helpful, like an artificial knee? It's not good. Now scientists may have discovered a clever fix to this dan ...
Why You Might Wake Up Paralyzed
Ever woken up, but couldn't move a muscle? You're not alone. It's called sleep paralysis and it can be really scary. Laci takes a look at what happens when this disconnect occurs between your brain and body.
Are Viruses Alive?
Are viruses life forms or not? Scientists have been fighting about it for years, and Anthony has more on the latest wrinkle in this seemingly simple yet age-old debate.
How Grapefruit Can Kill You
If you love grapefruit and are on certain medications, think twice! Anthony shows us how it could kill you.
Don't Fear the Flu Shot
If the influenza virus changes each year, does the flu shot even work? And what is the flu vaccine anyway? Trace explains.
Watch Out for Super Gonorreha
Just North of the border, a drug-resistant form of Gonorrhea could slowly be making its way to the U.S. But Laci's gotthe scoop on this supercharged version of the clap.
Food Label Lies!
Much of what we eat isn't what we think it is. Lax laws on food labeling allow many substitute, "mock" foods to be served instead. Anthony looks at what's actually in our food and how it's easy to be fooled.
BEER: Healthier Than Running!!
Turns out running long distance ain't so good for you. You know what is good for you? BEER. Anthony Carboni explains why you should pour a nice cold one next time you want to get healthy.
Americans Are Fat AND Happy!
Trace takes a look at Americans' "ideal weight" and how it's changed over the years. Research shows we're getting heavier but we're okay with it.
Debunking the Blood-Type Diet
The Blood Type Diet (AKA Eat Right 4 Your Type) claims there are certain foods and lifestyles better suited for different blood types. Is there any merit to this? And why do we have different types of blood in the first place?
Sleep Loss Screws Your Genes
Sleep deprivation can really mess you up in lots of ways. Now a new study published by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the effects may run even deeper than you thought.
Does Lightning Cause Migraines?
Lightning could have triggered your last headache! As crazy as it sounds, it's true, according to new research. But how does it happen and what can you do to prevent it? Laci breaks it all down.
Drone Pilots Get Stress Disorders Too
Drone pilots do their work from a remote location, but that doesn't keep them out of harm's way. New research shows they suffer from many of the same kinds of stress disorders as those in combat. Anthony explains why.
HIV Cures Cancer?? WTF!
Are viruses all bad? As it turns out, certain retroviruses just might be the key to keeping us healthy and even curing disease. Trace explains how we can harness some of the world's most dangerous bugs to keep us healthy!
Bionic Eye Cures Blindness
First Bionic Arms -- now Bionic Eyes! Last week the FDA gave approval to the Argus II, a bionic eye that could potentially cure blindness in 15,000 people in the U.S. The Alpha IMS, a new implant in early testing, has cured blindness in eight peo ...
Acne Bacteria Clears Skin?
Bacteria living on our skin can cause zits -- gross. But Laci Green's got news from a study that shows not all acne bacteria are evil! Some might even be helping us out.
Fitness Tech at CES 2013 - Helping Make a Healthier You
They call it the "qualitative self," and this concept is the source of a ton of new products and technology that helps to keep you healthy!
What Doping Is and How Lance Armstrong Did It
Lance Armstrong confesses to doping. But what methods did he use and why weren't doctors ever able to detect it? Anthony Carboni breaks down the sophisticated methods Lance and his team used and what it means.
3D Movies Make You Sick
Ever felt nauseous or dizzy during a 3D movie? You're not alone. Anthony explains why 3D tends to make most people sick.