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What are X-Rays?

What are X-Rays?

November 8, 1895. Late afternoon. Dr. Wilhelm Rontgen sets up an experiment in his Munich lab. He's testing the different kinds of light that escape from different types of recently invented vacuum tubes. He constructs a black cardboard covering and covers the cold vacuum tube, called a Crookes tube, with the cardboard and attaches electrodes to it to generate an electrostatic charge. This is the hadron supercollider of its day. These are the types of experiments which would lead to the discovery of cathode rays, the electron, and the idea of particles smaller than atoms. Rontgen darkens the room to test the opacity of his cardboard cover. Then he notices a faint shimmering from a bench about three feet away. What was it?

1 in 5 Americans Suffer From Mental Illness

1 in 5 Americans Suffer From Mental Illness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released a report on Thursday that around 20 % of Americans, or 1 in 5, suffer from some form of mental illness.


"Too many Americans are not getting the help they need and opportunities to prevent and intervene early are being missed," Pamela Hyde, the administraton's head, said in a statement.


While physical health concerns, like blood pressure, obesity, allergies, cancer, diabetes, and the common cold get consistent attention from the media, mental health remains an undiscussed topic.

November 18, 2010: The Great American Smokeout

November 18, 2010: The Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event held on the third Thursday of November in the United States encouraging Americans to stop tobacco smoking.


The American Cancer Society held its first Smokeout in 1977. The event challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours.


Over 45 million people smoke tobacco in the United States, and smoking has been found to be a cause of hypertension, diabetes, lung cancer, and other chronic lung conditions. Throw out the cigarettes today, and try to stay away from them for the rest of the year. You might end up kicking the habit.

The E. Coli that Plays Sudoku

The E. Coli that Plays Sudoku

I've never played Sudoku. I understand it's a popular game, but I don't understand how to play-- there are boxes and numbers and matching and it really confuses me. People have taught me how to play, but it flies over my head. I can't play Sudoku. Scientists, however, have created a strain of E.coli bacteria that can.

Can We Predict Type 2 Diabetes?

Can We Predict Type 2 Diabetes?

As people get older, they can develop a resistance to insulin, setting their blood glucose levels off-kilter. This is Type 2 Diabetes. Often caused by genetic factors, Type 2 diabetes can be exacerbated by high sugar, high fat diets and a lack of exercise. 23% of all people over 60 have diabetes. Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 2006. There are 21 million Type 2 diabetics. Complications of the disorder include cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, stroke, peripheral nerve damage and blindness. By the time symptoms for diabetes become present, the insulin resistance can be managed, but cannot be cured. If doctors could predict who would develop Type 2 diabetes, those individuals could make important lifestyle changes and potentially avoid the disease, by postponing it indefinitely. Genetics play a large part in Type 1 diabetes, which is present at birth. The genetic causes of Type 2 diabetes are now being discovered by British researchers.

Mystery Monday: Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Mystery Monday: Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Vaccinations have been a source of controversy since they were invented in the late 18th century. Vaccinations can often cause side effects, and even today the science of the immune system is not fully understood. Consequently, there have been a variety of movements against vaccinations. Mass vaccinations have almost eradicated deadly diseases like smallpox and polio. But some researchers believe these mass vaccinations have caused more harm than good. Some even believe there are sinister motives behind the medical establishment performing the vaccinations. In 1976, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease appeared in 10 per one million individuals who had received a swine flu immunization. Was it the vaccine that caused the syndrome? Let's separate the fact and fiction and solve the mystery of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Not All Lung Cancers are the Same

Not All Lung Cancers are the SameNot All Lung Cancers are the SameNot All Lung Cancers are the Same

A team of British Columbia Cancer Agency scientists has discovered that lung cancer in smokers is different from cancer in non-smokers.


What are these wacky Canadian doctors up to? Are they actually telling us smoking is bad? I think we've heard that somewhere, one time or another. But apparently, it's not just bad for you, it's really bad for you. How bad is it?

Exergen Temporal Thermometer on Grey's Anatomy Tonight!


Looks like one of our favorite products, the Exergen Temporal Scanner, will be in tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy. The clip to the left shows a sneak peak of tonight's show and the Exergen Temporal Thermometer in action. Tune in tonight at 9pm on ABC!

Happy Veterans Day

Today in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day. Throughout the world, November 11th is known as Armistice Day. In 1918, World War I officially ended on November 11th and Woodrow Wilson subsequently proclaimed it a holiday for world peace.


Unfortunately for President Wilson, world peace was a fleeting dream, the world was at war a few years later.


In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower changed Armistice Day into Veterans Day, recognizing all American veterans, from all wars. It has remained a Federal holiday since.


QuickMedical is a veteran owned business and our government sales division serves the veteran hospitals and military communities. Consequently today, we pause a moment to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country, in war and in peace. We might not be here without you.

Celebrities with Diabetes

Celebrities with Diabetes

Over two decades ago, these incredibly earnest, and corny lines (pictured right) graced the airwaves of radio stations around America. A young rock n'roller named Bret Michaels transformed a painful break-up with his girlfriend into the lyrics 'Every Rose has it's Thorn,' and in the process made himself and his bandmates a mountain of money. Bret Michaels is a hair metal rocker, reality TV star, and also a diabetes spokesperson. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Almost 8% of the population in the USA has some form of diabetes according to American Diabetes Association. This includes several famous people, you probably didn't know had the disease. Who are they?