[DIGEST: IFLS, Science Alert, BBC]

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, with nearly 21 million blood components transfused each year. This demand is hard to keep up with, and the medical community has long been trying to find a way to artificially meet the demand without relying exclusively on volunteers.

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[DIGEST: STAT, Natural Society, Boston Globe, New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine]

Medical tourism - traveling to another country to obtain treatment - isn’t a new concept, but the lure of unregulated stem cell therapy has patients risking their lives for a miracle cure.  

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[DIGEST: IFLScience, Tech Times]

If the Grim Reaper takes any particular form in the United States, it may well be that of heart disease. Heart disease causes one in every four deaths-- killing more men and women than any other disease.

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