Parkinson’s Beyond the Brain

By the time a patient is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, seventy percent of the damage is already done. In an effort to understand the progression of the disease and diagnose it earlier, more and more scientists are moving their microscopes to the patient’s gut.

Decreasing Deadly Desensitization

Once a savior to nurses and patients, excessive patient monitoring alarms in hospitals is leading to patient injuries and even deaths. Nurses and engineers are working together to reduce unnecessary alarms and improve patient care.

Condor Couples

The best-laid plans of zookeepers go awry in a vine-wreathed cage at the Franklin Park Zoo, as a condor conflict unfolds. Can two birds bond to ensure the future of their species?

Bad News for Big Babies: The Elephant Fertility Crisis

Baby elephants are among the most adorable infants of the animal kingdom, with their oversize floppy ears, tiny soft eyes, and fuzzy rounded backs. But despite their popularity in American zoos, these babies are all too rare: Captive elephants are facing a population crash.

Counting Backwards: The Foggy History of the Ether Dome

SciJo productions explores the historic Ether Dome where William T.G. Morton made history on October 16, 1846 when he demonstrated the first public surgery using anesthetic (ether). filmed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass.

A Little Boy’s Battle for Birthday Cake

Over the past few decades, organ transplants have become promising and effective therapies for a variety of ailments, but some have improved more than others. The intestinal transplant has only recently become a viable option for patients like 5-year-old Alexander, suffering from severe short bowel syndrome.

Replanting the Tree of Life

Fossils may be set in stone, but our understanding of evolution changes daily. The advent of DNA sequencing has altered the animal tree of life from a simple ladder to a complex web, which constantly shifts with new information.