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Modern Medical Technology

Curious about lasers, nanobots and bionic eyes? Learn how modern medical technologies are extending and improving the lives of humans.

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How will nanobots help cure cancer?

In the future, nanotechnology may allow us to inject nanobots -- or tiny robots -- into our bloodstream to deliver medicines and battle all types of diseases. And one of the most promising medical purposes for nanobots appears to be their potential to treat cancer.


Programmable Hair Created With 3-D Printing Breakthrough

Researchers have discovered how to bypass a hurdle in the design, modeling and printing of 3-D hair- and fur-like structures. See more »

Breakthrough in 3-D Bioprinting Gets Us Closer to Organ Donors Being Obsolete

Right now if you need a new organ, you have to wait around until one is available. A new development puts us closer to a future where living tissue can be made to order. See more »

This Sponge-filled Syringe Could Save Your Life

It's not easy to treat a person who's hemorrhaging. Especially if that person isn't near a hospital. A cool, new tool could change the outcome of that scenario. See more »

Tiny Needles With Big Benefits

Goodbye, scary needles! Microneedle patches could ease needle fears and help boost vaccination rates. See more »

Can humans regrow limbs?

Salamanders regrow their tails. Starfish can grow new arms. When is it our turn? Let's take a look at what science has in the works. See more »

Can we use microbes to fight disease?

Microorganisms aren't all bad. Can we fight fire with fire and pit good bacteria against the bad ones? Yes, but maybe not the way you think. See more »

Will we ever be able to transplant DNA?

We transplant DNA already in the form of blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants. But just DNA? That's a different story. See more »

Will we ever be able to transplant neurons?

Soon, we'll all be carrying around little vials of neurons like ibuprofen in our purses. Well. Not SOON soon. But we've definitely made progress in recent years. See more »

Will nanobots perform surgery in the future?

We've been hearing about tiny medical robots for decades. Where is this tiny dream team? Researchers promise these little guys are on the way -- and they might be even cooler than we thought. See more »

Will the Internet of Things change hospital technology?

The Internet of Things is more than a buzzword. If it does what it promises, the health care landscape will look very different -- and so will our relationships with our physicians. See more »