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Jan. 3, 2012
Researchers at Wake Forest University have rigged up a device that can spray new skin cells onto burn victims. Really.
Oct. 12, 2011
Artificial heart valves have been improving the quality of life of people with heart disease for decades. Still, the thought of having a surgeon tinker with your heart can be disconcerting. Do you know how heart valves work and their success rates?
Oct. 26, 2010
At one time, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. But there are numerous treatment options for most types of cancer. See how epigenetics is providing another option in preventing cancer.
Oct. 20, 2010
Now, doctors can replace every part of the human body, from skin and bones to organs, hands and faces. It's no longer science fiction to imagine that we could slowly replace our organs as they wear out. But surely there are limits?
Oct. 19, 2010
Completely eradicating a disease is difficult. It's so complicated, in fact, that it's only been accomplished once, with smallpox. So what exactly does it take to eradicate a disease?
Sep. 27, 2010
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.
Jun. 29, 2010
Hyperbaric medicine is the practice of giving oxygen intermittingly within a pressurized chamber, most often to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and severe blood loss. Learn about the risks and benefits of hyperbaric medicine.
Feb. 12, 2010
Our heart is a complicated organ made up of many parts that sometimes don't always work as they should. Take a look at what can be used to keep a heart on a healthy beat.
Dec. 4, 2008
The top 2008 medical mysteries HowStuffWorks tried to solve go from wisdom teeth to height. Check out the top 2008 medical mysteries and health questions.
Sep. 19, 2008
Forget iPods. Forget cell phones. This is one piece of technology that some people with bad tickers can't live without. Are you one of them?