Modern Medical Treatments

Modern medical treatments use the latest research to combat disease. Learn all about personalized medicine, stem cells, orthomolecular medicine and more.


Your back pain may be debilitating, but is it bad enough to undergo laser spine surgery? Find out all the facts before you get burned.

They're usually thought of as foul, slimy creatures hungry for blood, but leeches are beneficial in today's medical treatments.

Revascularization surgeries are amazing procedures. They bypass blocked arteries and restore blood flow to major organs, including the heart. But they're complicated and sometimes risky.

Would you want to know that you were susceptible to a deadly disease, even if your chance of getting it was not certain? This is one of the questions posed through genetic technology and personalized medicine.

More than 100 million people worldwide stop breathing multiple times while they sleep. Aside from wrecking your rest, sleep apnea can have other serious health consequences. How can you overcome it?

During a plasmapheresis procedure, plasma, the fluid part of the blood, is removed from blood cells by a cell separator and replaced with other fluids. Why would you do this?

The human body has been called an amazing machine, but even the best mechanical designs break down. And when the design in question is your heart, it can be a little scary.

Can vitamins and minerals in the right amounts really cure what ails you? That's the basic idea behind orthomolecular medicine, a form of alternative medicine that's been around for decades.

Cornea transplant surgery is one of the successful types of transplant surgery. But there are still a few cautions. We'll explain the procedure and the risks.

We've all felt the uncomfortable side effects of an appendage that's "asleep," but some people deal with nerve pain all the time. Here are five ways they can get rid of it.

Humans make mistakes, and in an operating room, mistakes can be fatal. The idea behind robotic surgery is that it helps eliminate human error. So, are human surgeons' days numbered?

Back in the day, we thought an ice pick through the eye and an ice-cold bath might just cure your mental ills. In a century, what medical practices of ours will our descendants contemplate in horror?

Behold the humble maggot! While almost universally reviled, it has a noble part to play in wound healing. And in this age of drug-resistant bacteria, maggot therapy is back in style.

Amputations have been performed since ancient times, but did you know anesthesia wasn't developed until the 1840s? Mountaineer Aron Ralston amputated his own arm after being trapped by a boulder. Could you do it?

It's as easy as checking "yes" when you register for or renew your driver's license. But organ donation is actually a complex and serious process.

Your face is how the world sees you. But what if something awful happened to it? In 2005, Isabelle Dinoire was the first recipient of a face transplant. How do doctors transplant a face, and is it a good idea?

Some call it body piercing. Some call it acupuncture. Some call it absurd. But could a piercing help you lose weight?

Today, organ transplants are relatively simple procedures, yet thousands of people die every year waiting for their turn. Find out about transplants and what’s being done to remedy the organ-shortage problem.