Modern Medicine

Thanks to modern medicine, we have at our disposal countless medications and techniques for overcoming health problems. Learn about recent innovations in modern medicine techniques and how they have transformed the medical world.


When it comes to your own body, you generally don't want to hear the words "Open 'er up." Minimally invasive surgery is a modern blessing. As researchers innovate, what can patients expect?

Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates pointed out that diseases affect everyone differently. Fueled by that philosophy, today's scientists and physicians are using personalized medicine to treat the most common to the most complex conditions.

You develop a cough and hop online to search for flu information. Google tracks those searches to predict waves of illness geographically. But how accurate are those predictions?

In the 20th century, fats were bad and women needed yearly mammograms. But in the new millennium, both have been overturned. What else don't doctors believe anymore?

Millions of Americans have pacemakers. What happens when all those batteries need to be replaced? What if they didn't?

You got a flu shot, but you're under the weather just the same. That doesn't mean the vaccination failed, and there are plenty of misconceptions about flu vaccines.

Your dog starts barking when you sing along with the radio. Your friends won't invite you to karaoke. Ever. What if a pill could improve your nonexistent musical ability?

It can bond anything: wood, plastic, glass, metal and ... human tissue? Find out how medical science is making use of adhesive to heal everything from broken bones to aneurysms.

We've all heard of blood donation, but did you know you can donate blood plasma? Find out how the process works, and how plasma is isolated from the rest of your blood.

Future Victor Frankensteins won't have to become grave robbers to obtain body parts. Instead, we're betting they'll take advantage of a rapidly developing technology known as bioprinting. What do you know about this crazy offshoot of 3-D printing?

When genetic testing determines a high likelihood of cancer in patients' futures, some consider serious risk-reducing measures. Prophylactic mastectomies are controversial -- so what are the real pros and cons?

Think of it as organically mulching your ailing gut garden — except with (someone else's) poop, not pine bark.

You don't need that syringe. With wireless drug delivery, the pharmacy is located inside your body. Who's slated to benefit from it first?

You know what statistics are, but what are biostatistics? They affect your life far more than you'd think.

Whether drawn from embryos, placentas or adults, stem cells continue to garner attention. They may help treat a wide range of diseases, but there are caveats.

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.