Medicine has to do with diseases and conditions that affect the entire body. In this section, learn about testing and treatment plans including the medicines used to prevent and treat a range of diseases and conditions.

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Placebo Surgeries Are Effective, But Are They Ethical?

Some clinical trials subject volunteers to fake surgeries to determine whether a surgical procedure has any real value. But does the long-term benefit to society outweigh the risks to patients?

World AIDS Day: Lessons of the Past Can Help Safeguard the Future

Battles won — and lost — against AIDS hold valuable lessons for managing COVID-19.

How Do Pandemics End?

How long does it take for a pandemic to end? History suggests the disease itself will fade but will almost never be truly gone.

You Need It Like a Hole in the Head: The Ancient Medical Art of Trepanation

Drilling a hole in somebody's skull was all the rage 4,000 to 12,000 years ago. In fact, 5 to 10 percent of skulls from this period have a hole in them, made while the person was still alive. The question is, why?

Why You — and Your Dog — Should Be Taking Glucosamine

As both human and animal bodies age, the cushioning connective tissue known as cartilage begins to wear down. That's where glucosamine comes in.

How Doctor On Demand Works

Not crazy about going into your doctor's or therapist's office these days? You might be interested in a telemedicine service like Doctor on Demand.

Would You Undergo Surgery Just to Be Taller?

Surgery to increase your height for cosmetic reasons is becoming more popular. But what's involved and should people do it?

Potential Snakebite Treatment Can Be Used in Crucial First Minutes

Venomous snakebites are one of the world's largest hidden health problems. But now researchers believe they've found a new way to treat the problem onsite, before victims get to the hospital.

How Telemedicine Can Help You During COVID-19 and Beyond

Since the COVID-19 outbreak has people self-quarantining as much as possible, telemedicine has become a big alternative. But if you've never done it before, what can you expect?

How 'Charlotte's Web' Went From Iconic Kid Lit to Popular CBD Brand

A little girl with epilepsy caused the mash-up of a beloved children's book title and a CBD oil that changed medical history.

What You Need to Know About Chloroquine and COVID-19

U.S. President Donald Trump has been touting the malaria drug chloroquine as a possible miracle drug for coronavirus. Should we all be taking chloroquine?

How Do Ventilators Work? Why Are They So Critical for the COVID-19 Pandemic?

A ventilator is a machine that helps a person breathe by blowing oxygen into the lungs and removing carbon dioxide out of the lungs. They're a critical piece of equipment for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Epidemiologists Are the 'Disease Detectives' Protecting Public Health

Who do you call when there's a new disease outbreak? An epidemiologist. These disease detectives investigate the who, what, why, when and where of disease epidemics worldwide.

Artificial Intelligence Discovers Antibiotic in Record Time

Machine learning, or artificial intelligence, might just save us from bacterial infections in the future.

10 Tips for Navigating the World of Medicare Supplements

Medicare supplement plans, or Medigap, covers costs that Medicare doesn't. But there are a lot of things to beware off before you buy one.

Why Do Antidepressants Have Warnings About Suicidal Thoughts?

You've probably seen the ads for drugs to treat depression, and the warnings that they may cause suicidal thoughts. But why would that be?

What's the Difference Between Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen?

If you've got a pain in your head or body, you'll probably reach for whatever's in your medicine cabinet. But is it really the right treatment? One size doesn't fit all – we explain the differences in pain relievers.

Dr. Rene Favaloro's Coronary Bypass Surgery Is Still Saving Lives

Doctors in the U.S. still perform about 500,000 surgeries each year with his life-saving technique.

Womanikin: Overcoming the Stigma of Breasts and CPR

Performing CPR on a woman means that, yes, there will be some hand-to-breast contact. Womanikin is designed to help reduce the stress and hesitation.

Should Doctors Have to Pay Patients for Running Late?

Doctors' waiting rooms often have signs that a fee will be charged for no-shows or late arrivals. So, should patients ask doctors for reimbursement when they have to wait a long time?

Georgios Papanikolaou: Papa of the Pap Smear

He was able to detect a significant number of early cancers with his method, paving the way for the first mass screening program, launched in Tennessee in 1928.

How Stool Softeners Help Ease the Go

When you feel like you're between a rock and a hard place, a stool softener could get you out of a jam.

Can Inactive Ingredients in Medicine Be Harmful?

We're all familiar with the lists of active ingredients on the products we use, but what are inactive ingredients and how can they affect you?

Laparoscopy: Less Blood, Less Pain, Faster Recovery

Laparoscopic surgery has become the preferred method of minimally invasive surgery. It involves making tiny incisions in the body, and doctors remove some organs via the belly button.

What Happens to Blood Once You Donate It?

Donating blood is critical to ensure ample blood supply across the U.S. But what steps does it take once you give?