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Medicine

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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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?

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?

Veins, Needles, Yikes: What to Know Before Having Blood Drawn

Having blood drawn is a piece of cake for some people and a traumatic experience for others. Either way, being armed with information can only help make the process easier.

How Ambulances Work

When you call 911 in the U.S., you expect an ambulance to come roaring to your aid in a matter of minutes. But how are ambulances dispatched — and why do they cost so much?

The Post-surgical Poop: Why It's so Critical

Making sure the bowels are moving is key to monitoring health after surgery.

Sharing Leftover Antibiotics Is a Really Bad Practice

New research from the American of Pediatrics suggests an alarming number of parents are sharing antibiotics that were originally prescribed for their children — and this is bad news for all of us.

An Aspirin a Day Could Be Harmful for Healthy Seniors

Conventional wisdom has long dictated that older people should take a small dose of aspirin each day for their cardiovascular health. A huge new drug trial disagrees.

Smart Bandages Can Monitor, Treat Chronic Wounds

Flexible electronics have enabled a team at Tufts University to create a bandage that not only monitors wounds, but delivers treatment as well.

Scientists Develop World's First Color 3D X-rays

The new 3D color scans look like cross sections from a vividly realistic anatomical model, revealing great detail and true-to-life color.

Study Shows Possible Breakthrough in Treating Paralysis

The study, led by Boston Children's Hospital, was successful at getting mice with spinal cord injuries to walk again.

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