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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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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.

How Right to Try Bypasses the FDA

The intent of Right to Try is to make the process of obtaining last-ditch, potentially life-saving drugs easier for terminally ill patients by avoiding FDA strictures altogether.

FDA's Expanded Access Pre-dates Right to Try by Decades

The FDA already has a program that does almost exactly the same thing for patients, but is anyone aware of it?

Has Chemotherapy Gotten Easier Over the Years?

Chemotherapy was an accidental discovery from World War II. But is it any different in the 21st century?

Being a Poop Donor Isn't as Easy as It Sounds

There's actually a need for donated stool to help treat certain intestinal infections. But not everyone is qualified for the task.

Could Phage Therapy Fight Superbugs?

Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections pose a grave danger to the health of millions of people every year. Phage therapy may provide a solution.

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Raises Hopes

An as-yet untested Ebola vaccine is giving health officials hope of containing the outbreak sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.

The DEA Wants Your Old Drugs — Stat!

Have a medicine cabinet full of expired prescriptions? This weekend is the time to get rid of them.

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