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.


Lots of factors can affect a bystander's decision to perform CPR, and a big one seems to be gender.

Psilocybin (the drug in magic mushrooms) provides relief for severely depressed people, according to new research. But there are some caveats.

Public Enemy may have rapped that 911 was a joke in 1990, but in the 21st century, ambulances have to take their servicing seriously.

There's a good chance you've taken a personality test, and can now officially claim your type. But how valid are these assessments, and why do we even take them in the first place?

The strong and sticky goo of the Dusky Arion slug provided scientists with unlikely inspiration for a glue that sticks well to wet surfaces.

Despite the very long waiting lists for donor kidneys in the U.S., a study found that transplant centers often reject these organs for nebulous reasons.

A single vial of snakebite antivenom can run thousands of dollars. Why? It actually has little to do with the production process.

A new study found gifts from pharmaceutical reps could be influencing the prescribing behavior of doctors.

Hospice is too often seen as a last resort — a sign that someone has given up on life. But it can actually be a very life-affirming service, an end to suffering and sometimes even a health improvement.

A huge number of clinical trials — many of which are testing life-saving drugs — languish due to low participation levels. Why is that, and what can be done?

A series of papers showed that overuse and underuse of medical care is a global health crisis. Here's how to address it.

New U.S. government guidelines say that everyone 40-75 should be screened for high cholesterol and more should receive statins. Not everyone agrees.

A neurosurgeon duo hopes to transplant a living human head from a patient whose body is dying to a healthy donor body. But that raises questions — a lot of questions.

A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.

This new study could present alternative to drugs with negative side effects. And parents of pre-surgery children experience less anxiety, too.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is supporting doctors who refuse to treat children whose parents won't have them vaccinated. Good move?

In a highly unusual move, Mylan is knocking off its own EpiPen with a cheaper, generic version of the device. It's not the first time a company has done this.

Ultrasound may not just be for pregnant women anymore. It could play a critical role in helping patients recover from coma.

A new program allows people to donate a kidney now and get a certificate a loved one can "cash in" later.

Although Botox made its name as a wrinkle-filler, it was actually first approved to treat crossed eyes — and since then, doctors have found many other uses for it.

Researchers have discovered how to bypass a hurdle in the design, modeling and printing of 3-D hair- and fur-like structures.

Although several states have proposed legal action banning the question, only Florida has actually passed a controversial law addressing the issue.

You won't believe some of the emergency medical procedures people have performed under duress. They range from sucking out venom to performing a Caesarean birth. Could you do the same?

Despite a much-loved article that said doctors died in hospitals less frequently than their patients, new research shows no difference.