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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.

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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.

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.

Could Stem Cells Eventually End the Transplant Organ Shortage?

Scientists hope to grow transplant organs from patients' own stem cells, but success may still be a long way off.

Biomedical Big Brother in Your Belly?

Ingestible sensors in pills are becoming a reality with digital drugs.

Motorized 'Spermbots' Could Help Treat Cervical Cancer

Spermbots, originally designed to help lethargic human sperm fertilize eggs, also may be used to deliver chemotherapy to fight cervical cancer.

Fecal Transplants: There's a Pill for That

Fecal transplants have been proven effective in treating C. diff bacterial infections, but a new pill might be cheaper and less invasive.

Groovy News: Shrooms Help Reset Depressed Brain

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

Surgeons Plan to Transplant Human Head by 2018

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.

Four Wrong Ways to Treat Your Child's Concussion

A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.

Ultrasound Helped a Patient Recover Remarkably From a Coma

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

How a Gift Certificate Program Could Revolutionize Kidney Transplants

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

Programmable Hair Created With 3-D Printing Breakthrough

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

Paranoid Fears Crumble in the Virtual World

VR's good for way more than just games these days. It's been used to treat autism, PTSD, depression and other conditions. Soon we could add paranoia to that list.

MDMA May Be Legal for PTSD Therapy in Five Years

About eight percent of the U.S. population will have post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime. Combining verbal therapy with MDMA could help those millions.

New Vaccine Seeks to Destroy Cancerous Tumors

Fighting off tumors in advanced-stage cancer patients isn’t easy, but a team of scientists in London have a vaccine that may do the trick.

Breakthrough in 3-D Bioprinting Gets Us Closer to Organ Donors Being Obsolete

Right now if you need a new organ, you have to wait around until one is available. A new development puts us closer to a future where living tissue can be made to order.

Viewing Your Body as an Ecosystem Could Help Personalize Medical Care

If we look at not just our own cells, but the microbiome of bacteria living in and on us, humans could better understand our own bodies.

This Sponge-filled Syringe Could Save Your Life

It's not easy to treat a person who's hemorrhaging. Especially if that person isn't near a hospital. A cool, new tool could change the outcome of that scenario.

Wanted: 'Skinny' Gut Microbes for Poop Transplants

A study shows gastric bypass surgery helps 'skinny' gut microbes flourish. Could this pave the way for a weight-loss pill?


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