Modern Medicine

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Goodbye, scary needles! Microneedle patches could ease needle fears and help boost vaccination rates.

Salamanders regrow their tails. Starfish can grow new arms. When is it our turn? Let's take a look at what science has in the works.

Addiction isn't pretty. It ruins health and tears apart families — and we don't have any sure-fire way to cure it. When we're examining the possibilities, how do lasers measure up as a possible solution?

Microorganisms aren't all bad. Can we fight fire with fire and pit good bacteria against the bad ones? Yes, but maybe not the way you think.

We transplant DNA already in the form of blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants. But just DNA? That's a different story.

Soon, we'll all be carrying around little vials of neurons like ibuprofen in our purses. Well. Not SOON soon. But we've definitely made progress in recent years.

In 2014, 29,532 people in the U.S. received organ transplants, like hearts, lungs and kidneys. What if you wanted a whole new body for your head?