Modern Medical Treatments

Modern medical treatments use the latest research to combat disease. Learn all about personalized medicine, stem cells, orthomolecular medicine and more.


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A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.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

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.

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.

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

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?

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?

If you've ever dealt with sciatica or degenerative disc disease, you know the unique agony of back pain. Spine surgery has traditionally been a little dicey. Here's what researchers are working on to make it better.

Oh, you can't regrow your own limbs like a starfish? You soon may be able to. That's the promise of regenerative medicine, at least, a field that seeks to help you replace and regenerate your own body parts.

When it comes to your own body, you generally don't want to hear the words "Open 'er up." Minimally invasive surgery is a modern blessing. As researchers innovate, what can patients expect?

Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates pointed out that diseases affect everyone differently. Fueled by that philosophy, today's scientists and physicians are using personalized medicine to treat the most common to the most complex conditions.

You develop a cough and hop online to search for flu information. Google tracks those searches to predict waves of illness geographically. But how accurate are those predictions?

In the 20th century, fats were bad and women needed yearly mammograms. But in the new millennium, both have been overturned. What else don't doctors believe anymore?

You got a flu shot, but you're under the weather just the same. That doesn't mean the vaccination failed, and there are plenty of misconceptions about flu vaccines.

Your dog starts barking when you sing along with the radio. Your friends won't invite you to karaoke. Ever. What if a pill could improve your nonexistent musical ability?

It can bond anything: wood, plastic, glass, metal and ... human tissue? Find out how medical science is making use of adhesive to heal everything from broken bones to aneurysms.

When genetic testing determines a high likelihood of cancer in patients' futures, some consider serious risk-reducing measures. Prophylactic mastectomies are controversial -- so what are the real pros and cons?

Think of it as organically mulching your ailing gut garden — except with (someone else's) poop, not pine bark.

You know what statistics are, but what are biostatistics? They affect your life far more than you'd think.