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

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How Do Pandemics End?

How long does it take for a pandemic to end? History suggests the disease itself will fade but will almost never be truly gone.

Potential Snakebite Treatment Can Be Used in Crucial First Minutes

Venomous snakebites are one of the world's largest hidden health problems. But now researchers believe they've found a new way to treat the problem onsite, before victims get to the hospital.

How 'Charlotte's Web' Went From Iconic Kid Lit to Popular CBD Brand

A little girl with epilepsy caused the mash-up of a beloved children's book title and a CBD oil that changed medical history.

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?

Georgios Papanikolaou: Papa of the Pap Smear

He was able to detect a significant number of early cancers with his method, paving the way for the first mass screening program, launched in Tennessee in 1928.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Can lasers cure addictions?

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?

How Human Head Transplants Could Work

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?

What is the future of spine surgery?

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.

What is the future of regenerative medicine?

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.

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