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.

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Christian Sager

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

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Kate Kershner

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?

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Kate Kershner

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

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Kate Kershner

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?

By Meisa Salaita

We've been hearing about tiny medical robots for decades. Where is this tiny dream team? Researchers promise these little guys are on the way -- and they might be even cooler than we thought.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Robotic surgery doesn't mean Rosie from "The Jetsons" is going to get it. Instead, these high-tech bots let surgeons make the tiniest, most precise movements to limit tissue damage. But even now, researchers are dreaming up better robot inventions.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Marianne Spoon

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?

By Maria Trimarchi

Millions of Americans have pacemakers. What happens when all those batteries need to be replaced? What if they didn't?

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Maria Trimarchi

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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?

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Maria Trimarchi

We've all heard of blood donation, but did you know you can donate blood plasma? Find out how the process works, and how plasma is isolated from the rest of your blood.

By Maria Trimarchi

Future Victor Frankensteins won't have to become grave robbers to obtain body parts. Instead, we're betting they'll take advantage of a rapidly developing technology known as bioprinting. What do you know about this crazy offshoot of 3-D printing?

By William Harris

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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?

By Maria Trimarchi

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

By Nicholas Gerbis