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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You don't need that syringe. With wireless drug delivery, the pharmacy is located inside your body. Who's slated to benefit from it first?

By Marianne Spoon

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

By Alison Kim Perry

Whether drawn from embryos, placentas or adults, stem cells continue to garner attention. They may help treat a wide range of diseases, but there are caveats.

By Brion O'Connor

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Your back pain may be debilitating, but is it bad enough to undergo laser spine surgery? Find out all the facts before you get burned.

By Terri Briseno

They're usually thought of as foul, slimy creatures hungry for blood, but leeches are beneficial in today's medical treatments.

By Chris Opfer

Revascularization surgeries are amazing procedures. They bypass blocked arteries and restore blood flow to major organs, including the heart. But they're complicated and sometimes risky.

By Natalie Kilgore

Would you want to know that you were susceptible to a deadly disease, even if your chance of getting it was not certain? This is one of the questions posed through genetic technology and personalized medicine.

By Colleen Cancio

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More than 100 million people worldwide stop breathing multiple times while they sleep. Aside from wrecking your rest, sleep apnea can have other serious health consequences. How can you overcome it?

By Michael Franco

During a plasmapheresis procedure, plasma, the fluid part of the blood, is removed from blood cells by a cell separator and replaced with other fluids. Why would you do this?

By Sarah Winkler

The human body has been called an amazing machine, but even the best mechanical designs break down. And when the design in question is your heart, it can be a little scary.

By Kevin P. Allen

Can vitamins and minerals in the right amounts really cure what ails you? That's the basic idea behind orthomolecular medicine, a form of alternative medicine that's been around for decades.

By Shanna Freeman

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Cornea transplant surgery is one of the successful types of transplant surgery. But there are still a few cautions. We'll explain the procedure and the risks.

By Alison Kim Perry

We've all felt the uncomfortable side effects of an appendage that's "asleep," but some people deal with nerve pain all the time. Here are five ways they can get rid of it.

By Gerlinda Grimes

Humans make mistakes, and in an operating room, mistakes can be fatal. The idea behind robotic surgery is that it helps eliminate human error. So, are human surgeons' days numbered?

By Katie Lambert

At one time, a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence. But there are numerous treatment options for most types of cancer. See how epigenetics is providing another option in preventing cancer.

By Shanna Freeman

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Now, doctors can replace every part of the human body, from skin and bones to organs, hands and faces. It's no longer science fiction to imagine that we could slowly replace our organs as they wear out. But surely there are limits?

By Molly Edmonds

Completely eradicating a disease is difficult. It's so complicated, in fact, that it's only been accomplished once, with smallpox. So what exactly does it take to eradicate a disease?

By Robynne Boyd

In the future, nanotechnology may allow us to inject nanobots -- or tiny robots -- into our bloodstream to deliver medicines and battle all types of diseases. And one of the most promising medical purposes for nanobots appears to be their potential to treat cancer.

By Elizabeth Sprouse

Back in the day, we thought an ice pick through the eye and an ice-cold bath might just cure your mental ills. In a century, what medical practices of ours will our descendants contemplate in horror?

By Elizabeth Sprouse

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Our heart is a complicated organ made up of many parts that sometimes don't always work as they should. Take a look at what can be used to keep a heart on a healthy beat.

By Maria Trimarchi

Behold the humble maggot! While almost universally reviled, it has a noble part to play in wound healing. And in this age of drug-resistant bacteria, maggot therapy is back in style.

By Nicholas Gerbis

Peter Pan? Besides the fact that he can fly, he never grows up. But in real life, aging is inevitable, no matter how we rage against the dying of the light. Or is it?

By Molly Edmonds

A torn elbow ligament once signaled the end of a pitching career. But a groundbreaking surgery named after Hall of Fame pitcher Tommy John changed that bleak scenario, and the mound hasn't been the same since.

By Robert Lamb

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In the history of desperate time and desperate measures, you'll find Jeff Getty's story. After getting FDA approval and finding a willing doctor, Getty had a baboon bone marrow transplant in 1995. The results? A mixed bag of success and skepticism.

By Cristen Conger

The top 2008 medical mysteries HowStuffWorks tried to solve go from wisdom teeth to height. Check out the top 2008 medical mysteries and health questions.