Medicine has to do with diseases and conditions that affect the entire body. In this section, learn about testing and treatment plans including the medicines used to prevent and treat a range of diseases and conditions.
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The World Health Organization's goals are not to be taken lightly: eradicating disease, promoting healthy living conditions and overseeing the general welfare of people all over the world. Learn about the WHO.
By Nancy Lewis
If you were suddenly unable to walk, where would you go for help? How would you regain your independence? What role would technology play? Learn all about Shepherd Center.
By Marshall Brain
Today, organ transplants are relatively simple procedures, yet thousands of people die every year waiting for their turn. Find out about transplants and what’s being done to remedy the organ-shortage problem.
By Tom Harris
The threat of anthrax as a biological weapon has become a real concern for everyone. Ciprofloxacin is a drug used to treat people exposed to anthrax. Learn how this medicine works against the anthrax bacteria.
By Marshall Brain
Lots of people are trading in glasses and contacts for more permanent vision correction. Curious about vision correction surgery? Find out if you're a candidate for LASIK and see how the process works.
By Jeff Tyson
According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 2.8 million people aged 12 or older had illegally used the prescription drug OxyContin at least once. Find out about this controversial drug.
By Katherine Neer
Oxycontin is a drug frequently referenced in the news. Just how dangerous is it?
Medications are put into the body in various ways. Why are some injected and others taken in pill form?
CPR guidelines have probably changed since you tried to perform it on Resusci Anne. See what's different in this critical first aid technique.
By Ann Meeker-O'Connell & Jennifer Sellers
Robots are already assisting doctors in the operating room. Tele-surgery may not be that far off. Learn about robotic surgery and what it could mean to the future of health care.
By Kevin Bonsor & Jonathan Strickland
An antibiotic selectively kills bacteria, but not the cells in your body. How do these mighty meds work their magic?
By Maria Trimarchi
Heart bypass operations were once very dangerous, but now they're almost commonplace. How are these procedures done, and how do they fix a person's heart?
With prescription drugs advertised on TV all the time now, do you ever wonder how they come up with the names for new drugs?
Feel a bit of a headache coming on? Muscle aches from yesterday's workout too distracting? Arthritis making that knitting project a pain? Discover how aspirin and other analgesics dull the pain and find out what else they're good for.
By Lucas Hoffman