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Medicine

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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Lasik Surgery

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.

Oxycontin 101

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.

What is OxyContin?

Oxycontin is a drug frequently referenced in the news. Just how dangerous is it?

Why can some medicines be taken as pills, while other medicines have to be injected with a needle?

Medications are put into the body in various ways. Why are some injected and others taken in pill form?

CPR: What You Need to Know

CPR guidelines have probably changed since you tried to perform it on Resusci Anne. See what's different in this critical first aid technique.

How Robotic Surgery Will Work

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.

What is a heart bypass operation?

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?

Where do the names for prescription drugs come from?

With prescription drugs advertised on TV all the time now, do you ever wonder how they come up with the names for new drugs?

How do antibiotics work?

An antibiotic selectively kills bacteria, but not the cells in your body. How do these mighty meds work their magic?

Aspirin 101

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.

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