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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5 Medications Prescribed for Off-label Use

Not all drugs are created equal. And not all drugs are prescribed for the particular conditions they're technically approved to treat, either. That's when they fall into the off-label category, and they're more common than you think.

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction, With Hallucinogens

It may sound counterintuitive, but hallucinogenic drugs could be useful for treating a host of disorders, including addiction.

New Drugs Could Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Hearing loss due to loud noise or certain medicines is irreversible, but soon we might be able to prevent hearing loss before it begins.

Ibuprofen May Be Linked to Lowered Fertility Rates

Two new studies show that regular use of ibuprofen might lower men's fertility, and even that of a woman's unborn daughter.

Could Stem Cells Eventually End the Transplant Organ Shortage?

Scientists hope to grow transplant organs from patients' own stem cells, but success may still be a long way off.

Biomedical Big Brother in Your Belly?

Ingestible sensors in pills are becoming a reality with digital drugs.

Motorized 'Spermbots' Could Help Treat Cervical Cancer

Spermbots, originally designed to help lethargic human sperm fertilize eggs, also may be used to deliver chemotherapy to fight cervical cancer.

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.

What Happens If Your Adult Teeth Just Don't Come In?

What happens when permanent teeth don't come in behind our baby teeth? Turns out there are treatments, but they'll cost you (both time and money).

LSD Is Making a Comeback in Very Small Doses

Is microdosing LSD just a silly fad or is it time to take a comprehensive look at its potential benefits?

FDA Approves the World's First Digital Pill

The FDA has approved the first drug for use in the U.S. that includes a digital ingestion tracking system.

Women Less Likely to Receive CPR in Public, Study Finds

Lots of factors can affect a bystander's decision to perform CPR, and a big one seems to be gender.

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.

Despite Common Myth, Ambulance Companies Can't Avoid Certain Neighborhoods

Public Enemy may have rapped that 911 was a joke in 1990, but in the 21st century, ambulances have to take their servicing seriously.

How Personality Tests Work

There's a good chance you've taken a personality test, and can now officially claim your type. But how valid are these assessments, and why do we even take them in the first place?

Surgical Adhesive Inspired by Slug Mucus Can Patch Bleeding Tissue

The strong and sticky goo of the Dusky Arion slug provided scientists with unlikely inspiration for a glue that sticks well to wet surfaces.

Donor Kidneys Often Rejected 7 Times By U.S. Transplant Centers

Despite the very long waiting lists for donor kidneys in the U.S., a study found that transplant centers often reject these organs for nebulous reasons.

Why Snakebite Antivenom Is So Astronomically Expensive

A single vial of snakebite antivenom can run thousands of dollars. Why? It actually has little to do with the production process.

Drug Rep Gifts Influence Doctors' Prescription Choices

A new study found gifts from pharmaceutical reps could be influencing the prescribing behavior of doctors.

How Hospice Works

Hospice is too often seen as a last resort — a sign that someone has given up on life. But it can actually be a very life-affirming service, an end to suffering and sometimes even a health improvement.

Why So Many Clinical Trials Attract So Few Participants and How That Hurts Us

A huge number of clinical trials — many of which are testing life-saving drugs — languish due to low participation levels. Why is that, and what can be done?

Which Medical Services Are Overused and Underused?

A series of papers showed that overuse and underuse of medical care is a global health crisis. Here's how to address it.

What's the Deal With the New Statin Recommendations?

New U.S. government guidelines say that everyone 40-75 should be screened for high cholesterol and more should receive statins. Not everyone agrees.

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.


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