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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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Smart Bandages Can Monitor, Treat Chronic Wounds

Flexible electronics have enabled a team at Tufts University to create a bandage that not only monitors wounds, but delivers treatment as well.

Scientists Develop World's First Color 3D X-rays

The new 3D color scans look like cross sections from a vividly realistic anatomical model, revealing great detail and true-to-life color.

Study Shows Possible Breakthrough in Treating Paralysis

The study, led by Boston Children's Hospital, was successful at getting mice with spinal cord injuries to walk again.

How Right to Try Bypasses the FDA

The intent of Right to Try is to make the process of obtaining last-ditch, potentially life-saving drugs easier for terminally ill patients by avoiding FDA strictures altogether.

FDA's Expanded Access Pre-dates Right to Try by Decades

The FDA already has a program that does almost exactly the same thing for patients, but is anyone aware of it?

Has Chemotherapy Gotten Easier Over the Years?

Chemotherapy was an accidental discovery from World War II. But is it any different in the 21st century?

Being a Poop Donor Isn't as Easy as It Sounds

There's actually a need for donated stool to help treat certain intestinal infections. But not everyone is qualified for the task.

Could Phage Therapy Fight Superbugs?

Antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections pose a grave danger to the health of millions of people every year. Phage therapy may provide a solution.

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Raises Hopes

An as-yet untested Ebola vaccine is giving health officials hope of containing the outbreak sweeping the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.

The DEA Wants Your Old Drugs — Stat!

Have a medicine cabinet full of expired prescriptions? This weekend is the time to get rid of them.

Viagra May Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Viagra may be known mainly for treating erectile dysfunction, but it could also help prevent a deadly form of cancer.

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.

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