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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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.

Four Wrong Ways to Treat Your Child's Concussion

A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.

Mobile Device Distraction as Effective in Kids as Sedative

This new study could present alternative to drugs with negative side effects. And parents of pre-surgery children experience less anxiety, too.

You're Fired! AAP Backs Docs Who Refuse to Treat Kids of Anti-Vaxxers

The American Academy of Pediatrics is supporting doctors who refuse to treat children whose parents won't have them vaccinated. Good move?

How Generic EpiPen Is Still Going to Make Money for Mylan

In a highly unusual move, Mylan is knocking off its own EpiPen with a cheaper, generic version of the device. It's not the first time a company has done this.

Ultrasound Helped a Patient Recover Remarkably From a Coma

Ultrasound may not just be for pregnant women anymore. It could play a critical role in helping patients recover from coma.

How a Gift Certificate Program Could Revolutionize Kidney Transplants

A new program allows people to donate a kidney now and get a certificate a loved one can "cash in" later.

10 Uses for Botox That Aren't Wrinkle-Related

Although Botox made its name as a wrinkle-filler, it was actually first approved to treat crossed eyes — and since then, doctors have found many other uses for it.

Programmable Hair Created With 3-D Printing Breakthrough

Researchers have discovered how to bypass a hurdle in the design, modeling and printing of 3-D hair- and fur-like structures.

Can U.S. Doctors Legally Ask Patients About Gun Ownership?

Although several states have proposed legal action banning the question, only Florida has actually passed a controversial law addressing the issue.

10 Emergency Medical Procedures That Can Be Done on the Fly

You won't believe some of the emergency medical procedures people have performed under duress. They range from sucking out venom to performing a Caesarean birth. Could you do the same?


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