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.


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

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.

A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

Despite a much-loved article that said doctors died in hospitals less frequently than their patients, new research shows no difference.

The groundbreaking surgery opens up exciting options for other cancer patients, injured war veterans and people who have otherwise experienced severe pelvic injuries.

VR's good for way more than just games these days. It's been used to treat autism, PTSD, depression and other conditions. Soon we could add paranoia to that list.

Failings of the medical system are to blame for almost 10 percent of all deaths, and it's because we're not set up to properly account for them, the study suggests.

The current U.S. recommendation is to get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Will this new study change CDC guidelines?

About eight percent of the U.S. population will have post-traumatic stress disorder in their lifetime. Combining verbal therapy with MDMA could help those millions.

It used to an apple that kept doctors away, but researchers have found a Streptococcus strain we could recruit to fight for us against its cavity-causing cousin.

Fighting off tumors in advanced-stage cancer patients isn’t easy, but a team of scientists in London have a vaccine that may do the trick.

A new urine test can sniff out prostate cancer — and it's more accurate and less invasive than the traditional test.

Why are residents of Colorado responding to their recreational marijuana access differently than out-of-towners?

Right now if you need a new organ, you have to wait around until one is available. A new development puts us closer to a future where living tissue can be made to order.

If we look at not just our own cells, but the microbiome of bacteria living in and on us, humans could better understand our own bodies.

In the U.S., drug companies can't legally pay doctors to prescribe their drugs, but they do find ways to put money in doctors' pockets. Will the ACA change this?