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A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.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

How Doctors Really Die

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

The First Successful Penis Transplant in the U.S. Just Happened

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

Paranoid Fears Crumble in the Virtual World

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.

Study Argues Systemic Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

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.

30 Is the New 10: Study Says You Only Need a Tetanus Booster Every 30 Years

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

MDMA May Be Legal for PTSD Therapy in Five Years

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.

New Bacteria Discovery Could Let Us Fight Cavities With Probiotic Pills

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.

New Vaccine Seeks to Destroy Cancerous Tumors

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.

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