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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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.

Is That Prostate Cancer I Smell in Your Urine?

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

Marijuana Use in Colorado Sending More Visitors to ER Than Residents

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

Breakthrough in 3-D Bioprinting Gets Us Closer to Organ Donors Being Obsolete

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.

Viewing Your Body as an Ecosystem Could Help Personalize Medical Care

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.

Is the Affordable Care Act Changing the Ties Between Doctors and Big Pharma?

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?

This Sponge-filled Syringe Could Save Your Life

It's not easy to treat a person who's hemorrhaging. Especially if that person isn't near a hospital. A cool, new tool could change the outcome of that scenario.

Wanted: 'Skinny' Gut Microbes for Poop Transplants

A study shows gastric bypass surgery helps 'skinny' gut microbes flourish. Could this pave the way for a weight-loss pill?

Diagnosing Disease Before It Begins, With a Little Help From Your T-cells

Sometimes doctors are just too late. What if diseases could be identified before symptoms strike?

How Do Doctors' Biases Affect Your Health Care?

Docs are no different from the rest of us — they bring their unconscious biases into the workplace. But is there a way to lessen the impact of these biases on patients?

Tiny Needles With Big Benefits

Goodbye, scary needles! Microneedle patches could ease needle fears and help boost vaccination rates.

How Tooth-in-eye Surgery Works

It may sound crazy initially — using a tooth to repair eyesight — but it's a very real surgery with a pretty impressive track record.

How Bee Sting Therapy Works

Bee stings hurt, so it seems like an odd proposition to get them on purpose. Believe it or not, the venom that makes that sting may also benefit humans in therapy.

Are those 'ER Wait Time' billboards accurate?

You've got chest pain you can't ignore, so you head off to the emergency room. On the way, you notice the hospital posts its ER wait time on a billboard. But is the posted time really how long you'll wait?

Do ER doctors work for the hospital or for themselves?

You really liked that ER doctor who stitched up your arm. That is until you got your bill. Turns out the doctor was out of your insurance network, even though the hospital's ER is in network. How does that happen?

What's the busiest ER in the United States?

We all know a trip to the emergency room is never quick, but sometimes the ER is so jam-packed that you think that you're in the country's busiest ER. So just where is America's busiest ER? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Can an emergency room refuse to treat you?

You just broke your arm, and you're flat broke. But you don't worry about getting medical treatment, because the doctors and nurses in the ER have to treat everyone who walks through the door. Or do they?

Why are visits to the emergency room so expensive?

Help! You just cut your hand while chopping vegetables. On the way to the hospital you cringe because you know that ER bill is going to be unbelievable. Why is that?


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