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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Hearing loss due to loud noise or certain medicines is irreversible, but soon we might be able to prevent hearing loss before it begins.

By Jesslyn Shields

Two new studies show that regular use of ibuprofen might lower men's fertility, and even that of a woman's unborn daughter.

By Jesslyn Shields

Scientists hope to grow transplant organs from patients' own stem cells, but success may still be a long way off.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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Ingestible sensors in pills are becoming a reality with digital drugs.

By Diana Brown

Spermbots, originally designed to help lethargic human sperm fertilize eggs, also may be used to deliver chemotherapy to fight cervical cancer.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Fecal transplants have been proven effective in treating C. diff bacterial infections, but a new pill might be cheaper and less invasive.

By Jesslyn Shields

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).

By Jesslyn Shields

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Is microdosing LSD just a silly fad or is it time to take a comprehensive look at its potential benefits?

By Jamie Allen

The FDA has approved the first drug for use in the U.S. that includes a digital ingestion tracking system.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Lots of factors can affect a bystander's decision to perform CPR, and a big one seems to be gender.

By Robert Lamb

Psilocybin (the drug in magic mushrooms) provides relief for severely depressed people, according to new research. But there are some caveats.

By Alia Hoyt

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Public Enemy may have rapped that 911 was a joke in 1990, but in the 21st century, ambulances have to take their servicing seriously.

By Dave Roos

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?

By Ed Grabianowski

The strong and sticky goo of the Dusky Arion slug provided scientists with unlikely inspiration for a glue that sticks well to wet surfaces.

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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A single vial of snakebite antivenom can run thousands of dollars. Why? It actually has little to do with the production process.

By Jesslyn Shields

A new study found gifts from pharmaceutical reps could be influencing the prescribing behavior of doctors.

By Alia Hoyt

Maple syrup for medicinal purposes? Sign us up.

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Alia Hoyt

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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?

By Alia Hoyt

A series of papers showed that overuse and underuse of medical care is a global health crisis. Here's how to address it.

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Alia Hoyt