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A new survey found that most parents have some very outdated ideas of treating a concussion.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

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.

By Dave Roos

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Christian Sager

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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Alia Hoyt

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?

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Nathan Chandler

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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.

By Maria Trimarchi

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?

By Kate Kershner

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?

By Kate Kershner

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.

By Kate Kershner

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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?

By Kate Kershner

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?

By Kate Kershner