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The Diabetes Cure That Most Insurance Companies Won't Pay for The Diabetes Cure That Most Insurance Companies Won't Pay for

For 15 years, Erez Benari’s struggle with his type 2 diabetes had been a losing one. A software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, Washington, Benari had stuck to a restrictive diet that kept him off most carbs, along with regular insulin shots. But still, his high blood sugar levels never dropped, while his health…

Doctors Remove 132-Pound Nightmare Tumor From Connecticut Woman's Abdomen Doctors Remove 132-Pound Nightmare Tumor From Connecticut Woman's Abdomen

A 38-year-old woman was forced to endure the sort of body horror that would make John Carpenter shudder: An all-consuming, if benign, ovarian tumor that swelled up to 132 pounds. But thankfully, doctors were able to successfully remove the monstrosity with relative ease.

Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too.

Study Measures the Benefits of Surgery to Transgender Women Study Measures the Benefits of Surgery to Transgender Women

While many transgender people opt for gender-affirming surgeries, little research has been done to examine how such operations may affect their wellbeing afterward. A new study, presented at the annual European Association of Urology conference earlier this month, offers a perhaps more accurate picture of how surgery…

Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do Doctors Want You to Know How Much Damage Rifle Bullets Really Do

After the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th resulted in at least 17 deaths and 14 injuries, the pro-gun rights crowd trotted out a number of frustratingly familiar arguments. One of them, per Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, was that it would be impossible to effectively…

New Research Tells a Complex Story Behind Gender-Affirming Surgery in the US New Research Tells a Complex Story Behind Gender-Affirming Surgery in the US

There are huge gaps in scientists’ knowledge about gender-affirming surgery in the United States. How common is it? Who gets it, and whose insurance covers it?

The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic The Butchering Art: Victorian Medicine, From Blood-Caked Aprons and Body Snatching, to Antiseptic

“Ticketed spectators watched anatomists slice into the distended bellies of decomposing corpses, parts gushing forth not only human blood but also fetid pus. The lilting but incongruous notes of a flute sometimes accompanied the macabre demonstration. Public dissections were theatrical performances,” writes Dr.…

Storm Chasers Unite to Give Bill Paxton an Epic Tribute Storm Chasers Unite to Give Bill Paxton an Epic Tribute

Storm chasers combined forces this afternoon to pay tribute to a man who put them on the map by literally putting his initials on their maps. Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts are checking in to form the letters “BP” with their GPS coordinates.

Fart Blamed for Causing a Fire During Surgery at a Tokyo Hospital Fart Blamed for Causing a Fire During Surgery at a Tokyo Hospital

This surgery sounds like a total nightmare. According to a new Tokyo Medical University Hospital report, a patient’s fart during surgery apparently caused a fire that led to serious burns on her body.

13-Month-Old Twins Conjoined at the Head Successfully Separated 13-Month-Old Twins Conjoined at the Head Successfully Separated

Jadon and Anias McDonald were born joined at the head last September. On Thursday evening, 40 medical professionals spent 16 hours disconnecting Jadon and Anias in a rare operation. The McDonalds are from Coal City, Illinois, but the surgery was performed at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City, led by surgeon…

The First Living Donor Uterus Transplants Have Been Performed in the US The First Living Donor Uterus Transplants Have Been Performed in the US

A new medical breakthrough could have major implications for thousands of US women without a uterus. According to a Time report, the first living-donor womb transplant in the US was performed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas last month.

Infant With Brain Growing Outside His Skull Saved By Pioneering Surgery Infant With Brain Growing Outside His Skull Saved By Pioneering Surgery

Bentley Yoder was born with his brain outside his skull. Doctors said he didn’t have a chance, but he not only survived—he thrived. Now, some seven months later, Bentley has undergone reconstructive surgery to move his brain back into his skull.

A Robot's Stitched Up a Pig Gut All By Itself A Robot's Stitched Up a Pig Gut All By Itself

Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in hospitals, but it’s always under the control of a human surgeon. Now, a robot’s sewn up incisions in a live pig’s gut, all by itself.

This Plastic Surgery Smartphone Game Is a Great Way to Teach Kids Malpractice, Murder This Plastic Surgery Smartphone Game Is a Great Way to Teach Kids Malpractice, Murder

Have you ever dreamt of being a plastic surgeon? Do you have a vague understanding of what and where your facial features are? Then according to “Plastic Surgery Simulator - Free Surgeon Games,” you’re already overqualified.

Should Doctors Be Allowed to Listen to Music During Surgery? Should Doctors Be Allowed to Listen to Music During Surgery?

If you’ve had surgery under anesthesia in the last couple of decades, your doctor was probably listening to her favorite music while operating. There’s growing debate in the medical field about whether music in the operating room really helps surgeons focus or creates a potentially dangerous distraction.

Ultrasound Helps Drugs Sneak Past the Blood-Brain Barrier 

A new ultrasound technique uses microbubbles and focused sound waves to help chemo medication sneak past the the stubborn blood-brain barrier. Developed by Canadian surgeons, the technique could eventually be used to treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s and depression.

The First Human Head Transplant Will Take Place in 2017 The First Human Head Transplant Will Take Place in 2017

Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero grabbed the world’s attention this past winter when he announced his plans to perform the first human head transplant. Many doubted that such an outrageous procedure would ever see the light of day. Now, Canavero has a date on the books.

This Surgical Procedure Restores Sensation to the Penis by Remapping the Brain This Surgical Procedure Restores Sensation to the Penis by Remapping the Brain

Guys, imagine for a moment what life would be like if you couldn’t feel your penis. That can happen to men with some kinds of spinal injuries, or who were born with a condition called spina bifida. Their penises can still sense touch, but a break in the spinal cord means the signal never makes it to the brain.

Robotic Surgery Has Been Connected to 144 U.S. Deaths Since 2000 Robotic Surgery Has Been Connected to 144 U.S. Deaths Since 2000

All surgery carries risk, and that’s also true when it involves robots. A new study of U.S. Food and Drug Administration data reveals that a variety of malfunctions have been linked to 144 deaths during robotic surgery in the last 14 years.

Why Choosing the Right Surgeon Matters Even More Than You Think Why Choosing the Right Surgeon Matters Even More Than You Think

In February 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery.

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