Train for Surgery Using Immersive 3D Holograms of Corpses

Computer-generated models are starting to let researchers and students peer into the body without needing a real human stretched out before them. Virtual dissection tables have been built at places like Stanford and the University of Calgary. Now, University of Michigan computer scientists and biologists have taken the technology another step forward, using projectors, joysticks and 3D equipment to build a floating holographic human that users can dissect, manipulate, and put back together as they wish. Read More >>

Doctors are About to Start Human Trials for Suspended Animation

After years of sci-fi-inspired fantasies about the technique, a team of doctors in Pittsburgh are finally ready to start testing out a procedure that involves putting patients in a state of "suspended animation" while they repair their injuries. Put bluntly, they're going to kill people and bring them back to life. Read More >>

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3D Printing Helps Rebuild Motorcyclist's Crushed Face

Despite wearing a helmet, Cardiff biker Stephen Power managed to break his cheek bones, upper jaw, nose and fracture his skull in an accident in 2012, one that required a four-month hospital stay as part of his recovery. Now, to patch his face up, doctors are inserting 3D printed parts. Read More >>

Broken Bones May in Future be Fixed With Screws Made of Silk

Surgeons have used metal screws to reassemble broken bones for years, but there are drawbacks: if the metal corrodes, they have to be removed. Biodegradable screws aren't as strong, and can cause inflammation. So a team of Harvard and Tufts scientists came up with screws and plates that are as tough as metal, but biodegradable. The trick? They're made out of silk. Read More >>

Surgeons Attach Man's Calf to His Arm to Save His Life

Ian McGregor lost his entire leg to a cancerous tumour, but he's lucky to be alive thanks to a weird, never-before-attempted 18-hour surgical procedure: first, doctors removed his calf and attached it to his arm to keep it alive during the tumour and leg amputation; then, they used the calf to fix the huge hole that resulted from the operation. Read More >>

NASA is Working on Star Trek Healing Devices

NASA and Texas-based company GRoK Technologies will work on the development of new "breakthrough products," non-invasive medical technologies designed to "regenerate bone and muscle tissues." It really sounds like something out of Star Trek, but "it's not just sci-fi anymore." Read More >>

After 120 Years, Doctors Develop New Brain Surgery Technique

A team of surgeons from Johns Hopkins recently came up with a safer, better method of replacing skull fragments after brain surgery. This is good news for anybody who might need a little work done on their noggin in the near future, as doctors have been using the same method since the 1890s. Read More >>

The Extreme Plastic Surgery Transformation of a Korean Reporter

Except in extreme cases, I don't think plastic surgery is a good idea for any human being. But when someone is attractive to begin with—like this South Korean reporter—I just can't comprehend the reasons. Look at the before and after shots.

Kiwi Doctor Fights Off Shark With a Knife, Stitches Own Wounds, Goes to Pub

New Zealand doctor James Grant had a bit of a run in with a shark while out fishing on a stretch of coastline near his home. After feeling a shark "latch on" to his leg he got his knife out and stabbed it to get it off, then started to stitch the puncture wounds by himself on the shore. Read More >>

An 8K Endoscope Probably Shows More Than Anyone Really Wants to See

8K television broadcasts are slowly creeping towards becoming a reality, but 8K video technology is already being embraced and used in other industries. Read More >>

Pioneering Womb Transplant Surgeries Prove Successful

Nine women in Sweden have successfully undergone transplant surgery that saw them receive donor wombs from their relatives. Read More >>

This New Worm-Inspired Surgical Glue Can Mend Wet, Squishy Heart Tissue

The great irony of trying to fix ruptured blood vessels is that you have to suture or staple, basically poking holes in the very thing you're trying to mend. But now, scientists have developed a light-activated glue for mending internal wounds that is pretty incredible. Read More >>

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3D Printing Gives a Dog a Bone (For Invasive Surgery)

3D printing offers some phenomenal opportunities to advance medical care, and not just for humans. At Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, doctors are using a MakerBot 3D printer to make delicate doggie surgery possible. Read More >>

Angry Mum Rips Off Son's Balls, Then Superglues Them Back On

When I was being a naughty child, just about the worst thing my parents ever did to punish me was hiding my Super Nintendo's powerpack. And I could be a right little bastard. Thank heavens then I wasn't born the child of Jennifer Marie Vargas, who nearly made a eunuch of her six-year-old son in a fit of rage, tearing his balls off. Read More >>

Hospital Fined for Putting Poop Germs in Patients' Brains on Purpose

Horrible as it sounds the incident wasn't actually malicious, just questionably ethical and poorly executed. The three patients in question all had end stage glioblastoma multiforme, which basically means "aggressive, fatal brain tumors." According to documentation, the purposeful infection was supposed to "create a wound infection that would attack tumour cells." It didn't, and all three patients eventually died due to complications. Read More >>

Self-Harm Your Way to a Better Future With Burning Knife Surgery

Superstitious Japanese folk have come up with a novel way of guaranteeing themselves a more fortunate future, by cutting more favourable life lines into the palms of their hands with hot knives. Read More >>


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