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FYI: Are Organs Ever Re-Donated?

A few transplants out of the 28,000 performed every year involve the same organ spending time in more than two bodies. The most common scenario arises when a patient in the late stages of a disease receives a new liver or kidney as a last-ditch effort to keep him alive. If he dies shortly after, …

First Robot Phlebotomist: Veebot is a Blood Drawing and IV Inserting Robot

IEEE Spectrum reports on Veebot, which has developed the first robot phlebotomist. Veebot's robot can draw blood and insert IVs. A human patient …

A Scientist Debunks The 'Magic' Of Vitamins And Supplements

A pediatrician who spent years defending childhood vaccines against the likes of actress/activist Jenny McCarthy has launched an assault on megavitamins and dietary supplements.<p>"If you take large quantities of vitamin A, vtamin E, beta carotene [or] selenium you increase your risk of cancer, risk …

Attention, Men: HPV Vaccine Effective Against Oral Infections Too

HPV vaccines have always been advertised as protecting women, but a new study shows they also work against an infection that causes a throat cancer that's much more common in men.<p>The same vaccine that protects women from cervical cancer also prevents an oral infection that sometimes leads to throat …

People With Bipolar Disorder More Likely To Die Younger, Study Finds

People with bipolar disorder are more likely to die earlier, a new study of Swedish adults suggests.<p>Researchers from Stanford University found an association between having bipolar disorder and dying an average of nine years earlier than the rest of the general population for women, and …

Ingenious Tourniquet Invention Saves Lives

An inflatable abdominal tourniquet recently revived two men who were moments away from bleeding to death. The device could have saved three soldiers per month between 2001 and 2010, the U.S. Army says.<p>On June 7 in Birmingham, Ala., a blood-soaked, unconscious 41-year-old man arrived at a hospital …