Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week's issue of New Scientist asks: "I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?" A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat boring,… » 4/21/14 5:41pm Monday 5:41pm

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 … » 4/07/14 2:40pm 4/07/14 2:40pm

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. » 3/26/14 1:20pm 3/26/14 1:20pm

Someday, Surgeons Might Fix Your Broken Bones 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've gotta come out. 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… » 3/05/14 12:30pm 3/05/14 12:30pm

Surgeons attach man's calf to his arm to save his life

Ian McGregor lost his entire leg to a cancerous tumor, 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 tumor and leg amputation. Then they used the calf to fix the huge hole that… » 3/01/14 8:07pm 3/01/14 8:07pm

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. A group called the Medical Imaging Consortium—or MIC for short—has revealed that back in December they used a new 8K endoscope in an experimental surgery where they… » 1/28/14 10:50am 1/28/14 10:50am

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. » 12/04/13 1:20pm 12/04/13 1:20pm

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

There's a reason surgeons wear masks and gloves. The last thing you want is to get crap in someone's body. That is, unless you are one of the two UC Davis Medical Center neurosurgeons who very purposely introduced their patents' brains to poop bacteria. It was a real shit-for-brains way of trying to help. » 8/23/13 4:10pm 8/23/13 4:10pm

People Are Literally Getting Palm Line Surgery for Better Fortunes

There's fate, and then there's science. But sometimes—just sometimes—the two will join in an unholy union, spawning a monster bearing the worst qualities of both. And that is where cosmetic, surgical palm line adjustment comes in. Because occasionally destiny needs a little shove in the right direction. With a… » 8/02/13 12:00pm 8/02/13 12:00pm

3D Helmet for Surgeons Turns Complex Surgery Into Call of Duty

Laparoscopic surgery lets surgeons use tiny "keyhole" incisions and micro-sized 3D cameras to operate on internal organs without leaving big, slow-healing scars. It's already considered a revolutionary procedure, and now Sony is introducing a 3D helmet display that advances the tech even further. It's like Oculus Rift » 7/23/13 6:19pm 7/23/13 6:19pm

Magnetic Microbots Perform Eye Surgery Without a Single Incision

Our eyeballs are some of our more delicate organs, and the mere thought of them having to be sliced open for surgery is unsettling. So researchers at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab at ETH Zurich have created a magnetically-guided microbot, barely larger than a few human hairs, that can be embedded in the eye and… » 6/27/13 1:50pm 6/27/13 1:50pm

A Lady Grew Bones in Her Eyelids Because of a Dangerous New Surgery

Eternal youth doesn't come cheap. No one knows this better than a Los Angeles woman who underwent a non-FDA approved cosmetic eye surgery using stem cells. Unwanted side effects include: pain, a clicking sound in her eyelid "like a tiny castanet snapping shut," and last—but certainly not least—spontaneous bone growth in… » 12/19/12 6:20pm 12/19/12 6:20pm

Illuminating Brain Tumors With Scorpion Toxins Could Save Lives

Up until now, removing brain tumors has been a fairly imprecise—and thus highly dangerous—art. Cancerous tissue in the brain looks almost exactly like healthy tissue, and being just one millimeter off is enough to permanently affect a patient's quality of life. Plus, it's almost impossible to tell if any post-surgery… » 12/17/12 6:40pm 12/17/12 6:40pm