Valery Spiridonov of Russia wants a new body. His body’s muscles are wasting away from a rare disease called Werdnig-Hoffman disorder, which kills most people by age 20.
Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have just hijacked a teleoperated surgical robot, demonstrating major security weaknesses in the machines that may eventually replace a surgeon’s hands in hospitals worldwide. Yikes.
During a surgery to remove an apparent brain tumor in a 26-year-old woman, doctors in Los Angeles were shocked to discover an embryonic twin instead.
Turkish historians have uncovered the oldest-known example of a signed written consent form. Dating back to the 16th Century Ottoman Empire, the discovery suggests the use of these forms — in this case permission to remove a bladder stone — was practiced long before it was adopted in the West.
Women predisposed to ovarian cancer can reduce their risk with surgery, but with it comes early menopause. To avoid this, some doctors propose delaying part of the procedure. But is this safe?
For the first time in history, a woman has given birth to a baby after receiving a womb transplant. The mother and child, both of whom are said to be doing well, offer hope to women the world over with missing or non-functional uteruses who desire to carry their own children to term.
The BBC is reporting that a goldfish in Australia is now recovering from a successful surgery in which a tumor was removed from its brain.
No, this isn't a case of a kid sticking a tooth into his nose and getting it stuck. This is a tooth that grew up into a guy's nose. Basically, he was close to being a human Narwhal. You're welcome for the nightmares.
Surgeons from the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, are set to begin suspended animation trials by dramatically cooling down trauma victims in an effort to keep them alive during critical operations.
Four women born with abnormal or missing vaginas were recently implanted with lab-grown replacements created from their own cells. All four women are now sexually active and report normal vaginal function.
This snake slithered into a chicken coop looking for a tasty treat, and instead made a meal of a pair of golf balls. Fortunately, a sympathetic human rushed the snake to a team of veterinarians.
A team of surgeons in the UK has used 3D printing to reconstruct one side of a man's face after a traumatic motorcycle accident in which he broke his cheekbone, nose, jaw, and fractured his skull.
Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident, but surgeons couldn't re-attach it right away. His arm needed time to heal. But his hand was in desperate need of a blood supply – so surgeons attached it to arteries in his left ankle. Warning: Graphic hankle imagery below the fold.
After removing capsules of heroin from a drug smuggler's stomach, one Siberian surgeon walked off with a souvenir: five grams of the freshly liberated drug.
When he isn't telling us "true facts" about various animals, Ze Frank is improving the health of our stuffed animal friends. What's inside of teddy? Candy, meat, and a few items that don't belong inside a healthy toy.
No offense to modern horror movie directors, but when it comes to pioneering straight-up ickiness, anatomists and biological sculptors from the late 1600s to mid-1800s had today's fright-masters beat by centuries.
Here's a hint: it's another part of her body. As in, it was once attached to her person elsewhere, only to be removed and tucked away inside her belly for safekeeping.
Earlier this afternoon, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weiner floated an interesting thought: "One day," he mused, "there will actually be a pill that grows your penis six inches."
Feast your eyes on a gruesome "wound man" from London's Wellcome Library's collection of medieval anatomy diagrams. This above wound man hails from the 1400s and offers all sorts of valuable advice on how to remove swords from his torso and extremities. And here are a few more of his colleagues from 1420-1430s Germany…
Here's a reason to leave any and all tonsil examinations up to the professionals. From an article last year in the journal BMJ Case Reports comes this anecdote about a woman who managed to keep a pen marinating in her gut for a quarter-century until doctors plucked it out. Report the authors, who are physicians in…