New Supercooling Technique Extends Shelf Life Of Transplant Organs

By using the active ingredient in antifreeze, researchers from Harvard University have developed a 'supercooling' technique that triples the length of time a rat's liver can be stored outside the body prior to transplantation. The technique, should it work on human organs, could revolutionize how transplants are done. » 6/30/14 11:40am 6/30/14 11:40am

How Combat Medicine is Fighting to Keep More Troops Alive

When a nation sends its citizens to war, there are few things more important than providing the best treatment possible after they get injured in the line of duty. Thankfully, combat medicine has responded and evolved, steadily improving the survival chances of those injured on the battlefield. » 10/25/13 12:30pm 10/25/13 12:30pm

This robotic snake will slither through your body in search of tumors —…

Engineers from OC Robotics in Bristol, U.K., have taken us one step closer to a Prometheus-style med pod — and one that might be just as creepy. At the recently concluded International Conference on Oncological Engineering, the developers unveiled a prototype medical robot that will soon help surgeons reach deep… » 9/24/12 2:40pm 9/24/12 2:40pm

New device will let doctors perform surgery without breaking the skin

On Star Trek, surgeons can perform complicated operations without so much as cutting into the patient — and soon this could be the case in real life, as well. Researchers at Caltech have developed a new visualization technique, where highly focused light and ultrasound are applied to illuminate the body's interior,… » 6/28/12 1:33pm 6/28/12 1:33pm