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Modern surgery began with saws and iron hands: How amputation transformed the body in the renaissance

The human body today has many replaceable parts, ranging from artificial hearts to myoelectric feet. What makes this possible is not just complicated technology and delicate surgical procedures. It's also an idea—that humans ...


Johnson & Johnson reaches $700 mn talc case settlement

US pharmaceutical and cosmetics giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $700 million to settle allegations it misled customers about the safety of its talcum-based powder products, New York's attorney general announced ...


Community health centers' new crisis: The need for backup power

The 2017 Tubbs Fire, which killed 22 people and destroyed 5,600 buildings, was already a stressful time at Alliance Medical Center's clinic here, as workers who picked grapes in the nearby vineyards streamed into the nonprofit ...

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New study sheds light on the effects of humor in medical practices

A humorous remark at just the right time can go a long way. Benevolent humor helps medical assistants (MAs) cope positively with their stressful working day, according to a new study published in BMC Primary Care by the Martin ...


Top US government scientist grilled on COVID

Former US government scientist Anthony Fauci angrily denied covering up the origins of COVID-19 Monday in his first public congressional testimony since retiring as the face of the fight against the pandemic.


UN nears landmark deal on combating biopiracy

The fight against biopiracy—plundering genetic resources and the traditional knowledge surrounding them—could soon be based on an international treaty which is being finalized at negotiations that began on Monday.