This Pregnant Medieval Woman With Head Wound ‘Gave Birth’ In Her Grave

Female burial from near Bologna Italy (c. 7th c AD) by Kristina Killgrove An early Medieval grave near Bologna, Italy, was revealed to contain an injured pregnant woman with a fetus between her legs. Based on the positioning of the tiny bones, researchers concluded this was a coffin birth, when a baby is forcibly expelledContinue reading “This Pregnant Medieval Woman With Head Wound ‘Gave Birth’ In Her Grave”

A team of doctors across the world is helping the only two medical professionals left in one besieged town in Syria—via cell phone.

by AVI ASHER-SCHAPIRO Earlier this year, a Syrian American orthopedic surgeon was shopping with his two toddlers at a Walmart in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he heard the familiar ping of a notification from WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging service: A teenager had been shot in the leg and the bullet had passed straight through hisContinue reading “A team of doctors across the world is helping the only two medical professionals left in one besieged town in Syria—via cell phone.”

This Man Will Get the World’s First Human Head Transplant Procedure

by Paul Ratner Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero is planning to perform the first-ever head transplant in December 2017. He will put the head of a terminally ill, wheelchair-bound Russian citizen Valery Spiridonov (31) on an entirely new body. Spiridonov, a computer scientist, has Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a rare and incurable spinal muscular atrophy. As the diseaseContinue reading “This Man Will Get the World’s First Human Head Transplant Procedure”

Robot outperforms highly-skilled human surgeons on pig GI surgery

https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.technologyreview.com/p/pub/files/shademan4–converted.mp4 A robot surgeon has been taught to perform a delicate procedure—stitching soft tissue together with a needle and thread—more precisely and reliably than even the best human doctor. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), developed by researchers at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., uses an advanced 3-D imaging system and very preciseContinue reading “Robot outperforms highly-skilled human surgeons on pig GI surgery”

Head transplant team selected for operation in 2017

The likely date and location for the first-ever human head transplant have been set, after the controversial Italian doctor that will lead the surgery said that he has selected his team of surgeons. Radical Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero has drawn fascination and criticism after he announced plans to cut off a man’s head and putContinue reading “Head transplant team selected for operation in 2017”

Soon You’ll Be Able to Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue for $5,000

A new treatment has successfully changed the color of people’s eyes in Latin America, but the procedure isn’t approved in the U.S. yet. For years, a California-based company called Stroma Medical has been publicizing a laser procedure that turns brown eyes blue. Theoretically, this would give brown-eyed individuals the choice to change the tint ofContinue reading “Soon You’ll Be Able to Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue for $5,000”