Human Head Transplant Moves A Step Closer

An Italian neurosurgeon has moved closer to his goal of transplanting a human head, revealing a virtual reality system that will “prepare patients for life in a new body”. Professor Sergio Canavero wants to carry out the operation for the first time next year, saying it…

For Obesity Surgery, Consider Accredited Centers

Patients have better weight loss surgery outcomes in accredited centers, a review of past studies has found. Researchers analyzed 13 studies with a combined 1.5 million participants that examined the differences in deaths and major complications at accredited versus non-accredited centers. The studies suggest that…

For Many, Life After Surgery Is Surprisingly Hard

As heart patients survive ever more complex surgeries, they are often surprised by how tough it can be to bounce back after the operation. While recovery can be a long slog after any major surgery, invasive procedures on the body’s most vital organ can be…

Scientists Make ‘Second Skin’ To Hide Wrinkles

Scientists claim to have developed an invisible elastic film that can be applied to the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and eye bags. Once applied, the formula dries to form a film that “mimics the properties of youthful skin”, Nature Materials reports after…

Chimp Victim Hospitalized With Face-Transplant Complications

The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting tissue from the transplant. Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of plastic surgery transplantation at Brigham and…

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