Cotton swabs aren't actually the most common cause of eardrum rupture, according to the study. Instead, blunt trauma is the leading reason for the injury.
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Doctors in Canada performed a life-altering surgery on a fetus still developing inside its mother's womb to correct a spinal defect that would have led to spina bifida, according to news reports.
For one woman in China, the cause of her congestion turned out to be a tooth growing into her nasal cavity.
More than 1,000 years ago, a woman living in the British Isles became horribly disfigured after catching leprosy from an unlikely source: a squirrel, according to a new study.
A medical school in Queensland, Australia, was the recent recipient of a big donation: a diseased liver that weighed more than 26 lbs.
Researchers in Georgia have developed a "microneedle patch" that can deliver the flu vaccine through a person's skin.
Would you be more likely to get your flu vaccine if, instead of getting a shot, you could simply apply a bandage-like patch to your skin?
Live Science has rounded up some of the early research on seven creatures whose poisons may one day be made into drugs.
The Pentagon's research division is betting its high-risk, high-reward programs will change medicine.
Some medical myths endure no matter how many times they've been disproven. Here are 25 that just won't go away.
Here's a look at the science behind 7 home remedies that work, and in some cases, have inspired modern medicine.
Victorian doctors and medical students seeking to understand how human bodies worked in life gained many of their insights by studying them in death.
While some seek “natural cures” in order to avoid chemicals, in truth everything is made up of chemistry.