A Chinese orthopedic surgeon who helped perform the first hand transplant in 1999 is looking to perform another medical first: transplanting a human head from one body to another.
Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University announced this week that he is planning to lead a team of surgeons to perform the first-ever head transplant.
The announcement has brought much concern from medical experts about the ethical nature of such a novel procedure, according to the publication Medical Daily. more >>
Pro-abortion activist groups are planning to fly a drone carrying abortion pills into Northern Ireland next week as part of campaign targeting pro-life countries.
Women on Waves, the Netherlands-based abortion group heading the "abortion drone" pill drop, said the drone will fly into the country from Ireland at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Women on Waves is calling it: "an all-island act of solidarity between women in the north and the south to highlight the violation of human rights caused by the existing laws that criminalize abortion in both the north and south of Ireland except in very limited circumstances."
Northern Ireland bans abortion except in cases where the mother's life is at risk. more >>
Big Daddy Weave's bassist and vocalist Jason Weaver is in need of prayer as he attempts to rebound from the amputation of both feet after a life-threatening infection required drastic action.
According to a Facebook page called "Pray For Jay," promoted by the contemporary Christian group Big Daddy Weave's Facebook page to update followers on the singer's health, the latest is that Weaver underwent his fifth surgery on Sunday and, to his dismay, at least two more surgeries are scheduled for later this week.
"Jason is out of surgery," began the update posted on Sunday afternoon. "Doctor cleaned right ankle area. Found out Jason has to have two more procedures this week. This is hard news to take due to the fact that it means a longer stay. Everyone has been so kind but home is just home!" more >>
Stem cell transplant could halt the effects of multiple sclerosis when combined with chemotherapy, acccording to a new study published in The Lancet. The researchers observed 24 patients ages 18 to 50, revealing that the treatment significantly reduced the onset of the disease.
Jennifer Molson, one of the trial participants, is one of the living proof of this groundbreaking discovery. Molson was diagnosed with the disease when she was 21. At 26, she was in a wheelchair and unable to even cut her own food. She joined the trial in 2001 when there were no drugs to inhibit the attacks.
Molson admitted, though, that it took time for her to notice improvements. It was not until after a year and a half when she started to feel normal, and it took more months before she began to be able to do other activities such as drying her hair and walking down the stairs. more >>
A recent study has revealed that people aged 45 to 50, who maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep track of their fitness, have 37 percent lower risk of suffering a stroke after the age of 65.
The World Health Organization reports that the number two of the top 10 causes of death in 2012 worldwide is stroke. In the US, stroke is number five cause of death of Americans by 2015. Also, 40 percent of stroke deaths in America are in men and 60 percent are in females. With these statistics, stroke is not something to laugh at.
When the supply of blood to the brain is interrupted or reduced, stroke occurs due to the brain not being able to get enough oxygen or nutrients. Stroke is a major cause of long-term disability. more >>
A California neurosurgeon who died from lung cancer in 2015 explained in a memoir published this year what it was that compelled him to reclaim his Christian faith after embracing "ironclad atheism."
Dr. Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford's Department of Neurosurgery and a fellow at the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, died on March 9, 2015, after fighting a two-year battle with stage IV lung cancer.
Being an educated man who graduated from the Yale School of Medicine, Kalanithi earned a master's in English literature from Stanford and earned master's in history and philosophy of science and medicine from Cambridge, Kalanithi was considered to be a deep thinker who constantly pondered how "biology, literature and philosophy intersect." more >>