A new male contraceptive pill could hit the market in 10 years, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While many approaches for a male pill have failed due to long-term effects on male fertility, this one is based on blocking sperm transportation during ejaculation. Read more
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
One thing you can't hide...is when you're crippled inside.
Here's another reason to get to know your meds. Research published in Health Communication: International Perspectives concludes that patients who identify their medications by shape, color and size--instead of by name--may increase their risk of hospitalization. Read more
- SLICE OF HISTORY
Just after midnight, a South African doctor named Christiaan Barnard begins one of the more notable operations in medical history. He and a team of 20 other doctors remove the heart of a young woman hit by a car and place it in the body of a 53-year-old man dying of heart disease. Five hours later, Barnard shocks the heart and it begins beating inside the body of Louis Washkansky. He will live for only 18 days, dying of double pneumonia because his immune system had to be suppressed to keep the heart from being rejected. But Dr. Barnard, a relative unknown in the world of cardiology, has shown that transplanting a heart from one person to another is possible. Read more