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Could shocking grasp be used as a defibrillator?

A common trope among role-playing communities is that Shocking Grasp can be used as a defibrillator. Could a spell that allows you to shoot lightning from your palms allow you restart a recently ...
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What strategy could nanites adopt to protect someone's brain from damage while repairing the heart?

The main character of the story was created by nanites/(micro technology). Because of this trillions of nanites are in her body making her memory more efficient, reasoning skills sharper, and healing ...
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Minimum set of specialities to cover most medical needs

I'm writing a fictional story and there is an eccentric billionaire who has his own personal staff of medical personnel. What would be some specialities to consider to include in this group. He is a ~...
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Why costly time released shapeshifting drug is more popular than fast acting ones?

In my story shapeshifting drugs are controlled and only widely used for therapeutic medical purposes only, a recent study showed a young patient with severe depression and poor appetite is suddenly ...
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Despite scientific advancements that can eliminate all birth defects, why would incest still be a taboo?

First and foremost: do we all agree that the main reason that incest or inbreeding is bad is because it leads to the passing down of recessive genes and these birth defects can severely impact the ...
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Is there a medical condition or neurological disorder that makes it so a person cannot make facial expressions?

I have a character who cannot smile, frown, express anger on their face, or make other expressions but can still move facial muscles to blink, eat, blush, puff cheeks and still feels emotions like ...
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How do I make my young character getting shot and recovering realistic with the following narrative needs? [closed]

Ok so here is the scene. I have a twelve year old human girl taking part in the capture of a spacecrafts bridge (think of a location like Star Treks Enterprise). What happens during this scene is ...
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Is it possible for a blood type AB person to become type O temporarily?

I need a temporary mechanism for blood type switches for my modern love story, the protagonist is a werewolf and would transform every time when there is a full moon. I was thinking maybe a certain ...
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If Earth's atmosphere was 100% oxygen, which settlement would be the lowest habitable one? [duplicate]

If we replace all other gases of the Earth's atmosphere by oxygen so that we have 1 atm oxygen at sea level, which one would be the lowest (either permanently or for a certain amount of time) ...
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What condition could cause chronically reddened sclera?

I have a character whose eye whites are bright red, and I'd like to make some attempt to justify why. This character's species has eyes that generally become bloodshot in the same way and under the ...
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(TW: Strangling) Would this character actually have any difficulty breathing?

((Alright, so! I don't even know if this is the right place to ask, but I hope to hear your thoughts. Sorry for the morbid topic and thanks in advance!)) In a comic I'll eventually draw, there's this ...
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What tests might someone do to assess possible brain damage from time travel? [closed]

I have a character who travels in time, but after making major jumps (like 100 years forward), she begins experiencing side effects—first nose bleeds, but the symptoms begin to increase to things like ...
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What’s the best design for a mobile medical robot?

So I’m tryna think of the most practical shape/design for a mobile medical robot. In my world [a high-tech space-faring society] they are used since a machine can withstand a lot more environments ...
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What effects would someone undergo who doesn't sleep for 3 weeks?

I am writing a story about a girl who travels to another world when she sleeps on earth, and travels back to earth when sleeping in the other world. Her mind never sleeps. When she is asleep on either ...
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Consequences of a false magic tattoo

Silly question (you've been warned). Let's say the magic users of my world devised a way to place lasting charms on people - by tattooing them. That process involves specifically prepared inks ...
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what is a medical condition that makes you weaker and weaker (that affects teens) [closed]

I'm writing a story and one of the characters have a medical condition, they are 16/17 they're gonna die soon there's no cure, just treatment they can still attend school and walk around without ...
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In what emergency scenario would portable backup organs be useful?

Most people seem pretty excited over the idea of artificial blood for infinite blood transfusions. Well allow me to present the concept for portable backup organs or P.B.O for short, because you ...
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Question about Abortion Survivors and Trauma [closed]

I'm writing a sci-fi novel with some very real scenarios. And this scenario is particularly dark and emotionally charged for a lot of people. If you can read and respond objectively, I'd appreciate it....
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How do you keep a medicine's effect isolated to a particular body tissue?

In my world, a newly independent Mars established incentives to draw in scientists, engineers, and academics. Brilliant people flocked in from around the solar system, to fill high-paying but very ...
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Is stitching the best form of "fixing" an open slice wound in active combat where fire and ice magic exists? (Situation below)

Say a character manages to slice the external body open and guts are threatening to spill, the character sliced then falls back to feign their death, but instead tries to keep their organs closed from ...
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How to disguise a ghost with the Masquerade in full effect?

Okay, so I have a world just like ours, except all the myths are real. Maybe. The Masquerade is in full effect - there is no such thing as monsters and you'd be crazy to say otherwise. This is vastly ...
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What physical and medical problems do wild horse twins suffer from? [closed]

Twin foals are uncommon and undesirable, or so I read. They have retarded growth and developmental problems, and require additional care. (Assuming they survive to term, which they may well not.) The ...
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"A disease killed a king in six months. What disease was it?" Fantasy, some magical healing

I'm currently trying to plot out a novel, the sequel to my Salamander and Brothers. Part of the plot involves a succession struggle. I mention in one of the previous books, set about fifteen years ...
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Infectious hemophilia

I want to know if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. Coagulopathies or bleeding disorders, like hemophilia, and Von Willebrand's syndrome, are diseases in which the blood's ...
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Non-Cancer deadly illness affecting 10-13-yr-old girls, without genetic engineering insta-cure?

Like Non-Cancer terminal illness that can affect young (age 10-13) girls?, I have a major girl that needs to have a likely-terminal, repeatedly hospitalized, disease, but has a healthy sister. And it ...
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I need a disease or illness in young adults [closed]

I'm writing a story that involves the main character finding out she has some kind of disease or illness and how she deals with it immediately after. She's 20 years old and has been healthy up to this ...
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How to protect yourself against alien microbes without a space suit?

One of the main problems when dealing with alien life would be that of microbes. Having evolved under completely different circumstances, first contact between any two different alien species could ...
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How to limit population growth in a utopia?

In my fictional nation, the government has figured out how to provide sufficient nutrition to the entire population indiscriminately. This leaves most citizens time to explore and develop technologies ...
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Designing absolute sensory deprivation punishment, what am I missing?

Warning: Brutal concept coming up! The ultimate punishment in a setting of mine is a procedure known as The Emperor's Wrath. A person subject to that punishment undergoes the following: They have ...
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Would high-g travel require medical assistance?

I was reading about the "Osteo-X" and "the juice" from The Expanse series, and it got me wondering about my own setting. Would transportation services, say, from the moon and back, ...
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Is it possible to get molten metal to effectively bond to skin?

Background: In the world I'm building, "magic" is a technology that uses different wiring patterns to manipulate electromagnetic, and a some levels quantum, properties. People have these ...
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Eggshell skull problems for superheroes [closed]

A common trope/world element of superhero settings is that the heroes and villains almost always use their "kid gloves" and avoid killing people as some sort of pact against mutual ...
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Is there a site where I can simulate injuries or external events on humans?

As a sort of follow up to this question, I'm looking for a (preferably free and no download needed) site that will let me simulate events on humans so I can get an accurate idea on how my characters ...
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Soldiers keep falling on scuba tanks, what are common injuries?

I've got some marines fighting on an alien planet, and the aliens have some weird kinetic weapon thing that is their main weapon. It basically throws the marines back. The best way I can think of ...
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Does having antibodies completely protect against reinfection?

I feel funny asking this question, in light of current events. But my question is purely in fictional context. I'm just trying to make sure it aligns with reality. I have a character who was ...
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Single-injection amputation [closed]

The Ministry of Peace and Justice is looking for a method to carry out sentences of amputation in a labor or military setting quickly and effectively. The subjects will be workers and military ...
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How would WW1 trench warfare be fought if a biological weapon was released on one side by the other?

Sawdust bread, trenches with mud reaching up to your ankles, artillery pounding each other nearly 24/7, troops crossing no-man’s land only to be cut down by heavy machine gun fire... Trench warfare ...
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Without advanced technologies, how good at biology could ruthless scientists be?

I have a world technologically set in the bronze age (But there's plenty of utilitarian "magic" by a highly advanced culture, so resources are not scarce at all) and there's a crazy technophiliac cult ...
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Could somebody get temporarily stuck/“glued” to a wall by way of energy or some other force?

My story takes place in the future with advanced technology and I have a torture scene where I need prisoners to be immobilized against a wall—-but not permanently. I’m wondering if it could be done ...
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Would sedation treat a seizure?

Medical-related question for my science-fiction story. My character is in a facility with modern BUT limited medical supplies. This character is suffering from seizures due to withdrawal from a ...
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How can leg amputation be done and how would the amputee recover in a post-apocalyptic world? (50 years after our current time)

I am writing a story where my main character and her friend gets transported to a post-apocalyptic future that takes place 50 years after the time period they lived in. She eventually gets her leg ...
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How could a mutation of an engineered virus initially be undetectable?

Doctors have found a way to identify the initial strain of this lethal, engineered virus. Most mutations have been easily identifiable by an AI-supported system. Is it plausible that a mutated ...
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How can a wristwatch save someone's life in a car-crash? [closed]

Towards the end of 'Stranger Than Fiction', Harold is struck by a bus and his life is saved by his wrist-watch. The scenario I'm considering doesn't exactly have to be a pedestrian-bus collision (...
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Terminal Disease in a Teenager [duplicate]

I’m trying to find the disease/condition my character is going through. She has been diagnosed with a terminal disease, most likely genetic, though not necessarily. She is in high school, so 15-17 ...
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Fast way of Avoiding the Bends

OK, still in my Victorian Steampunk Shadowrun setting, we've got some underwater cities (care of a certain Prince Dakkar). They're on average 50m below sea level, with a couple being deeper at 150-...
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Best spot within a human to place redundant heart

Magic lets you take a lot of shortcuts when it comes to fighting, and occasionally do things that normal people may refer to as 'cheating', such as installing a second, redundant heart. In the event ...
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Is there other similar/better method like TENS units for external control of human muscles?

This question inspired by an answer to my previous question My goal is to identify an external device that can be attached to a person to puppet the person's body. A TENS units can cause a muscle ...
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Is it possible, given modern technology, to fake brain damage?

I'm writing a story, in which it's in a character's best interest to fake a brain-damaged state -- just for a week or two. I know MRI's are available to access brain activity, but would my character ...
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Would a corpse look different on an interstellar spaceship?

I'm writing a murder mystery set on an interstellar starship. Context: The victim was found dead in a zero-gee chamber inside the ship. The ship is in interstellar space and traveling at around half ...
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Can an immune person be the key to finding a cure to a disease?

At the risk of almost repeating a question I asked some time ago... Scenario: A character has been cured of a deadly disease, but all records of the cure have been destroyed (files, actual meds, etc)....
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