Questions tagged [medicine]

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How would it be to be revived from voluntary death? (cryostasis)

Cryostasis, suspended animation, cryo-preservation or cryosleep (the marketing guy's prefer this last one as "Oh yeah, we gonna kill you in a manner we that will hopefully make it possible to revive ...
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Could a simple hospital oxygen mask protect from aerosol poison?

I'm writing a story in which a character has to make it through an area filled with aerosol poison...or something along those lines. He starts out in a hospital area, with access to equipment. Is it ...
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What would be the next technological step after advancing from cybernetic body parts to nanotechnology? [closed]

Technology in 2019 has many ways of augmenting the human body, for example: hearing aids, pacemakers, artificial hips, breast implants, artificial spine discs, coronary stents and even artificial eye ...
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Why is transplanting a specific intact brain impossible if it is generally possible?

In the near future Science Fiction novel I am writing, the personality and memory of a person are transferred to an artificial brain after a fatal accident, creating an artificial intelligence with ...
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How useful would a pharmacist be in ancient times [closed]

Would a modern pharmacist be able to improve life expectancy of the known world by a huge margin if they traveled back to ancient times with none of their equipment preferably around 1500bc Egypt
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Where to place an artificial gland in the human body?

An artificial endocrine gland is cultured in the lab and is to be inserted in a person. This gland functions by secreting special substances in the blood stream. It needs to be placed in a position ...
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Is surviving this (blood loss) scenario possible?

So my character (16 yr old girl) got a deep cut (inches across) from a dagger across her torso and is knocked unconscious. (She falls onto her back) She had just enough time to contact her friends ...
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How would the law enforce a ban on immortality? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story where magic is common and wizards follow a strict code of conduct. One of those tenets is "never stray from humanity and do not seek immortality or godhood." While I admit ...
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Equipment needed for comatose/bedridden persons outside a hospital? [closed]

I'm still working on a short story series revolving around a resistance cell who fight against an oppressive, dystopian government. To make a long story short, they use a popular hotel chain as a ...
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Injury to the lower jaw - what would be the consequences?

One of my characters suffers an injury where a spike pierced his lower jaw and severed his tongue. Ignoring the fact that he may not have survived this wound under normal circumstances (eldritch ...
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Nanobots that search and destroy cells with damaged mitochondrion [closed]

I read somewhere that scientists are trying to create nanobots carrying functional mitochondria to search out cancer cells and restart apoptosis. Instead of trying to create nanobots with a fully ...
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Mechanical/Cybernetic Replacement for Eye and Optic Nerve

My character has a prosthetic, or technically you could say a bionic or cybernetic, left eye. For one reason or another, the replacement eye couldn’t be connected directly to the optic nerve. Instead, ...
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Realistic Bacta Tank Fluid

Ever since I watched Star Wars I have always been fascinated with the Bacta Tank: that tank with the funky blue liquid Luke Skywalker was submerged in. But now I'm wondering could it become reality? ...
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A deadly disease, 95% of the population dead, suppresses or alters memory in unpredictable ways

Whilst not strictly relevant to this question, the questions and answers may interest the curious: this is the 4th in a series of question here - 1, 2, 3. My population (in excess of 500,000) ...
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Would it be possible for someone with ice powers to stop or “freeze” a wound to their heart?

I have characters with ice powers. I was planning that they could freeze an injury and prevent it from progressing. An arrow is shot at their heart, but I could possibly change the location to make ...
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How long to recover from muscle atrophy?

For context, I'm currently working on a short story series centered on a young man living in a dystopian America. This U.S. government keeps its 'undesirables' in medically-induced comas (long story ...
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Is muscle plasticity the same thing as when muscles regenerate from wear and tear?

Information I am writing a fantasy sci-fi, that is almost the same as our reality, the only difference being humans in this world are capable of using drugs (serums in their world) to improve their ...
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Need a suitable toxic chemical for a murder plot in my novel

I need ideas for a chemical or disease which kills the victim upon holding it in the palm for about 4 or 5 seconds. The death isn't necessarily immediate, as it might take days to kill the victim in ...
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Are healing potions scientifically plausible?

As clarification we're talking about those common fantasy healing potions that recover health over time and their scientific plausibility. Here are some results from my research on the subject: ...
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How long a human being could live with stem cells?

I once saw an experiment with mice, where they connected the bloodstream of a younger mouse to the bloodstream of an older mouse. And the older mouse became "younger", or at least healthier. If I ...
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Modern technology in an ancient China-like world

My character has transmigrated to a world that has some magic. She is looking to bring some basic surgery and investigation methods from her earth-like world to this world, which is roughly ...
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Security against “truth serum” by means of a drug poisonous in combination with sodium thiopental

The secret police of my fictional country (unoriginally) uses sodium thiopental in medical interrogations, usually in combination with various forms of physical torture. An antagonist (a courier of ...
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Surgery Procedure for Installing a Cybernetic Vocal Cord

It’s your favourite grenade hugging (soon to be cyborg) buddy Joel. Who is back on the cutting room table today for some new and (unwilling) invasive surgery. You see when Joel was taking a stroll ...
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What would it take to create insulin in the post-apocalypse?

In post-apocalypse fiction, diabetics, if they are ever even mentioned, are typically portrayed as utterly, irrevocably screwed. In fact there was a pretty cynical example in Dies The Fire (a book ...
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Potential causes for generational deafness in space colony

I'm working on a sci fi story which heavily integrates themes of varying alien configurations and how they shape society, culture and language. As part of this theme, I want to have some of the human ...
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Aliens performing successful medical procedure on humans at first contact?

So, humans have finally figured out how to build a solar-system crossing ship. On the way to the first exo-planet to be colonized, an accident happens, and a few people wind up floating through space, ...
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In a post apocalyptic world, how long would hospital equipment survive?

In my world some scientists were put in what is basically a biodome, and have been teaching their children/grandchildren science and medicine, ect. there was a bioweapon that went haywire and killed/ ...
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Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...
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Procedure for a bite from a fanged humanoid, and resulting effects

I am currently working on a story idea involving vampire-esque fanged humans, they require blood for sustenance once or twice a month, and are willing to pay. It goes through special canals, so they ...
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Procedure for bionic eye surgery

So there's this guy called Joel who suffers from a case of bad luck. You see, Joel was just minding his own business (in a war zone) when a grenade decided to introduce itself to his face (we all have ...
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How would crutches and walkers for centaurs work?

In the world I'm constructing, I have equine centaurs. I was going over my research and my notes for centaurs, and I realized that most horses are put down when they break a leg. Now, these centaurs ...
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How to provide health care in a rugged, vast and low populated country?

Background In a far flung land, there exists the country of Coldesia. It is large, around the size of the US state of Alaska. Most of the country is covered with either barren mountain ranges or ...
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Surviving *almost* fatal gunshot wounds with minimal medical aid

Okay so I have a world set roughly 50 years in the future. Guns are more efficient by use of liquid ammunition that solidifies when exposed to air (more ammo in a magazine). Bullets are smaller than ...
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How can I use magic to make childbirth easier?

Going through labour is an intense and painful process that can last anywhere from 8 to 18 hours. It was also very dangerous for women during the middle ages. The lack of medicine and healthcare led ...
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Is there any real-world medication that can make people have ADHD-like symptoms? [closed]

I' want to make a world which is the reverse of our world: Instead of neurotypical people being the majority, people with ADHD are the majority. Accordingly, all those who do not display symptoms of ...
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Would it be possible to give a person a localized/concentrated seizure?

So, my main character has to fight a group of old friends with have all gone, extremely rogue. They are wreaking havoc like never seen before, and they need to be stopped. He wants to stop them, but ...
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How to deal with “menstruation” during the post apocalypse? [closed]

So, there is a post apocalypse, a nuclear one, that destroys most modern day infrastructure, along with factories that produce, ummm, “female hygiene products”. The technology of the world has gone ...
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Maintaining a hospital after the apocalypse?

Centuries after the apocalypse, this humanitarian group, called O.R.E, (Organization Rebuilding Earth), is running a hospital out in a place called Des (Former Des Moines). They’ll help anyone who ...
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Preventing a Suggestibility Drug from taking over the Story?

I've been developing a species of fungus which creates a variety of drugs with hallucinogenic and increased suggestibility properties. The most useful strain of this particular fungi species can be ...
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Changing hospital procedures to accommodate a Shapeshifting Patient

What would happen if the following happened in a hospital. (Assume that this is the real world, where magic shouldn't exist.) A patient in the ER, who was admitted for poisoning, turned into an ...
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Can you use VR on comatose patients to let them dream?

I have this sci-fi story concept where patients in a comatose state can have their brains stimulated with VR. For instance, the VR can be a dream "game" that helps the patient process trauma. I can ...
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How could you improvise a local anaesthetic? [closed]

You're injured (e.g. from a bullet/stab wound) and alone. You can't move around much without dealing with the pain first. There isn't much time; you need to get out of here soon. You don't have any ...
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A cure, a vaccine, and one tricky disease

FINAL UPDATE: Thank you for your amazing points and answers, everyone! I mixed up all your ideas and posted the final answer as a community wiki. So, I'm developing a bacterial infection where the ...
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How long would it take until we realise that suddenly nobody can conceive a child regularly?

Some time ago I asked: "How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?" I today realized that similar but much more interesting (and more realistic...) ...
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Alternative options to change sex-based characteristics in a non-modern world setting?

This question has received a major rewrite and restructuring but is still the same original question. Please see this meta-post, where I asked for advice on how to refocus this question. While I have ...
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Would there be any bacterial illness aboard a generation-ship? [closed]

Okay, so I know that severe, life-threatening illness such as rabies which has a 100% chance of death without treatment and Ebola which has a 50% chance of death would not be allowed because that ...
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How would nanobots, once digested, make the neural connections in the user's brain that are needed to learn facts?

Due to advances and growth in science, math, history, literature, and other subjects typically taught in schools (K-12), the standard curriculum takes too long to complete, not mentioning post-...
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Would time travelling to the present be lethal to a person from the 1200s?

John Smith is a time traveller from the year 2018, he goes back in time to the year 1200 and in the process falls in love with a woman of that era. He doesn't want to abandon her so he decides to ...
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Is there a poison that causes a temporary paralysis? [closed]

I am writing a story where characters have been dosed with a small amount of poison, with the result being a temporary paralysis. The information I need is more along the lines of possible treatment, ...
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Only Three Books: Restarting Medicine in 1801

Famines have dropped the population to 1 billion and global civilization has collapsed. In an effort to save future civilization some time, you want to provide some information to kick start ...