Questions tagged [medicine]

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Help me design a future supervirus plague / pandemic

In my story, a Big Bad engineers a virus which is given to a certain segment of the population (between 10 and 20 million people) under the guise of a universal flu vaccine. Instead of preventing the ...
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How to induce artificial gangrene?

A crazy dictator is once again bored of the most gruesome execution methods invented by the leading torturers and doctors of the country. He tasks the employees of his favorite torture center with ...
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Mosquito protection for an ancient rainforest civilization?

This is one of a series of questions also discussing floating farms and city buiding. There is an early Iron Age civilization spread out along the riverbanks of an enormous tropical river (think ...
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How much computer memory is needed to store a physical profile of all living people?

My story needs a computer program that has complete physical profiles for all 7 billion of us. By complete, I mean all basic vital signs/functions in real time. (I'm hand-waving how we'd monitor those ...
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How long would it take until we realise that people stopped dying from natural causes?

This would only comprise death by natural causes, no accidents, suicides, homicides etc. As Wikipedia says: A death by natural causes is one that is primarily attributed to an illness or an ...
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How short can be time between subsequent generations in a human selective breeding program?

Current technological level. (in the setting there is an awful tech stagnation, so waiting for better DNA engineering technology is considered as waste of time) Possibility to use all contemporary ...
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Would uncontrolled intermittent ESP be confused with schizophrenia?

Say an individual was born with uncontrollable intermittent ESP. Rather than something fairly innocuous like seeing ghosts, his ESP sees things from beyond. He'll randomly pick up stimulus from a ...
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How would losing your soul translate to science?

So I hope my question doesn't cost me too much! I'm making a game with a lot of lore associated with it. The thing to know is this: in a world were humans are captive from a higher power, two ...
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Drug enhanced education

My WB society's motto is: Education is paramount for the advancement of society. A group of pharmaceutical companies have perfected a drug for children to young adults, ages 6 to 16, that allows for ...
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Completely antiviral resistant, possible?

My Viral TB virus I made is completely antiviral resistant. It can and will infect every single part of the humanoid's body. Here is just a minority of what it causes: Pancarditis(whole heart ...
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A pill to enable super/psychic powers?

A pharmaceutical company begins drug trials of a pill that they believe can activate a previously understudied and widely unknown region of the brain. The trial begins and when the first participants ...
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Is there a realistic path from antibiotic resistance to pandemic?

By using antibiotics too frequently, some argue, we're setting the world up for a pandemic that we cannot treat. Every time an antibiotic substance is used, the bacteria that survive reproduce. Every ...
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Disease that requires regular medicine [closed]

I have a character in one of my stories with a severe disease. It requires regular medical therapy, like pills, or else they could die quickly after. I cannot find any specific diseases like this, ...
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Preventing Blindness from Microgravity

According to a recent National Geographic article, astronauts returning home after longer missions suffer permanently impaired vision. This is a problem that must be addressed in hard-science worlds ...
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surgery: save mother or baby? [closed]

At some point in the story of my game, a pregnant woman gets into an accident or suffers from a disease or whatever (choose what fits most) and lands in the hospital. The woman, barely conscious, has ...
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Why would an incredibly long lived race not be known for their scarring?

Many long lived races are seen as serene, beautiful, and wise. Yet with long life comes the increased chance to be permanently injured in a life-altering way, either physically, emotionally, or ...
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Where would we be without animal testing? [closed]

I've been debating about animal testing with someone who's adamant it's a moral flaw of humanity on the level of, and directly leading to, genocide. While the discussion itself has warped into a moral ...
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Plausible way of delaying sexual differentiation

In a near future scientists have managed to totally delay the sexual differentiation in man. The children are born without any primary gender, just as a fetus in the womb before the differentiation ...
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A “medical” way to reunite two twins

In my science fiction story, there are basically two nations that hate each other. There are no contacts between them and they hardly know how life is on the other side of the border. The protagonist ...
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How long can a person survive solely on his own raw excrement and urine? [closed]

The subject is a healthy male in his twenty, weight is 60kg in the nude and 1.75m tall, he has been fasting for a week and I gave him 1.5 litre of distilled water and fed him 500g of potatoes before ...
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Would a wound from a monomolecular blade instantly heal?

Or, phrased another way, how thick would the blade behind the cutting edge need to be in order to cause significant and lasting damage to a human body? My question can be considered an expansion of ...
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Treating bone marrow diseases magically

I am actually living an adventure with some friends, in a magic world, already built. There are anatomical knowledge to a certain level (let's say we may be able to find some books and papers on ...
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Would a regenerated brain retain its memories?

Let's assume that 20 minutes into the future we finally get the hang of restoring the human brain following extreme head trauma. How much of that person's old memories would the newly regenerated ...
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Makeshift wetsuit?

Might make more sense to ask this in a skin-diving discussion, but... would something like motorcycle leathers hold up to water well enough to function as a wet suit, trapping a layer of warm water ...
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How can I set up the environment so that my creatures don't get sick?

In a world I am working on, I have a wilderness-living, social, group-living species that for various reasons lacks access and ability to anything resembling modern medicine, including vaccinations. ...
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If I went back in time, how could I handle being among the Black Death and survive?

In the near future time I invent time travel. But when perfecting it, something goes wrong and I'm transported back to the time and place of the Black Death. I wasn't prepared for this, and try as I ...
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Poison which constantly needs to be treated by antidote to not get killed

Inspired by Frank Herbert's Dune: Action Joe is kept prisoner in Doctor Evil's prison. Doctor Evil knows that Joe's escape is inevitable. So he decides to introduce poison to Joe's body. Joe gets his ...
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What if antibiotics existed in the Middle Ages? [closed]

I wonder what would have happened if antibiotics existed earlier, like in the Middle Ages. What do you think would have changed?
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Can flesh/skin form around an object that is placed on skin for years?

Say you have a man, living in a medieval time. When he is twelve years old, a stone amulet is placed on the skin of his chest and glued on. It will remain there forever, untill he dies. What will ...
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Medicine under water

In an answer to this question Cyrus suggested that pre-technology merpeople might use shrimp or prawns in lue of maggots to eat away rotting flesh. Similar to how plants and (in some cases) animals ...
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Everyday accomodations for autistic people in a world where Autism is extremely common [closed]

Related, but not a duplicate. Imagine a version of modern or slightly into the future earth in which it is quite common to be born on the autism spectrum. There are still plenty of neurotypical ...
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How much could basic sanitation and disease prevention combat illness in medieval and renaissance era?

Say that an individual with a decent, but not mastery level, understanding of health, medicine, and sanitation were to travel to an era with technological level roughly around medieval to Renaissance ...
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Is it realistic to have a world with advanced medicine but no gunpowder?

What conditions (physical or cultural) would make the following world plausible? A species is advanced in the life sciences, especially when it comes to freezing embryos and in vitro fertilization. ...
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What would happen if there were a cheap, instant, complete test for sexually transmitted diseases? [closed]

If there was a small, cheap, simple device or test that anyone could obtain, which at any time could be used to immediately indicate if anyone was positive or negative for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes,...
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Could a time-travelling doctor produce a bacterial vaccine?

In a tabletop RPG I'm GM-ing, I have a far-future doctor who has found himself trapped on a world just beginning its Industrial Revolution (he hasn't really traveled through time, he's just crashed ...
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How do mermaids perform major surgical procedure underwater?

Suppose the mermaids share similar intelligent and technology with us, they also practise performing surgical operation like we do in hospital. Negate the issue of negligent during the operation the ...
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Is “Psychoactive effect” the correct term?

I'm trying to describe an effect (in this case, a magic spell) that affects the mind, similar to caffeine or alcohol, but not a "substance". I want to use the correct scientific language if possible, ...
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Would a time traveler to the Bronze Age need to worry about disease? [duplicate]

Inspired by this webcomic. I understand that going back in time has the potential to expose you to a number of diseases that you have no resistance to (e.g.: the Bubonic Plague, Polio, Smallpox, etc.)...
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How long can a human reasonably remain unconscious and alive - given medieval technology

Assuming medieval level technology. How long could a human remain unconscious without dying? What technology could be employed to preserve the life of an unconscious person? I can see several ...
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How do I manage disease risk while time traveling?

Time travel works...just invented, by you. The tests prove it! Now for the human tests. It works by poking the residual timey-wimey weebley-woobley stuff just enough for you to move yourself and ...
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How would culture adapt to an artifical womb? [closed]

Imagine a near-future where we have developed artificial womb and utilization of it over traditional pregnancy has become a viable option. use of artificial wombs drastically lower the risk of ...
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Is it possible to create a bio-weapon that targets a certain group of people without risk of spreading beyond them?

The risk with bio-weapons is that they can spread uncontrolled, you risk your own side being killed by them. However, in theory an attempt can be made to prevent this. If the weapon was designed to ...
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Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease?

Assume you have a culture that eats some or all of their dead at the funeral as a ritual, instead of burying the dead as we do. Assume somewhere between medieval and renaissance level of technology/...
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Can you get modern levels of health care, with no steam engines and no electricity?

Can you get modern levels of health care, with no electric technology and no steam technology? Both electricity and steam are possible. Physics is the same as real life. Like... No Cavities No Acne ...
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How can I create a poison that kills a person after a specific amount of time, and is treatable by an antidote?

I did read several great thrillers where main hero is injected with unknown fluid and told, that such fluid is deadly poison unknown to normal medicine and our hero has 48 hours to live. If he wants ...
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How would a person with modern knowledge of chemistry and medicine fare in Ancient times?

You were born in Rome, when the Roman Republic was still in power. Your father is an upper middle class merchant and you are (or will be) the sole inheritor of his wealth. One day, a ...
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Will this approach work for a time traveler to recreate penicillin?

This question is closely related to, but more specific, than the question/comment that inspired it: Could a modern times time traveler produce an antibiotic in medieval times?. Imagine a person is ...
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Will a modern time traveler survive diseases of the past?

Joe Schmo is your average college graduate who is suddenly transported back to medieval times, without time to prepare. From there the stories, and questions on this site, are all about how he can use ...
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Could a modern times time traveler produce an antibiotic in medieval times?

Joe Everybody, a modern day man with average knowledge (high school and Wikipedia) in biology, medicine and chemistry, wakes up in an medieval city. He sees a lot of sick people and remembers about ...
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What could be a chemical cause for insomnia? [closed]

Would it be possible to realistically invent a substance that causes insomnia? What would be the uses and consequences of such a substance?