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Jadon and Anias McDonald were born joined at the head last September. On Thursday evening, 40 medical professionals spent 16 hours disconnecting Jadon and Anias in a rare operation. The McDonalds are from Coal City, Illinois, but the surgery was performed at Montefiore Medical Centre in New York City, led by surgeon Dr. James Goodrich, who "used high-tech imaging systems to help fully detach the boys' skull and brain tissue," according to The Independent.

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Allowing children to use iPads to distract them before surgery requiring general anaesthesia is as effective at lowering their anxiety as conventional sedatives, new research has shown.

Not only that, but the parent's anxiety is lowered too — and the anaesthesia works better.

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If you've had surgery under anesthesia in the last couple of decades, your doctor was probably listening to her favourite music while operating. There's growing debate in the medical field about whether music in the operating room really helps surgeons focus or creates a potentially dangerous distraction.

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Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero grabbed the world's attention this past winter when he announced his plans to perform the first human head transplant. Many doubted that such an outrageous procedure would ever see the light of day. Now, Canavero has a date on the books.

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Guys, imagine for a moment what life would be like if you couldn't feel your penis. That can happen to men with some kinds of spinal injuries, or who were born with a condition called spina bifida. Their penis can still sense touch, but a break in the spinal cord means the signal never makes it to the brain.

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In February 2012, LaVerne Stiles went to Citrus Memorial Hospital near her home in central Florida for what should have been a routine surgery. The bubbly retired secretary had been in a minor car accident weeks earlier. She didn't worry much about her sore neck until a scan detected a broken bone.

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Diagnosis is hard. Especially when it comes to joint injuries. Doctors can make educated guesses based on your symptoms, to be really sure, they have got to look inside. While MRI is the most popular option, it's expensive, time-consuming, and not particularly accurate. That's why this new, miniaturized camera that can be stuck inside your joint is such a big deal.

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Doctors often keep patients awake during brain surgery to monitor them for injuries in real time. Put in this situation, most of us would probably do very little of anything other than respond when spoken to and pray for a swift end to the experience.

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The thought of a robot burrowing its way through your cheek to access your brain certainly sounds unsettling. But for conditions that require access to areas like the hippocampus located on the underside, it's actually far less invasive than cutting open the skull on top and having to drill through the entire brain to reach it. This means there's far less recovery time for the patient.