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Q&A Is the combination of water and medical skin laser dangerous?

Many physicians apply numbing agent creams/ointments such as Lidocaine+Prilocaine or Benzocaine+Lidocaine+Tetracaine (BLT) preparations topically some 30 minutes before laser hair removal treatment...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by deleted user  ·  last activity 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

Question biology medical laser
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Q&A Plausibility of "multi-type transmissible animal cell tumor" to form more complex structures.

There's apparently a type of transmissible cancer that came from new world dogs thousands of years ago, the Canine transmissible venereal tumor. As I understand, this self replicating surviving ca...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Cazadorro‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by sox‭

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Q&A 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, e...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by cal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cal‭

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Q&A 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 muscl...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Li Jun‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Li Jun‭

Question cyborg medical
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Q&A 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 h...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by marmel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by marmel‭

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Q&A How much medical information could we gather from a wrist-worn device?

Context I have been thinking about the Pip Boy device from the Fallout series of videogames. It is a portable, wearable computer that can gather a lot of data about the user. It looks like this: ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Renan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Renan‭

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Q&A Can a person who gained immunity to a disease become an infectious carrier?

If a person is sent out of their hermetically sealed community and in the process becomes immune to a deadly disease. When the person returns will the immunity make them a carrier and infect/kill a...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Cherry‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cherry‭

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Q&A Ultimate fate of someone falling out of a skyscraper in warped gravity

At the climax of my story, most of the people on the planet have the way they interact with gravity magically altered. Until a week passes or they die (whichever comes first), instead of being pull...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jason Clyde‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jason Clyde‭

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Q&A 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 p...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Henderson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Henderson‭

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Q&A Are "living" organ banks practical?

I was inspired by Dead Space which had cloned organ banks for transplants due to mining accidents. I honestly found this idea intriguing so what I'm wondering would it be practical or do better alt...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A Would life expectancy increase if we replaced healthy organs with artificial ones?

Can we increase life expectancy by replacing important organs for life such as the heart, kidneys, young blood, etc. (but not the brain)? Most organs can fail and, for the ones which we already hav...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Amruth A‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Amruth A‭

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Q&A How much fat would need to be burned in order to shock-restart a human heart?

Imagine a device implanted inside the body which can detect when your heart has stopped and, in such a case, burns fat rapidly to generate enough energy to shock your heart into restarting, in a si...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by millerbr‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by millerbr‭

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Q&A How long would it take for a centaur's broken leg to heal?

My fantasy world is medievalesque in technology. While healing magic exists, most centaurs do not have realistic access to it. Centaurs are your archetypal human torso, horse body. How long would i...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mVitus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by mVitus‭

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Q&A Artificially make people incapable of singing at all (even poorly), but still capable of speaking?

Magic has recently become possible in my story, and singing is the mechanism by which humans use magic. A totalitarian regime wants citizens who can speak, but not sing in any way, even poorly. (Th...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by 007th Bondsmith‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by 007th Bondsmith‭

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Q&A Realistic Demonic Possession

Let's say that one day scientists discover proof of demonic possession when scanning the minds of patients with unexplained mental illness. My goal is to write a realistic scenario using current-...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭

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Q&A What would be the ideal crew number for this space ambulance?

Medical stations and qualified doctors are few and far between within the outer colonies while most patients can be serviced at the usual medical facility (every station is required to have one), b...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Celestial Dragon Emperor‭

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Q&A How to make society ravaged by random killing, prosper and remain happy?

Set in near future. Human population is at most a hundred thousand. Everyone lives in mountainous regions to escape deadly miasma. The air is infected by nanites which can cause cardiac arrest in ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Ideal Time Period for a Global Pandemic

I'm trying to figure out what period of time in human history gives an influenza-like virus the best chance of exterminating 80% of human life within the span of no more than 2 years. Basically, ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John Doe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Doe‭

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Q&A What sounds can someone make with a blocked throat?

Fraternizing with the neighbor species led to a bit of a mix-up, and an unfortunate reaction that ended with a face (and mouth) full of this alien substance. Consistency is like a thick mucous mi...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user40385‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user40385‭

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Q&A How does a human body react to increasing heat? Can it combust?

Say there's a torture technique that hangs people by metal chains (gruesome, I know; stay with me) and the room slowly heats at a steady rate. (Like boiling a frog in an increasingly hot pot of wat...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Jay Dee‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Jay Dee‭

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Q&A What whould a doctor notice about a person from a 3g world given normal height/ weight

Background info During physical examination A physical examination may include checking vital signs, including temperature examination, Blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate. The healthc...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Randy Lowther‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Randy Lowther‭

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Q&A Reasons for pregnancy to be difficult in long-term space travel

I am looking for medically viable reasons why we might discover it to be more difficult than expected to bring pregnancies to term in space. This is for a society based approximately 75 years in th...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Ksamby‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Ksamby‭

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Q&A Vaccines spreading as viruses

Sci-fi is full of examples of engineered diseases that spread as viruses and usually they are so powerful that they kill almost everyone, and the possible cure is always the slowest possible, vacci...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Boat‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Boat‭

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Q&A Is metal grafted straight under skin possible?

/Edit : so, I would like to create character which is supposed to have some metal grafted under his skin, but by under his skin I mean straight under, like a second layer. This is supposed to be li...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by user44272‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by user44272‭

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Q&A Feasibility of ranged MRI devices

As some of you have pointed out, the only universal problem of stun guns is their "dosage", as some people may survive getting hit by a lightning bolt... seven times, others get themselves killed b...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Without modern medicine, can somebody survive a third degree burn?

The backstory of one of my characters involves being lowered onto steadily rising, open flames back first. The story is set in a dystopic/post apocalyptic time where modern technology became unavai...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Sydney Gish‭

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Q&A Effect of sustained high G enviroments on the human body?

Tau Ceti e is possibly a good candidate for colonisation as it has a yellow dwarf sun like earth. But it's mass is estimated as &gt;4.30 ± 2.1 of earth. (See Wiki) I remember from a documentary th...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lorry Laurence mcLarry‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Lorry Laurence mcLarry‭

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Q&A Astronaut magnetic "gravity" injections

Would it be possible to somehow inject astronauts cells with safe amounts of magnetic metals, or use some sort of magnetic properties, to hold them down to a space station floor with magnets?

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by totally not rick sanchez‭

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Q&A If an overabundance of L. Salivarious created a new auto-immune disease, what symptoms would it cause?

In the overly sterile environment my characters live in, the AIs supplement probiotics with food servings for the humans. Let's say one type of gut flora went extinct. The AIs are trying to fix t...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by A. K. Snyder‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by A. K. Snyder‭

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Q&A With today's technology, how much of the human body could be replaced by cybernetics?

In the last few decades there has been a lot of progress in the development of prosthetic limbs. They can be operated by the user's nerve pulses, they can be fitted with simple touch sensors, and c...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by D-Nate‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by D-Nate‭

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