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Few issues in the medical community are more heart wrenching than organ donation. With a limited number of donor organs available, some patients will live while others will not. Laci looks at how the whole system works. Watch the video!

Did Richard III Get Painful Scoliosis Treatment?

King Richard III may not have been a hunchback as portrayed by Shakespeare, but he did suffer from the spine-curving condition scoliosis, and he may have undergone painful medical treatments to straighten it out, scientists report today (April 19). Read more

First Bionic Eye Sees Light of Day in U.S.

After years of research, the first bionic eye has seen the light of day in the United States, giving hope to the blind around the world.

Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System has helped more than 60 people recover partial sight, with some experiencing better results than others. Read more…

Artificial Muscle Stronger Than the Real Thing: They’re small but mighty. The tiny artificial muscles created by an international team of researchers are 200 times stronger than human muscle fibers of comparable size. In the future, improved versions of the muscles could go into the next generation of movers and doers. Go flex those artificial muscles and read more…

Does Mexico Have Better Health Care Than the U.S.? 

As the U.S. Supreme Court holds an unprecedented three days of hearings on whether the 2010 health care law is constitutional, we take a look at how other countries handle health care.

A 2010 analysis by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that promotes health care in the United States, found that the U.S. spent more per capita on health care than any other industrialized country. The research used data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Here are highlights of other countries’ health care from the analysis and a 2009 comparison by PBS Newshour:

Canada: Under the Canada Health Act, Canadians receive health coverage through Medicare, and may opt to purchase private insurance for services not covered under the public plan (dental care and prescription drugs, for example). Taxes fund the system. Most hospitals are not-for-profits owned by religious orders, universities and governments. Australia’s system is similar.

Japan: Under Japan’s social insurance program, all citizens must have health insurance. Not-for-profit insurers work through employers and the national health care program, and offer the same services and medications at the same prices controlled by the health ministry. Patients can choose their health care providers. Individuals pay 20-30 percent of costs up to a certain level, and then receive full coverage.

"Not only does it have universal coverage but it has excellent health status … and at a very low cost," Francesca Colombo, a senior health policy analyst at OECD, told Newshour.

read on for the Netherlands, England and Mexico

Will Cheney’s New Heart Make Him Nicer?

Some medical experts think it’s possible.

The 71-year-old former vice president has been recovering after Sunday’s heart transplant at a hospital in Northern Virginia. News reports say he’s been able to stand and is receiving support from his family. Cheney has had five heart attacks, the first at age 37, and has been on the transplant list for 20 months.

Cheney is also a feisty political figure who political observers say reshaped the power of the vice president’s office during his two terms as President George W. Bush’s second-in-command. Medical experts say that heart transplant patients often undergo a change of philosophy, personality and values once they recover.

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