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Spanish doctors say they are ready to release "Oscar," the recipient of the first 100 percent face transplant. Previous transplants in France and the United States were only partial. Warning: This video might disturb some viewers.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed that he had surgery last week to have a pump implanted in his heart. Cheney has survived five heart attacks. Implantation of the device, known as a "bridge to transplant," points to serious medical trouble, Reuters reports.

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British researchers have demonstrated that a single, targeted dose of radiation in treating breast cancer can be just as effective as the prolonged course of radiotherapy that is commonly used to treat the disease.

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Imitating nature's innovations is not a new strategy, but the exact nature of MacArthur "genius grant" recipient Cheryl Hayashi's research is both startling and -- aside from the predictable, and potentially creepy, military use angle -- pretty fascinating. The UC Riverside biology professor has been looking into ways to replicate spider silk and develop some unusual uses for the stuff.

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The L Times sets the scene: "Two enlisted Marines are kneeling on the ground, quickly stuffing gauze into a gaping wound in a pig's belly to stop the bleeding An officer, just inches from its snout, monitors its breathing and keeps the pig's thick tongue from blocking the airway At the other end of the 150-pound swine, a Marine corporal has inserted a thermometer into its anus".

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Ted Kennedy was in good humor following brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center on Monday, joking with his wife, "I feel like a million bucks. I think I will do that again tomorrow." Kennedy's neurosurgeon said the operation was a success. The senator will now begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

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