The underwater construction skills of the caddis fly larva have caught the interest of bioengineers. The larva tapes and glues pebbles together to form a sturdy protective case. Josh Cassidy/KQED hide caption

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Ten-year-old Matthew Husby gets some low-tech comfort from his father after surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Doctors Get Creative To Soothe Tech-Savvy Kids Before Surgery

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Dr. Forster Amponsah is one of two surgeons at the Koforidua Regional Hospital in Ghana. Trained in Cuba, he came home because he felt his skills were needed in Africa. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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The Improvisational Surgeon: Cardboard Casts, No Power, Patients Galore

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A woman with a cut on her cheek and trouble seeing with her left eye was admitted to Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. X-rays showed a projectile that surgeons decided to remove. Forbes et al. 2016/Journal of Neurosurgery hide caption

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Study Suggests Surgical Residents Can Safely Work Longer Shifts

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Cessation of breathing is a rare, but serious risk for some children who take cough syrup or painkillers that contain codeine, research shows. Advisers to the FDA say no one under 18 should take the drug. iStockphoto hide caption

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Limits Urged On The Use Of Codeine To Stop Kids' Coughs And Pain

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We all get by better with a little help from our tunes. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

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Blaze Bioscience is commercially developing the "paint," which glows when exposed to near-infrared light. Courtesy of Blaze Bioscience hide caption

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Doctors Test Tumor Paint In People

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