All medical technology carries a price. For implantable defibrillators — which are designed to deliver peace of mind — one of the biggest downsides is fear, says cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar. For patients, the question remains: What are you willing to give up to live a little longer?

By raising questions and taking on a more active role in decision making, patients can do their part to avoid needless medications, tests, treatments or procedures, says neurosurgeon Christer Mjåset.

A kidney donation chain could narrow the huge gap between organ supply and demand. Kidney matchmaker and transplant surgeon Jayme Locke explains how.

Australian researcher Mark Cook is testing an experimental tool that could take the fear out of epilepsy — both for patients and for the rest of the world.

Much of the data from clinical trials is withheld from the public, says scientist and advocate Sile Lane. This missing information is costing money, time and even people’s lives.

Indigenous biomedical researcher Keolu Fox makes the case for studying Indigenous people’s DNA, something that could yield benefits for all of humanity.

The trends and upcoming projects that will engage us in 2017 — as predicted by TED’s science, design and technology curators.