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Alternative Medicines

By | July 1, 2012

As nonconventional medical treatments become increasingly mainstream, we take a look at the science behind some of the most popular.

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Dynamic Delivery

By | July 1, 2012

Microscopic sponges made entirely of RNA enable efficient gene silencing.

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Polypharmacy

By | July 1, 2012

Dietary supplements can have serious side effects when mixed with prescription drugs, but not all herb-drug interactions are bad.

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The Little Cell That Could

By | July 1, 2012

Critics point out that cell therapy has yet to top existing treatments. Biotech companies are setting out to change that—and prove that the technology can revolutionize medicine.

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Flower Barcodes

By | June 28, 2012

Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.

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Link to Second Heart Attack Uncovered

By | June 27, 2012

Researchers elucidate how a first heart attack sets the stage for later heart trouble by boosting inflammatory cell development.

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Saving the Vulture

By | June 27, 2012

The California condor is being threatened by lead bullets that it eats in the carcass of hunted animals.

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iPad Affects Shunt Settings

By | June 26, 2012

The settings of programmable shunt devices used to treat brain swelling in children can be altered by magnetic fields, such as those given off by the Apple iPad 2.

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Natural Antidepressant Discovered

By | June 25, 2012

A newly recognized chemical factor in the brain, called neuritin, regulates plasticity and may play a role in depression.

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Opinion: Text Mining Medicine

By | June 25, 2012

Researchers should scour historic medical archives to discover knowledge that could inform today’s biomedical research and clinical practice.

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