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International Action on Ebola

By | August 1, 2014

Health officials the world over pledge to help contain the worst-ever Ebola outbreak ongoing in West Africa, as regulators grapple with evaluating potential treatments and vaccines.

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Alzheimer’s in the Blood

By | July 23, 2014

Researchers are on a mission to identify blood-borne biomarkers for dementia. Will this year’s high-profile successes pave the way?

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Stem Cells for Autism?

By | July 15, 2014

Scientists express mixed enthusiasm over a trial to use cord blood stem cells as a treatment for autism.

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Done with Immunosuppressants

By | July 3, 2014

Adult sickle-cell patients have safely stopped taking their immunosuppressant medication thanks to a new type of blood stem-cell transplant.

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Not All Stem Cells Created Equal

By | July 2, 2014

Compared to induced pluripotent stem cells generated from somatic cells, stem cells created by nuclear transfer appear to be closer to the genetic state of embryonic cells.

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Accidental Orgasms

By | July 1, 2014

Meet the researcher struggling to gain approval for his medical device, which was originally designed to relieve back pain, but turned out to be an orgasm inducer.

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That Loving Feeling

By | July 1, 2014

There are no FDA-approved drugs to treat low sexual desire in women, but not for lack of trying.

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Medical Marijuana: Where’s the Data?

By | June 30, 2014

As more states legalize therapeutic cannabis, some caution against overprescribing the drug, the benefits of which have not been rigorously tested in clinical trials.

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Protein Clumps Spread Inflammation

By | June 22, 2014

ASC specks—protein aggregations that drive inflammation—are released from dying immune cells, expanding the reach of a defense response.

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Week in Review: June 16–20

By | June 20, 2014

Early Neanderthal evolution; developing antivirals to combat polio; the mouth and skin microbiomes; insect-inspired, flight-stabilizing sensors

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