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By Catherine Ulbricht | 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 Megan Scudellari | 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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Link to Second Heart Attack Uncovered

By Sabrina Richards | 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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iPad Affects Shunt Settings

By Jef Akst | 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 Sabrina Richards | 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 Min Song | 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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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By Sabrina Richards | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.


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Roundup from Microbiology Meeting

By Edyta Zielinska | June 21, 2012

Some of the interesting stories researchers were discussing at this year’s American Society of Microbiology meeting in San Francisco.


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Cannabis Catch-All?

By Jef Akst | June 20, 2012

Researchers in the U.K. are looking to breed marijuana to make medicines for metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and other diseases.


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Opinion: On the Up and Up

By Sean E. Harper | June 20, 2012

An Amgen executive refutes accusations that the company published misleading results of its mid-90s clinical trial testing an anemia drug.


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