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Hope Prevents Stroke?

By Jef Akst | July 22, 2011

New data suggest that optimism may lower the risk of stroke.

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The Beginning of the End for Bananas?

By Dan Koeppel | July 22, 2011

Already reeling from a 20-year losing battle with a devastating disease, the banana variety eaten in the United States is now threatened by a new—but old—enemy.

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Cancer is Greater Threat to the Tall

By Jef Akst | July 21, 2011

Research suggests that tall women have a greater risk of developing a wide range of cancers.

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Virus Jumps Between Primates

By Megan Scudellari | July 18, 2011

In the first known case of a cross-species outbreak of an adenovirus, researchers identify a virus that infected both monkeys and humans.

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Zinc Fingers Bear Fruit

By Bob Grant | July 18, 2011

A method for precise gene editing is able to change disease-causing point mutations in human stem cell DNA.

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CIA Fakes Vaccination Program

By Tia Ghose | July 15, 2011

The US government created a sham vaccination campaign to get DNA from the world’s top terrorist, threatening legitimate vaccination programs in the developing world.

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Placebo of HIV Trials

By Jef Akst | July 14, 2011

A new study confirms that a “trial effect”—in which patients improve simply as a result of taking part in a drug study—once existed among HIV trial participants.

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Learning Addiction

By Cristina Luiggi | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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Nerve Graft Heals Paralysis in Rats

By Tia Ghose | July 13, 2011

A peripheral nerve graft and treatment with an enzyme blocker restored breathing in partially paralyzed rats. 

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Researcher Accuses Colleagues of Misconduct

By Tia Ghose | July 13, 2011

A University of Pennsylvania researcher claims his colleagues put their names on a Big Pharma-financed study of the anti-depressant Paxil, sight unseen.

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