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British Health Open for Research

By Jef Akst | September 12, 2012

Giving researchers access to the health records of 52 million people in England could prove invaluable to biomedical scientists.

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Double-Edged TB Drug

By Beth Marie Mole | September 12, 2012

A cheap pain reliever that can kill drug-resistant, tuberculosis-causing bacteria may never be tested.

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Lasker Winners Announced

By Jef Akst | September 10, 2012

This year’s prizes are awarded for advances in liver transplantation, cell biology, and leadership in biomedical science.

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Fears over Fast-Tracking Drugs

By Edyta Zielinska | September 10, 2012

Doctors question whether a government initiative to speed approval for promising new drugs is ensuring safety.

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Robot Legs Obey Brain

By Jef Akst | September 7, 2012

A pair of mechanical leg braces that are controlled by their wearer’s brain signals could help paralyzed patients walk again.

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Pleasant to the Touch

By Sabrina Richards | September 1, 2012

Scientists hope an understanding of nerve fibers responsive only to gentle touch will give insight into the role the sense plays in social bonding.

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Opinion: Younger Is Better

By David T. Harris | August 31, 2012

Stem cells collected from younger donors are more effective for transplantation and regenerative medicine than those from older individuals.

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Dieting Monkeys Don't Live Longer

By Sabrina Richards | August 29, 2012

The latest news from a long-term study of calorie restriction in rhesus macaques shows better health, but no boost in lifespan, in monkeys who eat less.

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Epigenetic Drug Improves Cholesterol Levels

By Edyta Zielinska | August 28, 2012

Results from a Phase II trial for cardiovascular disease with an epigenetic target therapy show promise.

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Clinical Trial Misfortune

By Cristina Luiggi | August 28, 2012

A human trial of a hepatitis C treatment is shut down after one of the participants died.

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