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Heart surgeons are using extreme cooling to allow them to stop a patient's heart long enough to carry out surgery and then revive them...

2010-09-27

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US doctors have begun the first official trial of using human embryonic stem cells in patients after getting the green light from regulators.

2010-10-11

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Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily...

2010-10-14

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Eight Italian doctors have been sentenced to prison for carrying out dozens of unnecessary operations for financial gain.

2010-10-29

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You’re not likely to hear about this from your doctor, but fake medical treatment can work amazingly well. For a range of ailments, from pain and nausea to depression and Parkinson’s disease, placebos--whether sugar pills, saline injections, or sham surgery--have often produced results that rival those of standard therapies.

2010-05-09

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Leaders of a global project to catalogue differences in human DNA say they have successfully mapped 95% of all variations.

2010-10-27

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Scientists have created an image of an important molecule linked to HIV infection and cancer which may help treat the diseases.

2010-10-07

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Scientists say they have made a landmark discovery which could pave the way for new drugs to beat illnesses like the common cold. Until now experts had thought that antibodies could only tackle viral infections by blocking or attacking viruses outside cells. But work done by the Medical Research Council shows antibodies can pass into cells and fight viruses from within.
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Barry Marshall changed the face of medical science when he swallowed a petri-dish of dangerous bacteria to prove it caused stomach ulcers. His theory meant that they could be treated with a simple anti-biotic rather than expensive surgery. Dr Marshall also claimed that his research continues to save up to 500,000 lives per year.

2010-11-03

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Peruvian foraging societies were already chewing coca leaves 8,000 years ago, archaeological evidence has shown. Ruins beneath house floors in the northwestern Peru showed evidence of chewed coca and calcium-rich rocks.

2010-12-02

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Starfish could hold the key to finding a new treatment for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, hay fever and arthritis.

2010-12-09

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