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Science journal could give recipe for deadly avian flu virus updated: Sun May 13 2012 10:53:00

A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists.

Obama to boost Alzheimer's research fundingupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 12:17:00

The Obama administration will push for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research over the next two years, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.

Even slightly high blood pressure may raise stroke riskupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 12:52:00

Many more Americans may be at risk of having a stroke than previously thought.

The top power foods for youupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 07:26:00

If you're wondering why you're tired after a full night's sleep, or jittery even without a venti latte, the answer might be on your plate.

Federal judge allows stem-cell research to continueupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 14:40:00

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that tried to block funding of stem-cell research on human embryos.

Ban lifted on stem cell research fundingupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 17:37:00

A federal appeals court has lifted a ban on federal funding for stem cell research.

Appeals court lifts ban on federal funding for stem-cell researchupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 17:37:00

A federal court has given the Obama administration the go-ahead to continue funding embryonic stem-cell research.

CNNMoney: Budget pain taking a tollupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 09:36:00

After six months of coping with stop-gap funding measures, federal agencies have quietly started instituting hiring freezes, withholding grants and curtailing work on critical projects.

Fortune: Generics' new legal attack: Big Pharma's aging patentsupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 15:26:00

Big Pharma faces a host of well-known problems, most notably that its blockbuster drugs are coming off patent at the same time that its pipeline of new drugs has turned into a drip. But the leading pharmaceutical companies like Novartis, Merck and Bayer are also battling another costly headache -- legal challenges to their existing patents are increasing with the rapidity of a centrifuge.

New Mexico chimps won't be used in additional research, pending reviewupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 15:19:00

More than 180 chimpanzees, used in research testing for decades and set to be transferred from a New Mexico colony to a Texas research facility for possible use in further testing, will not be moved pending a review of the situation, officials said.

Father of autistic kids discusses studyupdated: Thu Jan 06 2011 15:01:00

The father of two autistic children responds to the fraudulent autism study claims.

On autism's cause, researchers just 'scratching the surface'updated: Thu Jan 06 2011 15:01:00

The controversy surrounding a retracted study that linked autism to childhood vaccines has been fueled by the fact that no one knows what really causes autism.

Ruling allows stem cell research to continue during appealupdated: Tue Sep 28 2010 19:16:00

An appeals court has permanently lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge's original ruling against use of public funds in such research.

Elite medical unit is last hope for patients with mystery illnessesupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 01:14:00

Tucked away on the sprawling campus of the National Institutes of Health, an elite team of doctors and researchers search for clues to solve medical mysteries that have eluded a diagnosis.

Government appeals court ruling blocking stem-cell research fundingupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 19:00:00

The Justice Department, as promised, moved Tuesday to block a court ruling preventing use of government funds for embryonic stem cell research.

Government will appeal injunction against stem cell fundingupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 13:40:00

The Obama administration will appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller confirmed Tuesday.

Heart procedure explainedupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 18:59:00

CNN's Matt Sloane explains the heart procedure that former President Clinton may be undergoing.

Stents open clogged arteriesupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 18:59:00

Stents, small metal scaffolding devices placed inside blood vessels around the heart, are used to treat conditions that result when arteries become narrow or blocked.

Some kids hurt themselves to feel betterupdated: Mon Feb 01 2010 10:27:00

They come from all walks of life. One teenage girl cuts her thighs after piano lessons to avoid the crushing pressure for perfection. She sees a therapist twice a week, but she never gets better.

Report: U.S. cancer cases, deaths continue to declineupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:12:00

New cancer cases and mortality rates linked to the disease have fallen significantly in recent years for almost all gender and ethnic groups in the United States, researchers said Monday.

Cancer rates down in U.S.updated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:12:00

An NIH report shows screening and early detection have a big pay-off in the fight against cancer. Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Stem cell research progressupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 21:33:00

13 human embryonic stem cell lines are approved for federally funded research.

First new stem cell lines approved for funding under Obama guidelinesupdated: Wed Dec 02 2009 21:33:00

Thirteen new human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for use in federally funded research -- the first to be approved under an executive order from President Obama -- the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday.

Report: Alzheimer's cases to nearly double every 20 yearsupdated: Mon Sep 21 2009 07:15:00

The number of people with dementia globally is estimated to nearly double every 20 years, according to a report released Monday for World Alzheimer's Day.

Study: Single dose of H1N1 flu vaccine may suffice for adultsupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 13:04:00

A single low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus that has been spreading around the world, new data shows.

One dose of vaccineupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 13:04:00

A single, low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus.

Study: Monkeys share human preference for imitationupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 11:26:00

A new study shows capuchin monkeys prefer humans whose behavior mimics theirs, a trait they share with humans, scientists say.

School: No shortage of volunteers for swine flu vaccine trialsupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 21:33:00

Days after the U.S. government announced upcoming trials for an H1N1 flu vaccine, Saint Louis University has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people volunteering for the study.

U.S. trials for H1N1 vaccine announcedupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 15:14:00

In a race to beat the flu season, medical institutes across the United States will begin human trials for a new H1N1 flu vaccine starting in early August, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday.

Guidelines for broader stem cell research unveiledupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 20:18:00

The Obama administration released a draft of guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research Friday.

Fortune: Tooling up for stem cell stocksupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 07:50:00

Biotechs working on cell treatments seem poised to profit from President Obama's decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and the $15 billion in stimulus money marked for scientific research. But for investors, the best way to play the sector might be the companies that make the tools used by biotechs.

Humane Society alleges mistreatment at primate centerupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 18:21:00

The Humane Society has accused a federally funded primate center of mistreating chimpanzees and other primates, saying that some animals showed signs of psychosis and self-mutilation.

CNNMoney: Managing a stimulus windfallupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 15:21:00

It's like winning the lottery, then being told you have just a week to spend it. And, oh yeah, don't waste any of it.

Don't call him Dr. Houseupdated: Tue Feb 03 2009 08:47:00

Whatever you do, don't call him Dr. House.

Less-stressed people may have lower dementia riskupdated: Thu Jan 22 2009 10:00:00

People with a stable mood and better capacity to handle stressful situations without anxiety have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a study published this week in the journal Neurology.

Scientist: Stem cells could end animal testingupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 03:24:00

As well as their potential for creating effective therapies for debilitating diseases, embryonic stem cells could open the door to improved pharmaceutical drug testing, according to a leading British stem cell researcher.

Breathing easier with asthmaupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:32:00

Asthma affects 22 million Americans. It can cause wheezing, breathlessness and coughing. Asthma attacks are preventable, but they cannot be eliminated. Even though the condition is treatable, thousands die from complications each year. The National Institutes of Health provides guidelines for helping asthmatics cope with their illness. These guidelines, released in August 2007, include an "asthma action plan" for parents and schools, and recommendations to help keep asthmatics healthy.

Meet the conditions expert doctorupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 10:14:00

My name is Otis W. Brawley, M.D. I am an oncologist or cancer doctor.

Brain with ADHD develops differentlyupdated: Tue Dec 09 2008 22:13:00

A National Institutes of Health study from November 2007 found that in youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the brain matures in a normal pattern. However, it is delayed three years in some regions, on average, compared with youth without the disorder. The researchers used a new image analysis technique that allowed them to pinpoint the thinning and thickening of sites in the cortex of the brains of hundreds of children and teens with and without the disorder. The findings bolster the idea that ADHD results from a delay in the maturation of the cortex.

Empowered Patientupdated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:20:00

Elizabeth Cohen looks at a study that found doctors often prescribe a placebo instead of medication.

Is your doctor prescribing a placebo?updated: Thu Oct 30 2008 12:20:00

When Dr. Danielle Ofri first read the headlines, she was horrified: Doctors were prescribing placebos to their patients instead of real medicine. How awful, she thought. How deceptive. Alzheimer's Protein Tracked in Injured Brainsupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 20:00:00

cientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease

The basics of anthraxupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 14:44:00

The apparent suicide of former government researcher Bruce Ivins is the latest development in the mystery of the anthrax attacks of 2001. Letters laced with the bacteria brought the disease into the forefront, sparking fear across America.

Report: Teen pregnancies up for first time in 15 yearsupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 12:19:00

Teen pregnancies rose in the United States for the first time since 1991, the National Institutes of Health reported Friday.

Do you want to be a guinea pig?updated: Thu Jun 26 2008 13:16:00

They want to pay me for the use of my body. No, I'm not vain, nor is anyone trying to push me into prostitution. They want me (and you) to be subjects in medical studies.

Want to be a guinea pig?updated: Thu Jun 26 2008 13:16:00

CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discusses the risks involved in medical trials.

Fortune: Stagflation is back. Here's how to beat itupdated: Wed May 28 2008 12:08:00

Three decades ago, in a bleak stretch of the 1970s, an economic phenomenon emerged that was as ugly as its name: stagflation. It was the sound of the world hitting a wall, a combination of no growth and inflation. It created an existential crisis for the global economy, leading many to argue that the world had reached its limits of growth and prosperity. That day of reckoning was postponed, but now, after a 30-year hiatus, at least a mild bout of stagflation has returned, and matters could get much worse. We are back to the future, with the question we asked 30 years ago: How can we combine robust economic growth with tight global supplies of such critical commodities as energy, food, and water? It's worth comparing the earlier episode of stagflation with our current travails to help us find our way. In fact, this time the resource constraints will prove even harder to overcome than in the last round, since the world economy is much larger and the constraints are much tighter than

Women, click here for good healthupdated: Fri May 09 2008 10:34:00

Dr. Anne Nedrow gets the e-mails every day -- e-mails from women patients linking to Web sites of dubious quality. Diet Reduces Heart Attacks, Strokesupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 20:00:00

A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke

Stolen laptop contains personal info of 2,500 patientsupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 02:05:00

A government laptop computer stolen last month held unencrypted medical records of 2,500 participants in a government study, Susan Shirin, deputy director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) told CNN Monday.

Don't surrender to holiday poundsupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 10:36:00

Is it just me or does everyone hear the "Jaws" theme in his or her head when arriving at a holiday buffet? The only question is whether I'm the shark going on attack or it's some sort of mating call to those extra pounds that will no doubt settle somewhere on my body. It's probably a combination.

Avoiding holiday weight gainupdated: Fri Dec 14 2007 10:36:00

In Health for Her, CNN's Judy Fortin looks at how not to gain extra pounds during the holidays.

5 weird things about newbornsupdated: Thu Nov 08 2007 11:47:00

It's hard to believe now, but once upon a time, Michelle Duggar was a new mom. Now the Arkansas mother is famous for having 17 children, but she can still remember how her first child had a huge belly button when he was born 19 years ago.

Health for Her: Ovarian cancerupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 11:35:00

A new study found that a low fat diet can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

The 21st century CAVEmanupdated: Tue Jun 19 2007 05:50:00

Over the past decade the medical world has been the beneficiary of some of the most promising advances in virtual reality technologies, transforming the lives of patients and medical students as well as equipping doctors with more efficient tools and means of treatment.

CNNMoney: Thursday's late-moving stocksupdated: Thu Oct 19 2006 15:26:00

Here are some of the companies whose shares were active late Thursday:

Therapy turns patients' cells into cancer smart bombsupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 16:18:00

Instead of using surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, researchers from the National Institutes of Health are finding so-far limited but inspiring success in a new approach for fighting cancer, using the immune system to attack the tumors the way it would a cold or flu.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Fri Apr 14 2006 08:45:00

Mixed message

Poll: Teens not heeding headphone warningupdated: Tue Mar 14 2006 09:33:00

Teenagers are more concerned about damaging their hearing with portable music players than adults, but more than half say they're not going to cut down on listening time and a third say they're not going to turn down the volume.

CNNMoney: 6 health stocks to buyupdated: Tue Nov 08 2005 12:19:00

Concerns about drug patent expirations and meager new-product pipelines have sidetracked pharmaceutical stocks -- which makes six undervalued stocks a buy.

Transcript of Bush speech on pandemic flu strategyupdated: Tue Nov 01 2005 10:26:00

President Bush, in a speech Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health, said the United States must be prepared to detect bird flu outbreaks anywhere in the world, stockpile vaccines and anti-viral drugs and be ready to respond at the federal, state and local levels in the event a pandemic reaches the United States.

CNNMoney: Diabetes: New treatments, big bucksupdated: Wed Jun 08 2005 15:05:00

One word: diabetes.

Experts say flu pandemic is imminentupdated: Thu May 26 2005 18:33:00

Health experts warn that things are falling into place for a global flu pandemic like the one in 1918 that killed tens of millions of people worldwide. They say it might not be quite as extreme, but by all calculations, will be very dangerous.

Extended life spans 'within reach'updated: Thu May 12 2005 10:11:00

It is 2020. Life expectancy is still in the 80s and the world record life span is still 122.

Top 25: Medical storiesupdated: Mon Jan 31 2005 15:49:00

Much of the marvel of medicine has to do with discovery. Mapping the human genome, the complete sequence of DNA, gave scientists a blueprint for building a person, making it the No. 1 medical story, according to a distinguished panel CNN gathered to rank the top 25 medical stories of the past quarter-century.

FSB: Can Biotech Boost Your City?updated: Tue Jun 01 2004 00:01:00

Biotech is booming again, and the scramble among states and cities to lure life-sciences firms and their young, affluent workforces has intensified. But attracting biotech can be an expensive and r...

Battling menopause with exerciseupdated: Fri May 21 2004 10:00:00

Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life that is brought on by declining levels of estrogen and progesterone, which trigger the end of regular menstrual cycles.

Sprains are pains, but R.I.C.E. is niceupdated: Fri May 14 2004 11:39:00

When it comes to regular exercise, even the most cautious fitness fanatics may experience sprains or strains, which can derail their program. But what's the difference between the two injuries, and when do you need to see a physician?

Study eyes best way to assess heart risk in womenupdated: Fri Apr 09 2004 10:19:00

A woman's fitness on a treadmill exam may help determine a woman's risk of heart disease, a study suggests.

Study finds estrogen alone is risky, tooupdated: Tue Mar 02 2004 08:22:00

The federal government is halting a large study looking at the use of estrogen because the hormone replacement appears to have no impact on heart disease and may even cause adverse health effects, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.

Scientists 'cloned human embryos'updated: Thu Feb 12 2004 03:24:00

South Korean researchers reported Thursday they have created human embryos through cloning and extracted embryonic stem cells, the universal cells that scientists expect will result in breakthroughs in medical research.

Money Magazine: Are You Wired For Wealth? WHAT GOES ON INSIDE YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU INVEST? HERE'S HOW THE LATEST BREAKTHROUGHS updated: Tue Oct 01 2002 00:01:00

With the bull market in ruins around us, many investors have never felt more bewildered. And they are asking agonized questions: How could I have lost so much money so fast? Can I do better somehow...

Fortune: The Killer Bug A lethal new mutation of the wily staph bacterium is proving resistant to the best antibiotic in the drawer. Can updated: Mon Sep 30 2002 00:01:00

First it was kidney failure and diabetes. Then, for a 40-year-old Michigan woman this June, the diabetes led to foot ulcers and gangrene. One toe had to be amputated, then a second, then a third.

Money Magazine: Brain tour: Your hot spotupdated: Fri Sep 27 2002 17:56:00

On our tour of your investing brain, the first stop is the amygdala (a-MIG-duh-luh), deep in the forward lower area of the brain. (There's one on the left side and one on the right.)

Fortune: Don't Harden Your Heart A short, everything-you-need-to-know primer on cholesterol and heart disease.updated: Mon Sep 03 2001 00:01:00

In May, experts from the National Institutes of Health urged Americans to get aggressive with high cholesterol. If the NIH recommendations are followed, we could see a 25% increase in the number of...

Fortune: A Genetic Map: Biotechs Flock to Rockvilleupdated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

In the past few years Rockville, Md., a quiet suburb of Washington, D.C., has become one of the biggest hubs of biotech research, especially in the cutting-edge field of genomics. Why Rockville? Th...

FSB: The Star Search Finding the right hospital can save your life.updated: Sun Oct 01 2000 00:01:00

For most of us, medical problems will be blessedly routine, and the local hospital is just fine. But when your condition is rare or complicated, you can save your life by finding the hospital that ...

FSB: Love & Hate The heirs of Horatio Alger have always hated Washington. Conventional wisdom, sure, says one capital correspondeupdated: Fri Sep 01 2000 00:01:00

Want to see steam rise? Ask a small business owner about the cost of health insurance. You'll get an earful. Insurers charge small outfits the highest rates for the least coverage. And with that he...

Fortune: Blessings From The Book of Life Decoding the human genome will yield a bounty of biotech miracles that will transform our lives updated: Mon Mar 06 2000 00:01:00

In 1998 biotechnology's jauntiest visionary, J. Craig Venter, stunned fellow scientists by declaring that a company he was forming would decode human DNA's sequence of chemical building blocks by t...


Few media circuses surpass the one that swept through the University of Utah Medical Center in 1982 after it announced the implantation of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart in Barney Clark. Millions tu...

Fortune: GENETICS THE MONEY RUSH IS ON The final decoding of the secrets of life is opening a new era in the treatment of disease and hasupdated: Mon May 30 1994 00:01:00

BEHIND the red brick walls of two unprepossessing buildings in a science park in Rockville, Maryland, l35 scientists and entrepreneurs are laying the groundwork for a new epoch in biology and medic...

Money Magazine: HEALTH INSURERS PAY FOR SOME NEW-AGE MEDICINEupdated: Wed Dec 01 1993 00:01:00

If you scoff at alternative medicine, you may want to think again. In October, the usually staid National Institutes of Health issued research grants of $30,000 each to test the effectiveness of 30...

Fortune: NEW GAINS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PAIN Thanks to recent research, millions dogged by chronic pain are finding hope. One surprise: Supdated: Mon Mar 22 1993 00:01:00

THE WINSOME schoolgirl at right below, Jennifer Darling, 17, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, suffers from one of the most terrifying and mysterious conditions challenging modern medicine. It goes by t...

Fortune: The spanking of a President, criminal twins, the latest threat to baseball, and other matters. A PC MUGGINGupdated: Mon Oct 19 1992 00:01:00

The reference in our headline is to political correctness (not personal computers), and the principal PC mugger in this case turns out to be Bernadine P. Healy, director of the National Institutes ...

Fortune: THE NEW ATTACK ON KILLER DISEASES There's fresh hope for ailments from cancer to Alzheimer's. Understanding the genetic and moleupdated: Mon Apr 22 1991 00:01:00

BUGS -- viruses and bacteria -- cause most minor diseases, and some of the major ones like AIDS. But many of the real killers and cripplers, including cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, a...

Fortune: THE INSIDE STORY ON THE BRAIN With the help of biotech tools, computerized scanners, and nine macaque monkeys, scientists have aupdated: Mon Dec 03 1990 00:01:00

WHEN HIS PARENTS brought 3-month-old Jacob Stark to UCLA's medical school last winter, he was stricken with infantile spasms, a pernicious form of epilepsy that starts at birth. Dozens of times a d...

Fortune: ADDED PROTECTIONupdated: Mon Aug 29 1988 00:01:00

When the Surgeon General endorsed condoms as a means of preventing the spread of AIDS, sales soared. Now makers of spermicides containing nonoxynol 9 may be in for similar increases. Reason: Recent...

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