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Health Aug 12Early study results suggest 2 Ebola treatments are saving lives
The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in Congo, where a yearlong outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people.
Health Jun 08Scientists feel chill of crackdown on fetal tissue research
To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she’s worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block.
Nation Jun 05Trump administration ends fetal tissue research by federal scientists
Research using fetal tissue has led to life-saving advances including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies, and drugs for the HIV virus.
Health Mar 28Surgeons perform kidney transplant from donor living with HIV
The surgery is believed to be the first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ.
Nation Dec 28Most Americans support gene editing to protect babies, poll finds
Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases — but a new poll shows they'd draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or…
World Dec 13U.S. diplomats had inner-ear damage after ‘health attacks’ in Cuba, doctors say
Earlier this year, a team of doctors at the University of Pennsylvania who also examined many of these patients, but months later, reported they suffered concussion-like brain damage, despite no blow to the head.
Health Apr 23Veteran who survived bomb blast has first total penis and scrotum transplant in the world
The loss of a penis, whether from cancer, accident or war injury, is emotionally traumatic, affecting urination, sexual intimacy and the ability to conceive a child. Many patients suffer in silence because of the stigma their injuries sometimes carry.
Nation Apr 05Trump’s FDA pick faces questions over financial ties to medical companies
Scott Gottlieb promised to prioritize the opioid crisis, said science will prevail despite his extensive financial ties to FDA-regulated medical companies.
Health Jan 05Give peanuts to infants to prevent allergies, new guidelines say
Most babies should start eating peanut-containing foods well before their first birthday, say guidelines released Thursday that aim to protect high-risk tots and other youngsters, too, from developing the dangerous food allergy.
Health Apr 18Here’s what we know about Zika’s threat to pregnant women
Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant women, and what to do about it.