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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.
Health Feb 03Report: It’s ethical to create embryos from DNA of 3 people
WASHINGTON -- It's ethical to test a provocative new fertility technique that would prevent mothers from passing on rare but devastating diseases by creating embryos from the DNA of three people -- dad, mom and an egg donor -- advisers…
Health Jan 26Government task force urges doctors to screen all adults for depression
WASHINGTON -- All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday.
Health Nov 18Lab-grown vocal cords offer hope of treating voice disorders
Wednesday, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison reported the first lab-grown replacement vocal tissue that appears pretty close to the real thing — and that produced some sound when tested in voice boxes taken from animals.
Nation Sep 18What you need to know about this year’s flu shot
WASHINGTON — Give flu vaccine another chance: This year's version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter's misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.