Health & Medicine

  1. Health & Medicine

    The Hunger Hormone?

    Scientists may have finally found the body’s dinner bell.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Slowing lupus: Stifled inflammation limits kidney damage

    A new therapy for the autoimmune disease lupus works in mice by thwarting activation of immune-system proteins called complement.

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    Taking a toll: Antiviral drugs activate immune system

    Promising antiviral drugs activate a key immune-system protein.

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    Heart recipients add their own cells

    Transplanted hearts incorporate muscle and blood-vessel cells from their new host, suggesting that the heart may regenerate its own tissue.

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    DREAMing away pain

    Mutant mice lacking a certain regulatory protein overproduce a natural opioid and are less sensitive to pain than are other mice.

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    An El Niño link with a tropical disease?

    An analysis of recent outbreaks of an often fatal disease in Peru may strengthen a link between the malady and the warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean known as El Niño.

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    Compound mimics calorie restriction

    A new compound, part of a family of proteins that regulate fat transport, lowers the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes in monkeys.

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    Ominous signals: Genes may identify the worst breast cancers

    By using a technology that reveals patterns of gene activity in tumor cells, researchers can detect breast cancers that are likely to spread and become deadly.

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    Drink and thrive: Moderate alcohol use reduces dementia risk

    Alcohol appears to reduce aging drinkers' risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of age-related dementia.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Germs That Do a Body Good

    Research on probiotic bacteria—living microbes that confer health benefits when introduced into the body—offers growing medical promise.

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    A new way to lower cholesterol

    New agents lower cholesterol in a slightly different way than do statins, the most widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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    The Persistent Problem of Cystic Fibrosis

    Ten years after the discovery of the gene that, when mutated, causes cystic fibrosis, researchers are still struggling to understand why deadly lung infections are so common among people with the disease.