Category Archives: Health & Medicine

Bird CSI: A Loon, a Swollen Spleen, and a Mysterious Disease

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Audubon — Pathologists documented the first death of a loon in New England from avian malaria. Here’s how they got from corpse to diagnosis.

Can a DNA Test for HPV Replace the Pap Smear?

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Popular Science — A new test for HPV has been approved as a screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it may harm younger women.

Is Drugstore Shampoo Really Inferior To The Pricey Stuff?

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Refinery 29 — There are fewer differences between shampoos and conditioners than marketers would have you believe.

The Joint Collector

Photo: Craig Mahaffey

The Scientist — Forget stamps: one bioengineer amasses broken artificial joints to learn why they failed and how to build better ones.

The Breast Implant Risk

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The Scientist — Breast implants leaking contaminated silicone are causing a fuss in Europe, but all breast implants carry risks.

Eye Trials Give Hope for Stem Cells

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The Scientist — Preliminary data from human embryonic stem cell trials for two degenerative eye disorders are promising, but challenges remain for more complex tissues.

Four-in-one HIV pill may be exception among combination drugs

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Nature Medicine — Combining multiple medicines into a single pill is harder than it sounds.

Graphic design in pharma ads traces the history of healthcare – Nature Medicine

Ad for Roche by Aldo Calabresi for Studio Boggeri, photo by Sergio Libis, 1959

Nature Medicine — Unrecognizable today, early drug ads were bold, colorful statements for the nascent field of graphic design.

Antimalarial armament remains strong, despite lingering concerns over drug resistance

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Nature Medicine — Three widely-used artemisinin variants are equally effective at ridding youngsters of the malaria parasite.

Autism, Authenticated

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Nature Medicine — A burst of research into the genetics of autism has given scientists insight into the basis for the disorder. Now, some companies aim to capitalize on these findings by developing DNA screens that might one day provide a diagnosis at birth.

Better animal models needed for malaria vaccine development

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Nature Medicine — Despite a half century of research into malaria, laboratory models of the disease have changed little — a fact that could be hindering the development of new vaccines.

Rick Perry isn’t the only one getting pharmaceutical donations

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Nature Medicine — The pharmaceutical industry contributed more than $30 million to political causes during the 2010 election cycle alone.