Patients who come to Johns Hopkins for epilepsy surgery sometimes require a prequel to their treatment: a multiday stint in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.
A Supreme Court ruling on whether genes can be patented did not give crystal clear answers.
The human body has many natural barriers intended to prevent microorganisms, diseases, and toxins from making it into the body. The mucus membranes of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and female...
By harnessing the power of regeneration residing in our own bodies, stem-cell therapies have transformed science fiction into reality. Already they have repaired damaged hearts, restored vision to...
One of my favorite expressions is: “Every day I work in healthcare, and then I go home and live in the 21st century.” It is an exaggeration, of course. After all, medicine is incredibly sophisticated...
Almost 100 years ago, in a Paris laboratory, Félix d’Hérelle peered at cultures packed with dysentery bacteria. He had cultured the organisms from the stool of people with the disease, and usually...
The scientists and physicians invited to the April 12, 1955, meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to hear the results of the 1954 field study on the polio vaccine created by Jonas Salk...
Developing a malaria vaccine is a particularly knotty problem: Vaccines typically can target only one or a few antigens—proteins produced by infectious organisms, against which the host’s immune...
About one in five prescriptions is “off label”—that is, a drug prescribed to treat a condition for which it hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s a legal option for...
Nearly every major hospital or cancer treatment practice performs specific genomic testing on every cancer patient’s tumor sample — such as K-ras oncogene analysis for those with colorectal cancer or...

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