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The Roots Of Consciousness: We're Of 2 Minds

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When the neurons that release the neurotransmitter dopamine die, people develop Parkinson's disease. Roger J. Bick &/Brian J. Poindexter / UT-Houston/Science Source hide caption

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Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's

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A 4-year-old regulation in New York state requires doctors and hospitals to treat sepsis using a protocol that some researchers now question. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Are State Rules For Treating Sepsis Really Saving Lives?

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French pharmaceutical group Sanofi is expected to receive an exclusive license to market a new Zika vaccine. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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States Fear Price Of New Zika Vaccine Will Be More Than They Can Pay

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The good old reflex hammer (like this Taylor model) might seem like an outdated medical device, but its role in diagnosing disease is still as important as ever. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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The anti-inflammatory drug Bextra was taken off the market because it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. Tannen Maury/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Pharmaceutical companies send "detailers" to hospitals to persuade doctors to prescribe their medications. IPGGutenberg UK Ltd/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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A study suggests spinal manipulation can reduce lower back pain for some people. sanjagrujic/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes

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Mitochondrial diseases can be passed from mothers to their children in DNA. JGI/Tom Grill/Getty Images/Blend Images hide caption

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Using surrogate endpoints can speed up testing of new drugs, but doesn't always find out if they actually help patients. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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By combining results of common blood tests, the researchers were able to come up with a way to predict risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Martynasfoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Cancer patient John Krahne has delayed taking a prescribed cancer drug because it was too expensive. He walks near his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Robert Durell for Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

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Brown recluse spiders are indeed reclusive, so bites are more apt to happen in places like closets or attics. Rosa Pineda/Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History/Flickr hide caption

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A color-enhanced spiral CT image of the chest shows a large cancerous mass (in yellow) in the left upper lobe. Medical Body Scans/Science Source hide caption

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Lung Cancer Screening Program Finds A Lot That's Not Cancer

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Generic drugs used for other conditions are being given a second look as cancer treatments. Katherine Streeter for NPR hide caption

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A Pinworm Medication Is Being Tested As A Potential Anti-Cancer Drug

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The micromotor device may someday be used to deliver antibiotics to the stomach. Angewandte Chemie International Edition hide caption

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This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

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