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For Many People, Medical Care Works Best When It's Incremental

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The genes in mitochondria, which are the powerhouses in human cells, can cause fatal inherited disease. But replacing the bad genes may cause other health problems. Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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Drugstore shelves carry medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration as well as unregulated supplements and homeopathic remedies. Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

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When Morton Pollner was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 76, he thought it was a death sentence. Michael Rubenstein for NPR hide caption

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Older Patients Can Benefit From Lung Cancer Surgery

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A birth control pill for men remains an elusive dream. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images hide caption

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Male Birth Control Study Killed After Men Report Side Effects

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Military medics, medical corps and technicians from every branch of the military attend courses at the Medical Education and Training Campus in San Antonio. Wendy Rigby/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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Lessons From 2 War Zones Make A Difference In Medic Training

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Placebos are commonly thought of as fake treatments that people think are real. But they may be helpful even if you know they're fake. Tim Robberts/Getty Images hide caption

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The study looked at the relationship between women who used hormonal birth control, and antidepressant use, and diagnoses of serious depression. AJPhoto/Science Source hide caption

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