Scientists have the ability to use DNA from three adults to make one embryo. But should they?
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February 3, 2016 An independent federal panel says the experimental procedure needs to be proven safe, and even then should only be tried with male embryos because of concerns about passing down genetic errors.
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Tim Kilroy runs a business from his home in Arlington, Mass. His insurance company quit covering the long-acting Ritalin that helps him manage his ADHD.
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January 25, 2016 Health insurers are trying to spark a price war by refusing to pay for some brand-name medications unless they get a big discount. This forces some people to change their prescriptions.
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Neck strain might not feel like a CT-worthy injury to you, but it's increasingly getting advanced imaging.
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January 19, 2016 The number of people with injuries like neck strain who get CT scans in emergency rooms is on the rise. This despite efforts to reduce use of the scans, which increase cancer risk.
Nexium is one of several popular medications for heartburn and acid reflux called proton-pump inhibitors.
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January 11, 2016 Medications for heartburn called proton pump inhibitors are linked to a higher risk for chronic kidney disease, according to a study. It's the latest in a growing list of worries with these drugs.
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December 28, 2015 When Jimmy Carter said his advanced melanoma was gone, he credited immunotherapy, treatments that harness the immune system to fight cancer cells. This idea dates back to a 19th-century doctor.
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You might be able to get fungus-free toenails, but it could cost you.
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December 23, 2015 The health care system could save millions of dollars on treating toenail fungus by cutting out one test, researchers say. But that means that some people might take medication they didn't need.
A hearing test you take on your phone provides immediate, private feedback.
December 21, 2015 Testing your hearing is just a phone call away. Doctors hope a cheap, simple at-home test will encourage more people to get their hearing checked, and get help if they need it.
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Scientists are trying to weigh the risks of taking antidepressants while pregnant.
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December 14, 2015 A Canadian researcher finds that taking antidepressants while pregnant may increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. But others say the real culprit may be depression itself.
After years fighting a heroin addiction, Danny Montgomery, 33, is receiving inpatient treatment that is being paid for by Los Angeles County.
December 11, 2015 The state is the first to get federal permission to use Medicaid funds to pay for residential treatment for people battling addictions. The goal: get people healthy and save on other medical costs.
Former President Jimmy Carter said this month that immunotherapy treatment has shrunk melanoma tumors.
December 9, 2015 Jimmy Carter seems to have gotten the perfect drug to treat his cancer. But scientists need to understand a lot more about tumors before personalized cancer treatments are available for everyone.
What seemed like a burden can become a gift.
November 27, 2015 Advance directives don't guarantee that a person's wishes for end-of-life care will always be honored. Some states let people use physician orders that override legal requirements to perform CPR.
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November 24, 2015 There's been plenty of disagreement over whether stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD interfere with children's sleep. A review of studies finds the drugs make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Harvoni is one of the new medications for hepatitis C that can cure almost all infections.
November 23, 2015 About 15 percent of people in prison are infected with hepatitis C. Screening and treating inmates would save $750 million over 30 years and prevent many new cases in the general public.
A group at MIT built this tiny package of sensors to collect vital signs as it travels through the digestive system.
November 18, 2015 Sensors that work inside the body are gaining new skills. The latest version can track heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as temperature, as it travels through the digestive system.
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Measuring skin temperature is less accurate than internal readings, a review finds.
November 17, 2015 Intensive care units often take temperatures in the armpit, but those can be off by as much as 1.5 degrees. More accurate (and invasive) internal thermometers can help detect hidden infections.
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