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Truvada can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection when taken as a preventative medicine — if taken every day. Studies are underway to determine if young people are likely to take the pill consistently. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Would A Pill To Protect Teens From HIV Make Them Feel Invincible?

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Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival

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Scientists reprogrammed the common bacterium E. coli so it requires a synthetic amino acid to live. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

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Jackie Fortin's daughter, Cassandra, last summer. Courtesy of Jackie Fortin hide caption

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Can Connecticut Force A Teenage Girl To Undergo Chemotherapy?

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Radiation therapy is effective in treating breast cancer but typically requires dozens of visits over five to seven weeks. A newer protocol takes just three weeks. Antonia Reeve/Science Source hide caption

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Bob Smithson, 79, can now hold his head upright and breathe on his own, thanks to a medication for myasthenia gravis. M. Scott Brauer for NPR hide caption

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

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Life online is all about sharing images. Being able to share medical images would make health care a lot easier, patients say. Science Photo Library/Corbis hide caption

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