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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

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Sequencing the genes of a cancer cell turns up lots of genetic mutations — but some of them are harmless. The goal is to figure out which mutations are the troublemakers. Kevin Curtis/Science Source hide caption

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Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

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Maybe You Should Skip That Annual Physical

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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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