Elizabeth Cohen reports on a milestone in embryonic stem cell research.
Two women with untreatable eye diseases said they had dramatic improvements in their vision after injections of human embryonic stem cells, making it the first documented time these controversial cells have helped someone.
Kerry Morgan was just 3 years old when she participated in her first clinical trial for type 1 diabetes prevention. She didn't have the disease, but her 7-year old sister did and there was concern that she might develop it, too. During the trial she was given one shot of insulin a day in the hope that it would stave off the disease, but a year later, she was officially diagnosed.
The ambitious goal of setting up a nationwide, interconnected, private and secure electronic health records system isn't yet a reality -- but we're getting closer.
I learned I had breast cancer early this year. I also have heart problems that led to placement of two stents. Is it possible to get MRI's of my breasts or other parts of my body with stents in place?
For the first time, researchers have succeeded in creating human embryonic stem cells by injecting DNA from a skin cell into an unfertilized egg, according to a study published Wednesday.
There's great potential in the field of regenerative medicine, but doctors caution against seeking experimental treatments in an unregulated environment.
It may be disembodied now, but this cutting-edge robotic arm will soon spring into action as U.S. researchers begin a landmark experiment which, if successful, will see it controlled by mind power.
A man born without functioning legs ran the 400 meters in 45.07 seconds on July 19, 2011, the fastest time recorded by an amputee. The ripple effects of this historic achievement may initiate a paradigm shift in how we view our bodies.
John Lisk reports on new treatments for the skin condition known as psoriasis.
For people with severe cases of psoriasis, the injectable drugs known as biologics can provide much-needed relief from the itchy, flaky skin lesions caused by the disorder.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that tried to block funding of stem-cell research on human embryos.
"Pitcher's Treatment Draws Scrutiny," proclaimed the headline for this week's New York Times story about the medical treatment performed on New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon's elbow and shoulder. The Web browser banner for the story was: "Disputed Treatment Used in Bartolo Colon's Comeback." Based on follow-up headlines across the sports world, the point of dispute is muddled at best and entirely misinterpreted at worst.
A federal appeals court has lifted a ban on federal funding for stem cell research.
A federal court has given the Obama administration the go-ahead to continue funding embryonic stem-cell research.
An international medical group has cleared a South Korean biopharmaceutical company in the deaths of two patients following stem cell procedures in other countries.
If you live in Texas, your medical records are definitely up for sale by the state. If you live anywhere else in the United States, they probably are for sale there, too.
As you turn on your HDTV and watch the endless controversy over embryonic stem cell research, ask yourself: Should the government spend taxpayer dollars to develop that bulky old cathode-ray television you once owned?
In August, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin broke down what the stem cell ruling meant for the president and what happens next.
At one time in the Stem Cell Program at Children's Hospital in Boston, we had two liquid nitrogen containers, one labeled P, the other NP. These containers were used to store batches of stem cells.
The Justice Department, as promised, moved Tuesday to block a court ruling preventing use of government funds for embryonic stem cell research.
The Obama administration will appeal a federal judge's decision to temporarily block federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller confirmed Tuesday.
Administration officials are still reviewing a federal judge's decision to grant a preliminary injunction stopping federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said Tuesday.
A U.S. district judge granted a preliminary injunction Monday to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research that he said destroys embryos, ruling it went against the will of Congress.
Nathanael Paul likes the convenience of the insulin pump that regulates his diabetes. It communicates with other gadgets wirelessly and adjusts his blood sugar levels automatically.
When Dr. Bradley Block, a family physician in Florida, began to investigate electronic medical record systems for his four-doctor practice, he discovered that many of the largest firms in the field were not particularly interested in his business.
Diana Tirpak was so sure her leukemia was going to kill her, she bought a suit for her husband, Jake, to wear at her funeral.
If you've just had your first heart attack, doctors may one day be able to reverse the damage done with stem cell therapy.
13 human embryonic stem cell lines are approved for federally funded research.
Thirteen new human embryonic stem cell lines have been approved for use in federally funded research -- the first to be approved under an executive order from President Obama -- the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday.
Greg Colip had a comfortable life as a Houston attorney specializing in the oil-and-gas industry. He never thought he'd become an expert in cancer screening. That changed when a friend arranged a quick chat with Jerry Bryant, a local scientist, in a hotel lobby. That led to the creation of Cell>Point, a company that plans to deliver a cheaper and more effective way to detect tumors in 2010.
The SmartHand project has produced a prototype motorized prosthetic hand that researchers say gives unprecedented sensory feedback.
Researchers are working on a breakthrough in artificial limb technology -- a prosthetic hand that can actually feel.
You know that fat in your body you wish you didn't have? It turns out those cells could be used to create stem cells that one day may be able to cure disease.
I had a stent placed in my heart on December 9, 2002. What is the longevity for this stent? It was the newer kind that was safer at the time.
The health care industry is poised to realize huge savings by implementing electronic health records systems, but who really benefits is up for debate.
In a field largely still in its infancy, scientists are making headway toward using stem cells to treat heart ailments.
Most people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators enjoy their iPods or other MP3 players just as much as anyone else, but a new study suggests they should be cautious about where they store the headphones.
Who knew that fighting breast cancer for the third time in seven years would reveal my purpose in life.
Dawn Spencer shares her experiences with cancer.
This Caribbean city already known for cigars, furniture, chocolate and coffee may become a magnet for Americans seeking controversial stem cell therapy for life-threatening illnesses if a Florida cardiologist has his way.
Getting an electronic health record system in place by 2014? Tough.
General Electric is marshalling its considerable resources as it tries to win lucrative contracts to digitize medical records.
When it comes to stem cells, the public -- and the media -- tend to focus on embryos. But researchers and analysts say marketable therapies already are emerging from less controversial work with adult stem cells.
CNN's Drew Griffin reports on how stem cell therapy treatments overseas attract those desperate for a cure.
It's shortly after 5 a.m. when the phone rings, and on the line is a clearly anxious and worried parent.
Microsoft and Google, the Hatfields and McCoys of the high-tech industry, have carried their scrap into the race to digitize health care.
For most Americans, mosquitoes are pests whose bites leave behind itchy bumps. But in other parts of the world, mosquitoes carry a disease called malaria that kills more than a million people each year.
The Obama administration released a draft of guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research Friday.
President Obama signs an executive order repealing a Bush policy limiting federal money for embryonic stem cell research.
President Obama signed an executive order Monday repealing a Bush-era policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research.
President Obama ends limits on stem cell research funding, saying it's time to end a false choice between morals, science.
A top congressional Republican on Sunday criticized President Barack Obama's expected decision to reverse the Bush administration's limits on embryonic stem-cell research, calling it a distraction from the country's economic slump.
President Obama is planning to sign an executive order Monday to overturn Bush-era policy that limited federal tax dollars for embryonic stem cell research, according to administration officials familiar with the deliberations.
The practice of moving research involving human subjects from wealthy countries to less wealthy countries has grown in recent years, raising a number of ethical and scientific issues that need to be addressed, researchers said in a journal article Wednesday.
When Glen Tullman, the CEO of a health-care IT business called Allscripts, was watching the second presidential debate three months ago, something unexpected happened at the 50-minute mark. Both John McCain and Barack Obama told the audience that they wanted to digitize America's healthcare system. The first step: creating electronic medical records.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first human clinical trial of embryonic stem cell therapy. The stem cells used for this study came from the 60 existing stem cell lines approved in August 2001 by the Bush administration. Before that time, federal research dollars were not allowed to be used for stem cell research.
Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first trials of human embryonic stem-cell research. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
Federal regulators have cleared the way for the first human trials of human embryonic stem-cell research, authorizing researchers to test whether the cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients, the company behind the trials announced Friday.
Stem cells are considered a holy grail of medical research. They are thought to hold immense potential for treating a wide range of diseases and disabilities.
A baby who never uttered a word touched the hearts of nearly a million people.
As well as their potential for creating effective therapies for debilitating diseases, embryonic stem cells could open the door to improved pharmaceutical drug testing, according to a leading British stem cell researcher.
A cancer treatment that comes in a pill is as effective as the standard chemotherapy for lung patients who had previously been treated for their cancer, according to a study released Thursday.
"My life was sad before because I had to crawl on the ground," recalls Caesar Morales, a 24-year-old father in Mexico who, until recently, had only one limb and couldn't walk.
David Puckett's PIPO Missions brings prosthetic and orthotic care to people of southeastern Mexico -- free of charge.
French scientists have unveiled a working prototype of a fully artificial heart which is based on the technology of satellites and airplanes.
In the race to build a better artificial heart, French scientists have turned to technology from satellites and airplanes to create a heart that they say responds better to the human body
Western drug makers are increasingly outsourcing human clinical drug trials -- and India is getting the lion's share of the market. Is it putting millions at risk?
Researchers create the first nerve cells out of reprogrammed stem cells, using a technique that bypasses the destruction of embryos
Double amputee Oscar Pistorius can run in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Medicine has much to learn from nature. There are literally millions of medical compounds out there that could cure diseases, help improve treatment and even protect us from some types of bacteria.
Wireless systems used by many hospitals to keep track of medical equipment can cause potentially deadly breakdowns in lifesaving devices such as breathing and dialysis machines
Jill Levine has helped put more than 100 defibrillators on sports fields since her son died at baseball practice.
"This is a healthy 9-year-old boy. How in the world could his heart just stop?"
Insulin pumps are used by tens of thousands of teenagers worldwide with Type 1 diabetes, but they can be risky and have been linked to injuries and even deaths
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at links between kids with ADHD and heart problems.
The Food and Drug Administration looks like it's bowing to the inevitable this week and drawing the blueprint for the first-ever human experiments with human embryonic stem cells.
CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses a new study that suggests alligator blood may have healing properties.
It sounds like the stuff of Stephen King -- generating body parts, repairing damaged bone and growing back muscle like a gecko's severed tail. But stem cells represent a new wave of medicine that is more science than science fiction. One day they may not only lengthen an athlete's career but also provide the quick healing that Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was looking for when he used HGH to recover from elbow tendinitis in 2002.
I am one of the most avid sports fans you'll find," Se-Jin Lee says. It's true. He'll watch anything. Basketball. Football. Fútbol. Billiards on channel seven-hundred-whatever. As a graduate student in the '80s Lee used to sit in his car in the driveway with the radio on to listen to the games of faraway baseball teams. Even now, in his lab at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, he easily rattles off the NCAA basketball tournament winners in order from 1964 to 2007. And, like anyone who values fair competition these days, he's disturbed by the issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
Joshua Miller trotted off the football field after making a special-teams play and headed to the bench.
Whoever wins the White House, stem cell biotechs stand to reap the benefit from an incoming leader who is friendlier to stem cell researchers than President Bush, and that could lift stocks for the entire sector, experts say.
Leave it to MIT scientists to use a gecko as their muse for designing a bandage. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta has more.
The first experiments using human embryonic stem cells in human subjects could begin within a few months, the chief executive of biotech Geron said Monday.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill lost both his legs above the knees when a bomb exploded under his Humvee while on patrol in Iraq on October 15, 2006. He has 32 pins in his hip and a 6-inch screw holding his pelvis together.
Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bleill tells CNN's Barbara Starr how Bluetooth technology is helping him walk again.
As women's basketball gets ready to honor one of its own who died this weekend at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, another heartfelt story is playing out across the country -- this one with a happy ending. After collapsing last May, first-year Washington State women's coach June Daugherty is bouncing back from her own bout with cardiac arrest
As women's basketball gets ready to honor one of its own who died this weekend at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden, another heartfelt story is playing out across the country -- this one with a happy ending. After collapsing last May, first-year Washington State women's coach June Daughtery is bouncing back from her own bout with cardiac arrest
Ten years after a global pact to outlaw land mines, Afghanistan has seen genuine progress
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could have major implications for Medtronic Inc. and other makers of medical devices.
The stem-cell breakthrough doesn't make up for six years of hypocrisy and lost research
The recent breakthroughs in stem cell research, where adult cells were "reprogrammed" to act like embryonic stem cells, are too early-stage to have much influence on Big Pharma's venture capital investments, experts say.
The Harvard Stem Cell Institute's George Daley discusses the impact of a new stem cell finding on embryonic research.
All sides involved in the controversy over the use of embryonic stem cells in research claimed vindication Tuesday after two teams of researchers reported having reprogrammed human skin cells to act like the stem cells, which have the potential of morphing into other cells and thereby curing disease.
In a pair of landmark studies, two groups of scientists announced Tuesday that they have reprogrammed human skin cells to act like embryonic stem cells, whose potential to mature into any other kind of cell in the body may ultimately prove key to curing a number of diseases.
Holiday family gatherings can often be overshadowed by tension. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Ever wanted to be a new you? Recent developments in cloning mean that day might be possible without therapy, a new diet or fitness regime.