A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists.
The Obama administration will push for a $156 million increase in funding for Alzheimer's research over the next two years, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.
Many more Americans may be at risk of having a stroke than previously thought.
If you're wondering why you're tired after a full night's sleep, or jittery even without a venti latte, the answer might be on your plate.
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that tried to block funding of stem-cell research on human embryos.
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.
After six months of coping with stop-gap funding measures, federal agencies have quietly started instituting hiring freezes, withholding grants and curtailing work on critical projects.
Big Pharma faces a host of well-known problems, most notably that its blockbuster drugs are coming off patent at the same time that its pipeline of new drugs has turned into a drip. But the leading pharmaceutical companies like Novartis, Merck and Bayer are also battling another costly headache -- legal challenges to their existing patents are increasing with the rapidity of a centrifuge.
More than 180 chimpanzees, used in research testing for decades and set to be transferred from a New Mexico colony to a Texas research facility for possible use in further testing, will not be moved pending a review of the situation, officials said.
The father of two autistic children responds to the fraudulent autism study claims.
The controversy surrounding a retracted study that linked autism to childhood vaccines has been fueled by the fact that no one knows what really causes autism.
An appeals court has permanently lifted an injunction imposed by a federal judge, thereby allowing federally funded embryonic stem-cell research to continue while the Obama administration appeals the judge's original ruling against use of public funds in such research.
Tucked away on the sprawling campus of the National Institutes of Health, an elite team of doctors and researchers search for clues to solve medical mysteries that have eluded a diagnosis.
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.
CNN's Matt Sloane explains the heart procedure that former President Clinton may be undergoing.
Stents, small metal scaffolding devices placed inside blood vessels around the heart, are used to treat conditions that result when arteries become narrow or blocked.
They come from all walks of life. One teenage girl cuts her thighs after piano lessons to avoid the crushing pressure for perfection. She sees a therapist twice a week, but she never gets better.
New cancer cases and mortality rates linked to the disease have fallen significantly in recent years for almost all gender and ethnic groups in the United States, researchers said Monday.
An NIH report shows screening and early detection have a big pay-off in the fight against cancer. Elizabeth Cohen reports.
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.
The number of people with dementia globally is estimated to nearly double every 20 years, according to a report released Monday for World Alzheimer's Day.
A single low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus that has been spreading around the world, new data shows.
A single, low dose of H1N1 vaccine may be enough to protect adults from the flu virus.
A new study shows capuchin monkeys prefer humans whose behavior mimics theirs, a trait they share with humans, scientists say.
Days after the U.S. government announced upcoming trials for an H1N1 flu vaccine, Saint Louis University has been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people volunteering for the study.
In a race to beat the flu season, medical institutes across the United States will begin human trials for a new H1N1 flu vaccine starting in early August, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday.
The Obama administration released a draft of guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research Friday.
Biotechs working on cell treatments seem poised to profit from President Obama's decision to lift the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research and the $15 billion in stimulus money marked for scientific research. But for investors, the best way to play the sector might be the companies that make the tools used by biotechs.
The Humane Society has accused a federally funded primate center of mistreating chimpanzees and other primates, saying that some animals showed signs of psychosis and self-mutilation.
It's like winning the lottery, then being told you have just a week to spend it. And, oh yeah, don't waste any of it.
Whatever you do, don't call him Dr. House.
People with a stable mood and better capacity to handle stressful situations without anxiety have a reduced risk of developing dementia, according to a study published this week in the journal Neurology.
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.
Asthma affects 22 million Americans. It can cause wheezing, breathlessness and coughing. Asthma attacks are preventable, but they cannot be eliminated. Even though the condition is treatable, thousands die from complications each year. The National Institutes of Health provides guidelines for helping asthmatics cope with their illness. These guidelines, released in August 2007, include an "asthma action plan" for parents and schools, and recommendations to help keep asthmatics healthy.
My name is Otis W. Brawley, M.D. I am an oncologist or cancer doctor.
A National Institutes of Health study from November 2007 found that in youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the brain matures in a normal pattern. However, it is delayed three years in some regions, on average, compared with youth without the disorder. The researchers used a new image analysis technique that allowed them to pinpoint the thinning and thickening of sites in the cortex of the brains of hundreds of children and teens with and without the disorder. The findings bolster the idea that ADHD results from a delay in the maturation of the cortex.
Elizabeth Cohen looks at a study that found doctors often prescribe a placebo instead of medication.
When Dr. Danielle Ofri first read the headlines, she was horrified: Doctors were prescribing placebos to their patients instead of real medicine. How awful, she thought. How deceptive.
cientists for the first time have peered into people's brains to directly measure the ebb and flow of a substance notorious for its role in Alzheimer's disease
The apparent suicide of former government researcher Bruce Ivins is the latest development in the mystery of the anthrax attacks of 2001. Letters laced with the bacteria brought the disease into the forefront, sparking fear across America.
Teen pregnancies rose in the United States for the first time since 1991, the National Institutes of Health reported Friday.
They want to pay me for the use of my body. No, I'm not vain, nor is anyone trying to push me into prostitution. They want me (and you) to be subjects in medical studies.
CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen discusses the risks involved in medical trials.
Three decades ago, in a bleak stretch of the 1970s, an economic phenomenon emerged that was as ugly as its name: stagflation. It was the sound of the world hitting a wall, a combination of no growth and inflation. It created an existential crisis for the global economy, leading many to argue that the world had reached its limits of growth and prosperity. That day of reckoning was postponed, but now, after a 30-year hiatus, at least a mild bout of stagflation has returned, and matters could get much worse. We are back to the future, with the question we asked 30 years ago: How can we combine robust economic growth with tight global supplies of such critical commodities as energy, food, and water? It's worth comparing the earlier episode of stagflation with our current travails to help us find our way. In fact, this time the resource constraints will prove even harder to overcome than in the last round, since the world economy is much larger and the constraints are much tighter than
Dr. Anne Nedrow gets the e-mails every day -- e-mails from women patients linking to Web sites of dubious quality.
A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke
A government laptop computer stolen last month held unencrypted medical records of 2,500 participants in a government study, Susan Shirin, deputy director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) told CNN Monday.
Is it just me or does everyone hear the "Jaws" theme in his or her head when arriving at a holiday buffet? The only question is whether I'm the shark going on attack or it's some sort of mating call to those extra pounds that will no doubt settle somewhere on my body. It's probably a combination.
In Health for Her, CNN's Judy Fortin looks at how not to gain extra pounds during the holidays.
It's hard to believe now, but once upon a time, Michelle Duggar was a new mom. Now the Arkansas mother is famous for having 17 children, but she can still remember how her first child had a huge belly button when he was born 19 years ago.
A new study found that a low fat diet can reduce a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.
Over the past decade the medical world has been the beneficiary of some of the most promising advances in virtual reality technologies, transforming the lives of patients and medical students as well as equipping doctors with more efficient tools and means of treatment.
Here are some of the companies whose shares were active late Thursday:
Instead of using surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, researchers from the National Institutes of Health are finding so-far limited but inspiring success in a new approach for fighting cancer, using the immune system to attack the tumors the way it would a cold or flu.
Teenagers are more concerned about damaging their hearing with portable music players than adults, but more than half say they're not going to cut down on listening time and a third say they're not going to turn down the volume.
Concerns about drug patent expirations and meager new-product pipelines have sidetracked pharmaceutical stocks -- which makes six undervalued stocks a buy.
President Bush, in a speech Tuesday at the National Institutes of Health, said the United States must be prepared to detect bird flu outbreaks anywhere in the world, stockpile vaccines and anti-viral drugs and be ready to respond at the federal, state and local levels in the event a pandemic reaches the United States.
One word: diabetes.
Health experts warn that things are falling into place for a global flu pandemic like the one in 1918 that killed tens of millions of people worldwide. They say it might not be quite as extreme, but by all calculations, will be very dangerous.
It is 2020. Life expectancy is still in the 80s and the world record life span is still 122.
Much of the marvel of medicine has to do with discovery. Mapping the human genome, the complete sequence of DNA, gave scientists a blueprint for building a person, making it the No. 1 medical story, according to a distinguished panel CNN gathered to rank the top 25 medical stories of the past quarter-century.
Biotech is booming again, and the scramble among states and cities to lure life-sciences firms and their young, affluent workforces has intensified. But attracting biotech can be an expensive and r...
Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life that is brought on by declining levels of estrogen and progesterone, which trigger the end of regular menstrual cycles.
When it comes to regular exercise, even the most cautious fitness fanatics may experience sprains or strains, which can derail their program. But what's the difference between the two injuries, and when do you need to see a physician?
A woman's fitness on a treadmill exam may help determine a woman's risk of heart disease, a study suggests.
The federal government is halting a large study looking at the use of estrogen because the hormone replacement appears to have no impact on heart disease and may even cause adverse health effects, the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
South Korean researchers reported Thursday they have created human embryos through cloning and extracted embryonic stem cells, the universal cells that scientists expect will result in breakthroughs in medical research.
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First it was kidney failure and diabetes. Then, for a 40-year-old Michigan woman this June, the diabetes led to foot ulcers and gangrene. One toe had to be amputated, then a second, then a third.
On our tour of your investing brain, the first stop is the amygdala (a-MIG-duh-luh), deep in the forward lower area of the brain. (There's one on the left side and one on the right.)
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WHEN HIS PARENTS brought 3-month-old Jacob Stark to UCLA's medical school last winter, he was stricken with infantile spasms, a pernicious form of epilepsy that starts at birth. Dozens of times a d...
When the Surgeon General endorsed condoms as a means of preventing the spread of AIDS, sales soared. Now makers of spermicides containing nonoxynol 9 may be in for similar increases. Reason: Recent...