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  • 7 Jun 2000

    A Chinese herb that damaged the kidneys of dozens of Belgian dieters in the 1990s has been found to pack a vicious second punch--cancer or precancerous lesions, according to a report in the 8 June issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 5 Jun 2000

    Chafing at the slow pace of commercial drug development, a disease advocacy group set out last week to finance new medicines for its constituency.

  • 24 May 2000

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--It's time for bold steps to boost development of vaccines for the world's main killers--AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis--according to a range of experts gathered here 22 to 23 May.

  • 19 May 2000

    The number of deaths due to breast cancer has dropped steeply since the 1980s, researchers report in the 20 May issue of The Lancet. U.S.

  • 18 May 2000

    When Napoleon died in exile on the island of St. Helena in 1821, was he poisoned by arsenic, or did he succumb to stomach cancer as his doctors said? The debate, smoldering for years, got a public airing this month in Paris.

  • 18 May 2000

    A healthy dose of a single protein makes crucial sensory cells grow anew in tissue from the ears of rat pups. The finding, reported in the June issue of Nature Neuroscience, raises the prospect that gene therapy might treat some forms of hearing loss.

  • 17 May 2000

    A new transplant technique has allowed eight diabetic patients to completely quit their insulin injections.

  • 16 May 2000

    BEIJING--China last week announced plans to sequence the entire genome of a hybrid rice variety that its scientists have developed over the past 2 decades.

  • 10 May 2000

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  • 9 May 2000

    South African President Thabo Mbeki's controversial AIDS advisory panel found little common ground last weekend and ended up establishing a four-person committee to devise tests of fringe ideas about what causes the disease.

  • 9 May 2000

    Searching for new ways to battle type 1 diabetes, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) in New York City is turning to the country with the world's highest incidence of the disease.

  • 3 May 2000

    Many Britons are breathing easier now that a preliminary study has cast doubt on predictions of a deadly epidemic.

  • 28 Apr 2000

    Two French babies who were born with a rare immune deficiency have apparently been cured by gene therapy.

  • 25 Apr 2000

    BETHESDA, MARYLAND--With summer just months away, some medical entomologists worry that state and local health departments may fail to counter a possible resurgence of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, which caused severe brain inflammations

  • 18 Apr 2000

    SAN FRANCISCO--Smoking kills, it's true, but in at least one respect it appears to do a body good.

  • 17 Apr 2000

    Cancer research and sending humans to Mars may seem light-years apart, but technological advances have put them on the same flight path.

  • 17 Apr 2000

    The rapid paralysis that killed baseball legend Lou Gehrig begins when neurons in the brain and spinal cord mysteriously die. Now, experiments with mice suggest a possible new treatment: drugs that fend off cell suicide.

  • 11 Apr 2000

    Smoking or inhaling second-hand smoke can increase the risk of breast cancer, according to a large study, published in the current issue of Cancer Causes and Control.

  • 11 Apr 2000

    TUCSON, ARIZONA--If drug companies are good at one thing, it's making tons of new molecules. In recent years, they've embraced a high-speed drug-producing technique known as combinatorial chemistry to churn out novel compounds by the millions.

  • 5 Apr 2000

    Shark cartilage is a popular folk remedy for cancer even though there's no scientific evidence that it works. But a new study may blunt its appeal: Scientists reported last week that not only do sharks get cancer, but they can even get cartilage cancer.

  • 3 Apr 2000

    SAN FRANCISCO--For pharmaceutical-makers, discovering a new drug isn't the whole battle. Getting a compound inside cells can be just as difficult.

  • 31 Mar 2000

    The widely respected, hyperkinetic overseer of the $2 billion AIDS research program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced his retirement yesterday. Neal Nathanson said his last day will be 1 September.

  • 31 Mar 2000

    Wrinkles, thinning hair, weak bones and muscles--the physical degeneration of aging is well known. But it's still a mystery why the body breaks down as it gets older. Now, using a hot new technology, researchers are finally finding genes that make cells show their age.

  • 29 Mar 2000

    SAN FRANCISCO--Taxol is a potent and popular cancer drug, but it is harvested from the needles of an endangered tree, and the demand for the drug could outpace the trees' productivity.

  • 29 Mar 2000

    People infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, are much less likely to pass their infection on to a sex partner if they carry a low number of viral particles in their blood.

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