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Rabies cases spark emergency action

ByDeboraMacKenzieRabiesisonceagainthreateningwesternEurope.ThisweekemergencyteamsarefanningoutacrossfourGermanstatesandneighbouringpartsofFrance

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Micro scalpel offers unprecedented precision

ByKarenSchmidtCUTTINGthingsuptoseehowtheyworkhasalong

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Sepsis: The monster within

ByKevinTraceyBRITTANY

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All in My Head: An epic quest to cure an unrelenting, totally unreasonable, and only slightly enlightening headache by Paula Kamen

ByElizabethSourbutYOURheadaches.Youtakeapill.Betyoudidn’tknowthatifyoutaketoomanyheadachetabletstheycancause“rebound”headache.Thecurehasbecomethecauseofthemalady.Sowhatdoyoudoifyougetaheadachethatdoes

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No way to heaven for born heathens

HOWreligiousyouareasanadultdependsatleastpartlyonyourgenes

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away

APPLESreallymighthelpkeepthedoctoraway.Intest-tubeexperiments

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Prion antibodies open way for vCJD vaccine

ITMIGHTbepossibletocreatevaccinestopreventpriondiseasessuchasmadcowdiseaseanditshumanequivalentvCJD.Priondiseasesarecausedbyamisshapenformofanordinarycell-surfaceproteincalledPrP.Immunisingagainstthea

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Injecting crack cocaine is surprisingly common

ByMaggieMcKeeCrackcocaineisbeinginjected–notjustsmoked–byasignificantnumberofUSdrugusers

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Latest 'golden rice' gets go-ahead for trials

THElatestversionof“goldenrice”

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Killer haemorrhagic disease strikes Angola

ANGOLAisfacingwhatappearstobethelargestoutbreakyetoftheEbola-likevirusMarburg.ItbeganinOctoberlastyearinthenorthernprovinceofUigeandmaynowhavespreadtothecapital

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Wrinkles could be less than skin deep

ByJennyHoganITISnotjustourbodiesthatbecomestiffinoldage.Skincellsalsoappeartobecomemorerigid.Thediscoverymightjustleadtonewwaystorejuvenateskin.Wrinklesandtheleatheryfeelofoldskinarethoughttoresultfro

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Wrinkles could be less than skin deep

ByJennyHoganItisnotjustourbodiesthatbecomestiffinoldage.Skincellsalsoappeartobecomemorerigid.Thediscoverymightjustleadtonewwaystorejuvenateskin.Wrinklesandtheleatheryfeelofoldskinarethoughttoresultfro

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Indian-made cheap drugs threatened by patent law

ABILLbeforetheIndianparliamentisthreateningthesupplyofcheapdrugstotheworld’spoorestcountries

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Poison Arrows by Stanley Feldman

ByRoyHerbertMOSTpeople

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US flu vaccine trials may be effort wasted

ByDeboraMacKenzieThefirsthumantrialsofavaccineagainstH5N1birdfluarelikelytobeawasteoftimeandmoney.TheformulationsthattheUSplanstotestarethoughtlikelytobeineffective–andeveniftheydoworkitwilltakefartoo

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Face blindness runs in families

THEgeneticbasisofadistressingneurologicalconditionthatpreventspeoplefromrecognisingfaceshasbeenpinneddown.Thefindingmayhelppeoplecopewiththeimpairment

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Non-invasive technique helps monitor gene therapy

TREATINGdiseasesbydeliveringgenestotissuesinthebodyremainsahugechallenge.Butanon-invasivetechniqueformonitoringtheactivityofaddedgenesshouldhelpimprovegenetherapymethods.EricAhrens’steamatCarnegieMell

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India surveys aftermath of new patent law

ByPadmaTata

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Green tea may increase birth defect risk

WHILEgreenteacanprotectagainstsomecancers

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New 'golden rice' carries far more vitamin

ByAndyCoghlanClaimsthatgeneticallyengineered“goldenrice”canhelppreventblindnessbyboostingvitaminAintakehavebeenbolsteredbyanewstrain.Comparedwiththeoriginalgoldenriceunveiledin2000

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Oil and water mix for better drugs

ByRachelNowakinSydneyMEDICINESthatcouldbeveryuseful

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Human blood cells coaxed to produce insulin

ByAndyCoghlanTANTALISINGexperimentsthatseemtohavemadehumanbloodcellsstartproducinginsulinhaveraisedtheprospectofanewtreatmentfordiabetes.Althoughthetreatmenthasonlybeentriedinmicesofar

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US flu vaccine trials may be effort wasted

ByDeboraMacKenzieTHEfirsthumantrialsofavaccineagainstH5N1birdfluarelikelytobeawasteoftimeandmoney.TheformulationsthattheUSplanstotestarethoughtlikelytobeineffective–andeveniftheydoworkitwilltakefartoo

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Oil and water mix for better drugs

ByRachelNowak

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Cannabis: Too much, too young?

ByGrahamLawtonATTHEendofJimvanOs’sstreetinthepleasantDutchcityofMaastrichtthereisacoffeeshop.AswithmanysuchestablishmentsintheNetherlands

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Self-cleaning membrane shrugs off unwanted cells

ByColinBarrasAself-cleaningsurfacethatshakesoffthebody’sdefenceresponsecouldhelpkeepbiosensorsworkingforlongerinsidethehumanbody.Implantingsensorsbeneaththeskinisaconvenientwaytomonitorchronicconditio

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Tiny scanner may monitor astronauts' mental health

ByEwenCallawayWithjam-packedschedulesandavideofeedtoEarth

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Brain chemical may have role in cot death

ByEwenCallawayCotdeathstrikesinfantsmysteriouslyandwithoutwarning.Nowatleastwemightbemovingclosertounderstandingwhy.Anewstudyinmicelayssomeoftheblameonabrainchemicalcalledserotonin.Whilethediscoverydo

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Even vegetarians may not be safe from 'mad cow' prions

ByEwenCallawayFancyadoseofprionswithyourvegetables?Anewstudysuggeststhatinfectiousprions–thoughttobethecausativeagentsinmadcowdiseaseandhumanvCJD–cansurvivewastewaterdecontaminationandwindupinfert

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Drinking 'to escape' has a negative effect on kids

ByEmmaBainesTheimpactthatparentaldrinkinghasonchildrenisrelatedtotheparents’reasonsfordrinking

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No place to hide for herpes virus

ByEwenCallawayTheysaythedifferencebetweenherpesandloveisthatherpeslastsforever.Butnewresearchhintsatawaytochasethevirusfromitshidingplaceandgetridofitforgood.UnlikevirusessuchasHIVorsmallpoxthatslayne

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Laser headband brings Alzheimer's out of the shadows

ByEwenCallawayAharmlesslasermightbeabletospotthetangledproteinsinbraintissueassociatedwithAlzheimer’sdiseaseinalivingperson–thestructurescantodayonlybefoundbydissectingthebrainafterdeath.Diagnosiscurr

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Pulling a tooth could lead to tailor-made sperm

ByLindaGeddesCouldsacrificingatoothenablesomeinfertilementofatherchildren?That’sthegoalofresearchersinBrazil

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Frozen embryos do better in IVF

ByPeterAldhousFrozenembryosdobetterthanfresh.That’sthesurprisingconclusionofastudyofchildrenconceivedbyIVF–whichactuallysetouttoaddressconcernsthatfreezingmightharmembryos.AnjaPinborgofCopenhagenUnive

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Diet-sized snack packs turn off willpower

ByDeboraMacKenzieTHEREisanolddieters’jokethatanythingeatendirectlyfromthefridgehasnocalories.Wrong.Butsurelyanythinginateensysnackpackmusthelpyouloseweight

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Another psychedelic revolution, but this time it's different

Illustration:YehrinTong/Retouching:WestmacTHERE’Sanoldjokeinrenewableenergycircles:nuclearfusionis30yearsaway

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Miniaturised scanner zooms in on disease

ByJasonPalmerAhandheldnuclearmagneticresonance(NMR)scannerthatcandiagnosediseasesandidentifypathogenshasbeenbuiltbyscientistsintheUS.TherevolutionaryscannerismanytimessmallerthanconventionalNMRspectro

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Wine chemical improves health but not longevity

ByEwenCallawayEffortstotinkerwiththebiologyofageingtotreatdiseaseandextendlifespanarebeginningtoresemblethesplitpersonalitiesofDrJekyllandMrHyde.Thisweek

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Happy thoughts may dampen cravings

ByEwenCallawayWanttoquitsmoking?Nexttimetheurgetolightupstrikes

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Me and my genome

ByAnnaGoslineBACKin2002

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Scientists find smoking gun for diabetes sperm damage

ByEdYongRisinglevelsofmaleinfertilityaroundtheworldcouldbelinkedtoanincreaseinthenumberofyoungmensufferingfromdiabetes

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DNA-chopping molecule makes cells resistant to HIV

MICEhavebeenmaderesistanttoHIVbysabotagingagenethatmakeswhitebloodcellsvulnerabletothevirus.ThecellscannolongermakeCCR5

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HIV 'locked out' of sabotaged cells

ByAndyCoghlanMicehavebeenmaderesistanttoHIVbysabotagingageneinthebloodcellsthatthevirusnormallyinfects.ResearcherswhodevelopedthetreatmentatSangamoBioSciences

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Nanoparticle 'smart bomb' homes in on cancer

ByEwenCallawayDon’tmistakeananoparticle’sLilliputianstatureforasignofweakness.Muchlikeaheat-seekingmissile

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Transplant tourists running out of destinations

ByAndyCoghlanSurgeons

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Do we have the technology to build a bionic human?

ByDuncanGraham-RoweMoreandmoreofthebodyisbecoming

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Should researchers tell over bad news brain scans?

ByPeterAldhousSARAHHILGENBERGgavethe“informedconsent”paperworkonlyacursoryreadbeforeshevolunteeredforabrain-imagingstudyinSeptember2002.ShehadjuststartedasamedicalstudentatStanfordUniversityinCaliforn

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Will huge health plan make guinea pigs of UK citizens?

ByAndyCoghlan“So

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Youthful 'nurse' cells could restore male fertility

ByLindaGeddesinSanFranciscoSOMEformsofmaleinfertilitymightbetreatedbywindingbackthedevelopmentalclockofthe“nurse”cellsinthetestesthatareresponsibleforsurroundingandnurturingundevelopedsperm.Ashortageo

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Common drugs may combat ageing disease

TWOcommondrugshavereversedtheeffectsinmiceofprogeria

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