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FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for Huntington's disease—the crippling illness that killed folksinger Woody Guthrie and that plagues 30,000 Americans...

August 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

What causes gigantism?

Yesterday, Sandy Allen, the world's tallest woman, passed away at the age of 53. Endocrinologist Daniel Kelley explains how she grew so big

August 14, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

What is Sarcoidosis?

Could the mysterious disease that plagued comedian Bernie Mac for 25 years have played a role in his death?

August 12, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

"Smoking gun": Salmonella outbreak linked to irrigation water on a Mexican farm

Peppers were apparently the perps in the salmonella outbreak that sickened some 1,300 people in the U.S. and Canada since April. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it traced the responsible bacterial strain—Salmonella Saintpaul—to a Serrano pepper grown on a Mexican farm that irrigated its fields with water contaminated with it...

July 31, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

New drug shows early promise in small Alzheimer's trial

A drug called PBT2, developed by Australian company Prana Biotechnology, appears to improve cognitive abilities in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.  Researchers report in Lancet Neurology , that it was also successful in reducing protein buildup associated with the debilitating neurodegenerative illness, which plagues up to 4.5 million Americans...

July 30, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
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