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New colorectal cancer test could eliminate need for colonoscopy for many people

Colonoscopies might beat out root canals as the most reviled commonplace medical procedure that many of us might expect to undergo. Nevertheless, the uncomfortable undertaking is currently one of the best ways to detect early signs of colorectal cancer, a disease that more than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with each year—and one that kills more than 51,000...

October 29, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

TEDMED 2010: Machine-Human Connection

SAN DIEGO—The machine–human connection ran like a titanium thread through several of today’s TEDMED sessions.* Hugh Herr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab captivated the audience with his work on prosthetics...

October 29, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

Pancreatic cancer develops for years before spreading

Pancreatic cancer is notoriously deadly, killing some 95 percent of patients within five years of diagnosis. Actor Patrick Swayze died less than two years after he was diagnosed with the invasive disease...

October 28, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

Some depression might have roots in immune-generated inflammation

NEW YORK—The immune system works hard to keep us well physically, but might it also be partly to blame for some mental illnesses?

"The immune system may play a significant role in the development of depression," Andrew Miller, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, said Tuesday at a symposium on neuroscience and immunology at the New York Academy of Sciences...

October 28, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

TEDMED 2010: Technology and the people

SAN DIEGO— On day two of TEDMED, running between Oct. 27 and 30, three themes stood out: the difference between children and adults for therapies; the connection between animals, people and disease; and how genetics will shape health care.Frances Jensen of Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston explained the dramatic differences between developing and adult brains...

October 28, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

Cruel and Usual?: Is Capital Punishment by Lethal Injection Quick and Painless?

About two thirds of the states use a combination of barbituric, paralytic and toxic agents for executions, despite a lack of scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. Although the procedure may be subject to FDA approval, the agency has avoided any ruling on the cocktail's efficacy in delivering a merciful death...

October 27, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

What does HIV sound like? [Audio]

There is no question that HIV is an ugly virus in terms of human health. Each year, it infects some 2.7 million additional people and leads to some two million deaths from AIDS.

October 27, 2010 — Katherine Harmon

TEDMED 2010: Medicine tries some new ideas

SAN DIEGO—Not everything you try will work, but you need to try lots of ideas. That was advice here from Nathan Myhrvold, founder of Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft, on the opening evening of the TEDMED conference, held from October 27 through 29...

October 27, 2010 — Mariette DiChristina

U.S. Science & Engineering Festival culminates this weekend on the National Mall

It's common knowledge that the U.S. no longer produces enough scientists and engineers to keep pace with the rest of the world. Now, the organizers of the USA Science & Engineering Festival are doing something about it, with a two-week, nationwide extravaganza for left-brain-leaning young people that culminates this weekend in Washington, D.C...

October 21, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier
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