How Hospital Gardens Help Patients Heal
Hospital gardens turn out to have medical benefits
Snowflake Growth Successfully Modeled from Physical Laws
Mathematicians have re-created the intricate patterns of ice formation, a breakthrough that could lead to new models of red blood cells, soap bubbles and other surfaces that evolve over time...
New Gels Heal Themselves--and Maybe You
Self-healing hydrogels may find uses in industry, including better plastics, as well as in medicine, such as the treatment of stomach perforations and ulcers. Sophie Bushwick reports
Treatment Allows Drug-Free Transplant Patients to Elude Graft-versus-Host Disease
Bone-marrow transfers prior to organ transplants could end the need for lifelong immunosuppression
How Depressed Is That Mouse?
Robin Henig explains how scientists determine if a laboratory rodent is classified as depressed in the search for new, improved antidepressants
Search for Faster, Better Antidepressants Makes Progress
Existing antidepressants leave a lot to be desired. They can take weeks to start working, and they fail many people. Researchers are scouting for better options
Create map of defibrillators to help save lives in the Philadelphia area
What Doctors Don't Understand about Anesthesia
Researchers suggest a theory of "neural inertia" to explain a puzzle about how patients emerge from unconsciousness
Does Overeating Cause Memory Impairment as We Age?
Researchers are in the early stages of linking caloric intake to mild cognitive impairment, the stage between normal age-related memory loss and early Alzheimer's disease
Microchip Implant Gives Medication On Command
A tiny chip implanted under the skin can dole out dozens of doses of osteoporosis medication right on schedule
March 2012 Briefing Memo
Stem Cells Help Heal Broken Hearts
After a heart attack, cells from the patient's bone marrow can help improve heart function. Katherine Harmon reports
Mountain Maladies: Genetic Screening Susses Out Susceptibility to Altitude Sickness
New tests could spare soldiers from debilitating sickness at high altitudes--and mitigate cattle deaths in the Rockies
Smart-Phone App Catches Depression Onset
A smart-phone app in development for depression patients tracks contacts and movement, and prompts activities when patterns show withdrawal. Katherine Harmon reports
Fasting Might Boost Chemo's Cancer-Busting Properties
A new animal study suggests that short-term starvation might improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy
The Great Prostate Debate: Does Screening Save Lives?
Evidence shows that screening does more harm than good. Now what?
Help scientists help make discoveries about the neural structure of the retina
Cracks in the Plaques: Mysteries of Alzheimer's Slowly Yielding to New Research
Science is bringing some understanding of the heritability, prevalence and inner workings of one of the most devastating diseases
Orange Rinds May Help Rid Cows of E. Coli
A scientist describes his unconventional approach to food safety