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Medical Marijuana Faces Fed's Catch-22

Doing large studies of marijuana's potential as medicine means getting it removed from an official federal list of substances with no official medical use—which requires more proof of its potential as medicine.

February 27, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Blood Cells Remember Your Mountain Vacation

Red blood cells retain a memory of high-altitude exposure, allowing for faster acclimation next time. But that memory fades within four months. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

February 23, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

A New Model for Defeating Cancer: CAR T Cells

Some advanced cancers can now be successfully treated by synthetic immune cells that are more powerful and longer-lasting than any found in the body

March 1, 2017 — Avery D. Posey, Carl H. June and Bruce L. Levine

Do Heartburn Medications Really Cause Dementia?

Recently we talked about the two-way connection between the brain and the small and large intestines (aka the gut). This week, Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen continues our journey through the gut by investigating the link between heartburn drugs and dementia

February 4, 2017 — Savvy Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen

Rapid-Response Vaccines for Epidemic Outbreaks

Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Gates Foundation, talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the efforts to create vaccine platforms for rapid responses to epidemics.  

January 30, 2017 — Mariette DiChristina and Steve Mirsky