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Short-sleeved docs in hospitals quickly pick up just as much bacteria as their long-sleeved colleagues. Steve Mirsky reports
With preventable diseases on the rise, the states should get strict on vaccines
A giant magnet is illuminating how the influenza A virus mutates to resist drugs
Popular demand for an unproved surgical treatment for multiple sclerosis shows the growing power of social media to shape medical practice—for good and ill
Depression and heart disease are most lethal when combined
The substantial amounts of antibiotics given to farm animals are among the reasons bacteria are becoming more resistant to medicine's disease-fighting vaccine arsenal
Alzheimer's symptoms may arise from damaged "power plants" in brain cells
The children of women with untreated worm infections while pregnant had fewer cases of eczema, lending further credence to the "hygiene hypothesis" that says some immune challenges may have long-term benefits. Cynthia Graber comments
Test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease raises hopes of speedier diagnosis.
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