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A Cow Head Will Not Erupt From Your Body If You Get A Smallpox Vaccine

It all started with milkmaids.<p>Edward Jenner, an 18th-century English country doctor, noticed that they seemed to be immune to smallpox.<p>And that was a time when smallpox was a truly terrifying disease. Each year, it killed hundreds of thousands of Europeans. It made people terribly sick. Its oozing …

Public Health

Microbe found in grassy field contains powerful antibiotic

For much of the last decade, a team of researchers in Boston has eagerly exhumed and reburied dirt. It’s part of a strategy to access an untapped …

Bad luck, not genes or the environment, cause for many cancers, researchers find

Sometimes there just isn’t a good explanation for a cancer diagnosis other than random bad luck.<p>That’s what researchers at Johns Hopkins have found. …

US research links cancer to plain bad luck

Most types of cancer cannot be blamed on heredity or risky habits like smoking, says a US medical study, suggesting that two-third of the disease cases are caused by the "bad luck" of random DNA mutations.<p>"This study shows that you can add to your risk of getting cancers by smoking or other poor …

The High-Tech Future of the Uterus

Following the recent success of the world's first uterus transplant, scientists are pursuing the new frontier of the bioengineered womb.<p>When I suffered my third consecutive miscarriage this past May, my mom said she wanted to help me out however she could, even if it meant being my surrogate. I …

Pregnancy

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

New science helps a paralyzed man move his legs for the first time in years

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every morning for 2½ years, Calven Goza tried to move his legs, hoping against hope and medical science that this time, this day, would be different.<p>It never was.<p>An accident with a drunken driver left Goza paralyzed below the chest. No amount of wishful thinking could help him move his legs …

The powerful antimicrobial teixobactin was discovered using a new technique that could speed up the discovery of new antibiotics to tackle resistance<p>Scientists have discovered a new class of antibiotic using a revolutionary procedure hailed as a game changer in the hunt for medicines to fight …

Medicine