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No Hunch Here: Richard III Suffered From Scoliosis Instead

Shakespeare calls Richard III "rudely stamp'd," with the king's "hunchbacked" form revealing the twisted soul within. Actors have reveled in playing the monarch as a limping, deformed creature with a withered arm.<p>But when the bones of the 15th century king were unearthed from beneath a British …

Docs use medical MAGEC to treat boy’s scoliosis

Call it medical magic — make that MAGEC.<p>Doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital are now reaching for the handheld MAGEC device instead of their …

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When obesity is an inherited trait, maybe gut bacteria is the link

When wondering whether genes are contributing to your struggle with weight, a new study suggests it might be useful to look within -- at the garden of bacteria growing in your gut.<p>In particular, you might well wonder whether, in addition to their failure to bequeath you the genes for athletic …

HIV discovery offers new lead in finding cure

French scientists have reported finding a genetic mechanism by which they believe two men were spontaneously cured of HIV, a breakthrough that could lead to a new approach in the fight against AIDS.<p>Scientists at Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris tested 1,700 people diagnosed as …