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Lab-grown vaginas have been successfully implanted in four women

Scientists announced today that four women received lab-grown vaginas between 2005 and 2008 — and, according to their doctors, all of the patients are doing quite well.<p>The women, who were between 13 and 18 at the time of the surgery, were all born with a rare genetic condition called …

Multiple sclerosis and 'miracle cures': sometimes it's the hope that'll kill you

I have progressive multiple sclerosis. I’m quite disabled, and I have no idea how disabled I’ll end up. That’s what MS is like. It’s unpredictable, and it’s different for everyone. Ask 100 people with MS, and you’ll get 100 different sets of symptoms.<p>There are treatments: things that slow down …

Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

British scientists' identification of Juno molecule opens door to new developments in fertility treatment and contraception<p>A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists with the discovery of an elusive protein that allows eggs and sperm to join together.<p>The molecule – …

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Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

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Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

New South Wales professor in US rolled back the key indicators of ageing to make two-year-old mice appear six months old<p>Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in …

Judge orders life support for 13-year-old girl declared brain dead

A judge has ordered an Oakland hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy.<p>At a hearing Friday, both sides in the case agreed to get together and choose a neurologist to further examine 13-year-old Jahi McMath and determine …

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment?<p>Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking …

The Brain

Researchers explore how mothers' blood sugar levels influence child fat

Researchers from Manchester have begun a new study to determine whether blood sugar levels during pregnancy, lower than the level used to diagnose …

Why Meningitis That Hit Princeton Is Hard To Beat With Vaccines

There's been a lot of talk about meningitis B lately. That's the type responsible for outbreaks at Princeton and the University of California in Santa Barbara.<p>And it got us thinking. How come this form of the illness isn't fazed by the vaccines given routinely to most young people in the U.S.?<p>This …

Patient Empowerment And Their Role In The Electronic Medical Record

The EMR is here–at least in theory. And while many hospitals and physicians have a certified EMR, the test of the system will be the clinical engagement of all stakeholders, including patients. In particular, these are the key areas mandated in the stage two roll out in 2014. Stage 1 was the …

Conference to Define Medical Ethics in Wake of Military Torture

For more than a dec­ade, a group of med­ic­al pro­fess­ors has sought to stop the mis­treat­ment of Guantanamo Bay de­tain­ees, which they said …

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World AIDS Day: how AIDS activists changed medical research

As well as having a direct and traumatic effect on people and communities, HIV/Aids has also changed the way we run clinical trials<p>Outbreaks of epidemic diseases, especially diseases that appear to be new, can seriously affect the organisation of human societies – bubonic plague forced changes in …

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Latest<p>March 9, 2018<p>There are two points to getting a house in your bachelorhood. First, you get seemingly infinite freedom to get on with your life …

Medical ethics and child-snatcher myths

Lisa Hallgarten asserts that there is no suggestion that a caesarean carried out on an Italian woman "without her … consent … was necessary to protect her health or life, only that it was requested by social services to remove the baby for child protection purposes" (A shift from principle, 3 …