The Year in Health & Medicine

The fitness pill, tainted drugs, why you should lick your wounds, and more.


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#3: The FDA Tackles Tainted Drugs From ChinaThe realities of globalization hit the U.S. drug industry.

#11: Effective Kidney Transplants Without a Lifetime of Powerful DrugsA new technique help transplant patients live, even with mismatched organs.

#12: Plastics Come Under Fire The BPA debate rages on as the public demands action.

#14: All Flus Lead to AsiaThe Far East is the incubator of every strain—and the key to treating the disease.

#16: Researchers Produce Human Blood from Stem Cells It's not quite the same, but lab-generated blood gets the job done.

#17: Cell Reprogramming Could Help Cure Diabetes—and Other Diseases Stem-cell guru says reprogramming adult cells might actually work better.

#18: Two Alzheimer’s Drugs Show PromiseThe new drugs use a totally different mechanism than most would-be treatments.

#19: Salmonella Outbreak Shines Light on Food SafetyTwo deaths and countless dollars later, the chinks in the food system are exposed.

#24: Gene Therapy Returns (Some) Sight to (Some) Blind PeopleGenetic tinkering helps repair one rare form of congenital blindness.

#28: Lithium May Be the Answer for Lou Gehrig’s Disease A new study brings some hope that the disease can be treated.

#38: Cholesterol Drugs Are Prescribed for High-Risk Kids8-year-olds can now take statins to reduce the chances of heart disease.

#47: Biologists Watch HIV Replicate in Real Time Using fluorescent proteins, researchers observer the virus forming.

#54: An “Elite” Immune System Can Prevent AIDS A select few infected with HIV never become ill.

#59: Low-Fat Is Officially Inferior to Low-CarbA comprehensive study gives a big piece of ammunition to the Atkins crowd.

#61: A New Drug Delivers “Fitness” Without the Workout Take a pill and simulate the effects of exercise.

#62: Researchers Discover Why Wound-Licking Works Compounds in saliva actually do speed healing.

#82: The New Immune System Weapon: A DNA Catapult in Your Gut

Triggered by harmful bacteria, cells fling killer webs of DNA to ensnare the intruder.

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