Kuru, scrapie, a fatal form of insomnia—all caused by renegade proteins. Cure one and other, more familiar diseases may follow.
Genetic variations, it turns out, explain why everyone experiences pain differently. Now medicine can push toward personalized relief.
Treating the heart today involves less cutting and more cutting-edge technology. But where does that leave cardiac surgeons?
Esophageal adenocarcinoma is increasing at a rate unmatched by any other cancer. There’s no simple explanation—just many complex clues.
How hospice is quietly transforming the way many people spend their last days, by Peter L. Slavin and David F. Torchiana.
Readers reject organs for sale.
A Ferrari team has taught surgeons a thing or two about efficiency and error elimination.
Marianne J. Legato, founder of the field of gender-specific medicine, is only beginning to uncover how different the sexes are.
The simple rhinovirus has quite an economic impact.
Focusing on the beginning and end of life may point to ways to save substantial health care costs.
In 1857, Sir Charles Locock first prescribed bromide, the first effective medication for epilepsy.
Point: Not if you respect science and human rights. Counterpoint: Prisoners should not be excluded from the benefits of science.
Another way to ensure patients take their medication: implant a dental prosthesis that releases drugs directly into their mouths.
For the author, her illness gave her authenticity, a kind of ability to be.