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As Nations Develop, Cancer Takes Hold

The wealthiest parts of the globe account for about 40 percent of cancer cases, yet have only 15 percent of the world's population. By 2030, cases of cancer will have risen in all countries, but those in the middle stages of development today can expect the biggest changes.
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Paralyzed Rats Walk, Even Sprint After Rehab

Reporting in Science, researchers write that a combination of therapies, willpower and chocolate helped rats with severe spinal cord injuries learn to walk and even run again. Neurobiologist Moses Chao, not affiliated with the study, discusses the rehab method and whether it could work in humans.
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Remembering A Son In 'Immortal Bird'

In a new memoir, writer Doron Weber tells the story of his son Damon, who was born with a congenital heart defect and underwent at heart transplant at age 16. Weber describes his family's experiences with a medical system that he says failed to provide adequate care to his ailing son.
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Can Technology Deliver Better Health Care?

Smartphones can monitor many of your vital signs at home--and do it more cheaply than your doctor. But will technology deliver better medical care? Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, Dr. Reed Tuckson, head of UnitedHealth Group, and Dr. Arnold Relman, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discuss the future of digital health.

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