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How Much Does It Hurt? Let's Scan Your Brain

Researchers say they can measure how much pain someone is experiencing and even watch as prescription painkillers relieve it. The scanning technique could help doctors treat pain better, but the work is also fraught with questions about how the technology could interfere with the relationship between doctors and patients.
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Clinical Trials And Premature Babies

Many universities reportedly failed to inform parents about the risks to their premature babies of an oxygen study. Understanding risks and benefits of clinical trials.

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Test Tube Baby Pioneer Helped Bring Millions Into The World

Robert G. Edwards, a British physiologist who won a Nobel Prize in 2010 for helping develop in vitro fertilization, died Wednesday. He was 87. Audie Cornish talks with Rob Stein about Edwards' work and the controversy that still surrounds the techniques he helped create.
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Feds Fault Preemie Researchers For Ethical Lapses

Infants received different levels of oxygen to see which was better at preventing blindness without increasing the risk of nerve damage or death. But the federal government says doctors in the study didn't tell parents enough in advance about the "foreseeable risks" to their children.
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Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Dies

Sir Robert Edwards, whose research led to the world's first "test-tube baby," overcame enormous controversy surrounding his work.
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Mobile Clinic Looks Out For Detroit's Homeless

A new program in Detroit is targeting chronically homeless people who do not seek out medical help. A mobile medical team visits the homeless on their turf and aggressively follows up with these patients to help get them the medicine and care they need.
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Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren't Free Of Antibiotics

Both fruits are vulnerable to a nasty disease called fire blight that can devastate orchards. So organic labeling standards allow for antibiotics to be used on apple and pear trees. That exemption is set to end in 2014 — but growers say they need a little more time.
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Patent Medicines Get A Belated Chemical Checkup

Researchers put some old elixirs and pills in the Henry Ford Museum's large collection of patent medicines to a modern test. They found a mix of potentially harmful metals like lead and mercury along with benign ingredients, including calcium and iron.

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