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Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research

Because of fears that lab-altered bird flu viruses could cause a deadly pandemic if they ever escaped the lab, scientists agreed to a moratorium on mutant H5N1 flu research eight months ago. Now top scientists in the field continue the debate about the work, publishing six commentaries for and against the end of the moratorium.
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Nobel Winners Unlocked Cells' Unlimited Potential

John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka discovered that every cell in our body — from skin and heart to brain and lung — can reinvent itself and become any other cell type. These stem cells have vast potential for drug development, for many diseases, like Alzheimer's, muscular dystrophy and diabetes.
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For Families Of Medicare Recipients, Insurance Choices Are Tricky

When a relative signs up for Medicare, it is often perplexing — and unnerving — for the rest of the family who may have grown used to cushy employer-sponsored coverage.
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When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

Most elderly drivers give up the keys only when their child or grandchild intervenes. Social workers say it's important for family members to be aware and look for changes in their parents' driving behavior.
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Third Meningitis Case Confirmed In Maryland

Maryland health officials say they have identified a third patient in the state who developed meningitis after receiving a steroid injection in September.

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Spinal Surgery Company To Give Tissue Proceeds To Charity

Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. But its new Hero Allograft was the first product it ever made from the tissue — in this case the bones — of a donated human cadaver.

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