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'Bombs' Ineffective Against Bedbugs, Experts Say

Over-the-counter foggers won't eliminate the blood-sucking pests; might make infestation worse

Older Drug for Advanced Breast Cancer Beat Newer, Pricier Meds

Study found Taxol outperformed Abraxane, Ixempra in terms of survival and side effects

New 'Personalized' Drugs Show Promise Against Melanoma, Lung Cancer

They focus on genes that are specific to the type of tumor the patient has

Novel Drugs Show Early Promise Against Several Cancers

Immune system therapies tested on advanced melanoma, kidney or lung tumors; side effects seen

Re-Routing Spinal Cord Signals Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats

But experts note the technique might not work in humans

Brave New World of Genetics Requires Safeguards, Experts Say

Regulations haven't kept pace with discoveries, American Heart Association warns

Efficient Disease Risk Prediction a Long Way Off, Experts Say

Considering genes plus environment improves accuracy by just 1% to 3%, study shows

Mouse Study Sheds Light on How Diet May Affect Epilepsy

Strict diet seems to protect against seizures by altering brain metabolism, research shows

Scientists Turn Skin Cells Into Cardiac Cells to Help Failing Hearts

Research with human cells worked well in rats, but trials in humans are years away

Studies See Advances in Detecting, Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Early research includes a vaccine and a high-tech probe to spot signs of disease

Could Compound in Artificial Sweeteners Worsen Crohn's Disease?

Lab study suggests maltodextrin may encourage growth of E. coli bacteria in small intestine

Research With Dogs Points to Early Test for Arthritis

One drop of blood can predict the joint disease before symptoms appear, scientists say

It's Not Just What You Eat, It's When You Eat, Mouse Study Finds

Restricting eating hours didn't cut calorie intake, yet the animals gained less weight

Two-Drug Combo May Be Safe for Melanoma Treatment

Preliminary research found reduced skin-lesion side effect

Experimental Drug Helps Fight Some Childhood Cancers, Study Finds

Targeted therapy is effective, has few side effects, but larger trials needed, researchers say

Advanced Prostate Cancer Drug May Help at Earlier Stage

In study, one-third benefited from taking Zytiga plus hormone therapy for 6 months before surgery

Study Shows MS Patients at Most Risk for Drug-Linked Brain Illness

Small number of Tysabri users develop rare but potentially fatal infection

Study Links Antibiotic to Slight Rise in Heart Patients' Death Risk

But the finding for azithromycin needs to be confirmed, expert says

Paralyzed Patients Use Mind to Move Robotic Arm

But there's a long way to go to make this approach practical, experts say

Urban Hospitals May Act as Breeding Ground for MRSA

'Superbug' then spreads to regional facilities, Scottish study suggests

Could Nasal Spray of 'Love Hormone' Treat Autism?

Preliminary study of 7 children saw more activity in 'social' areas of the brain

Trial Set to See if Drug Can Prevent Alzheimer's

Many of the study participants are genetically prone to the disease

In Rat Study, Eye Device Shows Promise for Restoring Sight

System uses combination of implanted cells and technology to send images to the brain

Oxygen Therapy Slows Type 1 Diabetes in Mice, Study Says

But whether hyperbaric treatment would help humans is unknown

New Drug Shows Promise for Myeloma Patients

Studies found lenalidomide lengthened time disease did not worsen, but risk of second cancers was doubled

FDA Seems to Back Pill to Help Prevent HIV

Truvada's been shown to stop infection with AIDS virus, but critics see drawbacks

Cancer Cells in Bloodstream Show Great Diversity: Study

Some help disease spread more easily, while others may predict response to treatments

Having a 'Purpose in Life' May Help Shield You From Dementia

Study suggests, but doesn't prove, a link between the two

Research May Point to New Obesity Treatments

Making energy-storing white fat act more like energy-burning brown fat might spur weight loss, researchers say

New Clues to the Evolution of the Human Brain

Gene event 2.5 million years ago may explain why humans are smarter than great apes, researchers say

'Blond Genes' May Vary Around the World

Scientists say DNA for fair hair in South Pacific differs from that in Europe

Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Works for Elderly: Study

Real-world results promising for high-risk aortic stenosis patients, researchers say

Who's the Dad? First-Trimester Blood Test May Tell

New, noninvasive method safer than current ones, developer says

'Iceman' Mummy Yields Oldest Human Blood Cells

Examination of the 5,000-year-old cells suggests wound did not kill 'Otzi' instantly

Once-Banned Bird Flu Study Suggests Pandemic Threat Is Real

Researchers found the virus could potentially mutate and spread widely among people, but that hasn't happened so far

Clues to 'Slacker' Behavior Found in Brain, Study Says

Levels of the chemical dopamine in key regions of the brain may influence motivation

Analysis Finds Clinical Trials Often Small, of Poor Quality

Database offers big picture of medical research in United States

Can Blood Test Predict Breast Cancer Risk?

Preliminary study found women who showed alterations in a specific gene were more likely to develop disease later

How That Glass of Red Wine Might Help You Live Longer

Mouse study suggests synthetic form of compound found in grapes deserves a look

Research Gets Closer to Genetic Roots of Glaucoma

Two gene variants may interact with a molecule regulating cell growth, study suggests

Experimental Drug Eases Autistic Behaviors in Mice

Whether it would work on humans is still unknown, researchers say

Has the 'G-Spot' Been Confirmed at Last?

Researcher reports locating elusive source of female pleasure, but others dispute claim

Can Heavy Metal in Foods, Cosmetics Spur Breast Cancer Spread?

Preliminary study suggests danger from prolonged exposure to cadmium

U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research

After expert panel review, officials say H5N1 findings are of benefit, with little risk to national security

Gene Behind Psoriasis Identified, Researchers Say

Findings may boost treatments for the chronic skin disease, study suggests

Early Use of MS Drug May Cut Likelihood of Progression

Study found fewer people given 'interferon beta-1a' early moved on to definitive diagnosis

Experimental Gel May Help Those With Advanced Parkinson's

Infused treatment of standard drugs appeared better than pills for stabilizing 'off' time, researchers report

Brain Changes May Hamper Decision-Making in Old Age

But special training may slow the decline, researcher says

Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness

Genetic links to brain size, intelligence also examined in study

'Red Tide' Likely in New England This Season, Experts Warn

Severe bloom would close shellfish beds