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  • Researchers discover new class of stem cells
    Researchers discover new class of stem cells

    Researchers have identified a new class of lab-engineered stem cells -- cells capable of transforming into nearly all forms of tissue -- and have dubbed them F-class cells because they cluster together in "fuzzy-looking" colonies.

  • Clinical trial seeks answers to sudden deaths of healthy young people
    Clinical trial seeks answers to sudden deaths of healthy young people

    Jason Lappies woke in his San Diego apartment on the morning of June 26. Not needing to report to work right away, he settled onto his couch to watch a World Cup soccer match. He teased his roommate, who had to rush off to a job.

  • Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward
    Bariatric surgery in a pill takes a step forward

    It's more of a glimmer of hope on the horizon than it is an actual drug right now. But an Indiana University lab has synthesized and fused a trio of gut hormones into a single agent and shown that obese rodents treated with the resulting molecule experience dramatic weight loss and a reversal...

  • L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. to get civilian oversight
    L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. to get civilian oversight

    Faced with a series of scandals that have roiled the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a civilian oversight system to provide greater accountability for the agency.

  • Work hour limits for doctors in training don't improve patient safety
    Work hour limits for doctors in training don't improve patient safety

    Do you think you would be better at your job if you weren’t allowed to work for more than 80 hours per week? What if you were forced to clock out after working for 28 hours in a row?

  • Laughing all the way ... out of depression
    Laughing all the way ... out of depression

    The dentist's office might be the last place you'd look to find a quick cure for an implacable bout of depression. But new research suggests that laughing gas -- the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen that eases the pain and anxiety of having dental work -- may help banish...

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