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Doctor's Orders: Sep. 5, 2005

ACUPUNCTURE MAY DO YOUR BODY GOOD Patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic, incurable and widespread pain illness, know it's a hard condition to treat. But Mayo...

Cures On the Cob

The scraggly cornstalks sprouting from pots in Andy Hiatt's laboratory don't look particularly unusual. But woven into their DNA is a tiny strip of mankind: a...

The Virus Hunters

Using viruses to fight disease is not a new idea. The vaccines that fend off smallpox and polio, for example, are derived from diluted versions of...

Your Health: Oct. 2, 2000

GOOD NEWS SAFER SEX? Wouldn't it be great not to worry about at least one sexually transmitted disease? After decades of false starts, researchers have finally...

News Quiz Feb. 5, 2001

1. The world's oldest man celebrated his 112th birthday by: a) Drinking a glass of red wine b) Praising his South Carolina constituents c) Ogling the Mary Todd...

Your Health: Nov. 20, 2000

GOOD NEWS SUDDEN DEATH? Have those news reports of young, superfit athletes' dying suddenly in the middle of a competition got you too scared to exercise? They...

Behavior: Battling an Elusive Invader

The herpes virus perplexes researchers and defies a cure By any measure, herpes is an extraordinary bug. "It is the ultimate parasite," declares University...

Sexes: The Cost of Kissing and Not Telling

For most people, the thought of publicly disclosing their sexual secrets is the stuff of Freudian nightmares. But last year, after Martin (not his real name), an...

Medicine: Made-to-Order Vaccines

Preventing herpes and other ills by scrambling DNA The immediate targets are herpes, hepatitis and influenza, but the potential is much greater. Last week a...

A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 2, 1982

More than simply a medical story, herpes, the venereal disease for which there is no cure to date, is a subject of staggering dimensions. Its spread throughout...

Medicine: Blighted Spring in Austria

A deadly virus attacks the famed Lipizzaner horses They are known the world over for their ability to prance and dance with haughty grace and to leap like ballet...

Medicine: Viral Antidote

New drug checks herpes simplex encephalitis Exceedingly few people develop herpes simplex encephalitis, a brain inflammation produced by the same virus that...

Medicine: Succor from Seaweed

Despite its success in fighting many of mankind's worst maladies, medical science has made virtually no headway against a family of viruses that infects about...

Medicine: AIDS Research Spurs New Interest in Some Ancient Enemies

The invader is tiny, about one sixteen-thousandth the size of the head of a pin. It consists basically of a double-layered shell or envelope full of proteins,...

Letters: Aug. 23, 1982

Herpes Epidemic To the Editors: Your article on this incurable virus [Aug. 2] described a feared and often misunderstood health problem in a brief, comprehensive...

Paying For Peace of Mind

A lively crowd of 200 people flocked to the party at Houston's glitzy Ocean Club, but an uninvited guest also turned up: fear. The affair, sponsored by a new...

Medicine: Chlamydia: the Silent Epidemic

Which of the following is the most common venereal disease in the U.S.: 1) * syphilis, 2) gonorrhea, 3) herpes? Answer: none of the above. In fact, the most...

A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 16, 1982

Awards, circulation increases and scooping a competitor on a major story are among the professional satisfactions of a news organization. But journalists also...

Medicine: Premature Indictment?

It is one of the mottoes of a scientist that if something seems too good to be true, there is a high probability that it is not true. Few scientists appreciate...

Behavior: Snake Venom and Earwax

Since there is no cure, frustrated herpes sufferers will try almost any potion or palliative. Some herpetics regularly consume buttermilk, vitamins, herbs or...