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The Year Ahead

The life sciences industries wallowed in self-pity last year. They had neither the necessary confidence nor the momentum to make a turnaround. But 2004 is poised to be different. In this special issue of Acumen, we offer our take on the year ahead from three different angles: business, science, and policy. We hope that you find our perspectives helpful as you navigate the waters of a new year.


The Biology of Hope

The mind can provoke profound physiological changes. But can it heal?

For years, the idea of a mind-body connection was scientifically disreputable. Now new research suggests positive emotions may play a part in healing.