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Early speech exposure could boost language skills for kids with autism

The more words autistic children hear as infants — and the more verbal interactions they have with their caregivers — ...
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What’s next from stem cell research? Diabetes treatments and safer kidney transplants

Treatments for eye diseases are considered among the most promising for stem cells, which have been under study for more ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Did evolution lead us down the path to heart disease?

The reason our species finds itself in the ever-constricting clutches of atherosclerosis — the insidious buildup of cholesterol-filled plaques in ...
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‘Grave set of circumstances’: Investigating connection between autism and depression

[People with autism] are four times more likely than neurotypicals to experience depression over the course of their lives, although ...
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Podcast: Has sickle cell disease met its match in CRISPR gene editing?

Dr. Brenda Eustace, director of discovery research at Vertex, joins plant geneticist Kevin Folta to discuss this promising treatment ...
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Viewpoint: Aggressive US approach to cancer doing ‘more harm than good’

To paraphrase [author and oncologist Siddhartha] Mukherjee, testing represents an inversion—or perversion--of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. A ...
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2 experimental Ebola treatments show promise in clinical trials, boosting survival rates

For the first time, preliminary clinical-trial results suggest that two experimental Ebola drugs can lower the death toll of the ...
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Sickle cell disease targeted with CRISPR therapy as ‘the only potential cure’

[F]or the first time, doctors in the United States used the gene editing tool CRISPR to attempt to remedy a ...
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Viewpoint: Why science hasn’t given us a cure for cancer: We’re still ‘trying to understand it’

Each permutation of cancer requires a different approach, therapy, or method of management ...
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‘Cancer lab’ on a chip could move diagnosis into our homes

Finding out you have cancer is bad enough, but to then have to go to hospital for a painful and ...
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Experimental ‘preemptive’ therapy fails to improve autism traits in study

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition, ...
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Why this attempt to cure an inherited form of blindness with CRISPR is so important

The time has come to see if the promises of CRISPR as a therapeutic tool hold true ...
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Unproven stem cell treatments gain popularity boost from Max Scherzer, Tiger Woods, other pro athletes

Stem cells and related therapies, such as platelet injections, have been used for the past decade by top athletes: golfer ...
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Why are autistic people 50% more likely to die during a hospital stay?

Adults with autism are nearly 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital than their neurotypical peers, according to ...
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Tired all the time? Searching for genetic links to chronic fatigue syndrome

The hard-to-define and hard-to-diagnose condition continues to baffle researchers searching for its root causes -- and potential treatments ...
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Price of progress: Debating the ethics of charging families to participate in stem cell trials for autism

During four visits to Panama over nine months, Aaron [a 9-year-old boy with autism] received infusions of stem cells harvested ...
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Is this the Alzheimer’s blood test we’ve been looking for?

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear, which could help the ...
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Fighting cancer by stimulating the immune system with injections directly into the tumor

This past April, Mount Sinai oncologist Joshua Brody and his team announced a clinical trial that delivers immune modulators directly ...
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DNA, fruit flies and the quest to treat cancer with precision medicine

"Cancer therapy is becoming customized to each patient." ...
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526 ‘abnormal’ teeth found in 7-year-old boy’s mouth in India extracted by surgeons

A 7-year-old boy complaining of jaw pain was found to have 526 teeth inside his mouth, according to the hospital ...
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Dementia symptoms linked to class of drugs used for wide range of conditions in the elderly, including insomnia, asthma

An estimated 1 in 4 older adults take anticholinergic drugs — a wide-ranging class of medications used to treat allergies, ...
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Sickle cell patient first to receive experimental CRISPR treatment in the US for a genetic disorder

For the first time, doctors in the U.S. have used the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to treat a ...
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Once-a-year drug implant could solve one of the biggest obstacles for effective HIV treatments

An early test of a new drug and method of blocking HIV infection suggests they could overcome one of the ...
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Convulsive seizures could play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease

It’s no surprise to neurologists that some people experience convulsive seizures in the later stages of [Alzheimer’s] disease.  … But ...
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At-home diagnostic tests powered by CRISPR soon could help diagnose infectious diseases and even cancer

Today when you get sick, you need to make an appointment to see your doctor. ... But in the near ...
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7 things to know about autism, including why it’s unlikely there will ever be a ‘cure’

To help spread awareness — and cut through the falsehoods, half-truths, and misinformation — here are seven things everyone should ...
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HPV vaccine better than expected at shielding against cancer. Why are anti-vaxxers fighting it?

New research shows that the HPV vaccine is exceeding expectations in protecting individuals from HPV infection and precancerous cells.  ...