9-18-2018 girl-autism-toast

Gender bias: Are we overlooking autism in women and girls?

Hundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a “male ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine promises a lot, but has delivered little

Doctors and hospitals love to talk about the patients they’ve saved with precision medicine, and reporters love to write about ...
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Improving the sports concussion ‘tool kit’: Virtual reality goggles promise speedier diagnosis

As the 2018 [football] season gets into full swing, some college teams are keeping a new gadget on the sidelines: ...
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Cancer will be the ‘single biggest barrier to increasing our life expectancy,’ report says

The number of people around the world who have cancer is "rapidly growing," with 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 ...
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Do children have a right to know about a parent’s serious hereditary disease?

Genetic diagnosis is getting ever more sophisticated. But as doctors uncover diseases that are hereditary, who needs to know? Shaun ...
9-13-2018 brca-1

‘Blitzkrieg of biology’ reveals secrets of BRCA1 breast cancer mutation

For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 ...
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ALS patients more likely to have other mental, behavioral problems

Because ALS primarily affects a person’s motor neurons, it has been assumed that the disease spares a person’s mental faculties ...
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New opioid promises ‘gold standard’ pain relief without the addiction

Opioid drugs like morphine and Oxycontin are still held as the gold standard when it comes to relieving pain. But ...
9-12-2018 autism-blood-test

Are we close to a simple blood test for autism?

A new study suggests that its results could lead to a simple test for some children with autism, but statisticians ...
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Promising flu drug could be hampered by rapid viral resistance

A new, fast-acting flu drug showed strong potential but also some surprising and even concerning results in two newly published ...
9-9-2018 12_Plasma_0

‘Foot soldiers’ of disease: Plasma proteins could be key to understanding genetic risks

[Blood plasma] is the home of the “secretome,” a host of proteins that serve as inter-cell communicators. These proteins are ...
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Pregnancy and depression: Do antidepressants increase risk of autism?

Among the many things a woman is supposed to avoid when pregnant are antidepressants, particularly a subtype of the drugs ...
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Using engineered gut bacteria to fight genetic disease

A Boston-based synthetic biology company is taking a novel approach to treating the rare genetic metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria. Synlogic uses ...
9-10-2018 5-6

Confusion over the origins of smallpox vaccine could leave us ‘vulnerable to a future outbreak’

Not only is there the potential for smallpox (or at the very least, something very similar) to resurge, but unbeknownst ...
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‘Software of life’ and why messenger RNA could be the next big thing in pharmaceuticals

“Why are we so passionate about messenger RNA?” Moderna President Stephen Hoge asked the attentive audience. “It starts with the ...
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Why curing the common cold is so difficult

The hunt for a cure for the common cold began in the 1950s, shortly after scientists discovered the primary group ...
9-5-2018 Red-Poppy-070104-Sturgis-3

Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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Cancer advocacy: How one man and his family have coped with glioblastoma

[Adam and Whitney Hayden] waited to find out if today was the day they would learn that the cancer had ...
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Using AI to predict evolution of cancer tumors could lead to stronger treatments

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve, which could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each ...
9-6-2018 MIT-Synlogic_0

‘Living medicine’: Reengineering bacteria to tackle genetic diseases

In a study carried out over the summer, a group of volunteers drank a white, peppermint-ish concoction laced with billions ...
9-4-2018 8-dsm-5-mental-disorder-healthyplace

Diagnosing autism: Proposed revision of global diagnostic manual raises concerns

The proposed new version of the global manual for diagnosing medical conditions gets many things right about autism — but ...
9-4-2018 siblings

Family ties: Searching for autism origins in the genes of unaffected siblings

Scientists have historically focused on studying a “quartet” of two biological parents and two autistic children. Yet more recent research ...
9-2-2018 What-are-the-Chances-of-Recovering-from-Paralysis

Repairing paralysis? ‘Growth cocktail’ shows promise for severed nerves

[R]esearchers have coaxed nerve cells to span the divide of a complete spinal cord injury. Their findings, described August 29 in Nature, ...
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Living with hemophilia: When patients with genetic disorders don’t want to be cured

Jeff Johnson is 40 years old, and for all 40 of those years, he has been living with hemophilia. The ...
8-30-2018 ThinkstockPhotos-627290560_field_img_hero_988_380

Large drug trials are expensive and results often misleading. A new genetic tool might cure those problems.

[C]orrelation is not causation. The fact that two phenomena or trends are correlated in time does not mean one causes ...
CRISPR treatment for dogs with muscular dystrophy could one day lead to a cure for humans

CRISPR treatment for dogs with muscular dystrophy could one day lead to a cure for humans

Dogs suffering from muscular dystrophy are having their genomes edited with CRISPR, and the results are “mind-blowing.” Researchers from Texas ...
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Robots could help autistic children communicate more effectively

As excited or terrified as we might be by the latest advances in robot technology, they’re still far from being ...
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Newly discovered ‘micro-organ’ could lead to innovative vaccines

Researchers have identified a brand new 'micro-organ' inside the immune system of mice and humans – the first discovery of ...