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Why the US is ‘not nearly as prepared as we need to be’ to deal with China’s coronavirus

Now, with word of the first U.S. patient to contract the new virus that has killed 17 people in China comes the ...
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Mosquitoes engineered to resist dengue could become gene drive weapon against the deadly disease

Locked in a secure lab near Melbourne is the newest addition in the fight against dengue: genetically engineered mosquitoes that ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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People with autism more likely to experience headaches and epilepsy

People with autism have more brain-related health problems, such as headaches and epilepsy, than typical people do, according to a ...
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Searching for answers in the genome of China’s mysterious coronavirus

As public health officials respond in real-time to the unfolding of the outbreak, so too are scientists. Just one month ...
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Dangers of CAR-T treatments linked to ‘particularily messy’ method of killing tumors

Techniques to genetically modify patient immune cells have revolutionized the fight against hard-to-treat cancers. But they can come with dangerous ...
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Video: Placebo effect or powerful antidepressant? Understanding the science of psychedelic microdosing

Individuals who microdose mushrooms, or those who microdose LSD, claim to experience an elevated mood, increased productivity, and a greater ...
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Powerful killer T-cell discovery could enable ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer therapy

Researchers have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that, after testing in a mouse model, could help to forge ...
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Autism may not ‘hardwired by genetics’, with severity shaped by early life experiences, claims researchers in yet unpublished identical twins study

A child’s environment exerts a strong influence on the severity of her autism, according to a study of 78 pairs ...
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Turning old drugs—for things like diabetes and alcoholism—into new cancer treatments

Drugs originally developed to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to alcoholism may have applications in cancer treatment, according to a ...
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Reconsidering LSD and other psychedelic drugs for treating depression and anxiety

There is a movement underway to reconsider how LSD and other psychedelic drugs are regulated. If restrictions were loosened, these ...
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Exploring the inaccuracy of mammograms and the threat of false positives

In the spring of 2014, Dominique Berry went to see her doctor to have an irritating skin condition examined. During ...
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Lack of minority donors in bone marrow registries ‘one part of a larger, systemic, problem’

People of two or more races are uniquely disadvantaged when it comes to bone marrow matching. Blood diseases such as ...
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Zika virus could offer new way to attack deadly brain cancers

New research has revealed that the Zika virus breaks into brain cells by using a special molecular key, and scientists ...
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Refining CAR-T therapy could halt ‘violent, life-threatening’ immune reactions

CAR-T cells that have been so successful against some leukemias and lymphomas often cause a violent and even life-threatening immune ...
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Chronic inflammation a silent threat that can ‘damage DNA and lead to heart disease, cancer’

Chronic inflammation begins without an apparent cause — and doesn’t stop. The immune system becomes activated, but the inflammatory response ...
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Sperm test could predict odds of fathering child with autism

Some men who have an autistic child carry mutations linked to the condition only in their sperm, according to a ...
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Can we use the brain’s ‘biochemical changes’ to predict—and prevent— suicide?

No field of scientific inquiry can single-handedly untangle a phenomenon as complex as suicide. But [Kees] van Heeringen and many ...
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Cancer and heart disease contagious? It’s possible, through the microbiome, researchers argue

It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from ...
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We’ve been dealing with measles for at least 2,000 years, genetic analysis suggests

In the 10th century, Persian physician Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi wrote about patients with fever, anxiety and full-body rashes — ...
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This year’s flu season may be just as bad as last year’s—and we still don’t have a universal vaccine

With the deadly 2017-2018 flu season still fresh in public health officials’ minds, this year’s outbreak is shaping up to be ...
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Brain building block glutamate could be key to treating Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression

Glutamate is often called the “major excitatory neurotransmitter” within the brain. It is the brain’s “go” signal. [Neuroscientist David] Baker ...
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Why we’re seeing more cases of autoimmune disorder PANDAS—if it even exists

In 1998, Susan Swedo, then a pediatrician at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), first proposed PANDAS to explain ...
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‘Mini-computers’ found in our neurons could be key to developing more powerful AI networks

With just their input cables, human neurons can perform difficult logic calculations previously only seen in entire neural networks. To ...
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Teenager’s experimental gene therapy treatment could change the lives of millions of sickle cell patients worldwide

Meet Helen Obando, a shy 16-year-old who likes to dance when her body isn’t ravaged by the debilitating symptoms of ...
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Autism may share genetic links to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and other psychiatric disorders

Some of the inherited variants implicated in autism also increase the odds of other conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression ...
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Why infected patients should be put on multidrug cocktails to head off antibiotic tolerance and resistance

Infectious bacteria that are down but not quite dead yet may be more dangerous than previously thought. Even as one ...
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Quest to understand sense of touch could lead to new treatments for chronic pain

If she wasn’t looking at her limbs, the girl didn’t seem to have any clue where they were. She lacked ...