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Cancer has a male bias and we’re just starting to understand why

More than half of neurooncologist Josh Rubin’s pediatric brain cancer patients over his 25-year career have been boys. … About a ...
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CDC says autism is on the rise—and why it may be worse than we think

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ... offers little good news. It ...
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‘Crystal ball’ for disease? Genetic tests could predict risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer

If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would ...
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Meet 5 RNA ‘movers and shakers’ including one that may protect against Alzheimer’s

RNAs, composed of strings of genetic letters called nucleotides, are best known for ferrying instructions from the genes in our ...
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Infographic: 5-year US cancer survival rates are on the rise

Despite increasing global cancer deaths, cancer death rates across many types have been falling. This is partly attributed to earlier ...
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Why a mysterious fungus could herald a dangerous era in drug-resistant infections

A fungus called Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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When cancer becomes contagious: Seeking better understanding of rare transmissible forms of the disease

The untrained eye likely wouldn’t have noticed, but doctoral student Ruth Pye immediately spotted something unusual about the way the cells were ...
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Fit and fat at the same time? The right genes may make it possible

Scientists are in hot debate over whether it's possible to be obese without creating health risks. Two new studies take ...
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Genetic test for diabetes risk? Why it’s not quite ready for ‘prime-time clinical care’

23andMe's new test claims to determine risk from genetic analysis ...
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Can CAR-T cell therapy tackle solid tumors too?

Last summer, [Cecelia] Barron’s cancer went from stage 2 to stage 3 oligodendroglioma. Behnam Badie, her surgeon at City of Hope, ...
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After another failed clinical trial, new Alzheimer’s treatment attacks disease from ‘different angle’

The field of Alzheimer’s research is one filled with disappointment. [Recently], yet another drug failed its Phase 3 clinical trial, ...
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Patients react after failure of promising Alzheimer drug trial: ‘Like the rug was pulled out from under us’

When Biogen and its partner Eisai announced that they were stopping two phase 3 trials of the Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab because the ...
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‘Glioblastoma-on-a-chip’ could boost efforts to treat deadliest human cancer

The most common form of malignant brain cancer—called a glioblastoma—is notoriously wily and considered the deadliest human cancer. … [R]esearchers ...
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Better understanding of how genes work together could be key to personalized medicine

Tens of thousands of people have had their genomes sequenced yet it remains a major challenge to infer future health ...
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Low intelligence in autistic children predicts ‘poor life skills and challenging behavior’

Without timely intervention, intellectual disability in autistic children can worsen over time, contributing to poor life skills and challenging behavior, ...
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A jury decided glyphosate caused cancer. Is this society’s ‘search for a scapegoat’ for the deadly disease?

A San Francisco jury decided last month that a plaintiff’s case of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller ...
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How evolutionary pressure could be harnessed in cancer treatments

Cancer cells develop resistance to the powerful chemicals deployed to destroy them. Even if cancer therapies kill most of the ...
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Why we need to get better at analyzing all of that disease data we’ve been collecting

Our ability to collect data far outpaces our ability to fully utilize it—yet those data may hold the key to ...
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‘Super smeller’ woman boosts effort to create early diagnosis tool for Parkinson’s disease

Long before Les Milne began exhibiting the telltale signs of Parkinson’s disease, his wife Joy—a so-called “super smeller” capable of detecting ...
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Viewpoint: Blood tests for cancer would be ‘less invasive, less expensive, less traumatic’

Eleven years ago, I was shocked to be diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. To offer an informed second opinion, an oncologist ...
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Why we should worry about a resurrection of the deadly smallpox virus

The scientist who entered [Room 3C16] saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner ...
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Some mammograms harder to read than others. FDA wants breast density data included in reports

The Food and Drug Administration on [March 27] proposed requiring mammogram providers to tell women with dense breast tissue that ...
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Huntington’s risk spawns niche IVF market for people who don’t want a diagnosis

When Jennifer Leyton was going through IVF, her doctors would tell her very little. They turned off the ultrasound screen ...
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Why recent measles outbreaks may represent a ‘new normal’

Back near the start of this century, before the full damage of Andrew Wakefield’s debunked study linking measles vaccine and ...
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China revives discredited ‘malarial therapy’ as cancer treatment

American surgeon Henry Heimlich is best known for inventing a way to rescue choking victims, but a quarter-century ago, he was vilified ...
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Latest results for once-promising behavioral therapy for autism called ‘extremely disappointing’

A much-touted behavioral therapy for autism, the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), may not be as effective as its creators ...
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Did medieval Black Death reach as far as sub-Saharan Africa?

[S]ome researchers point to new evidence from archaeology, history, and genetics to argue that the Black Death likely did sow ...