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People with autism show significant increases in IQ as they mature, but development issues remain

People with autism show significant improvements in cognitive ability from age 12 to 23 years, but their autism traits remain ...
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If China’s coronavirus isn’t contained soon, we may be stuck with it permanently

With the new coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents, and traveling faster than ...
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Irregularity in the brain’s ‘insulation’ may offer way to ‘prevent or even reverse’ autism symptoms

Scientists have found a clue to how autism spectrum disorder disrupts the brain's information highways. The problem involves cells that ...
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How repetitive movements help autistic people cope with anxiety

Typical infants and toddlers may kick their legs repeatedly, rock back and forth while playing or flap their hands in ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus fears spark claims of ‘bogus remedies’ from alternative medicine peddlers

The news is full of alarming reports about the new coronavirus that originated in China and is spreading throughout the ...
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Viewpoint: AI has one glaring weakness in health care: There’s no human touch

It might be that, as physicians who work in a public health care system that relies on fax machines, carbon ...
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Failed HIV vaccine study is ‘another frustrating defeat’ in the fight against AIDS

The failure-ridden search for a vaccine that can stop the AIDS virus has delivered yet another frustrating defeat. The HIV ...
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Gene-editing ‘vaccine’ could radically change heart disease risk

As many as 50 percent of heart attacks strike without any warning signs and in individuals with no history of heart disease. When ...
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Alzheimer’s research is stuck on a ‘single, unproven hypothesis’. It’s time to explore new theories

Over the past decade we’ve seen failure after failure in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Despite over 200 clinical trials, ...
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10 common misconceptions about China’s coronavirus

“There is so much misinformation out there,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at NYMC, ...
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Is your personality shaped by your gut bacteria? Study suggests sociable people have more diverse microbiome

A new study from Oxford University, published in the journal Human Microbiome, has linked gut bacteria strains and diversity with people’s personalities. That ...
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US life expectancy edges upward as cancer death rate drops

The number of fatal drug overdoses declined for the first time in 28 years, and U.S. life expectancy at birth ticked upward for the ...
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Viewpoint: Confronting coronavirus outbreak requires us to cope with our own ‘paralyzing’ fears

Fear is a primal emotion, and to pretend that the medical staff are any less susceptible than the general public ...
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Hand sanitizers can’t ‘work miracles’: Purell warned by FDA to cut back on marketing claims

The makers of Purell are pruning their marketing strategy after the Food and Drug Administration slapped the company with a ...
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Why are older parents more likely to have children with autism?

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, according to multiple studies ...
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Viewpoint: We need to rebrand the BRCA ‘breast cancer’ genes to help men understand their own risks

Both men and women have the same risk of developing BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, but men are ten times less likely to get ...
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Strep throat making a comeback? Bacteria developing resistance to our ‘go-to’ antibiotics

Strep is generally considered a known entity—with a known, reliable treatment. Then came two serious Strep A infections in Seattle, ...
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Viewpoint: China’s coronavirus is getting all the attention, but this year’s flu season is more frightening

What we appear to be having this year is a flu-the-trickster season. And while that new coronavirus is getting a lot of attention, ...
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There’s a potential threat from cancer-spotting AI: overdiagnosis

These days, it might seem like algorithms are out-diagnosing doctors at every turn, identifying dangerous lesions and dodgy moles with ...
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Amish people study suggests environmental factors influence mutations causing disease and evolution more than genes

The rate of new mutations in the human genome appear to be consistent across diverse populations, except one—the Old Order ...
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Viewpoint: Chronic pain sufferers are needlessly ‘stigmatized’ and how we can change that

Millions of people who live with chronic pain experience intense stigma. I view stigma as the combination of difference plus ...
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How long will it take to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus?

As a newly discovered pneumonia-causing virus threatens to engulf China and spread far beyond its borders, governments and researchers are ...
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‘We’ve only begun to scratch the surface’: How the cannabis boom opens the door to new medicines and wellness products

Cannabis, and what it might be able to do for human health, inspires me. And I think it can do ...
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Tracing the origins of China’s coronavirus: Infectious disease expert explains how it jumped from animals to humans

The Scientist spoke with Peter Daszak, the president of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance and an infectious disease researcher who’s done extensive research ...
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Living without a sense of smell brings feelings of isolation and peril, study says

A recent study is one of the first to highlight the plights faced by a small segment of the population: ...
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T-cell that can fight all cancers: Scientists discover promising part of our immune system

Our immune system is our body's natural defence against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking ...
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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 ...