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Understanding autism’s broad spectrum can ‘save’ family relationships

That half of the family is on the spectrum and half not makes the Wiesenthals interesting to Molly Losh, director of ...
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A single ‘live’ vaccine could fortify immune systems against measles and other diseases

Maria was eligible to participate in a clinical trial to test whether an extra dose of measles vaccine prevented not ...
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A ‘wake-up call for women’: Low-fat diet rich in fruit and vegetables reduces breast cancer risk, study says

Women who followed a lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains had a lower risk of dying of breast ...
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Chasing the ‘perplexing’ link between appendectomies and Parkinson’s disease

New research has found a perplexing, though relatively small link between the devastating neurological illness Parkinson’s disease and having your ...
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Why having a risky genetic mutation isn’t necessarily doom and gloom

Most people think carrying a gene variant associated with a disease means automatically getting that disease, according to Sekar Kathiresan, ...
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‘Untreatable’ childhood brain cancer gets its first drug therapy

A new type of drug that targets a genetic weakness in an untreatable childhood brain cancer could become the first ...
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Autism war rages: Is it a medical condition or ‘neurodiversity’?

[There is] a deep divide in the autism community: On one side are parents of autistic children with severe traits ...
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Human Genome Project pioneer now on a quest to solve chronic fatigue syndrome

[Ron] Davis, who is 77, leads a lab that invented much of the technology that powered the Human Genome Project. Now ...
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Stem cell treatment could create ‘living drug’ against cancer tumors

In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, a natural killer cell immunotherapy derived from induced pluripotent stem cells is being tested for ...
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Viewpoint: Widespread DNA testing for breast cancer risk is ‘an irresponsible idea’

While predictive genetic testing is useful and even crucial for many populations, new medical advances are routinely overhyped in the ...
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Scavenger hunt for new antibiotics sends researchers to strange places

It’s said that for nearly 200 years, residents of a small rural area in Northern Ireland called Boho (pronounced “bo”), ...
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Social skills in people with autism could be improved through 2 new drug treatments

New research seems to show encouraging progress in helping treat the complex neurodevelopmental disorder autism. Two unrelated clinical trials, involving ...
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If a gene test could reveal a high risk of dying, would you want to know?

If a fortune teller had “read” my future two years ago, I would have learned that I was at high ...
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Worried about low T? Treatments may be a costly placebo—and could even hurt you

Testosterone therapy does little to counter the effects of aging. But it does have the potential to be harmful for ...
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How a genetically modified virus saved this teenager’s life

In October 2017, Graham Hatfull received an urgent email from across the pond. A microbiologist colleague ... was desperately looking ...
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Chronic fatigue syndrome could soon be diagnosed with a blood test

Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere say they’ve taken an important step in potentially helping people with a barely understood ...
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Viewpoint: Targeting amyloid deposits isn’t working. It’s time for a new approach for Alzheimer’s treatments

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then the last decade or ...
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Viewpoint: How my cancer treatment turned me into a living, breathing GMO

Whether in cancer cells or apples, GMOs are improving lives ...
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Autism diagnosis for children as young as 14 months could boost treatment potential

When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an ...
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Name recognition could be key to an early diagnosis tool for autism

Every pediatrician knows that it’s important to diagnose autism when a child is as young as possible, because when younger ...
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Infographic: Global cancer death rates declining or holding steady

The overall global trends on cancer mortality ... tells a story which at first glance can seem conflicting. The total ...
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How this promising gene therapy for a rare neuromuscular disease was fueled by passionate parents and a dog

The gene therapy will be too late for Joshua Frase. But it will be his legacy ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Can AI take everything we’ve learned about medicine and become ‘a single doctor’?

The question isn’t if AI is coming to medicine. It’s how. At its best, machine learning can tap into the collective experience of ...
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Newly identified type of dementia could be ‘more common than Alzheimer’s’

Doctors have newly outlined a type of dementia that could be more common than Alzheimer's among the oldest adults, according ...
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Tumor ‘black box’ could pinpoint the cause of each patient’s cancer, researchers say

The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumours, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally ...
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Gene mutation could explain why children with autism have trouble falling asleep

Up to 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience sleep problems. The source of these problems has ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...