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Why people with autism have shorter life expectancies

Two recent studies will undoubtedly shock individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These studies show a much earlier age ...
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How brain scans of sleeping mice could help identify various types of autism in humans

Autism features vary considerably from one person to the next. One of the biggest challenges in autism research is to ...
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Therapy dogs spread joy—and possibly superbugs—to kids in hospitals

Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs. Doctors at ...
Seeking a simple blood test to detect deadly preeclampsia disorder earlier in pregnancy

Seeking a simple blood test to detect deadly preeclampsia disorder earlier in pregnancy

When Leigh Ann Torres was in her 29th week of pregnancy, she experienced a sudden, 14-pound weight gain along with terrible swelling ...
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Antidepressant withdrawal effects ‘severe’ for more than half of patients, study says

“More than half (56 percent) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects,” assert the authors of ...
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Viewpoint: Do male doctors tend to be paternalistic when treating ‘female’ diseases?

When my silent assassin emerged last autumn, I pressed my surgeon about the prognosis for a form of peritoneal cancer ...
In order to thrive, precision medicine requires ‘novel business solutions’

In order to thrive, precision medicine requires ‘novel business solutions’

Oncology currently leads the way in precision medicine advancements, but its forward progress is slowed by inefficiencies such as clinical ...
Biological clock blood test can predict disease risk

Biological clock blood test can predict disease risk

[G]enes tied to our body clocks play a critical role in everything from our hormone levels and body temperature to ...
CAR-T cell therapy and the promise of immune cells engineered to fight cancer

CAR-T cell therapy and the promise of immune cells engineered to fight cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. To cope ...
Asians finally have drugs ‘perfectly tailored’ to their genetics

Asians finally have drugs ‘perfectly tailored’ to their genetics

For decades, much of the pipeline of medical innovation has flowed from West to East. Now a string of companies ...
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Treating genetic disorders before birth? CRISPR cures mouse disease in the womb

Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic ...
Breast cancer is not ‘one size fits all’: Obesity, alcohol use, inactivity exacerbate risk

Breast cancer is not ‘one size fits all’: Obesity, alcohol use, inactivity exacerbate risk

A regular mammogram isn’t enough to battle breast cancer anymore. Researchers have found that a third of breast cancer cases ...
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Were ‘crucial contributors’ snubbed in awarding Nobel prize for cancer immunotherapy?

[I]t’s rare that Nobel announcements don’t produce grumblings about who was left out, and this year was no exception. At ...
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Looking for a connection between autism and PTSD

Having autism can sometimes mean enduring a litany of traumatic events, starting from a young age. And for many, those ...
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Diagnosing deadly medieval fever epidemics through ancient DNA

Many epidemics of fever ravaged Europe from ancient times through the early 20th century. But one disease stands out in ...
9-30-2018 genetic-testing

Understanding cancer risk: Why your genetic test results may need another look

The first wave of routine genetics testing has already helped millions of people learn about their hereditary risk for certain ...
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Life in a coma: Can a machine tell us whether someone will ever wake up?

When somebody falls into a coma, they lose all motor functions. Brain activity slows significantly. In most cases, no external ...
Canada’s shady stem cell clinics

Canada’s shady stem cell clinics

Doctors selling dubious stem cell treatments isn’t just a problem in the U.S., suggests a new study published in Regenerative Medicine. Clinics ...
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Targeting rare diseases with RNA treatments

There are approximately 7,000 known rare diseases, however, less than 6% of these have a treatment. It is estimated that between 25–35 ...
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Most people don’t know if they have cancer-causing BRCA mutation, study says

Most people who carry genes that raise their risk of developing certain forms of cancer are unaware of it, according to ...
Pioneering cancer immunotherapy researchers awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

Pioneering cancer immunotherapy researchers awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded Monday [Oct. 1, 2018] to cancer researchers James P. Allison and ...
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Mimicking brain death: The danger of overdosing on this muscle relaxer

In a new case report, Turkish doctors from Dokuz Eylul University present a curious case of drug intoxication mimicking brain ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Seeking to expand the role of ‘electroceutical’ therapies

Electroceuticals—devices that treat ailments with electrical impulses—have a long history in medicine. Think pacemakers for the heart, cochlear implants for ...
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Talking Biotech: Thalidomide once caused birth defects—now it treats cancer

The sleep medication thalidomide caused thousands of birth defects in the 1960s. But experts say it's also a powerful cancer ...
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Horrific genetic mutation starts as insomnia and ends in death

We've all had nights where we struggle to fall asleep, but imagine being trapped in a cycle of insomnia that gets progressively ...
Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

Members of different ethnic groups living in the same region may have widely varying life expectancies. A wide range of ...
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Fighting the next pandemic with injection-free ‘vaccine patches’

When the next dead­ly pan­dem­ic flu hits, the first chal­lenge will be to de­vel­op a vac­cine. But loom­ing behind that ob­sta­cle is ...