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Microbiome manipulation could improve our heart health, but it’s not a ‘magic solution’

“Is the fountain of youth in the gut microbiome?” This provocative question popped up a few months back, not in ...
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Podcast: Battle to conquer HIV with biotechnology is on. How much progress have we made?

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is to blame for one of the worst public health crises the world has ever ...
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Viewpoint: Genetically modified plants could produce drugs of the future—if we do more to encourage ‘pharming’

Politicians talk a lot about farming but seldom about “pharming,” even though the latter can also have a big impact ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ boosts survival rates when combined with immunotherapy drugs in small study

The largest study to date of a “cancer vaccine” plus one of the immunotherapy drugs that has revolutionized cancer treatment ...
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‘Life-threatening’ unregulated at-home treatments sparked by research linking autism to gut bacteria

A growing number are experimenting with specialized diets, probiotics, stool transplants and parasites, trying to game the gut to address ...
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Genetic variants may explain why women are more prone to Alzheimer’s

New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer’s disease and ...
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Can’t lose weight? You may be able to blame this ‘cruel’ metabolic mechanism

In a study of former contestants on a season of the weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser, scientists found that ...
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Why unproven alternative cancer treatments are so dangerous

Cancer is oppressive and all-pervasive: half of us alive today will experience a direct brush with it. But despite its ...
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Battling anti-vaccine fears, myths as US measles outbreak rages on

[Blima] Marcus, part of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, helped form a volunteer group of health-care professionals this year ...
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How man’s best friend is helping us battle cancer

[T]he Moonshot initiative is promoting new ways to study cancer, particularly in the promising area of immunotherapy. And it specifically ...
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We may soon have a routine blood test for Alzheimer’s risk

Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s ...
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Viewpoint: There’s a reason we haven’t cured cancer. It has nothing to do with ‘leadership, motivation, or funding’

Although fighting cancer is an admirable cause, there are many things standing in our way of a universal cure, such ...
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UK pushes to cut cancer rates by expanding HPV vaccinations to preteen boys

From September 2019, boys in school year 8 will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the ...
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Autism-linked mutation may also play role in gastrointestinal problems

Mutations in the gene NLGN3, found in some people with autism, alter mice’s gut nervous system, two new studies suggest ...
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Spinal cord tumor illustrates long-term risks of controversial stem cell therapies

Stem cell therapies have the potential to treat many conditions, but so far there’s little proof that they do. Even ...
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Putting CAR-T cancer therapy ‘on a leash’ could halt deadly runaway immune reactions

Unlike traditional chemicals, CAR-T cells are living drugs that further proliferate inside the body. While great for replenishing their cancer-killing ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the Ebola virus to help fight the real thing

Scientists at the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention have created a synthetic version of the Ebola virus circulating in ...
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Viewpoint: YouTube, Facebook and Google should do more to stop spread of dangerous cancer quackery

Many outlets are covering the story of Mari Lopez, a YouTuber who claimed, along with her niece, Liz Johnson, that ...
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Infographic: Here’s how gene drives would fight mosquitos, malaria

Gene drives have rapidly become a routine technology in some laboratories; scientists can now whip up a drive in months ...
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Common treatment for prostate cancer may increase risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia

In this case, “do no harm” is more complicated than we had anticipated ...
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CRISPR used to cure HIV in mice. Will it lead to new treatments for humans?

Researchers say they have removed HIV from the DNA of mice, an achievement the scientists say could be an early ...
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AI promises to improve cancer care through precision medicine. Oncologists are starting to agree.

To get a better handle on the collective “take” on artificial intelligence for cancer care, my colleagues and I at ...
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Lone Star tick is notorious for making people allergic to red meat. It may also carry deadly Bourbon virus.

Scientists know almost nothing about how Bourbon virus behaves or how it got here or where it will show up ...
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Podcast: Nobel prize winner Sir Paul Nurse on his ‘barking mad’ discovery of the genes responsible for cell division

Leading geneticist and Nobel prizewinner Sir Paul Nurse reveals the audacious experiment that everyone said was crazy ...
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‘I’m not me’: Rare depersonalization disorder leaves patients feeling disconnected from their bodies

I would stare at my hands and think, “I’m not me.” No matter where I was, in the middle of ...
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Night owls may have a greater risk of breast cancer, study says. But altering sleep habits is unlikely to change that.

Sleep traits could be a risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests. Women who said they preferred to get ...
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Artificial intelligence could change the way we detect, treat breast cancer

The same technology that powers Siri and face recognition on your iPhone has also found success in medicine. By automatically ...
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HPV vaccinations could eliminate cervical cancer, researchers say

The success of the HPV vaccination offers hope of one day eradicating cervical cancer, say scientists who carried out a ...