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Why the absence of hope may be hurting Huntington’s disease research

Huntington's disease is not just incurable, it's untreatable. Therefore, many patients don't want to know their genetic status, and don't ...
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Viewpoint: We must embrace ‘risk taking’ in the quest to cure Alzheimer’s

For common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, nothing has worked so far to slow the course of the disease in spite ...
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Brain changes can be spotted ‘years before’ Parkinson’s disease emerges

Changes in the brain that can be spotted years before physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease occur might act as an ...
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Metagenomic next-generation sequencing: Breakthrough tool diagnoses mystery diseases

Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease ...
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‘The numbers’ tell us that anti-vaxxers may not be to blame for recent measles outbreaks

On June 5, the number of measles cases in the U.S. this year passed 1,000, a milestone the country last ...
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Viewpoint: Biological terrorism isn’t as scary as you may think

As new biological techniques advance, there are justifiable concerns these technologies could be used to create manmade pandemics. These worries ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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Can stress be measured through a single drop of blood?

[T]he holy grail of stress diagnostics would be a reliable biomarker; a biological measuring stick that would sum up all ...
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Women are more likely to get autoimmune diseases. Is the placenta to blame?

In the United States alone, women represent 80 percent of all cases of autoimmune disease. ... Some scientists now think ...
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Why the world needs a DNA-based ‘threat-detection network’ to counter the rapid spread of pathogens

Our ancestors were accustomed to spending their entire lives in walking distance of their birthplace, but our modern world is ...
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Why Donald Trump and other politicians shouldn’t promise a cancer cure

President Trump made a new promise if voters grant him a second term: “We will come up with the cures ...
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Why we can’t do anything about a Russian scientist’s plans to create more CRISPR babies

Two influential leaders in science for the first time publicly condemned a Russian biologist who said he plans to produce ...
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GMO wheat could put bread and pasta back on the menu for people with celiac disease

A new wheat could help celiac patients return to a gluten-rich diet without fear of health repercussions ...
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Facing Ebola outbreak, Uganda approves 3 experimental treatments

Health authorities in Uganda have approved the use of three experimental treatments against Ebola in the country. The decision comes ...
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Startup wants to combine DNA, machine learning for earlier autism diagnosis

Probably Genetic, which recently graduated from the startup accelerator Y Combinator, wants to test the DNA of children with autism ...
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Recently discovered Salmonella strain could render some infections ‘simply untreatable’

Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist one of ...
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These drugs could replace chemotherapy with fewer ‘disruptive side effects’

A class of drugs is emerging that can attack cancer cells in the body without damaging surrounding healthy ones. They ...
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Infographic: World cancer deaths have been declining steadily since the early 1990s

Read full, original post: Total deaths from cancer per 100,000 people, 1990-2016 ...
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New diagnostic weapon: Genetic tests can also detect infectious disease

Doctors routinely use genetic tests to spot inherited diseases and guide cancer treatment. But using them to detect infectious diseases ...
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Could a virus be causing mysterious ‘polio-like’ disease affecting children?

Researchers say they have strong new evidence that a virus is involved in a rare and puzzling polio-like condition that ...
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Million dollar question: Is the microbiome the key to diagnosing, fighting chronic disease?

What if the solution to our health problems is already inside our bodies? The human body is replete with billions ...
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Why popular image of autism as a male-dominated condition could hurt females

A commonly cited statistic is that boys have about a 1 in 52 chance of being placed on the autism ...
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Harnessing biological clocks to boost fight against disease, parasites

[Evolutionary parasitologist Sarah] Reece and other scientists are exploring an idea that is making waves in biology: If the body ...
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Are we fighting diseases wrong? Researcher suggests a better approach is building tolerance to infection

[Researcher Janelle] Ayres was running the experiment to determine what causes genetically identical mice to respond differently to the same ...
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Infographic: Understanding autism’s origins and prevalence

More than 3.5 million Americans live with autism spectrum disorder — a developmental disability that has no blood test, no ...
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Fighting mosquitoes with gene editing, fungus and a spider gene

In the hope of finding a new way to fight malaria, scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer ...
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Gut bacteria transfers could help relieve autism symptoms, research shows

What causes ASD has baffled psychiatrists and neurologists since the syndrome was first described, in the mid-20th century, by Hans Asperger and ...
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Ethical ‘quagmire’: How one ALS patient got in line for a therapy never tested in humans

The FDA gave Jaci Hermstad, a 25-year old Iowan who is dying from a rare form of ALS, an early ...