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Targeting cancer with sugar-powered immunotherapy

Over the last few decades, researchers tinkering with molecules that turn an immune cell on and off have created a ...
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Delayed diagnosis? In some children, autism traits become ‘significantly more pronounced over time’

Some autistic children don’t show traits of the condition until age 5 or later, new research suggests. Others show a ...
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Colonial warfare: Were smallpox-infected blankets given to Native Americans?

North American colonists’ warfare against Native Americans often was horrifyingly brutal. But one method they appear to have used shocks even more ...
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Rethinking confidentiality: Does a child have the right to know if a parent has the Huntington’s disease gene?

Lawyers are bringing a case against a London hospital trust that could trigger major changes to the rules governing patient ...
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Why you could be genetically programmed to respond to placebos

Confounding drug research, some people appear genetically programmed to believe the placebo they take during drug trials actually works ...
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Using single-cell sequencing to refine the search for disease culprits

[S]cientists, using a powerful technology called single-cell sequencing, have begun to peel apart the precise mechanisms of how individual cells ...
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‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
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‘Scarier than we knew’: Dementia-causing prions can spread through the eyes

One of the strangest things that can sicken us—a rogue misfolded protein that destroys the brain, known as a prion—is ...
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Some animal species never get cancer. What can we learn from them?

The search for clues has led researchers to study animals who don’t develop cancer at all ...
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Inside the quest to solve mystery disease paralyzing kids

To parents and the press, the “new” disease that is paralyzing kids is a mystery. Media coverage of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), ...
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How air pollution could increase risk of autism

Prenatal exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder, a new study finds ...
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Boost for precision medicine? FDA approves drug targeting different cancers with shared mutation

The Food and Drug Administration on [November 26] approved a drug for a wide range of cancers based on a ...
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How tiny ‘organs-on-a-chip’ could transform medical research

Researchers have pioneered what may be the most accurate simulation of kidney function to-date ...
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‘Anti-evolution drug’ could stop superbugs from mutating

Over the past 90 years, scientists have discovered hundreds of antibiotics—microbe-killing drugs that have brought many pernicious diseases to heel ...
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Hiding in plain sight: Exploring Parkinson’s link to the appendix

Lurking in the layers of the human appendix lie deposits of alpha-synuclein, a protein prone to gumminess, like sticky rice ...
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Chasing the mysterious polio-like disorder striking children

A runny nose or cough are normal symptoms during the fall, but this year doctors in the United States and ...
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‘Reprogramming’ skin cells to treat chronic wounds

By reprogramming wounded cells to a 'stem-cell-like' stage could help treat chronic sores ...
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Personalized medicine, big data could lead to better control of our own health

At Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego ... Dr. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute in Israel, painted a ...
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Viewpoint: An argument against using genetically modified mosquitos to fight malaria in Africa

Some scientists have proposed genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes as a solution to controlling malaria, a scourge that has been around ...
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You sound down: Using AI to spot depression in a person’s voice

[T]he notion that artificial intelligence could help predict if a person is suffering from depression is potentially a big step ...
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‘It’s not too late’: The quest to reverse autism at any age

[T]he average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is over four years. Because of late diagnoses, many of ...
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Using machine learning to hunt for the origins of new viruses

When a new virus crops up in people, health authorities face an urgent question: Where did it come from? Thousands of viruses ...
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Let’s say we can force the mosquito into extinction — should we do it?

Not many people like mosquitoes. So why not eliminate them? Newer techniques like CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing may make this possible ...
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Growing our own bones: Another step in regenerative medicine?

[Nina] Tandon is co-founder and CEO of EpiBone, a company working on custom-growing bones using patients’ own stem cells. In a ...
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Can llamas give us a universal flu vaccine?

Llama antibodies are different from ours. Our antibodies are a mix of two pairs of proteins, heavy and light, wrapped ...
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Limited benefits gained from vitamin D and fish oil supplements, find two major studies

Many people routinely take nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and fish oil in the hopes of staving off major ...
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How immunotherapy uses our immune system to attack cancer

Our usual defence against disease is our immune system. It does an excellent job of sorting out what doesn’t belong ...
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Understanding environmental risk factors for autism: What’s real and what’s not

Here, we explain why it is difficult to link autism to environmental factors, and what scientists know about how the ...