Viewpoint: Autism research needs a better mouse

Viewpoint: Autism research needs a better mouse

The autism risk genes discovered to date are especially amenable to study in mouse models. Mice have analogous versions of ...
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Correlation study of 71 Indiana women suggests glyphosate in urine may be linked to shorter pregnancies

In what they claim is the first prospective birth cohort study of its kind, U.S. researchers have linked likely environmental ...
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Can’t sleep? Chronic insomnia could be due to genetics

Researchers have identified specific genes that may trigger the development of sleep problems, and have also demonstrated a genetic link ...
‘All of Us’:  NIH biobank set to collect genomes of 1 million people to address chronic diseases

‘All of Us’: NIH biobank set to collect genomes of 1 million people to address chronic diseases

This spring, the National Institutes of Health will start recruiting participants for one of the most ambitious medical projects ever ...
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Possible breakthrough in one-a-day male birth control pill?

One of the latest experimental candidates for a male birth control drug is a compound that would be taken much ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
Viewpoint: Placebo effect 'growing more powerful', and here's why

Viewpoint: Placebo effect ‘growing more powerful’, and here’s why

Over the last several years evidence has been accumulating that placebo effects are becoming more powerful. Clinical trials on a range of ...
Viewpoint: No, the placebo effect is not increasing, but bedside manners do impact perceived drug efficacy

Viewpoint: No, the placebo effect is not increasing, but bedside manners do impact perceived drug efficacy

[A] new article, published in Psychology Today, purports that the “Placebo Effect is Growing.” In the author’s words, “Over the ...
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Abnormally large breasts in boys linked to ‘essential oils’ used in common shampoos, soaps and lotions

A suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys and the use of lavender and tea tree oils has ...
Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite changes. In other words, the ...
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Decades-old immunosuppressant drug rapamycin could extend life

In the 1990s, pharmacologist Dave Sharp of the University of Texas’s Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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How to avert an ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

The “Antibiotic Apocalypse” scenario, where drug-resistant bacteria end humanity, often seems to be somewhat inevitable, a process driven so strongly ...
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Staying ‘highly physically fit’ could stave off dementia by nearly 90%

The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published [March ...
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Thousand-year mind preservation with a twist: Startup Nectome’s procedure is ‘100 percent fatal’

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp. There’s never been ...
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Why don’t we yet have a universal flu vaccine?

By all accounts, the 2017–18 influenza season has been a bad one. It feels like everyone’s family has been hit, ...
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Unexplained ailments? Genetic mutations may be responsible

Gregor Mendel discovered fundamental rules of genetics by raising pea plants. He realized that hidden factors — we now know ...
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Strange case of the man with a ‘large black hole’ in part of his brain

When an 84-year-old man in Ireland showed up at the doctor with complaints about being unsteady, the team found a ...
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Delving into the minds of psychopaths

It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still ...
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Fertility quest: How technology has fueled quantum leaps

Nanotech, artificial intelligence, wearables and biological engineering are among the new high tech ways to knock you up, stop your ...
Can Halo's brain-zapping headsets improve athletic performance?

Can Halo’s brain-zapping headsets improve athletic performance?

Equinox jumped at the chance to offer Halo Neuroscience’s brain-zapping, supposedly performance-enhancing headsets as part of its advanced personal training ...
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Heart muscle patches: Reprogrammed blood cells might extend life of heart attack victims

Those who survive [a heart attack] are often left with permanent heart failure – a group which includes approximately 450,000 ...
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Scientists question brain’s ‘regenerative’ capacity to boost cognition or treat injury

The observation that the human brain churns out new neurons throughout life is one of the biggest neuroscience discoveries of ...
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Viewpoint: Exercise can be as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression. So why do US doctors push pills?

Here’s the most important thing I learned while writing a book on running and mental health: In clinical studies, regular ...
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Lead authors of controversial homeopathic cancer paper arrested, work retracted

A journal paper claiming to show the success of a homeopathic treatment for cancer has been withdrawn by the publishers ...
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Glyphosate traces found in wine: Should we be concerned?

Scarcely a day goes by without some scary story about glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide. ... Because of ...
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Clinically questionable consumer DNA tests challenging for genetic counselors to interpret

Home genetic tests like AncestryDNA and 23andMe are more popular than ever, with sales topping $99 million in 2017. But ...
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Waaa! How do babies experience pain?

Researchers continue to look for ways to assess the pain experienced by babies. One recent study suggests that babies are ...