Nation's expanding waistline linked to increase in 13 types of cancer

Nation’s expanding waistline linked to increase in 13 types of cancer

It's common knowledge that as a country, we've been getting fatter for decades. In some states the prevalence of obesity ...
Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

A new report suggests that antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications that can be genetically ...
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Marijuana genome map promises to unlock potential of ‘magical’ plant

The fledgling cannabis industry is full of wide-eyed claims about what pot can do. Outperform your favorite energy drink? Maybe. Cure ...
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Report: ‘Little doubt’ GMOs increase crop yields

Editor's note: Gary Brester is a professor of agricultural economics at Montana State University Some have questioned whether GM crops ...
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Preventing pandemics and the quest for an influenza ‘super-shot’

A century after one of history’s most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like ...
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Killing cancer cells with the body’s own internal clock

Women who work night shifts have substantially higher risks of breast, digestive system, and skin cancers, a recent study found ...
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Figuring out what a memory looks like in the brain

[Janice] Chen and her colleagues found something odd when they scanned viewers’ brains: as different people retold their own versions ...
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Hope for Huntington’s disease? New therapy shows promise in early trial

Huntington’s has no cure. Over decades biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into developing and testing pharmaceuticals for these ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time to take a harder look at sugar’s connection to the diabetes epidemic

Discussions about the global epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes tend to assume that these are new phenomena...In the ...
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Glyphosate herbicide harms human gut microbiome? ‘Not biologically plausible’

[O]n numerous occasions I have heard glyphosate critics argue that glyphosate should be opposed because it might alter the microbiome ...
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Rural-urban divide: Groundbreaking gene therapies could exacerbate inequality in cancer care

Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in Arkansas or Montana, or a ...
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Depression and epilepsy may share same genetic roots

From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists ...
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Learning what Alzheimer’s does to the brain could lead to personalized treatments

Researchers are learning more about the causes and progression of the disease. This leads them to suggest that new treatment ...
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MERS treatment could come from genetically engineered cows

Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial...and could be developed into ...
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Why this winter’s flu is wreaking so much havoc

To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza ...
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As climate heats up, can drought-tolerant GMO crops help prevent famine and conflict?

When most of us think about the threats posed by climate change, events like floods, droughts, intense storms and hotter ...
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Lay off the ibuprofen? Painkiller may lower male testosterone

In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men's sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of ...
Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Hormones released into an expectant mother's bloodstream may affect the child's intelligence, mental health and susceptibility to stress, among other ...
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Extending human life: What are the age limits?

How long do you want to live - to 85, 90, 100 or beyond? More important than how long we ...
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We still don’t know how anesthesia works—but we’re one step closer to figuring it out

If you’re planning to have major surgery soon, you might not want to read this next sentence. Scientists don’t actually ...
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Could our microbiome offer diet advice? Edible sensors look inside our digestive system

Wouldn’t it be nice if our microbiomes could serve up diet advice—some science-based assurance that our food and medicines act ...
How our cells' natural defenses to fight cancer can be unlocked by new immunotherapy

How our cells’ natural defenses to fight cancer can be unlocked by new immunotherapy

Natural killer (NK) cells are lymphocytes, immune cells which have a powerful arsenal of cytotoxic weaponry that they can use ...
Judge delays glyphosate lawsuit after study of 45,000 people finds no link to cancer

Judge delays glyphosate lawsuit after study of 45,000 people finds no link to cancer

In October 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federally-filed Roundup lawsuits into one court in ...
Reversing aging in the elderly? Cells derived from skin of old mice show it may be possible

Reversing aging in the elderly? Cells derived from skin of old mice show it may be possible

Researchers at Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) João Lobo Antunes have found that manipulating a single RNA molecule is enough ...
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Obesity linked to brain cell ‘antenna,’ opening potential treatment pathway

The key to controlling hunger and fighting obesity is in brain cells that produce hormones, according to research. ... Scientists ...
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Perfect workout: Could genetic tests identify your optimal training routine?

A new review examines the potential of genetic testing for creating personalized exercise regimens for physical training and for identifying ...
Can gene therapy reduce terminal cancers to minor chronic diseases that are 'no different than high blood pressure'?

Can gene therapy reduce terminal cancers to minor chronic diseases that are ‘no different than high blood pressure’?

On Oct. 15 at 8 a.m., Andy Lindsay stood atop 21,247-foot Mera Peak in Nepal, a wildly improbable place for ...
How Alzheimer's kills: Protein tau spreads through the brain like an infectious disease

How Alzheimer’s kills: Protein tau spreads through the brain like an infectious disease

For the first time, scientists have produced evidence in living humans that the protein tau, which mars the brain in ...