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How widespread genetic testing could change the way we live, treat disease

More than half of Icelanders have now had their precise genetic make-up sequenced and analysed. ... The aim of such ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...
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Why are autistic people 50% more likely to die during a hospital stay?

Adults with autism are nearly 50 percent more likely to die in the hospital than their neurotypical peers, according to ...
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Can these turtle embryos change their sex by finding warmer or cooler spots within their eggs?

At 27.9 °C, roughly equal numbers of female and male turtles will emerge from the nests of the Chinese pond ...
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‘From quackery to established science’: Here’s what’s going on with promising anti-aging research

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment anti-aging research morphed from quackery to an established science. Some say it’s 1939, ...
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Viewpoint: We need to stop worrying about whether people can cope with bad news from genetic tests

When the Human Genome Project began in 1990, bioethicists feared that giving people the results of genetic tests would do ...
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Price of progress: Debating the ethics of charging families to participate in stem cell trials for autism

During four visits to Panama over nine months, Aaron [a 9-year-old boy with autism] received infusions of stem cells harvested ...
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‘Built to forget’: Why memory lapses are good for our brains

Until about ten years ago, most researchers thought that forgetting was a passive process in which memories, unused, decay over ...
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Stronger diversity among genetic counselors could help bridge health gap with minority groups

As genetics' role in medicine expands, diversity among providers is crucial, say people working in the field. "It is well ...
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Is this the Alzheimer’s blood test we’ve been looking for?

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear, which could help the ...
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Much more than an ‘itchy pest’: Mosquitoes have played a major role in human history

Fifty-two billion people—almost half of the cumulative human population—are thought to have perished at the hands of a creature no ...
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Are we moving closer to mind reading? Facebook-funded study turns brain signals into text

With a radical new approach, doctors have found a way to extract a person’s speech directly from their brain.  The ...
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Application for pricey gene therapy Zolgensma contained manipulated data, but drug will remain on market, FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday [August 7]  that Novartis submitted manipulated data as part of its application for ...
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There’s a medical dispute over how long it takes to predict recovery prospects for patients with traumatic brain injuries

The current practice in most ICUs is to help families make a decision about whether to withdraw life support within ...
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Fighting cancer by stimulating the immune system with injections directly into the tumor

This past April, Mount Sinai oncologist Joshua Brody and his team announced a clinical trial that delivers immune modulators directly ...
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Human-monkey chimeras created in China in quest to grow transplantable human organs

An international team of researchers has created embryos containing both human and monkey cells, the Spanish newspaper El País reported July ...
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Calling for a halt to gene-edited babies, World Health Organization stops short of ‘all-out moratorium’

The world’s largest public health authority has weighed in with the most authoritative statement yet on the use of Crispr ...
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Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments’

Medical clinics that provide largely unregulated stem cell treatments are popping up all over the U.S. But a new study ...
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Women’s sex drive can be boosted with testosterone. Long-term risks need to be studied.

An absence of desire is not an inevitable facet of aging for women, [endocrinologist Susan] Davis says. There’s a name ...
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‘Google’ for biomedical data could improve our understanding of diseases, improve treatments

If we aggregated all the data from countless years of research, might we learn something new about ourselves, the diseases ...
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If you can’t remember your dreams, is there something wrong with you?

What is it about people who don’t remember their dreams that sets them apart from the people that do? Is ...
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‘Brute-force approach’ to CRISPR innovation: China stakes out global leadership role developing medical treatments, transplantable organs, quality meat

China now has at least four groups of CRISPR researchers doing gene editing with large colonies of monkeys. “The most ...
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Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s obsession with scientists: ‘He collects beautiful minds’

As the New York Times reported [July 31], [Jeffrey] Epstein’s “passion for cutting-edge science” at times verged into eugenics. Multiple ...
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526 ‘abnormal’ teeth found in 7-year-old boy’s mouth in India extracted by surgeons

A 7-year-old boy complaining of jaw pain was found to have 526 teeth inside his mouth, according to the hospital ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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Dementia symptoms linked to class of drugs used for wide range of conditions in the elderly, including insomnia, asthma

An estimated 1 in 4 older adults take anticholinergic drugs — a wide-ranging class of medications used to treat allergies, ...
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Mayo Clinic versus Natural News: Rating the reliability of health websites

For millions of Americans, including health professionals, the resurgence of measles is a confounding and frightening development. How can a ...
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Sickle cell patient first to receive experimental CRISPR treatment in the US for a genetic disorder

For the first time, doctors in the U.S. have used the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to treat a ...