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Here are 3 problems with DeepMind’s AI breakthrough, including poor accuracy at predicting acute kidney injuries

[Google-affiliated artificial intelligence] DeepMind claimed its biggest healthcare breakthrough to date: that artificial intelligence (A.I.) can predict acute kidney injury ...
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2 experimental Ebola treatments show promise in clinical trials, boosting survival rates

For the first time, preliminary clinical-trial results suggest that two experimental Ebola drugs can lower the death toll of the ...
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Sickle cell disease targeted with CRISPR therapy as ‘the only potential cure’

[F]or the first time, doctors in the United States used the gene editing tool CRISPR to attempt to remedy a ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Natural’ is a feel-good label that can deceive us about the safety of medicine, beauty products and food

People believe that a host of items including foods, medicines, beauty products, cigarettes, lighting, and even causes of injuries are ...
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Why China’s willingness to push ethical boundaries with CRISPR research ‘could end up benefiting us all’

Today, [China] serves as the global center for CRISPR animal experiments, with its scientists being the first to use the ...
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‘Elixir of life’: Can epigenetic reprogramming help us live longer and healthier?

[Juan Carlos]  Izpisúa Belmonte can rejuvenate aging, dying animals. He can rewind time. But just as quickly as he blows ...
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‘Cancer lab’ on a chip could move diagnosis into our homes

Finding out you have cancer is bad enough, but to then have to go to hospital for a painful and ...
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Experimental ‘preemptive’ therapy fails to improve autism traits in study

An experimental behavioral therapy delivered by parents does not improve autism traits in babies who screen positive for the condition, ...
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‘Unconventional’ Nobel laureate Kary Mullis, known for revolutionizing DNA research, has died

Kary Mullis, who shared a Nobel Prize in chemistry for devising a technique vital in DNA research and technology, and ...
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Unproven stem cell treatments gain popularity boost from Max Scherzer, Tiger Woods, other pro athletes

Stem cells and related therapies, such as platelet injections, have been used for the past decade by top athletes: golfer ...
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Life after death? Some genes turn on after we die, and we don’t know why

“We really know nothing about what happens when you die,” says Peter Noble, a former professor at the University of ...
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New era in prosthetic limbs promises to restore sense of touch by melding ‘biology with machine’

Building smart mind-controlled robotic limbs isn’t enough; the next frontier is restoring sensation in offline body parts. To truly meld ...
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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 ...