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We may soon have a routine blood test for Alzheimer’s risk

Marilynn Marchione | 
Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer’s ...
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Elon Musk developing brain implant that would control computers, smartphones with our thoughts

Rebecca Robbins | 
His [Elon Musk]  startup Neuralink has developed technology meant to be implanted into the brain that’s designed to allow people ...
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Spinal cord tumor illustrates long-term risks of controversial stem cell therapies

Brittany Flaherty | 
Stem cell therapies have the potential to treat many conditions, but so far there’s little proof that they do. Even ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the Ebola virus to help fight the real thing

Helen Branswell | 
Scientists at the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention have created a synthetic version of the Ebola virus circulating in ...
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Deadly superbug Candida auris is wreaking havoc in hospitals. Where’s the research money needed to stop it?

Helen Branswell | 
In the universe of scary drug-resistant pathogens that can kill, Candida auris is having a moment. The freaky fungus, which ...
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How a combination of rare mutations created devastating heart problems for this family

Andrew Joseph | 
Heritable diseases — say Huntington’s, sickle cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis — are typically thought of as the result of ...
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AI promises to improve cancer care through precision medicine. Oncologists are starting to agree.

Bruce Feinberg | 
To get a better handle on the collective “take” on artificial intelligence for cancer care, my colleagues and I at ...
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Inside the quest to find a place in modern medicine for magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression, other mental illnesses

Meghana Keshavan | 
Today, with a net worth of roughly $400 million accrued through various enterprises, [German financier Christian] Angermayer is one of ...
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‘Uncharted territory’: Doctors struggle with patient demand for unproven CBD supplements

Nicholas Florko | 
[Jacqueline] French, a neurologist at New York University’s Langone Health, tries to steer her patients away from sprinting to the ...
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Viewpoint: We must embrace ‘risk taking’ in the quest to cure Alzheimer’s

Brad Margus | 
For common neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, nothing has worked so far to slow the course of the disease in spite ...
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Here’s how artificial intelligence could ‘poison’ healthcare

Casey Ross | 
Artificial intelligence is often hailed as a great catalyst of medical innovation, a way to find cures to diseases that ...
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Podcast: Talking CRISPR with controversial biohacker Josiah Zayner

Is biohacking a crime? Who came up with the latest CRISPR trick? And did Rage Against the Machine sell out? ...
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5 ways we could pay for expensive life-saving gene therapies

Bill Cassidy | 
We have arrived at a special moment in health care. Innovative, life-changing gene therapies are here that will cure or ...
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US patent office reopens Broad Institute—University of California CRISPR patent dispute

Sharon Begley | 
The U.S. patent office has declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the ...
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Why we can’t do anything about a Russian scientist’s plans to create more CRISPR babies

Rick Berke | 
Two influential leaders in science for the first time publicly condemned a Russian biologist who said he plans to produce ...
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Controversial new drug meant to increase sexual desire in women is approved for sale

Damian Garde | 
The Food and Drug Administration approved a controversial drug meant to increase women’s desire for sex, a treatment that has ...
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Scammers set sights on booming genetic testing market

Bob Thomas | 
The cost of genetic testing for disease assessment can be as high as $10,000. With that kind of money in ...
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Biohacker Josiah Zayner meets with California regulators investigating him: ‘It was surreal’

A few weeks ago, the prominent biohacker Josiah Zayner took to Instagram to break some news: He had received a ...
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Viewpoint: US government’s clinical trial registry plagued by ‘bogus’ patient-funded stem-cell trials

Eric Boodman | 
When a judge ruled [June 3] that the FDA could stop the work of U.S. Stem Cell, the firm’s trials ...
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Could a virus be causing mysterious ‘polio-like’ disease affecting children?

Maggie Fox | 
Researchers say they have strong new evidence that a virus is involved in a rare and puzzling polio-like condition that ...
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‘Jumping genes’ may help CRISPR make precision edits of disease-causing DNA

Sharon Begley | 
[In a 2017 study] four biologists wrote that “it has not escaped our notice” that a funny little “jumping gene” ...
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Viewpoint: Congressional proposal to loosen court ruling that blocked companies from patenting genes could ‘stifle’ science innovation

Othman Laraki | 
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of innovation when it struck down a patent that gave one ...
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Making eggs and sperm from stem cells would create ‘ethical, social and legal conundrums’

Alex Pearlman, I. Glenn Cohen | 
Until recently, the only way to make eggs or sperm was the old-fashioned way: in the ovaries and testes. In ...
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Viewpoint: Working with drug companies to help terminally ill patients gain access to experimental drugs

Arthur Caplan | 
My colleagues and I at New York University’s Division of Medical Ethics quickly recognized that right to try could not ...
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Making a case against ‘aggressive’ restrictions on opioid prescriptions

Andrew Joseph | 
[Stefan] Kertesz, a primary care physician who also specializes in addiction medicine, had not spent his career investigating long-term opioid ...
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Why we need to be skeptical of claims about the benefits of brain wearables

Megan Thielking | 
[Brain] wearables are touted as ways to curb stress, sleep better, boost creativity or athleticism, or even address serious medical ...
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Ethical ‘quagmire’: How one ALS patient got in line for a therapy never tested in humans

Nicholas Florko | 
The FDA gave Jaci Hermstad, a 25-year old Iowan who is dying from a rare form of ALS, an early ...
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Some powerful new cancer drugs trigger diabetes for unknown reasons

Elie Dolgin | 
The first two rounds of treatment went off without a hitch. But last November, after receiving a third dose of ...