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Dealing with ‘confusing directives’, US doctors seek coronavirus advice from Chinese counterparts

Sharon Begley | 
Now, fed up with what they see as inadequate and confusing directives from public health authorities, many physicians are trying ...
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CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna turns lab into coronavirus test center

Matthew Herper | 
A team of academic and industry researchers led by Jennifer Doudna, the researcher best known for her role in the ...
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Viewpoint: We’re making big decisions on the coronavirus without solid data

John Ioannidis | 
At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just social distancing, ...
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Coronavirus immunotherapy could arrive by early summer. Is ‘record time’ fast enough?

Maggie Fox | 
Blood-plasma-based cures aren’t just the stuff of movies. There’s plenty of science to back the idea that blood products from ...
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Some countries have done a much better job fighting the coronavirus. Here’s what worked.

Helen Branswell | 
With Europe and the United States locked in deadly battle with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a number of countries ...
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Hunting for DNA signatures in blood could offer early warning system for cancer

Rebecca Robbins | 
The many companies developing liquid biopsies to try to detect cancer early have so far largely mined the blood in ...
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Viewpoint: Promise of genomics and precision medicine a ‘wave of hype without substance’

Nigel Paneth, Richard Cooper | 
An undeclared civil war is breaking out in biomedicine. On one side is precision medicine, with its emphasis on tailoring treatments ...
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Viewpoint: Embracing biosimilars will drive down prices, increase access to drugs

Sean McGowan | 
The biosimilar category holds incredible promise, and the market for these products is on an upward trajectory. But it’s been ...
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There was an opioid epidemic 130 years ago. Can it teach us anything about today’s crisis?

Haider Warraich | 
The 1890s and 1990s were both characterized by unopposed amplification of the benefits of opioids, the transformation of physicians into ...
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Viewpoint: 4 ways the FDA must evolve to deal with fast-moving technologies and health threats

Ellen Sigal, Mark McClellan | 
As we look toward the FDA of the 2020s that can achieve further progress in addressing urgent health threats and ...
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Is the quest for profits getting in the way of ending the HIV epidemic?

Four decades after the HIV epidemic began, there’s finally hope it might end. Indeed, “Getting to Zero” — meaning zero ...
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Those childhood vaccinations for tetanus and diphtheria should cover you for life, study says

Elizabeth Cooney | 
People who got all their vaccinations against tetanus and diphtheria in childhood don’t need booster shots to remain protected against ...
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Seeking new momentum in Alzheimer’s research after decades of slow progress

Andrew Joseph | 
5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, with a new person developing the condition about every minute of every day. There is still ...
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‘A real mystery’: Why hasn’t anyone attempted to make a cloned human baby?

Henry Greely | 
For nearly seven years, then, the scientific community has had solid proof that human embryos can be cloned. ...  So ...
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Viewpoint: We still haven’t agreed on the definition of biological aging. That needs to change

Patti Neighmond | 
I’ve been committed to understanding the biology of aging since I was a teenager, and my education and career took ...
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Viewpoint: My daughter taught me that ‘broken’ genes shouldn’t always be fixed

Ethan Weiss | 
Ruthie is a vibrant teenager. She will never learn how to drive and or read normal-sized print without assistive technology, ...
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GMO labeling manifesto: Probiotic company ZBiotics explains why it proudly displays the new USDA ‘Biogineered’ icon

Stephen Lamb | 
Genetically modified organisms are commonplace, and are already present in many of the foods we eat — often, though not ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Hunches’ can’t be used to decide the fate of ‘covertly conscious’ patients in vegetative states

Adrian Owen, Charles Weijer, Mackenzie Graham | 
[A]s many as 15% to 20% of patients who have been rigorously diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state ...
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Unconventional drug ‘lottery’ will hand out 50 doses of Zolgensma, world’s most expensive gene therapy

Andrew Joseph, Ed Silverman | 
The lottery that began [recently] was not about money, or about choosing a school, or about obtaining a visa. It ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t trust research about the benefits of marijuana if the studies are industry funded

Shaun Khoo | 
Imagine that scientists charged with doing research on tobacco’s health implications were funded by tobacco companies. (In fact, the tobacco ...
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If China’s coronavirus isn’t contained soon, we may be stuck with it permanently

Sharon Begley | 
With the new coronavirus spreading from person to person (possibly including from people without symptoms), reaching four continents, and traveling faster than ...
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Viewpoint: AI has one glaring weakness in health care: There’s no human touch

Oliver Drouin, Samuel Freeman | 
It might be that, as physicians who work in a public health care system that relies on fax machines, carbon ...
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Viewpoint: Confronting coronavirus outbreak requires us to cope with our own ‘paralyzing’ fears

Danielle Ofri | 
Fear is a primal emotion, and to pretend that the medical staff are any less susceptible than the general public ...
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Viewpoint: Chronic pain sufferers are needlessly ‘stigmatized’ and how we can change that

Daniel Goldberg | 
Millions of people who live with chronic pain experience intense stigma. I view stigma as the combination of difference plus ...
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‘We’ve only begun to scratch the surface’: How the cannabis boom opens the door to new medicines and wellness products

Andrea Holmes | 
Cannabis, and what it might be able to do for human health, inspires me. And I think it can do ...
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A video game for ADHD? We’re still waiting to see what the FDA thinks

Rebecca Robbins | 
In mid-2018, the startup Akili Interactive Labs asked the Food and Drug Administration to let it do something that’s never ...
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Refining CAR-T therapy could halt ‘violent, life-threatening’ immune reactions

Sharon Begley | 
CAR-T cells that have been so successful against some leukemias and lymphomas often cause a violent and even life-threatening immune ...
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Aging is ‘truly personal’: You could have the immune system of a teenager and the metabolism of a 50-year-old

Sharon Begley | 
One 50-year-old has the nimble metabolism of a teenager, while another’s is so creaky he developed type 2 diabetes — ...