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If a gene test could reveal a high risk of dying, would you want to know?

Rahul Desikan | 
If a fortune teller had “read” my future two years ago, I would have learned that I was at high ...
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Viewpoint: Targeting amyloid deposits isn’t working. It’s time for a new approach for Alzheimer’s treatments

Raymond Tesi | 
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then the last decade or ...
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Undervaccinated US population adds tinder for blaze of measles outbreaks

Helen Branswell | 
U.S. health officials are putting all they have into extinguishing measles outbreaks, many of them raging in cities throughout the ...
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Why we shouldn’t view gene therapy as a treatment of last resort

Jeremy Schafer | 
Providers and payers must ask themselves a two-pronged question about gene therapy: Who should be treated and when? … The ...
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Can virtual reality treat depression symptoms through ‘pleasant scenarios’?

Megan Thielking | 
Michelle Craske is asking patients to dive into coral reefs, ride on bullet trains rushing past pine trees, and cheer ...

Fine-tuning CAR-T cancer therapy could eliminate serious side effects, study says

Damian Garde | 
A novel approach to CAR-T cancer therapy promises to upend what has become a truism in medicine: that the treatment’s dramatic effect ...
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‘Biotech fantasy’? This startup wants to kill cancer by targeting RNA with new generation of pills

Adam Feurstein | 
Arrakis Therapeutics is named for the desert planet in the legendary “Dune” series of science-fiction novels. It’s an apt name because ...
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Families plagued by inherited diseases push back against ban on gene-edited embryos

Sharon Begley | 
In 2012, scientists showed that CRISPR, an ancient bacterial immune system, can edit DNA. ... Barely three years after, leaders in ...

Viewpoint: He Jiankui’s CRISPR babies experiment was ‘even worse than I first thought’

Henry Greely | 
When He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls whose DNA he had modified when they were embryos using the CRISPR ...
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Making the case for lifting the US ban on 3-parent babies

Emily Mullin | 
A Greek woman with a history of multiple in vitro fertilization failures gave birth to a healthy baby with DNA ...
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Viewpoint: Our desperate need for new antibiotics won’t be met without government incentives

Thomas Cueni | 
As the number of infections resistant to antimicrobial drugs continues to rise around the world, and with it their huge ...
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US researcher: ‘3-parent’ embryos ready to implant if Congress lifts ban on controversial treatment

Emily Mullin | 
Researchers at Columbia University in New York have created embryos containing genetic material from three people and are ready to ...
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Electrical brain zaps show promise at improving memory in older adults

Sharon Begley | 
Shooting electrical current into the brain for just 25 minutes reversed the decline in working memory that comes with aging, ...
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Can your sex partner alter your microbiome, immune system?

Kate Sheridan | 
People’s sexual partners could impact both their gut microbiome and their immune system, according to a new study from the University of ...
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Why esketamine will force doctors to rethink office visits for depressed patients

Amitha Kalaichandran | 
The Food and Drug Administration approved esketamine (Spravato) for treatment-resistant depression to be administered under physician supervision. It’s a derivative of ...
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‘Wildly popular’ and unproven probiotics may interfere with some treatments

Meghana Keshavan | 
Probiotics are wildly popular. After all, the microbial cocktails are available over the counter and have been shown to be ...
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5 things to consider with direct-to-consumer health products

Anne Wexler, Steven Joffe | 
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) versions of teeth alignment kits, genetic tests, hearing aids, heart-rhythm monitors, neurostimulation devices, and mental health tools are ...
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Patients react after failure of promising Alzheimer drug trial: ‘Like the rug was pulled out from under us’

Andrew Joseph | 
When Biogen and its partner Eisai announced that they were stopping two phase 3 trials of the Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab because the ...
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This woman feels almost no pain. Could her genes lead to new treatment for chronic sufferers?

Jacquelyn Corley | 
Doctors in Scotland were amazed when a 66-year-old woman underwent what is normally a very painful operation on her hand ...
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Viewpoint: Blood tests for cancer would be ‘less invasive, less expensive, less traumatic’

Grace Cordovano | 
Eleven years ago, I was shocked to be diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. To offer an informed second opinion, an oncologist ...
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Gene therapy for beta-thalassemia blood disorder one step closer to European approval

Adam Feuerstein | 
The first gene therapy to treat a rare blood disorder is one step closer to approval [March 29] following a ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine plagued by an ’embarrassing’ human reference genome

Sharon Begley | 
The human reference genome, largely completed in 2001, has achieved near-mythic status. It is “the book of life,” the “operating ...
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Viewpoint: We need to speed up biosimilar drug approval process

Carlos Sattler, Sheila Frame | 
Generic versions of brand-name small-molecule drugs saved Americans more than $1 trillion between 1999 and 2010. Biosimilars now have the potential ...
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Why recent measles outbreaks may represent a ‘new normal’

Helen Branswell | 
Back near the start of this century, before the full damage of Andrew Wakefield’s debunked study linking measles vaccine and ...
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China revives discredited ‘malarial therapy’ as cancer treatment

Jane Qiu | 
American surgeon Henry Heimlich is best known for inventing a way to rescue choking victims, but a quarter-century ago, he was vilified ...
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‘Game-changing’ drug first ever postpartum depression medication approved by FDA

Adam Feuerstein | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [March 19] approved brexanolone, the first drug specifically targeted to treat postpartum depression — ...
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Promising Alzheimer’s drug trial halted

Adam Feuerstein | 
Alzheimer’s disease has beaten back another effort to tame it. Biogen and its Japanese pharma partner Eisai said [March 21] ...

Is it OK to take sperm from the dead?

Andrew Joseph | 
[A] New York judge earlier this month ordered a medical center to save the sperm of Peter Zhu, a 21-year-old cadet ...