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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] ...
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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 ...
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Viewpoint: Genetic research can’t fulfill its potential without greater diversity in study populations

Joyce Tung | 
Genetic differences exist between people of different ancestries. That means genetic studies that focus on just a handful of populations ...
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Tetanus infection offers ‘gut-wrenching’ warning about dangers of not vaccinating children

Helen Branswell | 
A 6-year-old boy from Oregon who had never received a single vaccine got a cut on his forehead while playing ...
3-7-2019 vaccinations

Amidst measles outbreaks, ‘massive’ new study proves again that vaccines don’t cause autism

Helen Branswell | 
A massive new study from Denmark found no association between being vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella and developing autism. In science ...
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US approves immunotherapy for breast cancer for first time

Sharon Begley | 
Roche’s cancer immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab), a PD-L1 inhibitor, scored its fifth Food and Drug Administration approval on [March 8], for advanced triple-negative ...
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How ‘smart toilets’ and other technologies could help detect cancer before it’s too late

Sanjiv Gambhir | 
I believe we should be more aggressively pursuing precision health: ways to prevent disease and, when that isn’t possible, intercept and ...
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Can a blood test lead to more precise treatments for lung cancer patients?

Matthew Herper | 
Could a blood test help more lung cancer patients get drugs that are targeted to the genetic weaknesses of their ...
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‘Genetic crapshoot’: Two studies suggest clinical use of CRISPR hampered by off-target editing

Sharon Begley | 
The version of CRISPR whose selling point has been its precision suffers, ironically, from the same shortcoming that has dogged ...
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Can vaccines be supercharged by CRISPR, creating ‘one-and-done’ virus protection?

Sharon Begley | 
Vaccines are risky or ineffective in people with compromised immune systems, they don’t even exist for several viral diseases, and ...
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This small startup wants to change FDA clinical trials by making control groups unnecessary

Matthew Herper | 
Could a startup founded by two guys in their 20s change the way medical researchers study patients? The Food and ...
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US government’s BOLD initiative seeks to close the African-American Alzheimer’s gap

Karen Lincoln | 
Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis for which Congress has thankfully put aside its differences long enough to pass the ...
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Pioneering ‘refugee’ from gene therapy’s darker days ‘kept the faith’

Damian Garde | 
Gene therapy, now a pillar of biotechnology with the potential to cure deadly diseases, was once a cautionary tale of ...
Did China's government fund the controversial 'CRISPR babies' experiment?

Did China’s government fund the controversial ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Jane Qiu | 
Three government institutions in China, including the nation’s science ministry, may have funded the “CRISPR babies” study that led to ...
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‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

Erik Parens, Paul Appelbaum, Wendy Chung | 
For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

Megan Thielking | 
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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Rethinking cancer care: Home-based treatments may be right around the corner

Nathan Handley, Justin Bekelman | 
Imagine having cancer and being told that most of your treatment will happen in your home instead of a high-tech ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time for a debate on precision medicine and its failed promises

Michael Joyner, Nigel Paneth | 
Although some niche applications have been found for precision medicine, and gene therapy is now becoming a reality for a ...
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Shortcomings of new cystic fibrosis treatments illustrate the complexity of some genetic diseases

Andrew Joseph | 
Josh Hillman, a 23-year-old Harvard Law student from Alabama, has cystic fibrosis, the progressive genetic disease that causes frequent lung ...
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Researchers launch quest to understand why mental health treatments do or don’t work

Megan Thielking | 
Successful mental health treatments can function like a conversation: The brain hears some kind of message — whether it’s from ...
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CRISPR-based drugs face tricky manufacturing problem

Jim Burns | 
There are two key challenges in delivering a CRISPR-Cas9 therapy so it is effective in the body: It must be ...
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Viewpoint: Human gene-editing ethics should not ‘be left to scientists alone’

Tess Doezema, Nina Frahm | 
There is one important takeaway from the controversy [about He Jiankui’s gene-edited babies] that seems to have gone overlooked in ...
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Controversial brain preservation company Nectome seeks second, more ethical, chance

Sharon Begley | 
Robert McIntyre would like to get a few things straight. That “waiting list” of people plunking down $10,000 to have ...
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Precision medicine for dogs? Silicon Valley startup wants to make it happen

Rebecca Robins | 
When pet dogs are diagnosed with cancer, they typically get surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation — that is, of course, if ...
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How your history with the flu could shape your body’s response to vaccines

Helen Branswell | 
If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot — and then, later that season, gotten the flu — you were more ...
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Questions arise over US scientist’s role in CRISPR baby controversy

Jane Qiu | 
An American scientist at Rice University was far more involved in the widely condemned “CRISPR babies” experiment than has previously ...