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Autism war rages: Is it a medical condition or ‘neurodiversity’?

Alisa Opar | 
[There is] a deep divide in the autism community: On one side are parents of autistic children with severe traits ...
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Lab-grown burgers are coming, but heated political battle will determine future of cell-cultured meat

Laura Reiley | 
Companies in the United States and abroad are moving quickly to bring to market hamburgers and other meat, poultry and ...
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‘An insurance policy for the future’: Why some healthy young men are freezing their sperm

Ariana Cha | 
Gilbert Sanchez froze his sperm in January [2019], shortly before his 25th birthday. He was healthy and at low-risk for ...
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Washington Post dietitian: Environmental Working Group, activists irresponsibly fan fears by citing ‘scary-sounding’ but harmless chemicals in food

Cara Rosenbloom | 
Would you worry if you knew your food contained sucrose octanoate esters or tocopherols? They might sound frightening, but don’t ...
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We’re on the verge of wiping out 1 million species. And that could hurt our own survival chances, UN report says

Darryl Fears | 
Up to 1 million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival, ...
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Viewpoint: Caster Semenya ruling demonstrates our ‘myopic’ view of athletes and gender

Jerry Brewer | 
In the intricate and emotional case of Caster Semenya, there is no such thing as fair. Her situation vexes traditional ...
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Washington Post: CRISPR-edited crops require careful oversight and regulations to calm consumer food safety concerns

Caitlin Dewey | 
Thanks to a cutting-edge technology called gene editing, scientists can now turn plant genes “on” and “off” almost as easily ...
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Costly CAR T-cell therapy gets boost with Medicare proposal to increase reimbursements

Laurie McGinley | 
Medicare officials on [April 23] proposed increasing reimbursements for a groundbreaking but costly cancer therapy used for patients whose blood ...
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Can genetic testing pinpoint the right antidepressant, or is it just ‘a shot in the dark’?

Ilana Marcus | 
For patients who weren’t responding well after trying one or two different antidepressants, [physician Jeremy Bruce] started sending samples of ...
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Exercise can fight depression, but it doesn’t work for everyone

Jill Adams | 
Is there evidence to support the idea that exercise can have an effect on depression? And if so, how much ...
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Some mammograms harder to read than others. FDA wants breast density data included in reports

Laurie McGinley | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [March 27] proposed requiring mammogram providers to tell women with dense breast tissue that ...
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Is personality influenced by birth order? New studies challenge ‘conventional wisdom’

Ben Guarino | 
Birth order, according to conventional wisdom, molds personality: Firstborn children, secure with their place in the family and expected to ...
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Organic producers battle over food labeling standards as industry nears $50 billion in sales

Laura Reiley | 
As organic food shifts from utopian movement to lucrative industry, a war is being waged for its soul. Record organic ...
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Second person cured of HIV? Stem cell transplant sends ‘London patient’ into long-term remission

Carolyn Johnson | 
A man has been in remission from HIV for a year and a half, without drugs, after receiving a stem ...
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Stem cell therapy ‘sold as a miracle cure’ linked to 17 bacterial hospitalizations

Laurie McGinley, William Wan | 
Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord ...
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Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

Carolyn Johnson, Laurie McGinley | 
The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
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Failure of first US uterine transplant blamed on organ donation system

Lenny Bernstein | 
On March 7, 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic introduced the nation to Lindsey McFarland, the first person to undergo a ...
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‘Young blood’ plasma treatments unproven, possibly dangerous, says FDA

Laurie McGinley | 
Federal health regulators on [February 19] warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

Laurie McGinley | 
The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Black-white cancer mortality gap has narrowed significantly, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

Laurie McGinley | 
Longtime cancer disparities between African Americans and whites — with blacks having a sharply higher mortality rate — have narrowed ...
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Immunotherapy could extend survival for patients with aggressive glioblastoma brain cancer

Laurie McGinley | 
Glioblastoma — the aggressive brain cancer that killed Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden ...
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Gene editing, novel baking ingredients could make bread safe for millions of consumers who can’t eat carbs

Cara Rosenbloom | 
Ah, bread....There are whole diets built around avoiding carbs and gluten in bread — sometimes by choice, sometimes by medical ...
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Viewpoint: Gene drive technology could eliminate malaria. But we must get it right, first

Henry Greely | 
People don’t give people malaria: The 460 species of mosquitoes in the genus Anopheles do, and researchers are taking aim at them ...
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Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

Carolyn Johnson | 
It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
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CRISPR crops poised to revolutionize our diets by increasing fiber, vitamins and ‘good oils’

Many of today’s most prevalent health issues .... trace back to .... the food we eat. The leading cause of death ...
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Animal gene editing could ‘transform’ our food supply, but will ‘questionable regulations’ block innovation?

Carolyn Johnson | 
As scientists in labs across the world create virus-resistant pigs, heat-tolerant cattle and fatter, more muscular lambs, a big question looms: Will regulation, safety ...
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Can gene therapy offer a cure for sickle-cell disease?

Carolyn Johnson | 
[I]n November, six months after [21-year-old Manny] Johnson became the first patient to receive an experimental therapy aimed at curing ...
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Boost for precision medicine? FDA approves drug targeting different cancers with shared mutation

Laurie McGinley | 
The Food and Drug Administration on [November 26] approved a drug for a wide range of cancers based on a ...