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Receiving Genetic Information Can Change Risk

Millions of people in the United States alone have submitted their DNA for analysis and received information that not only predicts their risk for disease but, it turns out, in some cases might also have influenced that risk, according to a recent study by researchers at Stanford University. The team, led by Alia Crum, assistant professor...

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Artificial Intelligence And The Future Of Medicine

Washington University researchers are working to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems for health care, which have the potential to transform the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, helping to ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right time. In a new Viewpoint article published Dec. 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association...

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Narrowing The Universe In The Search For Life

Humankind’s exploration of space has for years pondered one central question: Is there another world somewhere in the universe where human beings could survive? And as astrophysicists and astronomers have searched for the answer, they’ve traditionally looked for a world that has water. But Wendy Panero, professor of earth sciences at The Ohio State University,...

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Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Alzheimer’s Disease In Brain Scans Six Years Before A Diagnosis

Using a common type of brain scan, researchers programmed a machine-learning algorithm to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease about six years before a clinical diagnosis is made – potentially giving doctors a chance to intervene with treatment. No cure exists for Alzheimer’s disease, but promising drugs have emerged in recent years that can help stem the...

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Fluctuating Personal Income May Be Associated With An Increased Heart Disease Risk

Sudden, unpredictable drops in personal income during young adulthood are associated with an increased risk of developing heart disease and/or dying from any cause, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. In the United States, the recent rise in income inequality suggests that a larger proportion of the population faces poverty and...

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Fungi Cause Brain Infection And Memory Impairment In Mice

Fungal infections are emerging as a major medical challenge, and a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a mouse model to study the short-term consequences of fungal infection in the brain. The researchers report in the journal Nature Communications the unexpected finding that the common yeast Candida albicans, a type of fungus, can cross...

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Experimental Antibody ‘Cocktail’ Protects Animals From Three Deadly Ebola Viruses

Scientists from academia, industry, and government have developed a combination of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that protected animals from all three Ebola viruses known to cause human disease. Their work is described in two companion studies published online in the journal Cell Host & Microbe. The mAb “cocktail,” called MBP134, is the first experimental treatment to protect...

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Suicide Risk More Than Quadruples For People With Cancer

People with cancer are more than four times more likely to commit suicide than people without cancer, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. In a study using data on more than 8 million cancer patients in the United States, the researchers also found that among people with cancer, white males; patients who were...