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Oral cancer liquid biopsy gets FDA ‘breakthrough device’ approval

June 25, 2021

Oral cancer claims nearly 10,000 American lives a year, and roughly two in five newly diagnosed patients die within five years of diagnosis.

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Good boys sniff out aggressive cancer

June 7, 2021

Man’s best friend has one of nature’s best noses, and it’s getting more involved in disease detection, at least in the lab.

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How precision medicine will come together in the next decade

May 20, 2021

Innovators have bestowed upon the world powerful tools for advancing precision medicine – including genomic sequencing, electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and wearables – but how do we put them to work?

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Biggest study of its kind: How Sex-related genetic differences affect psychology

May 6, 2021

Psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression share genetic commonalities between the sexes, but researchers are on the hunt for important differences. In the largest genome-wide analysis of genes, sex and mood/psychotic disorders to date, researchers report finding noticeable sex-dependent differences in how genes related to the central nervous system, immune system, and blood vessels affect people with these disorders.

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What does your gut tell you about your life expectancy?

April 22, 2021

The trillions of microbes in our guts change over a lifetime – more for some than others. Bigger changes in the composition of our gut microbiomes later in life correlate with longer, healthier lives.

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What if you contracted lung cancer but have never smoked?

April 13, 2021

What if you contracted lung cancer but never had smoked? It happens in roughly 12 percent of U.S. lung cancer diagnoses: The patient had never smoked tobacco.

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What’s causing COVID brain fog?

March 25, 2021

COVID brain fog isn’t the general malaise we’re all feeling from a year of lockdown. It’s a catch-all term for neurological conditions seen in patients long after a COVID-19 diagnosis, including confusion, headaches, and loss of short-term memory. It’s also something of a mystery.

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Further potential for liquid biopsy and colorectal cancer

March 12, 2021

Researchers are working toward new liquid biopsies that could potentially help guide the treatment of certain patients with colorectal cancer.

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Study: Prostate drug appears to reduce Parkinson’s risk

March 4, 2021

Parkinson’s disease has no known cure and its cause is largely unknown. Still, there’s positive news: A new study indicates that men who take terazosin and similar medications for an enlarged prostate have a reduced likelihood of developing the neurogenerative disorder.

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Your sweetheart’s genes will affect your life, too

February 12, 2021

They say that biology is destiny. New research doubles down on that notion, suggesting that some of your traits may be affected by the genes … of your partner.  Well, happy Valentine’s Day!

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