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New tool calculates genetic risk for obesity

1 week ago from Harvard Science

By analyzing millions of DNA variations in the human genome, researchers have developed a “polygenic score” for obesity, a quantitative tool that predicts an individual’s inherited risk for becoming overweight. The researchers found...

Look: Abby Lee Miller reflects one year after spinal surgery

1 week ago from UPI

"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller recounted her misdiagnosis, treatment and months of physical therapy as she recovers from cancer.

Mercedes 'MJ' Javid gives birth to baby boy at age 46

1 week ago from UPI

Mercedes "MJ" Javid said she's feeling "grateful and blessed" after welcoming a baby boy, Shams Francis, with husband Tommy Feight.

New HIV therapy may suppress virus for months

1 week ago from UPI

The antibody therapy UB-421 can suppress HIV for up to four months in patients who've stopped antiretroviral therapy, or ART.

A genetic scorecard could predict your risk of being obese

1 week ago from

A genetic score predicts who is at risk of severe obesity, but experts say lifestyle matters more than genes.

Worldwide study reveals air pollution link to unborn baby growth

1 week ago from Physorg

Exposure to air pollution is linked to babies' growth during pregnancy, according to a landmark new study.

Novel antibody may suppress HIV for up to four months

1 week ago from Science Daily

Regular infusions of an antibody that blocks the HIV binding site on human immune cells may have suppressed levels of HIV for up to four months in people undergoing a...

B.C.'s top doc Bonnie Henry reflects on 3-year anniversary of opioid emergency

1 week ago from CBC: Health

B.C.'s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, spoke with CBC's Mike Killeen at Victoria's The Harbour, an overdose prevention and supervised injection site.

The quest to save the banana from extinction

1 week ago from Physorg

Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have...

In rare cases, immune system fails despite HIV suppression

1 week ago from Science Blog

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is usually very effective at suppressing HIV in the body, allowing a person’s immune system to recover by preventing the virus from destroying CD4+ T cells. Scientists have...

Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen's son Sid fractures skull

1 week ago from UPI

Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen's 5-year-old son landed in the intensive care unit after the actress accidentally dropped him on his head.

Late dinner and no breakfast is a killer combination

1 week ago from Science Blog

People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack. That’s the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a...

Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal study

1 week ago from Science Blog

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at...

Managing diabetes key to lowering kidney disease

1 week ago from SciDev

More than 9 million people with advanced kidney disease lack access to vital treatment, according to the Global Kidney Health Atlas.

How Old Are Saturn's Rings? The Debate Rages On

1 week ago from Scientific American

Pinning down the ring system’s age has profound implications for the entire Saturnian system -- Read more on

Texas Baby Born Without Skin: What Can Cause This Condition?

1 week ago from Live Science

A baby in Texas was born without skin on much of his body, according to news reports.

Liver Illness Strikes Latino Children Like a "Silent Tsunami"

1 week ago from Scientific American

Fatty liver disease, linked to gene interactions with a high-sugar diet, can cause cancer and organ failure -- Read more on

‘I Want What My Male Colleague Has, and That Will Cost a Few Million Dollars’

1 week ago from NY Times Science

Women at the Salk Institute say they faced a culture of marginalization and hostility. The numbers from other elite scientific institutions suggest they’re not alone.

Rites of Passage: ‘Will You Stay With Me Until I Die?’

1 week ago from NY Times Science

My patient had a simple, devastating request. To honor it meant grappling with how a therapist responds to her clients.

Prostate Drugs May Raise Diabetes Risk

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Proscar and Avodart, prescribed for an enlarged prostate, were tied to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Living With Cancer: The Lifesaving Power in Stem Cells

1 week ago from NY Times Health

Liars and thieves should not be allowed to detract from legitimate scientific research that has made umbilical cord blood mystic in its regenerative powers.

As fewer patients sue their doctor, the rate of winning malpractice suits is dropping too

1 week ago from CBC: Health

When patients try to sue their physician, a CBC investigation shows the rate of success is very low. CBC News obtained every annual report filed by the Canadian Medical Protective...

Gene therapy could be a cure for 'bubble boy' disease

1 week ago from UPI

Researchers say gene therapy may be a cure for X-linked severe combined immune deficiency, widely known as "bubble boy disease."

Treasury issues new guidances on opportunity zones

1 week ago from UPI

The Treasury Department released new guidelines for the so-called opportunity zones provision of the 2017 tax law.

Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

1 week ago from Reuters:Science

Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs' brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human...

Watch: Alex Trebek 'feeling good,' planning to host 'Jeopardy!' next season

1 week ago from UPI

Alex Trebek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, said he plans to return to host Season 36 of his television game show, "Jeopardy!"

Doctors use gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

1 week ago from CBC: Health

Doctors at two medical centres say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease, a genetic defect that leaves children, typically boys, without an immune system.

Gene therapy restores immunity in infants with rare immunodeficiency disease

1 week ago from Science Daily

A small clinical trial has shown that gene therapy can safely correct the immune systems of infants newly diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening inherited disorder in which infection-fighting immune cells...