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October 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO — Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests suggested it would fight her gastric cancer, and they were right.…

Genetic Frontiers Gene Tumor Boards-1

October 21, 2017

Local Democratic lawmakers will host a Health Care Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Rocky Mount City Council Chambers to discuss health care updates of value to area residents.

Mark Benton, deputy secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, and Nicole Dozier,…

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October 17, 2017

NEW YORK — America’s weight problem is not getting any better, according to new government research.

Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the…

Obesity Rates

October 10, 2017

The fledgling field of gene therapy has scored another win: An experimental treatment seemed to help boys with the inherited nerve disease featured in the movie “Lorenzo’s Oil.”

Fifteen of the 17 boys treated in a study had no major disability two years later — remarkable…

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October 03, 2017

WASHINGTON — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.

Why…

Genetic Frontiers Million Person Study-2

September 30, 2017

Access to healthy food is associated with lower risk for obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.

Resourceful Communities and The Conservation Fund awarded three 501(c)3 organizations — Project Momentum Inc., CEO Inc. and VOWS — funds from the CSX “On Track with…

September 26, 2017

CHICAGO – Former football star Aaron Hernandez’ brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that does not necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life.

The diagnosis comes from a Boston University researcher who has studied…

Aaron Hernandez Death Brain Football

September 19, 2017

NEW YORK — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage…

Flu Vaccine Miscarriages

September 12, 2017

GALENA PARK, Texas — Cindy Sanchez began to feel ill while barbecuing just before Harvey’s torrents started pelting this city just east of Houston, along a corridor with the nation’s highest concentration of petrochemical plants.

“I started getting really, really bad…

Harvey Emissions Spike-1

September 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.

The Food and Drug Administration said the approval was…

Cancer Gene Therapy
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