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New Insights Into What’s Driving the Autism Epidemic

A flurry of new research offers some intriguing clues into the mystery of what causes autism, which in the past, has been blamed on everything from childhood vaccines to poor parenting. Recently, the CDC reported that 1 in 88 eight-year-old children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an alarming 78 percent increase from 2002 when the […]

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First Bedside Genetic Test Identifies Right Drug for Stent Patients

For many cardiac patients who receive stents–tiny tubes that help restore blood flow through clogged arteries–a gene that is responsible for processing a common anti-clotting drug can complicate their recovery. Worldwide, there are more than 2 million stent procedures performed each year, about 528,000 in the U.S. alone. But up to 30 percent of Caucasians […]

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Is My Cancer Different?

Cancer patients benefit from new molecular testing advances that inform individualized, targeted treatment plans. We all know someone whose life was severely impacted by or ended by cancer. In fact, the words we may fear hearing the most are, “You’ve got cancer,” a diagnosis that can be scary, confusing, stressful and overwhelming. More than 12.7 […]

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Epigenetics – Ending the Nature versus Nurture Debate

Is it nature or nurture? That was the theme of a recent Café Scientifique in Toronto, hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Three experts talked about the field of epigenetics and how the ‘nature or nurture’ debate is a futile argument. Recent spectacular advances in genetic research may make you think scientists […]

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Family Learns Health Secrets Through Genome Sequencing

Breakthrough research in the field of personal genomics. A few years ago, John West suffered two frightening pulmonary embolisms from blood clots that traveled from his leg to his lung.  Up to 600,000 Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism each year, a combination of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and one third of them die as […]

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Canadian Discovery Turns Skin Into Blood

Canadian researchers at McMaster University have successfully turned skin into blood by bypassing the embryonic, stem-cell state. Mick Bhatia and colleagues at the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine created blood progenitor cells that were then turned into all three blood cell types – white, red, and […]

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