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New blood test for cancer developed

Australian researchers said Friday they have helped develop a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, in a move that could diagnose tumors before they spread and increase patients’ chances of survival.

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Study: Lack of sleep boosts risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A sleepless night causes levels of the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta to rise faster than the brain’s waste-disposal system can remove it, a study of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found.

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Alcohol may cause cancer – study

Drinking alcohol may cause irreversible damage to the DNA of stem cells and increase the risk of developing certain cancers, a new study has revealed.

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Caffeine & Parkinson’s disease

Simply testing the level of caffeine in the blood could help determine if a person has Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggested Wednesday.

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Scientists edit DNA to cure diseases

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.

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Smoking linked to ADHD risk in baby

Children born to women who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, especially when mothers are heavy smokers, are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review of medical studies confirms.

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