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Tests help shed light on autism genetics


(Reuters Health) - Advances in genetic testing may eventually allow for more tailored care for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), researchers say.

Number of California inmates observed for Legionnaires' disease jumps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The number of inmates being observed for possible infection with Legionnaires' disease at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco has jumped from 71 to 85, but the number of confirmed diagnoses held steady at six, authorities said Tuesday.

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Medical specialists urge more debate on gene-editing technology

LONDON - Medical researchers called on Wednesday for detailed, thoughtful debate on future use of new genetic technology that has the potential to create "designer babies".

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More blacks getting kidney transplants now

(Reuters Health) - More minority patients have been getting kidney transplants since 2003, when medical criteria for allocating transplantable kidneys from deceased donors were loosened, according to a new study.

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California assisted suicide bill advances in special session

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California passed a key legislative committee on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

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Amgen's bone drug succeeds in late-stage study

- Amgen Inc said its experimental bone drug was found to be more effective than an already marketed drug in a late-stage study.

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Novartis, Amgen join forces to fight Alzheimer's and migraine

LONDON - Novartis and Amgen are joining forces in the hunt for an Alzheimer's treatment, in the latest sign that drugmakers believe an effective therapy for the memory-robbing disease may be within reach.

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FDA issues warning letters to five caffeine distributors

- The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine, as the federal agency stepped up efforts to curtail ingestion of the stimulant in its pure form.

Alexion gets EU approval for drug acquired in Synageva deal

NEW YORK - Ten weeks after closing its $8.4 billion purchase of Synageva BioPharma Corp, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc on Tuesday announced European approval for the key drug acquired through the deal, an enzyme-replacement therapy for an ultra-rare, life threatening disease.

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Deaf mice cured with gene therapy

Boston, Massachusetts - In a laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital a cure for genetic deafness is taking shape. Lead researcher Jeff Holt says that if all goes as planned, children of the future who lose their ability to hear due to genetic mutation will never go deaf. | Video

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