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7/23/2014
Genetic Risk of Autism Fairly Common
The risk of developing autism may be more common than previously believed. It's believed the disorder is caused by a number of factors, including genes and environment. Researchers with Carnegie Mellon University found rare genes or spontaneous mutatuions in only ten percent of autism cases. The scientists are working on a better way of predicting autism risk.
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7/22/2014
FDA Issues Warning About Powdered Caffeine
The FDA is telling people to be careful of pure, powdered caffeine. The drug is being marketed directly to consumers over the Internet. The FDA says it knows at least one teenager has died after using the product. A single teaspoon of pure caffeine has the same punch as 25 cups of coffee.
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7/21/2014
Potential Alzheimer's Drug Fails Trails
A drug company says its experimental Alzheimer's drug has hit a snag. The disease affects more than five-million Americans. Crenezumab, made by Swiss-based Roche Holding, did not improve either cognitive skills or memory in patients. The study also suggested doctors should start treating Alzheimer's early.
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7/17/2014
Gel Form of Brest Cancer Drug As Effective As Oral Form
The gel form of a breast cancer drug is just as effective as the oral form. Tamoxifen used to be available only in pill form and had a high risk of side effects like blood clots. Scientists with the University of Chicago found tamoxifen gel also reduced the incidence of clots.
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7/17/2014
Gel Form Of Breast Cancer Drug Effective As Oral Form
The gel form of a breast cancer drug is just as effective as the oral form. Tamoxifen used to be available only in pill form and had a high risk of side effects like blood clots. Scientist with the University of Chicago found tamoxifen gel also reduced the incidence of clots.
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7/16/2014
Scientists Develop Alzheimer's Blood Test
British scientists have developed a blood test which could help predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease. it's hoped the research will be able to improve trials for new dementia drugs.
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