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August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — You know your cholesterol, your blood pressure ... your heart gene score? Researchers say a new way of analyzing genetic test data may one day help identify people at high risk of a youthful heart attack in time to help.

Today, gene testing mostly focuses on rare mutations in one…


Boy has part of brain removed, feels fine

August 09, 2018

It was a solution no parent wants to hear: To get rid of a brain tumor and stop their young son’s seizures, surgeons would need to cut out one-sixth of his brain.

But for Tanner Collins, it was the best option.

A slow-growing tumor was causing sometimes-daily seizures, and medications…


Low blood pres­sure helps pre­vent men­tal de­cline

August 02, 2018

CHICAGO — Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds.

It is the first time a single step has been clearly shown to help prevent a…


AIDS drugs showing more promise

July 26, 2018

New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus.

There were no infections among gay men who used a two-drug combo pill either daily or just before and after sex with…