The Race to Diagnose Cancer With a Simple Blood Test

By Ron Wislow

Liquid biopsies could transform cancer care as we know it.

Five years ago, a team of researchers pored over the results of a prenatal genetic test given to more than 125,000 healthy pregnant women and made a stunning discovery. The blood test, marketed by gene-sequencing giant Illumina, was designed to detect chromosome anomalies associated with conditions such as Down syndrome by analyzing fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.

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Marguerite’s Table

by Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D.

“As a child, my family’s approach to mealtime was without food fights. What I learned stayed with me throughout my life. I realize now that’s how both my loved ones and I have effortlessly maintained good health.”

Envision the meal you carefully prepared with love, spattered all over your kitchen!

“Eating should be fun.”  Chef José Andrés on «60 Minutes»

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Author: Nicolette Francey Asselin M.D. “Taste Buds” The Magic and Fun of Sensible Food.

Is It A Nasty Cold Or The Flu?

By Patti Neighmond

It’s that time of year again. You wake up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, a little achy — maybe a fever. Is it a classic head cold, or do you need to be more concerned? Could it be the flu?

“There’s lots of confusion out there, because both are viral respiratory illnesses,” says Dr. Yul Ejnes, an internal medicine specialist in private practice in Rhode Island and spokesperson for the American College of Physicians. “No one likes to get a cold, but people are more fearful of the flu.”

And rightly so.

Last year’s influenza season was particularly severe, resulting in an unusually high number of hospitalizations and deaths from flu complications. Read on

If You Feel Thankful, Write It Down.

by Maanvi Singh

It’s Good For Your Health

Over this past year, lifestyle blogger Aileen Xu has kept a monthly gratitude list.

Sometimes it was the big stuff: “I’m grateful that my family is so understanding. I’m grateful so many people care.”

And sometimes it was life’s little blessings: “July 2018: I’m grateful for good hair after I shower.”

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Mapping the Brain’s Genetic Landscape

Scientists have taken a step toward building a computer model of the brain’s genome, one that may help clarify the genetic roots of schizophrenia, autism and other disorders.

For the past two decades, scientists have been exploring the genetics of schizophrenia, autism and other brain disorders, looking for a path toward causation. If the biological roots of such ailments could be identified, treatments might follow, or at least tests that could reveal a person’s risk level.

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Every Note Played

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

Summary:

An accomplished concert pianist, Richard received standing ovations from audiences all over the world in awe of his rare combination of emotional resonance and flawless technique. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago.

Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. His fingers are impotent, still, devoid of possibility. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce—his divorce.

He knows his left arm will go next.

“A book that awakens gratitudes.”

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Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

By C. Claiborne Ray

Q. It is well known that mosquitoes, fleas, lice and ticks transmit human diseases, but what about cockroaches?

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