French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.
Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers, according to new research in the journal JAMA Dermatology.
Becoming a father may raise a young man’s risk of depression, according to a new U.S. study that suggests helping men at this stage could improve the wellbeing of entire families.
Even though smoking appears far less frequently in U.S. television shows than it used to, its portrayal may still be triggering the urge in adult smokers, according to a new study.
Moving to a new area may be hard on the mental health of children, especially adolescents, according to a new U.S. study.
With taxes filed, Americans today are being asked to consider life’s other certainty: death, and the myriad complications that often now accompany it.
It seems as if barely a year goes by without a painful, public and often politicized controversy over whether or not someone is in a “vegetative state,” beyond consciousness and some say the need for life support. The most famous case was that of Terri Schiavo in 1990.
One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren’t there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.
Progression-free survival (PFS) in metastatic breast cancer doubled in women who received a new class of targeted therapy in addition to standard hormonal therapy, a randomized trial showed.
A dinosaur chase that took place 112 million years ago has been reconstructed using 3D imagery.
Over the last few months we’ve heard from many of you asking about where 23andMe stands in the FDA authorization process, so here is the latest.
Guidance published on informing study participants about findings with potential health implications
In the course of a study involving human participants, it is possible that researchers may make a finding that has potential health or reproductive implications for an individual participant.
Previously synthetic DNA has been designed and made for simpler organisms such as bacteria. As a form of life whose cells contain a nucleus, yeast is related to plants and animals and shares 2,000 genes with us.
PatientsLikeMe Launches “Data for Good” Campaign to Encourage Health Data Sharing to Advance Medicine
Today, PatientsLikeMe kicks off a new campaign promoting the value of sharing health information to advance research.
I co-founded the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in 2002 because I believed deeply that the open access publishing model…But in the last few weeks I have had a major change of heart.
The “Iliad” may be a giant of Western literature, yet its plot hinges on a human impulse normally thought petty: spite.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and has forbidden the granting of further whaling permits.
Distinct facial muscles were used to express compound emotions.
If legislation banning smoking protects people from disease, then the proportion of the world population covered by such laws is too low – just 16%, according to researchers.
Many governments want sterner warnings of probable economic damage from global warming in a draft U.N. report due on Monday, saying that existing estimates of trillions of dollars in losses are only part of the picture.
The mother of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead by multiple neurologists more than three months ago, insisted Thursday that her daughter was “asleep” and “blossoming into a teenager.”
The company changes how it tallies government requests for data in its second transparency report, following tech firm push back over the past year.
Geneticists say they’ve built a working yeast chromosome from the bottom up for the first time — a feat that could open the way for custom-made biofactories that churn out fuels and pharmaceuticals.
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A large international team of scientists has built the clearest picture yet of how human genes are regulated in the vast array of cell types in the body – work that should help researchers target genes linked to disease.
Imagine a CEO wants to profit from a venture that, by the way, involves emitting pollution toxic to the environment, but she doesn’t care because the goal is profit.
There is no cure for the condition, and therapies have proven difficult, as many have serious side effects. But now, relief may come in the form of a medical marijuana pill.
Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves.
Children at risk of developing a low IQ could be helped by genetic screening, Cardiff University researchers say.
Just hours after social-media supporters of a dying 7-year-old boy pressured a reluctant biotech company into giving him an experimental medication, the backlash began.