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Jan 30, 2015
Jan 30, 2015

U.S. proposes effort to analyze DNA from 1 million people

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up.

At the heart of the initiative, to be announced on Friday by President Barack Obama, is the creation of a pool of people – healthy and ill, men and women, old and young – who would be studied to learn how genetic variants affect health and disease.

Jan 29, 2015
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Jan 28, 2015

Some Obamacare insurers discriminate against AIDS patients: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some insurers selling policies under Obamacare may be structuring drug coverage in a way that dissuades people with HIV-AIDS from becoming their customers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act outlawed discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Insurers cannot ask about current or past illnesses, charge people with, say, diabetes or cancer more than healthy people, or deny coverage.

Jan 28, 2015
Jan 28, 2015

‘Expensive’ placebo beats ‘cheap’ one in Parkinson’s disease: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When patients with Parkinson’s disease received an injection described as an effective drug costing $1,500 per dose, their motor function improved significantly more than when they got one supposedly costing $100, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Underlining the power of expectations, the motor improvements, measured by a standard Parkinson’s assessment, occurred even though both injections contained only saline and no active ingredients.

Jan 28, 2015
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      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
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