WASHINGTON — We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease.
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By Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient knew to avoid in food but was surprised to find hiding in medicine.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa’s lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug.
WASHINGTON — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8?
Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia.
WASHINGTON — Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases ‚Äî but a new poll shows they’d draw the line at changing DNA so children are born smarter, faster or taller.
WASHINGTON — Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are learning how those sandpapery tongues help cats get clean and stay cool.
The secret: Tiny hooks that spring up on the tongue with scoops built in to carry saliva deep into all that fur.
WASHINGTON — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart.
WASHINGTON — Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the “male” or “female” box on the birth certificate ‚Äî but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren’t always the same thing.
WASHINGTON — Surgeons turned down Terra Goudge for the liver transplant that was her only shot at surviving a rare cancer. Her tumour was too advanced, they said even though Goudge had a friend ready to donate, no matter those odds.
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.