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Specific genes in placenta may predict size of baby’s brain and risk for schizophrenia

A genetic scoring of schizophrenia-related genes in the placenta can predict the size of a baby’s brain at birth and its rate of cognitive development, which, dependent on other factors,

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Q&A: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

My sister was just told she has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I’ve heard of that causing sudden death in athletes. She says she feels fine and doesn’t need treatment now, so is

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Death by suicide? Drug overdoses muddy waters for investigators, amplify mental health crisis

Classifying a death as suicide may be easiest for medical examiners and coroners in the western United States, which reports the highest suicide rates officially. Suicide by firearm is the

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‘Prediabetes’ diagnosis less useful in older patients

Older adults who are classified as having “prediabetes” due to moderately elevated measures of blood sugar usually don’t go on to develop full-blown diabetes, according to a study led by

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Researchers create sophisticated lung-on-chip

The lung is a complex organ whose main function is to exchange gases. It is the largest organ in the human body and plays a key role in the oxygenation

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Researchers develop data tool that may improve care

With the aid of sophisticated machine learning, researchers at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine demonstrated that a tool they developed can rapidly predict mortality for patients

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New evidence linking eggs, cholesterol to cardiovascular death

A person’s intake of whole eggs and cholesterol was positively associated with their risk of death, while intake of egg whites or egg substitutes was negatively associated with death in

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