Alzheimer’s, known mostly for the memory loss and confusion it causes, may be the nation’s third- most deadly killer, according to a study that suggests many more Americans die from the disease than is known.
Aiming deep inside the brain, drugmakers are testing medicines that may improve learning in people with Down syndrome, an advance unimaginable 50 years ago when many children with the genetic condition were considered hopelessly disabled.
Scientists have uncovered gene mutations that slash the risk of Type 2 diabetes regardless of age and weight, offering drugmakers a novel target to combat one of the major health threats confronting the modern world.
The obesity rate among 2- to 5-year- olds dropped by almost half in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a report suggesting a new wave of Americans may avoid the risks of heart disease and diabetes linked to being severely overweight.
A new technology aimed at eliminating genetic disease in newborns would combine the DNA of three people, instead of just two, to create a child, potentially redrawing ethical lines for designer babies.
The U.S. won commitments from 25 countries and the World Health Organization to work together on systems to better detect and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases such as H7N9 avian flu and Ebola virus.
Scientists have mapped the genetic legacy of events of the past 4,000 years that have shaped populations, such as Genghis Khan’s expansion of the Mongol Empire, creating an atlas that extends our understanding of human health and history.