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Thousands of new microbial communities identified in human body

Study sheds light on differences unique to individuals’ microbes For immediate release: September 20, 2017 Boston, MA – A new study of the human microbiome—the trillions of microbial organisms that live on and within our bodies—has analyzed thousands…

Harnessing data to improve health

We're now in the midst of a golden era of data. and scientists are constantly finding news ways to harness this information with applications across health care, the environment, commerce, urban planning, finance, and more.

A genome every 12 minutes

Conference on whole genome sequencing addresses advances in technology, ‘fake diseases,’ ancient DNA, and broad opportunities for human disease research November 22, 2016 -- In 2006, in the early days of whole genome sequencing, the sequencing platform at the…

Your phone knows how you feel

In this week's episode: How Donald Trump's victory will likely affect health care in America, plus how researchers are mining smartphone data to improve health.

Cost-effectiveness panel issues new guidelines

Two decades ago the U.S. Public Health Service convened a panel of non-government scientists and scholars with expertise in economics, clinical medicine, ethics, and statistics to review the state of cost-effectiveness analysis and to develop recommendations for its…

The imprecision in ‘precision medicine’

The rapidly evolving field of “precision medicine”—when medical care is tailored to the characteristics of each patient—is likely in the future to generate a “potentially bewildering array of probabilities” for physicians and patients, making it more challenging for…

Helping a war-torn country rebuild

Student plans on returning home to Syria to practice science, influence health care policy May 10, 2016 -- Lana Awad didn’t know until she was in ninth grade that she was visually impaired because of a genetic disorder. She…