SCIENCE IN THE NEWS WEEKLY
New Lupus Drug, Adolescents and Eating, Urethra Grafts
The first new drug treatment for lupus in more than 50 years was approved by the FDA last week, offering possible relief from painful symptoms of the sometimes fatal autoimmune disease.
In other biomedical news, a new study found that eating disorders are more prevalent among American adolescents than was previously thought.
And medical researchers report growing new sections of urinary tube from patients' own cells and grafting them into five boys.
Scientists also announced that they have linked 13 new gene regions to heart disease risk, in what may be the largest global study of its kind.
And European researchers said they have been able to diagnose Down syndrome prenatally by giving a simple blood test to pregnant women.
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