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  • DDW Enzyme Supplement Protects Gluten-sensitive Patients An enzyme that degrades gluten in the stomach and duodenum might help people with gluten sensitivity who unintentionally consume wheat or other grains avoid troublesome GI symptoms.
  • Point-of-Care HCV RNA Test Shows Good Accuracy A point-of-care test that can detect active infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) from a finger-stick sample and provides results in less than two hours showed good sensitivity and specificity in a multicenter Australian study.
 

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  • Meditation Not All Sweetness and LightIndividuals who practice meditation may have unexpected, challenging, distressing, and even functionally impairing experiences, new research shows.
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  • Proposed Law Opens the Door to Genetic DiscriminationProposed legislation could weaken genetic privacy protections and allow employers to pressure their employees to divulge genetic information through wellness programs, according to a commentary.

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