Archive | January 2015

Some genetic features associated with modern diseases are ancient

Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, can cause rashes that itch and sting. So why would a genetic susceptibility to this and other ailments persist for hundreds of thousands of years, afflicting our ancient ancestors, and us?
That’s the question scientists are asking after discovering that g…
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FDA mulls release of genetically altered mosquitoes

January 31, 2015, 7:48 AM|Federal health officials are considering releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to head off two deadly diseases. But thousands of residents are uneasy about the move, signing petitions to stop the test. Molecular biologist Dr. Christie…
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Cholesterol risk to heart health starts in young adulthood

January 31, 2015, 7:36 AM|CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook and CBS News medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips weigh in on new guidance about cholesterol and technology that may help diagnose concussions.

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University of Virginia confirms mumps case on campus

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia has issued an alert to students following a confirmed case of mumps on the campus, CBS Charlottesville affiliate WCAV-TV reports.
Officials said Friday there were four other suspected cases of the virus, but they’re awaiting final test results for…
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Superbug Fear Meets Super Bowl With Sexy Ad For Antibiotic-Free Burger

At the end of an ad set to air during Super Bowl XLIX, a scantily-clad supermodel takes a bite out of Carl’s Jr.’s new “All-Natural” hamburger. Bold letters flash across the screen: No Antibiotics.
The risqué nature of the commercial has triggered some controversy, but perhaps not as im…
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Soccer-Player airlifted to hospital after injury in English game

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Tommy Smith, a footballer for second-tier English club Huddersfield Town, had to be taken to hospital by helicopter after suffering a head injury in their game against Leeds.
Smith, a 22-year-old defender, had to be taken off the pitch on a s…
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Chile’s Bachelet takes on conservatives with plan to ease abortion ban

By Anthony Esposito
SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, unveiled plans on Saturday to ease a complete ban on abortions in the socially conservative South American country.
In a televised address, leftist Bachelet said she was sending Con…
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