Monthly Archives: July 2014

Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues — 1,100 New Cases in Last Two Weeks.

In the two weeks since California health officials declared a whooping cough epidemic, the state has added 1,100 more cases, officials with the California Department of Public Health said Friday. That brings the total number of cases to 4,558. A … Continue reading

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Women offered hope of breast cancer-predicting blood tests

Researchers discover a way of testing genetic predisposition to cancer in blood tests even if they don’t have the ‘Jolie gene’ which prompted the actress Angelina Jolie to have a double mastectomy  More.

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Slate: The Quadriplegic Who Moved His Hand.

“I knew instantly when I hit,” he says. “You’re facedown in the water and you’re trying to get up and all of a sudden you realize that you can’t move.” His friends hauled him safely onto the beach, but Burkhart … Continue reading

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Donor organs stored for four days in transplant breakthrough

Scientists at Harvard Medical School have discovered how to ‘supercool’ organs so that they can be transplanted four days after being harvested from a donor in a breakthrough which could globalise transplantation. @ The Telegraph  

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The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.

A new treatment could sidestep certain hereditary diseases by altering the genetic makeup of the egg. Is there anything wrong with that? See http://nyti.ms/1l7kjmc

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Flawed Saudi Response Is Cited in Outbreak of the Middle East Virus MERS

Flawed Saudi Response Is Cited in Outbreak of the Middle East Virus MERS By BEN HUBBARD and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have more than tripled since the end of 2013, leading health experts to cite … Continue reading

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Religious Objections To Vaccines Can’t Threaten Public Health, Judge Kuntz Rules

Judge William F. Kuntz II has ruled to uphold a New York City policy that bars unvaccinated children from attending school when another student has a disease preventable by a vaccination, reports The New York Times. In the ruling, Kuntz wrote that the … Continue reading

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