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8:27am

Thu October 13, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Avastin For Breast Cancer: Hope Versus False Hope

The Food and Drug Administration regularly courts controversy. But the regulator is treading new and particularly emotional territory as it has moved to revoke approval of the drug Avastin to treat breast cancer.

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8:03am

Thu October 13, 2011
Animals

Naked Mole Rat's Genetic Code Laid Bare

Originally published on Fri October 14, 2011 5:15 am

Naked mole rats are becoming more popular in research laboratories, The rodents have surprised scientists with their ability to live up to 30 years and their potential to offer insights into human health.

Eric Gay AP

Lists of the world's ugliest animals sometimes include the naked mole rat. But scientists who have just analyzed its entire genetic code say this bizarre little creature has an inner beauty — unique traits that could aid research on cancer and aging.

Naked mole rats are neither moles nor rats, although they are naked. They have tiny eyes and piggy noses and have been described as looking like sausages with teeth.

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7:55am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

VIDEO: In Bhutan, Land That Measures Happiness, A Royal Wedding

Just for the beautiful colors and relative simplicity of the ceremony, it's worth noting and taking a look at today's wedding in Bhutan of King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck to "commoner bride" Jetsun Pema.

The Associated Press has video.

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6:54am

Thu October 13, 2011

6:35am

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Nearly Unchanged

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 6:38 am

The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits last week was basically the same as the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

It says 404,000 such claims were submitted, vs. 405,000 the week before (a number that was revised up slightly from the previous estimate of 401,000).

As we wrote last week:

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