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1:02am

Wed July 17, 2013
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Sickle Cell Anemia Is On The Rise Worldwide

Originally published on Wed July 17, 2013 8:45 am

Red blood cells are normally shaped like doughnuts, but sickle cells (purple) are flattened and clump together.
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Sickle cell anemia may not be as well-known as, say, malaria, tuberculosis or AIDS. But every year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with this inherited blood disorder. And the numbers are expected to climb.

The number of sickle cell anemia cases is expected to increase about 30 percent globally by 2050, scientists said Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is most common, will be the hardest hit.

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3:03pm

Tue July 16, 2013
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Cerner Fights For Share In Electronic Medical Records Boom

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

Pretty servers hold private health data at Cerner.
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12:43pm

Tue July 16, 2013
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Mining Cell Data To Answer Cancer's Tough Questions

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 2:47 pm

Chemistry, genetics and computing give us clues to understand cancer cells.
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Sometimes a drug hits cancer hard. Sometimes the cancer cells are unfazed. But it's often hard to know which outcome to expect.

A group of scientists at the National Cancer Institute has spent the last three years turning some mathematical algorithms loose on giant sets of data to better understand the relationship between cancerous cells and cancer drugs.

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11:37am

Tue July 16, 2013
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The Family That Tweets Together Stays Together

Snapchatting, Dad? Could be helping you stay close to the kids.
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Retweeted by Mom? Teenagers might say they'd die of embarrassment. But teenagers who are connected with their parents via Twitter and other social media have better relationships with them, and fewer behavioral problems.

A study that asked teens if they used social media to communicate with their parents found that half said yes. And 16 percent said they used social media with their parents every day.

Half of the teens in a this study said they used social media to communicate with the folks. Almost 20 percent said they communicated with Mom and Dad that way every day.

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8:22am

Tue July 16, 2013
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Costlier Insurance For Smokers May Not Come With Quitting Help

Smoking can raise your insurance rates, but that doesn't mean you'll get coverage for help with quitting.
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Most smokers want to quit. But how to nudge them in that direction is up for debate.

The health law allows new individual and small group health plans to charge smokers up to 50 percent higher premiums next year.

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