Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:56 pm
Scientists unveiled the results of a massive international project Wednesday that they say debunks the notion that most of our genetic code is made up of so-called junk DNA.
The ENCODE project, which involved hundreds of researchers in dozens of labs, also produced what some scientists are saying is like Google Maps for the human genome.
Yes, we've seen this before: a study showing large spending disparities to treat similar ailments and little if any link between expenditure and effectiveness.
What's different about a new analysis is the patients.
After decades of encouragement, Americans are getting their blood pressure checked more often.
And there's a little more good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most adults with high blood pressure are being treated these days.
But, and you knew there had to be a but, more than half of all Americans with hypertension — about 36 million people, all told — still haven't got it under control.
Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 12:09 pm
Cholera vaccine gives indirect protection to unvaccinated people in communities where a substantial fraction of the population gets the vaccine, a study in Africa shows.
The effect is called "herd immunity." It works because there are fewer bacteria circulating in communities where vaccination levels are relatively high.