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2:19pm

Thu May 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

How Can Identical Twins Turn Out So Different?

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:41 pm

But what about their personalities?
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A study of genetically identical mice is providing some hints about humans. How can one identical twin be a wallflower while the other is the life of the party?

The study of 40 young mice found that their behavior grew increasingly different over three months, even though the mice shared the same genes and lived in the same five-level cage, researchers report Thursday in the journal Science.

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12:14pm

Thu May 9, 2013
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Using Bacteria To Swat Malaria Inside Mosquitoes

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 9:10 am

More than a hundred different species of Anopheles mosquitoes can transmit malaria to people.
Adam Cole NPR

It's a bit like probiotics for mosquitoes.

When scientists infect mosquitoes with a specific bacterium, the insects become resistant to the malaria parasite.

Sounds like an easy way to stamp out malaria, right? Just introduce the infected mosquitoes into an area and let the bugs take over the natural population.

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9:44am

Thu May 9, 2013
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Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 9:10 am

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Cervical cancer takes its greatest toll in the countries whose economies and health systems are poorest.

Women in those places are less likely than those in rich countries to get regular Pap tests to detect the cancers when it can be treated effectively.

Of the 275,000 women who die of cervical cancer each year, more than 85 percent, or at least 234,000, are in low-income countries.

But a vaccine that can prevent cervical cancer could go a long way toward lowering the risk in those less developed countries. Problem is, the shots are pretty expensive.

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1:30am

Thu May 9, 2013
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California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 1:14 pm

Nurse Practioner Tina Clark examines Anastacia Casperson at the Glide Health Clinic in San Francisco.
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As states gear up for the Affordable Care Act, they're trying to figure out if there will be enough providers of health care to meet demand from the newly insured.

California is one of 15 states expected to consider legislation this year that would give advanced practice nurses more authority to care for patients without a doctor's supervision.

Tina Clark is a nurse practitioner at Glide Health Services, a clinic in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, a low-income section of the city.

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2:36pm

Wed May 8, 2013
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Not All Antioxidants Halt Macular Degeneration

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 4:04 pm

Age-related macular degeneration accounts for more than half of all cases of blindness in the United States.
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Age-related macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness in older people, and the culprit in more than half of all cases of blindness in the United States.

There's no cure for the condition, so scientists have been hard at work trying to come up with ways to hold it at bay.

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