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1:57pm

Thu December 6, 2012
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Perfection Is Skin Deep: Everyone Has Flawed Genes

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:19 pm

When researchers looked at the genetic sequences of 179 individuals, they found far more defects in the patterns of As, Ts, Gs, and Cs than they expected.
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We all know that nobody's perfect. But now scientists have documented that fact on a genetic level.

Researchers discovered that normal, healthy people are walking around with a surprisingly large number of mutations in their genes.

It's been well known that everyone has flaws in their DNA, though, for the most part, the defects are harmless. It's been less clear, however, just how many mistakes are lurking in someone's genes.

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1:32am

Thu December 6, 2012
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Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 2:23 pm

Fraud victims are more likely to have opened official-looking sweepstakes notices and other mailings. A new study says the elderly are more susceptible than the young to being swindled.
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Lots of scams come by phone or by mail, but when the scam artist is right in front of you, researchers say the clues are in the face.

"A smile that is in the mouth but doesn't go up to the eyes, an averted gaze, a backward lean" are some of the ways deception may present itself, says Shelley Taylor, a psychologist at UCLA.

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12:49pm

Wed December 5, 2012
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Turning Vaccine Refusals Into A Teachable Moment

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 3:01 pm

Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, braces herself for a whooping cough booster shot at a health clinic in Tacoma, Wash., in May.
Ted S. Warren AP

More and more parents who object to vaccination aren't getting their children immunized, leading to outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and other diseases.

Some states have responded by making it much harder for parents to get exemptions from required vaccinations based on their personal beliefs.

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7:51am

Wed December 5, 2012
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Medical Residents Work Long Hours Despite Rules

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 8:05 am

To reduce errors by doctors in training, medical educators have capped how long they can work. But enforcing the limits can be a challenge.
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More than 10 years after she was a internal medicine resident, Dr. Vineet Arora still thinks about how her shifts used to end.

She says the best shift change was one that didn't require her to transfer single patient to the next bunch of residents. "A good sign out was 'nothing to do,' " she recalls. "When I trained, you worked here until your work was done."

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3:15pm

Tue December 4, 2012
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The Perilous Politics Of The Health Insurance Tax Break

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:50 pm

MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber, who explained the ins and outs of health overhaul in a comic book, says that excluding the value of health insurance from federal taxes is a terrible idea, at least from an economist's point of view.
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