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3:08pm

Mon December 17, 2012
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Lead Poisoning Cases Offer New Reminder About Hazards Of Ancient Remedies

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 2:37 pm

The Ayurvedic remedies above were included in a 2004 study by researchers at Harvard Medical School that found dangerous levels of heavy metals in 14 out of 70 products.
CHITOSE SUZUKI ASSOCIATED PRESS

These days, just about everyone seems to be looking for more natural alternatives to what they eat and drink. So it's easy to see the appeal of traditional medicine. But as two recent cases from New York City highlight, just because a remedy is ancient or holistic doesn't necessarily mean it's safe.

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1:04pm

Mon December 17, 2012
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Scientists Look For New Drugs In Skin Of Russian Frog

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 11:01 am

Before the advent of refrigeration, Russians had a neat trick for keeping their milk from spoiling. They'd drop a live frog in the milk bucket.

The Russians weren't sure how this amphibian dairy treatment worked, but they were convinced it did.

Since then, researchers have discovered that the goo some frogs secrete through their skin has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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8:53am

Mon December 17, 2012
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Herbs And Empires: A Brief, Animated History Of Malaria Drugs

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 6:57 am

Adam Cole NPR

What do Jesuit priests, gin and tonics, and ancient Chinese scrolls have in common? They all show up in our animated history of malaria.

It's a story of geopolitical struggles, traditional medicine, and above all, a war of escalation between scientists and a tiny parasite. Malaria has proved to be a wily foe: Every time we think we have it backed into a corner, it somehow escapes.

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6:57am

Mon December 17, 2012
Health

A 'Silent Epidemic,' Coloradans Increasingly Taking Their Toothaches To The ER

Hillers works on a decayed molar of patient Vesha Gilbert at Denver Health’s Webb Clinic
Laressa Watlington Colorado Public News

Nineteen-year-old Vesha Gilbert’s toothache had become so unbearable, she ended up where no one wants to be: Sitting in a dentist’s chair, cringing at the thought of having her decayed back molar pulled.

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1:36am

Mon December 17, 2012
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Experts Argue Against Proposed Ban On Vaccine Preservative

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 6:55 am

A boy in Lima, Peru, receives a hepatitis B vaccine during an immunization drive in 2008. The United Nations is considering a ban on the preservative thimerosal, which is often used in hepatitis B and other vaccines in developing countries.
Martin Mejia AP

An old complaint about the safety of childhood vaccines is finding new life at the United Nations.

The U.N. Environment Program is considering a ban on thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that is widely used in developing countries. The program expects to make a decision sometime after a final meeting on the issue in January.

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