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11:44am

Wed December 19, 2012
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NIH Moving To Revamp Funding Process For Bird Flu Research

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:32 pm

A health official culls chickens on a poultry farm in a village on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal. Chickens suspected of being infected with H5N1 bird flu were found in the area in October.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Flu researchers may be close to ending an unusual moratorium on some controversial scientific work that has lasted almost a year.

That's because officials at the National Institutes of Health say they will be moving swiftly to finalize a new process for deciding whether or not to fund proposed experiments that could potentially create more dangerous forms of the bird flu virus H5N1.

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10:42am

Wed December 19, 2012
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A Question About Aspirin And Age-Related Vision Loss

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:28 am

This image shows how macular degeneration affects a person's vision.
National Eye Institute, NIH

About 20 percent of adults take aspirin regularly, either to ease pain or to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

But taking aspirin might increase the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in old age, according to a study of nearly 5,000 people in Wisconsin.

Nobody wants to go blind. So does this mean it's time to give up on aspirin? Not at all, say ophthalmologists.

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10:10am

Wed December 19, 2012
Health

Whooping Cough Cases in Colorado Now at 64-Year High

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado is experiencing its worst season for whooping cough in more than six decades.  Statewide 1,407 cases have been reported as of Dec. 8 - a number not seen since 1948.

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1:48am

Wed December 19, 2012
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Fake Malaria Drugs Fuel Rise Of Drug-Resistant Disease

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 3:44 am

In rural areas of Myanmar, villagers can buy inexpensive packets of drugs, called Ya Chut, when they have malaria. But these local remedies often don't contain adequate amounts of malaria medicines.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Counterfeit drugs are a growing scourge around the world. They're generating millions of dollars in revenue for organized crime and fueling the rise of drug-resistant parasites.

Anti-malarials are among the most popular drugs to fake. But these faux pharmaceuticals are particularly dangerous because malaria can kill a person in a matter of days.

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3:43pm

Tue December 18, 2012
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Research Chimps Get Permanent Retirement Home

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:27 am

Chimpanzees check out a termite mound at the Chimp Haven sanctuary in Louisiana.
Chimp Haven

More than 100 chimps retired from medical research are about to get a new home.

Most of the primates who have been living at the New Iberia Research Center will soon make their permanent residence at the Chimp Haven sanctuary, the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.

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