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12:05pm

Wed October 24, 2012
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Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 12:21 pm

An image of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University removing the nucleus from the mother's cell before it's inserted into the donor's egg cell.
Courtesty of Oregon Health & Science University

Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of ethical, social and moral questions.

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10:06am

Wed October 24, 2012
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How Does The Polio Vaccine Reach A Remote Corner Of The World?

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:00 pm

Health workers transport the polio vaccine by donkey in southeastern Pakistan.
Asad Zaidi Courtesy of UNICEF Pakistan.

In the past week, we've had a lot to say about polio — from its history in the U.S. to vaccination efforts in Nigeria and Pakistan.

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8:45am

Wed October 24, 2012
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The Sick Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay Medical Bills

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:14 am

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
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6:49am

Wed October 24, 2012
Health

Salt: The Tasty Killer

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  • Carol McKinley reports for Colorado Public News

Not many people would pour a teaspoon of salt over their plates at dinner. Yet with so much hidden salt in processed foods, that’s what most Coloradans are eating.

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2:58am

Wed October 24, 2012
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Meningitis From Tainted Drugs Puts Patients, Doctors In Quandary

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 8:58 am

Matthew Spencer receives intravenous infusions of a potent antifungal drug at home twice a day for an indefinite period to treat a suspected case of fungal infection linked to a contaminated steroid drug that came from New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts.
Richard Knox NPR

Two weeks after Matthew Spencer got a spinal injection for his chronic back pain, he felt "not quite right." Nothing too specific: worsening headache, nausea.

Then he saw a TV report on a recall of contaminated steroid medication used for back pain.

"I thought, well, I don't know if I had that medicine or not, but maybe I'd better go check it out," Spencer says.

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