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3:08pm

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Thaw At Brain Bank Deals Setback To Autism Research

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 6:35 am

Unrefrigerated brains in preserving solution are stacked high on shelves at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital.
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The details sound like something out of a bad science-fiction movie.

A freezer storing human brains for research went on the fritz, and nobody at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center knew for days. Two separate alarms that should have alerted staff to the problem failed to sound late last month.

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12:21pm

Mon June 11, 2012
The Two-Way

ABC's Robin Roberts Vows To Beat Blood Disorder

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on the show today.
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Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts told the ABC-TV show's viewers today that she's been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), "a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as preleukemia."

She also said "doctors tell me I'm going to beat this — and I know it's true."

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7:35am

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

UnitedHealthcare Pledges To Keep Popular Coverage, Regardless Of Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 11, 2012 10:38 am

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One of the nation's largest insurers said early Monday it would continue to follow some of the rules in the federal health law that are already in effect, including keeping young adults up to age 26 on their parents' plans and ending lifetime dollar limits, no matter what the Supreme Court decides.

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2:34am

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Deploy Shots And Drugs Against Whooping Cough Outbreak

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 5:45 pm

A nurse in Washington administers the whooping cough vaccine to a child in May. In response to the epidemic, more than 82,000 adults have also received the vaccine this year.
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A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail from my son's middle school alerting families that several students had been diagnosed with whooping cough, also called pertussis. I didn't pay too much attention; my son has been vaccinated and he got a booster shot a couple of years ago so I hoped he would be protected.

Then I started to cough.

A visit to my doctor and a pertussis test confirmed that I am one of the 338 people infected with it in Oregon this year. That's three times higher than last year.

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2:31am

Mon June 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

To Sniff Out Childhood Allergies, Researchers Head To The Farm

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 9:11 am

Contact with animals and dirty environments may be one reason farm kids are less likely to get allergies, researchers say.
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Allergies are on the rise these days, especially in children. Nearly half of all kids are now allergic to something, be it food, animals, or plants. Federal health officials say that rate is two to five times higher than it was 30 years ago.

And as researchers are trying to understand why, they're increasingly looking at kids who grow up on farms.

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