Tue September 9, 2014
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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:43 pm

Leif Parsons for NPR

Ten years ago, Robert Waterland got an associate professorship at Baylor College of Medicine and set off to study one of the nation's most pressing health problems: obesity. In particular, he's been trying to figure out the biology behind why children born to obese women are more likely to develop the condition themselves.

Waterland got sustaining funding from the National Institutes of Health and used it to get the project going.

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Mon September 8, 2014
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Researcher Urges Wider Genetic Screening For Breast Cancer

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:43 am

Lisa Schlager of Chevy Chase, Md., demonstrates outside of the Supreme Court as arguments were made in a case seeking to determine whether the BRCA breast cancer genes can be patented. The court ruled in 2013 that individual genes can't be patented.
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A prominent scientist has started a big new debate about breast cancer. Geneticist Mary-Claire King of the University of Washington, who identified the first breast cancer gene, is recommending that all women get tested for genetic mutations that can cause breast cancer.

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Mon September 8, 2014
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CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 11:46 am

13-year-old Will Cornejo of Lone Tree, Colo., recovers at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver from what doctors suspect is enterovirus 68. His parents found him unconscious on the couch and called 911. He was flown to Denver for treatment.
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A rarely seen virus is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and parents to be on the alert.

"Hospitalizations are higher than would be expected at this time of year," Dr. Anne Schuchat, head of infectious diseases for the CDC, said Monday at a press briefing on enterovirus 68. "The situation is evolving quickly."

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Mon September 8, 2014
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New Option For Getting Rid Of Old Drugs: The Pharmacy

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 6:32 am

Soon there will be disposal choices beyond the take-back drives for old medicines.

If you have old or unused narcotic painkillers in the medicine cabinet, your main choices for getting rid of them have been to toss them in the trash, flush them down the toilet or drop them off at the police station.

But soon it will be possible to take them to the local drugstore or even mail them back.

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Mon September 8, 2014
Shots - Health News

The Start Of School Is Not The Only Risky Time For Campus Rape

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:12 am


It's sometimes called "the red zone" — from the first day on campus to Thanksgiving break — when female students are thought to be at higher risk of sexual assault.

Students away from home for the first time with no parental supervision are trying to make friends and fit in. Add parties and alcohol, and it can be a dangerous mix.

"It's assumed the highest-risk period is at the beginning of the first semester," says Bill Flack, an associate professor of psychology at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.

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