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Genome Maps Solve Medical Mystery For Calif. Twins

Ever since scientists began to sequence the entire genomes of individuals —beginning with those of Nobelist James Watson and scientific entrepreneur J. Craig Venter in 2007 — skeptics have wondered just how useful this elegant and expensive trick would become. A pair of 14-year-old twins, Alexis and Noah Beery, now provide a compelling answer, even if it’s not yet clear how generalizable their case is to...

State changes immunization schedule

FRANKFORT Kentucky has changed its child immunization schedule to comply with national recommendations, adding a couple of childhood vaccines and recommending second “booster” immunizations for three other diseases. “In a nutshell, the changes are to require vaccines to protect children from preventable diseases,” said Dr. William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health. “Those...

Government Lists Formaldehyde as a Known Carcinoge...

After years of delays because of pressure from the chemical industry, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added eight substances — including formaldehyde, which is common in household products — to its Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemicals and biological agents that may increase people’s risk for cancer. Formaldehyde and a botanical known as...

Playing God; Is Genetic Testing The Answer To A Mo...

Some parents don’t want to know the sex of their upcoming child. Others do. DNA profiling has been a hot topic amongst scientists for years and this week the topic heats up even more as a few reports published last December are now appearing on the scientific grid months later. Included in the studies is news that doctors could essentially reconstruct a baby’s genetic makeup by recovering fragments of fetal...

Safety Dooms Novel Staph Vaccine

A phase II/III trial of V710, an investigational vaccine for the prevention of Staphylococcus aureus infection, has been stopped for good following a risk-benefit analysis, according to Merck and Intercell AG. In April, the Data Monitoring Committee recommended suspending enrollment even though a pre-specified interim analysis showed that the trial did not meet futility criteria. No explanation was given. But a decision...

Large Amounts of Coffee Cause Hallucinations, Stud...

Big coffee drinkers are taking a latte break from reality, with half of them likely to hallucinate or hear things, the Herald Sun reported Wednesday. If the break is supposed to be a stress-buster — as it often is — that makes things worse. And if a cigarette is involved, you’re playing with fire. Research at Victorian university La Trobe found that stressed coffee lovers are three times more likely to...
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