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3:13pm

Fri April 26, 2013
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Oregon's Math Problem: How To Measure Health?

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:15 pm

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to track the health of a population: the average blood pressure, the rate of mental illness and the average weight.

Epidemiologists have been collecting these data for years, but now, in Oregon, there is cold, hard cash riding on measurements like these.

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2:09pm

Fri April 26, 2013
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Freaky Friday: Autonomous Tissue Grabbers Are On Their Way

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 8:54 am

A miniature ninja throwing star or a surgical device? The microgripper, shown here coming out of a catheter tube, is activated by body heat. The sharp appendages fold up when the device warms up.
Evin Gultepe, Gracias Lab, Johns Hopkins University.

When we first heard about researchers using tiny freely floating tools to grab tissue samples deep inside the body, we were scared.

But our fears quickly turned to fascination.

Johns Hopkins engineers are testing out what they call "untethered microgrippers" as a better way to investigate hard-to-reach places. They have launched hundreds of these things, which look like miniature ninja throwing stars, inside the body of animal to retrieve tiny pieces of tissue for biopsies.

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11:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
Health

Coloradans Invited To Drop Off Prescription Drugs

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Do you have any unwanted, unused, or expired prescriptions? Coloradans can drop off those drugs between 10 and 2 Saturday.

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10:27am

Fri April 26, 2013
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Failure Of Latest HIV Vaccine Test: A 'Huge Disappointment'

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:14 am

The green dots are HIV virus particles on a human white blood cell.
CDC

The largest current study of an AIDS vaccine, involving 2,500 people, is being stopped.

After an oversight committee took a preliminary peek at the results this past Monday, they concluded there was no way the study would show that the vaccine prevents HIV infection.

Nor would the vaccine suppress the wily virus among people who get infected despite being vaccinated.

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1:00am

Fri April 26, 2013
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A $5.5 Billion Road Map To Banish Polio Forever

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:59 pm

A health worker marks a baby's finger after giving her a polio vaccine in Moradabad, India.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Polio isn't going easily into the dustbin of history.

The world needs to push it in, throw down the lid and then keep an eye out to make sure it doesn't escape.

That's the gist of a new plan released Thursday by the World Health Organization and other foundations at a vaccine meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

It's a six-year, $5.5 billion program, and its goal is to wipe out polio for good.

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