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12:42pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Planned Parenthood Windfall Funds Breast Health Expansion

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:05 pm

Radiologist Gerald Iba checks mammograms at The Elizabeth Center for Cancer Detection in Los Angeles in May 2010.
Damian Dovarganes AP

When the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure moved to cut funding for Planned Parenthood's work to screen women for breast cancer early this year, the reaction was swift and furious.

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4:42am

Mon August 20, 2012
Health

The Battle Over The Bulges: Debate Rages Over Govt Role In Healthcare

David Goehring Flickr - Creative Commons

As the number of Americans tipping the obesity scale grows, another battle over the bulges has emerged: How much should public policy control the collective diet?

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1:25am

Mon August 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Search For Parkinson's Genes Turns To Online Social Networking

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:50 am

Submitting a DNA sample to networking company 23andMe entails spitting a saliva sample into a plastic vial.
23andMe

There's a growing interest in what our genes say about our health. And in recent years, quite a few companies have sprung up to help us listen with the help of personalized DNA tests.

For a few hundred dollars and a vial of spit, these companies will search your DNA for sequences that predict your physical traits, your response to certain drugs and your risk for any number of diseases.

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1:23am

Mon August 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Why Can Some People Recall Every Day Of Their Lives? Brain Scans Offer Clues

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:50 am

Researchers are using MRI scans to learn more about the brains of people with extraordinary memory.
iStockphoto.com

Six years ago, we told you about a woman, identified as A.J., who could remember the details of nearly every day of her life. At the time, researchers thought she was unique. But since then, a handful of such individuals have been identified. And now, researchers are trying to understand how their extraordinary memories work.

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2:14pm

Fri August 17, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

WHO Calls For Emergency Stockpile Of Cholera Vaccine

Originally published on Fri August 17, 2012 3:11 pm

Thousands of doses of cholera vaccine sit in a refrigerated trailer in a United Nations compound in Saint-Marc, Haiti, in March. After some delays, a vaccination project proved successful.
John Poole NPR

A month ago the results of a successful cholera vaccine project in Haiti became available. Now the World Health Organization is calling for the establishment of a global stockpile of the vaccine to respond to outbreaks like Haiti's.

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