Sun July 15, 2012

Surfing And Cycling With Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Two years ago, Coloradan Andy Bonnett had Stage 4 lung cancer. Now tumor-free, he recently took up surfing.
Dan Armstrong

Physicians at the University of Colorado Hospital are finding startling success with medications that are made to match the genes of a particular lung cancer. The new strategy means the drugs work only on certain patients – but they can work really well.

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Fri July 13, 2012

Using Stress To Protect Firefighters’ Hearts

Firefighters disproportionally experience cardiovascular events.
Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock Flickr-U.S. Air Force

Pushed to the max in stressful situations, firefighters face a risk of sudden cardiac death that is three times higher than the rest of the population.

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Thu July 12, 2012


Wed July 11, 2012

Boulder Finds Its Own West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes

Boulder’s mosquito management program includes targeting larvae in breeding areas.
Larah McElroy Flickr

The City of Boulder announced on Tuesday that they, too, have resident mosquitoes harboring West Nile Virus. The positive test comes about a month after the first cases in Colorado.

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Wed July 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Gene Mutation Offers Clue For Drugs To Stave Off Alzheimer's

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 3:03 pm

A PET scan of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease.
U.S. National Institute on Aging via Wikimedia Commons

Finally, there's some good news about Alzheimer's disease.

It turns out that a few lucky people carry a genetic mutation that greatly reduces their risk of getting the disease, an Icelandic team reports in the journal Nature.

The mutation also seems to protect people who don't have Alzheimer's disease from the cognitive decline that typically occurs with age.

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