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11:51am

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Know The Enemy: Scientists Use Genetics To Get Ahead Of Malaria

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:20 pm

A micrograph shows red blood cells infected by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
John C. Tan AP

Like the proverbial mosquito that buzzes in your ear but won't die, a lasting solution to malaria has been maddeningly elusive to health experts.

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10:09am

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurers Wait For Verdict On Health Care Law And Their Bottom Line

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:25 pm

Demonstrators both for and against the health care law turned out on the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27, the second day of oral arguments before the court.
John Rose NPR

All eyes these days are trained on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule sometime this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

But some people are waiting more anxiously for the court to rule than others. Among them are those with a major financial stake in whether the law goes forward or not and if so, in what form.

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3:19pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Canadian Health Official Says Pure Ecstasy Is Safe

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 3:55 pm

An ecstasy pill with a rocket shop imprint.
iStockphoto.com

As far as recreational drugs that could have health benefits go, ecstasy doesn't exactly have a lot of champions. Instead, the drug, so often associated with raves, has been fingered as responsible for fatal overdoses, depression and problems in fetal development.

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2:53pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Can A Colon Cancer Test Level The Playing Field For Native Alaskans?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 6:56 pm

Alaska Natives are twice as likely to get colon cancer and die from it as the white population in the United States. When Mayo Clinic doctor David Ahlquist took a trip to Bethel, Alaska, in the mid-1990s, that startling statistic caught his attention.

"Here they had one of the world's highest rates of colon cancer and one of the world's poorest outcomes in terms of survival from cancer, because of late diagnosis," Ahlquist says.

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10:14am

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

U.S. Olympic Team Sprints Ahead With Electronic Health Records

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 12:13 am

Transporting reams of athletes' medical information has become a major burden for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and is one reason it's switching to electronic medical records.
Andrew Villegas KHN/iStockphoto.com

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