Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pertussis outbreaks hit west, midwest – again

Once again, parents’ irrational refusals to vaccinate are singled out as the major contributor of the outbreak. Outbreaks of pertussis are again hitting multiple parts of the country, with Montana, Washington and Wisconsin all reporting significant increases in the number of … Continue reading

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Family physicians sign on to letter denouncing vaccine ‘myths,’ ‘untruths’

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the AMA and other stakeholder organizations, recently sent a sharply worded letter of protest to the group president of Discovery Communications’ two leading networks: Discovery … Continue reading

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Researchers make case for “Airplane Headache”

Reuters reports that according to a 75-patient study published online in the journal Cephalalgia, Italian researchers make the case that “airplane headache,” a specific short-lived, migraine-like head pain experienced while an airplane is landing, may indeed be a new headache … Continue reading

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Psychiatric medications in water supply linked to autism

Bloomberg News reports, “Fish exposed to psychiatric medicines [fluoxetine, venlafaxine, carbamazepine] in water showed gene patterns similar to those found in people with autism,” according to a study published in the journal PLoS ONE.

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Unborn child’s DNA sequenced using parents’ blood, saliva

In a front-page story, the New York Times reports, “For the first time, researchers have determined virtually the entire genome of a fetus using only a blood sample from the pregnant woman and a saliva specimen from the father.”

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CT scans during childhood may be linked to later risk of leukemia, brain tumors

The Los Angeles Times reports in the “Science Now” blog that CT scans during childhood may increase the risk of later developing brain tumors and leukemia, according to a study published online in The Lancet. The good news is that … Continue reading

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