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    • 07 SEP 17
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    Six gene regions linked to preterm births

    For the first time, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has identified six key gene regions linked to preterm births. According to CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus, the findings from the genomewide association study are “enormous.” “Now we can identify who’s going to be preterm,” Agus said Thursday on “CBS

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    • 07 SEP 17
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    Six genes play factor in premature births, study finds

    September 7, 2017, 8:16 AM| New research offers clues about preterm births, which are defined as birth before 37 weeks. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine identified for the first time six key genes linked to babies born before full term. Almost 10 percent of U.S. babies are born prematurely and it

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    • 06 SEP 17
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    Probe could help cancer surgeons know they got it all

    WASHINGTON — Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, “Did you get it all?” Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it’s safe to stop cutting or if stray tumor cells still lurk.    The device is highly experimental, but laboratory tests show it uses molecular fingerprints to distinguish

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    • 06 SEP 17
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    Why end-of-life care should focus on quality of life, not survival

    Dr. Atul Gawande believes that caring for the dying shouldn’t be primarily about keeping people alive longer but about ensuring quality of life. “The goal is not a good death. The goal is a good life all the way ’til the very end,” Gawande told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. His book, “Being Mortal: Medicine

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    • 06 SEP 17
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    Western wildfires causing health concerns

    TROUTDALE, Ore. — A growing Oregon wildfire covered parts of Portland’s metropolitan area Tuesday with ash and prompted the shutdown of a lengthy stretch of highway through the state’s scenic Columbia River Gorge.  It was one of dozens of wildfires burning in western U.S. states that sent smoke into cities from Seattle to Denver –

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    • 05 SEP 17
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    Kate’s morning sickness probably not dangerous, doctors say

    Along with the announcement that Britain’s Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child, the couple revealed that for the third time — as with her previous two pregnancies — the former Kate Middleton is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness. Hyperemesis gravidarum is estimated to affect

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    • 04 SEP 17
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    Residents concerned about flooding at Superfund sites in wake of Harvey

    HOUSTON — More than a week after Harvey raked across southeast Texas, drone footage shows the floodwaters still surrounding the San Jacinto Superfund site — where toxic dioxins from an old paper plant could have leaked. “Most likely we will have to take some samples at this site,” said the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sam Coleman.

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    • 04 SEP 17
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    Harvey’s floodwaters mix a foul brew of sewage, chemicals

    Harvey’s filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts. Houston already was notorious for sewer overflows following rainstorms. Now the system, with 40 wastewater treatment plants across the far-flung metropolis, faces an

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    • 03 SEP 17
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    Contagious yawning: Resistance is futile

    It happened this past week — a yawning gap in our knowledge filled at last. Humans do it … chimps do it … even educated dogs do it. We all do it: We all tend to start yawning when we see, or even hear, someone else yawning.   A lion yawns in its enclosure at

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    • 03 SEP 17
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    San Diego declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak

    SAN DIEGO  — Officials in San Diego County have declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the liver disease hepatitis A. Infections have killed 15 people and hospitalized nearly 400 more, with the homeless population hit hardest since the outbreak started last November.  The Union-Tribune reports that Friday’s emergency declaration helps the

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    • 02 SEP 17
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    Possible new way to prevent heart attacks

    September 2, 2017, 6:46 PM| A new study shows that reducing heart inflammation may also lower the risk of a heart attack. Dr. Jon LaPook has more. Source Article from http://feeds.cbsnews.com/~r/CBSNewsHealth/~3/r-bVLLoygqg/

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    • 02 SEP 17
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    Morning Rounds: Flooding health concerns, Harvey’s emotional toll

    September 2, 2017, 7:45 AM| Dr. David Agus joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” from Los Angeles to discuss some of the health concerns for survivors of Hurricane Harvey, a potential breakthrough in the way we fight cardiovascular disease and a new FDA-approved gene therapy in the U.S. that treats children and young adults with leukemia.

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    • 01 SEP 17
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    Mold a serious health risk in Harvey’s wake

    The devastation from Hurricane Harvey posed many immediate threats to the lives and health of millions of Texas residents. But as the waters begin to recede and evacuees return to their homes to assess the damage, another threat that may not be at the top of people’s minds is likely to become a growing concern: mold. The

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    • 01 SEP 17
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    Why are yawns contagious? New research finds clues

    The “contagiousness” of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report. Echophenomena is the term for contagious movements such as yawns. Humans tend to yawn when they see others yawn, and so do chimpanzees and dogs. Researchers at the University of Nottingham wondered where the roots of this type of echophenomena are

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