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FDA warning: Do not eat peanut butter products

FDA warning: Do not eat peanut butter products

Health officials yesterday advised consumers not to eat cookies, crackers, cereal, ice cream, candy or other products containing peanut butter that may have been contaminated with salmonella, which has sickened more than 470 people in 43 states and has been linked to six deaths.

January 18, 2009 — Lisa Stein
House Dems push for more than $80 billion in stimulus money for big tech projects

House Dems push for more than $80 billion in stimulus money for big tech projects

Democratic lawmakers are calling for $80 billion in federal funds to be set aside to beef up the nation's Internet services, develop renewable energy sources and computerize health care records. 

The investment would be part of the $825 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009 [pdf] (which the House is expected to vote on the week of Jan.

January 17, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Energy secretary-designate Steven Chu not too busy to conduct heavy-duty physics

Energy secretary-designate Steven Chu not too busy to conduct heavy-duty physics

Physicist Steven Chu may be on the verge of becoming the nation's top energy official, but physics clearly is never far from his mind. To wit: on the day of his Senate confirmation hearing this week to become President-elect Barack Obama's energy secretary, a paper Chu co-wrote was posted by one of his co-authors on the Web site arxiv.org.

January 16, 2009 — John Matson
Tougher tests for Pap smear lab readers?

Tougher tests for Pap smear lab readers?

The feds want the folks who read Pap smear results that check for cervical cancer to take a more rigorous proficiency exam.

A proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would require pathologists and cytologists taking the proficiency exam to read 20 instead of 10 slides of cells.

January 16, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Abby Normal? Nope: Psychiatrist knits anatomically correct brain

Abby Normal? Nope: Psychiatrist knits anatomically correct brain

The brain is among the body's more intimidating pieces of anatomy, but a child psychiatrist has made it warm and fuzzy — by knitting a copy.

Karen Norberg, a research instructor in psychiatry at Washington University in St.

January 16, 2009 — Jordan Lite
A real Whopper: Facebook de-friends Burger King

A real Whopper: Facebook de-friends Burger King

Facebook is no longer friends with Burger King, which it charges improperly used the site to pump up biz by offering users a free Whopper sandwich if they dumped 10 of their pals on the social-networking site.

January 16, 2009 — Jordan Lite
New study: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are genetically linked

New study: Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are genetically linked

A new study suggests that if schizophrenia runs in a family, there's a good chance that bipolar disorder does as well (and vice versa). The findings, published today in the journal The Lancet , suggest that the two disorders are caused by some of the same genes.

January 15, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Honey, we shrunk the food -- really, really fast

Honey, we shrunk the food -- really, really fast

Policymakers may not intend to keep us trim when they're pondering how to manage fisheries and other wild food resources. But a new study indicates that our current food-harvesting practices are making the stuff we eat smaller—very quickly.

January 15, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

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