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Skin check for cancer? You may not need one

Do you obsessively scrutinize your skin for unusual blemishes and visit your doc for an annual whole-body check for cancer? It may not do you any good, a panel of government experts says...

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite

A blood test for predicting postpartum depression?

Identifying women at risk for postpartum depression might be as easy as measuring hormone levels in the blood during pregnancy, suggests a study published today in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

February 2, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

India promises $10 laptops for students

Can a laptop be manufactured for $10? The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project created by Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Media Lab has struggled to keep its promise to provide $100 laptops to school kids in developing countries (In fact, the cheapest one goes for around $188)...

February 2, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Obama orders review of FDA in wake of salmonella outbreak

Pres. Obama says he's ordering a “complete review” of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after state and federal inspectors failed to detect and crack down on  a Georgia plant that knowingly sent out tainted peanut butter products that have sickened 529 people in 43 states and may have killed eight...

February 2, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Get your binoculars: "New" comet pays a visit

Comet Lulin, just discovered in 2007 and making what might be its maiden swing through Earth's neighborhood, should be visible in the sky throughout much of next month, drawing closest to our planet on February 24...

January 30, 2009 — John Matson

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