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Measles is back, and it's because your kids aren't vaccinated

Measles is back, and it's because your kids aren't vaccinated

If you didn't vaccinate your kids, you too could find yourself partly responsible for the resurgence of a disease thought eliminated in 2000.

Measles—a highly contagious disease-causing virus—is making a comeback in the U.S., thanks to parents fears over vaccines.

August 22, 2008 — David Biello
FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

FDA approves first Huntington's disease therapy

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for Huntington's disease—the crippling illness that killed folksinger Woody Guthrie and that plagues 30,000 Americans.

August 18, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Viruses: They're alive, and they can infect each other

Viruses: They're alive, and they can infect each other

Viruses are world champion parasites—think of all the trouble they give us, from Ebola to HIV. Now French researchers have discovered a viral first … a virus that infects another virus.

August 8, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

Monsanto puts bovine growth hormone out to pasture

After years of legal wrangling over the proper labeling of milk from cows treated with its artificial hormone, Monsanto wants to sell its milk business—specifically, POSILAC, the bovine growth hormone given to cows to boost their production of milk.

August 7, 2008 — David Biello
"Smoking gun": Salmonella outbreak linked to irrigation water on a Mexican farm

"Smoking gun": Salmonella outbreak linked to irrigation water on a Mexican farm

Peppers were apparently the perps in the salmonella outbreak that sickened some 1,300 people in the U.S. and Canada since April. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it traced the responsible bacterial strain—Salmonella Saintpaul—to a Serrano pepper grown on a Mexican farm that irrigated its fields with water contaminated with it.

July 31, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan
New drug shows early promise in small Alzheimer's trial

New drug shows early promise in small Alzheimer's trial

A drug called PBT2, developed by Australian company Prana Biotechnology, appears to improve cognitive abilities in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's disease.  Researchers report in Lancet Neurology , that it was also successful in reducing protein buildup associated with the debilitating neurodegenerative illness, which plagues up to 4.5 million Americans.

July 30, 2008 — Nikhil Swaminathan

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