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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

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

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

New Warnings on Cell Phone Use

There has been a raging debate over whether cell phones – or more specifically electromagnetic radiation that they emit – up a person's cancer risk.

July 25, 2008 — Barbara Juncosa

Father of medical genetics, Victor McKusick, dies at 86

Though not a household name, the impact that Victor McKusick had on medicine is profound: He was a pioneer in the field of genetics, showing the role that genes play in inherited diseases and abnormalities, ranging from Marfan's syndrome to dwarfism...

July 25, 2008 — Adam Hadhazy

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