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University And Biotech Firm Team Up On Colorblindness Therapy

Six years ago, husband-and-wife scientists used gene therapy to cure colorblindness in monkeys. Now they're trying to make it work for the millions of people with faulty color vision.
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Arsenic In California Wines: Should Drinkers Be Concerned?

A recent lawsuit raises a red flag about traces of arsenic in some lower-cost California wines. But, by Canadian standards, the trace levels are acceptable.
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A Woman's Journey From Cancer Diagnosis To 'Professional Patient'

Advances in cancer treatments have made some forms of the disease a chronic condition. But protracted treatment, even when successful, comes at a high personal toll for patients and their families.
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Patients Often Aren't Offered Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparascopic surgery can be faster, safer and cheaper, but patients don't always get the choice even if it's appropriate, a study finds. Using it more often would reduce complications and save money.
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How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.
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Affordable Care Act Makes This Tax Season Painful For Many

Figuring out the penalty for not signing up for health insurance is just one complication. Tax filers who made more money last year than they anticipated may have to pay back some of their subsidy.
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Super Slick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?
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Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Current tests require growing anthrax in the lab, which isn't the best option for labs in Afghanistan. So engineers have come up with a credit-card-size test that could make the world a safer place.
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Despite High Rates Of Nursing Injuries, Government Regulators Take Little Action

While industry and government officials agree something needs to be done to prevent the tens of thousands of debilitating injuries among nursing staff, nobody can agree how to enforce it.
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Angelina Jolie Pitt's Surgeries Will Reduce Cancer Risk, Doctors Say

In a New York Times op-ed Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because of cancer fears. Doctors say it will reduce her risk by almost 90 percent.

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