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Veterans To Create World's Largest Medical Database

The Department of Veterans Affairs is way ahead of the curve when it comes to electronic medical records, which it's been collecting for 25 years. The Million Veteran Project launched this year is an effort to pair the records with blood samples — which contain DNA — from 1 million veterans.
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Now Children Need Cholesterol Tests, Too

One more needle stick: Children will now need a cholesterol test before they turn 12. Blame rising obesity rates for that. The goal is to find children with high cholesterol and treat them, mostly with diet and exercise, to reduce the risk of heart disease as adults.
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Farm-Raised Tilapia, With A Dash Of Antibiotic

Seafood inspections aren't geared to catch drug residues from fish farms, leaving consumers in the dark on whether dinner contains drugs that could cause antibiotic resistance and cancer. A new study says there's no way to tell how big the problem is, given the lack of oversight.
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This Is A Spinal Tap

In the popular imagination, spinal taps get top symbolic billing when it comes to medically induced pain and foreboding. But a Mayo Clinic neurologist explains they are no big deal when performed properly.
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Man On A Mission: Grow The World's Hottest Chili Pepper

An amateur chili grower aspires to break the Guinness World Record for the world's hottest pepper.
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Cure Winter Blues With Light Therapy

Or The Beach — Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, affects some five percent of Americans in the winter as daily sunlight hours dwindle. Psychiatrist Richard A. Friedman discusses the evolutionary origins of the winter blues, and treatments ranging from light therapy to a trip to the beach.

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