By Ron Wislow
Liquid biopsies could transform cancer care as we know it.
Five years ago, a team of researchers pored over the results of a prenatal genetic test given to more than 125,000 healthy pregnant women and made a stunning discovery. The blood test, marketed by gene-sequencing giant Illumina, was designed to detect chromosome anomalies associated with conditions such as Down syndrome by analyzing fragments of fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s blood.
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by Nicolette Francey Asselin, M.D.
“As a child, my family’s approach to mealtime was without food fights. What I learned stayed with me throughout my life. I realize now that’s how both my loved ones and I have effortlessly maintained good health.”
Envision the meal you carefully prepared with love, spattered all over your kitchen!
“Eating should be fun.” Chef José Andrés on «60 Minutes»
Author: Nicolette Francey Asselin M.D. “Taste Buds” The Magic and Fun of Sensible Food.
By Patti Neighmond
It’s that time of year again. You wake up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, a little achy — maybe a fever. Is it a classic head cold, or do you need to be more concerned? Could it be the flu?
“There’s lots of confusion out there, because both are viral respiratory illnesses,” says Dr. Yul Ejnes, an internal medicine specialist in private practice in Rhode Island and spokesperson for the American College of Physicians. “No one likes to get a cold, but people are more fearful of the flu.”
And rightly so.
Last year’s influenza season was particularly severe, resulting in an unusually high number of hospitalizations and deaths from flu complications. Read on