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New Law Lets School Staff Administer EpiPen Dosage

New Law Lets School Staff Administer EpiPen Dosage

About 1 in every 13 children has a food allergy, but many of them are unaware ... until they have a reaction. Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law Wednesday that makes it legal for a school official who isn't a nurse to administer drugs to quell an allergic episode.

Mental Healthcare for Troops Draws Criticism

Mental Healthcare for Troops Draws Criticism

Camp Lejeune Marines speaking Thursday in the aftermath of the death of a colleague who shot himself during a police chase aboard base Monday said instead of the needed psychiatric treatment they sought they were given a cocktail of antidepressants and sent back to work.

Genetic Test Kits Come to Walgreen's

Genetic Test Kits Come to Walgreen's

NEW YORK (AP) -- The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., will start selling genetic testing kits at many of its stores later this month, according to Pathway Genomics, which makes the kits.

CU gets $15M for biotech building

CU gets $15M for biotech building

The University of Colorado at Boulder has received another large contribution toward construction of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building on the university’s East Campus -- this one from the federal stimulus initiative.

The first successful facial transplant

The first successful facial transplant

While Hollywood grappled with the concept and made it seem so possible with the likes of Nic Cage and John Travolta, the reality was, that was all special effects and movie magic. That was until recently when a clinic in Barcelona claims to have performed the first successful full facial transplant.

Hackers and implanted medical devices

Hackers and implanted medical devices

It sounds like the plot of a tense and thrilling blockbuster feature film, but it could be a reality. Say you have an implanted medical device in you regulated by a computer system, what's to stop a hacker from getting into that system and start messing with things? It happens with online banking, social networking, and other aspects of the Internet. Scientists are taking preventative measures against these attacks to ensure your safety.

Sensitive to most everything? It could be all in your head.

Sensitive to most everything? It could be all in your head.

Ever heard of sensory processing sensitivity? Neither had we until we read Dr. Gupta's latest report regarding ultra-sensitivity to the world around us. Whether you want to subscribe to the notion or not, new findings are showing that how you are affected by stimulating elements is all caused by the way you view the world. Read on to see if it's all just in your head, too.

Fruita: The first Colorado city to tax pot

Fruita: The first Colorado city to tax pot

Seemingly, this is what should have happened initially when the legalization of medicinal marijuana was first passed, but the small agricultural town of Fruita, CO took the first step and is now taxing pot and all paraphernalia. They expect to raise a good deal of money by doing so, and hopefully other cities follow suit.

Be absolutely certain of your March Madness picks.

Be absolutely certain of your March Madness picks.

...Because some decisions aren't as easy to change as a college basketball bracket. Doctors are reporting an increase in vasectomies during March Madness. Maybe it's because after the operation, you have to stay put for a bit, and what's better to watch than a little college hoops? If you have to be couch/bed-ridden, might as well have some entertainment, right?

Seizures mishandled by TV Medical Dramas

Seizures mishandled by TV Medical Dramas

"Don't believe everything you see on TV." You've heard that before and for the most part it's true. Medical dramas are under scrutiny now for misrepresenting and mishandling seizures. While Dr. House may make the medical profession look like a series of quips and one-off loose cannon antics, the cases they deal with are all too real for some people in real life.

A cure for the dreaded peanut allergy?

A cure for the dreaded peanut allergy?

The warnings are abundant, especially in schools today: "Food brought in may not contain peanuts." The allergic reaction to the nut is particularly severe, prompting such safety precautions. However, new tests being done may just yield a cure to the allergy.

Progress Towards AIDS Vaccine

Progress Towards AIDS Vaccine

Rutgers AIDS researchers Gail Ferstandig Arnold and Eddy Arnold may have turned a corner in their search for a HIV vaccine. In a paper just published in the Journal of Virology, the husband and wife duo and their colleagues report on their research progress. With the support of the National Institutes of Health, the Arnolds and their team have been able to take a piece of HIV that is involved with helping the virus enter cells, put it on the surface of a common cold virus, and then immunize animals with it. They found that the animals made antibodies that can stop an unusually diverse set of HIV isolates or varieties.

Extreme Interior Design

Extreme Interior Design

You can design your home, outfit a new car with customized features, put a new spin on an old recipe for dinner, pick out what you wear, choose what colors with which to color, design a cell phone plan tailored for you, and even build a computer with the exact specs you're looking for. So why not be able to design your baby? Sound crazy? Well, the owner of a fertility clinic in Los Angeles vows in 6 months picky parents will have the ability to choose their newborn's features - everything from hair and eye color to skin tone.

Advancements in Modern Health

Advancements in Modern Health

It's hard to stay healthy this day and age. With our increasingly sedentary lifestyle and the common fatigue after a hard day's work, strapping on the workout clothes and heading to the gym seems somewhat a foreboding mission. Leave it to the folks at Nintendo (yes, the video game company) to remedy the situation with their video game-based workout system, the Wii Fit. The buzz surrounding the Wii Fit was palpable this past holiday season, when consumers found it next to impossible to get ahold of one. Now that a little time has passed, they are readily available online and in electronic stores. So let's see what this "exer-gaming" is all about.

Meat - In Vitro

Meat - In Vitro

What do you think of when you hear the term "in vitro"? The first thing would probably be in vitro fertilization and test tube babies. What if we told you scientists at a nonprofit research consortium called New Harvest are using this "in vitro" method to develop new meat substitutes. Their hope is that these new discoveries and advancements would reduce the need for farm animals, slow the spread of avian influenza, and reduce the meat industries already-enormous environmental footprint.

UPDATE: Clif Bar Peanut Butter Recall

UPDATE: Clif Bar Peanut Butter Recall

Because of a possible salmonella outbreak, Clif Bar, purveyor of energy and supplement bars has issued a voluntary recall on many of its products. From the Clif site:

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

The medical world is vast and ever-growing, each day adding new certifications and specializations to its already expansive portfolio. Wherever one's interests lie, there is most definitely a way to parlay them into the field of medicine in some aspect. Take, for example, Music Therapy.