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New Study Aimed To Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia

Oct 15, 2012
The areas where the most Alzheimer’s plaques typically form are highlighted in red and yellow on these brain scans
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Washington University will soon launch a clinical trial aimed at preventing people with Alzheimer's disease from developing dementia.

Washington University neurologist and study lead Dr. Randall Bateman says this is one of the first clinical trials to try to treat Alzheimer's patients before they have any symptoms.

A small piece of human DNA.
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A federal panel is calling for stronger privacy protections for human genetic data.

In a report out Thursday, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues said “whole genome sequencing” — which provides a unique blueprint of each person’s DNA —  holds great promise for advancing medical research and clinical care.

But the Commission said genetic data can also be misused and need to be adequately protected.

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Along with the cold weather comes the the possibility of the flu. This year, Cape Girardeau citizens have already started preparing for the illness.

The Cape Girardeau Public Health Center has already received vaccines for the public.

This year’s vaccination includes two strains of type A influenza and a strain of type B influenza. The H1N1 influenza is also included in one of the A strains.

Center of Public Health’s Jane Wernsman, says the H1N1 strain should not be as prominent this year.

Study: Free Access To Contraception Reduces Abortion Rate

Oct 5, 2012
Birth control pills
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Giving women free access to contraception can dramatically reduce abortion rates. That's the finding of a new study out on Thursday from Washington University.

Researchers gave more than 9,000 St. Louis-area women free birth control for three years. Compared to other area women, study participants had lower rates of unplanned pregnancy, and fewer than half as many abortions.

St. Francis Medical Center hosted the ninth annual Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in Cape Girardeau this Wednesday.
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St. Francis Medical Center hosted the ninth annual Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in Cape Girardeau this Wednesday.  Nearly three hundred physicians, supporters, and survivors attended.

Notable Cape Girardeau citizens such as Mayor Harry Rediger and prominent St. Francis Medical Center physicians volunteered as wait-staff.

Proceeds from the luncheon go to Dig For Life, which provides free mammograms for uninsured women. It is also part of the St. Francis “Pink Up Cape”.

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