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Blood test gives early warning of melanoma relapse

Blood tests for melanoma reoccurrenceA blood test can detect changes in tumor DNA, potentially helping doctors detect melanoma relapse far earlier, according to a study in England.

Scientists at Cancer Research UK found the blood test detects mutations in circulating tumor DNA indicating potential drug resistance or relapse, which would allow treatment to start earlier and increase the chance for a patient's survival.

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Supreme Court Steps In To Keep Louisiana Abortion Clinics Open

SCOTUS steps in to keep La. abortion clinic openThe Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Louisiana law that threatened to close all but one of the state's abortion providers, mere days after hearing a major abortion rights case from another state.

In a short order, the nation's highest court effectively halted a state law that required all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.

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Tarantula toxin may be used as powerful painkiller

peruvian taratulaResearchers in Australia have identified a peptide in the Peruvian green velvet tarantula's venom that may work as a more effective, less addictive painkiller, according to a new study.

In addition to the peptide discovery, researchers reported a new role the cell membrane can play in the efficacy of drugs on pain receptors, which could help other studies on the painkilling potential of other substances.

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The cancer cluster of Piketon, Ohio

cancer cluster piketonA patch of land in the hills of rural Pike County, Ohio, hardly looks as if it played a key role in the Cold War. But as politicians dueled on the world stage, workers at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant south of Piketon toiled away producing weapons-grade uranium for the United States’ military.

The plant went online in 1954, lasted through the Cold War and is now in the process of winding down. Presciently, a group of Amish settlers who once plowed the land pulled up stakes when construction on the plant began in 1952. They were worried about the environmental impact, and the traditional pacifists were uncomfortable with the militaristic aspects of the complex.

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SF declares tent city of homeless is health hazard

Tents on SF hazardousSan Francisco health officials declared a tent city that has been growing along a city street a health hazard and gave homeless people living on the sidewalk 72 hours to clear the area.

The Department of Public Health said notices declaring the area along Division Street a public nuisance and encouraging homeless people to move to city shelters would be posted Tuesday.

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Latin American Doctors Suggest Monsanto-Linked Larvicide Cause of Microcephaly, Not Zika Virus

Doctors say Monsanto linked Larcivide causes macrocephlyAs the Zika epidemic “spreads explosively” around the world, pregnant travelers have been put on pause due to the virus’s suspected association with microcephaly, the congenital condition in which a baby’s head is abnormally small.

While the link between the mosquito-borne virus and microcephaly has yet to be scientifically proven, Argentinian and Brazilian doctors have suggested an alternate culprit: pesticides.

The report, written by the Argentine group Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST), suspects that pyriproxyfen—a larvicide added to drinking water to stop the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks—has caused the birth defects.

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Johnny Manziel's father: If son doesn't get help, QB 'won't live to see his 24th birthday'

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel's family is concerned for his well-being, but the NFL quarterback has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week, according to his father, Paul Manziel.

"I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.

On Friday, Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt also voiced concern for Manziel and announced that he is terminating their professional relationship.

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