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Infectious Diseases: Mortality Down, but Still Poses Threat

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Last week, NPR highlighted The Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) latest research letter titled, “Infectious Disease Mortality Trends in the United States, 1980-2014.” This research letter describes a steady decline of mortality from infectious diseases in the U.S. As NPR reports, the research states that only 5.4 percent of deaths from 1980 to 2014 were due to infectious disease. It’s clear we’ve come a long way compared to 1900 when that number was Read More >

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Was the Sweet Potato a Natural GMO?

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NPR recently reported that the first genetically modified crop wasn’t made by a megacorporation or or a college scientist trying to design a more durable tomato. It was actually modified by nature. According to NPR, Scientists at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, have found genes from bacteria in 291 sweet potato varieties, including ones grown in the U.S., Indonesia, China, parts of South America and Africa. The findings suggest bacteria inserted the genes into Read More >

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The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

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Why do some push for the labeling of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)? Let’s ask an even bigger question. Why do people dislike the technology in general? Honestly, I think the answer is unknown and if you ask a person who doesn’t like the technology they may not know their reason either. The Trends in Plant Science Journal looked to answer the question “why do so many people oppose genetically modified organisms, or GMOs?” According to a new paper forthcoming in Read More >

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NPR’s Shots Blog: Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

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This past weekend, Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR’s Shots blog shared a fascinating but disturbing map from the Council on Foreign Relations, How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases. The map covers 2008-2013 and shows outbreaks of measles, mumps, rubella, polio, whooping cough, and other diseases that are preventable with vaccines. As the article notes, we’ve seen a large increase in whooping cough cases here in the US. While the 24,000 cases seen in Read More >

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