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DNA The Causes Of Common Diseases Are Not Genetic Concludes A New Analysis
Medical News Today
Since sequencing the human genome, genetic researchers have searched intensively but unearthed little evidence to suggest that inherited genes cause common diseases. For such diseases, which include heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, and disorders such as autism, ADHD and dementia, as well as mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, significant genetic causation can now be ruled out with a high degree of confidence.

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gold star Hospital quality rankings may miss the sickest
Reuters | msnbc
NEW YORK — Public measures of hospital quality may not reflect care for the sickest patients — or even the majority of patients in some instances — suggests a new study of heart attack cases. As a result, the researchers caution that quality-of-care rankings — accessible through Medicare's Hospital Compare website — likely don't tell the whole story about how well a hospital is doing.

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Vitamin D Can Vitamin D Replace Flu Shots?
Laura Johannes | WSJ
Vitamin D, long known for its beneficial effect on bones, is increasingly being studied to see if it helps prevent colds and flus. Based on early research results, some doctors are recommending high doses to help stave off the upper respiratory infections, with some even speculating it could be a substitute to the annual flu shot.

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cube Diagnostic errors: Why they happen
Kevin O'Reilly | amednews.com
Within five years, Susan Sheridan's family was devastated by two diagnostic errors. The first came in 1995, when her newborn son Cal's early development of jaundice -- a red flag for the potential of the severe neurological disorder kernicterus -- fell through the gaps in the system despite repeated attempts to alert physicians and other health professionals.

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stents Doctor Faces Suits Over Cardiac Stents
Gardiner Harris | New York Times
Word quickly reached top executives at Abbott Laboratories that a Baltimore cardiologist, Dr. Mark Midei, had inserted 30 of the company's cardiac stents in a single day in August 2008, "which is the biggest day I remember hearing about," an executive wrote in a celebratory e-mail.

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Cerebral Hemorrhage Are Seizures Due To Cerebral Hemorrhage Going Undiagnosed In The ICU?
Medical News Today
Bleeding in and around the brain (cerebral hemorrhage, including intra-cerebral hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, subarachnoid hemorrhage among other forms), from whatever cause (stroke, ruptured aneurysm, stroke, tumor, trauma, etc) can be very irritating to the electrical cells of the brain and affect how these cells transmit signals. If cells become very irritated and/or hyperactive, seizures can occur.

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