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Every child born in the U.S. has a blood sample taken to screen for genetic diseases. Helen Sushitskaya/Shutterstock.com

Sequencing the genome of newborns in the US: Are we ready?

What happens when babies are born critically ill and the doctors have no idea what is wrong? Some argue that a controversial tool called whole genome sequencing may help find the cause.
Decoding all the DNA in a patient’s biological sample can reveal whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease. ktsdesign/Shutterstock.com

Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can't figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
It is hard for doctors to change their clinical practise in the light of new medical evidence. Shame, loss of professional self-worth and fear of malpractice lawsuits are some of the reasons. (Shutterstock)

The new truth about Aspirin, and your doctor’s slow uptake of medical evidence

Evidence now shows that for the majority of healthy people, the risks of bleeding with a daily Aspirin outweigh any heart benefits. How long will it take for your doctor to tell you?
Glaucoma is an insidious disease that is sometimes confused with inattention or vision deteriorating with age, yet it can kill your eyesight and leave you blind. Shutterstock

Glaucoma: Vision’s silent killer

Glaucoma is a serious disease which, if left untreated, can cause blindness. A professor of optometry explains the risks, process of diagnosis and available treatments.

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