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In what could be a significant advance for personalized medicine

Obama to Launch Personalized Medicine Research Initiative

Asking Congress for $215 million to compile genetic data of one million Americans for study
Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels

Recurrent Kidney Stones Linked to Arterial Calcium Deposits

Patients might need closer monitoring for further signs of pending cardiovascular issues
Although the overall rate of colorectal cancer has fallen in recent decades

Colorectal Cancer Rates on Rise in Young Americans

Still, only 10 percent of cases occur in younger group, researchers find
The deep inspiration breath-hold technique is associated with a reduction in the mean heart radiation dose during left breast irradiation

Deep Inspiration Breath-Hold Cuts Mean Heart Radiation Dose

Review shows reduction in mean heart dose versus free breathing approach in left breast irradiation
The United States has seen more cases of measles in January than it usually does in an entire year

CDC: Measles Cases in January Top Typical Load for Entire Year

Spread driven largely by outbreak that started at Disney theme parks in California in December
A review of the data suggests that the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) shortens the length of flu symptoms by about a day

Review: Oseltamivir Shortens Flu Duration by About a Day

And reduces the risk of flu-related complications such as pneumonia
People who average more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to those whose daily average amounts to less than half a drink

Heavy Drinking in Middle Age Rivals HTN, DM As Stroke Risk

By age 75, however, blood pressure and diabetes became better predictors of stroke
Use of topical dapsone may have led to the development of methemoglobinemia

Topical Acne Gel Linked to Methemoglobinemia

Teen developed blood disorder after using Aczone for a week
Isolated systolic high blood pressure in young adulthood is a predictor of cardiovascular disease mortality 30 years down the road

Isolated Systolic High BP in 30s May Up Risk of Earlier Death

Systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg or more raises risk for heart disease in later life, researchers say
People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer

Cancer Diagnosis Impacts Patient Adherence to Diabetes Rx

Effect more pronounced with poor cancer prognosis