Dozens of computer-generated chemical codes crowd the page, detailing your destiny. It seems you’re carrying a faulty cholesterol gene on chromosome 6, predisposing you to heart disease, explains your family geneticist. The prognosis, however, is promising. Referred to a molecular heart specialist, who diffuses the DNA time bomb with gene therapy, your revised health forecast is unmarred. The odds of developing coronary complications are now nearly non-existent. And thanks to last year’s genetic cocktail, spiked with a common cold virus engineered to replace genetically-programmed material in your weakening immune system, you can expect to live a long and robust life.

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Designer Genes: Phoenix Magazine

Al Lamb has just one regret with his new $40,000 smile: “I wish I did this 10 or 15 years ago,” quips the 61-year-old Scottsdale investor. With several missing teeth, between-tooth gaps and deteriorating bridge work, Lamb underwent a total cosmetic reconstruction, giving him 28 rebuilt pearly whites in new shapes and sizes.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Phoenix Magazine

With the promise of powerful new treatments - and even cures for disabling and deadly diseases - today’s scientific stem-cell gold rush is surging. Despite controversy and regulations regarding the ethics of stem-cell research, companies and universities worldwide have patented 3,000 discoveries using stem-cell techniques over the past five years, according to a biotechnology report. Click link for article

Stem Cell Science Gains Ground: EBSCO Publishing

This nationally distributed general health-and-wellness magazine is produced by McMurry, among the custom publishers I’ve written for.

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Living Well: McMurry Publishing

Caleb Nelson’s courage to undergo a staggering number of surgeries has led to a revolutionary hydrocephalus procedure that’s already saving lives. “As a result of trial and error on this little boy, we now know about the importance of spinal fluid on the outside of the brain, and how it must be drained, as well as the fluid on the inside to prevent life-threatening complications,” relates his neurosurgeon.

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Caleb’s Courage: Barrow Magazine

The breakthrough operation dislodged a life-threatening tumor from a 16-year-old’s nasal passage and the base of his brain. Surgeons were able to save the teen’s sense of smell - a feat never before accomplished during this kind of procedure. The delicate six-hour surgery involved dismantling the boy’s face to provide access to the tumor.

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Tumor Tinkering: Barrow Magazine

Hiding deep within the brain, they’ve dodged detection for decades. Among the deadliest of tumors, these insidious invaders attacked an estimated 17,600 victims last year, causing more than 13,200 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. As these aggressive malignancies continue eluding doctors and scientists, Michael Berens hopes his research will turn the tide on these tumors. Read full article here (PDF)

At 32, her success seemed sealed. Pursuing a masters degree in forestry at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Rainy Lautze was an athlete and outdoor enthusiast who led a full life before a traumatic brain injury. How much recovery can be expected after a severe brain injury like Lautze’s? Does improvement continue years later, or it is chiefly confined to a  certain post-injury period? Such questions are being explored by Barrow  Neuropsychology Chair Dr. George Prigatao.

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Neurolopsychology: Helping Reconstruct Lives: Barrow Magazine

Telling the Story of Science: Barrow Magazine

The Gene Hunter: Barrow Magazine

Think looking for a needle in a haystack is challenging? Try wading through billions of molecular-material bits, too tiny for microscopic detection. “First, you have to find the haystack, scientist Eric Johnson wryly explains. “There are three billion bases of genetic information, and you’re looking for a change in just one of these bases. So it’s a one-in-three billion search - roughly the equivalent of trying to find a person somewhere on the planet.”

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Strike Stress: Reap Rewards: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Guided imagery teaches patients to use positive mental images to impact their body and mind. Science increasingly supports such sentiments. One exploratory study even suggests guided imagery can increase survival rates for people with cancer.

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Science, Medicine and Health

Welcome to Outer Space. An uncharted panorama of stunning sunsets and overwhelming vastness. Incredible discoveries, new methods of adapting. A utopian laboratory for astronomers, behaviorists, anthropologists, geophysicists, environmentalists, chemists and physicians - who are finding that space medicine discoveries are having immediate applications on Earth.

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Space Medicine: Vim & Vigor

Universal Health Insurance proposal.

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Changing the Rules: Weill Cornell Medicine

Cope With Cancer: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Studies show practicing mindfulness supports overall well-being, which correlates with enhanced immune function, decreased symptoms and optimal healing. 

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Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking: EBSCO Publishing

If you’re among the millions of Americans trapped by a terror of speaking in public, take heart: Certain medications and a specific form of short-term psychotherapy are now available to help you achieve freedom from this phobia.

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When Faith Bult’s six-year-old Rottweiler started limping on his left leg, she figured Punch tore another ligament. After scheduling surgery to repair the assumed rupture, Bult was blindsided by what happened next: Punch’s limp suddenly worsened, accompanied by knee swelling. Rushing him to the vet, a rapidly-growing lump between the size of a golf and tennis ball was found on the inside of his leg. The diagnosis: An aggressive bone cancer called osteosarcoma.

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Rottweiler Helps Advance Osteosarcoma Research