The Startling Rise of Disability in America
Mar25

The Startling Rise of Disability in America

In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed. The rise has come even as medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job, and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled.

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Kids, Allergies and Squeaky Clean Dishes
Feb23

Kids, Allergies and Squeaky Clean Dishes

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That’s what some provocative new research suggests.

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Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety
Feb16

Beyond BPA: Court Battle Reveals A Shift In Debate Over Plastic Safety

BPA-free isn’t good enough anymore if you’re trying to sell plastic sippy cups, water bottles and food containers.

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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening
Feb01

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that’s so new, some women and doctors don’t quite realize what they’ve signed up for. This kind of test , called cell free fetal DNA testing, uses a simple...

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A Family’s Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope
Dec22

A Family’s Search For Fragile X Drug Finds Frustration, Hope

For a few weeks last year, Michael Tranfaglia and Katie Clapp saw a remarkable change in their son, Andy, who’d been left autistic and intellectually disabled by fragile X syndrome. Andy, who is 25, became more social, more talkative and happier. “He was just doing incredibly well,” his father says. The improvements came while Andy was taking an experimental drug — a drug made possible by the efforts of his parents....

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