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"The Obama proposal seems to have evolved in a manner similar to the Human Genome Project, scientists said. “The genome project arguably began in 1984, where there were a dozen of us who were kind of independently moving in that direction but didn’t really realize there were other people who were as weird as we were,” Dr. Church said. However, a number of scientists said that mapping and understanding the human brain presented a drastically more significant challenge than mapping the genome... They also said that a series of national brain “observatories” should be created as part of the project, like astronomical observatories."
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"Turns out, somewhere in those missing seconds the bike put its kickstand through my calf, splitting the muscle sheath. That’s what was poking out... Well, talk about tipping points. My retirement tipped me right over the cliff... Now, 13 months later, I’m back on my own feet and ready to stop relaxing. It’s too dangerous... Give me the insanity of impossible schedules, screaming studio heads, script pages never showing up until the morning we’re to shoot them — anything but the horrors of retirement. These are scarier than any horror movie I can dream up."
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"while experts say that doctors have an ethical obligation to warn their peers about bad drugs or medical devices, they often do not do so... They may fear that speaking out could get them sued or believe that a product problem was an anomaly or their fault. Doctors also have an aversion to reporting... There is another reason doctors may choose to remain silent, experts say: their financial ties to a drug or device maker... The results of not speaking out are playing out in a Los Angeles courtroom, where the first Johnson & Johnson hip case is unfolding."
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"The artificial retina is a sheet of electrodes implanted in the eye. The patient is also given glasses with an attached camera and a portable video processor. This system, called Argus II, allows visual signals to bypass the damaged portion of the retina and be transmitted to the brain. With the artificial retina or retinal prosthesis, a blind person cannot see in the conventional sense, but can identify outlines and boundaries of objects, especially when there is contrast between light and dark — fireworks against a night sky or black socks mixed with white ones... Of the 30 Argus II clinical trial patients, 11 experienced a total of 23 negative effects, the F.D.A. said, including retinal detachment and erosion of the clear covering of the eyeball."
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"But despite the seemingly admirable goal, the program is now under siege, the focus of a fierce battle between powerful forces — the pharmaceutical industry, which wants to rein in the discounts, and the hospitals, which say they might have to cut services without them. One issue is that the program allows hospitals to use the discounted drugs to treat not only poor patients but also those covered by Medicare or private insurance. In those cases, the hospital pockets the difference between the reduced price it pays for the drug and the amount it is reimbursed."
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"Baby boomers have been hit hard by the recession. Millions of people in their 50s and 60s are unemployed; some have retired but wish they were still working. And yet research shows that older people have much to offer, particularly as educators and child care providers. How can the talents and experience of older workers be put to good use? Would it be smart for temp agencies and internship and fellowship programs to recruit more older people?"
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"Let’s scrap this system. We need, at its entry level, the equivalent of a medical residency. Law school graduates would practice for two years or so, under experienced supervision, at reduced hourly rates... The greatest benefit, however, would be the recovery of an ethic of legal practice that has been greatly diminished. At its best, law protects the vulnerable, safeguards liberty and serves the public. By embracing a residency model, the profession can rebalance the tension between profit and service."
New lawyers should have to do residencies, just as doctors do.
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"Last year, the Education Department said it would change one of the tests used for admission to public school gifted kindergarten and first-grade classes in order to focus more on cognitive ability and less on school readiness, which favors children who have more access to preschool and tutoring... Mr. Davison has suggested that the schools should develop their own test that would be administered by the schools themselves, and not by psychologists, who are widely believed to be, along with professors and consultants, among those supplying the tests to test prep companies."
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"filmmakers who make up facts in stories about real people to add “drama,” rather than just writing the real facts better. It makes viewers think that realism is just another style in art, so that no movie, no matter how realistic it looks, is believable... Hollywood always wants it both ways, of course, but this Oscar season is rife with contenders who bank on the authenticity of their films until it’s challenged, and then fall back on the “Hey, it’s just a movie” defense."
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"Debris from a meteor streaked through the sky with a blinding flash in western Siberia early Friday. A number of drivers captured the incident on their dashboard cameras, an accessory used by Russian motorists to document whatever may happen on the road."
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"the drug — phenylbutazone, or bute, an anti-inflammatory used commonly on lame horses... is also used to treat arthritis in humans. Very large doses can cause a potentially fatal blood disorder, aplastic anemia, in which the bone marrow fails to produce enough blood cells... But the positive tests for the equine drug have raised new concerns, even in countries like France, where eating horse meat is more acceptable than in Britain, where it is taboo... Health experts said that a human would have to eat 500 or 600 burgers a day of 100 percent horse meat to be adversely affected by the drug at the level found in the carcasses."
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"But now, researchers report evidence that the mouse model has been totally misleading for at least three major killers — sepsis, burns and trauma. As a result, years and billions of dollars have been wasted following false leads... They submitted it to the publications Science and Nature, hoping to reach a wide audience. It was rejected from both... reviewers did not point out scientific errors. Instead, he said, “the most common response was, ‘It has to be wrong. I don’t know why it is wrong, but it has to be wrong.’ ” The investigators turned to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."
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