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Insidermedicine in 60 - Autism, Breast Cancer, Panic Attacks, Cancer Surgery
Insidermedicine in 60 - Autism, Breast Cancer, Panic Attacks, Cancer Surgery

July 16, 2007 (Insidermedicine)

From London, 
The British doctor who suggested that Autism may be linked to the MMR vaccine is facing charges of medical misconduct tracing back to the research. It is alleged that the doctor didn’t have appropriate qualifications to perform the research and paid children 5 pounds for blood samples at his son’s birthday party.  

From Seattle,
A paint that contains chlorotoxin- a compound that comes from the venom of scorpions- may one day change how surgery is done for cancer. The compound sticks to cancer cells but not healthy ones. The technique can detect tumors as small as 200 cells. 

From Boston,
A so-called “fear molecule” has been identified. Research conducted in mice shows that they can lose their fear by blocking a molecule that originates in the hippocampus- an area located deep within the brain. This may eventually lead to a treatment for panic attacks and post-traumatic stress.  

And finally, from Hawaii,
A study on more that 50,000 post menopausal women is linking grapefruit to breast cancer. Women who ate more than ¼ of a grapefruit per day were 30% more likely to develop breast cancer. This may be caused by grapefruit raising estrogen levels.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I’m Dr. Susan Sharma.

 
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