More Bad News for Smokers
Week of October 25

Lung X-rayIn the two decades since we learned the BRCA2 gene mutation increases breast cancer risk, we’ve discovered it’s also tied to ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, and fallopian cancers, as well as melanoma. Now we know it also doubles a smoker’s risk for lung cancer.

Researchers discovered this by scanning the genomes of 11,000 people of European descent and looking for variants that would up their risk for lung cancer. They found mutations of the BRCA2 and CHEK2 gene significantly increase a person’s risk - and doubles it for smokers... More »

Semi-Precious Pathogens
Week of October 18

Drilling a cavityDave: Hey Norbert, did you know Lyme disease is on the uptick?

Norbert: Oh boy... (sigh)

Dave: What? (laugh)

Anyway, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection people get through bites from infected ticks. It’s the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the US and is transmitted by a blood sucking arthropod... More »


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