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Insurance plays significant role in breast cancer disparities

Differences in insurance account for a substantial proportion of the excess risk of death from breast cancer faced by black women, according to a new study. The study, appearing in Journal of Clinical Oncology, concludes that equalizing access to care could address much of the existing black/white disparity in breast cancer mortality.

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

Doctors who take pharmaceutical money often use Twitter to hype drugs

Of 156 cancer specialists who received at least $1K from drug companies, 81% mentioned a conflicted drug

Yemen cholera epidemic kills 2,000, infects 500,000 as outbreak hits ‘grim milestone’

The cholera outbreak in Yemen, which began in April, has now killed 2,000 people and infected 500,000 in what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as “largest epidemic in the world.”

While the outbreak slowed in July in the worst affected areas, the waterborne disease continues to spread to new areas, creating additional strain on the limited resources available to deal with the crisis.

Select Memories Can Be Erased, Leaving Others Intact

New study of snail neurons suggests memories that trigger anxiety, PTSD could be ‘erased’ without affecting normal memory of past events

Different types of memories stored in the same neuron of the marine snail Aplysia can be selectively erased, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and McGill University and published today in Current Biology.