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Science | New laser technology detects cancer cells in blood
by Julie Borg
Posted 7/04/19, 03:30 pm

A new type of laser can find and destroy cancerous melanoma cells in blood with 1,000 times the sensitivity of current detection tools. Most melanoma-related deaths occur because malignant cells at the original tumor site seep into the blood and spread to vital organs before doctors find them, Vladimir Zharov, director of the nanomedicine center at the University of Arkansas, told Live Science.

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New York ends religious exemption for vaccines

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 6/14/19, 11:29 am

New York eliminated an religious exemption to the state’s vaccination requirements for schoolchildren on Thursday amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades. The Democratic-majority state Senate and Assembly voted to repeal the exemption, which allowed parents who enroll their children in schools to cite religious beliefs as their motivation for not vaccinating. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the bill into law just minutes after the final vote.

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Prosecutors drop charges in Flint water crisis

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/14/19, 11:03 am

Michigan prosecutors dropped criminal charges against eight people in the Flint water crisis but promised to start a fresh investigation after finding new evidence. More than three years ago, authorities began to investigate a scandal that left the entire city’s water system contaminated with lead. Those now free from charges include former state health director Nick Lyon, former Michigan chief medical executive Eden Wells, and two state-appointed emergency managers in Flint.

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