Today's Vidyya covers new research from the NIH that pinpoints further the genetic basis of hereditary breast cancer. The finding, published in the August 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), may help explain why some women with a family history of hereditary breast cancer are at particularly high risk of developing the potentially fatal disease, even when they lack mutations in two previously identified breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2.
In other news, parents who smoke can be told of yet another health complication the habit has in store for their children. Bacterial meningitis is more common in children of smoking parents.
On the subject of smoking, the World Health Organization has released a report: Tobacco Company Strategies To Undermine Tobacco Control Activitis At The World Health Organization. The report reveals that tobacco companies have operated for many years with the deliberate purpose of subverting the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control tobacco use. We've got the full report.
Ireland is reporting a severe measles outbreak in its Northern territories. To date there have been over 1300 cases of measles reported. The countries epidemiologists are citing a lax approach to vaccination for the epidemic.
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