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Friday, December 6, 2013

12/6/13 Health News: Cannibal Sandwiches, DNA Test Halted, Short Term Affects of Breast Biopsy

‘Cannibal sandwiches’ sicken Wisconsin residents
Cannibal sandwiches," an appetizer featuring raw, lean ground beef served on cocktail bread, may be a Wisconsin tradition, but they are not safe, health officials said, noting that more than a dozen people became ill after consuming them last holiday season. Health officials confirmed four cases tied to E. coli bacteria and 13 likely cases in people who ate the sandwiches at several gatherings late last year..continue reading

F.D.A. Demands a Halt to a DNA Test Kit’s Marketing
In a crackdown on genetic testing offered directly to consumers, the Food and Drug Administration is demanding that 23andMe immediately cease marketing its main DNA service until it receives marketing clearance from the agency.  In a warning letter issued and posted on the F.D.A.'s website, the F.D.A. said that the company had failed to provide adequate evidence that its Personal Genome Service provided accurate results.  continue reading

Short-Term Quality-of-Life Affected by Breast Biopsy
Breast biopsies can adversely affect short-term quality-of-life, and the effects are more pronounced in younger patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.continue reading

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