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Scientists Discover Way to 'Turn Off' Sensation of Feeling Cold

usnews.com | Scientists at the University of Southern California have found a way to turn off the neuron responsible for sensing cold in mice, and it could help humans who have extreme sensitivities to cold temperatures.

The neuron channel, called TRPM8, is responsible for sensing "normal cold responses in mammals," according to David McKenny, the neurobiologist responsible for the study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience Tuesday. By turning it off in mice, the animals turned "insensitive to cool and painfully cold temperatures" and "did not distinguish between cold and a preferred warm temperature." The mice were still able to feel warm temperatures and pain.

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Second NY hospital warns nearly 2,000 Patients of Possible HIV Infection From Insulin Pens

rtnews.com | A hospital in New York State has notified 1,915 patients that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C – days after another hospital in NY admitted making the same mistake - through reusing insulin pens, used by diabetics.

Olean General Hospital is mailing 1,915 patients who received insulin between November 2009 and last week and advising them to have a blood test, although the risk of infection of HIV or hepatitis B and C is very low, a hospital official told AP.

Staff at Olean General said they ordered the action after a review carried out at a nearby veteran’s hospital in Buffalo found that more than 700 patients may have been exposed to the same trio of deadly diseases over a two year period when they also may have used multiuse insulin pens on more than one person, though only intended for use on a single patient.

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13 Abortions for Every 10 Live Births in Russia

weeklystandard.com | This week Russian president Vladimir Putin brought Boyz II Men to Moscow to "hopefully [give] Russian men some inspiration ahead of St. Valentine's Day," according to the Moscow Times. That is, Putin brought the music group to town to encourage love-making, and, he hopes, baby-making to offset Russia's demographic disaster.

But, according to statistics in a new book by Jonathan V. Last, it might have been a wiser move for Putin bring in a pro-life group instead. The book is titled What to Expect When No One’s Expecting

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Is this the Beginning of the Healthy Housing Police?

CNSNews.com | The Obama administration announces a plan to make homes safer from mold and other potential problems. The name of the new plan is called  "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action."

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Banned Ingredients that Are Still Legal in the U.S.

yahoo.com | You think the FDA has your back? Sure, they recently proposed two new regulations to up food safety measures, specifically how food processors and farmers can work better to keep their fresh products free of dangerous bacteria (remember that killer cantaloupe outbreak from 2011?). But while it may seem like the government is out to protect us from bad-even fatal-food-borne illnesses, which cause some 3,000 deaths a year, they don't completely have our best interest-or health-in mind.

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Merck Halts Sales of Cholesterol Drug Outside U.S.

Businessweek.com | Merck & Co. (MRK) will stop selling the cholesterol drug Tredaptive, marketed outside the U.S., after a the treatment was shown to be ineffective and potentially harmful in a study.

The medicine is approved in 70 countries and sold in 40, the Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based company said in a statement today. Merck said last month it wouldn’t seek U.S. approval after findings revealed Tredaptive didn’t reduce heart attacks or stroke and led to non-fatal serious side effects.

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