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Latest Boston Healthwatch

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Boston Researchers To Study Genome Sequencing In Newborns

A new study will give Boston-area parents the chance to have their newborn baby’s DNA analyzed.


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New Flu Vaccines Promise Greater Protection This Season

New flu vaccines promise greater protection from getting sick this season.


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New Study Finds Infertility Could Be Linked To Chemical In Plastic

A troubling new study could explain why some couples have trouble conceiving.


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UMass Researchers Make Down Syndrome Breakthrough

Scientists may–one day–eliminate Down Syndrome.



West Nile Virus Reported In Four Mass. Communities

Belmont, Waltham, Westport and Whitman have reported finding infected mosquitoes in their towns.



Memory Decline May Be Earliest Sign Of Dementia

Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all.


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NH Medicaid Expansion Commission Reviewing State Program

A special commission exploring whether expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law is right for New Hampshire is looking at what’s in place now.


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Mass. Bill Would Ban Sexual Orientation Therapy

The bill would prohibit any licensed professional in Massachusetts from engaging in any practice that seeks impose a change in the “sexual orientation or gender identity” of anyone under 18.


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Tips To Boost Brain Health And Lower Dementia Risk

You may be able to help keep your brain in shape, not just the rest of your body. A large study in France suggests that delaying retirement and working until later in life may help prevent dementia.