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Mercury & Adjuvant-Free, A New Flu Shot Offers Cleaner, Greener Option

By Erik Goldman, Editor in Chief

 influenza virus nolabelsThis flu season, practitioners have a new adjuvant-free option to offer people who’ve been reluctant to take conventional flu shots.

The new vaccine, called Flublok, delivers up to three times as much antigenic protein per dose as other flu shots, without additives like thimerosal or aluminum.

Produced using a recombinant DNA method, Flublok has another major advantage: it does not require incubation on chicken eggs. This greatly reduces the eco-footprint of the manufacturing process, and eliminates the risk of bacterial contamination or exposure to egg allergens.

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NSAIDs Implicated in Female Infertility

Written by Sara McNulty, MS, Contributing Writer

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs trigger temporary but reversible reductions in female fertility. Women wishing to conceive but having difficulty should avoid taking these ubiquitous medications.

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Clinicians Play Catch-Up With the Genome Revolution

Written by Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

genomics graphicIt's an increasingly common scene, playing out in clinics all over the country: A patient comes in with a worried look and a fat printout from 23andMe. She wonders what all those scary red boxes mean, and whether cancer, Alzheimer's, or some other bad disease is lurking in her genes.

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