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Daily Rounds: Bacterial Gingerbread; Healthy Pot In Maine; Cancer History; Prostate Surprise

Staph Forecloses On Gingerbread Houses At Whole Foods : Shots - Health News Blog : NPR "...there's another reason to steer clear of stale gingerbread if you bought a decorative cookie home at a Whole Foods Market store. On Christmas Eve, the upscale food retailer recalled the houses made by Rolf's Patisserie and sold in 23 states. The problem? Um, Staphylococcus aureaus bacteria may be squatting inside them." (npr.org)

Pair follows ‘calling’ to sell medical marijuana - The Boston Globe "Called the Remedy Compassion Center and expected to open this spring, the dispensary is one of eight that state health officials will allow in Maine after Jan. 1. In its 10,000 square feet, set next to a craft store, the center will grow, harvest, and sell marijuana. “It’s a wonderful medicine I hope to share,’’ co-owner Jenna Smale said in the space where she and her husband, Tim, see the beginnings of a thriving business. “I’m doing what I’m here on earth to do.’’ God, the Smales said, wants them to sell marijuana to the sick." (Boston Globe)

Trying to Estimate Cancer Rates in Ancient Times - NYTimes.com “There is no reason to think that cancer is a new disease,” said Robert A. Weinberg, a cancer researcher at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Mass., and the author of the textbook “The Biology of Cancer.” “In former times, it was less common because people were struck down in midlife by other things.”
Another consideration, he said, is the revolution in medical technology: “We now diagnose many cancers — breast and prostate — that in former times would have remained undetected and been carried to the grave when the person died of other, unrelated causes.” (The New York Times)

Research Report: Linking Index Finger Length to Prostate Cancer Risks - WSJ.com"A new study found that men whose index finger is longer than their ring finger are at lower risk to develop prostate cancer, according to the British Journal of Cancer." (Wall Street Journal)

This program aired on December 28, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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