Daily Rounds: States Can Say No To Health Law; Mom's Aggressive Alzheimer's; Teen Tan Ban; Radioactive Babies

President endorses Brown proposal on health care - Political Intelligence - Boston Globe - "President Obama said Monday he now supports a plan by Republican Senator Scott Brown that allows states to opt out of the health care overhaul’s key requirements early, a concession that positions the president as willing to compromise on his signature accomplishment." (

Alzheimer's disease: Inheriting it from mom is much worse than getting it from dad - "The researchers said they don’t know why Alzheimer’s appears to be more aggressive when inherited from one’s mother instead of one’s father. Perhaps it’s related to mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from one’s mother and which may be responsible for faulty glucose metabolism in brain tissue affected by Alzheimer’s, they wrote." (Los Angeles Times)

Pediatricians Say Teens Should Be Barred from Tanning Parlors : Shots - Health Blog : NPR '"Fake bake" tans remain popular, despite the fact that more than 60 percent of states have restrictions on the use of commercial tanning facilities by minors. About one-third of 17-year-old girls have visited a tanning parlor at least once." (

X-Rays and Unshielded Infants Raise Alarms - "Dr. John Amodio, the hospital’s new pediatric radiologist, found that full-body X-rays of premature babies had occurred often, that radiation levels on powerful CT scanners had been set too high for infants, and that babies had been poorly positioned, making it hard for doctors to interpret the images. The hospital had done the full-body X-rays, known as “babygrams,” even though they had been largely discredited because of concerns about the potential harm of radiation on the young." (

This program aired on March 1, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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