The Chicago Sun-Times reported on 9/25/11 that researchers at the New England Centenarian Project have enrolled 107 supercentenarians (people over the age of 110) in a study that will use blood tests and gene sequencing to attempt to discover the secret of their longevity.
USA Today reported on 9/26/11 that last month’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report card on breast-feeding showed that fewer than 5% of U.S. infants are born in hospitals that fully support breast-feeding, and that one in four infants receive formula within hours of birth. Routinely offering free formula to new mothers is among the practices the CDC would like to end.
The Wall Street Journal reported on 9/24-25/11 that cancer-drug shortages in the U.S. have caused hundreds of clinical trials to be stopped or delayed. In its report to Congress last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services noted that more than 300 clinical studies paid for by the National Cancer Institute involve a drug that is in short supply, thus threatening progress on new treatments.