‘Life According to Sam’: One Family’s Fight Against Progeria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_98602e2f1a.jpgHBO (NEW YORK) -- Getting ready for school in the morning is a little bit different for Sam Berns than for most other kids his age. There are extra considerations Sam and his family have to take every day due to Sam’s rare condition. For his mother, every minute, no matter how seemingly ordinary, is special.

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Man Would 'Trade' Handicapped Parking for 'Functioning Hands and Legs'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_0e55e68e3c.jpgCourtesy Matt Milstead | Courtesy Michelle Starr Photography (WYOMING, Mich.) -- A quadriplegic Michigan man and his wife said they'd received "hundreds of beautiful messages" from supporters all over the world after posting a response to an anonymous letter-writer who'd expressed doubts about the man's disability.

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Scientists Re-Write Bacteria’s Entire Genome

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_5f8376b7c4.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- It may sound like science fiction, but researchers at Yale and Harvard have taken the first steps towards a Dr. Frankenstein-type reality by fundamentally changing the genetic code of an organism. The scientists were able to rewrite the genetic alphabet of the common bacteria E.coli, creating their very own E.coli organism that was engineered to be resistant to viral infections.

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Breast Milk Sold Online Brings Risks

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_061991de67.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- They want to do it, but many new mothers simply cannot breastfeed. Some have trouble expressing breast milk, while others struggle to get the baby to latch on or have pain when they do.  With the best of intentions, some moms resort to buying breast milk online, which, it turns out, can pose risks. A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics compared 100 samples of breast milk bought online with breast milk from a community “milk bank” where moms donate excess milk.

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Nightmare Not over for Fungal Outbreak Patients

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_719de6b622.jpgIngram Publishing/Thinkstock (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Jona Angst survived the illness she developed after receiving a tainted spinal injection last fall that would eventually kill 64 people, but her nightmare isn't over. Angst, a 46-year-old mother trying to return to the work force, is still waiting for her health to return to normal and praying that any remaining fungus in her spine won't make her sick again.

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