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MED BRIEFS CDC provides genomics Web site

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control offers a Web site with the latest information about genomics.

The site, www.cdc.gov/genomics, is from the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention.

It offers information about human genomic discoveries, with links to information about CDC activities related to genomics. Information for the general public includes that about population research, family history, and use of genomics during medical care.

Wellness expertto be in Rochester

Dr. Patrick Gentempo, co-founder and CEO of the Creating Wellness Alliance, will give a free lecture at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Rochester Athletic Club.

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The well known author, lecturer and researcher is on a national tour. His topic is "Reclaim Your Life." Seating is limited. Call 281-4878, extension 106, to reserve a seat.

Autism rise is due to better diagnosis

Autism rates in Olmsted County have increased dramatically since the late 1970s, but evidence suggests that better diagnosis -- not childhood vaccination -- is responsible.

Writing in the January issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, scientists reported that autism rates soared from 5.5 per 100,000 children from 1980 to 1983 to 44.9 from 1995 to 1997. However, they said, the increase did not correspond to the introduction of the MMR vaccine or the preservative thimerosal in vaccines.

Instead, they wrote in the journal, "the timing of the change in autism incidence in Olmsted County is coincident with the introduction of broader diagnostic criteria, increased availability of education services and increased awareness of autism."

Sat. Jan. 22

Family Sock Hop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rochester Area Family Y. Music, dance contests, limbo, games and prizes. Cost: $2 for Y members, $3 for nonmembers.

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