10 Things Medical Science Has Discovered in the Past 10 Years

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by: Maria Trimarchi
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DNA specialist Craig Venter of Celera Genomics Inc., seen here in a December 1997 file photo, announced June 26, 2000, that his organization has successfully completed the sequencing of the human genome.
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In the last decade, we witnessed global economic turmoil, went to war, suffered viral epidemics, were introduced to the iPhone and, if you weren't paying attention, saw some significant advances in medical science. As a population, we've gained a lot of weight -- more than 30 percent of American adults are considered obese -- but we've cut back on smoking. We began injecting ourselves with Botox to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on our faces. Surgeries are becoming less invasive, and treatments are becoming more targeted and personalized. We're constantly finding out more about how our bodies work. We've collected 10 things -- good and bad -- that have been discovered in medical science during the last 10 years. Let's begin with the discovery of omega-3 fatty acids and how they can help protect us from heart disease and numerous other conditions.

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