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The future of heart health; seeing inside the brain; mutant influenza viruses – Morning Medical Update

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Projecting future heart health

Heart disease is getting better and worse in the United States. Since the American Heart Association started in 1924, there have been extraordinary advances in medical care. Yet a new forecast predicted costs related to cardiovascular disease could tripe by 2050, costing an estimated $1.8 trillion and affecting 184 million people.

A growing brain

Researchers say they have developed a wearable scanner that detects magnetic fields generated by electrical currents created inside the human brain. Combined with mathematical modeling, they can generate images that show how a child’s brain develops early in life, according to a new study and accompanying news release.

‘Dual mutants’

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a dispatch detailing circulation of dual mutant flu viruses now spreading in countries around the world. CBS News has this report.

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