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Sarah Murnaghan, 11, is home after controversial lung transplant

The first thing Sarah Murnaghan did when she got home Tuesday morning was ask her sister to fetch their dolls so they could play. For most 11-year-old girls, that might be an everyday event. But for Sarah, who spent months in the hospital and received new lungs only after her family ...
 

Texas measles outbreak linked to church

Measles sickened several people in Texas. 5 1 A measles outbreak has sickened 25 people in Texas, with most of the cases linked to a church led by the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.Fifteen of the measles cases are centered around Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, according to Tarrant ...
 
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Biotech giant Amgen agrees to acquire Onyx for $10.4 billion

Two months after being turned away, biotech giant Amgen Inc. said it has reached a $10.4-billion deal for cancer drug maker Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. Amgen will pay $125 per share for the outstanding shares of Onyx, the two companies said Sunday.In June, Amgen made an unsolicited offer of $120 a share for ...
 
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Fla. Boy Dies After Battling Brain-Eating Parasite

Aug 27, 2013 10:26am Zachary Reyna died Monday after battling a brain-eating parasite. (Image credit: ABC News)Zachary Reyna, the Florida boy left brain dead by a water-borne parasite, was removed from life support Monday night, according to a Facebook post by his family.“Zac donated all his organs to others that were ...
 
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Ovarian cancer screening 'has potential'

Ovarian cancer can go undetected for a long time A new way of screening for ovarian cancer is showing "potential", according to researchers in the US. Tumours in the ovaries are hard to detect in the earliest stages meaning it can be too late to treat them effectively by the time ...
 
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Kyrgyz teen dies from bubonic plague after eating marmot

Yellow Bellied Marmot  Health officials are moving to stave off an outbreak of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan, quarantining 160 people after a 15-year-old boy who ate marmot meat died from the disease last week, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health said Wednesday. Four people in the Central Asian country have been hospitalized, ...
 
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Chinese boy has eyes gouged out, possibly for corneas

A boy whose eyes were gouged out is pushed in a wheelchair at a hospital in Taiyuan. (CHINA STRINGER NETWORK/REUTERS) BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police are hunting for a woman suspected of gouging out the eyes of a six-year-old boy, possibly to get her hands on his corneas to sell on ...
 
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East Coast Dolphin Deaths Likely Due To Measles-Like Virus, NOAA Officials Say

A massive string of dead dolphins along the East Coast is most likely due to cetacean morbillivirus, a marine strain of a virus similar to measles, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.At least 333 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead from New York to North Carolina, officials said during ...
 
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Men 70 per cent more likely to die from skin cancer than women

This is despite similar numbers of men and women being diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK. Cancer Research UK data shows 3.4 men per 100,000 die from malignant melanoma compared with two per 100,000 women. This means that of the 6,200 men who develop melanoma each year, 1,300 ...
 

'Holocaust journeys' can cause mental health problems, research finds

About a third of the psychiatric professionals surveyed in this pilot study said they had treated teenagers for psychological problems arising from the Holocaust education trips. While most of the teenagers were treated for less severe symptoms such as anxiety, adjustment, and mood disorders, reports also cited hospitalization, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and ...
 

UK competition watchdog says private patients pay too much

By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Private healthcare patients in Britain are paying too much because of a lack of competition, the country's market regulator said in a ruling that could lead it to force some operators to sell hospitals. The Competition Commission (CC) said on Wednesday it had…George Zimmerman's wife ...
 
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Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers think

Run-of-the-mill broccoli still contains glucoraphanin, just a bit less Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, UK researchers believe. The University of East Anglia team is starting human trials following on from successful lab studies. Tests on cells and rats showed that a broccoli compound - which ...
 
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Marijuana Top Illegal Drug Used Worldwide, Global Survey Shows

LONDON — Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse.In addition to cannabis and opioid painkillers, scientists analyzed abuse of cocaine and amphetamines in 2010, largely ...
 

UPS won't insure spouses of many employees

UPS driver Peggy Larson carries packages during her route in Manchester, Wash., in this photo from April 2013.(Photo: Larry Steagall, AP) 133 5 4 Partly blaming the health law, United Parcel Service is set to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere.Many analysts ...
 

Fonterra scare: 'Sigh of relief for NZ government'

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UC Davis surgeons resign after bacteria-in-brain dispute

Two UC Davis neurosurgeons who intentionally infected three brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria have resigned their posts after the university found they had "deliberately circumvented" internal policies, "defied directives" from top leaders and sidestepped federal regulations, according to newly released university documents.Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar, 66, the former head of the ...
 
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How brushing your teeth lowers your risk of cancer

Brushing regularly and keeping the mouth environment clean could help control HPV in the oropharynx.(TIME.com) -- HPV-caused throat cancer made headlines this summer when the Guardian reported that actor Michael Douglas contracted throat cancer not through tobacco and alcohol, but from human papillomavirus.Douglas later said the statement was a misunderstanding, but ...
 
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CDC: Lyme disease more common than we thought

This close-up photo shows an adult female, an adult male, a nymph and a larva tick on human skin. (CNN) -- The blacklegged ticks are out, and they're infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans with a bacterial illness -- more often than experts previously thought.About 300,000 Americans each year are diagnosed ...
 
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California wildfire prompts air quality warnings in Nevada

The giant wildfire burning at the edge of Yosemite National Park has not only destroyed buildings and threatened water supplies, electricity and sequoias, it has also unleashed a smoky haze that has worsened air quality more than 160 kilometres away in Nevada.The plume from the Rim Fire in California triggered emergency ...
 

Study: Single men change their bed sheets 4 times a year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A new study may explain why some men are still single.The study, by British mattress maker Ergoflex, says the average single man changes his bed sheets just once every three months. Compare that to single women, who change their sheets every two weeks on average, according to the ...