• Seattle woman dies after contracting rare form of brain-eating amoeba
Seattle woman dies after contracting rare form of brain-eating amoeba

The woman, who was 69 years old, died in February - roughly a month after doctors discovered the amoeba in her brain and about a year after she was initially infected. In healthy people with good immune systems, an infection is extremely rare. "She wasn't boiling the water or using sterile saline, she was filtering it, but maybe somehow it got co...

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  • Man coughs up blood clot in shape of a lung
Man coughs up blood clot in shape of a lung

The unnamed patient was being treated at the intensive care unit at the University of California San Francisco Medical Centre, which was where reports say he started coughing violently. The report said that during an "extreme bout of coughing", the patient coughed up a 6-inch wide blood clot of his right bronchial tree . While doctors stil...

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  • First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor: Doctors
First Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor: Doctors

The donor was a 45-year-old woman who had died from a stroke, and her uterus was removed during a 10-hour procedure. The healthy baby girl was born via cesarean section at Hospital das Clínicas, at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, after her mother underwent a uterine transplant followed by an In vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancy ...

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  • Villagers drain Karnataka lake after HIV+ woman's decomposed body found in it
Villagers drain Karnataka lake after HIV+ woman's decomposed body found in it

Indian authorities said they have been busy pumping water out of a sprawling lake in the south of the country in an effort to allay local villagers' fears that it was contaminated after the discovery of the body of a woman infected with HIV a week ago.

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  • Apple Watch ECG feature is ready to offer serious heart health monitoring
Apple Watch ECG feature is ready to offer serious heart health monitoring

While the ECG support is a feature now only reserved for the Watch Series 4, the watchOS 5.1.2 update will also bring a new heart rate feature that will work with the Watch Series 1 and later. Rest your arms comfortably on a table, or in your lap. Among the features announced was a preview of the ability to generate an electrocardiogram or ...

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  • Ocasio-Cortez Calls on D.C. to Pay Higher Wages for Staffers
Ocasio-Cortez Calls on D.C. to Pay Higher Wages for Staffers

She tweeted a link to an article in the Washington Post in which her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, confirmed that interns in her office would be paid "at least" $15 an hour. "It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff" to help Congressmen and women she wrote...

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  • Holy grail cancer test? Hold on
Holy grail cancer test? Hold on

Previous research has shown that the pattern of DNA methylation in cancer cells differs from that in healthy cells. The researchers discovered that when the DNA is mixed in a chemical solution, the methyl groups fold into specific nanostructures.

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  • In a medical first, baby born from a deceased donor uterus transplant
In a medical first, baby born from a deceased donor uterus transplant

In this case the 61 year old donor was alive and well at the time, generously giving up her uterus for the cutting-edge operation. The donor had died of subarachnoid haemorrhage - a type of stroke involving bleeding on the surface of the brain.

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  • Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over dosage concerns
Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled over dosage concerns

A New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company issued a recall of its infants' liquid ibuprofen after discovering higher concentrations of medication the in some packages. Tris Pharma did not specify which states might have received the products. Wholesalers and retailers have been ordered to stop selling the product and customers with questions are...

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  • 1st baby born from deceased organ donor's womb
1st baby born from deceased organ donor's womb

The donor was a 45 year old woman who died of sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (a type of stroke). Tragically, the pregnancy was determined to be unviable six weeks after conception and was terminated, calling into doubt whether uteruses provided by deceased donors could feasibly carry a new life completely through gestation.

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  • Kern County reports first flu death of season
Kern County reports first flu death of season

In a related announcement, during September 2018, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said on its website that they recommend that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive an influenza vaccine.

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  • Cancer breakthrough as scientists develop 'game-changing' 10 minute test
Cancer breakthrough as scientists develop 'game-changing' 10 minute test

The test has a sensitivity of about 90 per cent, meaning it would detect about 90 in 100 cases of cancer, with 10 per cent false positives. By comparison, the epigenetic methyl groups on DNA from healthy cells-dubbed methylscape by the researcher and help regulate gene expression-are typically spread out across the genome and don't cause the same...

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  • Unilever to acquire GSK's health food drinks portfolio in India & Asia
Unilever to acquire GSK's health food drinks portfolio in India & Asia

GSK India's brands include Horlicks and Boost. The merger includes the totality of operations within GSK Consumer Healthcare India Ltd, including a consignment selling contract to distribute GSK Consumer's over-the-counter and oral health products in India, the company said in a statement.

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  • Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type
Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

Must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent - meaning the donor's birth parents are both 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian. Narrowing the field further is the fact that donors would also need to be missing the "Indian B" antigen commonly found in blood, just like Zainab.

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  • World AIDS Day 2018,
World AIDS Day 2018, "Know your status", celebrates 30th anniversary

She said: "The most important thing in Nigeria's HIV response agenda is for all citizens to know their status". The Federal Government on Saturday stressed the need for all Nigerians to know their HIV status, saying there's enough drugs and plans to cover the free treatment of all who test positive to the virus.

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  • Measles cases rising globally, especially Europe, Latin America
Measles cases rising globally, especially Europe, Latin America

More than 6.7 million people, mostly young children, caught measles in 2017, the World Health Organization reported. "Since 2016, measles incidence has increased globally and in five of the six WHO regions", the organization notes, adding that only the Western Pacific region has avoided the larger trend.

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  • Americans dying younger as opioid crisis deepens
Americans dying younger as opioid crisis deepens

New Hamphire State Drug LaboratoryThe official numbers for opioid-related deaths in 2017, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today, demonstrate once again the folly of trying to tackle this problem by reducing access to prescription pain pills.

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  • China stops research into gene-editing after 'CRISPR baby'
China stops research into gene-editing after 'CRISPR baby'

Embryos from 7 couples were said to be altered by the scientist during fertility treatments in China, which have thus far resulted in one pregnancy; claiming his goal was not to cure or prevent inherited disease, rather to try to bestow a trait and ability to resist possible future infection with HIV/AIDS.

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  • Ebola kills 198 in Democratic Republic of Congo
Ebola kills 198 in Democratic Republic of Congo

The outbreak, which was declared on August 1, has 198 confirmed deaths, with another 47 probable ones, Congo's health ministry said, as quoted in the AP report. And yet the risk of Ebola spreading in so-called "red zones" - areas that are virtually inaccessible because of the threat of rebel groups - is a major concern in containing this outbre...

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  • MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma
MP reveals he is HIV positive in attempt to tackle stigma

He added: "Those who have HIV or who have recently been diagnosed should know that they are free to pursue every aspect of public life without hindrance". Russell-Moyle is the second British Member of Parliament (MP) to have been diagnosed with HIV. "You have a million things running through your mind and, at the same time, a sense of absolute noth...

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