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Puerto Rican patients must travel 12 hours for dialysis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:23 GMT

Hurricane Maria totaled Vieques' hospital, which housed the island's only dialysis clinic. That set off an ongoing crisis for patients for whom the thrice-weekly round trip to a dialysis center on the main island takes at least 12 hours.


Marijuana-derived drug for epilepsy gets FDA recommendation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:46:02 GMT

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of an epilepsy drug that would be the first plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for prescription use in the United States.


Their DNA helps them dive deep on one breath

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:25:52 GMT

The free-diving Bajau people of Southeast Asia, or "sea nomads," can hold their breath for minutes at a time -- thanks to genetics and their unusually large spleens, a study suggests.


Flesh-eating ulcer spreading in Australia

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:19:50 GMT

Scientists in Australia have voiced concern about an apparent outbreak of Buruli ulcer, a flesh-eating disease that usually occurs in West and central Africa.


More than 95% of world's population breathing unhealthy air

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:08:32 GMT

More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.


Is sushi healthy?

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:46:29 GMT

Whether you eat sushi from a Japanese restaurant or from a local supermarket, there's no arguing that it's become a mainstream meal -- and that's good news.


Skull surgery was performed on this Stone Age cow, study says

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:10:58 GMT

Humans have been performing cranial surgery and drilling holes in other people's skulls for a long time. The oldest example of this procedure, called trepanation, dates to 7,300 B.C., according to findings from a site at the village of Vasilyevka in Azerbaijan. That means cranial surgery was happening as long ago as the Mesolithic period.


A growing number of universities teach weed 101

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:59:26 GMT

There's no weed major yet, nor are there textbooks, but a growing number of creative professors have come up with some clever ways to teach about marijuana.


Treatment combo nearly doubles lung cancer survival time

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:35:20 GMT

Combining an immunotherapy drug with chemotherapy nearly doubled the survival time of some lung cancer patients compared to patients treated with chemotherapy alone, new research published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine showed.


Pioneering physician Asperger sent children to their deaths, study claims

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:07:39 GMT

Hans Asperger has been recognized for decades for his groundbreaking studies on child psychiatry and pediatrics.


Inside the secret lives of functioning heroin addicts

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:19:18 GMT

They're not slumped over in alleyways with used needles by their sides. Their dignity, at least from outside appearances, remains intact. They haven't lost everything while chasing an insatiable high.


Man asks German police for help breaking up with partner

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:05:46 GMT

A police officer in Ludwigshafen, Germany, an industrial city in Rhineland-Palatinate, received an unusual request in March.


Gene therapy for blood disorder offers 'hope' in new study

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:57:07 GMT

An experimental gene therapy for blood disorders was shown to be safe and effective in helping beta thalassemia patients avoid blood transfusions in a new study. However, more research is needed, and if approved for use, it could come with high costs.


CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:34:28 GMT

The CDC warns that an outbreak of E. coli is now connected to all types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped romaine in salads and salad mixes.


CNN Exclusive: More opioids, more money for doctors

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:45:55 GMT

As tens of thousands of Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses each year, an exclusive analysis by CNN and researchers at Harvard University found that opioid manufacturers are paying physicians huge sums of money -- and the more opioids a doctor prescribes, the more money he or she makes.


What the Starbucks incident tells us about implicit bias

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:23:59 GMT

Could implicit bias training prevent an incident like the one at a Philadelphia Starbucks in which two black men were arrested after asking to use the restroom?


Mother loses two sons in one night to opioids

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:25:47 GMT

In one night, the Savage family lost two sons to opioid overdoses. Now they are working to prevent other families from experiencing the same pain.


The Kentucky county where the water smells like diesel

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:01:51 GMT

Hope Workman drives up the side of a mountain just for drinking water. She and many others in Martin County, Kentucky don't trust what comes out of their tap.


Couples are happier when they share chores

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:26 GMT

It's Friday night, you've just enjoyed a nice meal at home with your significant other, and they're giving you signs that they want to move things to the bedroom -- but one glance at the kitchen sink dampens any desire you might have felt. It's stacked full of dirty dishes. One of you will be stuck cleaning them sooner or later on.


Rodents and filth linked to egg recall by FDA

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:25:05 GMT

An inspection report released Thursday by the US Food and Drug Administration indicates that the North Carolina farm linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella from contaminated eggs had an ongoing rodent infestation, unsanitary conditions and poor employee practices.


One concussion could increase risk of Parkinson's disease, study says

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:17:37 GMT

A diagnosis of traumatic brain injury -- whether mild, moderate or severe -- is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease as well as a two years younger age at diagnosis, new research in veterans says.


Man's second face transplant is a world first

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:13:34 GMT

A man in Paris with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis has become the world's first to successfully receive two facial transplants. He is now debuting his third face.


CNN Exclusive: California launches investigation following stunning admission by Aetna medical director

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:03 GMT

California's insurance commissioner has launched an investigation into Aetna after learning a former medical director for the insurer admitted under oath he never looked at patients' records when deciding whether to approve or deny care.


Every man's nightmare: A 'Broken Bananah'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:14:10 GMT

What may be every man's worst medical nightmare happened to 32-year-old Ross Asdourian.


Why does smoking pot give you the munchies?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:29:35 GMT

If you smoke or eat pot, you might have encountered the "marijuana munchies," or the desire for salty, sweet or fatty carbohydrate-rich foods when using the drug.


People wore their oxygen masks wrong during Southwest emergency landing

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:43:31 GMT

Should you ever find yourself flying in a crippled airliner with an open window at 30,000 feet, knowing how to operate your oxygen mask could be vital.


Aging gracefully: Preventing falls

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:14:38 GMT

Falls, for older people, are serious. They can significantly impair mobility and independence. They may lead to hospitalization and subsequent placement in a long-term care facility or nursing home. And as you get older, recovery is slower.


Ice swim racing is not for the faint of heart -- literally

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:35:58 GMT

Plunge into water at near-freezing temperatures, and your body goes into extreme distress. Your skin screams signals of pain. You can't breathe, because your chest is cramping up. Talking is nearly impossible. Your heart is pounding. Fear mounts -- as it should. Without any protection, you may lose consciousness in under 15 minutes. You'll be dead within an hour.


Marijuana's effects on young brains diminish after 72 hours

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:48:52 GMT

Marijuana is notorious for slowing certain cognitive functions such as learning, memory and attention span (maybe that's why they call it "dope"?). But new research in young people suggests that these cognitive effects, while significant, may not persist for very long, even among chronic users.




     
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