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  • Sierra Leone's leading doctor dies of Ebola

    Health workers carry the body of an Ebola victim for burial at a cemetery in FreetownFREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said. Victor Willoughby was diagnosed with Ebola last week after he treated a man with organ-related problems. The patient, a senior banker, was later diagnosed with Ebola and has since died. The drug, ZMab, was transported in frozen form on a Brussels Airlines flight that arrived overnight. ...


  • Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial

    By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack on their classmate the morning after a sleepover in May in Waukesha, a suburb west of Milwaukee. ...

  • 'Tis the Season to Be Light

    'Tis the Season to Be LightThis can be a very heavy time of year. We put on heavy clothing to go out into heavy snow. We drive through heavy traffic to carry our heavy boxes of presents into a packed house of family where we share a heavy meal before heading home for a heavy night's sleep. And yet, 'tis the season to be jolly?The holidays can be a time of extreme...


  • Iowa Spa 'Makeover' Lifts This 4-Year-Old Cancer Patient

    Girl gets full "red carpet" treatment that she wants every day.

  • Mansplainer Series: History of the Tampon

    Believe it or not, tampons have been around for thousands of years! From ancient Egypt to depression-era Denver, Colorado, the story of how they came to be spans continents and centuries.

  • White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

    Cuba's President Raul Castro attends a meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders summit at the Revolution Palace in HavanaBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday, a day after the two governments announced they would restore ties and open embassies after half a century of hostility. U.S. ...


  • Teen contraband cigarette use linked to other drugs

    By Kathryn Doyle Reuters Health - Compared to those who don’t smoke illicit tobacco, kids who do are more likely to try other illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, according to a recent Canadian study. The researchers used survey data from one point in time, so they can’t say that smoking illegal cigarettes leads to drug use, only that the two often coincide and that’s enough to warrant stronger tobacco control policies. “The concern for us is that contraband tobacco may be a gateway to other drugs, but we cannot infer causality,” said coauthor Mesbah F. ...

  • What to Know About the European Union's Obesity Ruling

    First it was a disease, now it's a disability.

  • EU court says obesity can be disability

    Karsten Kaltoft arrives on December 18, 2014 at the workers' union Fag og Arbejde (FOA) in Copenhagen to hear the judgment after he claimed he was sacked by his local authority for being unable to perform his duties, because of his sizeLuxembourg (AFP) - The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.


  • Knee pain may run in the family

    By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) - People whose parents had a total knee replacement due to osteoarthritis are more than twice as likely to develop knee pain in midlife as those with no family history of knee surgery, according to a new study. The Australian authors say the link between parents and adult children shows that genetics may have much to do with knee problems and the pain that goes with them. “It was abundantly clear that genes were a strong contributor to risk of osteoarthritis but there had been limited success in finding these genes,” said Dr. ...

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