• California couple among Hawaii rat lungworm disease victims

    California couple among Hawaii rat lungworm disease victims

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    The surprising uptick has health officials and residents alike anxious about the rise of the worm, which can invade the human brain. Epidemiologist Sarah Park, of the Hawaii department of health, described the brain parasite infection as being "like having a slow-moving bullet go through your brain".
  • West Virginia advances curbs on sharing explicit images

    West Virginia advances curbs on sharing explicit images

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    Gov. Jim Justice says he's extending the legislative session through Sunday to give lawmakers additional time to pass a budget. Under the bill, the state would allow 15 growers to cultivate cannabis and 60 dispensaries would be given licenses to sell the plant and various marijuana-based products.
  • April the giraffe experiencing 'significant changes,' labor expected soon

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    It's unclear why this particular giraffe has captured the attention of the world, especially when several other zoos have successfully birthed giraffe calves in recent months without all the hype and attention. April the Giraffe's pregnancy has been called the most highly anticipated pregnancy of the year. Animal Adventure Park says giraffes spend nearly their entire day, any where from 16-20 hours a day, eating! Bulls take no part in rearing young.
  • FDA Approves 1st Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests

    FDA Approves 1st Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Risk Tests

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    The FDA said it reviewed data for the company's tests under a regulatory pathway for novel, low-to-moderate-risk devices that are not substantially equivalent to an already marketed device. Moreover, GHR tests that function as diagnostic tests were excluded from the FDA's marketing authorization. The special controls will also act as a benchmark for other companies developing similar tests.
  • Suspects in abetting terrorism arrested in St. Petersburg

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    The committee said now there is no evidence that the six detainees have links with the perpetrator of the deadly blast, but it will check all their contacts and connections. "We know that each of our countries, practically every one, is a possible and potential target of terrorist attacks". The remains of Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, were recovered from the scene of the bombing, Russian authorities said on Tuesday.
  • Zika birth defects noted in 1 in 10 infected United States pregnant women

    Zika birth defects noted in 1 in 10 infected United States pregnant women

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    In a press call, CDC acting director Anne Schuchat, MD, said that the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry showed pregnancies with evidence of Zika infection in 44 states. In addition to funding more lab resources, Philip said the health department also will launch a program to coordinate care for infants born to mothers infected with Zika while pregnant.
  • Ralph Lauren to Close One of Its Main New York Stores

    Ralph Lauren to Close One of Its Main New York Stores

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    However, the restructuring moves will cost the company about $370 million, mainly from employee severance charges, lease termination fees and inventory related costs. "We continue to review our store footprint in each market to ensure we have the right distribution and customer experience in place", Ralph Lauren's Nielsen said in a statement.
  • UNMC tower in Omaha to be lit in blue for Autism Awareness

    UNMC tower in Omaha to be lit in blue for Autism Awareness

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    This is an opportunity to embrace a new perspective, to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to many individuals facing an autism diagnosis each year". The autism community - and her husband Bob - still mourn her death. In June 2014, research funded by the Autism Speaks organization found the lifetime cost averages $2.4 million for a person when autism involves intellectual disability, which occurs in 40 percent of people with autism, and $1.4 million when it ...
  • Takes 2nd in state health rankings

    Takes 2nd in state health rankings

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    Examples of community success stories, as well as additional data, are available at www.countyhealthrankings.org/. The local level data makes it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond medical care including housing, education, jobs and access to healthy foods.