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The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

brain cancer in florida townA pixielike girl with big blue eyes and long brown hair, Hannah Samarripa began experiencing headaches and fatigue in the middle of eighth grade. By the time the spring dance rolled around, Hannah didn’t have the strength to paint her own toenails. Her mother, Becky Samarripa, did it for her, and then drove Hannah to school and waited outside, knowing she’d be able to put in only a brief appearance.

The teenager’s mysterious decline continued on to limping, vomiting, incontinence and—perhaps her most disturbing symptom—occasional fits of barking laughter that sounded so strange and demonic, her father wondered whether she was on drugs. Then, in the summer before ninth grade, while her family was visiting a Civil War memorial on the coast of Alabama, Hannah collapsed.

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Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

Spanish nurse negative for ebolaThe Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the Spanish government says,

The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola.

Ms Romero contracted the virus when treating two infected patients in a Madrid hospital earlier this month.

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Paris bans smoking in park playgrounds

Paris smoking banSmoking has been banned in the children’s playgrounds of a Paris park for a trial period of a year, in an initiative likely to be extended to other outdoor public spaces.

The measure was introduced during the weekend as part of a government-sponsored campaign to reduce the high number of smoking-related deaths in France.

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Toronto hospital implants Canada’s first “bionic eye”

bionic eyeWhen 76-year-old Ian Nichols’ grandchildren were born over the last 20 years, he loved holding them in his arms, but a vision impairment prevented him from seeing them as they grew.

That has changed. Nichols is one of two patients to have recently undergone once unimaginable “bionic eye” surgery at Toronto Western Hospital, the first time the procedure was performed in Canada.

The Beach resident has been blind for roughly 20 years since developing retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. During the three-hour surgery, his eye was cut open, a microchip was inserted and the incision closed with 20 tiny stitches.

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WHO: Ebola death rate rises to 70 percent

Ebola death rate at 70 percentThe death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate at around 50 percent.

Aylward said the 70 percent death rate was "a high mortality disease" in any circumstance and that the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.

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CDC confirms preliminary Ebola diagnosis for Dallas healthcare worker

CDCThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the latest Ebola diagnosis of a Dallas healthcare worker. CDC officials have interviewed the female health worker and are blaming to her contraction of the deadly disease on a "breach of protocol," although they cannot confirm where or how the breach occurred.

"It is deeply concerning that this infection occurred," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a press conference on Sunday. "We are assessing her possible contacts from the moment she discovered symptoms."

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The Safer, More Affordable Abortion Only Available in Two States

safe abortionsWere he graduating medical school today, Dr. Joel Fleischman might not have been needed in rural Alaska. Fleischman, the main character for TV’s Northern Exposure, was stuck in a small Alaskan village in order to pay off some debts and provide the town with medical care.

But now, thanks to rapid advances in telemedicine, Alaskans don’t need quite so many doctors throughout the state. Though 65 percent of the state’s doctors are located in Anchorage, a woman in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough can give birth aided just by a nurse guided, over video, by a doctor, some 200 miles away.

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