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$31 Million Awarded To Boy Left Disfigured After Botched Circumcision

A young boy was just 18 days old when a botched circumcision left him with a permanent disfigurement. A jury has now awarded his family with $31 million in damages.

Medicine September 24, 2018

Mom Of Three's Ovarian Cyst Massive At 20 Pounds, Had It Finally Removed After 5 Years

A mother's ovarian cyst grew so large it made her appear as though she was pregnant. She lived in pain for five years but doctors were finally able to remove it last week.

Medicine September 23, 2018

Finger Tuberculosis: Woman's Swollen Pinky Finger A Rare Manifestation Of Tuberculosis

Why was a woman's pinky swollen, even with no apparent trauma to the finger? As it turned out, her swollen pinky finger was a rare sign of tuberculosis.

Medicine September 23, 2018

Southern California Logs 87 Consecutive Days Of Smog, The Longest In Decades

How bad has the air pollution in Southern California become? These past few months logged the longest consecutive days of smog in the last 20 years.

Public Health September 22, 2018

Alcohol Use Responsible For 3 Million Deaths Each Year: WHO Report

According to WHO's latest report, 3 million deaths worldwide can be attributed to harmful alcohol use. Apart from the health consequences, it also brings social and economic costs to both the individual and the society.

Public Health September 22, 2018

Outbreak Of Rare Eye Infection That Can Cause Blindness Found Among Contact Lens Wearers

A rare eye infection that can cause blindness has been identified in contact lens users in the United Kingdom. What is Acanthamoeba keratitis, and can it be prevented?

Public Health September 22, 2018

Fifth Grader With Diabetes Dies After Dramatic Blood Sugar Drop During Sleepover At A Friend's House

Sophia Daugherty dealt with Type 1 diabetes her entire life. Last Wednesday, she died of complications just days after her blood sugar dramatically dropped at a sleepover.

Feature | Health September 21, 2018

Ecstasy Makes Octopuses More Social And Touchy: Study

How do octopuses react when under the influence of MDMA or ecstasy? Evidently, they react just like humans do, in that they also become more social and touchy.

Animals September 21, 2018

Pet Store Puppies Spread Drug-Resistant Diarrhea To Over 100 People: CDC

Did puppies cause an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant diarrhea? The illnesses began in 2016 with over a hundred people falling ill with diarrhea, 29 of whom were pet store employees.

Public Health September 21, 2018

Active Search For 3-Year-Old Orca J50 Ended But Authorities Still On Alert

Has J50 already died? Authorities are growing concerned as she has not been seen for days. The authorities are to remain alert even after the active search has already ended.

Animals September 16, 2018

Extraordinary Case: 4 People Get Cancer From Donated Organs

Can cancer be transmitted to people through organ donation? Four people who received organs from a single donor eventually developed breast cancer long after the transplantation.

Medicine September 16, 2018

LOOK: Beluga Whale Pod Appears To Adopt Lost Narwhal

A lost narwhal was seen with a beluga whale pod in Canada's St. Lawrence River for the third year in a row. The narwhal was behaving as though he was "one of the boys."

Animals September 16, 2018

San Diego Authorities Warn Of Fentanyl-Laced Cocaine After Three Deaths In Beach Areas

Three deaths and two overdoses were reported in San Diego this past week because of fentanyl-laced cocaine. Authorities believe more of the drug is still being sold by drug dealers in San Diego.

Public Health September 16, 2018

Researches On Voodoo Dolls And Roller Coaster For Kidney Stones Among Winners Of 2018 Ig Nobel Prize

This year's Ig Nobel Prize winners have been announced and honored at a ceremony at Harvard. The Nobel Prize parody celebrated the funniest and strangest researches of the year.

Feature | Science September 15, 2018

Man Severely Injured In Hunting Accident Is World's Oldest Face Transplant Recipient

A 64-year-old man is the world's oldest face transplant recipient after his successful surgery in Canada. Now four months after his surgery, the man is said to be doing well.

Medicine September 15, 2018

Mom Admits To Stealing Terminally Ill Daughter's Pain Medications, Charged With Felony

A mom admitted to stealing her own terminally ill daughter's pain medications and to having an opioid addiction. Addiction can cause people to do risky things to seek out the source of their addiction.

Public Health September 14, 2018

LOOK: Plants Send Out Distress Signals In Response To Threats Such As Being Eaten

Do plants know when they're being eaten? Apparently, injured or eaten leaves can send out a distress signal to uninjured leaves to prepare for an attack.

Earth/Environment September 14, 2018

Elephant Bird Bones Suggest Early Human Activity In Madagascar 6,000 Years Earlier Than Believed

New findings suggest that humans coexisted with Madagascar elephant birds for thousands of years. Does this mean that they are not to blame for the massive birds' extinction?

Ancient September 14, 2018

Dolphin 'Superpod' Spotted Racing Along Monterey Bay: Get To Know The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Hundreds of dolphins in a 'superpod' were spotted racing for bait fish along Monterey Bay. Short-beaked common dolphins commonly pack in pods, but what are other interesting things to know about the energetic creatures?

Animals September 9, 2018

Doctors Remove 61-Pound Uterine Tumor From Woman Already Struggling To Breathe

Doctors in Singapore successfully removed a woman's 'giant' uterine tumor. The tumor was so massive it was already causing the patient breathing and movement problems.

Medicine September 9, 2018

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