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A Person Who Lived 800 Years Ago Is the Origin of a Modern Seizure Disorder, Scientists Say

A Person Who Lived 800 Years Ago Is the Origin of a Modern Seizure Disorder, Scientists Say

Image: Shutterstock (Shutterstock) Scientists in Australia believe that they’ve discovered the centuries-old origins of a rare form of childhood epilepsy caused by a genetic mutation: a single common ancestor who lived in Britain roughly 800 years ago. The find is especially notable because hereditary conditions of this kind typically don’t survive for so long in …

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There’s a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections

There’s a morning-after pill to prevent sexually transmitted infections

Years after it was first proven to work, a new tool for preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is on the brink of entering mainstream medicine. That tool is doxyPEP, an antibiotic that works like a morning-after pill — but instead of preventing pregnancy within hours of unprotected sex, it prevents STIs like chlamydia and syphilis. …

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I'm a pediatric nurse and my daughter was airlifted due to RSV. What I want other parents to know

I’m a pediatric nurse and my daughter was airlifted due to RSV. What I want other parents to know

Hannah Brand said her daughter Paitynn was just 2 months old when she developed what seemed like a cold. Over the course of several days, Brand said Paitynn got progressively worse and started to have difficulty breathing. “When she would breathe, she was panting and you could see she was almost kind of sweating,” Brand, …

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Charts show US flu season is off to a terrible start, with kids across the South already spiking 100-degree fevers

Charts show US flu season is off to a terrible start, with kids across the South already spiking 100-degree fevers

US flu season is off to an early start. Thermometers across the country are spiking temperatures higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Children’s ER doctors also say the majority of their cases right now are viral illnesses.  Loading Something is loading. Thanks for signing up! Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you’re on …

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Cannabis users are often denied liver transplants. Scientists looked into whether that had merit

Cannabis users are often denied liver transplants. Scientists looked into whether that had merit

Dr. Thomas Starzl, the “Father of Transplantation,” performed the first successful liver transplant in 1967 while at the University of Colorado. Since then, thousands of similar operations are performed every year, with a record-breaking 9,200 liver transplants executed in 2021. But people who use cannabis are often excluded from receiving liver transplants. That might seem odd, …

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While respiratory viruses surge, shortage of pediatric hospital beds delays care for some kids | CNN

While respiratory viruses surge, shortage of pediatric hospital beds delays care for some kids | CNN

CNN  —  Parents who need to take a child to the emergency room are facing agonizing waits in many parts of the United States because of a shortage of hospital beds. Hospitals across the country say they are being overwhelmed by an early surge in respiratory infections including RSV, influenza and enterovirus. As a result, …

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Got COVID? Your symptoms may depend on your vaccination status

Got COVID? Your symptoms may depend on your vaccination status

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is really beginning to fit in. Now that it is settling in for a long stay among humankind, researchers are finding that the symptoms it causes have begun to look more and more like those of the flu, colds and even allergies. Among the vaccinated, that trend has become particularly …

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If your COVID vaccine left you feeling terrible, it probably offered you better protection, new study suggests

If your COVID vaccine left you feeling terrible, it probably offered you better protection, new study suggests

Feeling unwell after getting your COVID booster shot could actually be a good sign, according to a new scientific study, which found a link between post-vaccine side effects and a higher immune response. In a paper published on Friday, researchers from Columbia University, the University of Vermont and Boston University said side effects such as …

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Unique therapy that alters memory processes could reduce psychological disturbances following romantic betrayal

Unique therapy that alters memory processes could reduce psychological disturbances following romantic betrayal

A novel technique that uses a beta blocker to interfere with memory reconsolidation shows promise in the treatment of adjustment disorder following romantic betrayal, according to new research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Adjustment disorder is a condition that can occur in response to a significant life event or change. While it is …

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Cancer drugs are closing in on some of the deadliest mutations

Cancer drugs are closing in on some of the deadliest mutations

When Terri Conneran, a mother-of-three and a former corporate accountant in Charlotte, North Carolina, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, she sought support from people going through the same thing. A handful of groups had been springing up on social media based on the specific mutations found in people’s tumours. But Conneran was dismayed …

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