When insurance wouldn’t pay, parents funded cancer patient’s $95,000 lifesaving treatment

Boston (CNN)Kate Weissman sits at the edge of the patient table. Her oncologist goes over her medical records and says her most recent scans show no recurrence of cervical cancer. “When your team recommended it,” Growdon tells her, “we thought of this as being very reasonable and actually, completely the…

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Children in Ancient Rome had Vitamin D deficiency, study says

(CNN)A new analysis of skeletons from ancient Roman cemeteries across Europe has revealed that vitamin D deficiency was a problem for children 2,000 years ago But when the researchers studied 2,787 skeletons of children and adults in 18 Roman Empire cemeteries from northern England to southern Spain, they realized that…

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Adele urges mums to open up about their mental health after best friend’s experience of postpartum psychosis

Adele has shared a touching message about her best friend’s struggle with postpartum psychosis after giving birth six months ago. “This is my best friend,” wrote Adele on Instagram. “We have been friends for more of our lives than we haven’t.” Adele wrote that her friend, Laura Dockrill, gave birth…

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Hurricane Maria caused 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico, new study estimates

(CNN)Hurricane Maria caused an estimated 2,975 deaths in Puerto Rico, according to a new report from George Washington University — 46 times more than the official toll given by the Puerto Rican government. Supplies sent to Puerto Rico found abandoned In May, a team that included researchers from Harvard University…

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When surgeons removed one sixth of a child’s brain, here’s what happened

(CNN)What does a child’s brain, which repaired itself after a full third of the right hemisphere was surgically removed, teach us about all brains? The operation when he was 6 years 10 months old eliminated UD’s entire occipital lobe, home of the brain’s vision processing center, and most of his…

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Eugene Parker, the pioneer behind the ‘mission to touch the sun’

(CNN)“Let’s see what lies ahead.” That is the message of 91-year-old pioneering astrophysicist Eugene Parker being sent to the sun. On Sunday, the Parker Solar Probe launched from Florida on a seven-year mission to unlock the mysteries of the sun. It was named in honor of Parker’s pioneering work that…

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Vans Warped Tour bands back FEND, an app educating young adults about opioid dangers

Can a mobile app help to address the opioid crisis in the U.S.? That’s the goal behind FEND, an app that’s taking advantage of technology solutions like machine learning and gamification to increase young people’s understanding of opioids and to change their behaviors. It’s the first large-scale attempt at running…

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This Is How Old Your Dog Really Is In “Human Years”

“Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?” is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human characteristics to them. And most of us want to extend our animal friends’ healthy lives for as long as possible. It may…

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Exercise is good for your body and your mind, study says

(CNN)The benefits of exercise are widely known: it helps you live longer and lowers risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A new study published Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry journal suggests that when done in moderation, it leads to better mental health as well. Those who reported exercising had…

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