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Many sudden cardiac deaths linked to prior silent heart attacks, study says

(CNN)Many people who die of sudden cardiac arrest may have had a heart attack earlier in life without ever realizing it, according to a new study. A separate study, published in the American Heart Journal in 2010, found that some 34% of people who had sudden cardiac death showed signs of a previous heart attack that went undetected. Those deaths were evaluated in Minneapolis from 2001 to 2004. The new study involved analyzing data on 5,869 people in Northern Finland who had sudden cardiac deaths between 1998 and 2017. The…

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Australian seagulls could carry drug-resistant superbugs, study finds

(CNN)Some Australian seagulls are infected with superbugs resistant to antibiotics, according to new research, which raises concerns that the bacteria could spread from the birds to livestock or humans. The issue has become so acute that the WHO listed antimicrobial resistance as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019. “Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines — threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea,…

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Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns

Deadly outbreak is global wake-up call, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells Guardian The head of the World Health Organization has called the worlds the virus would inevitably return while political instability continued in North Kivu and Iruri, the provinces at the heart of the outbreak. Quick guide Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Show Hide How bad is the current outbreak? More than 2,100 people have been infected with Ebola in theDemocratic Republic of the Congo since August last year, making the outbreak the second largest in history.…

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The rise of Big Sperm: does the tech world have the answer to our semen crisis?

Sperm counts in western men are falling, and nobody is sure why. But relax because help is here, with everything from home-testing kits to sperm-freezing Lads, lads, lads, hate to interrupt, but hows your ejaculate? Would you struggle to fill half a teaspoon? And your concentration, please: are we talking 20m-plus little swimmers a millilitre? And hows that motility? Are your spermatozoa wagging their flagella as if they cant wait to get to that ovum or listlessly floating around like dead tadpoles in a poorly executed classroom experiment? Its not…

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Record-breaking seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to Mexico

(CNN)A record-breaking mass of smelly seaweed stretching from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico has been identified using satellite imagery. “There’s a huge amount of Sargassum in a place where it’s never been seen before,” said Mengqiu Wang, co-author of the study, which was published in the journal Science. Wang said the seaweed was of “great ecological value” to marine life such as fish, crabs, shrimps and turtles that use it as a habitat or food source. But excesses of Sargassum like the recent explosion cause some problems for…

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CVS investing $10 million to fight e-cigarette use among teens

(CNN)E-cigarette use among teems is up. CVS is about to invest $10 million to try to reverse the trend. The rise of vaping The 2011-2018 National Youth Tobacco survey — a report put out in February by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration — estimated there was a 1.3 million increase in teen tobacco users from 2017 to 2018, all of which was linked to teen use of e-cigarettes, often called vaping. The rise was so significant that it has wiped out…

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Transgender bodybuilder wants to lift up his community

(CNN)As a kid growing up in Texas, Ajay Holbrook’s video-game avatars always had a similar look — a bearded dude with tattoos and bulging muscles. That child with the muscular avatar was assigned a female sex at birth. He remembers sadly looking in the mirror bandaging and taping up his breasts to try and hide them, cutting off his long hair against his mother’s wishes and crying, praying to wake up as boy. “I always saw myself as a male figure. I was always into sports instead of girly stuff.…

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Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says

(CNN)It’s a feeling of extreme work stress that’s long been embedded in the cultural lexicon, and now it might be codified in your medical records as well. 2. increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job 3. reduced professional efficacy Before making the call, the document says doctors should first rule out adjustment disorder as well as anxiety and mood disorders. And the diagnosis is limited to work environments, and shouldn’t be applied to other life situations. Researchers have been studying burnout…

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Maine bars residents from opting out of immunizations for religious or philosophical reasons

(CNN)Maine has become the fourth state in the nation to prohibit people from opting out of immunization for religious or philosophical reasons. She also acknowledged that the immunization issue was “very emotional” for the people of her state. “People of good will hold sincere beliefs on both sides of the issue,” she said, “but Maine has a vaccination opt-out rate that is three times higher than the national average for students entering Kindergarten and the state ranks seventh in the country for the rate of non-medical exemptions taken among school-age…

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Christian rightwingers warn abortion fight could spark US civil war

Wave of extreme bans seems to have amped up predictions of coming conflict Prominent figures on the Christian right in the US ranging from religious magazines to authors to elected politicians have warned that the fight over abortion rights could lead to a new civil war. Though such dire predictions are not openly speculated that the divide over abortion rights might lead to civil war. Last month, Keller drew explicit comparisons with the antebellum situation over slavery, telling the Guardian: Whether this ever leads to a tragedy, like it did…

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What little kids need to know about sex

(CNN)I live in the Bay Area, where, according to my very unscientific estimate, approximately 8 out of 10 parents self-identify as enlightened. These are the moms and dads who broach thorny topics like race, poverty and sexism with their young children, undeterred by their complexity and high stakes. For decades, school-based sex-education in the United States focused on preventing unwanted pregnancy and STDs, and it was only for teenagers. The big takeaway was how to avoid something bad, albeit with a massive blind spot toward sexual assault. Today, curricula have…

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Romance novelists pledge to confront abortion ‘taboo’ after Alabama ban

State senates near-total abortion ban prompts demand for genre to treat issue as a normal part of life, not a moral lesson Dip into the fast-moving world of romantic fiction and it quickly becomes clear that very few of the fictional couples Alabamas state senate passed a near-total ban on abortion, writers are asking themselves why none of these heroines ever considers termination. According to the Guttmacher Institute, an organisation promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, its a common experience for women in the US, with an abortion by…

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More than 800 cases of measles in US, with NY outbreak continuing to lead

(CNN)The number of measles cases in the United States is now at 839 for the year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly measles update. Some good news this week is that no new states reported cases, leaving the number unchanged at 23. The states that have reported measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Washington. But still troubling: Sixty-six of the…

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Moms proudly show off their postpartum bodies

(CNN)Meg Boggs is on a mission to redefine the public perception of a woman’s postpartum body. In 2018, Boggs was a first-time mom to a 7-month-old baby and dealing with negative body image issues. As a plus-size woman, she felt she didn’t look like other pregnant or postpartum women on social media. It began during pregnancy, “I would see pictures of a perfect bump and I didn’t relate to that because I definitely did not have a perfect bump.” Boggs would search for images she could relate to online but…

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A California teacher on medical leave for breast cancer has to pay for her substitute

(CNN)A San Francisco teacher who is on medical leave has to worry about more than just battling breast cancer. “This reflects California Education Code language related to extended sick leave that applies to all other school districts in California,” Dudnick said in a statement. “This is not unique to San Francisco. This is not a district-only rule.” Teachers who require additional medical leave can draw from a Sick Leave Bank for up to 85 days without any deduction from their paycheck. Teachers donate unused sick days to the bank to…

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