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Girl has blunt message for Aetna after her brain surgery request was denied

(CNN)Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. Her friends had been lined up to visit her in the hospital for the surgery three days away, on Monday, October 23. Between tears, she texted them that the whole thing was off. See the latest news and…

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Newly discovered nearby planet could support life

(CNN)You may want to get used to the name Ross 128 b. The newly discovered exoplanet is the second-closest found to our solar system, only 11 light-years away. And it could support life. The planet is about the same size as Earth, and it may have a similar surface temperature, making it a temperate world that could support life.

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Bill Gates announces major donation to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates speaks speaks at the Goalkeepers 2017 event on Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.Image: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates just donated a piece of his fortune to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The philanthropist and Microsoft founder announced in a blog post Monday that he will give $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a public-private partnership that invests in innovative dementia research. Gates will also donate another $50 million in startups working in Alzheimer’s research. SEE ALSO:…

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Opioid crisis: Childhood friends die on same day, half a mile apart

Lawrenceville, Georgia (CNN)Twenty seconds is all it took to kill 19-year-old Dustin Manning. “The amount of fentanyl in his body was the equivalent to three grains of salt. That’s all it took to kill a 180-pound guy,” said Greg Manning. Why are opioids so addictive? See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. These parents believe prevention is key and education needs to start as early as fifth grade. They have started spreading awareness in their community in the hope it will save…

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6-year-old completes triathlon after 3 open-heart surgeries

(CNN)When 6-year-old Jack Foley crossed the finish line last month at the Long Beach Kids Triathlon, it was more than an athletic achievement. His completion marked a remarkable recovery from a rare heart condition. At a routine 20-week sonogram, doctors told parents-to-be Rob Foley and Lauren Kiefer-Foley of Long Island, New York, that the fetus’ heart wasn’t properly developing. Kiefer-Foley’s brother, Michael Kiefer, competed in his first triathlon just two days before he was killed on September 11, 2001. “We lost him on 9/11. He was a city fireman, and…

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Dyslexia: scientists claim cause of condition may lie in the eyes

In people with the condition, light receptor cells are arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may confuse the brain French scientists claim they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye. In people with the condition, the cells were arranged in matching patterns in both eyes, which may be to blame for confusing the brain by producing mirror images, the co-authors wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. In non-dyslexic people, the cells…

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First-seen neutron star collision creates light, gravitational waves and gold

(CNN)For the first time, two neutron stars in a nearby galaxy have been observed engaging in a spiral death dance around one another until they collided. What resulted from that collision is being called an “unprecedented” discovery that is ushering in a new era of astronomy, scientists announced Monday. The collision created the first observed instance of a single source emitting ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, as well as light, which was released in the form of a two-second gamma ray burst. The collision also created heavy elements…

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Antibiotic resistance could spell end of modern medicine, says chief medic

Prof Dame Sally Davies says action is needed around the world to tackle hidden problem that is already claiming lives Englands chief medical officer has repeated her warning of a #r4today October 13, 2017 Davies said: This AMR is with us now, killing people. This is a serious issue that is with us now, causing deaths. If it was anything else, people would be up in arms about it. But because it is hidden they just let it pass. It does not really have a face because most people who…

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Yemen’s cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms

Experts predict fastest-spreading cholera epidemic since records began will affect at least 1 million people by turn of year, including at least 600,000 children The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected. The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more…

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Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

Exclusive: Every area of the capital breaches global standards for PM2.5 pollution particles, with most areas exceeding levels by at least 50% The scale of Londons air pollution crisis was laid bare on Wednesday, with new figures showing that every person in the capital is breathing air that exceeds global guidelines for one of the most dangerous toxic particles. damaging type of particle known as PM2.5. It also found that 7.9 million Londoners nearly 95% of the capitals population live in areas that exceed the limit by 50% or more….

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Revealed: Johnson & Johnson’s ‘irresponsible’ actions over vaginal mesh implant

Woman awarded record $57m damages over implant launched with no clinical trial and marketed despite higher failure rate A vaginal mesh implant made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was launched without a clinical trial, and then marketed for five years after the company learned that it had a higher failure rate than their two earlier devices. Internal company emails disclosed in a US court case, in which a 51-year-old woman was awarded a record $57m in damages this month, also show that senior executives even briefly considered suppressing unfavourable data…

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‘Cancer patient’ finds lump was toy traffic cone inhaled in 1977

Medics find long-lost Playmobil plastic traffic cone inside lung of 47-year-old man who had suffered from persistent cough A toy traffic cone has been found in the lung of a man 40 years after he inhaled it. It was originally thought that the unnamed 47-year-old man from Preston might have cancer. He was referred to a respiratory clinic after complaining of coughing up yellow mucus and feeling unwell for over a year. Medics initially thought the patient, who had also recently suffered pneumonia and had been a long-term smoker, had…

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Yes, climate change made Harvey and Irma worse

(CNN)The right time to talk climate change is now. “But everything in the atmosphere now is impacted by the fact that it’s warmer than it’s ever been,” Miller said. “There’s more water vapor in the atmosphere. The ocean is warmer. And all of that really only pushes the impact in one direction, and that is worse: higher surge in storms, higher rainfall in storms.” (6 Videos) Irma’s destructive path through the Caribbean Harvey brings ‘hell’ to Texas residents Widespread destruction in the Florida Keys Citizens rush to rescue strangers See…

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Donated organs of 13-year-old girl help record eight people to live

Parents of Jemima Layzell, who died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm, want other families to consider organ donation A 13-year-old girl who died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm has had her organs transplanted to eight people – the largest number in the history of the organ donation service. Jemima Layzell was lovely clever, funny, compassionate and creative, said her mother, Sophy Layzell, 43, a drama teacher from Horton in Somerset. Just a couple of weeks before her sudden collapse in March 2012, the family had a conversation about organ donation…

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