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Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a public health emergency of international concern

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Friday. WHO defines a public health emergency of international concern as “an extraordinary event” that constitutes a “public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and “to…MORE

UK Ebola patient Pauline Cafferkey gives birth to twins

A Scottish nurse who fought off Ebola has given birth to twins, telling those who have suffered that “there is a future” after the disease. Pauline Cafferkey, 43, delivered two boys in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday. She became ill with the viral disease in 2014, during the epidemic that killed tens of thousands of people…MORE

The top 10 questions about surrogacy for same-sex couples, answered

For heterosexual couples who want to have children, surrogacy is often one of the last options they consider, following time-consuming and emotionally and physically exhausting consultations with a fertility specialist. But for gay couples who want kids, surrogacy is one of only two options (the other being adoption). It is a lengthy and expensive process,…MORE

5 ways to spend Father’s Day and give back at the same time

It comes every year on the third Sunday of June. Father’s Day can be a struggle to find the right gift or activity to celebrate dad. There are the usual neckties and socks or breakfast in bed. But for a bigger impact, volunteering with your dad or donating in his name could be just the…MORE

Amid measles outbreak, New York ends religious exemptions for vaccines

Amid an ongoing measles outbreak, New York is requiring schoolchildren to be vaccinated, even if parents have religious objections. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday that removes nonmedical exemptions from school vaccination requirements. The law goes into effect immediately, his office said. The move, which comes despite opposition from anti-vaccination activists and religious freedom advocates,…MORE

A young girl was afraid of IVs. So she invented a teddy bear to disguise them

A young girl from Connecticut turned her time spent in the hospital into a chance to help ease the fear of many other young patients. Ella Casano, now 12, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) when she was seven. “It’s when her body attacks and destroys its own platelets, so…MORE

FDA issues safety alert over fecal transplants after patient’s death

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on Thursday over the use of fecal transplants after one recipient died. The investigational treatment has not been approved by the FDA. Known as fecal microbiota for transplantation, it has been used to treat cases of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, that haven’t responded to…MORE

Hundreds more reported ill in salmonella outbreaks tied to backyard poultry

Over 220 cases of salmonella have been reported in the past month in outbreaks spanning 41 states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday, and the agency believes that backyard poultry is to blame. A total of 279 cases of illness have been reported in the outbreaks so far, and 40 people…MORE

Lawmakers urge DOJ to launch criminal investigation of generic drug makers

Two top lawmakers urged the US Department of Justice on Thursday to launch a criminal investigation into the nation’s generic drug manufacturers to see whether their executives conspired to raise prices at the expense of the American public. Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, ranking…MORE

CDC investigates after 4 patients got sepsis from contaminated platelet transfusions

Four people in three states developed sepsis after receiving bacteria-contaminated platelet transfusions between May and October last year, according to a US government report released Thursday. One of the four patients died. The source of the bacterial contamination of the platelets isn’t clear. An analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that…MORE

ENTERTAINMENT

Shania Twain announces new Las Vegas residency

Shania Twain is headed back to Sin City. The singing star has announced a Las Vegas residency called, “Let’s Go!” The show will kick off December 6 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. This is the second time the Twain has had a concert residency in Vegas. She performed her “Still the…

A prequel to ‘The Hunger Games’ will arrive May 2020

A new entry in “The Hunger Games” series is on the way, though fans will likely have to navigate the violent world without Katniss Everdeen. Scholastic announced an untitled prequel novel to the bestselling young adult series, set 64 years before the events of the eponymous first novel. The original trilogy followed heroine Everdeen in…

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine says he has throat cancer

Vocalist and guitarist of the band Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, said in a Facebook post that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. “It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before,” he wrote. “I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they…

Lena Headey says she wanted a ‘better death’ for Cersei

If you were left a little deflated by Cersei Lannister’s anticlimactic “Game of Thrones” death, you aren’t alone. Actress Lena Headey says she wished her character had gone out a different way too. In an interview with The Guardian, Headey was asked what she’d say if she got a chance to have a drunken postmortem…