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New Zealand has ordered more than 1,290 square feet of skin for volcano victims

New Zealand has ordered more than 1,290 square feet of skin for volcano victims

New Zealand has ordered 1,292 square feet of skin to treat patients injured in Monday’s volcanic eruption on White Island, authorities said Wednesday. A total of 47 people were on White Island, off the coast of North Island, when the eruption occurred. Six have been confirmed dead, while 25 people are currently hospitalized in critical…

Study links frozen embryo transfer to higher childhood cancer risk

Study links frozen embryo transfer to higher childhood cancer risk

Children born after the use of frozen embryo transfer were at higher risk of childhood cancer, according to a new study, but the risk remains low. The study, published in the medical journal JAMA on Tuesday, looks at babies born in Denmark, a country with one of the highest rates of assisted reproductive technology. In…

All the lonely people: Why more of us will feel disconnected than ever before

All the lonely people: Why more of us will feel disconnected than ever before

Despite popular belief, baby boomers between 55 and 75 aren’t more lonely than prior generations, according to two new studies published Tuesday by the American Psychological Association. But that doesn’t mean we won’t have a loneliness epidemic in the future, as the baby-boomer population continues to age and younger generations struggle with feelings of isolation.…

Girls in Nepal sleep in ‘menstruation huts’ despite ban, study finds

Girls in Nepal sleep in ‘menstruation huts’ despite ban, study finds

Nearly eight out of 10 girls in a region of mid-Western Nepal sleep in dangerous outdoor “menstruation huts” during their period, despite the practice being outlawed, a study has found. The illegal custom, known as “Chhaupadi,” stems from a centuries-old Hindu taboo that considers women and girls as unclean during menstruation. When women are on…

White Castle issues recall of frozen sliders over possible listeria contamination

White Castle issues recall of frozen sliders over possible listeria contamination

White Castle has issued a voluntary recall of multiple products for possible listeria contamination. The recall affects a limited number of frozen six-pack cheeseburgers, frozen six-pack hamburgers, frozen six-pack pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, 16-pack hamburgers and 16-pack cheeseburgers, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. “Our number one focus is the safety of our customers…

Dallas children’s hospital relocates 28 patients after tests find mold

Dallas children’s hospital relocates 28 patients after tests find mold

Children’s Medical Center Dallas last week relocated 28 patients after routine air tests showed higher-than-normal levels of Aspergillus and Penicillium molds, according to Virginia Hock, a Children’s Health spokesperson. When mold results were identified on December 4, patients were moved from the cardiac intensive care unit at Children’s Medical Center Dallas to other parts of…

New Jersey company recalls cut fruit products after 33 sickened with salmonella

New Jersey company recalls cut fruit products after 33 sickened with salmonella

A New Jersey produce company is recalling some of its cut fruit products in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware for possible salmonella contamination after more than 30 people got sick. New Jersey-based wholesaler Tailor Cut Produce recalled its Fruit Luau mix and other pre-cut fruit after 33 people in southeastern Pennsylvania became sick…

Pete Frates, one of the men who popularized the Ice Bucket Challenge, has died

Pete Frates, one of the men who popularized the Ice Bucket Challenge, has died

A man who helped inspire a multimillion-dollar movement to help find a cure for ALS has died. Pete Frates, 34, was one of the most recognizable faces of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral sensation that swept the Internet in 2014 and raised more than $115 million for ALS research. “Today Heaven received our…

Athletes have healthier brains that can actually hear better, study says

Athletes have healthier brains that can actually hear better, study says

Listen closely: Can you hear that noisy static in your brain? Neurobiologist Nina Kraus can. At her lab at Northwestern University called “Brainvolts,” she and her colleagues can attach a series of electrodes to your scalp and record the electricity your brain produces in response to a sound. “I can then take that electricity and…

No single e-cigarette brand linked to vaping-related lung injuries, CDC says

No single e-cigarette brand linked to vaping-related lung injuries, CDC says

No single product or brand is responsible for the thousands of vaping-related lung illnesses reported across the United States, according to a report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Nationally, Dank Vapes were the most commonly reported THC-containing product by hospitalized EVALI patients, but a wide variety of products were…

6 ‘probable’ vaping-related lung injury cases linked to Massachusetts dispensaries

6 ‘probable’ vaping-related lung injury cases linked to Massachusetts dispensaries

A state investigation into vaping-related lung injury cases in Massachusetts has found that vape products used in six probable cases were purchased legally from dispensaries. All of the products contained THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis. None of the confirmed cases in the investigation involved products purchased from dispensaries. Details from this…

‘Miracle’ woman survives six-hour cardiac arrest

‘Miracle’ woman survives six-hour cardiac arrest

A British woman has made a full recovery after suffering a six-hour cardiac arrest caused by severe hypothermia — a condition that doctors say also saved her life. Thirty four-year-old Audrey Schoeman was caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees mountain range in Spain on November 3, and her husband Rohan called the…

‘Anti-vaxxer’ charged as Samoan government battles deadly measles outbreak

‘Anti-vaxxer’ charged as Samoan government battles deadly measles outbreak

An alleged anti-vaxxer has been charged with “incitement against the government vaccination order,” the Samoan government said Thursday. The government of the Pacific Island nation has shut down in a desperate attempt to fight a deadly measles outbreak that has already claimed 62 lives. Amid the outbreak, the government is also fighting the spread of…