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Doctor saves passenger’s life at 30,000ft using just a spoon and a toothpick

A man has been hailed for saving a co-passenger’s life at 30,000ft after he was found unconscious and foaming at the mouth. Tian Yu, a medic for Lonhua Hospital in Shanghai, was on the Air China flight from Kashgar to Urumqi in China when cabin crew announced that a doctor was needed. Making his way to the front of the ...

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Man’s desperate search for life-changing facial surgery

A man with severe deformities is hoping to raise money to fund life-changing facial surgery. Xia Yuanhai is a 53-year-old man who lives in Laotu village in Chongqing, southwestern China. His facial proportions were normal when he was younger, but he suddenly developed facial hyperplasia – excessive tissue enlargement – as an adult. According to his 66-year-old brother Xia Yuanchang, ...

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Woman wants to be so fat she can’t move

Monica Riley, who is a model, wants to become the world’s fattest woman – 70st. This is not a record we would recommend anyone to try and beat. Her boyfriend, Sid Riley, is a feeder and he spends his day cooking for Monica, feeding her through a tube at their home in Fort Worth, Texas. She said: ‘The plan is ...

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Eliminating NTDS Enables Nation to Save U.S.$3.8 Billion

By Robel Yohannes Ethiopia could save nearly 3.8 billion USD and avert the equivalent of more than 6.6 million years of life by eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), while in same token sub-Saharan Africa could save 52 billion USD between 2011-2030. The new data, developed by Erasmus University with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was released at ...

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First U.S Patient To have Uterus Transplant Has Organ Removed

First US Uterus Transplant

The first patient in the United States to receive a uterus transplant had to have the organ removed because of a complication, the Cleveland Clinic announced Wednesday. The 26-year-old woman received the womb from a deceased donor during a nine-hour operation last month. “We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to ...

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The Paralysed man who can ride a bike

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A man who was paralysed from the chest down after a knife attack in 2010 can now ride an adapted tricycle. In 2014, surgeons in Poland announced they had reversed Darek Fidyka’s paralysis using cells taken from his nose to repair his spinal cord. The former fireman says he has noticed a gradual return of feeling and muscle control below ...

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WHO Experts Signal Victory Over One Of Three Polio Strains

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The world should stop vaccinating children against one of the three strains of the crippling polio virus as part of a drive to eradicate the disease once and for all, a group of health experts has advised the World Health Organization. There is no cure for polio, which attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis ...

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Baby born with a malformed brain

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This is Jaxon, isn’t he just the cutest? He was born last August and his parents, Brittany and Brandon, are keen to make his story heard. Jaxon was born with Microhydranencephaly, which is an extreme malformation of the brain. The condition can cause microcephaly and scalp rugae – which mean the head can be smaller than normal and the scalp ...

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Lab-grown kidneys work in animals

Lab Grown Kidney

Scientists say they are a step closer to growing fully functioning replacement kidneys, after promising results in animals. When transplanted into pigs and rats, the kidneys worked, passing urine just like natural ones. Getting the urine out has been a problem for earlier prototypes, causing them to balloon under the pressure. The Japanese team got round this by growing extra ...

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