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4/18/2024

Doctors perform lifesaving brain surgery on fetus in the womb



The COVID public health emergency expires Thursday. Here’s what that means for you.



Raccoon dogs did not start COVID-19, new study says



What it means for the COVID-19 pandemic to be 'over'



‘There’s a temptation to lump octogenarians together’: What you should know about work and aging-brain health



Who should have the 'right to die'



Feinstein’s health issues were far more serious than publicly disclosed: What we know



Black doctors call out 'broken' system for health care professionals



'Devastating': Pandemic learning loss needs urgent attention in U.S., national survey finds



Bats could hold secret to long life — and other health news you may have missed



How the U.S. surgeon general wants to repair a culture of isolation



The surgeon general has warned that social media harms kids. Should they be banned until they're older?



South Carolina is the latest state to pass post-Roe abortion restrictions with 6-week ban



What the destruction of Ukraine's Kakhovka dam means for local residents



Air quality alerts triggered in New York as Canadian wildfire smoke blankets Northeast



Biden warns AI could 'overtake human thinking' — and other health news this week



Smoke from Canada wildfires is impacting air quality across the Northeast



Can COVID and wildfires spark a revolution in indoor air safety?



What is the Air Quality Index?



Air quality alerts continue in U.S. as Canadian wildfire smoke spreads: Full coverage



How smoke from Canadian wildfires affects your health



AI and health care: Should we be worried?



Cities hire chief heat officers to address an unequal impact of climate change



Study finds more evidence gas stoves are bad for human health: ‘Worse than secondhand smoke’



Some doctors are using AI chatbots to help deliver bad news to patients, report says



Some people with autism, intellectual disabilities are seeking euthanasia, researchers find



How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke



What's the deal with lab-grown meat? Expert answers our FAQ



Freeze-dried feces pills called 'crapsules' to be taken by patients in clinical trial



Loneliness is worse for heart health than bad diet or smoking, study of diabetic patients finds



How to know when it's time to walk away from a sibling


Sibling estrangement, such as the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William, isn't uncommon. Here's how to know whether your sibling relationship is worth repairing or ending, according to psychologist Joshua Coleman.

Mpox in the United States Fast Facts


Read CNN's Fast Facts on mpox, formerly monkeypox, in the United States. The virus was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. The virus originated in Africa and is the cousin of smallpox.

How a medication abortion, also known as an 'abortion pill,' works


An expert in medication abortion describes how mifepristone and misoprostol work and what to expect after using these 'abortion pills.'

What is Nowruz? Persian New Year traditions and food explained


Reset your year with green dishes filled with fresh herbs and a clean home for the Persian New Year, also known as Nowruz.

Why we have nightmares and how to stop them


We leave behind our fears of monsters under the bed as we say goodbye to our childhoods, but one can follow us into adulthood and loom over our heads.

Your guide to finding the right Theragun massage gun for you



8 activewear brands you should add to your workout wardrobe


The increasing popularity of stylish, trendy athletic wear has made über-comfortable clothing something that's not just for the gym. It's infiltrated all corners of culture, from high fashion runways to the offices of Silicon Valley executives — and really, it's appropriate for any occasion when you just want to be comfortable.

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Desperate for heart surgery for their baby, a family feels the effects of pediatric hospital shortages


Even before their daughter was born in June, Aaron and Helen Chavez knew she would need heart surgery. Doctors expected her to have an operation around 6 months of age.

Fuzzy first photo of a black hole gets a sharp makeover


The first photo ever taken of a black hole looks a little sharper now.

Paper airplane breaks a world distance record


It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a paper airplane!

This bat fossil could fill in a piece of the evolutionary puzzle


Two 52 million-year-old bat skeletons discovered in an ancient lake bed in Wyoming are the oldest bat fossils ever found — and they reveal a new species.

How long you can use vintage Tupperware


Since Tupperware, the iconic kitchen brand that's been a household name for decades, signaled recently that it might be going out of business, you might be wondering how long your stash of its food storage containers is safe to use — especially if it's vintage.

Covid-19 boosters could keep thousands of kids out of hospitals, but uptake remains low


Higher Covid-19 vaccination rates among US children could prevent thousands of pediatric hospitalizations and millions of missed school days, according to an analysis published Tuesday by the Commonwealth Fund and the Yale School of Public Health.

Experimental therapy gantenerumab fails to slow or improve Alzheimer's memory loss in clinical trials


An experimental treatment, gantenerumab, failed to help people at high risk of memory loss from Alzheimer's or those who were in the early phases of the disease, the manufacturer said Monday.

US gets D+ grade for rising preterm birth rates, new report finds


The rate of premature birth in the United States is climbing, according to the infant and maternal health nonprofit March of Dimes.

RSV hospitalization rate for seniors is 10 times higher than usual for this point in the season


The respiratory virus season has started early in kids this year and flooded children's hospitals in many parts of the country -- especially with respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.

'There are loads of people that vape at school'


A group of teenagers in Fife have been making a documentary about the impact of disposable vapes.

UK Covid inquiry comes to Scotland… in 90 seconds


The BBC's Kirsten Campbell outlines what can be expected during three weeks of evidence held in Edinburgh.

'I embrace my alopecia, but I’d love my old hair back’


People living with alopecia could have access to treatment on the NHS in Scotland for the first time.

Sunak reveals he fasts at beginning of the week


The PM says he tries to fast at the start of the week so he can indulge in his “weakness for sugary things” on other days.

What to do if you have Covid


No Covid restrictions are in place across the UK, so how should you manage having it?

Covid jab could be available privately from 2024


Moderna is hoping to make its Covid jab available privately in the UK.

Error to open pubs not schools, Covid inquiry told


The ex-children's commissioner in England says most senior officials did not put children first.

Is Covid now just a regular winter bug?


There were more flu deaths than Covid ones last winter - but for some, the fear remains. Why?

Health staff start court fight over long Covid


They say they are disabled after catching Covid at work, with no protection from employers.

Can health secretary name NHS trusts performing well?


Victoria Atkins is challenged to name some health trusts meeting their targets to cut waiting lists.

Are weight-loss injections the answer to obesity?


The appeal is clear - but should we be turning to appetite-suppressing injections?

How much do junior doctors really get paid?


The BBC asked two junior doctors in England to show us their payslips and reveal their salaries.

Why are measles cases rising and what is the MMR vaccine?


Young people are being encouraged to have the MMR jab, as cases of measles rise across England.

What is pregabalin and why can it be dangerous?


The prescription drug has been linked to a number of deaths in the UK and around the world.

What are assisted dying, assisted suicide and euthanasia?


Many countries have legalised assisted dying, assisted suicide or euthanasia, which are different.

What is the new vaping tax and when will it start?


The government will introduce a new vaping tax on top of measures to stop children vaping.

New cause of asthma damage revealed


Cells lining the airways are squeezed to destruction, setting up a cycle of harm, lab studies suggest.

'Radiographer started crying during my cancer scan'


Molly Cuddihy shares her story in a podcast covering themes including mental health and body image.

'Zombie' drug found in cannabis THC vapes in UK


Cannabis vapes are being sold containing the dangerous animal tranquiliser xylazine, experts say.

Need an op? The hospitals with the worst waits


BBC News analysis reveals wide variation across England in waits for planned hospital treatment.

What is the infected blood scandal and how many people died?


Thousands were infected with HIV and hepatitis C, in the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.

What is the smoking ban and how will it work?


The government wants to stop people smoking by raising the legal age limit for buying cigarettes.

Boy, 7, died from Aids after doctor ignored rules


The doctor who gave Colin Smith imported blood products broke his NHS department's guidelines.

'The NHS paid for my mum to go private. She died'


BBC Panorama investigates patient safety at a major private provider used by the NHS.

End-of-life case parents call for naming of doctors


The parents of Isaiah Haastrup and Zainab Abbasi attend the Supreme Court for a two-day hearing.

Girl, 8, has world-first brain surgery


A girl from Cheshire is receiving pioneering treatment for dystonia, a lifelong neurological condition.

Martin Tyler: I nearly lost my voice forever


The football commentator pays tribute to a speech therapist who helped him talk again after surgery.

Call to ban smacking in England and Northern Ireland


Physical punishment at home can have a lasting impact and end in abuse, children's doctors warn.

Give vape-addicted kids nicotine patches – report


Underage vaping should be seen as a dependency issue, not pupil misconduct, say health officials.

GP could be struck off after Just Stop Oil protest


Dr Sarah Benn from Birmingham was part of a demonstration at the Kingsbury oil terminal in 2022.

Met investigates 'stem-cell autism cure' claim


The local council says it is aware of concerns over "experimental procedures" on autistic children.

MPs back smoking ban for those born after 2009


The measures, championed by PM Rishi Sunak, pass despite opposition by several leading Conservative figures.

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