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British royals William, Kate, Harry and Meghan launch mental health text service

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s young royals, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan, launched a new phone messaging service on Friday to help people suffering a mental health crisis. The two princes have been widely praised for speaking out about their own struggles with mental health struggles in the wake... Continue Reading →

How growing numbers of EU countries are making vaccines mandatory

Will Germany join the growing numbers of EU countries that are making vaccinations mandatory in a bid to tackle measles and other disease outbreaks? Its health minister has proposed a fine of €2,500 for parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles as part of an effort to eradicate the disease. In an interview... Continue Reading →

Former US drug czar says national focus on opioid epidemic is overlooking real culprit

When I was up in New Hampshire, they told me you [can pay] $10 for a pill --to get an Oxycontin, [but] two bucks to get heroin, three bucks to get fentanyl.” “And that’s the nature of the problem,” Bennett said. “You talk to law enforcement people that will tell you they haven’t seen a... Continue Reading →

Why nurses matter now more than ever

Nursing is an emotionally, physically and mentally demanding profession. Many of the approximately 4 million registered nurses who work across all settings of care encounter workplace demands, stressors and hazards every day that other professions don’t face. They spend time standing, walking, bending, and lifting patients for extended periods each day. They are regularly in... Continue Reading →

Medical miracles: Child burn victims in Syria brought to US for last shot at life

She is nothing short of a medical miracle. It was sometime in 2016, amid the scourge of the Syrian war. One moment, then-15-year-old Hamama was playing in the mountains with her animals in her poor family’s remote farm in the Homs countryside. In the next moment all of her family, much of her memory, and... Continue Reading →

CDC’s chicken washing warning sparks fierce debate: ‘You sound crazy’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) certainly had some cooks steaming over their tweet last week that advised consumers to stop washing raw chicken before cooking it. The April 26 tweet received nearly 1,000 comments and 1,600 retweets, with many weighing in over whether or not to follow the health agency’s advice. “We... Continue Reading →

‘London patient’ second patient in nearly 12 years appeared to be cured of HIV: report

A man known only as the "London patient" appeared to be cured of HIV, making him the second known patient in nearly 12 years, giving scientists new hope that an eventual cure is possible, reports said Monday. The "London patient" who was infected with HIV and suffered from Hodgkin's lymphoma, received a bone marrow transplant... Continue Reading →

World’s first living HIV-positive organ donor says she ‘wanted to make a difference’

Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what's thought to be the world's first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for people with the AIDS virus — and one that could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone. Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a... Continue Reading →

Colorado woman who donated kidney to stranger prepares to donate part of liver to baby

A Colorado woman is set to undergo surgery Thursday to donate a portion of her liver to a sick baby, making her one of only a handful of people in the country to donate multiple organs Brandi Thornton is expected to become a “double donor” this week after she donates part of her liver to... Continue Reading →

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