Young survivor of rare polio-like illness now thriving

Watch Video Lydia Pilarowski had a fever and cough that developed into intense pain, she had unusual weakness, and she couldn’t move her left arm. The young girl’s sudden frailty and agony puzzled and frightened her family. That was in 2014, when Lydia was 6 years old and diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare but serious polio-like neurological illness that affects the brain and nervous system. Symptoms can include sudden limb weakness, loss of muscle tone and reflexes, facial and eyelid drooping, difficulty moving the eyes, difficulty…

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C-section deliveries nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, study finds

No matter where a family lives, welcoming a baby into the world can be a joyous occasion — yet how a woman experiences birth varies drastically from country to country. The number of births by cesarean section is on the rise, climbing from about 16 million (12.1% of all births) in 2000 to 29.7 million (21.1% of all births) in 2015, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Lancet. “We knew that globally, C-section rates were increasing for quite some time now, but that now more than one in…

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Montel Williams opens up about stroke with warning to others

Montel Williams is happy to be alive, thankful for his wife, and glad he’s a viewer of “The Dr. Oz Show.” The TV personality and host opened up to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” about a stroke that nearly claimed his life. Williams was in New York City for work back in May when, while working out, a loud pop and realized he was starting to exhibit the symptoms of someone who’d just had a stroke — including vision problems and drooling on one side of his mouth. “Maybe…

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CVS and Aetna’s game-changing merger gains crucial approval

A landmark health care merger is inches away from the finish line. CVS has gained the US government’s approval to buy Aetna. The $69 billion acquisition, announced in December 2017, will drastically remap the health care industry. CVS (CVS) is a massive drugstore chain and prescription insurer, and Aetna (AET) is one of the nation’s largest health insurers. It is the largest health insurance deal in history, far exceeding Express Scripts’ (ESRX) $29 billion acquisition of Medco in 2012, the last record-holder. To gain the Trump administration’s approval, Aetna agreed…

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UK millennials are drinking less alcohol, study finds

Young British people are drinking less alcohol than a decade ago, with abstinence becoming “mainstream” among teenagers and young adults, a new study reveals. Researchers found that 29% of 16- to 24-year olds were non-drinkers in 2015, up from 18% in 2005. Half of people in that age group said they had not had a drink in the past week, compared to 35% a decade earlier, according to the study published Wednesday. And while young people are still the most likely to binge drink, rates of binge drinking — defined as drinking…

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First responders weigh in on children and opioid epidemic: ‘No one is spared’

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – One day after Crime Insider sources say a one-year-old Richmond boy died from possible exposure to drugs, first responders are weighing in on the opioid epidemic they experience first hand every day. Those sources say Syion Lipscomb was taken off of life support Tuesday after he got into what appeared to be drugs that had been left out in the open. Paramedics were initially called to an apartment in Fulton late Sunday for an unresponsive child under the age of two. “Without any ifs, ands or…

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United Kingdom appoints Minister for Suicide Prevention

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed what is thought to be the world’s first minister for suicide prevention. The move, intended to tackle the tragedy of 4,500 people taking their own lives in England each year, comes on World Mental Health Day. Jackie Doyle-Price, a Conservative MP and current health minister, has been appointed to lead the government’s efforts to confront the issue, which is the leading cause of death in men aged under 45. The new role will head up a ministerial taskforce, working with experts…

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Giant mosquitoes emerge in North Carolina post-Florence

Watch Video Ouch! The floodwaters that followed Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on September 14, have spawned thousands of mega-mosquitoes across the state, according to entomologists. These giants have zebra-striped legs and are two to three times as big as the normal bloodsuckers encountered during summer, said Michael H. Reiskind, an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University. “Definitely noticeably bigger,” he said. “If you see mosquitoes often, then you’re going to say, ‘Wow, that’s a big mosquito.’ ” A gallinipper compared with a penny.…

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Insurance won’t cover man’s life-saving medication: ‘I’m going to die a slow death’

ELK GROVE, Calif. —Mark Dendy has been able to live a normal life thanks to a variety of life-saving medicines, but now he says his insurance company will no longer be covering the sky-high cost of Syprine. Mark Dendy usually has a healthy sense of humor with the staff and students he tutors at Brightwood College in Sacramento. Many have no idea that, for Dendy, his work is a distraction from a life-threatening disease that is literally poisoning him from within. “Without the medicine, I’m going to die a slow…

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