Our galaxy is due for a catastrophic collision, study says

(CNN)While astronomers estimate that the Andromeda galaxy will collide with our own Milky Way galaxy 8 billion years from now, they now believe that another collision will happen even sooner. The Large Magellanic Cloud is fairly new to orbiting the Milky Way, entering our corner of the universe 1.5 billion…

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Physical showed no major changes in health of Arizona woman in vegetative state who gave birth about 37 weeks later

(CNN)A doctor who gave a yearly checkup to a woman in a vegetative state about 37 weeks before she gave birth wrote that there were no major changes in her health, according to medical records sent to an Arizona court. The doctor had given the woman her physicals since 2009,…

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High drug prices? Some pharma firms will send you a check

Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. It’s one of the little-known secrets in health care: When financial incentives like copay coupons and debit cards won’t work, pharmaceutical companies sometimes will write a…

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Doctors question medical care given to migrant boy who died Christmas Eve

(CNN)Days after a Guatemalan boy died in US custody on Christmas Eve, infectious disease experts say it appears Felipe Alonzo-Gomez likely had the flu, a potentially deadly illness that can often be treated if caught early enough. Muñoz and another pediatric infectious disease expert contacted by CNN said they would…

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Pediatricians say Sarah Sanders got it wrong on migrant child deaths

(CNN)Four physicians — experts in pediatrics, infectious diseases and health policy — have a message for White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders: Contrary to what she says, it’s not clear that the federal government is doing everything it can to care for children crossing the border. “In her mind, she…

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Animal attacks cost us more than $1 billion a year, and they’re becoming more common

(CNN)Animal-related injuries lead to health care costs of more than $1 billion a year in the United States, according to a new study — and they’re happening more often. “We looked at approximately 20% of the emergency departments in the United States over a span of five years, so 2010…

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More violence, sexual infections when sex work is criminalized, study finds

(CNN)Sex workers across 33 countries who face repressive policing — identified as arrest, imprisonment, confiscation of needles, syringes, condoms, displacement to new area or physical or sexual violence by officers — have a three times higher chance of experiencing physical or sexual violence, according to a new study. Sex workers,…

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Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor’s sexual abuse

(CNN)Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor over roughly 20 years of practice, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court. The doctor, Robert Hadden, pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal sex act in the third degree…

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500-year-old skeleton still wearing thigh-high boots found in London river

London (CNN)A pair of durable boots is a must-have in anyone’s winter wardrobe — and a team of archaeologists has found a timeless pair in a very unlikely place. But the company notes that the banks of the Thames were a hazardous place in the late 15th and early 16th…

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Polio cases no longer declining; WHO fears global resurgence

(CNN)Progress has stalled in ridding the world of polio. An emergency committee of the World Health Organization unanimously agreed Friday to continue to designate the paralyzing disease a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern.” WHO originally designated polio in this way in 2014, deeming it a health threat serious enough…

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This town is like thousands that are vulnerable to contaminated water, with no fix in sight

(CNN)Virginia Tech engineering Professor Marc Edwards watched as water flowed from a garden hose in Enterprise, Louisiana. As he moved a jar to catch a sample, the color changed from clear to brown. What drives him, Tiser said, is “being sure that they’re not consuming anything that 20 years from…

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NASA’s InSight lander has touched down on Mars

(CNN)After seven months of traveling through space, the NASA InSight mission has landed on Mars. A few minutes after landing, InSight sent the official “beep” to NASA to signal that it was alive and well, including a photo of the Martian surface where it landed. Bridenstine said that Vice President…

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Judge notes ‘sad irony’ of men deciding abortion rights as he strikes Mississippi’s abortion law

(CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to forbid most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, writing a sharply worded opinion with implications for states weighing similar measures. Judge Carlton Reeves, district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, wrote that the law “unequivocally” infringes…

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Deadly salmonella outbreak forces USDA to recall raw turkey

(CNN)With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The outbreak started in November 2017. It’s unclear where the turkey at the center of this outbreak came from, as there doesn’t appear to be…

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Experimental treatment helps 2 out of 3 peanut allergy sufferers, study finds

(CNN)Sometimes, Ellis Glover would be forced to leave her friends and sit at a lunch table where no one was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Glover seized the opportunity to participate in a study on the safety and effectiveness of an experimental treatment that could give her daughter protection…

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