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    Incredibly realistic organ replicas that BLEED will let surgeons practice high stakes operations

    A pair of doctors can now make nearly perfect models of diseased organs that they use to practice the most delicate surgeries operating on living patients.Precise, state-of-the-art robotic surgery is now the favored method for many operations, but 144 people still died in these surgeries between 2000 and 2013.Simulations help doctors to practice controlling the movements and stages of robotic operations, but these on screen exercises fall short of the pressures of a living organ in a live operating room. To help bring rehearsal a little closer to reality, two University of Rochester doctors have developed a system to make incredibly ...

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    Kat Von D sparks outrage as she declares she won't vaccinate her baby

    Kat Von D has revealed that she won't vaccinate her baby because she believes immunization shots are 'not safe'.The makeup entrepreneur and tattoo artist, who is pregnant with her first child with new husband Leafar Seyer, revealed her decision in an Instagram post, dismissing 'unsolicited advice' from fans about parenting.'If you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you - try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan ...

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    Millions more patients will have to find new GP surgeries, experts predict

    Millions more patients will have to find new GP surgeries as up to 780 practices are expected to shut within four years, experts warn.Around one in ten practices (11.5 per cent) in England have already closed their doors to patients over the last six years, official figures show.But the British Medical Association fears an even bleaker picture for the future, if current trends continue as they are.A national shortage of GPs, as well as a lack of investment in surgeries, is being blamed for the crisis, which has already seen 1.5 million patients forced to find new doctors.New data from ...

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    Young people who use street drug spice are more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke

    Young people who use the 'zombie drug' spice are putting themselves at risk of heart attack and stroke, doctors warn.The synthetic cannabis substitute has risen in popularity in recent years, heaping strain on the NHS.The UK has seen increasingly numbers of teenagers being admitted to hospital with hallucinations, rapid heartbeats and seizures caused by the drug.But now health professionals at the University at Buffalo say those who dabble at a young age are risking permanent disability.The warning comes after a 25-year-old was rushed to hospital after he was found collapsed on a bathroom floor, confused and weak on one side his ...

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    People who experience sleep paralysis or hallucinations are more likely to suffer from depression

    People who experience sleep paralysis or hallucinations just before they nod off are more likely to suffer from depression, new research suggests.  Lead author Professor Michael Grandner, from the University of Arizona, said: 'The degree to which people reported these [paralysis and hallucinations] symptoms predicted [the] severity of [their] depression symptoms.'[Paralysis and hallucinations] are often thought to be relatively harmless and quite rare. But they can be very distressing to those who experience them'. Sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to move or speak upon waking, while hallucinations occur shortly before or after a person nods off. Depression affects around 6.9 percent of adults ...

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    Breast cancer survey found 94% said treatment killed their sex life

    Thousands of breast cancer patients are having less sex after treatment because of the tough side effects, a survey has found.Nearly 95 per cent of women sufferers polled admitted they no longer have sex due to symptoms from chemotherapy, such as low esteem, loss of libido and pain.The results, branded 'distressing' by the charity who conducted the research, also revealed eight in ten are unhappy with their sex life after the disease.The survey, commissioned by Breast Cancer Care, also suggested that thousands of women aren't being given the support they need.Two-thirds felt the side effects of chemotherapy was not something ...

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    How a £1.59 pack of tablets is sold to the NHS for £113.10

    Drug prices increased by up to 70-fold last year following hikes by manufacturers and wholesalers, MPs warn.The NHS spent £315million on the affected medications in 2017/18, a seven-fold increase on the year before.The price of one medication, quetiapine, prescribed for severe depression, increased from £1.59 for a pack of 100 tablets to £113.10.A second treatment, liothyronine, for thyroid dysfunction, went up by 16p a tablet to £9.22. Drug prices increased by up to 70-fold last year following hikes by manufacturers and wholesalers, MPs warnThe drugs concerned were all 'generics' – copies of branded medicines – which are normally fairly cheap.But ...

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    1 in 4 patients end up in A&E because GPs and social care have failed them

    A quarter of patients admitted to hospital as an emergency are suffering from entirely preventable conditions, a report has revealed.Their illnesses could have been avoided had they been properly looked after by GPs, district nursing services or the social care system.The report suggested that last year nearly 1.5million patients were admitted on to wards with preventable conditions – including infections, pneumonia or the flare-up of existing complaints.Most of these patients were elderly whose mobility and health would have deteriorated with every day spent in hospital. A quarter of patients admitted to hospital as an emergency are suffering from entirely preventable conditions, ...

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    Lamar Odom claims cannabis helped him 'regain his motor skills'

    Lamar Odom claims marijuana helped him regain his motor skills after falling into a days-long coma triggered by a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs. The 6'10" former basketball player, now 38, was hospitalized in 2015 when he passed out in a legal brothel in Crystal, Nevada, during a night with two prostitutes. Odom, who was in the process of a divorce from Khloe Kardashian, suffered several strokes and kidney failure after drinking then taking a 'speedball' - an intravenous injection of cocaine with heroin or methadone.Regaining his strength, and getting clean from cocaine, took years. But now, freshly rehabilitated and a self-described 'walking ...

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    White House releases four anti-opioid ads to warn youth about the dangers of addiction

    The White House has released a series of new ads aimed at warning young people about the dangers of opioid addiction.The four ads, which will air on digital and social media platforms and on television, reportedly feature the true stories of young people who have battled addiction.Graphically, the ads show the lengths they've gone to gain access to painkillers including intentionally causing a car crash and self-inflicting a broken hand.Data suggests that young people are especially susceptible to misuse of opioids with more than two-thirds of people in drug treatment for opioids reporting their first use by age 25.The creators hope the ...

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    Would YOU suffer through the flu for $3,500? Scientists offer to pay guests at 'Hotel Influenza'

    A research institution will pay you $3,500 and put you up in a hotel - if you let its scientists give you the flu. It is all as part of the University of St Louis's effort to develop a universal vaccine.The school's vaccine research department is opening a 24-room 'Hotel Influenza,' where volunteers will be vaccinated and then exposed to viruses in a 'human challenge' study.Among the flu strains that 'guests' might be exposed to is the H3N2 variation that killed many children and even young adults who can usually beat the flu in the US this past season - including ...

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    A mango a day could help relieve digestive problems

    Mangoes are better at relieving digestive problems than many high-fibre foods, a study has found.The fruit, which contains both fibre and nutrients called polyphenols, is said to treat constipation and gut inflammation more effectively than an equivalent amount of fibre powder.One in five adults is thought to suffer from a long-term digestive condition. Mangoes are better at relieving digestive problems than many high-fibre foods, a study has found For the four-week study, 36 men and women with chronic constipation were divided into two groups: one given a daily dose of 300 grams of mango, or roughly one fruit, the other an equivalent ...

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    Dermatologists say using toothpaste on zits can dry out the skin

    Chances are that you've dabbed toothpaste on a zit in hopes that it would shrink.But dermatologists say this cheap and seemingly quick fix is actually not effective for reducing acne.Putting toothpaste on a pimple can dry out the skin, cause irritation, trigger further breakouts and even get bacteria on your face.New York City dermatologist Dr Douglas Altchek spoke to Celebrity Rave Online about why it's not a good idea and what you can do instead to clear those pesky zits. New York City dermatologist Dr Douglas Altchek spoke to Celebrity Rave Online about how applying toothpaste to zits can dry out the ...

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    Superbug infections rising among injection drug users

    One type of superbug bacteria is increasingly spreading among people who inject drugs, according to a new government report.Users of heroin and other injection drugs were 16 times more likely than other people to develop severe illnesses from MRSA, said the report published Thursday.'Drug use has crept up and now accounts for a substantial proportion of these very serious infections,' said Dr William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University, one of the study's authors.The US is in the midst of its deadliest drug epidemic ever.  Health officials have tied MRSA to as many as 11,000 US deaths a yearWhile overdose deaths have ...

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    CPR keeps a 69-year-old man alive for 90 MINUTES after a heart attack

    A surgical team kept a man alive with CPR for 90 minutes after suffering a heart attack.While most patients stop responding within 20 minutes due to insufficient blood flow to the brain, this rare case in Denmark lasted more than an hour.Every time they stopped pumping, the 69-year-old man would fall unconscious. But every time they started again, he would once again be able to respond to questions by moving his eyes.However, during the hour and 30 minutes scans revealed no movement in his heart, and blood shifting between the layers of his aorta, which even surgery would not be ...

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