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Nerve agent Novichok suspected in UK poisonings used for chemical warfare

iStock/Thinkstock(SALISBURY, U.K.) — Novichok may sound like a villain from a James Bond movie, but it’s actually a chemical weapon. The nerve agent has been blamed for the almost fatal poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter and, now, a British couple with no known spy connections. What is it? The English translation for the word means “newcomer.” …

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CDC says authors ‘revisiting’ highly cited study on suicide rates

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Centers for Disease Control says that researchers are revisiting a highly cited study of suicide rates by occupation – including farmers – that was published in 2016, saying that problems with the data could have led to inaccurate findings. Multiple news organizations, including ABC News, and lawmakers cited the study’s findings that farmers faced higher-than-average suicide rates. …

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4-year-old with cerebral palsy celebrates after taking first independent steps

mightymissmaya via Storyful(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) — A 4-year-old with cerebral palsy in Michigan stole the hearts of countless people recently when her family posted video of her gleefully taking her very first independent steps. With her parents, older brother and pet dog close by and urging her on softly, Maya Tisdale, beaming from ear to ear, rises from a blue …

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Child obesity could be influenced by mom’s lifestyle habits: Study

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN (NEW YORK) — Why are more children becoming obese by medical standards and what effect could their moms have? That’s what researchers in a new study wanted to find out. Nearly 1 in 5 children in the U.S. younger than 19 has a body mass index defined as obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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Patriotic quadruplets head home in time for Independence Day

Texas Medical Center(HOUSTON) — A Houston couple who welcomed quadruplets early last month brought their babies home swaddled in patriotic style. These little bundles were decked out in stars and stripes ahead of their first Fourth of July celebration. The Agi children were born to parents Linda and Thomas on June 1 at Texas Medical Center. The photo was taken …

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HPV test may be better than Pap smears to detect early cervical cancer: Study

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN (NEW YORK) — Although most women are accustomed to having Pap smears to test for cervical cancer — a disease that strikes 12,000 American women each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a new study found that the HPV test may be a more effective way to catch the often-preventable …

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North Carolina woman donates kidney to stranger

iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) — Tracy Schmitz works as a nanny, rescues animals, volunteers at orphanages and, perhaps most impressive, just donated a kidney to someone she’d never met before. “I didn’t think twice about it,” Schmitz told ABC Raleigh-Durham station WTVD-TV. “Actually, I was thinking somebody needs a kidney, I have two, I can live with one so, why not share …

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Overtime work may increase diabetes risk in women

iStock/Thinkstock By Dr Petrina Crain, ABC News Medical Unit (NEW YORK) — Working overtime may help your paycheck and give you a leg up in the office, but a new study suggests that women who log too many hours may have an increased the risk of diabetes. Researchers in Canada found that woman who worked overtime increased their risk of …

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Do patients care if their doctors have tattoos or piercings?

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN (NEW YORK) — Recently, researchers found that half of all patients surveyed prefer their doctors to wear traditional attire, such as a white coat, and this influenced an increasingly important measure: patient satisfaction. Many hospitals try to control another aspect of a caregiver’s visual presentation: visible body art or piercings. However, a new study published in …

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Study: Patients don’t care if their doctors have tattoos, piercings

iStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. AMITHA KALAICHANDRAN (NEW YORK) — Recently, researchers found that half of all patients surveyed prefer their doctors to wear traditional attire, such as a white coat, and this influenced an increasingly important measure: patient satisfaction. Many hospitals try to control another aspect of a caregiver’s visual presentation: visible body art or piercings. However, a new study published in …

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