Ebola outbreak continues in the Congo as obstacles challenge health care workers

(CNN)The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak, which began August 1, is continuing unabated in the new year. Recent tweets from both Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general, and Dr. Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response, address the “numerous” challenges of this epidemic. Salama believes the…

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Ex-prosecutor tapped to review how woman in vegetative state gave birth

(CNN)Hacienda HealthCare says it will turn over all records related to the patient in a vegetative state who gave birth inside its facility last month. The patient, 29, gave birth December 29 at the facility for people in need of long-term medical care. Caregivers were taken by surprise at the…

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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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The world’s oldest esports team is gaming their way to longer lives

(CNN)At a row of computers, the team sits, ultrafocused, fingers flying over their keyboards. “We want to win, so we have to train a lot,” said team member Inger Grotteblad, 66, nicknamed “Trigger Finger.” But she doesn’t mind. “The team is so close to each other. We know each other…

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Germany’s third gender law is celebrated as a revolution. But some say it’s just the first step

Berlin (CNN)By the time Lynn D. turned 2, he had already undergone seven surgeries. His childhood memories — in the German states of Bavaria and Hesse — were shaped by monthly visits to the doctor, where he says up to 50 researchers would observe examinations of his naked body. A…

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Japan suffers biggest natural population decline ever in 2018

(CNN)Japan suffered its biggest natural population decline ever this year, government statistics show. Japan is a “super-aged” nation, meaning more than 20% of its population is older than 65. The country’s total population stands at 124 million this year –but by 2065 it is expected to have dropped to about…

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1 in 4 globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older, according to new study

(CNN)One in four people globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gregory Roth, the study’s author andassistant professor of health metrics sciences at the institute, said that what he found most striking is…

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Doctor works to save youth from violence before they reach his ER

Brooklyn, NY (CNN)As an emergency physician at Kings County Hospital Center, Dr. Rob Gore has faced many traumatic situations that he’d rather forget. But some moments stick with him. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, homicide is the No. 1 cause of death for black men ages…

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Football player with history of concussions became pioneer on NASCAR’s pit road

(CNN)On a warm, sunny November day, the ISM raceway near Phoenix is literally roaring with action. The NASCAR Cup Series is heading into its second-to-last race of the year, and drivers are speeding around the track for the final practice of the day. “When the green flag drops and when…

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