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4 little girls who beat cancer reunite at hospital for touching photo

4 little girls who beat cancer reunite at hospital for touching photo

The four friends, who first met in 2016 while undergoing treatment, reunited for the touching photo during Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  (Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital) Four little girls who all faced cancer together at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida reunited earlier this month to pose for a monumental photo. “They were all […]

Review explores how birds can stay slim, even when they overeat

Review explores how birds can stay slim, even when they overeat

Finches. Credit: Lewis Halsey Noticing that songbirds, such as finches, never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, London environmental biologist Lewis Halsey wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. In a literature review published September 18 in the […]

Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses in NYC Increased in 2017, Data Shows

Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses in NYC Increased in 2017, Data Shows

The number of people who die of drug overdoses in New York City rose in 2017, but the rate at which people are dying is slowing, according to new data released Monday by the city’s health department. There were 1,487 confirmed unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2017, up 62 from 2016. The rate of unintentional […]

A blindfolded sea otter named Selka shows how the critters find food in murky water

A blindfolded sea otter named Selka shows how the critters find food in murky water

The underwater world of kelp forests is a murky, mysterious place full of beautiful creatures. Some of them—sea otters—are among the most charismatic aquatic mammals. Newly published research from the University of California at Santa Cruz helps us peer into the murk and figure out how those snuggly-looking critters find food. In the work, a […]

Family's cancer fight moves to New York

Family's cancer fight moves to New York

STEPHANIE MITCHELL Last updated 17:53, September 17 2018 Supplied Aly and Hayden Keeling are moving to New York in the hope of finding a cure for son Corey’s cancer. A Taranaki couple whose young son has a rare form of cancer are pinning their hopes for a cure on specialist doctors in New York. Aly and […]

British tsunamis 'happen much more often'

British tsunamis 'happen much more often'

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images New research has found that devastating tsunamis hit the British Isles much more often than previously thought. Scientists had known that a huge wave had swamped large areas of what are now the British Isles, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland more than 8,000 years ago. But discoveries on Shetland […]

West Nile virus in the Dakotas

West Nile virus in the Dakotas

North and South Dakota have been two of the most affected states by West Nile virus (WNV) in 2018 with a combined 232 human cases reported through last week. South Dakota Image/CDC The South Dakota Department of Health has reported 124 human WNV cases through Sept. 12, of which, 43 people required hospitalization. […]

How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle?

How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle?

How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle? According to new research, it doesn’t take very much. A study published in the journal Nature Thursday found that sea turtles have a 50 percent higher chance of mortality once they’ve ingested 14 pieces of plastic.  This means that researchers would expect 50 percent […]

Temperature Check: Border Screening of Travelers Key to Stopping Ebola from Spreading

Temperature Check: Border Screening of Travelers Key to Stopping Ebola from Spreading

Posted by Alma Golden on Friday, September 14th 2018 With confirmation of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 10th outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, health officials have focused on border screening as a method to identify travelers who could pose a danger to local communities. Recently, I traveled to the […]

Just A Few Pieces Of Plastic Can Kill A Turtle, Study Finds

Just A Few Pieces Of Plastic Can Kill A Turtle, Study Finds

Hundreds of turtles die every year after swallowing plastic pieces in oceans and on beaches. When turtles ingest plastic, it blocks their intestinal tract, leading to starvation and eventually death. Equally of concern is that the problem of plastic pollution is getting worse. Recently, a combined team of researchers from CSIRO and USC analyzed carcasses […]