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Woman, granddaughter undergo successful kidney transplant

A 2-year-old Alabama girl has a new lease on life thanks to a kidney donation from her 62-year-old grandmother, who was a perfect match. Wryn Graydon of Moody, Alabama, was diagnosed at 2 months old with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disorder that the National Institutes of Health says is caused by genetic defects. Wryn had both of her kidneys removed two months after the diagnosis and then was put on dialysis at home, her father, Michael Graydon, said. As doctors waited for Wryn to be old enough and…

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NHS prescription cuts 'to hit low income families'

NHS plans to scrap prescriptions for common health problems have been criticised for hitting poorer families. Prescriptions for conditions including diarrhoea, thrush, acne and acute pain are among those up for review. NHS England said 18 treatments – such as homeopathy and some types of pain relief – cost the taxpayer £141m a year and generally should not be prescribed. But the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) argues that low earners will be “disproportionately affected”. RPS England board chairwoman Sandra Gidley said: “They should not be denied treatment because of an…

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Man loses 70 pounds after his poker buddies bet him $1M that he couldn't

A professional poker player shed seventy pounds after his buddies bet him $ 1 million that he could not drop down to just 10 percent body fat in six months. Walter Fisher, 36, said that he blamed his recent weight gain on the fact that he mostly worked in a casino, telling ABC News, “They have all these amazing, wonderful, rich restaurants and I just started ordering by the truckload: veal Parmesan, pastas.” “The weight piled on,” he said. “I was looking in the mirror and I didn’t know who…

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Critically ill baby Charlie Gard's parents back in court

A British judge has said the parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard can present new evidence at upcoming hearings to determine his fate. Judge Nicholas Francis, who has overseen the latest round of hearings in the case at London’s High Court, said Friday that parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates could present evidence in full-day hearings early next week. He said the evidence must be new and relevant to the case. The 11-month-old’s parents have been engaged in a legal battle to give Charlie, who suffers from mitochondrial depletion…

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AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

Americans were never too thrilled with “Obamacare” and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care? A new poll suggests the country may be shifting left on this core issue, with 62 percent saying it’s the federal government’s responsibility to make sure that all Americans have health care coverage, while 37 percent say it is not. The survey findings from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicate a change in public attitudes over the past few months,…

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For many African girls, menstruation means humiliation

Some menstruating schoolgirls were locked in dormitories while their peers were in class. To avoid the humiliation, others stayed home. As more girls skipped class because they couldn’t afford sanitary pads, authorities at a government-backed school outside Uganda’s capital, Kampala, were forced to do what few have done: provide free sanitary pads. “We looked at the absenteeism rate and you would find that in a class if there are six people who are absent, at least four of them are girls. Some boldly came to us and said, ‘When we…

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Australia to help Sri Lanka fight worst-ever dengue outbreak

Australia is contributing funds to help Sri Lanka combat its worst outbreak of dengue fever, which has claimed 250 lives and infected nearly 100,000 people so far this year in the Indian Ocean island nation. Visiting Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday night that Australia is giving 475,000 Australian dollars (US $ 377,000) to the World Health Organization to implement immediate dengue prevention, management and eradication programs in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s hospitals are overcrowded with patients, and the government has deployed soldiers, police and health officials to inspect houses…

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