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'Modern Family' star Sarah Hyland reveals serious health struggles, second kidney transplant

VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is going public with her serious health struggles. In an in-depth profile for Self magazine, Hyland, 28, reveals that she recently had a second kidney transplant after her first transplant was rejected. She also had surgery for endometriosis and a hernia. All together she has endured 16 surgeries. Hyland was …

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How DNA, genetic genealogy made 2018 the year to crack cold cases

ktsimage/iStock(NEW YORK) — Christine Franke was a 25-year-old college student when she was shot dead in her Orlando apartment on Oct. 21, 2001. Though DNA was left behind at the crime scene, years went by without an arrest. The killing and the wait for justice devastated her mother and relatives. “It’s a terrible thing not knowing,” said her mother, Tina …

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Supreme Court deals blow to two states' attempts to cut Planned Parenthood funding

RonBailey/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court Monday dealt a blow to two states’ attempts to hamstring Planned Parenthood clinics by disqualifying them from public Medicaid funds. The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in two cases concerning moves by Kansas and Louisiana to terminate Planned Parenthood health centers from their state Medicaid programs. The decisions allow lower court rulings to …

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Son launches campaign to fulfill his dying father's wish of attending Super Bowl

Courtesy Lisa Skinner(ATLANTA) — One Georgia son is trying to fulfill his father’s dying wish to go to the big game. Steven Skinner, a father of four children and husband to his wife of 32 years, is battling for his life after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable type of brain cancer. The 56-year old Navy veteran, who lives with …

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After marijuana helps patriarch with Alzheimer's, his family pushes for more research

Courtesy Greg SpierBY. DR. FORD VOX (BOSTON) — A Massachusetts family’s experience giving marijuana edibles to their dying patriarch is set to kick off a desperately needed investigation into how cannabis might treat some of the more troubling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects 5.7 million Americans. Alexander Spier spent three years during the Holocaust in Auschwitz and …

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CDC warns against eating raw cookie dough

GarysFRP/iStock(NEW YORK) — The holidays are upon us and for many that means family time in the kitchen preparing delicious baked goods and maybe even licking the spoon before the cookies go into the oven. So the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a warning this week to, “Say No To Raw Dough!” Dr. Todd Ellerin — …

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Asian longhorned tick is a growing threat in the US, but it's not the main threat

Risto0/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alerting the public about the Asian longhorned tick, a species of tick not normally found in the United States that is known for its ability to mass-reproduce. Since its discovery in 2017, it has been spotted in several states, according to this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “The full …

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Second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history spreads to major city

omersukrugoksu/iStock(BUTEMBO, Democratic Republic of Congo) — The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city. Butembo, a bustling city of almost a million people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is reporting an increasing number of cases of Ebola virus disease in the country’s current epidemic. There has been a “significant increase” in infections there over …

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Trump administration finalizes rollback of school lunch regulations

XiXinXing/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump administration has finalized a rollback of school lunch regulations championed for years by former first lady Michelle Obama. Under the rules first announced last year, schools are now allowed to offer more flavored milk options, like chocolate. Additionally, the Obama-era efforts to limit sodium content in school lunches have been delayed or partially eliminated. The announcement …

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Blood center: 'Tremendous response' for 2-year-old in need of rare blood type

toeytoey2530/iStock(MIAMI) — The organization leading the worldwide search to find units of a rare blood type for a 2-year-old desperately in need of life-saving cancer treatment has received a “tremendous response” to the family’s public plea to locate donors, a representative told ABC News. OneBlood has received 12,000 emails alone since releasing a campaign Monday to locate donors for a …

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