VR is helping amputees feel their prosthetics as if they belonged to their bodies

BBC presenter Rachael Bland spent the last two years of her life working to help others cope with cancer.  On Wednesday, Bland’s family shared a heartbreaking tweet via her account, announcing she’d passed away from breast cancer at age 40.  SEE ALSO: 5 tips to help manage your back-to-school mental…

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Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight, study says

(CNN)Multi-surface cleaners and other commonly used household disinfectants could be making children overweight by altering the bacteria found in their guts, a new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests. The bacteria Lachnospiraceae are “a normal component of our gut microbiota,” Anita Kozyrskyj, senior author of the…

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Flu and common cold confirmed in sick passengers on Emirates flight to JFK

(CNN)New York City’s Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported cough, fever and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on Wednesday “showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold.” Roughly 106 of the more…

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Nearly a quarter of 14-year-old girls in UK self-harm, report finds

London (CNN)Nearly a quarter of 14-year-old girls in the United Kingdom have self-harmed, with many facing overwhelming pressures over how they should look, their sexuality and how they behave, according to a new report by The Children’s Society. The figures, based on data collected in the Millennium Cohort Survey for…

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What does a guitar solo look like if you can’t hear? How a sign language interpreter translates concerts

(CNN)If you showed up late or missed the introduction, you might think she’s the main attraction. Rothschild-Cross travels the country each summer to interpret at festivals and concerts, while fighting against audism, a form of ableism that discriminates against deaf people. What goes into each concert is a mountain of…

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Got milk? Vanilla Almond Breeze might, prompting recall

(CNN)HP Hood LLC has recalled some half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because they may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label, the US Food and Drug Administration said Friday. A single reported allergic reaction did not require medical treatment or hospitalization. Approximately 145,254 half-gallon…

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A group of Christians attended a pride parade to apologize for how they’ve treated the LGBT community

(CNN)Religion has often been used to put down the LGBT community. But at a pride parade this past weekend in Marikina, a city just east of the Phillipines’ capital of Manila, a group of Christians gathered to say something different: I’m sorry. Their banners read, “We’re here to apologize for…

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Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

(CNN)Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a “historic” bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana’s production, sale and consumption in December 2013. Although the Canadian government had initially stated its intent to implement by…

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He donated blood every week for 60 years and saved the lives of 2.4 million babies

(CNN)Most people, when they retire, get a gold watch. James Harrison deserves so much more than that. Harrison’s blood has unique, disease-fighting antibodies that have been used to develop an injection called Anti-D, which helps fight against rhesus disease. This disease is a condition where a pregnant woman’s blood actually…

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Testosterone Ruling for Athletes Fuels Debate Over Natural Ability

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge. Anything—a better training program, new equipment, improved nutrition—is worth the chance to shave off a few milliseconds. Some athletes are simply born with a natural advantage over their competitors, like tall basketball players and high-altitude marathoners. But as biological science progresses, it's…

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