Health

Severely disabled girl uses robot to walk

By: Lisa-Maria Goertz

By Lisa-Maria Goertz A 10-year-old Belgian girl who suffers from epilepsy that is so severe that she can barely move is now able to walk in place, thanks to the help of a new “robot.” Her parents are asking for donations so she can continue the treatment. An employee mounts...

Spanish Holiday Hotspot Bans Public Smoking

By: Juan Fernandez

By Juan Fernandez The Spanish Canary Islands is the first place in Europe to ban smoking in public in effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus. The ban, which took effect on Oct. 8, aims to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the holiday hotspot through more effective distancing...

Untangling Webs of Fear: ‘Therapy Tarantula’ Treats People with Arachnophobia

By: Jackie Guigui-Stolberg

By Jackie Guigui-StolbergMUNICH, Germany — Coronavirus fright is now common enough to rate its own “Phobia Scale,” courtesy of Turkish scientists, but that doesn’t mean the old standby phobias have left us. With normalcy on pause and some lives compressed to the size of 500-square-foot apartment quarantines, pandemic panic is...

Four New COVID Vaccines Being Tested in the Netherlands

By: Ketevan Shoshiashvili

By Ketevan Shoshiashvili The world is rushing to develop a vaccine against Covid-19—and in the Netherlands, several partnerships between public institutions and private companies show promising signs. Four studies are underway in collaboration with the Dutch government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, university researchers, multinational health care...

Gruesome Images Show True Cost of Gourmet Foie Gras

By: Joe Golder

By Joe Golder Massively unsanitary conditions at a duck farm in France have sent shock waves through the foie gras-loving country and prompted a sharp response from authorities. The disturbing images were released Aug. 20 by animal-rights activists from the organization L214, after a tip-off from a whistleblower. They show...

Who Shopped the Sheriff? Lawman Faces Recall For Banning Masks Among Deputies

By: Troy Albert Schulz

By Troy Albert Schulz Thurston County’s sheriff may face recall for failing to sufficiently enforce a mask mandate enacted by the Washington Health Department. The health department’s Amending Order 20-03 follows Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s declaration of a State of Emergency to deal with the novel coronavirus. Washington’s mask mandate,...

Moldovan police officer sheds 140 pounds

By: Sergiu Nazaru

By Sergiu Nazaru A Moldovan police officer who has lost 140 pounds over the past three years attributes her success to discipline, dedication and diet. Corina Repesciuc, 27, who lives in Causeni in the district of the same name in southern Moldova, weighed 295 pounds (21.1 stone) n 2014 when...

After His Bout With the Disease, Trump Defends Coronavirus Handling

By: Kevin Briscoe

By Kevin BriscoePresident Donald Trump’s final debate appearance Thursday started out restrained, but likely not from the president’s recent case of Covid-19, which led to the cancellation of the second of three planned debates between the Republican president and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the...

$2M baby: Russian tot gets pricey shot

By: Matthew Hall

By Matthew Hall A 1-year-old Russian girl suffering from a rare neuromuscular disease has received an injection of what’s been dubbed the world’s “most-expensive shot,” thanks to online fundraising efforts led by her mother that drew donations from several celebrities. Milana Semenkova, who lives in Kaliningrad, has spinal muscular atrophy...

Spain orders 160,000 back into Covid-19 lockdown

By: Jonathan Macias

By Jonathan Macias Spain has ordered 160,000 citizens in the northeastern Catalonia region back into lockdown for 15 days, after the High Court overturned a lower court ban on tough new restrictions on movement because of a new coronavirus outbreak, apparently caused in part by the arrival of fruit pickers....

Separate celebration: Formerly conjoined twins turn 2 after surgeries

By: Ana Lacasa

By Ana Lacasa Two-year-old twins Prefina and Ervina recently celebrated their birthday in a unusual way – as individuals. The previously conjoined twins, connected at the head, were successfully separated after several surgeries by skilled surgeons and nurses at an Italian hospital. Ermine celebrates twin Ervina and Prefina second birthday...

VIDEO: Fauci warns a coronavirus vaccine is not guaranteed

By: Marcus DiPaola

By Marcus DiPaola The nation could see thousands more cases of coronavirus, the country’s top infectious disease specialist said Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, testified for three hours before the U.S. Senate Health, Education,...