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Mystery Illness, Strokes Ravage 4-Year-Old Boy

The treatments for a rare autoimmune disorder aren't working

(Newser) - Four months ago, Long Island boy Adam Lefkowitz was a healthy, happy kid who liked to play on monkey bars and climb trees with his friends. More than 15 strokes later, the 4-year-old is barely recognizable to his parents. Diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called primary central nervous system... More »

A Few Nasty Germs May Actually Help Babies

Scientists investigate healing power of dirt

(Newser) - Babies in America tend to be a lot cleaner than those in, say, Namibia, and that has some advantages—most notably a drastically lower infant mortality rate. But scientists are beginning to wonder if our obsessively sanitary culture has actually given rise to various health issues, they tell the Wall ... More »

Woman Who Inspired 'Lucy in the Sky' Is Gravely Sick

Julian Lennon sends flowers to childhood pal

(Newser) - The girl whose picture inspired "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is suffering from a disease that makes her immune system attack itself, the Telegraph reports. Lucy Vodden, 46, lives in Surrey, where a worried Julian Lennon has sent her flowers and gift certificates. Lennon sketched a picture... More »

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