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Why AA Flight Attendants Want 'Full Recall' of New Garb

They like the way uniforms look—but they say they're unhealthy

(Newser) - Total recall: American Airlines. USA Today reports on the more than 70,000 workers for the airline who received newly designed uniforms in September, uniforms that by many accounts were pleasing to the eye and well-received. But that was before those pleased eyes began suffering from irritation, and before a... More »

Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Kids Across US Again

Acute flaccid myelitis makes a comeback after no new cases were reported in 2015

(Newser) - It was a quiet 2015 after dozens of people, mostly children, fell gravely ill in 2014 from a mysterious condition called acute flaccid myelitis, which first presents as a cold but quickly escalates to polio-like symptoms, including paralysis. It is quiet no longer as the Centers for Disease Control confirms... More »

6-Year-Old Boy's Suspected Stomach Virus Turns Deadly

Wash. boy dies after unknown virus began attacking his brain

(Newser) - Mystery surrounds the death of a 6-year-old boy who landed at Seattle Children's Hospital two weeks ago, ostensibly with a stomachache, only to rapidly decline as the virus began attacking his brain. It all started on Oct. 15, when Daniel Ramirez was rushed to the hospital with what was... More »

The 5 Viruses You Never Want to Get

Ebola's up there, but there are others that could be even worse

(Newser) - The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever ended earlier this year , but despite advances in vaccines and antiviral drugs, Live Science notes "we're a long way from winning" the war against not only Ebola, but other viruses, too—some even deadlier than Ebola. The site lists some of the worst... More »

It's Time to Chuck Those Soylent Bars

Company still not sure what's making people sick

(Newser) - Soylent started out by suggesting all those people violently ill after eating their meal replacement bars were just sensitive . Not so anymore. The company is asking customers to throw out all of its Food Bars while it halts sales and shipments of the product, reports Gizmodo . However, Soylent—which is... More »

Dad's Emotional View on Down Syndrome Goes Viral

Robb Scott says it's 'brilliant' and 'funny' and 'cuddly'

(Newser) - We all know that parents want to talk about the incredible things their kids are doing, but one father is adding an emotional dimension to the pride of parenthood. In a raw video taken from his car that has gone viral on Facebook , Robb Scott says that while at a... More »

Mystery Illness Sickens 174 College Students

Students have been hospitalized as the school looks for a cause

(Newser) - The number of students sickened by a mystery illness at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania has risen to more than 170, the AP reports. College spokesperson Esme Artz says 174 students have shown signs of a stomach infection. Overnight, two students went to the emergency room, and two others were... More »

This Virus May Be Causing Birth Defects

Mosquito-borne Zika illness is heading north

(Newser) - It’s no secret: Mosquitoes are out to get you. More than a million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne maladies annually, according to the American Mosquito Control Association . And now those bloodsuckers have a new weapon in their arsenal: the heretofore rare Zika virus that is sweeping north in South... More »

Scientist Tackles 'Last Major Disease We Don't Know Anything About'

Whitney Dafoe no longer walks, talks, or eats, and is fed intravenously

(Newser) - Whitney Dafoe packed a lot in his first quarter-century of life. The son of renowned scientist Ronald Davis, the head of the Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, was an award-winning photographer who traveled the world and worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign. Now 31 and diagnosed with systemic exertion... More »

20% of US Cancer Cases Are '2nd' Cancers

And not a recurrence or spread of an original tumor—a brand-new form of cancer

(Newser) - Second cancers are on the rise, with nearly one in five new cancer cases in the US now involving someone who's had the disease before—but when doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the... More »

US Olympians Get Sick, Blame Rio's Gross Waters

Doc, coach think team members' illness caused by pollution at 2016 Games site

(Newser) - Concerns about contaminated waters in Rio de Janeiro, site of next summer's Olympics, took a new turn yesterday as 13 rowers and four staff members from the US rowing team contracted stomach illness after competing in a competition held in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a future Olympic site,... More »

Colorado Already Has 2 Plague Deaths This Summer

Officials believe the victims were infected by fleas

(Newser) - A Colorado resident died of the plague Tuesday, likely after being infected by fleas from a dead animal. The unidentified adult becomes the second person to die from the infamous disease this year. A 16-year-old star baseball player died of the plague in June. Both victims likely had a rare... More »

Causes of Cerebral Palsy Not What We Thought

Canadian study looks at the DNA of stricken children

(Newser) - Parents of children with cerebral palsy, take note: Your child's illness may be in the genes. A surprising new study in Nature is linking cerebral palsy to genetic variants and challenging the notion that environmental factors are solely responsible, the Globe & Mail reports. "Nobody really wanted us... More »

Family's 4 Kids Mysteriously Losing Ability to Walk

Doctors still can't pinpoint exactly what their condition is

(Newser) - Having one child with a rare muscular disease would buck the odds; having four kids affected by it is downright astonishing. That's the plight of 23-year-old Rivka, 22-year-old Tziporah, 18-year-old Tzvi, and 15-year-old Racheli Herzfeld, four siblings from Teaneck, NJ, who are fighting what Fox News calls a "... More »

Girl's Rare Illness Keeps Her From Aging

Layla Qualls is among seven children worldwide with Syndrome X

(Newser) - Imagine having a 3-year-old child who still looks like a little baby—but when doctors look at her, they can't figure out what's wrong. That's what the Qualls family in Oklahoma has been experiencing for years, Fox News reports. "She's seen, it seems, like every... More »

Virginia Teen Dies Day After Mystery Illness Strikes

No word yet on what killed Madison Small

(Newser) - Madison Small died Tuesday morning, leaving her Virginia community to mourn—and ask questions. The Broad Run High School senior was killed by what WUSA9 describes as an "as-yet unidentified illness," and little more than that is known. On Sunday, there was nothing amiss; father Tim Small says... More »

Mystery 'Sleeping' Illness Strikes Tiny Town

Village in Kazakhstan struck by 'sleeping sickness'

(Newser) - Activities like cooking, running, and driving a car have gotten a whole lot riskier for villagers in northern Kazakhstan—because they might fall asleep at any moment and stay that way for days, the Smithsonian reports. So far 152 residents in tiny Kalachi have fallen ill with the mystery sickness,... More »

Woman, 72: Delta Kicked Me Off Plane ... for Looking Sick

Suzanne Hays' daughter says her mother was just sleeping

(Newser) - An elderly woman says a Delta crew treated her "like I had leprosy" when they kicked her off a flight earlier this month … for looking sick. Suzanne Hays, 72, tells First Coast News she felt fine as she waited for her flight to Florida to take off on... More »

Here's What Eventually Kills Centenarians

New study looks at causes of death for the 100-and-over crowd

(Newser) - Centenarians really are different than most of us. A study in the UK has revealed that the oldest of the old typically die not of the chronic illnesses that often fell the “younger” elderly, but of infections or frailty, LiveScience reports. Out of almost 36,000 centenarians who died... More »

Why Cancer Just Won't Die

It's partly statistics, partly the nature of the disease: George Johnson

(Newser) - When someone is dying these days, it often seems to be cancer—but that doesn't mean we've lost the war against this dreadful disease, writes George Johnson at the New York Times . Cancer's resilience is partly statistical: Heart disease has plummeted 68% since 1958 while cancer has... More »

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