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Rare birth: Baby born completely encased in amniotic sac

<b>(CNN) —</b> We all know that every baby is special, but Silas Philips pulled off a rare feat right out of the womb.<p>Days before he's scheduled to leave the hospital, he's already gone viral on social media because he was born 'en caul.'<p>Silas was completely encased in his amniotic sac, said Los Angeles' …

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The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

FDA warns of risks to cortisone injections in the spine

The Food & Drug Administration is warning that injections of corticosteroids into the spine's epidural space -- an extremely common treatment for radiating back or neck pain -- in rare cases may result in loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death.<p>And that's even in the absence of fungal and other …

Sharp Rise In MERS Cases May Mean The Virus Is Evolving

There's growing concern that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome may have entered a new phase in the way it's spreading in Saudi Arabia.<p>The country has reported a sharp uptick in MERS cases over the past week. Since the deadly respiratory virus was first detected in September 2012, a total of 244 …

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New MERS deaths reported in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry says two more patients who became infected with MERS have died, and that 13 others have contracted the virus.<p>The ministry said on Thursday that the new cases from MERS, or the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, were reported in the capital of Riyadh, as …

Study: Paper Money Hosts Hundreds of Bacteria

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Tape released of woman who pointed gun at Ford

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 40 years after a former Manson family member pointed a gun at President Gerald Ford, the audiotape from her pretrial …

Deadly Middle East respiratory virus surge continues in Saudi Arabia

Eleven new cases of the occasionally fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, were reported in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, two days after the nation's health minister was replaced.<p>In the week ending Monday, 67 cases were reported of the SARS-like virus. One patient died in Riyadh on Monday, …

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Refugees Head to Sicily in ‘Biblical Exodus’

Old dying towns are seeing new life thanks to thousands of refugees seeking asylum from Syria. With aid from the government, they’re rebuilding …

U.N. expresses 'horror' at South Sudan massacre

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Thursday expressed "horror" at the recent massacre of several hundred civilians in South Sudan, while the U.S. ambassador to the world body said she fears a deepening human catastrophe.<p>The strongly worded Security Council statement deplored the …

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border | Reuters

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.<p>The …

Pakistan army eyes Taliban talks with unease

<b>From the moment it was founded in 2007, the Pakistani Taliban have proved to be a formidable force.</b><p>Their suicide bombers have killed tens of thousands in cities and at the height of its power, in 2008, they controlled huge swathes of territory in the north-west and were even threatening the city of …

Bolivia's military leaders dismiss hundreds of soldiers for 'sedition'

Bolivia's military leaders have ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 enlisted men who had been protesting to demand they have the option of rising to the rank of officer.<p>The army, navy and air force said in a statement on Thursday that they have ordered the dismissal of the soldiers because …

War-years military suicide rate higher than believed

Rates of suicide in the military were slightly worse during the war years than what the Pentagon previously reported, according to new calculations released by Defense Department officials Friday.<p>The new arithmetic shows that from 2006 forward — during the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan — the …

Injecting hope into the fight against malaria | Africa

Ten-month-old Daniel Obok lies in a hospital bed, his tiny body motionless as his anxious mother watches over him.<p>The baby was rushed to a hospital in southeastern Nigeria in January, slipping in and out of consciousness, and diagnosed with severe malaria.<p>"I thought I was going to lose him …

Race is on to find new treatments for malaria

Mao Zedong may seem an unlikely hero of the battle against malaria. During his leadership of China in the 1960s, universities were shut down and …