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31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in northern Kentucky since November 1

31 cases of whooping cough have been reported in northern Kentucky since November 1

An outbreak of whooping cough has made health officials in northern Kentucky urge people to get vaccination against the disease. According to Northern Kentucky Health Department’s statement, the region has seen 31 cases of whooping cough since November 1.Officials said that last year, there were seven cases reported in November and December.

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Planned home births for women with low-risk pregnancies may not increase risk of complications

Planned home births for women with low-risk pregnancies may not increase risk of complications

Women with low-risk pregnancies can consider for home birth, as a new Canadian study has found that the decision would not increase the risk of complications. The research findings published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal are based on comparative analysis of planned home births and planned hospital births in Ontario.

The researchers compared 11,493 planned home births and 11,493 planned hospital births in Ontario. Over the period of three years, the researchers assessed the risk of stillbirth, neonatal death and problems among women having low-risk pregnancies.

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Stringent measures to curb ‘pill mills’ in Florida results fewer overdose deaths

Stringent measures to curb ‘pill mills’ in Florida results fewer overdose deaths

Florida officials’ crackdown on pill mills have proved successful, finds a new research. The crackdown on pill mills has resulted into fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers and reduction in heroin overdose deaths as well.

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Tech Companies Join Hands to Develop AI

Tech Companies Join Hands to Develop AI

Amazon Web Services (AWS), Infosys and YC Research are giving a donation of US$1 billion to fund the OpenAI project. The companies are funding the project without any expectations of making financial profits. The project is aimed at providing benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the entire humanity.

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Benefit from statins is going to be largest in people who are at highest cholesterol risk, Stanford University professor explains

Benefit from statins is going to be largest in people who are at highest cholesterol risk, Stanford University professor explains

Are you looking for a cholesterol-lowering statin to avoid heart attack? Well, the decision over good candidate needs calculation of more than just a simple cholesterol level. According to a government task force, the common medications will be most beneficial to some people of age group 40 years to 75 years, whose cardiovascular disease risk over the coming 10 years is at least 10%.

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Woolly Mammoth tusk believed to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old discovered near Saskatoon

Woolly Mammoth tusk believed to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old discovered near Saskatoon

In a latest discovery, a woolly mammoth tusk has been found at a gravel pit east of Saskatoon. It is believed to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s Tim Tokaryk said that the fossil was discovered by Inland Aggregates at their work site in previous fall.

Tokaryk said that researchers would get some help from the tusk in expanding their knowledge of where woolly mammoths once used to roam. He also said that such discoveries at in work areas are quite rare.

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FDA Announces to overturn Three-Decade-old Gay Men Blood Donation Ban

FDA Announces to overturn Three-Decade-old Gay Men Blood Donation Ban

Now, gay men will be allowed to donate blood as lifetime ban on accepting blood donations from men who have had sex with men is no more in action, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA administration, while announcing the new decision, said the agency has amended the law and now gay men’s blood will be accepted. Men who have sex with men (MSM) will be able to donate their blood only if they had sexual contact with another man about 12 months ago, it explained.

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Rare sea snakes considered extinct stun researchers when found off coast of Western Australia

Rare sea snakes considered extinct stun researchers when found off coast of Western

Not being spotted for more than 15 years led researchers believe that a rare species of sea snakes has gone extinct. To their surprise, a pair of Western Australian sea snake species was spotted off the coast of Western Australia.

Scientists from James Cook University said that they have been spotted for the first time and that too alive and in good health after more than 15 years. They mysteriously disappeared from their only known habitat on Ashmore Reef in the Timor that led researchers think the snake has been disappeared completely.

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Another E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle, this time new strain

Another E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle, this time new strain

Another blow to Chipotle Mexican Grill’s image as yet another E.coli outbreak has been linked to the chain’s food. From November 18 to 26, five people have fallen sick after eating at Chipotle restaurants in Kansas, North Dakota and Oklahoma, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The news of the latest outbreak led the company’s share to tumble 5.6% in just six minutes. The new cases involve a strain of E. coli, which is different from being found in previous incidents and this has raised more concerns about the level of the outbreaks.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket completes Vertical Landing after Deploying 11 Small Satellites into Orbit

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Rocket completes Vertical Landing after Deploying 11 Small Satellites into Orbit

SpaceX has safely landed its reusable rocket on solid ground after liftoff on Monday. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket touched down surface successfully at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after three failed attempts previously.

The landing is a major victory for Elon Musk and his aerospace company as it was the company’s first flight since it rocket exploded about six months ago. It was the first time when a rocket launched a payload into the space and then landed safely on solid surface.

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