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Study: Heart Structure Could Be Linked to Strokes

decade3d/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers are looking into whether the volume of a person's left atria may be correlated in some way with strokes.According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists looked at 169 patients with a regular heart rhythm and a history of atrial fibrillation. Those patients underwent a cardiac MRI before undergoing a procedure that would prevent their heart rhythms from becoming irregular again. Those patients with a history of stroke, researchers found, had left atria that...
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First Approved HIV Self-Test Kit on Sale in United Kingdom

MARK BRAZIER/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The first approved HIV self-test kit is on sale in the United Kingdom.BBC News reports that the kits do not need to be sent to a lab for results; with a small drop of the patient's blood, the kit can detect antibodies that signal the presence of HIV. The antibodies, BBC News notes, are only detectable three months after the infection is contracted.Experts are asking for any positive tests using the kit to be confirmed at clinics.Bio Sure UK,...
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Woman Paralyzed at Bachelorette Party Becomes a Mom Thanks to Surrogate

Rachelle and Chris Chapman with their new baby, Kaylee Rae. Rachelle Chapman(KNIGHTDALE, N.C.) -- Rachelle Friedman Chapman was paralyzed when a bridesmaid playfully pushed her into a pool at her bachelorette party five years ago, causing irreversible damage to her spinal cord.But now, thanks to a surrogate, she's a new mom. Kaylee Rae Chapman was born at 10:48 a.m. Sunday, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, Chapman told ABC News.Even though Chapman knew the baby was on its way, because she wasn't the one who was...
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CDC Says Microneedle Measles Vaccine Patch Could Be ‘Game-Changer’

James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that a microneedle patch currently being developed could be a major advancement in the effort to vaccinate people against measles and other diseases.The patch, being developed by the CDC and the Georgia Institute of Technology, is designed to be administered by workers with minimal training. It would also simplify storage, distribution and disposal, as compared to traditional vaccines.A CDC press release said the square centimeter patch could...
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