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Florida Boy Who Survived Double Lung Transplant Fulfills Firefighting Dream

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(ORLANDO) -- A 6-year-old boy has achieved his dream job: being a firefighter.Cameron Witsman, who was born with a lung defect, became an honorary firefighter on Friday in Eustis, Florida, a town about one hour northwest of Orlando.Cysts grew in Cameron's lungs before he was born, his mother Caroline Witsman said. The disease is called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation, Witsman told ABC affiliate WFTV, and when Cameron was four months old, he underwent a double lung transplant."If he would not have had...
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Dallas Nurse, Ebola Survivor Nina Pham to File Lawsuit Against Texas Health Resources

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas nurse Nina Pham is expected to file a lawsuit against Texas Health Resources calling out the company for their role in her having contracted Ebola last year/In an exclusive story, the Dallas Morning News reports that Pham cites the company's lack of training and lack of proper equipment as part of the reason she contracted the disease while treating Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. She also says the company violated her privacy , making her "a symbol of corporate neglect."Pham told...
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Disappointing Year for Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

luiscar/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This season's flu vaccine may be even less effective than initially thought.HealthDay News reports that the vaccine is just 18 percent effective against the dominant H3N2 flu strain, down from 23 percent initially estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even worse, according to the CDC, the vaccine may be just 15 percent effective in children between the ages of 2 and 8.Still, the vaccine "does prevent lots of hospitalizations and deaths," Dr. William Schaffner, former president of...
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Researchers Identify Possible Blood Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

AlexRaths/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say a simple blood test could help diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome -- a chronic condition that affects one in four million Americans.According to the study, published in the journal Science Advances, while one in four million have CFS, fewer than 20 percent are diagnosed. Currently, there is no test for chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers, however, identified markers in the blood that could help confirm a diagnosis more quickly. There is even speculation that those same markers could hold hints toward potential therapeutic...
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