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E. coli outbreak sickens 17 people in eight states, CDC says

Public health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 17 people in eight states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The cases, which include seven hospitalizations, have cropped up in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Washington and Wisconsin, according to the CDC. No deaths have…MORE

New ‘smart skin’ may let you reach out and virtually touch — anyone

Visualize touching your sweetheart’s face on the screen of your laptop and seeing a reaction to your touch in real time, even though you are miles apart. Suddenly, you feel a touch on your face. Or if you’re a grandparent, imagine making a hugging motion during an internet video call with your grandchild and watching…MORE

Anal cancer rates and deaths are climbing in the US, study says

Anal cancer cases and deaths are rising dramatically in the United States, especially among older people and young black men, a new study says. Researchers examined trends in anal cancer cases over about 15 years, and identified about 69,000 cases of anal cancer and more than 12,000 deaths during this time. “Our findings of the…MORE

New drug to fight migraine shows promise

A new drug to treat migraines has shown promise in a large-scale clinical trial, offering hope to people unable to use current treatment options. The drug, ubrogepant, showed greater rates of pain and symptom relief from migraine compared to a placebo, with more than 20% of participants given the drug reporting to be pain-free within…MORE

‘Designer babies’ could be just two years away, expert claims

Genetically-modified babies are “highly desirable” to help protect people from disease and could be created ethically within two years, according to a new scientific paper. Gene editing now presents such low risks that it could be used in human embryos, according to an analysis by Kevin Smith, a bioethicist at Abertay University in Scotland, published…MORE