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NRA Tweets Warning To Anti-Gun Doctors: 'Stay In Your Lane'

NRA Tweets Warning To Anti-Gun Doctors: 'Stay In Your Lane'Physicians who treat bullet wounds and deal with gun-related deaths were

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Doctors and nurses rally against Syria regime Idlib offensive

Doctors and nurses rally against Syria regime Idlib offensiveMore than 300 doctors and nurses rallied Sunday in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib, urging the international community to protect them against an expected offensive by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Brandishing roses and wearing white coats and blue surgical uniforms, the demonstrators gathered in front of the hospital in Atme, near the border with Turkey, an AFP correspondent reported. Backed by its ally Russia, the Syrian regime has targeted several areas of Idlib with artillery and air strikes, sometimes hitting hospitals and rescue centres in the country’s last major opposition stronghold.

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Separating Breastfeeding Babies From Moms Could Affect ‘Health For A Lifetime': Doctors

Separating Breastfeeding Babies From Moms Could Affect ‘Health For A Lifetime': DoctorsAn international group of physicians condemned the Trump administration on

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'They Are Coming With Little to Nothing.' How New York City Doctors Are Treating Migrant Children

'They Are Coming With Little to Nothing.' How New York City Doctors Are Treating Migrant ChildrenThe children are often sad, confused and lack medical records

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Doctors who treated Skripals uncertain about their long-term health

Doctors who treated Skripals uncertain about their long-term healthThe doctors who treated a Russian former spy and his daughter after they were poisoned with a nerve agent in Britain say they don’t know what the pair’s long term health outlook is – and initially feared the incident could have been much worse. Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russia’s military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain, and daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Staff at Salisbury hospital, where they were treated, told the BBC that some started to wonder whether they too would fall victim to the nerve agent.

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Salisbury doctors did not believe Skripals would survive Novichok poisoning  

Salisbury doctors did not believe Skripals would survive Novichok poisoning  The doctors who treated the Skripals following the Salisbury Novichok attack did not believe the former Russian spy and his daughter would survive, they have revealed.  Medics at Salisbury District Hospital said that the prognosis for Sergei and Yulia Skripal was not good when they first arrived in the Accident and Emergency department on March 4 after collapsing on a park bench in the city.  Dr Stephen Jukes, Intensive Care consultant, told BBC Newsnight: "When we first were aware this was a nerve agent we were expecting them not to survive. We would try all our therapies. We would ensure the best clinical care. But all the evidence was there that they would not survive." He added that the medical team initially thought the pair had succumbed to an opioid overdose, but the diagnosis quickly changed  to nerve agent poisoning.  They were heavily sedated and given large doses of drugs designed to help their bodies produce a key protective enzyme.  Russian spy poisoning | Read more Staff were concerned that the illness could spread, particularly after PC Nick Bailey, a police officer who became unwell after visiting Mr Skripal's home, was also brought in for treatment.   Lorna Wilkinson, the Director of Nursing at the hospital, said: " “I suppose the key marker for me was when the PC [Nick Bailey] was admitted with symptoms – there was a real concern as to how big could this get.” She said she remembered thinking: “‘have we just gone from having two index patients [to] having something that actually could become all-consuming and involve many casualties?’ because we really didn't know at that point.”  Sergei and Yulia Skripal photographed having a meal while fit and healthy Credit: supplied by pixel8000 Medical staff also said they had no idea of the future prognosis for any of those affected by the nerve agent.  Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at the hospital, told the programme, “the honest answer is we don't know”. The medical team at the hospital had also been helped by their proximity to Porton Down laboratory, they revealed, as it offered to carry out testing and give advice on the best therapies.  Dr Duncan Murray, head of the intensive care department, said “international experts” had helped the three to recover, alongside the "excellent teamwork by the doctors, fantastic care and dedication by our nurses".  Members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix a tent over the bench on which the Skripals were found Credit: BEN STANSALL /AFP All three have now been discharged, with Mr Skripal leaving hospital the most recently, on May 18, after 10 weeks of treatment. In her first appearance since leaving hospital, Ms Skripal spoke to the news agency Reuters at a secret London location last week.  She said she felt she and her father were "lucky to both have survived this attempted assassination". She added: "I don’t want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.” The British government has accused Russia of being behind the attack, expelling 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation.  It has denied any involvement and expelled British diplomats from Moscow, as well as questioning the legitimacy of Ms Skripal's statement.  In a statement, it said: "The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly in order to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure."

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Toddler Alfie Evans' parents say they'll work with doctors

Toddler Alfie Evans' parents say they'll work with doctorsLONDON (AP) — The father of terminally ill toddler Alfie Evans said Thursday that he would work with doctors to give his son "dignity and comfort," as he called for a truce in a divisive case that has pitted doctors and the British courts against Alfie's parents, Christian groups and the pope.

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Doctors call for urgent research as flesh-eating Buruli ulcer spreads in Australia

Doctors call for urgent research as flesh-eating Buruli ulcer spreads in AustraliaWarning: graphic content Australia is facing a “rapidly worsening epidemic” of  gruesome flesh-eating ulcers that have baffled experts and prompted calls for urgent medical research to uncover the cause. Scientists said the Buruli ulcer, a bacterial infection which is most commonly seen in tropical parts of Africa, is being reported in increasing numbers in “temperate” rural areas in the state of Victoria.  The number of annual cases has increased more than 400 per cent, with a record 182 cases reported in 216 and 236 in the first 11 months of 2017. “The community is facing a worsening epidemic, defined by cases rapidly increasing in number,  becoming more severe in nature, and occurring in new geographic areas,” said an article on the outbreak in the Medical Journal of Australia. The infection typically starts as a sore on the arm or leg that fails to heal and slowly enlarges, causing severe lesions of the skin and potentially requiring amputations. Sufferers often initially dismiss the initial symptoms as an insect bite. A severe ulcer on the knee of an 11-year-old boy, which took six months to heal Credit: Medical Journal of Australia "It can really become very severe and eats away at the skin and soft tissue … leading to, often, long-term cosmetic deformities, even mobility issues and occasionally it's actually associated with death," Professor Daniel O'Brien, the article’s lead author and an infectious diseases expert, told ABC News. The outbreak has occurred in coastal areas in Victoria, including the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas.  But it has also reportedly spread to some suburbs in Melbourne, the country’s second-largest city. It is believed to be the only current outbreak in the developed world. Scientists have called for urgent funding to research the causes of the outbreak. The infection is believed to spread via mosquitoes and possums. "We actually don't know for sure — we have some clues about what may be the causes, but nobody really knows why it's located here, why it moves into new areas, and in fact how we catch it," Professor O’Brien said. Known as Mycobacterium ulcerans, the infection can often be treated with antibiotics, though  severe cases can require surgery or amputation. Possum and mosquitoes are believed to help spread the disease Credit:  Auscape Gus Charles, a 12-year-old, developed a lump on his knee after visiting the Mornington Peninsula for a family holiday.  Several doctors misdiagnosed it before a surgeon sliced into the lump and found a “huge pus-filled abscess”, according to a report in Fairfax Media. Gus eventually underwent plastic surgery and spent six months recovering.  "When I first saw it after surgery I fainted because it was pretty bad," he told ABC News. His mother, Sally, told Fairfax Media: “He complained about it a bit, but he’s a pretty tough kid. And then the lump started to get bigger and bigger." She added: “It was horrible. He’s a tough kid, but he was rocked by this.” Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security 

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Bride with Stage 4 Cancer Lives to See Wedding Day After Doctors Urged Her to Move Up Ceremony

In September, doctors urged 29-year-old Laurin Bank to move up her wedding date, fearing that the cancer patient wouldn’t live to see March 24. She said “no.”

“This date was special to us,” Bank says of herself and her now-husband Michael. “We felt like moving that date was giving up and giving in to the cancer and letting it run our lives. We didn’t want to give in. That was our goal … and I was able to walk down the aisle to my husband. I was able to dance with him and I didn’t need a wheelchair or oxygen. I did it I made it.”

Bank, of Columbia, South Carolina, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in September 2014. She underwent chemotherapy, radiation and a double mastectomy before being declared cancer-free in April 2015.

“When I learned I was cancer free I felt ecstatic,” she tells PEOPLE. “I felt free and that I had gotten my life back. And I was more ready than ever to live my life.”

Michael (left) and Laurin Bank

However, her health took a turn in August 2017 when doctors told Bank her cancer had returned as stage four, and had metastatized to her bones, liver and lungs.

“It’s not news I wanted to hear,” she tells PEOPLE. “I looked at my oncologist and said, ‘quality over quantity. That’s my goal. And if there’s treatment, I want to do it.’ I was ready to fight. I fought once and I knew I could fight again. Being stage four is scary but I’m young, so I have a lot of fight in me.”

Bank began treatment as part of a clinical trial and her health began to improve. But, in September, doctors gave her a fierce warning.

“The oncologist said waiting six more months to get married would be risky. She said she wasn’t sure whether I’d need a wheelchair to get me down the aisle. She said it would be best for us to move up our wedding date. The doctor also said with my lungs not being so strong, I might need oxygen for my wedding day.”

Michael (left) and Laurin Bank

However, she says she and Michael picked March 24 because it’s the anniversary of their first date three years ago.

“Mike looked at me and said, ‘Don’t you dare worry. It’s going to be okay,’ ” says Bank, who chronicles her health journey on her personal blog, The Polka Dot Queen. “We didn’t want to give in to the cancer. We wanted to have [our wedding] on our terms.”

And they did. On March 24, a smiling Bank walked down the aisle, wed Michael and danced energetically in front of 230 of her closest family and friends.

Laurin (left) and Michael Bank

Laurin (left) and Michael Bank

“I danced until the last song of the night,” she says. “The wedding day was the best day ever. I was so shocked that I made it! I felt good and I felt strong. It was an emotional morning. As I walked down the aisle to him, I was just bursting with joy and happiness because I was so excited to marry him.”

Now, Bank says her health is improving and she’s continuing her treatment. She says she and Michael are looking forward to their trip to Italy in September, as they haven’t been able to fly overseas for their honeymoon as a result of Bank’s illness.

“Our goal is to go on our dream honeymoon like we originally planned,” she says. “Until then we’re planning a bunch of mini trips to celebrate and enjoy.”

Michael adds: “I made the decision that I want to be there for her and support her 100 percent. I’m going to support her through this fight.”

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After Death of Ruthie Ann Miles’ Daughter, Should Doctors Alert DMV of Drivers With Medical Condition?

After Death of Ruthie Ann Miles’ Daughter, Should Doctors Alert DMV of Drivers With Medical Condition?The 44-year-old driver, Dorothy Brun, suffers from multiple sclerosis, heart problems and a seizure disorder.

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