Springfield Police to launch review of destroyed rape kits following CNN investigation

Springfield, Missouri (CNN)The police chief in Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday told a rape victim advocacy group that the department will review sex crimes cases in which the agency destroyed rape kits. Experts who reviewed Springfield case files at CNN’s request called practices they saw in its investigations “disturbing.” The police…

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Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor’s sexual abuse

(CNN)Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor over roughly 20 years of practice, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court. The doctor, Robert Hadden, pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal sex act in the third degree…

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In 200 years, humans reversed a climate trend lasting 50 million years, study says

(CNN)What do scientists see when comparing our future climate with the past? In less than 200 years, humans have reversed a multimillion-year cooling trend, new research suggests. Climate scientists say that our globe is about 1 degree Celsius hotter today than it was between 1850 and 1900 and that this…

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Pig hearts can function for months in baboons, study shows, bringing us closer to their use in humans

(CNN)A new paper details how genetically modified pig hearts transplanted into baboons could support life and function for up to 195 days. The finding, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, takes scientists a small step closer to the possibility of using donor animal organs for human patients in need…

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How to ‘cheat’ on your diet without ruining it

(CNN)Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so with just about every diet I’ve ever prescribed, I’ve given “permission” for people to incorporate their favorite treats. It’s something I make room for in my own daily life and believe others should, too. Changing the word “cheat” to “treat” can make…

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El Paso to drink treated sewage water due to climate change drought

(CNN)The people of El Paso, Texas, are resilient. Living in the middle of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, the city has no other choice. On average, 15 days every year spike over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The city gets little relief with annual rainfall of just about 9 inches. It’s one of…

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UK leads Western countries in deaths from respiratory illnesses, study says

(CNN)The UK has a higher death rate from respiratory illnesses than other developed Western nations, according to a new study. The UK has been identified as an outlier on this issue, with work likean analysis of the 2010Global Burden of Disease study pointing out that it has higher mortality rates…

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Outrage as Blac Chyna announces plans to sell skin-lightening cream

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)American reality TV star Blac Chyna is facing a social media backlash after announcing plans to sell a skin-lightening cream. Lagos Nigeria, join me at the first official launch of  my face cream this Sunday November 25th at  the Whitenicious store from 1-5PM. Everyone is invited. @whitenicious A post shared…

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West Africa’s first state-run rehab clinic lets addicts shoot up

Dakar, Senegal (CNN)Inside the grounds of Fann hospital in Senegal, men and women form a substantial queue. Known locally as CEPIAD [Centre de prise en charge intégrée des addictions de Dakar], the drop-in clinic is the first in West Africa running a free opioid substitution service. The aim is to…

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What parents should know about the ‘huge epidemic’ of vaping

(CNN)With the news from the US Food and Drug Administration that vaping is skyrocketing among American youth, parents might be wondering how concerned they should be and what they should do if they catch their child using an e-cigarette. Steven Kelder, a professor of epidemiology with the University of Texas…

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Ban freakshakes containing “grotesque” levels of sugar, say campaigners

London (CNN)It will come as no surprise that milkshakes loaded with sweets, chocolate bars, cream and cake, known as freakshakes, contain “grotesque levels” of sugar. At 1,280 kilocalories it contains more than half the recommended 2500 calorie intake for an adult. “An average 25-year-old would need to jog for nearly…

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Parents accuse CDC of not reporting children’s deaths from polio-like AFM

Moseley, Virginia (CNN)Parents of children who had a horrifying polio-like illness are accusing the Centers for Disease Control of hiding the deaths of two children who suffered from the condition. A CDC official said while she couldn’t comment directly on the boys’ cases, there may be a “lag” in AFM…

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Coronary calcium screening better predicts heart disease risk, research finds

(CNN)Last year, President Donald Trump’s doctors screened him for heart disease using a test unfamiliar to many Americans. Now, research shows that that test, either alone or combined with other evaluation methods, is better at predicting whether a symptomatic patient required heart surgery than the standard evaluation. Last year, White…

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Abortion pills now available by mail in US — but FDA may be investigating

(CNN)Signaling a new chapter in the battle over abortion access in the United States, a European organization is providing Americans a way to get doctor-prescribed pills by mail to medically induce abortions at home. The agency was more measured this week, saying it was “not able to confirm or deny…

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Were in anew age of obesity. How did it happen? Youd be surprised | George Monbiot

Its not that were eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A mentioned it on social media, then went…

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