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familydoctor.org — What causes fainting? Fainting, which is also called syncope, can be caused by many different things. Sometimes a specific cause for fainting cannot be found. A sudden drop in your blood pressure can cause you to faint. Sometimes your heart rate and blood vessels can't react fast enough when your body's need for oxygen changes.
usatoday.com — There's feces in pools because people don't shower before swimming, researchers say Here's a good reason never to swallow water from a swimming pool: A new study found telltale signs of feces in more than half of pools sampled in Atlanta last summer.
usatoday.com — While efforts at gun control are still being fought, children's advocates are urging parents and communities to take their own steps to protect kids. Thousands of children and teens are injured or killed by guns each year, according to government data. (Photo: Seth Perlman, AP) He didn't know the gun was loaded.
usatoday.com — Source: National Cancer Institute, USA TODAY, Associated Press, facingourrisk.org By Kim Painter, Liz Szabo, Frank Pompa, Anne R. Carey and Joan Murphy, USA TODAY The actress' announcement that she had a double mastectomy sets off "an amazing surge of queries" from women about cancer risk and preventive treatment.
peggyorenstein.com — Even More Thoughts on Angelina, Me and You Largely because of the cover story I wrote on breast cancer a few weeks back in the New York Times Magazine, I spent yesterday being asked my reaction to Angeline Jolie's announcement of her preventative double mastectomy.
usatoday.com — Two parents are suing after they say the South Carolina Department of Social Services allowed doctors to perform an unnecessary sex-assignment surgery on a toddler. Child, born as a hermaphrodite, was given surgery to become female as a toddler. M.C., shown from the rear to protect his privacy, acts like a typical 8-year-old boy, his family says.
usatoday.com — Google CEO Larry Page speaks at a 2012 news conference at Google offices in New York. (Photo: Seth Wenig, AP) Story Highlights Page says he has paralyzed left vocal cord, restricted right vocal cord Explains why he missed two company events last summer 40-year-old says he's able to handle all of his duties SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google CEO Larry Page is finally disclosing the health problem that spooked investors last summer when he mysteriously lost his voice.
usatoday.com — Stem cell researchers have reached a long-sought milestone in "regenerative" medicine that seeks to provide rejection-free replacement transplant tissues to patients. The first step during cloning is removal of chromosome genetic material from a human egg. A hole is made in the egg's shell and a pipette (on the right) slowly remove the chromosomes from the center of the egg.
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