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An eye implant engineered from proteins in pigskin restored sight in 14 blind people

In total, 20 patients received the implants, then regained some or all of their vision after two years.
Cornea implant made of collagen protein from pig’s skin.
Cornea implant made of collagen protein from pig’s skin.
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London kids to be offered polio vaccine boosters amid fears of virus comeback

“What’s worrying is that it has been transmitting in the community,” said Dr. Deepti Gurdasani, an epidemiologist.
The Tower of London is lit up with the slogan 'End Polio Now' to mark World Polio Day on Oct. 24, 2021.
The Tower of London is lit up with the slogan 'End Polio Now' to mark World Polio Day on Oct. 24, 2021.
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Her daughter was declared dead. Despite hospital objections, she believes she was alive.

After Angela Kosarue 's 17-year-old daughter, Treasure, was left unconscious by an allergy and asthma attack in July, Kosarue fought to keep her on life support.
Image: Treasure Perry, a 17-year-old from Indianapolis who suffered a severe allergy and asthma attack at work and was pronounced brain dead days later.
Image: Treasure Perry, a 17-year-old from Indianapolis who suffered a severe allergy and asthma attack at work and was pronounced brain dead days later.

CDC's new Covid guidelines are intended to keep kids in school

The change in advice reflects a shift from preventing Covid infections to protecting against the most severe outcomes of the virus.
Image: Chalmers Elementary school
Image: Chalmers Elementary school
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35 cases of a new virus have been recorded in China, but scientists aren't alarmed

The cases of Langya virus, a new type of henipavirus, were documented from 2018 to 2021. There are no signs of human-to-human spread.
A shrew.
A shrew.

If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

Monkeypox can spread in nonsexual ways too, and it’s not enough to use condoms or other typical measures for stopping STDs, experts say.
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As monkeypox spreads, longtime activists say officials haven't learned lessons from the AIDS crisis

Four leading AIDS activists from the 1980s and '90s argue the global public health response to contain the current monkeypox outbreak has already failed.
Image: People line up get vaccinated against the monkeypox virus on July 21, 2022, at Ted Watkins Park in Los Angeles.
Image: People line up get vaccinated against the monkeypox virus on July 21, 2022, at Ted Watkins Park in Los Angeles.

Monkeypox cases are increasing across the U.S. See a state-by-state breakdown.

NBC News is tracking U.S. cases of monkeypox, which the World Health Organization labeled an international “public health emergency.” This story will be updated weekly.

From down the street to 1,000 miles, abortion clinics are moving to protect access

Abortion laws create another dividing line between the cities of Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia.
On the days Bristol Regional Women’s Center provides abortions, volunteers calling themselves the Pink Defenders show up to help shield patients from anti-abortion protesters by hanging sheets and posting signs around the parking lot.
On the days Bristol Regional Women’s Center provides abortions, volunteers calling themselves the Pink Defenders show up to help shield patients from anti-abortion protesters by hanging sheets and posting signs around the parking lot.
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Covid curbs affect cities across China, including Xinjiang and Tibet

Millions of people are confined largely to their residential compounds in an effort to contain outbreaks under the country’s “dynamic Covid-zero” strategy.
Disinfection Work Against COVID-19 Spread In Urumqi
Disinfection Work Against COVID-19 Spread In Urumqi
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North Korea claims disputed victory over Covid, says Kim suffered fever

As the country declared a disputed victory over its first acknowledged outbreak, Kim’s sister indicated he may have been among those infected.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a "maximum emergency anti-epidemic campaign meeting" in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 10, 2022.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a "maximum emergency anti-epidemic campaign meeting" in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Aug. 10, 2022.