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The Worst US Cities for Mosquitoes

Henrik_L/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With sum­mer approach­ing, there’s loads to think about — from san­dals and sun­block to swim­ming pools and vaca­tions — but do you know how your city ranks when it comes to those pesky, buzzing blood suck­ers called…


TV Personality Sandra Lee Undergoes Double Mastectomy

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Lifestyle guru San­dra Lee under­went a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy for her breast can­cer, her part­ner, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Tues­day after­noon. “Around 8 a.m. this morn­ing, Sandy under­went surgery that con­cluded just before 1 p.m.…



Alyssa Milano on Her Struggle to Lose Baby Weight

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Alyssa Milano tweeted that after giv­ing birth to her sec­ond child in Sep­tem­ber, she’s try­ing to lose those last few pounds of baby weight.It’s a struggle.“This last 10–15 pounds of baby weight is a b—-,” the a…


Mom Jailed over Circumcision Dispute with Son's Father

Broward Sheriff’s Office(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Heather Hiron­imus does not want her son to be cir­cum­cised — and she’s been jailed for refus­ing to coop­er­ate with a court order to do so.The Florida mother has been in cus­tody since Thursday …


Experts Debunk Myths About Peeing in the Pool

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC), The Water Qual­ity and Health Coun­cil, and the National Swim­ming Pool Foun­da­tion are ush­er­ing in the swim­ming sea­son with a cam­paign to stop peo­ple from peeing…


The Best Foods to Eat on a Flight, According to Science

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Turns out there’s sci­en­tific proof you crave a Bloody Mary when you fly. Accord­ing to Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity researchers, the high noise lev­els of a flight lead to our brain more intensely tast­ing umami, or savory, flav…


Former Afghan Soldier Gets New Hands After Rare Transplant

Hemera/Thinkstock(KOCHI, India) — A for­mer Afghan sol­dier who lost his hands while dif­fus­ing a bomb now has two new hands after a rarely per­formed trans­plant was car­ried out at a hos­pi­tal in India’s south­west­ern town of Kochi last month.

It was a real team effort,” Sub­ra­ma­nia Iyer, head of the plas­tic surgery depart­ment at Amrita Insti­tute of Med­ical Sci­ences, told ABC News. “The pro­ce­dure took about 15 hours and nearly 20 doc­tors and assis­tants were involved.”

The patient, Abdul Rahim, 30, approached Iyer and his team nearly six months ago after scout­ing for hand trans­plants in sev­eral coun­tries, includ­ing Iran, Iyer said.

After months of coun­selling, the oper­a­tion was con­ducted on April 10 and Rahim is now recu­per­at­ing. He is already using his new hands for day-to-day activ­i­ties, hos­pi­tal offi­cials say.

The donor was a 54-year-old man who lost his life in a traf­fic accident.

We will need to mon­i­tor Rahim for sev­eral months,” Iyer said, not­ing that there was always a risk of rejection.

The most chal­leng­ing part of the oper­a­tion, Iyer added, was the logistics.

The donor’s hands was in another depart­ment so we had to trans­port them, all the while prepar­ing Rahim for surgery,” Iyer said.

It’s not the first hand trans­plant per­formed at Amrita Insti­tute. The first was done in Jan­u­ary, and the recip­i­ent is pro­gress­ing extremely well, doing all rou­tine activ­i­ties, accord­ing to a writ­ten state­ment from the hospital.

Since dif­fi­culty was antic­i­pated in get­ting hands to be donated, an aware­ness cam­paign was ini­ti­ated through pub­lic meet­ings, news­pa­per arti­cles and TV talks,” the state­ment continued.

The price for Rahim’s oper­a­tion was set at $23,500 (1.5 mil­lion Indian rupees).

While Iyer said his team improved between the first and the sec­ond trans­plants, he added that this kind of oper­a­tion is not sud­denly going to become popular.

We need to be very cau­tious with these types of trans­plants,” he said, “as they require a lot of phys­i­cal ther­apy and medication.”

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