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FDA Investigating 5 Deaths Following Obesity Procedure

In the procedures, patients are mildly sedated as a deflated balloon made of silicone is inserted through the throat and into the stomach, after which it's filled with saline to take up space in the stomach. The use of the balloon is complemented with counseling and nutritional support or advice. In a statement in response to the FDA letter , Apollo Endosurgery said the company self-reported the deaths of five patients from four countries who have received the Orbera intragastric ...

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A 100-Year-Old Fruitcake Was Found 'Perfectly Preserved' in Antarctica

The Antarctic Heritage Trust says that the cake was in "excellent condition", and that it "looked and [smelled] (almost) edible". A remarkably well-preserved 106-year-old fruit cake believed to have been brought with Scott's expedition to the Antarctic in 1910 has been discovered in a remote hut.

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Pakistan's answer to Mother Teresa, Ruth Pfau, dies

In his condolence message, Hussain said that Dr. Pfau had left her homeland and settled in Pakistan to serve humanity. It was due to endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became free from leprosy in 1996. Dr Pfau, 87, who was suffering from complications related to old age, had been admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital two weeks ago where her condition was pronounced unstable.

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Marijuana users face higher risk of death from high blood pressure

Some research suggests cannabis could reduce the size of tumors. Lead author Barbara Yankey from Georgia State University, said: 'It is important to establish whether any health benefits outweigh the potential health, social and economic risks'.

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Moscow mule copper mugs may be toxic, officials say

The notice, which comes from the Alcoholic Beverages Division of Iowa's food and beverage regulatory body, points out that the traditional Moscow mule is hazardous if served in direct contact with copper. Copper is commonly used for kitchenware like pots and pans, but it can be unsafe. Symptoms of copper poisoning include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice, according to the U.S.

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Amazon Acquires Lucy and Desi With Cate Blanchett Set to Star

Deadline first reported the news. Though Lucille initially filed for divorce in 1944, she finally went through with the legal separation in 1960, married again and died in 1989. Aaron Sorkin , the writer of West Wing and The Social Network , has written the screenplay. She has also famously played the role of mystical elf-queen Lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.