Doctors Thought This 25-Year-Old Had COVID-19 After Showing All the Symptoms—But It Was Actually a Flea-Borne Illness

When a 25-year-old man from Southern California experienced headaches, fever, chills, and muscle pain in July, the first thing his doctor did was test him for COVID-19. The patient tested negative, but his symptoms persisted and he sought care at the emergency department. Eventually—after another negative COVID-19 test and almost three weeks of symptoms—he was diagnosed with murine typhus, a […]

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Woman dismissed as 'hysterical' had a second womb set for period blood explosion

When student Madeleine Janes, now 21, began to experience excruciating stomach pains in August 2015, doctors told her she was just constipated. But her symptoms, which kept her up at night as the pain was so intense she couldn’t sleep, persisted and worsened, with pain relief ineffective for relieving her agony. The pain was so horrific that Madeleine went back […]

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Has Australia really had 60,000 undiagnosed COVID-19 cases?

A preliminary study, posted online this week by researchers at the Australian National University and elsewhere, estimates 71,000 Australians had COVID-19 by mid-July—60,000 more than official number of cases diagnosed by that stage. The study involved testing 2,991 elective surgery patients in ten hospitals across four states, to see whether they had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. […]

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Britney Spears Has Had a Conservatorship for 12 Years—Here's What That Really Means

Britney Spears’s fight to remove her father as her sole legal conservator isn’t going to be a straightforward one. James Spears has had control over the singer’s estate and career—pretty much her whole life, in fact—since 2008. He temporarily stepped down as conservator in 2019 for health reasons, but is due to resume the role later this year—unless Britney and […]

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'Terminal cancer diagnosis made me feel nothing but gratitude for life I've had'

Doreen was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer four years ago – there is no cure. The cancer had already spread to Doreen’s brain by the time it was detected, but the 70-year-old has taken the diagnosis in her stride, literally. A passionate long-distance walker, Doreen feels grateful that she is still able to keep active and says that walking […]

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