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Joni Eareckson Tada diagnosed with cancer

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/19/18, 03:02 pm

Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian author and advocate for people with disabilities, announced Monday she has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. Tada battled stage 3 breast cancer eight years ago and recently underwent a biopsy on a small nodule that developed over the site of her previous mastectomy. “When I received the unexpected news of cancer from my oncological surgeon, I relaxed and smiled, knowing that my sovereign God loves me dearly and holds me tightly in His hands,” she said.

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FDA wants to crack down on teen vaping

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/16/18, 10:19 am

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday plans to restrict flavored nicotine products after a government survey showed the number of teens using them had skyrocketed. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants to stop convenience stores from selling flavored e-cigarette products to minors and ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars. “I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb said in a statement. He also called for additional steps to prevent the marketing of e-cigarettes directly to kids and online sales to minors.

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CDC: New cases of paralyzing disease

by Kent Covington
Posted 10/31/18, 10:37 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 10 new cases of a mysterious, Polio-like illness that paralyzes children. The CDC describes Acute Flaccid Myelitis as a rare but serious condition that affects the nervous system, seizing the area of the spinal cord called gray matter and causing the muscles and reflexes in the body to weaken. The new cases of AFM bring this year’s total to 72, spread across 24 different states. Most people who contract the disease experience sudden arm or leg weakness and a loss of muscle tone and reflexes.

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