One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from senator’s office …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Democratic brand is pretty bad’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he agreed with Democratic congressman Tim Ryan‘s claim that the Democratic brand is worse than President Donald Trump’s in some parts of the country. “I think the Trump brand is also pretty bad as is the Republican brand. That’s why so many people are giving up on politics.” The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the Democrats have the momentum, but the party has to do some “internal soul …

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The images Saudi Arabia doesn’t want you to see

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Batool Ali is six years old, though you would never guess that from her huge, haunted eyes and emaciated frame. Ribs jutting out over her distended belly, Batool weighs less than 16 kilograms (35 pounds). She is one of nearly half a million children in Yemen suffering from severe malnutrition. An investigation published earlier this month by humanitarian focused news agency, IRIN, echoed CNN’s …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

(CNN)What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korean custody is a mystery. And it’s likely to remain that way. Following his death on Monday, Warmbier’s parents Cindy and Fred asked the coroner not to perform an autopsy on their son. “No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview,” the statement said. …

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Dennis Rodman’s role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. Petition Rodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation started a …

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Teens are still having sex, most use contraception

June 22, 2017

(CNN)American teens’ sex habits and contraceptive use haven’t changed much over the past decade, according to a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that time period, 42% of female teens and 44% of male teens reported having had sex at least once, a 1% decrease for females and a 2% increase for males over the previous four years, spanning 2006 to 2010. These differences are …

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Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 22, 2017

(CNN)South Korea may be known for its sharp focus on the new, but architects — and their increasingly sophisticated clients — are looking to the past for inspiration. “Historically, the prevalent view was that the hanok was useless — it was blocking development and economic progress,” says Hyumgmin Pai, an architectural historian at Seoul National University who curated South Korea’s award-winning pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. “Now …

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Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?

June 21, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia. They ran a banjo-strumming populist in Montana. They called in the cavalry in South Carolina and tried to catch their foe sleeping through a long-shot in Kansas. In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4. …

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Psaki: Democrats, don’t lose your cool over Georgia vote

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Democrats, don’t lose your mind and your motivation over Jon Ossoff’s defeat in GA-06. In 2010, the special election to fill the seat of Democrat John Murtha, a member who had held his seat in southwestern Pennsylvania for 36 years, was seen as a major test for both parties. And when it was over many Democrats breathed a sigh of relief that the party had overcome attack ads on issues ranging from Obamacare to Nancy Pelosi. But Republicans knew the narrow victory was a good …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price, who resigned earlier this year to become Secretary of …

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Don’t lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Last week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This can happen repeatedly during the night, causing blood-oxygen levels to dip and putting a strain on the heart. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on …

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Democrats seek first big win of Trump era today in Georgia

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Progressives poured $23 million into Jon Ossoff’s campaign. House Democrats’ campaign arm sent a team to Georgia to organize the sixth congressional district months ahead of the special election there. Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel are facing off Tuesday in what has become the most expensive House race in history, with the candidates, their parties and super PACs pouring more than $50 million combined into the effort to win a single House seat in the northern Atlanta …

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How hot is it in the West? Let us count the ways

June 20, 2017

San Francisco, California (CNN)It’s so hot in the West that the scorching heat is breaking records, causing massive power outages and prompting flight cancellations. Las Vegas could also see peaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city could gamble with its highest temperature ever observed, which was 117 degrees Fahrenheit in 2013. What NOT to do in a heat wave …

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5 things to watch in Georgia’s high-stakes House special election

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months — and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday’s House election in Georgia. A win by Democrat Jon Ossoff will give his party a crucial proof point that Trump’s unpopularity is damaging Republicans up and down the ballot — and make it much harder GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tie their own political fortunes to Trump on health care, tax reform and more. It would …

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Guns kill nearly 1,300 US children each year, study says

June 19, 2017

(CNN)Rambunctious third-graders filled a classroom in Seattle on a crisp autumn day. One of the students dropped his backpack, and horror ensued. Weiser treated that third-grader’s gunshot wound while completing a fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Washington in 2011. “That would have an impact in the home — where, again, properly secure it — but even if the child or young adult does find the gun, they can’t use it because …

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Hospital designs that are changing the way you’re cared for

June 19, 2017

(CNN)While the healthcare system in America is in a state of crisis, the hospitals, care centers and research facilities that make up the industry — in the States and abroad — have never looked better. “We’re seeing a lot of intersections with corporate America, retail, hospitality and civic [architecture],” she says. “It’s about: How do you attract and retain your community and your patients? How do you attract and retain doctors and …

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Early vote tally foretells soaring turnout in most expensive House race ever

June 18, 2017

(CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The pool of early voters includes more than 36,000 who did not participate in the April primary contest for the seat, which was vacated when former Rep. Tom Price became President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary, …

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Bill Cosby’s attorney says he is worried about entertainer’s health

June 18, 2017

(CNN)Bill Cosby’s defense lawyer says he is concerned about the entertainer’s health following what he described as an “unfair” aggravated indecent assault trial that ended in a mistrial Saturday. After more than six days of deliberation in Norristown, Pennsylvania, jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt. McMonagle said asking Cosby to surrender …

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Four women face charges in Arkansas hot car death

June 17, 2017

(CNN)Four Arkansas women are facing manslaughter charges in the death of a 5-year-old boy who died after he was left inside a day care van all day, police said. The van’s driver 42-year-old Felicia Ann Phillips and three other employees, Pamela Lavette Robinson, 43, Kendra Washington, 40, and 43-year-old Wanda Taylor were fired on Wednesday and have been charged with manslaughter. Ascent Children’s Health Services CEO Dan Sullivan said the staff did not follow company …

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The best and worst countries to be a kid

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Children growing up in Niger are at the highest risk of having their childhood cut short, according to a report by Save the Children. Norway and Slovenia share the top position as the best places to grow up. (The top 10 best and worst places are listed below) See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. “Given what we know about the risks to children who are not even living in a household, I think that this is very true that these …

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Wenstrup: Baseball aside, we’re all playing for the same team

June 16, 2017

(CNN)I never expected a baseball field in America to feel like being back in a combat zone, but Wednesday morning it did. I was pulling on my batting gloves and heading to the batting cages along the first base line when I heard the crack of a rifle shot. I turned — only to hear my Mississippi colleague and fellow Iraq War veteran Trent Kelly yell, “shooter!” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Ultimately, the attacker in Alexandria was an example of the worst in this …

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