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US Uterus Transplants: 6 Things to Know

Ten women in the United States will soon be chosen to undergo the nation's first uterus transplants, as part of a study at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors at the hospital hope to perform the first uterus transplant in the next few months, according to the New York Times. Who needs a uterus transplant?

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Firefighters Face Highest Heart Attack Risk Among Responders

Firefighters may face a higher risk of heart disease than do other emergency responders, a small new study finds. In the study, the researchers looked at heart disease risk factors such as blood pressure and body fat levels in firefighters, paramedics and police officers, and found that firefighters had the highest risk. The firefighters had, on average, a 2.9 percent chance of having a heart attack in the next 10 years, based on their risk factors, the researchers said.

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The Great Salt Debate: How Much Sodium Is Too Much for Your Diet?

There's no doubt that eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, said Dr. Paul Whelton, a professor of global public health at Tulane University. Whelton was the principal investigator on the recent Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), which made news when it was abruptly cut short because the results were so significant. In the trial, the researchers found that reducing people's blood pressure with medication to 120 mm Hg or below, rather than aiming to reduce blood pressure to 140 mm Hg, significantly reduced people's risk of death during the study period.

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How Ebola Spread: Map Could Aid Outbreak Responses

A new map reveals the path that the Ebola virus took during the outbreak in Sierra Leone, giving a detailed picture of how and where the disease spread, a new study said. "For a future outbreak, this is something that can be readily applied to help identify the regions that need intervention most critically," said study author Jeffrey Shaman, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. To chart the course of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, the researchers looked at data from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

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Awesome Lego Star Wars Photo Book Stages Scenes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Lego Star Wars kits, and especially its minifigures, pack a lot of personality into a few pieces of plastic. "Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy" (DK Publishing, 2015), available Nov. 10, is full of classic Star Wars views with quirky twists: snowball-fighting snowtroopers (captioned "Ha! Ha! Missed again!"), storytelling Ewoks and series mainstays under attack. Lehtimäki's project started when he was photographing his son's toys, but he soon realized that the little Star Wars Legos were worth a larger-scale project.


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US Navy Missile Test Sparks Surprise … and an Awesome Sky View (Video)

An amateur photographer thought the world was ending when she caught pictures of a Trident missile in action near Los Angeles. The series of pictures captured by Porter Tinsley, who posted them on her blog Less Than Amateur, show a white halo backdropped by the Milky Way. You can see a time-lapse video of the missile test here made from Tinsley's amazing photos.


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