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Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Syndrome without a name: The boy who baffles doctors

Health
When five-year-old Charlie Parkes was in the womb, a scan revealed a problem with his brain. He spent his first two years of life in hospital having tests. His parents were desperate for answers - but they never came."We have lots of little pieces of a puzzle, but they don't quite fit together. We haven't completed the picture yet," says his mother Laura.Charlie is one of about 6,000 children born every year with a genetic condition so rare that doctors can't identify it and instead classify it as a Swan (Syndrome Without a Name). Each case is thought to be one of a kind. Without a diagnosis, families can feel isolated and face a battle for treatment, Mrs Parkes said. A...
Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

World
Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save. Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided over by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Four Australian officials involved with the rescue effort were also honored. Both highly skilled divers, the doctors played key roles in rescuing members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach from the cave complex in Chiang Rai province last July. They said before the award ceremony they were looking forward to going to the northern province Monday to see how the boys are faring. Thats really exciting for us to go and see them and make sure theyre wel...
Brazil rushes to find doctors to fill 8,300 positions left by Cubans

Brazil rushes to find doctors to fill 8,300 positions left by Cubans

World
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The Brazilian Health Ministry said Friday it's holding meetings with the Pan American Health Organization on the exodus of thousands Cuban doctors and finding replacements. "By early next week we will complete work on a proposal to select professionals to cover 8,332 vacant posts to be left by Cuban doctors," the ministry said Friday. The selection of Brazilian professionals "in a first call" will be made this month, and they will be required to reach municipal areas "immediately after selection," it added. The announcement came hours after the first group of 196 Cuban doctors returned to Cuba on Thursday, said Granma, Cuba's official newspaper. The group was scheduled to leave, as they'd completed their service in Brazil, but another group scheduled to replace them "wil...