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This Flu Season Is The Deadliest On Record For Children

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UPDATE: June 8 — The CDC reported Friday that 172 children had died from the flu, making this the deadliest seasonal flu season on record.

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Mia Lobo couldn’t wait for mid-May when she would graduate from preschool and dance in her first recital. Her family had talked about the big milestones for weeks.

The outgoing 5-year-old from a Chicago suburb was a little nervous about the performance, but her father, Dominic Lobo, said he wasn’t worried.

After all, she was one of those kids who loved the limelight, a “little ball of fire.” Mia often held court with her friends and family, playing dress up and stealing her 17-year-old sister’s makeup.

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Mia Lobo, age 5, died of complications of the flu last month.Courtesy of the Lobo Family

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4 Common Myths About Ticks Debunked Folk tales abound about how to protect yourself from these critters. Here’s the truth.

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When it comes to ticks, old wives’ tales are in great supply. Take, for instance, the one about burning an embedded tick with a lit match or the one about covering it with nail polish to get it to let go. (There’s no proof that either of these works.)

Or the widespread belief that you’ll feel it if you’ve been bitten by a tick. (The bites themselves are painless, which is why checking yourself after spending time in tick-infested areas is essential.) 

One thing is true, though: It’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself and your family.

“Ticks are the No. 1 cause of vector-borne disease in the U.S.,” says William Nicholson, Ph.D., a research microbiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And tick-transmitted infections, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and anaplasmosis, are on the rise and spreading to new parts of the U.S.

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A tick on the end of a finger. A Tick

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https://www.consumerreports.org/outdoor-safety/tick-myths-debunked/

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Charles Krauthammer Pens Final Column: ‘Only A Few Weeks Left To Live’

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In his final column for The Washington Post, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer announced he has only weeks to live.

Krauthammer explained he’s spent most of the last year recovering from surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.

Although the operation was initially thought to have been successful, Krauthammer said he’s been fighting “a cascade of secondary complications” ever since.

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Charles Krauthammer

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Student From Iowa Killed 3 Weeks After ICE Sent Him Back To Mexico

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An Iowa high school student who was sent back to Mexico by immigration authorities was killed three weeks after he returned to his home country, The Des Moines Register reported Thursday.

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, was expected to graduate from high school in Des Moines in May, but he drew the scrutiny of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents after he was convicted of a misdemeanor drug charge last year. The student, who was brought to the U.S. without a visa by his family when he was three years old, had been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, under President Barack Obama.

After his conviction, as well as another for a separate misdemeanor charge, a judge vacated his protections.

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Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, a high school student from Des Moines, was killed in Mexico weeks after he was sent back to the

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Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, a high school student from Des Moines, was killed in Mexico weeks after he was sent back to the country.

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Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and ‘Parts Unknown’ host, dies at 61

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Anthony Bourdain, the frenetic celebrity chef and television host who took viewers on a culinary journey through more than 80 countries and spoke candidly about his past descent into drug addiction, has died, CNN said Friday. He was 61.

The network reported suicide was the cause of death.

“His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller,” the network said in a statement. “His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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Image: Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57, where he is planning to open Bourdain Market, in New York.

Anthony Bourdain on Pier 57 in New York in 2015.Alex Welsh / The New York Times / Redux Pictures

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Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness

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The first time I tried ayahuasca, a plant concoction containing the natural hallucinogen DMT, I remember thinking: “Just let go. Whatever happens, just let go.”

Eventually, I did let go, and what followed was the most rewarding, and harrowing, experience of my life. I was forced to confront my own ego in a way I never had before, and I wasn’t quite prepared for what I saw.

Even today, several months after, the impact lingers. I tried to recount the experience in this essay for Vox, and yet every time I read it, I can’t help but think how poorly my words captured what happened.

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Mushrooms sit ready to be harvested at the Procare mushroom plantation in Hazerwoude-Dorp, the Netherlands, on October 8, 2007. Under Dutch law, fresh psilocybin mushrooms are considered food. Cultivation and sale of the fungi are therefore legal and controlled by the food authorities.Roger Cremers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico because of Hurricane Maria

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Miliana Montanez cradled her mother’s head as she lay dying on the floor of her bedroom here, gasping for air and pleading for help.

There was nothing her family could do. It took 20 minutes to find cellular reception to make a 911 call. Inoperative traffic signals slowed down the ambulance struggling to reach their neighborhood through crippling congestion.

Ivette Leon’s eyes bulged in terror as she described to her daughter the tiny points of light that appeared before her. She took one last desperate gulp of air just as paramedics arrived. Far too late.

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Puerto Rico

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