America's tallest man dies at age 38

The tallest man in America—he stood 7 feet 8 inches (2.35 meters)—has died of a heart problem at the age of 38, his mother said on Facebook.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Old records shed new light on smallpox outbreaks in 1700s

A highly contagious disease originating far from America's shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed.


Holding out for a vaccine

A big talking point this past week was the temporary suspension of the Oxford vaccine, one of the most promising under development, due to a potential adverse reaction. This was a real blow to some people who were basing ...

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Italy sees second successive drop in virus deaths

Italy reported a second successive drop in daily deaths and infections from a coronavirus that has nevertheless claimed more than 6,000 lives in a month.

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Italy's virus toll shoots back up, but medics see hope

Italy's daily COVID-19 death toll shot back up Tuesday, but more evidence emerged that the coronavirus infection rate is slowing thanks to a painful national lockdown.

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Battered Italy sees rays of hope in grim death data

Italy's top coronavirus response official Tuesday attributed two successive declines in the daily death rate to a painful national lockdown that appeared to be finally bearing fruit.

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