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Here Are the Diseases in NYC Rats

The average New York City rat is infected with 1.6 bacterial agents and 3.1 viruses, not to mention “many more novel viruses” with unknown potential to harm humans.

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Santa Monica Bans Public E-Cigarette Use

Smoking of e-cigarettes in Santa Monica will now be restricted in the same way as traditional cigarettes, after the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance banning their use in public places.

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Joan Rivers Died From Lack of Oxygen

Joan Rivers died September 4 as a result of complications of low blood oxygen while undergoing a laryngoscopy and an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, the NYC Chief Medical Examiner said Thursday.

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How MERS Infects Human Cells

Researchers discovered that a common protease enzyme known as furin activates the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus to fuse with cell membranes and enter host cells.