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Man gets first double hand transplant in U.S.

A 57-year-old man from Alberta, Georgia has become the first person in the U.S. to receive a double hand transplant. After undergoing a ten-hour surgery that ended Monday night, the patient, Jeff Kepner, is in critical but stable condition, according to Amy Dugas Rose, a spokesperson for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UMPC), where team of ten surgeons carried out the operation.

May 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Mystery solved: Polo ponies probably died of selenium overdose

The 21 polo ponies that dropped dead at the U.S. Open Polo Championship in Wellington, Fla., eleven days ago most likely succumbed to an overdose of selenium, used to help muscles recover after strenuous exercise, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has reported.

April 30, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine