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Alyssa Riggan, who was the first in the United States to successfully receive a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, poses with her husband, Benjamin, in their home in Severn, Md., in this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/ Brian Witte)

Liver transplant recipient marks 25th anniversary

- Associated Press

Alyssa Riggan hasn’t dwelled on being the first person in the U.S. to successfully receive part of a liver from a living donor 25 years ago, a medical procedure that paved the way for routine live-donor transplants.

Scott Kurdilla, a medical research technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, waits for a volunteer for a brain scan experiment on campus in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. The brain-scanning MRI machine at the center was used in a recent experiment where each word of a chapter of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was flashed for half a second onto a screen inside a brain-scanning MRI machine. Images showing combinations of data and graphics were collected. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

- Associated Press

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects.

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Health Minister Hermann Groehe, from left,  inspect the medevac plane "Robert Koch" for Ebola patients which was unveiled by the German government at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The Airbus A 340-300 has been equipped with a special isolation unit, two airlocks, an air filtration system and a separate cabin where doctors can decontaminate their protective suits. (AP Photo/Maurizio Gambarini, pool)

Liberia hopes for no new Ebola cases by new year

- Associated Press

As Ebola infection rates fall in Liberia, the information minister urged people on Thursday to not let up on the fight against the virus, reiterating the goal of eradicating the disease by the end of the year.

Woman's body found near Whiteside county jail

Associated Press

A woman was found dead of apparent hypothermia about 30 hours after being released from a northwestern Illinois jail while a snowstorm was moving through the area, authorities said.

New Orleans mulls a smoke ban in public places

- Associated Press

A cigarette with that Sazerac cocktail at a French Quarter bar might become a thing of the past in one of America's most famously libertine cities.

Ohio group crafts year-round for premature babies

- Associated Press

When Ohio State hosts Michigan in Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Kacie and Chris Waugh will watch the football game on television at the nearby Wexner Medical Center.

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2011 file photo Australia's batsman Phillip Hughes celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth days' play of the third cricket test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hughes died in a Sydney hospital on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, two days after being struck in the head by a cricket ball during a domestic first-class match. He was 25. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Australian cricketer Hughes dies of head injuries

- Associated Press

Phillip Hughes won admirers across the cricket spectrum, from the most elite players to the everyday fan for an unorthodox batting style honed on the family banana plantation and a never-give-in attitude despite being dropped a handful of times from Australia's test team.

Hospital adds ambulances to hasten moving patients

Associated Press

A New Hampshire hospital is expanding its efforts to handle patient transfers more quickly and efficiently by dedicating two specially equipped ambulances to its transfer center.

Former Bills star Talley suffers from depression

Associated Press

Former Buffalo Bills star linebacker Darryl Talley told The Buffalo News that he is suffering from depression and has contemplated suicide in what he considers side-effects from his hard-hitting playing days.

Horse with no eyes inspires children, veterans

- Associated Press

Nobody wanted the reddish-brown horse with the black, matted mane. He was too scrawny, his coat lifeless and dull. And that ugly scar on his hip? That was from the time he became ensnared in a barbed-wire fence and couldn't break free.

In this picture taken Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, Ebola orphans receive sanitization kits from UNICEF in the village of Meliandou near Gueckedou, Guinea. Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, aid efforts in Guinea remain riddled with poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell a virus that has killed more than 1,200 people in the former French colony. President Francois Hollande of France on Friday is to become the first non-African head of state to visit Guinea since the crisis began, to take stock of the response, cheer on heavily-burdened aid providers, and help demystify fears about the virus that has fanned stigmatization of many people whose lives been lost or impacted by Ebola. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Ebola aid dogged by coordination lags in Guinea

- Associated Press

Eight months into West Africa's Ebola outbreak, aid efforts in Guinea still suffer from poor coordination, hampering deployments of international support to help quell a virus that has killed more than 1,200 people in the former French colony, officials and medical aid providers say.

Fats cells used in Louisville hand transplant

Associated Press

The medical team in Louisville that performed the nation's first hand transplant 15 years ago is turning to an experimental therapy that uses a patient's own fat to stave off rejection.