iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Now this is hardly fair. A new study has found that marriage is more beneficial to men’s health than to women’s.

Single women also do not suffer the same negative health effects as unmarried men, according to research by University College London, the London School of Economics and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

By the same token, middle aged women who had never married had virtually the same chance of developing metabolic syndrome — a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity — as married women. Women who divorced in their mid to late 20s had 31 percent lower odds of metabolic syndrome, compared to those who stayed married, reports The Telegraph.

“Numerous studies have found that married people have better health than unmarried people,” said Dr. George Ploubidis. “However, our research shows that people who experience separation, divorce and remarriage, have very similar levels of health in middle age to those who are married.”

Ploubidis added that in previous research, it was shown that men experience an initial decline in health after divorce, but the new study revealed that in the long term men show improvement and revert back to their pre-divorce health status.

“Surprisingly, those men who divorced in their late 30s and did not subsequently remarry, were less likely to suffer from conditions related to diabetes in early middle age compared to those who were married,” he said.

More than 10,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in the same week of spring 1958 participated in the study.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The bikini you wear to help you get some sun could also help you avoid getting too much of it.

The product of French company Spinali Design, the swimwear includes an electronic UV sensor that will send an alert to your smartphone when you’re about to burn, according to the British paper The Telegraph.

If you don’t wear a bikini, there are one-piece swimsuits available with the sensor.

The company is also offering a beach towel variant, and is developing a line of children’s swim suits that also includes a GPS tracker so you can keep track of your kids if they wander too far away on a crowded beach.

Prices start at $171.

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Courtesy of Lori Fleming(HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.) — Only Cal Ripken Jr. has more consecutive appearances.

Meet Justice Fleming, the Iron Man of Huntersville, North Carolina, who graduated high school with perfect attendance since kindergarten — a total of 2,340 school days without missing one.

Fleming, who set the goal for himself in the second grade (when he was 7) said he was “thankful” he accomplished his goal.

“Not many people can say that they’ve been able to have perfect attendance for thirteen consecutive years,” he told ABC News.

Fleming wasn’t immune to getting sick, but those instances happened to take place on weekends or during school breaks. He came down with the chicken pox in the fourth grade during Christmas break. But it was a “minor case,” because he had been vaccinated.

The closest miss was when he broke his ankle as a junior in high school. He didn’t know he broke it during the first class of the day, a physical education “ultimate Frisbee” class. He walked around school all-day, knowing it was hurt, until he came home.

“It was swollen the size of a softball,” Fleming’s mother, Lori, told ABC News. But he still went to school the next day.

“When I was in the emergency room for my broken ankle and unsure of what my treatment was going to be, I was not sure I would make it to school the next day. Thankfully, I did,” Fleming said, despite the fact that the doctor wrote him off for five days. He was able to get around school on crutches, with special permission to use the elevators of the school, which has multiple stories.

His mother recalls, “He said, ‘I can keep my foot elevated at school as easily as I can at home.'”

Ripken can breathe easy.

Fleming said he does not plan to pursue perfect attendance at his next school, East Carolina University.

His sister, Shelby, in the seventh grade, is hoping to reach the same goal of perfect attendance.

What’s Fleming’s advice to his sister and others with that dream?

“Try your best and expect your teachers to often ask you why you are at school when all of your classmates are not,” he said. “Be prepared for some goodhearted teasing from your friends when they are all skipping school for ‘senior skip day’ and you are going to school like usual.”

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Courtesy of Lori Fleming(HUNTERSVILLE, N.C.) — Only Cal Ripken Jr. has more consecutive appearances.

Meet Justice Fleming, the Iron Man of Huntersville, North Carolina, who graduated high school with perfect attendance since kindergarten — a total of 2,340 school days without missing one.

Fleming, who set the goal for himself in the second grade (when he was 7) said he was “thankful” he accomplished his goal.

“Not many people can say that they’ve been able to have perfect attendance for thirteen consecutive years,” he told ABC News.

Fleming wasn’t immune to getting sick, but those instances happened to take place on weekends or during school breaks. He came down with the chicken pox in the fourth grade during Christmas break. But it was a “minor case,” because he had been vaccinated.

The closest miss was when he broke his ankle as a junior in high school. He didn’t know he broke it during the first class of the day, a physical education “ultimate Frisbee” class. He walked around school all-day, knowing it was hurt, until he came home.

“It was swollen the size of a softball,” Fleming’s mother, Lori, told ABC News. But he still went to school the next day.

“When I was in the emergency room for my broken ankle and unsure of what my treatment was going to be, I was not sure I would make it to school the next day. Thankfully, I did,” Fleming said, despite the fact that the doctor wrote him off for five days. He was able to get around school on crutches, with special permission to use the elevators of the school, which has multiple stories.

His mother recalls, “He said, ‘I can keep my foot elevated at school as easily as I can at home.'”

Ripken can breathe easy.

Fleming said he does not plan to pursue perfect attendance at his next school, East Carolina University.

His sister, Shelby, in the seventh grade, is hoping to reach the same goal of perfect attendance.

What’s Fleming’s advice to his sister and others with that dream?

“Try your best and expect your teachers to often ask you why you are at school when all of your classmates are not,” he said. “Be prepared for some goodhearted teasing from your friends when they are all skipping school for ‘senior skip day’ and you are going to school like usual.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Everyone should be so lucky to have an Aunt Kelly in their life.

Shawn and Jill, as they’re identified in the YouTube video that’s received more than 1 million views, are having their third baby. So they invited Aunt Kelly, Jill’s sister, to the ultrasound for the gender reveal.

Aunt Kelly is super excited. Like, super excited. She takes a bunch of photos and asks lots of questions. She squeals.

“I think it’s a girl but I want it to be a boy,” Aunt Kelly says, as everyone in the ultrasound room waits for the baby’s gender to be revealed.

Little does she know she’s in for a double surprise — twins.

After screaming and a few tears, she asks “Can I have one? Can I have a baby?”

“Oh I’m so jealous! Oh I’m so happy!” she says.

Aunt Kelly cannot contain her excitement, and it’s contagious. Just try not to smile when you watch her sister’s joyous reaction.

Jillian “Jill” Roberts Morin, the mom receiving the ultrasound, told ABC News that while she was happy to share the video, she didn’t want to do any interviews. She did however, note on the video that Kelly is “the best sister and auntie ever.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MUNICH) — Researchers in Germany have successfully grown a human breast inside a petri dish.

Researchers in Munich, Germany have now discovered a scientific breakthrough in understanding how cancer spreads and develops inside mammary glands. The research led to developing breast tissue inside a petri dish by isolating the stem cells from the healthy breast cells of women who had breast reduction surgery.

The researchers placed cultured human breast cells inside a gel that turned into a network of mammary glands, according to the news release from the German Research Center for Environmental Health. The cells in the gel “divide and spread, similar to the developing mammary gland during puberty” said the release.

“We were able to demonstrate that increasing rigidity of the gel led to increased spreading of the cells, or, said differently, invasive growth,” said Jelena Linnemann, the first author of the study. “Similar behaviour was already observed in breast cancer cells. Our results suggest that invasive growth in response to physical rigidity represents a normal process during mammary gland development that is exploited during tumor progression.“

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) – The MERS outbreak has now killed at least 14 people in South Korea and 12 new infections have been recorded.

The announcement of the additional deaths was made on Friday. About 140 people have been diagnosed in the past month with the syndrome.

According to officials, the MERS outbreak in South Korea is deadly but contained to hospitals so far. The World Health Organization’s Dr. Keiji Fukuda says measures are in place to control the spread of the virus.

Doctors are saying they don’t expect a spike in cases but do anticipate more victims.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to save the life of a colleague, not by drawing a gun or making an arrest, but by volunteering to becoming an organ donor for his “brother.”

Deputy Javier Tiscareno offered to be a donor for his colleague Jorge Castro after hearing that the 14-year veteran of the department was suffering from liver failure.

Castro said he had been diagnosed in 2014 with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disorder that damages the bile ducts in the liver because of inflammation.

This month surgeons at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California were able to take 60 percent of Tiscareno’s liver and transplant it into Castro. If there are no complications, both livers are expected to grow back to their original size, the hospital said.

At a press conference Castro said he was overwhelmed with Tiscareno’s generosity.

“I never had a brother until now,” Castro said, according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV.

Tiscareno told reporters at an earlier press conference he did not hesitate to help out his friend and colleague.

“I consider the members of this department as well as members of the law enforcement community my extended family and I’m happy to help out a brother in need,” Tiscareno said according to KABC-TV.

Speaking to reporters after the 11-hour surgery, Tiscareno said he was overcome when he saw Castro with his family.

“[Castro] was able to say [to his kids], ‘Hey, you know, this is the guy who saved me,'” Tiscareno said per KABC-TV. “But what touched me is he says, ‘Now I get to see you grow up. I get to be part of your life.’ And that gave me so much happiness.”

If recovery for both patients goes well, they are expected to return to work in just a few months.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Matilda is an ordinary Tabby cat — except for the fact that she has alien-like eyes that are out of this world.

The cosmic kitty has garnered a lot of attention on Instagram, where her human companions, who identify themselves only as “The Bearded Man” and “The Lady,” share photos and videos of the special feline.

Matilda has a genetic eye disorder that’s caused her enlarged eyes, and she’s now blind, her owners wrote on Instagram, but she didn’t always have her alien-like eyes, it turns out.

The celestial cat arrived on Earth on Valentine’s Day in 2013 in a hoarder house in a small town, her owners said, adding that they adopted her from a rescue society that picked her up.

Matilda landed in their home when she was only 12 weeks old and that she “showed no fear when she met Dog, who was about 10 times her size,” said her owners, who also call themselves her servants.

Matilda was born with seemingly normal eyes, but as she grew older and bigger, she started having “one squinty eye from time to time, which earned her the nickname of Quasimodo,” her owners said.

After multiple veterinary visits, The Lady said she contacted the rescue society that Matilda came from to try and solve the mystery.

“When she heard back from the rescue society there was a surprise — they had moved offices and had lost the contact information for Matilda’s servants, and had been trying to reach them for months!” her owners wrote. “As it turned out, two of Matilda’s littermates had developed a mysterious eye condition, and they had been trying to re-find Matilda.”

A veterinary ophthalmologist soon confirmed that Matilda displayed signs of spontaneous lens luxation, just like her siblings, her servants said. The specialist explained to them that Matilda’s lenses had spontaneously detached and that she also had a collagen deficiency, which makes it difficult to heal from injuries and surgery.

The Lady and The Bearded Man wrote they initially decided, with the veterinary ophthalmologist’s support, that they would let Matilda’s eyes “do what they naturally would, and would not intervene with a traumatic surgery that did not appear to be helpful.”

“Lens luxations in cats are real and are usually the result of other diseases going on inside the eye,” veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Matthew Fife told ABC News today. Fife, who did not treat Matilda, works at the Veterinary Ophthalmology Center in Orlando, Florida.

“From looking at her pictures, the main problem, in addition to the detached lenses, is her glaucoma, which means the pressure in her eyes is very high, causing the eyeballs to enlarge and stretch,” he said. “It’s actually pretty painful.”

Matilda’s “progressive genetic eye problem” requires her to take medicine to stay pain-free, but she will “inevitably” need surgery in the future, according to the GoFundMe page that has been set up for the starry-eyed kitty. “No matter what happens, her servants think she’s perfect and beautiful,” they said, “and will love and care for her the absolute best way that they can for however long this little alien is here.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now believes that there was live anthrax in all of the samples mistakenly sent by the U.S. military to 69 laboratories in 19 states, Washington D.C. and five countries. It has instructed the labs to destroy any remaining anthrax still in their possession.

CDC testing found low levels of live anthrax in all 22 samples it had received from affected laboratories.

The samples were from labs that had received supposedly inactivated material from the Army Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah.

“We are assuming any samples that were derived from lots prepared at Dugway contain live material,” said CDC spokesman Jason MacDonald. “There is no need to test those samples further. The priority is to secure the samples and destroy the material.”

Accordingly the CDC has instructed any laboratories that may have received anthrax sample shipments from Dugway between 2004 and 2015 to destroy their existing samples.

“If the labs are able, destroy the samples in accordance with standard procedures and with an approved method (e.g., autoclave). The destruction must be completed within 7 days and evidence of the destruction provided to CDC,” said MacDonald.

If the lab is unable to destroy the samples on their own they are to be transferred to a more capable ”select agent registered site” that can handle and destroy the spores. The CDC and the FBI would assist with the transfer.

A third option would be for labs classified as a select agent registered entity to register their sample with the Federal Select Agent Program and retain it.

Meanwhile the military continues to test the more than 400 lots of supposedly dead anthrax it keeps at four military facilities. Some 11 of 91 lots have tested positive for anthrax, and all of those are from the Dugway facility.

Tracing the distribution path of those lots to laboratories has led to the increasing number of affected laboratories that may have received live anthrax.

On Friday, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren announced that a shipment of possibly live anthrax had been sent to Japan in 2005. He said that sample was destroyed in 2009.

Pentagon officials stress that there is no threat to the general public from the shipments of live anthrax pointing to the secure packaging of samples which were sent by Fed Ex.

At a Pentagon briefing two weeks ago senior Pentagon officials said that the amounts of anthrax being shipped to laboratories for research purposes contained levels of anthrax that were significantly less than the amount needed to infect a healthy person.

No lab workers have shown any symptoms of possible anthrax infection, though 31 individuals have been protectively receiving antibiotics as a precautionary move.

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