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In this episode, Guerin Emig and Bill Haisten discuss why Phil Mickelson registering for the PGA Championship does not necessarily mean the defending champ will play at Tulsa's Southern Hills next month. Plus, OSU's quarterback depth includes "three guys that can really throw it," but OU's is "a little disconcerting."

Dear Doctors: When my family tried to visit my parents at their assisted living facility, we were turned away at the door. I thought COVID-19 was going to be the reason, but we were told it was because of a norovirus outbreak. What is that? Is it really so contagious?

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The World Health Organization says at least one death has been reported in connection with a mysterious liver disease outbreak affecting children in Europe and the United States. The U.N. health agency said late Saturday that it has so far received reports of at least 169 cases of “acute hepatitis of unknown origin” from a dozen countries. The cases were reported in children aged one month to 16 years old, and 17 of those who fell ill required liver transplants. WHO did not say in which country the death occurred. The first cases were recorded in Britain, where 114 children have been sickened. Experts say the cases may be linked to a virus commonly associated with colds but further research is ongoing.

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Dear Readers: Reptiles and amphibians are cold-blooded poikilotherms, which means they have little ability to cope with sudden changes in temperature and humidity. We humans and other warm-blooded homeothermic animals can cope better with these changes. Now, due to changes in climate and environment, stressed poikilotherms are being decimated by fungal infections that are indicative of their impaired immune systems.

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