Stories by David Nather

The cancer that killed Aretha Franklin

A photo of Aretha Franklin with flowers and a sign reading, "Forever you'll stay in my heart"
Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

It's sad enough to lose Aretha Franklin and the music she gave all of us, and it became even sadder when we learned the cause: pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest kinds.

The big picture: Pancreatic cancer is infamous because of its low survival rate: Just 9% of those who get it survive for five years. It's rare, but it's painful and devastating. And there has been less progress against it than other kinds of cancer, because it's harder to detect early — which can be the key to survival.

Exclusive poll ... Rare consensus across parties: No 3D-printed guns

Data: SurveyMonkey online poll conducted August 8–10, 2018 among a total sample of 2,096 adults living in the United States. Poll methodology; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Eight out of 10 Americans say 3D-printed gun blueprints shouldn't be available on the internet — a rare consensus on gun policy that cuts across party and ideological lines, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

The big picture: The latest poll shows Americans are still more divided on other gun issues. A slight majority disapproves of President Trump's overall gun policies, and his approval rating on guns is similar to his overall job approval rating.

DRC faced with another outbreak of Ebola virus

Health workers in an Ebola safety zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in June. Photo: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images

Just days after an Ebola outbreak that killed 33 people was declared over in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there’s a new one. Four people tested positive for the disease, more than 1,500 miles away from the location of the last outbreak, though there's no link between the two, per Reuters.

The silver lining: This is the best we can do. Science magazine notes that the health ministry said the detection of the new outbreak "is an indicator of the proper functioning of the surveillance system."