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  • Study: Those High-Priced Antioxidants May Be Killing You

    02/20/2017 3:40:54 PM PST · by cba123 · 44 replies
    Study Finds ^ | 20 February | Stewart Lawrence
    BEIJING — Fear of mortality is one reason Americans spend so much on “antioxidant” products, including Vitamin C supplements and beta-carotene, which promise a longer healthier life. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults in the U.S. consume some kind of antioxidant product, spending $37 billion each year. But a study conducted in China – where aging is akin to a national obsession these days – claims that antioxidants don’t work as billed. The study is published in the journal Redox Biology. A new study finds that antioxidant supplements may be more harmful to the...
  • Tanzania threat to list gay people

    02/20/2017 6:47:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2017
    The threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals in Tanzania has been defended by the deputy health minister in a fierce row on Twitter. Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African nation and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Those who advertised homosexual activities online would also be targeted, the politician warned. Tweeters accused him of homophobia and infringing on the right to freedom of expression online.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-20-17)

    02/20/2017 3:23:23 AM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies ^ | 2-20-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Why Trump was right to make Chris Christie eat the White House meatloaf

    02/18/2017 2:23:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 78 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Quentin Fottrell
    Don't knock meatloaf. It's gotten a bad rap. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat had lunch with President Donald Trump on Valentine's Day and, according to Christie, Trump made him have the White House meatloaf. "This is what it's like to be with Trump," Christie said during a guest host spot on a radio show on Thursday, according to the New York Post. "He says, 'There's the menu, you guys order whatever you want.' And then he says, 'Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" According to Christie, Trump said, "I'm telling you,...
  • CDC temporarily halts work at biosafety labs because of air hose concerns

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily suspended work at its most secure biosafety lab that handles dangerous pathogens because air hoses that are part of the required full-body protective suits worn by lab workers were not certified for breathable air, officials said Friday. About 100 employees have worked in the labs, at CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, since the air hoses were introduced in 2008. There is no evidence that any of the employees were exposed to infectious agents or to hazardous material from breathing air through the hoses, said Stephan Monroe, CDC’s associate director for laboratory science and...
  • Is Bee Venom the Secret Ingredient to Fighting Wrinkles?

    02/17/2017 4:12:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Bettie Cross
    Bees are becoming buzz-worthy when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles. Bee venom in creams and lotions promises to fool the skin into thinking it’s been stung. The jury is still out on whether bee venom works, but using it could be dangerous for the two million Americans allergic to insect stings. Tanya Phillips takes great pains not to feel the pain of getting stung by her honey bees. "Bees don't like smoke, so this keeps them away from us," said Phillips as she squeezed a handheld smoker. Deep in southern Travis County the master beekeeper knows if she stays...
  • A Horrifying List of Creatures That Can Crawl Into Your Body

    02/17/2017 4:08:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | Erika Engelhaupt
    First, let’s clear something up about recent reports of a live cockroach pulled from a woman’s skull. It was technically in her skull, between her eyes—but if you stick your little finger in your ear, that’s technically in your skull too. More precisely, the roach had crawled into her sinuses. In a video that has gone viral, the roach is seen wriggling through pink flesh and eventually being pulled live from the Indian woman’s sinuses, after entering her nose while she slept. M.N. Shankar of Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India, confirmed to National Geographic in an email that...
  • Snake Venom Can Be Used for Pain Treatment

    02/17/2017 3:50:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Jamie Guirola
    A cobra's deadly venom is being used to heal chronic aches and pains. Tom's handling a Southeast Asian Cobra he raised at his farm. Twice a month, he milks the venom that's used to help people and pets with chronic pain. (Photo Courtesy: NBC) It's a toxin turned treatment that can be used by both pets and people. They are not the friendliest creatures. And they can be intimidating... "Right now I'm removing a cobra from its cage," says herpetologist and venom supplier Tom Crutchfield. "This is the cobras' keep for the venom line for the pharmaceutical company Nutria Pharma."...
  • D.C. lab botched Zika tests for more than 400 people

    02/16/2017 6:39:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16 at 3:13 PM | Lena H. Sun
    District health officials mishandled Zika testing for hundreds of residents last year, including two pregnant women who were incorrectly told they did not have the virus when in fact they were infected. The mistakes, made public Thursday by city officials, have prompted retesting for the Zika virus of specimens from more than 400 people, including nearly 300 pregnant women who may have mistakenly been told they didn’t have the mosquito-borne viral infection. ... Smith said she could not say if those women or any of the others whose tests were botched have given birth.
  • GOP bill would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

    02/16/2017 3:51:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2017 5:03 PM EST | Matthew Daly
    The House voted Thursday to make it easier for states to deny federal family-planning funds to groups such as Planned Parenthood that also perform abortions. A rule imposed by the Obama administration says that states cannot deny funding to clinics for reasons unrelated to their ability to provide basic family planning services. Federal dollars cannot be used to pay for abortions, except in restricted circumstances. Tennessee Rep. Diane Black and other Republicans said the rule, finalized in December, unfairly restricts how states can spend federal family-planning funds. …
  • Liberal Hysteria Won't Derail the Trump Train

    02/16/2017 3:13:26 PM PST · by ckinv368 · 11 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 2-16-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    We’re not even a month into the Trump Administration, and liberal thoughts have irrationally moved from hoping and planning for Hillary Clinton’s third run for President to just plain silliness—President Trump’s resignation or impeachment. To me, this signals good things. I haven’t seen liberals this upset and powerless for decades. While I believe liberal tears will keep me young, I just can’t understand how such smart people could be so seriously delusional. I recently read a Hoover Institution article by the “classically liberal” NYU law professor Richard Epstein, who suggested that President Trump should immediately resign. Not because of Trump’s...
  • So ... you think you're disabled ?

    02/16/2017 7:32:31 AM PST · by knarf · 13 replies
    Sue Austin ^ | August 18, 2012 | Sue Austin
    A wheelchair unbound artist is amazing!This came in my FB page and after viewing it ... I HAD to share it. Here's her website
  • 64-Year-Old Woman Gives Birth to Twins in Spain

    02/15/2017 5:46:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 February 2017
    A Spanish woman has given birth to a healthy twins at a hospital in Burgos after undergoing fertility treatment in the USA. The twins, a boy and girl, were safely delivered by caesarean section on Tuesday at the Hospital Recoletas de Burgos, hospital authorities confirmed. Hospital authorities released a video clip announcing the news. “The twins, a boy and a girl, are in good health as is their mother after a planned caesarean section,” read a statement issused by the private hospital. “The mother underwent fertility treatment in the United States and was cared throughout her pregnancy by staff in...
  • Morbidly Obese Chinese Man Needs 16 Workers to Help Him After Falling on the Sidewalk

    02/15/2017 4:40:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NEXTSHARK ^ | February 14, 2017 | Ryan General
    A morbidly obese man recently created a massive commotion in the middle of a busy sidewalk in China after accidentally slipping and falling on his butt. Due to his obesity, it has been difficult for him to land a job. As a result, he has been unemployed and has spent his time just playing computer games at home. His parents have been searching for a weight loss solution over the years, bringing him to hospitals and health specialists. So far, none of what they’ve tried has worked. When Xiao Huang reached his heaviest at over 485 lbs, his parents decided...
  • Obese Does Not Necessarily Mean Unhealthy

    02/15/2017 4:30:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Conversation ^ | February 14, 2017
    Self-proclaimed “weight loss hypnosis master” Steve Miller has announced a campaign to see all overweight NHS staff wearing badges that read “I’m fat, but I’m losing it”. He also wants all restaurant menus to carry the warning that “if you’re fat, think before ordering”. It would be easy to discount Miller’s campaign as a publicity stunt, but doing so would ignore the damaging consequences it is likely to have. Scientific evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that this sort of obesity stigma is an ineffective way to reduce the incidence of obesity, and in fact perpetuates it. If this strategy supported losing weight,...
  • Sierra Club pushing abortion as population control to ‘save the environment’

    02/15/2017 3:09:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | February 6, 2017 | Mary Kay Barton
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Feb 2, 2017. Carlson, a former Sierra Club member himself, dove right into asking Brune the tough questions. Puzzled by some of the Sierra Club’s recent position statements on such varied topics as President Trump’s border wall, the women’s march, abortion, and transgender bathrooms, Carlson asked Mr. Brune why the Sierra Club was veering away from protecting the environment to taking positions on the unrelated issues. For those who still naively believe that the Sierra Club is focused on protecting the environment, Brune’s...
  • Congressmen Have a Right to Kill Themselves?

    02/15/2017 2:55:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2017 | 4:21 AM EST | Terence P. Jeffrey
    “America wasn’t founded on one homogeneous moral view. We have competing moral views.” Democrat Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia spoke these words Monday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as he defended what he sees as the right to kill yourself — and do so in collaboration with a licensed physician working with the imprimatur of the state. The city council of the District of Columbia enacted the law in question in December. It authorizes doctors to prescribe what it politely calls a “covered medication” specifically “for the purpose of ending a person’s life.” In plain English,...
  • Ebola 'super-spreaders' cause most cases

    02/15/2017 8:00:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 February 2017 | James Gallagher
    The analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows nearly two thirds of cases (61%) were caused by 3% of infected people. The young and old were more likely to have been "super-spreaders". It is hoped understanding their role in spreading the infection will help contain the next outbreak. ... The study looked at cases in and around the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown. By looking at the pattern of where and when cases emerged, the researchers could tell how many people each infected person was passing the deadly virus onto. Prof Steven Riley, one of the...
  • Heroin town USA: Louisville (KY) is hit with 52 overdose cases in just 32 HOURS......

    02/13/2017 9:37:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 69 replies ^ | Feb. 14, 2017 | Snejana Farberov For
    FULL TITLE: Heroin town USA: Louisville is hit with 52 overdose cases in just 32 HOURS as opioid epidemic continues to ravage America Louisville, Kentucky, has become the latest American city to have experienced an alarming cluster of heroin overdoses, with 52 drug-related emergency calls coming in during 32 hours last week. According to Louisville Metro Emergency Services, it was more than double the number of overdose calls that came in during the same time period the previous week. The agency said the 911 calls started coming in at around midnight on Thursday and continued through 8am on Friday.
  • Woman suing Popeyes says flesh-eating screwworms ate her ‘from the inside out’

    02/13/2017 8:36:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    KFOR ^ | February 13, 2017, | by Nadia Judith Enchassi
    Karen Goode, of San Antonio, is suing for $1,000,000 after she said rice and beans she ate at Popeyes in spring 2015 were infested with flesh-eating worms, according to KDAF. In the lawsuit filed in Bexar County, Goode's attorney, Patrick Stolmeier, argues the franchisee, Z&H Foods, should have known about the screwworms and never served the tainted food to customers. He also described what Goode allegedly endured after consuming the screwworms: "Plaintiff purchased rice and beans from Defendants' restaurant that contained flesh eating New World Screwworms, and Plaintiff unknowingly ingested the flesh eating screwworms. The flesh eating screwworms entered Plaintiff's...
  • 'Death panel' disputes erupt at Florida GOP congressman's town hall (THE BIG LIE)

    02/13/2017 2:12:03 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2017 | Eric Bradner
    Rep. Gus Bilirakis was the next lawmaker to face constituents outraged by the GOP's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. A crowd that local sheriff's deputies estimated at 250 turned up at Bilirakis' town hall Saturday morning in Pasco County, which President Donald Trump won by 21 points. The meeting erupted into shouts and jeers in its first minutes, when Bill Akins -- the chairman of the county Republican Party -- complained of Obamacare's "death panels," a term that does not appear in the text of former President Barack Obama's signature health care law but refers to the Politifact-ruled...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-13-17)

    02/13/2017 1:42:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies ^ | 2-13-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • 2nd Student At Santa Monica HS Dies Of Mystery Illness

    02/13/2017 12:15:44 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 02/13/2017
    A Santa Monica High School student has died of an unknown illness for the second time since October. Santa Monica-Malibu School District officials issued a statement Sunday announcing the death of 18-year-old Kelly Cano, whose mother Sandra, a nurse at Santa Monica High, said quoted doctors as saying the deadly condition is not believed to have been Norovirus. ... Her death was the second since Oct. 25, 2016, when tenth-grader Vanai Jelks died after falling ill following a cheerleading tournament. A cause of death has not been determined.
  • Mother says hospital gave her wrong baby to breastfeed

    02/13/2017 10:42:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    WIS ^ | 2/13/2017
    ONTVALE, NJ (WCBS/CNN) – A couple is suing a hospital because the new mother was given the wrong baby to breastfeed, they say. Melissa Richman says that in September after a three-hour C-section, a nurse brought her a baby to breastfeed. The nurse returned 20 minutes later and demanded Richman give the baby back. "She said, ‘I need you to give me the baby right now.’ And so I did. She said, ‘There has been a terrible mistake. This isn't your baby.’ I started going back and thinking, ‘Did I feed her the first time? Is this even my baby?’...
  • LAUSD Employee Dies Of Meningococcal Meningitis, County Health Officials Say

    02/11/2017 7:55:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cbs2la ^ | February 10, 2017 11:30 PM | Rachel Kim
    Health officials would not reveal the name of the employee. But a parent told CBS2’s Rachel Kim that the woman was a third-grade teacher at Montara Avenue Elementary School in South Gate. The parent said school and health officials met with parents on campus Friday night. One mother said she was given instructions on medication to give her child. ... Parents said they want the campus cleaned before allowing their children back to school and plan to hold a protest on campus Monday morning.
  • How the Anti-Vaxxers Are Winning

    02/10/2017 8:05:22 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02/08/2017 | Peter J. Hotezfeb
    HOUSTON — It’s looking as if 2017 could become the year when the anti-vaccination movement gains ascendancy in the United States and we begin to see a reversal of several decades in steady public health gains. The first blow will be measles outbreaks in America. Measles is one of the most contagious and most lethal of all human diseases. A single person infected with the virus can infect more than a dozen unvaccinated people, typically infants too young to have received their first measles shot. Such high levels of transmissibility mean that when the percentage of children in a community...
  • Port St. Lucie Dermatologist Wrongly Diagnosed Patients With Cancer for Profit

    02/10/2017 7:49:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    WPTV ^ | Feb 10, 2017 | Wanda Moore
    Dr. Gary Marder in Port St. Lucie has agreed to pay up to $18 million to reimburse the government for Medicare payments on patients who were not ill. Prosecutors allege that Dr. Marder falsely diagnosed patients with skin cancer and put them through medically unnecessary radiation treatments, pocketing millions from the insurance companies. Gloria Strumalo from Port St. Lucie was one of his patients. She went to Dr. Marder's office for a checkup and was diagnosed with skin cancer. He recommended radiation therapy. “I went for 20 days of 2 hours,” Strumalo said. She had no idea that she didn't...
  • Catholic Priest Awarded Doctorate for Alternative Medicines

    02/10/2017 4:58:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Matter India ^ | February 10, 2017 | Saramma Emmanuel
    Bhopal: A Catholic priest was conferred on Doctor of Philosophy (Ph D) for his pioneering work on the use of alternative medicines against the background of globalization. Governor of Madhya Pradesh Om Prakash Kohli conferred the degree on Father Shaji E Stanislaus, a priest of Bhopal Archdiocese, during a convocation held at Bharkatullah University Campus on February 6. The priest’s thesis titled, “The Role of Alternative Medicines in the Treatment of Patients: A Sociological Study in Bhopal,” is a unique work as he is not from any medical background, says his guide Professor Arvind Chauhan, head of department of sociology...
  • Crazy liberal woman meltdown at coffee shop

    02/10/2017 8:46:37 AM PST · by mowowie · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 23, 2017 | Neil Neuman
    Is this what they call Virtue Signaling? Jeeeeezzzzz......
  • Can fleas survive and reproduce on human blood?

    02/10/2017 4:25:17 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 28 replies
    FleaScience ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff (?)
    Photo credit: Denni ScnappFleaScienceSummary Cat fleas can survive and reproduce on a diet of human blood alone. However, in normal settings they don’t live or breed on humans. Females must feed freely for many hours to be able reproduce on humans. This doesn’t happen outside of laboratories.Survival Cat fleas can survive solely on a diet of human blood. They’re capable of living for 139 to 185 days if fed on human arms for 15 minutes each day.2 10 minute feeding intervals can keep females alive for up to 30 days, and males for 17 days.1 In a recent study,...
  • North Texas Woman Warns of Medical Tourism Dangers

    02/07/2017 11:30:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 2/7 | Bianca Castro
    A North Texas woman has a warning for anyone thinking about traveling abroad for cheap weight loss surgery. Lisa Hubbard, of Fort Worth, says she had hoped gastric sleeve surgery would put her in better charge of her health for the sake of her new grandson. She said she saw ads on television for cheap weight loss surgery and began researching options months ago. The average cost of weight loss surgery in the United States is about $14,000, and insurance doesn't always cover it. Hubbard found doctors in Mexico who would do the surgery for $3,800, which also includes the...
  • Filipina Wakes Up From Nine-Month Coma, Ready to Go Home

    02/07/2017 3:01:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Gulf News ^ | February 6, 2017
    Mother of two has been receiving treatment at Rashid Hospital after slipping into coma in April 2015A Filipina who has been undergoing treatment and physiotherapy at Rashid Hospital after waking up from a nine-month coma is now well on her way to recovery and is ready to go back to the Philippines to see her children. Perlite Almonte, 35, was first admitted to the hospital on April 18, 2015 after she was found unconscious in the bathroom of her house. Doctors who examined Almonte said she had slipped into a coma. Dr Zeyad Al Rais, Head of Critical Care Department...
  • My Revised Proposal's Good Quality Health Coverage Employer Tax Credit

    02/07/2017 3:00:53 PM PST · by Brian Griffin · 20 replies
    Brian Griffin | 02/07/2017 | Brian Griffin
    Good Quality Health Coverage Employer Tax Credit [President Trump has promised to improve health coverage and lower employer tax burdens.] Employers who allow every qualified employee and normally on-site, employer-managed "contracted"/"self-employed" person with at least six months/$6,000 of employment to sign up for qualified care and drug coverage (in the following calendar year) may claim a tax credit of $3 against their federal corporate or personal income tax, but never both, for: 1. each qualified employee who received qualified care and drug coverage from the employer for a week and paid no more than $10 per week for it 2....
  • Giant Tumor Removed from Mississippi Man After 'Fat' Diagnosis

    02/07/2017 1:34:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The 130-pound tumor grew so massive that it hung to the floorA California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat. Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on Jan. 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning to Gulfport, Mississippi. Divided Senate Confirms DeVos as Education Secretary The tumor probably started as an ingrown hair that became infected, swelled and developed its own blood supply, Logan's surgeon, Dr. Vipul Dev, told the Bakersfield Californian.
  • This Man Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumour - Just Days After Being Told He Had Lung Cancer

    02/07/2017 1:20:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 7 FEB 2017 | MARK SMITH
    But Luke Harding has managed to focus his energy on raising money for other cancer patientsWhen Luke Harding began coughing up small amounts of blood, he initially thought he had bitten his tongue. But after a trip to his GP, followed by tests at his community hospital, he was diagnosed with the most severe form of lung cancer . Then just days after receiving the devastating news, doctors dealt him a further blow when a large tumour was discovered on his brain. But despite this, the 29-year-old has managed to focus his energy on raising money for other cancer patients...
  • FIGHT NIGHT! Cruz vs. Sanders, Feb 7 9:00 PM EST on CNN

    02/07/2017 9:38:31 AM PST · by GOP Congress · 49 replies
    Let's get ready to rumble!!!  EDIT: I was misinformed on the topic. They will be debating Obamacare, not climate change. Disregard earlier post if you read it.A year late, Ted Cruz is finally gonna get that one-on-one debate. Unfortunately, this isn't for the presidency, which would have been epic. But this one is not too bad. Cruz and Bernie Sanders will be debating Obamacare," and if anything, it many mean a lot of rational but not-fully-informed people will hear sound reasoning for a change. Jake Tapper and Dana Bash will be moderating this debate, and for once Cruz will have...
  • Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice... down to a whisper

    02/06/2017 2:22:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | February 6, 2017 | Provided by: Children's Hospital Boston
    Unaffected mice, at left, have sensory hair bundles organized in 'V' formations with three rows of cilia (bottom left). This orderly structure falls apart in the mutant mice (middle column), but is dramatically restored after gene therapy treatment. Credit: Gwenaelle Géléoc and Artur Indzkykulian ======================================================================================================================= In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children's research team reports restoring a much higher level of hearing—down to 25 decibels, the equivalent of a whisper—using an improved gene therapy vector developed at...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 2-6-17)

    02/06/2017 1:46:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 17 replies ^ | 2-6-17 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Doctors remove live cockroach from woman’s skull

    02/05/2017 3:54:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    WKRN ^ | 02/05/2017
    A woman in India woke up around midnight Tuesday with a strange sensation: she swore a bug had just crawled up her nose. That sensation quickly turned painful, so she asked her son-in-law to take her to the local clinic, the Deccan Chronicle reports. Several doctors told her it was nothing serious but the woman, identified only as Selvi, insisted something was crawling around. “I could not explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect."
  • No Tackling? Lawmaker Seeks Ultimate Answer to Football Hits

    02/05/2017 2:29:07 AM PST · by SMGFan · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 4, 2017
    Growing evidence of a link between football hits and brain injuries has led all 50 states to pass laws aimed at protecting young people from concussions, but a New York lawmaker wants to go even further — banning tackle football. "Football is the only major sport where on every single play, the objective is to violently hit the competition," said Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, whose measure would bar youth football leagues from allowing anyone 13 or younger to tackle. And while his bill has gained little support since the Bronx Democrat first introduced it four years ago, with some legislative colleagues...
  • Leeches and Maggots to the Rescue

    02/04/2017 4:53:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Jan 10, 2017 | John Lundy
    This is something you may not have given much thought to, but leeches have wonderful saliva. "Within the leech saliva there is a substance in there called hirudin," Jim Tomsche said. "And there's other things in their saliva as well ... which allows blood flow to expand or vessels to open up their blood supply and also has an anesthetic effect." If that news doesn't make your blood flow, it might some day when you need it the most. Medically used for bloodletting purposes for thousands of years, Hirudo medicinalis — the medicinal leech — is back on the job...
  • Iranian baby will be allowed into US for life-saving surgery

    02/03/2017 9:50:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies ^ | 02/04/2017
    Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital will perform the surgery at no cost. Last weekend, the baby girl’s family tried to enter the country with a tourist visa through Portland, Oregon. But they were abruptly turned back as natives of one of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens are banned under the president’s executive order. Private funds will cover travel costs for the infant and her family...
  • Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    02/03/2017 3:01:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 72 replies
    Japantoday ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NA
    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday. The reading means a person could die from even brief exposure, highlighting the difficulties ahead as the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. grope their way toward dismantling all three reactors that melted down in the March 2011 nuclear disaster. The plant operator also announced that based on an image analysis, a 1-square-meter hole has been found on a metal grating beneath the...
  • NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings

    02/03/2017 7:42:26 AM PST · by pa_dweller · 15 replies
    NASA ^ | 2/2/17 | Lori Keesey
    The team expects to complete the study by the end of September and publish its findings in a scientific, peer-reviewed journal. Should the study reveal a statistical correlation, team members said the results won’t necessarily imply a causal link. However, it would provide the first thorough research into this hypothesis and offer the first step toward determining if it’s correct.
  • 'There's no such thing as being addicted to plastic surgery': Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves [tr]

    02/03/2017 6:29:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2017 | Kate Thomas and Rebecca Davison
    He's earned the nickname of 'The Human Ken Doll' thanks to his quest to create the perfect face. And Rodrigo Alves has dismissed claims he's gone too far with extreme procedures, insisting during his appearance on Friday's installment of This Morning that he was free to stop at any time - even though he has no plans to. The surgery-loving star, 33, has just undergone his 50th surgery on his face, spending the past few weeks recovering after an SMAS facelift as well as neck and eye lifts.
  • Chewbacca Actor Helps Star Wars Fan Get Lifesaving Lung Transplant

    02/02/2017 10:01:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The force seemed to be with Kathlyn Chassey, who was so sick she almost died. She was born with cystic fibrosis, which can cause severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs. When Chassey’s lungs were shutting down, doctors in her home state of Texas put her on an artificial lung. But time was running out. “We were planning her funeral,” said Chassey’s mother, Julieann. The 24-year-old’s only hope was a lung transplant. But every hospital she approached in the Southwest turned her down because they said her case was too risky. “Everybody needs a chance, and I...
  • 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Norovirus, the Nasty Stomach Flu

    02/02/2017 9:46:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | JAN 30 2017 | Maggie Fox
    It's flu season, and people in most states are being hit with a double whammy of influenza and norovirus — the winter vomiting virus also commonly known as the stomach flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 2017 is shaping up to look like an average season for both viruses, which typically come to a peak between late January and March. Image: A close-up of a norovirus that is causing food poisoning. A close-up of a norovirus that is causing food poisoning. CDC Doctors often focus on warning patients about influenza, in part because it can be so...
  • WHO: No Zika vaccine before 2020

    02/02/2017 7:21:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 2 February 2017 08:51 CET+01:00 | AFP
    About 40 potential vaccines for the Zika virus are being tested, but none are likely to be available for women of childbearing age before 2020, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO director Margaret Chan said the virus, linked to deformations in babies’ heads and brains, remained “firmly entrenched” in large parts of the world. Although progress toward effective prevention has been made, with some drugs now in clinical trials, “a vaccine judged safe enough for use in women of childbearing age may not be fully licensed before 2020,” Chan said. …
  • Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

    02/02/2017 3:04:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2017
    It's tempting to keep the computer running late and promise yourself an extra 30 minutes of bed rest in the morning. It's tempting to do it again the next night, too. But sleep inevitably loses out to getting up early for school or work. There's a simple way to combat this: End all artificial lights at night for at least a weekend and drench your eyes in natural morning light, says Kenneth Wright, a professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and senior author on a study on resetting sleep cycles. The most straightforward way of doing...

    02/02/2017 2:57:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ABC13 ^ | 2/3 | Kevin Quinn
    Full interview with girl, before her death from cancer EMBED MORE NEWS VIDEOS She was just 15 years old and faced with her own mortality. It would have been easy for her to be focused on herself. Instead, Alyssa Ferguson made a selfless decision that would change hundreds, if not thousands of lives, for people she would never even meet. Two days after Alyssa turned 12 years old, she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Her mother Sandy Ferguson said, "She was good kid, a really good kid. And her heart was always for other people." Alyssa was straight "A"...