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  • Finalists named for $10m Star Trek 'tricorder' X Prize

    10/21/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    BBC News Technology blog ^ | August 27, 2014 | Edwin Lane, technology reporter
    The Star Trek tricorder diagnosed any illness at once.Ten finalists have been chosen in a $10m (Ł6m) competition to develop a real-life "tricorder" - the medical scanner used in the Star Trek series.The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, launched last year, challenges anyone to develop a wireless device capable of detecting a range of diseases. The technology employs sensors and imaging to measure vital signs and diagnose conditions non-invasively. X Prize officials said the technology was now "fact, not science fiction". The 10 finalists come from a range of backgrounds, including universities, medical device manufacturers and tech start-ups. One research team...
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
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  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says

    10/20/2014 10:36:46 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 32 replies
    Drugs.com, Journal of Clinical Investigation ^ | TUESDAY Oct. 14, 2014 | unknown
    Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says - TUESDAY Oct. 14, 2014: A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described the case of a woman who had a metal rod implanted to repair a broken ankle, and later developed...
  • Islamic Burial Rituals Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus in Africa

    10/17/2014 4:56:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10-17-14 | Paul Sperry
    Islam isn't just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola. Washington and its media stenographers won't tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can't contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa. Many of the victims of Ebola in the three hot-spot nations there — Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as neighboring Liberia — are Muslim. Roughly 73% of Sierra Leone's and about 85%...
  • Colombia cancels flights from West Africa because of Ebola

    10/16/2014 6:28:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Saludify ^ | 16 October 2014 | Hope Gillette
    Colombia is closing its borders down to people traveling from Ebola-affected countries. The Latin American nation announced the decision made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs despite the fact no Colombian Ebola cases have been reported. The border shut down doesn’t mean people can’t return to Colombia if they have been visiting West Africa; what it means is that strict detainment protocols will be enacted for individuals under suspicion of having contact with the virus. These restriction methods include an epidemiological questionnaire developed by the National Health Institues to be used by Colombian consulates during the visa application process, as...
  • Healthcare Workers Worldwide Revolt As Ebola Zeroes In

    10/16/2014 7:22:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The news that health workers fighting against the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are threatening to strike over long hours and unsanitary conditions should come as no surprise, given the high toll the healthcare community has had to pay for this virus.
  • Exercise, Routine and Life

    10/16/2014 4:25:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    While new and novel might be exciting, routine and habit can help create a structure and framework for success. From eating breakfast, brushing our teeth or exercising every day, much of our lives are driven by routine. This reliance on routine behavior can startle us when we are driving and find ourselves not at our planned destination, but at our routine destination. In my case, the power of routine was driven home last May, after my family moved. For weeks afterward, I would find myself driving to our old house rather than to our new home. Routine's influence goes beyond...
  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 1:55:41 AM PDT · by sunmars · 401 replies
    Just Breaking on News Wires now.
  • EDITORIAL: Nanny staters, swinging on the schoolyard

    10/14/2014 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2014 | The Washington Times
    <p>Going to school these days isn’t what it used to be. Kids are marched through metal detectors on the way to a disappointing lunch of arugula with a side of alfalfa sprouts. Now they’re ruining recess. Swings in Seattle are now forbidden.</p>
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I have no interest in adding to the rising level of fear-mongering and finger-pointing that we're reading, hearing, and seeing about Ebola. It is scary enough without a bunch of people running around like a character in an Edvard Munch painting. I just looked this up. According to webmd.com an outbreak"happens when a disease occurs in greater numbers than expected in a community or region or during a season." An epidemic "occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people. In 2003, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic took the lives of nearly 800 people worldwide." A pandemic...
  • Cost of informal caregiving associated with stroke among the elderly in the United States

    10/13/2014 10:44:05 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 7 replies
    Neurology ^ | 10/10/14 | Heesoo Joo, PhD, Diane O. Dunet, PhD, Jing Fang, MD and Guijing Wang, PhD
    Conclusions: Recent changes in public health and social support policies recognize the economic burden of informal caregiving. Our estimates reinforce the high economic burden of stroke in the United States and provide up-to-date information for policy development and decision-making.
  • WHO Says Ebola Is 'Most Severe Acute Health Emergency In Modern Times'

    10/13/2014 9:38:14 AM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-13-2014 | Leon Watson
    Leon WatsonOctober 13, 2014 The Ebola outbreak is the "most severe acute health emergency in modern times", the World Health Organisation has warned. The agency's director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved "the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency". She added that new cases of Ebola are now "rising exponentially" in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: "I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in...
  • Keep Ebola Out of America

    10/08/2014 6:55:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    As the Ebola infection rate and death toll continue to rise rapidly on the African continent, many of us have become complacent with the measures we have taken to protect Americans from this deadly disease. Other nations, such as England, have gone so far as to ban flights emanating from the affected regions of Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and various infectious-disease specialists have done a yeoman's job in their efforts to prevent infected individuals in our country from contaminating others. They have put excellent protocols in place that would virtually guarantee complete safety. Unfortunately, all of those valiant...
  • Ebola, Electronic Medical Records and Epic Systems

    10/08/2014 4:30:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    A Dallas hospital's bizarre bungle of the first U.S. case of Ebola leaves me wondering: Is someone covering up for a crony billionaire Obama donor and her controversy-plagued, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company? Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital revealed in a statement that a procedural flaw in its online health records system led to potentially deadly miscommunication between nurses and doctors. The facility sent Ebola victim Thomas Duncan home despite showing signs of the disease -- only to admit him with worse symptoms three days later. Hospital officials, who came forward "in the interest of transparency," initially cited workflow...
  • Obama: US Working on Protocols for Ebola Screening at Airports

    10/07/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 6, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration was working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola and would step up efforts to make medical professionals aware of what to do if they encounter a case. Obama made the disclosure after meeting top administration officials involved in attempting to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. After a series of missteps involving the handling of a man who arrived in Dallas from Liberia with Ebola, Obama said "we have learned lessons in terms of what happened in Dallas."
  • CDC Chief Frieden on Ebola: Sealing Borders 'Increases People's Distrust of Government'

    10/07/2014 7:44:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 6, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    On his blog on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), director Dr. Tom Frieden wrote that sealing borders, restricting travel to and from countries with widespread cases of Ebola, and otherwise isolating communities infected with the deadly disease “increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to co-operate to help stop the spread of Ebola.” Frieden added: I have been asked whether we should stop travel to Liberia. The answer is no: to keep Americans and people in non-affected countries safe, we must continue to work to support efforts to stop the spread of...
  • Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

    10/07/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by Signalman · 32 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/7/2014 | Katy Lobosco
    Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week, Wal-Mart said Tuesday. It impacts 2% of the company's U.S. workforce. More of Wal-Mart's employees signed up for health benefits this year than the company expected, which boosted the company's costs.. Obamacare requires everyone to have coverage, which has prompted people to compare plans available to them at work with plans offered on government exchanges. The cheapest and most popular Wal-Mart plan currently costs employees as little as...
  • Male Ebola survivors told: Use a condom

    10/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 7, 2014 1:01pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Sex could keep the Ebola epidemic alive even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declares an area free of the disease, one of the discoverers of the deadly virus said on Tuesday. The WHO is hoping to announce later this week that Nigeria and Senegal are free of Ebola after 42 days with no infections -- the standard period for declaring an outbreak over, twice the maximum 21-day incubation period of the virus. However, it appears the disease can last much longer in semen. "In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70...
  • What Ebola Has Revealed About Us

    10/06/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Welcome to Dallas, where we begin the week wondering whether our Ebola Patient Zero will die, and whether others among our neighbors will then follow due to various failures in systems that should keep us safe. Last week was an exercise in reverse psychological physics. The more officials at every level told us to shut up and calm down, the more we felt like yanking our kids out of school or packing up the family for a month in the mountains. This is not a complete collapse of faith in our institutions; it is a bad moment in history for...
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority bans smoking in 5 apartment buildings

    10/04/2014 3:46:52 PM PDT · by Drango · 98 replies
    Trib ^ | Oct 3rd '14 | Aaron Aupperlee
    When it snows, Albert Smith dreads having to put on a couple of coats and sit in his car in the parking lot of the West Mifflin Manor apartment complex to smoke a cigarette. But after the Allegheny County Housing Authority banned smoking inside his building this week, he fears that's what he'll have to do. “I'm not on board,” said Smith, 72, a smoker since he was 15 who sat outside the subsidized apartment complex with a pack of Pall Malls in his shirt pocket and a smoke-free sign tacked to the wall behind him. “I pay $400 a...
  • 'Mystery Illness' Striking Kids Across the Country

    10/03/2014 9:27:50 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10/3/14 | Warner Todd Huston
    While most folks have had their eyes diverted by the Ebola scare, another illness is hitting hundreds of kids especially hard this year. Some have become paralyzed by the illness, and others have died. Calling it the "mystery illness," doctors say it is a strain of viruses called Enterovirus 68, and it has hit kids from California to the East Coast. First diagnosed in the U.S. in 1962, the virus has been rare here. But this year it has exploded for unknown reasons. As Breitbart News reported, since mid-September, more and more cases of this mysterious respiratory illness have broken...
  • the following schools maybe affected by #ebola

    10/01/2014 9:05:58 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 28 replies
    The Dan Cofall show ^ | 10/01/2014 | Dan Cofall Show
    *****BREAKING NEWS***** THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS MAYBE AFFECTED BY ‪#‎EBOLA‬ Hotchkiss ES Dan D. Rogers ES Tasby MS Conrad HS Jack Lowe ES For the latest information follow us on Twitter @DanCofall
  • USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

    09/30/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods. The department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making the funding available to help those enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans. "Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday as he announced the new funding. "Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families' health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country,...
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas monitoring patient for possible Ebola

    09/29/2014 7:54:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/29/14 | Claire Cardona
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas is carefully evaluating a patient who may have Ebola Virus Disease. Based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history, the patient has been admitted into “strict isolation,” said spokeswoman Candace White in a prepared statement. Preliminary test results are expected Tuesday. The hospital is following Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Heath recommendations to ensure the safety of patients, staff, volunteers, physicians and visitors, White said. In August, Dr. Kent Brantly, a Fort Worth doctor who contracted Ebola while working as an aid worker in Africa,
  • Condoms for a Cause

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    The Grommet ^ | 9-29-14
    "Lack of condoms is a global problem, and Sir Richard's was founded by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers who are committed to combatting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. They’re vegan-certified, and the silicone-based lubricant doesn’t contain any spermicide, parabens, or glycerin."
  • Obama: ‘Everyone has to do more’ to stop Ebola

    09/26/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 25, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned world leaders at the United Nations Thursday that the international response to the Ebola crisis is "not enough," urging them to step up their efforts. "We know from experience that the response to an outbreak of this magnitude needs to be both fast and sustained — like a marathon, but run at the pace of a sprint," Obama said. "That’s only possible if every nation and every organization does its part. And everyone has to do more." Last week, the president announced the U.S. was sending 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to respond to the crisis,...
  • State Farm dumps pitchman Rob Schneider over anti-vaccine views

    09/26/2014 10:05:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.latimes.com ^ | By Meredith Blake
    ob Schneider has learned the hard way that there's no way to inoculate yourself against an Internet backlash. State Farm Insurance has dropped an ad campaign featuring the "Deuce Bigalow" star in a reprisal of his "Richmeister" character -- a.k.a. the "making copies" guy -- from "Saturday Night Live." The decision stems not from an objection to rehashed humor from the mid-'90s, but to Schneider's outspoken stance against childhood vaccines. Along with former "View" co-host Jenny McCarthy, Schneider, who has lately been busy trying to revive his career with a spec sitcom, has been one of the most vocal celebrity...
  • Upsetting the coffee cart: Federal regulations limit curriculum along with choices

    09/25/2014 7:52:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Marietta Daily Journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | Hilary Butschek
    MARIETTA — Federal food regulations going into effect this school year are affecting certain teachers’ lesson plans as well as the lunchroom menu. Limits on the calorie counts of foods that may be sold to students have interfered with the special education and culinary arts programs at Marietta High School, said Principal Leigh Colburn. The special education students sold coffee and food such as muffins to teachers and students every morning last year, but Colburn said the calorie counts of those items fall outside the new regulations because they’re more than 200 calories, which is the limit for a snack...
  • Old and In the Way?

    09/25/2014 9:09:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Normally, no one would care that in a recent Atlantic essay -- "Why I hope to die at 75"-- 57-year-old Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel argued that living to be 75 years old was long enough for anyone. After 75, Emanuel suggests, "We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic. But Emanuel is no garden-variety crackpot. Nor is he a wannabe science-fiction writer dreaming of a centrally planned planet of robust youthful humanoids. Unfortunately, he was one of the chief architects of the troubled Affordable Care Act and a key medical advisor to the Obama...
  • House Committee Sitting on Bill That Would Let Qualified Nurses Write Prescriptions

    09/23/2014 8:36:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/21/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan’s medical community is split over legislation that would give nurses with advanced training the authority to prescribe some medications. Essentially, physician groups are working to prevent nurses from gaining responsibilities that are currently reserved only for doctors. Senate Bill 2 would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Michigan to write prescriptions for patients without physician approval. This new authority would be limited to the particular nurse's scope of practice. Michigan is one of 21 states that do not recognize APRNs. In 16 states and Washington, D.C., these nurses are allowed to practice autonomously with regard to providing diagnosis...
  • Doctors: 'Irresponsible' to send troops to 'combat' Ebola

    09/20/2014 8:35:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 187 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    A real-life horror story is playing out in Africa as Ebola spreads, and President Obama’s decision to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to combat the virus could very well put Americans at risk of contracting the deadly illness at home, some health experts say. According to the World Health Organization, at least 4,985 people have contracted Ebola and at least 2,461 have died. Several doctors have fallen ill with Ebola, and two of them have died. New reports indicate a Doctors Without Borders staff member has contracted the virus in Liberia and will be evacuated to France for treatment. “You...
  • 46 percent of doctors give Obamacare a 'D' or 'F'

    09/18/2014 2:36:49 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/17/14 | By Philip Klein
    Forty-six percent of doctors give President Obama's healthcare law a "D" or an "F,"... The findings come from a survey that was emailed to "virtually every physician in the United States with an email address on record with the American Medical Association" this March through June as the law's major provisions were taking effect, and received more than 20,000 responses from doctors. In their comments that were included (but kept anonymous) in the report, a number of doctors complained about the vast amount of bureaucracy that has been added to the medical profession. "Get government OUT of healthcare," one doctor...
  • Missouri, Alabama schools drop Michelle O’s lunch program

    09/17/2014 9:06:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | Victor Skinner
    CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – New federal school food regulations promoted by First Lady Michelle Obama are becoming a massive headache for many schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. And many, like Missouri’s Notre Dame Regional and Saxony Lutheran high schools, are taking matters into their own hands. Those schools and numerous others across the country are ditching the federal regulations and the funding that comes with them to save their cafeteria programs, which have experienced a nose-dive in sales and skyrocketing waste since the new rules were implemented in 2012. At Notre Dame, school officials turned to...
  • Emanuel socks city retirees with 40 percent health insurance hike ( Chicago )

    09/13/2014 11:09:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 09/12/2014 | Fran Spielman
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday dropped another financial bombshell on Chicago’s 25,000 retired city workers and their dependents: their monthly health insurance premiums will be going up by a whopping 40 percent — in spite of a pending lawsuit and a precedent-setting Illinois Supreme Court ruling. Last year, Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare. For the city, the Year One savings was $25 million. For retirees, that translated into an increase in monthly health insurance premiums...
  • Poll: GOP parents also back federal school nutrition standards

    09/09/2014 9:22:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 8, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    An overwhelming majority of parents — including most Republicans — back federal school nutrition standards, a new poll found. The findings released Monday by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association stand in stark contrast to a partisan spat in Congress over the Agriculture Department’s regulations. More than seven in ten parents back national standards for both snacks and meals in schools. The poll found that 75 percent of parents believe salt should be limited in meals and 91 percent support requirements that schools include a serving of fruits. When broken down along...
  • Ebola spread exponential in Liberia, thousands of cases expected in Sept - WHO

    09/08/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by Raebie · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 8, 2014 | Reuters
    GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. In a statement, the WHO said that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are "a hot source of potential virus transmission" in Liberia where conventional Ebola control interventions "are not having an adequate impact". The United Nations agency said that aid partners need to scale-up current efforts against Ebola by three-to-four fold in Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa. In Liberia it had killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases,...
  • Hundreds tested for TB in Lynn

    09/09/2014 9:28:57 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 60 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 9, 2014 | AP via Boston Herald
    LYNN, Mass. — More than 30 Lynn Community Health Center employees and 800 patients are being tested to determine if they were exposed to tuberculosis after center doctors confirmed a case.
  • The Truth We Won’t Admit: Drinking Is Healthy

    09/08/2014 8:50:36 AM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 87 replies
    http://www.psmag.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Stanton Peele
    The U.S. public health establishment buries overwhelming evidence that abstinence is a cause of heart disease and early death. People deserve to know that alcohol gives most of us a higher life expectancy—even if consumed above recommended limits.
  • Could taxing packaged foods reduce obesity?

    09/07/2014 3:57:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 87 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 5, 2014 | Christopher Wanjek
    If most foods created by the food industry are unhealthy, why not place a stiff tax on all of them and use the revenue to subsidize healthier food? This bold proposal, from Boston-area researchers, appears as commentary in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers from Tufts University, Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital wrote that their plan would surely meet strong opposition from both the food and restaurant industries but that it could help people make meaningful dietary changes and substantially reduce health care costs. At issue is the higher cost of...
  • School District Trying New Lunch Menu Without Federal Guidelines

    09/07/2014 3:48:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | September 3, 2014 | Susanna Song
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The state’s second largest school district has started the school year with a new look for its lunch menu, after opting out of the National School Lunch Program and forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding, to gain more freedom in the food it serves students. In May, the board for Township High School District 214 voted to drop out of the federal program, after deciding its guidelines were too restrictive. For instance, kids would not have been able to buy hard-boiled eggs or certain types of yogurt. School officials also have noted new guidelines consider hummus...
  • Respiratory virus suspected in Midwest children’s hospitalizations

    09/06/2014 5:08:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    fox4kc.com ^ | 04:14pm, September 6, 2014
    The virus causes symptoms like a cold, except worse, and is prompting up to 30 children a day to seek care at one Kansas City hospital, where about 15% of the youngsters were placed in intensive care, officials said. In a sign of a possible regional outbreak, Colorado, Illinois and Ohio are reporting cases with symptoms similar to the same virus and are awaiting testing results, according to officials and CNN affiliates in those states. In Kansas City, about 450 children were recently treated at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and at least 60 of them received intensive hospitalization, spokesman Jake Jacobson...
  • Sierra Leone to enter ‘lockdown’ as Ebola death toll tops 2,000

    09/06/2014 10:13:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    RT ^ | September 06, 2014 04:31
    Beginning September 18, the nation will prohibit residents from leaving their homes for four days, with the hopes that health officials will be able to detect early-stage cases, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, a presidential advisor in Sierra Leone, told Reuters. “The aggressive approach is necessary to deal with the spread of Ebola once and for all,” he said. Unfortunately, the news was accompanied by worsening statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), which announced on Friday that out of the roughly 4,000 people that have been confirmed to have the virus, 2,105 people have died in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and...
  • U.S. Forest Service Issues Recommendations For Making Smores

    09/05/2014 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    The U.S. Forest Service celebrated National Roasted Marshmallow Day the only way a government agency knows how — by telling people how not to roast smores.“Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place,” the jovial blog post says. “Be sure you are at least 15 feet from tent walls, trees or other flammable objects.” It also recommends keeping children at least 10 feet from the campfire, ensuring that they take no part in dangerous marshmallow melting.Once minors have been safely sequestered out of sight, “let’s get to the marshmallow basics. Use a roasting stick of at least...
  • Be Bold Road Trip abortion bus rolls into Boston’s Copley Square

    09/04/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Metro (New York) ^ | September 4, 2014 | Morgan Rousseau
    Pro-choice activists concerned over women’s rights to safe reproductive health pulled into Copley Square Wednesday as part of a national bus tour calling for a lift of bans that deny abortion coverage for low-income women. Since kicking off the 10,000-mile Be Bold Road Trip in Los Angeles, C.A. on Aug. 9 the tour has hit up Portland, O.R., Minneapolis, M.N, and Chicago, I.L., before parking Boston.
  • Camel Milk: The Next Generation of Dairy?

    09/04/2014 1:42:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Nutritional Outlook Magazine ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jennifer Grebow
    If cow’s milk is the Gen X of dairy, and soy milk the Gen Y, then camel milk may very well be Gen Z. As of this January, U.S. shoppers can buy the country’s first retail camel milk at market. The brand, Desert Farms, is now sold in Whole Foods Market stores in California, as well as through the company’s website. One of the first things shoppers might notice about camel milk is the price. At approximately $18/pint, camel milk is far from cheap. But, according to founder Walid Abdul-Wahab, camel milk’s benefits may be well worth the cost—especially to...