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  • USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

    09/30/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 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 · 56 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...
  • No more smokes at CVS

    09/04/2014 11:32:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 3, 2014 | Aaron Smith
    CVS Caremark has followed through with its long-promised cigarette ban, as the tobacco-free pharmacy chain officially changed its name to CVS Health. "The sale of cigarettes and tobacco at CVS pharmacy stores ends today," said Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS, in a video statement on the company web site. "By eliminating the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products in our stores, we can make a difference in the health of all Americans." CVS (CVS) stopped selling cigarettes nearly a month earlier than expected, since the chain had previously announced the ban would go into effect by Oct. 1.
  • CVS changes name, stops tobacco sales a month early

    09/03/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 49 replies
    AP ^ | September 3, 2014
    As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned. CVS Caremark will now be known as CVS Health. The signs on its roughly 7,700 drugstores won't change, so the tweak may not register with shoppers.
  • African-Americans may be getting inferior breastfeeding advice

    08/30/2014 7:10:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 29, 2014 | Ronnie Cohen
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows. Breastfeeding provides well-documented health benefits to infants and their mothers. But African-American women are about 16 percent less likely to nurse their newborns than white women, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • A 10-Year Prediction for the Affordable Care Act: Number of uninsured Americans may increase by 10%

    08/29/2014 2:09:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | 08/29/2014 | MICHAEL RAMLET
    The Affordable Care Act cannot be broken down into sound bites. This holds true for both its most ardent supporters and its most fervent opponents. The law is simply too complex to be labeled either a total failure or a smashing success. But that doesn't mean it isn't trending in one of those two directions. Across the country, individuals and families are beginning to learn whether their insurance premiums will change for 2015—early estimates indicate an overall national increase of 7.5 percent, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analysis. That's what is expected despite the early promise that the ACA would lower...
  • Scientists find secret of reversing bad memories

    08/28/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 6:00PM BST 27 Aug 2014 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
    Bad memories could be reversed after scientists discovered the part of the brain which links emotions to past events Bad memories of past trauma can leave people emotionally scarred for life. But now neuroscientists believe they can erase feelings of fear or anxiety attached to stressful events, in a breakthrough which could help treat depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers at MIT, US, have discovered which brain circuits attach emotions to memories, and crucially, how to reverse the link. They managed to ‘switch off’ feelings of fear in mice which had been conditioned to feel anxious. It is likely the...
  • American Heart Association presses for strict federal controls on e-cigarettes

    08/26/2014 12:05:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 26, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The American Heart Association says e-cigarettes are dangerous gateway products that cause nicotine addiction and should be subject to strict federal controls for minor-aged use. The group published its statement into the journal Circulation. Among its views: Ban e-cigarettes for minors, tightly regulate the product’s marketing and ban vapors that have flavors because they entice youngsters to try the product, Medical News Today reported.
  • Now Michelle Obama Has Caused America’s ‘Best Cafeteria Cookie’ To Be Outlawed

    08/24/2014 12:11:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 23, 2014 | Eric Owens
    An eruption of aggravation about what American schoolchildren can no longer eat in school cafeterias is never far away in the Obama era.Now, thanks to federal intervention that first lady Michelle has made her signature issue, students in all 11 taxpayer-funded public schools in Elyria, Ohio cannot enjoy the famous Elyria pink cookie anymore.This cookie is no ordinary cookie, according to The Chronicle-Telegram, the Cleveland suburb’s local newspaper.It’s a velvety, cake-like, scrumptious delicacy glazed with a huge dollop of sugary pink icing. Cleveland magazine dubbed the Elyria pink cookie the “Best Cafeteria Cookie” in 2009. Locals will even call up...
  • Arrest warrant issued for Santa Barbara tuberculosis patient

    08/24/2014 5:16:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    la times ^ | 8-22-2014 | VERONICA ROCHA
    <p>Agustin Zeferino, 24, received "extensive" information and medication for his illness, but he discontinued his treatment, public health officials said.</p>
  • Half of all New Mexicans now on Medicaid and Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:47:02 AM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Aug 22, 2014 | Dennis Domrzalski
    Since October, 155,000 New Mexico residents have joined the state’s Medicaid rolls, pushing total enrollment to more than 630,000, or nearly a third of the state’s population. On top of that, 410,000 New Mexicans are enrolled in Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Together, total enrollment in those two federal programs are more than 1 million, or half of the state’s 2.1 million population. ... “It’s shocking, and when you add that to the outmigration of people and the lack of economic growth, it’s almost an incentive to stay poor,” said retired University of New Mexico economics...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Patient at Sacramento hospital may have Ebola

    08/19/2014 8:23:09 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 121 replies
    dailymail ^ | 19 August 2014 | Zoe Szathmary for MailOnline
    A Sacramento hospital announced Tuesday that one of its patients may have Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center said in a release the patient is isolated. The hospital's Dr. Stephen Parodi said in the release 'We are working with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health regarding a patient admitted to the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be testing blood samples to rule out the presence of the virus.
  • First study shows inhaled bacteria in your shower could trigger Crohn's disease

    08/19/2014 3:30:59 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 4 replies
    EmaxHealth.com ^ | 2014-08-16 | Kathleen Blanchard
    ISIS has posted a video, claiming that they have beheaded American journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire. They say that he was beheaded by the terror group in order to dissuade the United States from its involvement in Iraq. Foley has been missing since 2012. A Middle Eastern radio station’s reporter, Zaid Benjamin, has posted pictures to Twitter. Reportedly, the photos are from the video that ISIS posted. Zaid Benjamin, the Washington correspondent for Radio Sawa, said that the location of the beheading is unknown, but he did say that he thought the accent of the man in the...
  • Ebola cases in West Africa rise to 2,240, with 1,229 dead; quarantine victims to get food

    08/19/2014 12:02:49 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries, including Nigeria. While Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and No. 1 oil producer, appears to be containing its smaller outbreak, Liberia and Sierra Leone are struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus among their populations. On Friday, these small two West African nations and a medical charity chided the WHO for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger.
  • WHO: Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

    08/17/2014 10:40:30 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    World Health Organization ^ | Aug 13, 2014 (current) | World Health Organization staff
    From the HOME PAGE of the World Health Organization website (http://www.who.int/en/): The World Health Organization (WHO) today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low... WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries...
  • Nigerian who died in UAE may have shown signs consistent with Ebola

    08/17/2014 3:46:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 8-18-2014 | Reuters
    A Nigerian woman with cancer who died in the Emirati capital had shown signs “that may be consistent with Ebola,” the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi said on Sunday. The 35-year-old woman was travelling to India from Nigeria via Abu Dhabi to seek treatment for advanced cancer when her health deteriorated during her time in transit at Abu Dhabi’s airport, the authority said in a statement according to the state WAM news agency. “It was noted at the time of resuscitation that she had shown signs that may be consistent with Ebola virus infection, although her existing medical condition provided...
  • Ebola patients flee armed attack on Liberian isolation ward

    08/17/2014 7:29:39 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 90 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 August 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    Armed men attacked an Ebola isolation ward in the Liberian capital Monrovia overnight, prompting 29 patients to flee the facility, witnesses said Sunday. 'They broke down the doors and looted the place. The patients all fled,' said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the attack and whose report was confirmed by residents and the head of Health Workers Association of Liberian, George Williams. Meanwhile, a Nigerian man was today at the centre of an Ebola health scare on the Spanish Costas, which contains an estimated British population of more than 82,000.
  • Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts

    08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad
    A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices. The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning...
  • Evidence suggests Ebola toll vastly underestimated: WHO

    08/14/2014 5:31:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Saliou Samb
    Staff with the World Health Organisation battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday. The death toll from the world's worst outbreak of Ebola stood on Wednesday at 1,069 from 1,975 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, the agency said. The majority were in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while four people have died in Nigeria. The agency's apparent acknowledgement the situation is worse than previously thought could spur governments and aid organisations to take stronger measures...
  • Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine: How does it work?

    08/14/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    www.ctvnews.ca ^ | Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:56PM EDT | Marlene Leung, CTVNews.ca
    The Public Health Agency of Canada and the federal government have shared more details about an experimental Ebola vaccine that will be donated to help fight the current outbreak in West Africa. Dr. Gary Kobinger, chief of special pathogens at the agency, and Heritage Minister Shelly Glover shared more information about the VSV-EBOV vaccine at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Here's what we know so far about the made-in-Canada vaccine. How many doses will be sent? Canada will be donating between 800 to 1,000 doses of the vaccine. A small amount of the vaccine will remain behind, in the event...
  • Low-Salt Diets Shown to Pose Health Risks

    08/13/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Ron Winslow
    The new study, which tracked more than 100,000 people from 17 countries over an average of more than three years, found that those who consumed fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium a day had a 27% higher risk of death or a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke in that period than those whose intake was estimated at 3,000 to 6,000 milligrams. Risk of death or other major events increased with intake above 6,000 milligrams. Last year, a report from the Institute of Medicine, which advises Congress on health issues, didn't find evidence that cutting sodium intake...
  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/13/2014 12:47:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | August 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Some 500 former military leaders are deploying to Capitol Hill in an attempt to save Michelle Obama’s changes to the National School Lunch Program. Politico reports:
  • Pioneering new injection to cure heart failure without need for major surgery

    08/11/2014 11:13:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients - and could even consign heart transplants to history. Researchers hope to increase levels of SERCA2a, a protein in heart muscle cells that plays an important role in heart muscle contraction The technique, which involves a simple injection, could aid the recovery of hundreds of thousands of heart failure patients. Heart transplants could even be consigned to history thanks to a trial by Imperial College, London, which aims to show for the first time that gene therapy could repair failing organs....
  • Feds Bend CDC Rules for Sick Illegal Immigrants

    08/08/2014 12:29:34 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 21 replies
    August 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas Individuals and families immigrating to the U.S. legally are required to pay for and undergo medical examinations by approved physicians; those who are deemed as having "inadmissible health-related conditions" are not allowed into the country. But the same standards are not applied to illegal immigrants, many of whom remain in the U.S. despite testing positive for diseases that would prevent law-abiding migrants from entering. ...tens of thousands of Central Americans entering the U.S. illegally. Some ...individuals have tested positive for illnesses including tuberculosis, chicken pox, and other viruses...most of them are not immediately deported. .. they stay and...
  • McDonald's July sales fell more than expected

    08/08/2014 9:57:08 AM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 88 replies
    Drudge Report/CNBC ^ | August 08,2014 | CNBC.com staff | @CNBC
    McDonald's on Friday reported July sales results that were much worse than analysts had expected. The dismal results prompted Janney Capital Markets to lower its estimates for the fast-food giant. Its analysts said the results "were the worst worldwide month in the last 10 years, once trading-day adjustments are taken into account."
  • How does a President sleep?

    08/07/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by jyro · 56 replies
    When I have problems, I have trouble falling asleep. Unless I have a pain, I take nothing, even then it's a aspirin or Tylenol PM. I can't imagine how the current president of the USA or any past President gets sleep with all the problems they have to think about.
  • Blumenthal, DeLauro: FDA Needs 'Accurate' Nutrition Labels--For Pot-Laced Food

    08/06/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - When asked if marijuana-infused food products should require federal labeling, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers want accurate information “to make smart choices”. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t enforce federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused food products that are available in the few states where marijuana has been legalized.During a conference call with lawmakers on FDA food labeling on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked: “Given that the FDA currently doesn’t enforce any federal food safety standards on marijuana-infused foods and with a lot of states obviously changing their marijuana laws  -do you think they should require nutritional...
  • Special Tanker w/ Water Canons Deployed in India to Stop Problem of Rampant Public Urination...

    08/06/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This one really takes the (urinal?) cake... I myself have spent a bit of time in Europe, and one thing that strikes you as disgusting is the taking-a-leak in public thing- particularly bad the farther East you go (Czech Republic comes to mind). And it's not just drunks at 3am -though there's never any shortage of that- but the carefree, utterly shameless roadside drainage -in broad daylight, as minivans full of families motor by- you even see on the side of the freeway (and not in any woods/weeds or anything, either). But from what I've heard, India is a whole...
  • Saudi suspected of Ebola in Jeddah has died.

    08/06/2014 5:33:37 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 70 replies
    Skynews ^ | 08/06/14 | staff
    Saudi Health Ministry confirms a Saudi man suspected of having the #ebola virus has died in a hospital in Jeddah