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  • Memorial Day cookouts cost more this year as price of one BBQ staple jumps a staggering 50 percent in one year

    05/24/2024 11:28:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/24/24 | Jasmine Baehr
    Your Memorial Day barbecue will cost upward of 10 percent more than it did this time last year according to Datasembly. Datasembly follows the cost of groceries across the country every week. Its recently released data points to this year's Memorial Day festivities costing the average American family about $30.18 or 10.19% more than 2023. Here is a breakdown of Memorial Day cookout costs, according to Datasembly: Burgers jumped from $7.04 in 2023 to $8.07 in 2024, or a change of 14.63% in cost. Hamburger buns cost two cents more, from $3.04 on average to $3.06. Ketchup costs 10 cents...
  • Why Vaccine Stocks Rallied This Week: This week's detection of avian bird flu in a second U.S. citizen are spurring fears of an outbreak

    05/24/2024 9:15:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    AOL via Motley Fool ^ | 05/24/2024 | BILLY DUBERSTEIN
    Shares of vaccine stocks Moderna (NASDAQ: MRNA), Novavax (NASDAQ: NVAX), and BioNTech SE (NASDAQ: BNTX) rallied this week, appreciating 23.4%, 16.4%, and 9.3%, respectively, through Thursday trading, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. While these three stocks gained notoriety back in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears this week's detection of avian bird flu in a second U.S. citizen and the first-ever detection of avian flu in a human in Australia are spurring fears of an outbreak and thus a possible boon for companies that can quickly produce a bird flu vaccine. Bird flu detected in Michigan...
  • Bitter substances make the stomach acidic: How bitter food constituents influence gastric acid production

    05/24/2024 7:10:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 6 replies
    In the stomach, parietal cells are responsible for acid production. They react not only to the body's own messenger molecules, but also to bitter-tasting food constituents such as caffeine. A research team has now carried out a study on a human gastric cell line. Their results help to clarify the molecular regulatory mechanisms by which bitter substances influence gastric acid production. It is known that taste receptors for bitter substances are not only found on the tongue, but also on the surface of other tissues and cells. These include the parietal cells of the stomach, which secrete protons into the...
  • How Does One Find Private Genetic Testing.

    05/24/2024 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 30 replies
    chickensoup | chickensoup
    How Does One Find Private Genetic Testing. I am looking for private genetic testing and if needed counseling related to family history of dementia. How does one find this sort of thing.. not interested in getting primary involved.
  • New blood test could help spot preeclampsia in first trimester (Labcorp test available now)

    05/24/2024 11:46:38 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 7 replies
    Medical Xpress / HealthDay ^ | May 15, 2024 | Robin Foster
    Preeclampsia can be a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, but a new blood test can help predict a woman's risk for the condition while she is in her first trimester, the test's maker said Wednesday. It's the first test that can be used between 11 and 14 weeks gestation to determine the risk of preeclampsia before 34 weeks of pregnancy, Labcorp said in a news release announcing the launch of the test. Roughly one in 25 U.S. pregnancies is affected by preeclampsia, which poses an even greater risk for Black women, who experience the condition at a 60% higher rate than...
  • Dear Doctor: Shingles outbreak happens due to immune system failure, not because of exposure

    05/24/2024 11:40:56 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 36 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 5/16/24 | Dr. Keith Roach
    DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 70. I got my shingles vaccination in 2018. I took two doses of the Shingrix vaccine. I was invited to dinner at someone’s house where someone just got shingles. Am I still protected? -- S.C. ANSWER: About 99% of North Americans are immune to the varicella-zoster virus that causes chicken pox and shingles, either because they had it as a child or because they got the vaccine. Exposure to the virus, whether it was due to chicken pox or shingles, can cause chicken pox in a person who does not have immunity.
  • Research finds exercise has a significant impact on immune cells that support brain function

    05/24/2024 11:24:16 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 10 replies
    Medical Xpress / Wiley / Aging Cell ^ | May 15, 2024 | Jana Vukovic, Ph.D. et al
    New research provides insights into how exercise may help to prevent or slow cognitive decline during aging. For the study, investigators assessed the expression of genes in individual cells in the brains of mice. The team found that exercise has a significant impact on gene expression in microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system that support brain function. Specifically, the group found that exercise reverts the gene expression patterns of aged microglia to patterns seen in young microglia. Treatments that depleted microglia revealed that these cells are required for the stimulatory effects of exercise on the formation of...
  • Acetaminophen shows promise in warding off acute respiratory distress syndrome, organ injury in patients with sepsis (High cell-free hemoglobin test level shows benefit)

    05/24/2024 10:07:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 10 replies
    A clinical trial has found that intravenous acetaminophen reduced sepsis patients' risk of having organ injury or developing acute respiratory distress syndrome. Sepsis is the body's uncontrolled and extreme response to an infection. The researchers found that acetaminophen gave the greatest benefit to the patients most at risk for organ damage. With the therapy, those patients needed less assisted ventilation. Limited research has suggested that acetaminophen might work better for patients with the most severe sepsis—those with higher levels of cell-free hemoglobin. To test the therapeutic potential of acetaminophen more fully in a mid-stage clinical trial, researchers enrolled 447 adults...
  • Study shows vicious cycle of protein clumping in Alzheimer's disease and normal aging (Urolithin A addresses mitochondrial dysfunction)

    05/24/2024 9:40:41 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 7 replies
    It has long been known that a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, and most other neurodegenerative diseases, is the clumping together of insoluble protein aggregates in the brain. During normal disease-free aging, there is also an accumulation of insoluble proteins. Researchers have recently completed a systematic study in worms that paints an intricate picture of the connections between insoluble proteins in neurodegenerative diseases and aging. Furthermore, the work demonstrated an intervention that could reverse the toxic effects of the aggregates by boosting mitochondrial health. "Our study shows how maintaining healthy mitochondria can combat protein clumping linked to both aging and Alzheimer's,"...
  • When I Went To The Doctor For Kidney Stones, She Cared More About Pronouns Than Patient Care

    05/24/2024 9:16:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/24/2024 | Christopher Jacobs
    When I woke one recent morning to severe pain from a bout of kidney stones, I knew I had an excruciating day ahead of me. I didn’t realize how excruciating until I arrived at George Washington University Hospital’s emergency room where one of the ER’s resident physicians greeted me wearing a pin: “Ask Me About My Pronouns.” The remainder of my morning became a real-life demonstration of how woke physicians prioritize ideology over patient care. The bloodwork taken upon my arrival showed a high white blood cell count, and during my stay, I complained of pain in both my kidneys....
  • Study finds antioxidant dietary supplement may help counter systemic sclerosis

    Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's immune system attacks healthy cells instead of protecting them. Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is one such autoimmune condition characterized by faulty circulatory and immune systems, leading to the occurrence of fibrosis (hardening and scarring of healthy tissue) of the skin and internal organs. Countering oxidative stress using antioxidant compounds, is therefore, being increasingly explored as a therapeutic strategy. To this end, a team of researchers has investigated the effectiveness of Twendee X (TwX)—a dietary supplement comprising of a combination of eight active antioxidants—in reducing oxidative stress in SSc mouse models. Prof. Inufusa says, "Studies have...
  • Adults who undergo trans surgeries are at 12 times higher risk of attempting suicide: report

    05/24/2024 8:59:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/24/2024 | Samantha Kamman
    Trans-identifying adults who underwent body-mutilating surgeries as part of an effort to look like the opposite sex had an elevated suicide attempt risk, according to a recent study.The study, titled “Risk of Suicide and Self-Harm Following Gender-Affirmation Surgery,” was published in April in the medical science journal Cureus. Researchers conducted the study by assessing over 90 million adults aged 18 to 60. According to the study, individuals who underwent “gender-affirming surgery” had a 12-fold higher suicide attempt risk than those who did not. The researchers found that 3.5% of people who had an elective trans surgery were treated for attempting...
  • Study shows aerobic exercise performed in the evening benefits elderly hypertensives more than morning exercise

    05/24/2024 8:45:45 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 5 replies
    Medical Xpress / FAPESP / The Journal of Physiology ^ | May 17, 2024 | Maria Fernanda Ziegler / Leandro C. Brito et al
    Aerobic training is known to regulate blood pressure more effectively when practiced in the evening than in the morning. Researchers who conducted a study of elderly patients concluded that evening exercise is better for blood pressure regulation thanks to improved cardiovascular control by the autonomic nervous system via a mechanism known as baroreflex sensitivity. "There are multiple mechanisms to regulate blood pressure, and although morning training was beneficial, only evening training improved short-term control of blood pressure by enhancing baroreflex sensitivity. This is important because baroreflex control has a positive effect on blood pressure regulation, and there aren't any medications...

    05/24/2024 7:49:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 24, 2024 | Staff
    Founded in 2020 by National Day Calendar® and Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille in Florida. NATIONAL YUCATÁN SHRIMP DAY | MAY 24 National Yucatán Shrimp Day on May 24th celebrates a dish exploding with flavor. Plump, peel-and-eat shrimp are the centerpiece of this dish, and the flavors remind diners of the sunny summer evenings. #YucatanShrimpDay Shrimp lovers shouldn't miss out on a dish like this. While the Yucatán Peninsula is further south on the Gulf of Mexico, this recipe hails from the waters along Florida's coast. The garlic, butter, and special sauce give it a kick that keeps diners...
  • Survey: 60% of teachers are afraid to go to school

    05/24/2024 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 5/13/24 | Jodie Fleischer
    By the time Stephanie Hartung returned to her suburban Seattle classroom this school year, the gash on her head, black eye, and bruising all over her body had healed. But she doesn’t know if the anxiety and stress from her attack – at the hands of a 12-year-old – ever will. **SNIP** But an investigation by eight local television stations, working together in seven states, found thousands of teachers across the country have had similar experiences. Nearly 8,300 teachers in 34 states participated in a voluntary survey asking about violent encounters with students, their opinions about possible causes, and possible...
  • POLL: Are you ready to chow down on cicadas?

    05/24/2024 5:49:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    GlennBeck.Com ^ | May 23, 2024 | Staff
    Glenn told us we were going to eat bugs, and here we are... If you live anywhere between Texarkana and Chicago, you have likely already seen—or heard—about the 2024 cicada superbrood. This Biblical-scale insect invasion is the result of two cicada broods, Brood XIII and Brood XIX, emerging simultaneously. The last time something like this happened was in 1803. Trillions of cicadas will swarm out of the earth and fill the trees with a chorus of deafening buzzing. It didn't take long for the leftist elites to hop on this opportunity to push Klaus Schwab's dream: "eat the bugs." The...
  • 'No open debate': Blue state judge removes controversial ballot initiative after backlash over parents' rights (tranny conversion)

    05/24/2024 4:34:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/24/24 | Matthew Richter
    The controversial Equal Rights Amendment, which was on the ballot for the November elections in New York, has been tossed by a judge on procedural grounds. The ruling is a victory for Republicans and opponents of the bill who say it was written too broadly and could trample parents’ rights when it comes to decisions like children receiving gender-affirming procedures. The ERA was a rapid response by New York Democrats to the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization decision in June 2022. The amendment passed both houses of the New York legislature in a special session just one...
  • Half of trainee doctors at UCLAs prestigious medical school 'are failing basic tests after dean who's anti-white ignored affirmative action ban and terrorized staff with DEI rules'

    05/23/2024 11:16:03 PM PDT · by hillarys cankles · 39 replies ^ | 24 MAY 2024 | Dominic Yeatman
    A DEI-fixated dean at UCLA's world-famous medical school has allowed standards to plummet by discriminating against white and Asian applicants, it is claimed. The David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles boasts Nobel Prize winners on its faculty and accepts just 173 students out of the 14,000 who apply to it each year. But it has plunged from sixth to 18th place in the rankings since the appointment of Jennifer Lucerno as dean of admissions in June 2020 amid claims that the admissions bar for underrepresented minorities is now 'as low as you could possibly imagine'. 'All the normal...

    05/23/2024 12:25:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 23, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL TAFFY DAY | MAY 23 May 23rd celebrates a mouth-watering confection on National Taffy Day. Taffy candy has been made and sold for many years and has become a favorite souvenir of many vacationers. #NationalTaffyDay Salt water taffy in was invented 1883 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Confectioners make this sweet treat using boiled sugar and butter. They stretch and pull the concoction until it is a chewy consistency that can be rolled and cut. The flavors range from buttery to tart to sweet. There is a flavor for everyone, and it seems like they introduce a new one...
  • Hair-Raising Human Head Transplant Machine Concept Unveiled By Startup – But Is It Realistic?

    05/23/2024 6:02:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    IFL Science ^ | May 21, 2024 | LAURA SIMMONS
    Are head transplants really part of the medicine of the future – and do we want them to be? On May 21, startup BrainBridge unveiled its concept for a world-first head transplant system, promising to combine artificial intelligence with the latest in robotics to literally remove a human head and put it on a new body. If everything works as intended, once the head is in place, the person will apparently be able to get up and go about the rest of their life with a brand-new set of healthy limbs and organs. Sounds fantastical? Right now, science says it...