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  • The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

    01/17/2019 10:45:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | January 14, 2019 | Ted Alcorn
    Jeenah Moon for The New York Times On most afternoons, people arrive from across New York City with backpacks and plastic bags filled with boxes of small plastic strips, forming a line on the sidewalk outside a Harlem storefront. Hanging from the awning, a banner reads: “Get cash with your extra diabetic test strips.” Each strip is a laminate of plastic and chemicals little bigger than a fingernail, a single-use diagnostic test for measuring blood sugar. More than 30 million Americans have Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and most use several test strips daily to monitor their condition. But...
  • She Had Open-Heart Surgery—and Vows to Qualify for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

    01/16/2019 7:17:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Menefee’s doctors have a nickname for her: Supergirl. Similar to the comic book hero, the 26-year-old physical therapist has faced obstacles head-on with tenacity. But in her case, her superhuman strength comes in the form of running marathons less than two years after open-heart surgery. Menefee first noticed something wrong in December of 2015, when she took off on a long run during a break in her day at San Diego State University, where she was studying to become a physical therapist. At the time, the former collegiate runner for the University of Arizona was training for a transition...
  • Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’

    01/16/2019 2:45:22 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 52 replies
    AP ^ | January 16, 2019 | Geoff Mulvihill
    A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. “The launch of OxyContin Tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white,” he said, according to the documents.
  • Chocolate is better for your cough than cough syrup, study says

    01/16/2019 8:00:04 AM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    6ABC ^ | January 16, 2019
    NEW YORK -- It may sound too good to be true, but researchers now say indulging in that piece of chocolate is actually the best cure for your cough. A research group from a university in England randomly prescribed more than 160 patients either regular cough medicine or a chocolate-based medicine. Patients on the chocolate-based medication reported improving more quickly than those on regular cough syrup.
  • Saudi police arrest Pakistani man in camel urine scam

    01/16/2019 5:08:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    The Saudi police have arrested a Pakistani resident in Jeddah, identified as Khurshid, for selling bottles filled with camel urine. According to Emirates247, the man was arrested because the urine in the bottles was his own. Sources said the accused were raided and the police found dozens of bottles filled with urine, which after being subjected to analysis, came back positive as human urine. Police said investigations revealed that man was engaged in such activities for months. Camel urine has been known to be consumed by some people to help them cure health problems.
  • 28,000 Pounds of Discarded Banana Peels Will Be Put to Good Use After Disney Races

    01/16/2019 2:30:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Runners' World ^ | January 13, 2019 | Jacob Meschke
    It’s not just in Mario Kart—banana peels can be a real problem for many races around the country, not only causing hazards for runners and spectators, but leaving massive amounts of rotting waste behind for volunteers to clean up. Chiquita, the massive international fruit producer, is taking steps to change that. When the gun of the Walt Disney World 5K went off at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, it signaled the start of Chiquita’s new role as the official banana sponsor of the entire Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, as well as other runDisney events throughout the year. The move...
  • Costco Is Selling a 27-Lb. Bucket of Mac and Cheese with a 20-Year Shelf Life

    01/15/2019 2:27:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 84 replies
    People ^ | January 10, 2019 | Georgia Slater
    Oh Costco, you’ve truly outdone yourself this time. The wholesale store just figured out a way to make sure you will never run out of mac and cheese again: sell it in a 27-lb. tub. You read that correctly, 27 lbs. That’s as much as about 100 baseballs, half a bale of hay or your average 3-year-old child.
  • Hong Kong scientists claim 'broad-spectrum' antiviral breakthrough

    01/15/2019 10:42:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | January 15, 2019 | AFP Relax News
    Hong Kong scientists claim they have made a potential breakthrough discovery in the fight against infectious diseases -- a chemical that could slow the spread of deadly viral illnesses. A team from the University of Hong Kong described the newly discovered chemical as "highly potent in interrupting the life cycle of diverse viruses" in a study published this month in the journal Nature Communications. The scientists told AFP Monday that it could one day be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral for a host of infectious diseases -- and even for viruses that have yet to emerge -- if it passes...
  • Cancer Cells Transformed into Harmless Fat in Mouse Study

    01/15/2019 10:39:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | January 15, 2019 07:14am ET | By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer
    Imagine if you could turn aggressive cancer cells into harmless fat. Scientists in Switzerland say they've done just that, in a new study in mice. By taking advantage of the "plasticity," or adaptability, of certain cancer cells during metastasis, the researchers were able to coax breast cancer cells in mice into becoming fat cells. The scientists accomplished this using a combination of two drugs, both of which are already approved for use in humans by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The treatment didn't convert all of the cancer cells into fat cells, but it did stop the cancer's...
  • World's 2nd-deadliest Ebola outbreak reaches 600 confirmed cases

    01/15/2019 8:12:18 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 19 replies ^ | 1/15/19 | Morgan Winsor
    The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has reached 600 confirmed cases in five months, health officials said. Among those cases, 600 have tested positive for Ebola virus disease, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever, according to Monday night's bulletin from the country's health ministry (Congo).
  • Have researchers found a new risk factor for schizophrenia?

    01/14/2019 10:00:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    .medicalnewstoday ^ | 01/14/2019 | Mari a Cohut
    [R] researchers found that people with high genetic risk of schizophrenia and who also presented high levels of Epstein-Barr virus antibibodies had an increased probability to pertain to the schizophrenia group — more than eight times higher, to be precise. Also, among participants with schizophrenia, around 10 percent had both high levels of antibodies against this type of herpes virus and a higher genetic risk for schizophrenia, compared with only a little over 1 percent of the participants in the control group. The study did not seek to establish cause and effect relationships, but the researchers suggest that preventing infection...
  • Converting Cancer Cells to Fat Cells to Stop Cancer’s Spread

    01/14/2019 7:17:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    technologynetworks ^ | Jan 14, 2019 | Laura Elizabeth Lansdowne
    A method for fooling breast cancer cells into fat cells has been discovered by researchers from the University of Basel. The team were able to transform EMT-derived breast cancer cells into fat cells in a mouse model of the disease – preventing the formation of metastases. The proof-of-concept study was published in the journal Cancer Cell. Malignant cells can rapidly respond and adapt to changing microenvironmental conditions, by reactivating a cellular process called epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), enabling them to alter their molecular properties and transdifferentiate into a different type of cell (cellular plasticity). Senior author of the study Gerhard Christofori,...
  • Happy National Hot Pastrami Day 2019

    01/14/2019 5:33:48 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 37 replies ^ | January 14, 2019 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    A very popular delicatessen meat, pastrami is usually made from beef however sometimes is made from pork, mutton or turkey. The pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration. To make pastrami the raw meat is placed in brine, then partially dried, seasoned with various herbs and spices, smoked and steamed. A wave of Romanian Jewish immigration introduced pastrami (pronounced pastróme), a Romanian specialty, in the second half of the 19th century. Early English references had used the spelling “pastrama” before the modified “pastrami” spelling was used. New York kosher butcher, Sussman Volk is generally...
  • JCSO: Woman stripped off clothes, broke into ambulance after taking meth [Fl]

    01/14/2019 12:07:38 PM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | Updated Jan 13, 2019 at 10:47 AM | Staff
    ALFORD — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Alford woman last week after she allegedly stripped off her clothes and broke into a parked ambulance after taking methamphetamine, according to a release. Devon Toole, 23, was charged with burglary of a conveyance on Jan. 8 and was transported to Jackson County Correctional Facility. The situation began on Park Avenue in Alford where JCSO received a call about a woman taking her clothes off and barking in the street. They then received information that she’d entered a Jackson County Fire and Rescue ambulance parked at its station and switched on...
  • Woman wrongly pronounced dead dies from hypothermia in morgue [Russia]

    01/14/2019 7:06:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | Sunday 13 Jan 2019 9:49 pm | Basit Mahmood
    A 62-year-old woman ‘came back from the dead’ in a morgue and was rushed to intensive care – only to die again several hours later from hypothermia. The grandmother had been drinking with relatives at a party in Vasilyevka, Russia, when she appeared to have passed away. A policeman then certified her as dead and took her ‘body’ in a hearse to the morgue. However, the woman was still alive – and started moving while a morgue worker tried to fit a tag to the foot of her ‘corpse’. ‘The woman came to life’, she said. The morgue worker immediately...
  • Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references [Ireland]

    01/13/2019 11:03:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 01/13/2019 | Órla Ryan
    Most people don’t support changing the names of hospitals to remove religious references. In a Claire Byrne Live/ opinion poll conducted by Amárach Research, 52% of people said they are against such a move, while 34% are in favor and 14% are unsure. Last weekend, hundreds of people marched through Drogheda to protest a proposal to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the town. A petition calling for the name to be retained has been signed by over 8,000 people to date. […] It is understood that staff members were given the option to vote for...
  • Florida surgeon fined for removing kidney he thought was tumor

    01/13/2019 8:36:21 AM PST · by Signalman · 43 replies
    Fox 11 ^ | 1/12/2019 | AP
    <p>WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Board of Medicine says a West Palm Beach surgeon has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for removing a woman's healthy kidney that he thought was a tumor.</p> <p>The Palm Beach Post reports Ramon Vazquez was responsible for cutting Maureen Pacheco open in 2016 so two other surgeons could perform a back operation.</p>
  • One person dead, 12 more hospitalized after suspected Fentanyl leads to 'mass overdose,' police say

    01/12/2019 9:49:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    fox nwes ^ | 01/12/2019 | Paulina Dedaj
    A “mass overdose” in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 hospitalized after police say the victims may have ingested fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said at a press conference that police received a 911 call from someone inside the residence of a home in the 1100 block of Santana Court about 9 a.m. A “mass overdose” in a California home Saturday morning left one person dead and another 12 hospitalized after police say the victims may have ingested fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Chico Police Chief Michael O’Brien said at a...
  • Wisconsin Bus Driver Finds Toddler Wandering Alone In The Cold (TR)

    01/12/2019 8:46:25 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    (CBS) — A Milwaukee County bus driver is being called a hero, after she rescued a toddler found wandering alone in the cold last month, barefoot and dressed in only a onesie and a diaper. Irena Ivic was driving her regular route on Dec. 22, when she spotted a child running down the street alone, in below-freezing temperatures. Video from security cameras on the bus show the toddler walking barefoot down a freeway overpass. The Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver said she couldn’t believe her eyes. She quickly pulled over, and rushed into oncoming traffic to scoop up the...
  • CDC: Superbug involved in Tijuana bariatric surgery infections showed concerning mutation

    01/12/2019 6:04:42 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 30 replies
    sandiegotribune ^ | 1/12/19 | Paul Sisson
    The superbug that infected nearly a dozen Americans who recently underwent weight-loss surgery at a Tijuana hospital had a particularly nasty genetic mutation that set off alarm bells after patients began showing up in hospitals and doctors officers with painful wounds.(Emphasis mine) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel warning this week, notifying the publicthat 11 Americans who traveled to Tijuana hospitals for weight-loss surgery had become infected with drug-resistant pseudomonus aeruginosa infections during their stays.