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  • ‘This baby won’t stop breathing!’ Abortionist strangled baby while nurses watched

    07/05/2015 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | May 4, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    In 1977, abortion was legal throughout the country during all nine months of pregnancy. When an obstetrician/gynecologist told teenager “Mary W” that she was 28 weeks pregnant, he suggested that she give the baby up for adoption, as few doctors in the area were willing to perform abortions that late. But Mary was determined, and she managed to find an abortionist – Dr. William Baxter Waddill. On March 2, 1977, Mary arrived at Westminster Community Hospital for a saline abortion. Saline abortions are seldom performed today because of the possibility of live births, but in the ’70s and ’80s, they...
  • 3 Alternative Health Doctors Found Dead In the Last 2 Weeks After Run-Ins With The Feds

    07/04/2015 3:57:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 58 replies
    TheFreeThoughtProject.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Vibes
    In the past several weeks, a number of controversial natural health doctors have died under mysterious circumstances. Some of them have even had recent encounters with federal agents and bureaucracies.Two weeks ago, the string of mysterious deaths began when Dr. Jeff Bradstreet MD was found in a river with a gunshot wound to his chest. The police claim that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and that the death was a suicide, however, Bradstreet’s family suspects foul play.Last week, members of the family set up a donation page “To find the answers to the many questions leading up to the death...
  • Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

    07/04/2015 7:37:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | July 3, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government...
  • Woman asks for $1 million, or she will abort her 7-week baby

    06/26/2015 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 64 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | June 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Her abortion is allegedly scheduled for July 10, but one anonymous mother is demanding that pro-lifers give her $1 million to keep her from killing her preborn baby through an abortion. The woman, who says she will do her “best to remain anonymous in this process as what I aim to prove has nothing to do with me personally,” claims that pro-lifers don’t actually care about the life of a child. She writes: “On July 7th I will start accepting donations on this page. I will accept donations for 72 hours, the same amount of time this state currently requires...
  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • BRISTOL: Choosing Humiliation Over Convenience: “The Five” Comes to My Defense

    07/02/2015 1:54:00 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 114 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Bristol Palin
    Thank you to “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld for calling out the media for their absurdity! The Daily Caller reports: “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeldblasted Bristol Palin’s haters Tuesday after her pregnancy announcement, saying they “would have been more supportive” if she simply had an abortion. The Fox News personality went on to praise the daughter of Sarah Palin for choosing “humiliation over convenience,” adding that she “took the pain, for it was more humane.” “I get it, of course, the media would have been more supportive if she had an abortion. But then if she had, they never would...
  • Abortion activist throws pro-life signs off overpass

    07/02/2015 12:27:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    lifedynamics ^ | July 2, 2015 | Life Dynamics
    An abortion rights activist stole the signs of a pro-life group and then threw them over the highway overpass where the demonstration was held. Members of Protest ABQ were attacked on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM while conducting a peaceful overpass demonstration to educate the public about abortion. The group uses posters of the abortion victims to show what abortion does to the unborn child in the womb. “Protest ABQ conducts weekly overpass protests to peacefully expose the violence that abortion inflicts on pre-born children in the womb,” Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ told Life Dynamics....
  • This One Eye Color Is aAsociated with Higher Rates of Alcohol Dependence

    07/02/2015 5:51:21 AM PDT · by Oratam · 54 replies
    MSN.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Svati Kirsten Narula
    Geneticists at the University of Vermont have revealed links between eye color and alcohol dependency, suggesting it occurs more frequently among people with blue eyes and less frequently among those with dark brown eyes. The study, which offers another piece of evidence that alcohol dependency has a genetic component, involved a sample of 1,263 individual genetic profiles. They were pulled from a database that only contains genetic profiles of people diagnosed with at least one psychiatric illness, which includes an addiction to, or dependence on, drugs or alcohol. For this study, the geneticists filtered the database for patients with alcohol...
  • Mystery Solved: Woman with Amnesia Identified by Sister

    07/01/2015 3:35:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Steven Luke
    The woman who called herself "Sam" for months now knows her real nameNearly five months after showing up in a San Diego-area emergency room without any recollection of her name, age, family, or friends, a woman who calls herself “Sam” finally has an identity. Ashley Menatta, 53, never married and has sisters in Colorado and Maryland. She was born in Pennsylvania, lived in Flagstaff, Arizona and several years ago found her way to Southern California living in La Jolla, Vista, and Carlsbad. The woman’s plight captured world wide attention after our NBC 7 post went viral with a Facebook...
  • Are the Chemicals in Sunscreen Worse for You Than Tanning?

    07/01/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Susan Rinkunas
    You’re in the market for a new sunscreen. You want one that works, so you do your homework — or try to. If you Google “best sunscreen,” the first link that appears is an Environmental Working Group list of products that meet its safety criteria. Look further and you’ll see natural-health gurus proclaiming that many sunscreens are full of toxic ingredients like oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, which could mess with your hormones or actually increase the risk of skin cancer. They advise sticking to mineral options with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient. Yet others say even...
  • Cuba becomes first country to end mother-to-child HIV, syphilis transmission (OK, al-Reuters)

    07/01/2015 3:21:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:11 | Diane Hodges
    (From Video Transcript:) The World Health Organization says Cuba has reached one of the greatest public health milestones possible. It has ended the mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. At a news conference in Havana, WHO representative Jose Luis di Fabio praised Cuba’s health system. […] UNICEF Representative Anna Lucia d’Emilio says Cuba’s achievement shows that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible. …
  • US Vaccine Researcher Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

    07/01/2015 3:13:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Nature ^ | 01 July 2015 | Sara Reardonc
    The case of Dong-Pyou Han illustrates the uneven nature of penalties for scientific misconduct.Rare is the scientist who goes to prison on research misconduct charges. But on 1 July, Dong-Pyou Han, a former biomedical scientist at Iowa State University in Ames, was sentenced to 57 months for fabricating and falsifying data in HIV vaccine trials. Han has also been fined US$7.2 million and will be subject to three years of supervised release after he leaves prison. His case had a higher profile than most, attracting interest from a powerful US senator. Han’s harsh sentence raises questions about how alleged...
  • Jim Carrey calls Gov. Brown a 'fascist' for signing new vaccination law

    07/01/2015 11:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 1, 2015 | By Veronica Rocha
    California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines,” he said. “This corporate fascist must be stopped.” He went on to say the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is corrupt because they “can’t solve a problem they helped start.” Carrey, who lives in Los Angeles, said he does not oppose vaccines, but is rather “anti-neurotoxin.” He believes vaccines should be free of chemicals and certain compounds, such as mercury and thimerosal. “All we are saying is, 'Take the neurotoxins out of the vaccines.' Make them toxin free. History will show that that...
  • Armless pilot inspires with her accomplishments

    07/01/2015 8:20:40 AM PDT · by dware · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Fox News
    An armless Arizona woman became the first female to fly with her feet five years ago — and now she’s showing people what it’s like to feel limitless without limbs.
  • Iron Age warrior lived with arrowhead in spine

    07/01/2015 7:20:54 AM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Live Science via Fox News ^ | 07.01.2015 | Laura Geggel
    A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds. "This found individual was extremely lucky to survive," said study researcher Svetlana Svyatko, a research fellow in the school of geography, archaeology and paleoecology at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. "It's hard to get a vertebral wound without damaging the main blood vessels, which would have resulted in an immediate death."
  • Women in Okinawa have Japan’s best recipe for liberty, fertility and longevity

    06/30/2015 4:48:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 06/24/2015 | BY YOSHIAKI NOHARA
    Women in Okinawa have more babies and live longer than women from almost anywhere else in Japan. If data from the statistics bureau and labor ministry are any guide, it has as much to do with work-life balance as the prefecture’s sun-drenched beaches and crystal-clear waters. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare statistics on average number of children per woman, of which the most recent data is from 2013, women in Okinawa give birth to an average 1.94 children over their lifetime, the highest rate in Japan. Tokyo comes in last, with women in the capital on...
  • Planned Parenthood laments having to rely on abortion ‘circuit riders’ to kill babies in Nebraska

    06/30/2015 4:23:25 PM PDT · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    It seems Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has a hiring problem. The Norfolk Daily News reports Sunday on the difficult the abortion giant is having keeping an abortion doctor employed. Earlier this year, Dr. C.J. LaBenz, their abortionist, left, as Live Action reported in April. Planned Parenthood’s Omaha and Lincoln clinics were left without a regular abortionist. Lest the baby killing be left undone, Planned Parenthood, the organization always begging for money, flies an abortion doctor from Massachusetts to Nebraska. However, he or she can only abort on a part-time basis; therefore, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland now kills babies...
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. “Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence,” the grant noted. “This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • Samsung develops lithium-ion battery with nearly double the life

    06/30/2015 12:08:20 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-30-2015 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researches affiliated with Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology, along with colleagues from other institutions in Korea has found a way to greatly extend lithium-ion battery life. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team describes their new technique and the results they achieved using it. Consumers want their phone batteries to last longer—that is no secret, and battery life has been extended, but mostly due to improved efficiency of the electronics that depend on it. Researchers at phone companies and elsewhere have been working hard to find a way to get more power out...
  • UK study shows massive surge in deadly STDs among gay men

    06/30/2015 5:57:59 AM PDT · by massmike · 40 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 06/30/2015 | Lisa Bourne
    A steep jump in cases of two deadly sexually transmitted diseases in the UK has been found among homosexual men, a new study says. Figures from the Public Health England (PHE) indicate the increase in cases of syphilis and gonorrhea among homosexual males rose considerably higher than that of the general population, prompting health experts to say the problem must be a public health priority and that this is likely just “the tip of the iceberg. The PHE study showed a total jump of 33 percent in cases of deadly syphilis, and the increase among homosexual men at 47 percent....
  • New Laws are Needed for Same Sex Marriages

    06/29/2015 7:54:25 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 26 replies
    June 29, 2015 | hapnHal
    YES, New Laws are needed for "Same Sex Marriages." The Supreme Court decision on gay marriage must be amended by stating gay marriage is a health risk to the community. As we know gays are prohibited from giving blood. If you have ever given blood this is one of the questions, "have you had sex with another man". Many STD are transmitted by homosexuals. Therefore there should be a mandatory WAITING PERIOD for a same sex marriage license to be issued. Tests must be required at the application time and at the time the marriage license is issued. A waiting...
  • Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood?

    06/28/2015 10:48:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | June 23, 2015 | Peter Andrey Smith
    The rich array of microbiota in our intestines can tell us more than you might think.Eighteen vials were rocking back and forth on a squeaky mechanical device the shape of a butcher scale, and Mark Lyte was beside himself with excitement. ‘‘We actually got some fresh yesterday — freshly frozen,’’ Lyte said to a lab technician. Each vial contained a tiny nugget of monkey feces that were collected at the Harlow primate lab near Madison, Wis., the day before and shipped to Lyte’s lab on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Abilene, Tex. Lyte’s interest was not...
  • The medical conundrum of plane stowaways

    06/28/2015 8:29:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Healthy humans are able to regulate body temperatures at 36C to 37.3C in more normal conditions, but, according to the FAA, the limited oxygen supply at high altitude means this is no longer possible. At this point people might start to become poikilothermic, research sponsored by the FAA says. This means their body temperature becomes more controlled by the external environment. A state "somewhat reminiscent" of hibernation occurs. The body's temperature can fall to 27C or even lower. Unconsciousness and lower heart and breathing rates occur. The body would pump blood to the brain more efficiently and distribute it only...
  • Jennicet Gutiérrez, the Transgender illegal alien Woman Who Interrupted the President

    06/28/2015 11:05:24 AM PDT · by dennisw · 26 replies
    people ^ | 06/25/2015
    At an LGBT pride month reception held at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama was interrupted by an audience member protesting the detention and deportation of gay, lesbian and transgender immigrants. It wasn't necessarily the interruption itself, however, that caught headlines worldwide – it was the president's terse shutdown of the protester as well as her swift removal from the White House. The woman has been identified as Jennicet Gutiérrez by GetEQUAL, the activist group for which she acted as a representative in her demonstration. Gutiérrez – an undocumented immigrant – is a founding member of FAMILIA TQLM, which...
  • Detroit EMT fired after refusing to help baby

    06/28/2015 10:10:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    clickondetroit.com ^ | June 26 2015 | : Shawn Ley, Local 4 Reporter,
    DETROIT - The Detroit fire commissioner has fired an EMT who refused to help a baby when she was just minutes away from the home. Commissioner Edsel Jenkins said Ann Marie Thomas's employment with the Detroit Fire Department has been terminated. "Today, we conducted an appeals hearing, which Ms. Thomas requested. After reviewing all of the facts of this incident, I have determined that the appropriate course of action is to terminate Ms. Thomas' employment with the Detroit Fire Department effective immediately," said Jenkins in a statement released Wednesday.
  • Marie Stopes doctor and nurses 'bungled woman's abortion then sent her home despite....

    06/28/2015 9:49:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 19 June 2015 | Euan McLelland For MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Marie Stopes doctor and nurses 'bungled woman's abortion then sent her home despite symptoms of internal bleeding that killed her just hours later' A doctor and two nurses appeared in court today charged with the manslaughter of a pregnant woman who died from massive blood loss following a bungled abortion. Aisha Chithira, 32, had travelled from Dublin to a west London branch of the Marie Stopes clinic for the procedure on January 21, 2012 and collapsed hours later in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire. The cause of her death was given as 'extensive internal bleeding' following the abortion,...
  • Sierra Leone will jail Ebola law violators

    06/28/2015 8:24:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    Zee News ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 18:30
    "People caught in sacred burials and washing bodies, transporting sick people in vehicles, traditional healers treating the sick and those hiding sick people in homes will be jailed for six months without the option of fines", he told local reporters in Port Loko, 74 miles north of the capital. "We have sacked over ten Section Chiefs and similar number of village headmen in the past and fined them... but people have still not learned the lesson. This time anyone who thinks this is a joke will be playing with fire," he said. The official said President Ernest Bai Koroma has...
  • My Little Blessing

    06/28/2015 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 31 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Bristol Palin
    So here are the things you should all get straight before you continue to mock me, judge me, and talk about me.
  • CNN Films presents: Glen Campbell - I'll Be Me documentary [tonight 9PM)

    06/28/2015 5:43:55 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 15 replies
    cnn ^ | 6-28-15 | cnn
    A beautiful, funny, inspiring film about music superstar Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's disease before and throughout his sold-out "Goodbye Tour."
  • 18-Year-Old Filipina Has 144-Year-Old Body

    06/27/2015 11:19:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Suffers from rare and fatal condition called progeriaAna Rochelle Pondare seen here with her idol Filipino super-star Sarah Geronimo. (Instagram/YouTube) An 18-year-old Filipina has a body of a woman aged 144. According to a report in'Asiaone', Ana Rochelle Pondare suffers from a rare and fatal genetic condition called progeria, which causes her body to age 10 times faster than normal. Life expectancy of those suffering from this condition is an average 14 years. So, Pondare's 18th birthday was a momentous occasion as she lived well past her prognosis. And one of Pondare's birthday wishes was to meet Sarah Geronimo,...
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    06/27/2015 5:04:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Eryn Brown
    The development, reported in the journal Science, fills a gap in researchers' understanding of the biochemistry of poppies that could help scientists fine-tune and manufacture painkillers and other useful poppy-derived compounds. That could lead to safer and more effective therapies. But it could also smooth the way for people to start producing morphine on their own -- perhaps even at home, much as hobbyists use yeast to brew beer or make wine -- expanding and localizing opiate production and getting more people hooked on drugs like heroin. ... Before the release of the new study, said senior author and University...
  • Here's the poop on your pool water

    06/26/2015 5:25:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    today.com ^ | Jun. 25, 2015 at 12:49 PM | Maggie Fox
    Germy pool, lake and hot tub water caused 90 separate outbreaks of illness that killed one person and put nearly 1,800 into the hospital in 2011 and 2012, a new report finds. Most were caused by bacteria and parasites found in human poop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds in its report. The No. 1 culprit is a germ called Cryptosporidium, which isn't easily killed by standard pool disinfectants. "Cryptosporidium comes from swimmers. It is swimmers with diarrhea bringing it into the pool," said Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Swimming Program....
  • Why Great Women Marry Total (Edited)

    06/26/2015 1:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2015 | Markham Heid
    Ever watch a wedding ceremony unfold between your good female friend and the jackass she’s inexplicably marrying? If so, you probably wanted to “speak now” — but instead, you held your peace. Forever. Some couplings make you smack yourself in the forehead and think, “Why the hell is she with him?” Here, researchers attempt to answer that question. The (removed) appealJerks tend to possess a lot of characteristics that appeal to women, says Gregory Carter, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Durham in the UK. Those traits include a socially dominant and outgoing demeanor, lots of confidence, and vanity...
  • Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! (Memory loss)

    06/26/2015 1:22:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Sweet Tooth Causes Some Major Side Effects On your Brains! June 24, 2015 If you love your fried, fatty foods smothered in chocolate and generously dusted with icing sugar? Then, you might just have to say goodbye to mental acuity.A new research conducted in Oregon State University has revealed that a high-sugar, high-fat diet can drastically modify your gut bacteria which in turn may lead to significant losses in ‘cognitive flexibility’ – a measurement of the brain’s ability to switch between thinking about one concept to another, and to adapt to changes in the environment.The study, which was conducted on...
  • Will Planned Parenthood Side With The Satanists?

    06/26/2015 10:44:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    blaze.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Kristan Hawkins
    If a woman is seeking to have an abortion in the state of Missouri, it is required that she be given medical information on abortion, how the fetus can feel pain by 22 weeks and wait 72 hours before having the abortion. For Satanists, these restrictions are unconstitutional and violate their “religious” beliefs. Uh, ok. So the Satanists filed a federal lawsuit this week against the governor of Missouri and the state’s attorney general asking for a religious exemption to the law. They don’t believe that a human prenatal child is a separate, living being, as science has proven, and...
  • Guide for Handling Household Chemicals

    06/26/2015 10:09:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    HOUSEHOLD Abrasive Cleaner May contain ammonia (see ammonia) Ammonia DO NOT mix with bleach (poisonous gas) Bleach DO NOT mix with ammonia or acids (poisonous gas) Disinfectant May contain bleach (see bleach) Drain Opener May contain lye (corrosive) Flea Collar Avoid skin contact Furniture Polish Keep away from heat & flame Household Batteries Beware of leakage corrosive Mothballs Keep away from children & pets Mouse & Rat Poison Keep out of reach of children & pets Furniture Oils Don't bury oily rags in a rag bucket, clothes hamper, etc. (may spontaneously combust if not allowed to air out) Oven Cleaner...
  • Urine in pool water possibly causing eye irritation not chlorine

    06/26/2015 8:24:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    firstcoastnews.com | June 25, 2015 | Brittany D Dionne
    Linky only.
  • Protecting the Water Supply from Terrorism

    06/25/2015 2:48:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    directionsmag ^ | Kevin Coleman
    Contamination of a reservoir with a biological agent would not likely produce a large risk to public health because of the dilution effect.... A massive amount of contaminant would be required for a successful terrorist attack at this point. If agents were to be introduced at this point they are likely to be detected and unlikely to survive the chlorination process. Even so, filtration and disinfection of the water may occur down stream mitigating the contamination. However, if the point contamination is after a treatment facility where filters, chlorination and other preventative measures would no longer be effective, the likelihood...
  • STD-Testing Color-Changing Condoms Sound Awesome -- But Aren't Feasible Or Wise

    06/25/2015 2:43:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/25/2015 | Tara Haelle
    Two of the media’s favorite tropes met this week in an eye-catching story about the award-winning creative idea of three teens in England: condoms that change color when they detect a sexually transmitted infection. It’s the “whiz-kid-makes-scientific-discovery” tale plus sex. No wonder it’s trending on everything from BuzzFeed to the Washington Post. But we’ve seen before that the whiz kid narrative can be oversold (or, as I’ve chronicled before, incredibly convoluted), and that’s again the case here, at least so far as most media outlets are selling it.At first blush, the concept sounds pretty creative: find out instantly when it...
  • MERCY HEALTH FIRES 347 WORKERS DUE TO OBAMACARE

    06/25/2015 1:11:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 06/25/2015 | WYNTON HALL
    Mercy Health announced Thursday it will fire 347 workers due to “increasing challenges to our reimbursement structure as we adjust to reductions mandated by the Affordable Care Act,” the company said in a statement. President and CEO of the Mercy system, Lynn Britton, said the Obamacare-induced layoffs are taking a toll on workers and their families. “Changes such as these are difficult and distressing for everyone involved,” said Britton. “While our decisions support Mercy’s ability to stay strong and relevant in the face of challenges impacting all health care providers, today our thoughts and prayers are with those co-workers who...
  • VA says it faces $2.5B budget shortfall

    06/25/2015 12:46:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 2:27 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told a House committee that VA health care sites experienced a 10.5 percent increase in workload for the 12-month period that ended in April. The VA needs flexibility from Congress to close the budget gap, Gibson said, adding that the agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves. The VA wants to use money from the new Veterans Choice...
  • Abortionist: ‘I can stick needles in babies’ lungs…’

    06/24/2015 10:02:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    An abortion doctor named David Peters made the following creepy comment in a 2013 article about clinic regulations: I can stick needles in babies’ lungs. I can put tubes up penises and into bladders, and do all sorts of crazy stuff in my office with no regulations whatsoever. No government supervision… But for an abortion, I’ve got to have the sterile room–the size of the building matters–so, it just becomes nonsensical. At the time, Dr. David Peters was working at the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk, Va. I don’t know what to say about this quote, except that it’s...
  • The Guardian: ‘Elated’ Abortionist Describes Ripping Out Baby ‘Part by Part’ at 23 Weeks

    06/24/2015 9:37:03 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | June 22, 2015 | Katie Yoder
    Pro-choice doesn’t mean “anti-life,” but “improves life,” according to one abortionist amplified by The Guardian. That is, if you don’t count the unborn baby’s life. The Guardian recently published a piece by an anonymous abortionist arguing that, “Being an abortion doctor has taught me a lot about life.” In it, the female “doctor” wrote that her work makes her feel “elated” – work that includes removing a 23-week-old unborn baby “part by part” and searching for the “jelly-fish-like gestation sac” surrounding a five-week-old.
  • They’ve Been in Love Since They Were 10, so the Proposal Had to Be Perfect

    06/24/2015 7:12:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 23, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    Sam Maccarone and Jessica Burzichelli say they have been in love since they were 10 years old. They dated through high school, and didn’t let going to different colleges break their relationship. “In the end, I just think both of us realized we were meant for each other,” Burzichelli told BuzzFeed News. Maccarone says his girlfriend had been dropping hints about getting engaged for months. Little did she know, the proposal was already in the works. Maccarone told his sweetheart that his cousin – who is a musician – wanted to feature them as a couple in his music video....
  • Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

    06/24/2015 6:11:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | JUNE 22, 2015
    If you've wondered whether there's a downside to wearing superskinny jeans, this story's for you. A 35-year-old Australian woman wound up in the hospital after wearing skinny jeans while helping a family member move. The move involved "many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards," according to a report published Monday in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. As the day went on, those jeans were making her increasingly uncomfortable. But it wasn't until that evening that the situation went south. As she walked home, the woman found herself struggling to lift her increasingly numb feet. She fell to the ground,...
  • Family of 19-Year-Old Ignored By Doctors For ‘Googling’ Symptoms Get Apology For Her Death

    06/24/2015 2:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    MSN News ^ | 6/19
    It's the worst kind of cautionary tale in medicine: a tragic death that may have been prevented if only doctors had been willing to listen to their patient's concerns. But this one carries an particularly 21st century twist to it: Doctors told 19-year-old Bronte Doyne and her family to "stop Googling" her symptoms after they brought up the possibility that her rare liver cancer had returned. By the time she was readmitted to the hospital in March of 2013, it was already too late and she died ten days later on March 23, only 16 months removed from the day...
  • Jellyfish-lamb Hybrid Ends Up as Meat at French Slaughterhouse

    06/23/2015 12:10:50 PM PDT · by palmer · 13 replies
    laboratoryequipment.com ^ | Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:29pm | Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter
    A lamb that was genetically modified with jellyfish genes for advanced research was sold to a slaughterhouse for meat in France, according to European news accounts. An investigation to find out how the genetically-altered animal ended up as meat is underway, according to Le Parisien, the French newspaper that broke the story. "Rubis, the lamb, was found on a plate. Who ate her? No one knows. All that's known is the meat left a French slaughterhouse in November 2014" according to Le Parisien. The story states Rubis came from a program started in 2009 called "Green Mutton" within the scientific...
  • Helping tinnitus sufferers is just the start for Neuromod Devices

    06/23/2015 9:22:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.irishtimes.com ^ | Mon, Jun 22, 2015, 01:25 | Olive Keogh
    An Irish start-up has created a completely new approach to the treatment of tinnitus, which uses technology Ross O’Neill of Neuromod Devices with a Mutebutton For some it’s a high-pitched drone, for others a whooshing, hissing or buzzing. The layman’s name for it is “ringing in your ears”. The medical term is tinnitus and it can completely disrupt people’s lives making it impossible for them to work, sleep, socialise or concentrate on simple tasks. There is no known cure. However, a new product from Irish technology start-up, Neuromod Devices, looks set to revolutionise its treatment. The product is called Mutebutton...
  • KFC says DNA shows 'fried rat' was chicken

    06/23/2015 8:06:58 AM PDT · by McGruff · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2015
    The man who said he was served a deep fried piece of rat instead of chicken at a California KFC is being called a liar by the company, following a DNA test of the meat. “Recently, a customer questioned the quality of a KFC product, and this received considerable publicity given the sensational nature of his claim,” the KFC Rodrigo Coronel told FoxNews.com.
  • Study: Global Alcohol Abuse Down 7% Since 1990, But Up 5.5% in US

    06/22/2015 6:16:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 22, 2015 | 2:35 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    A new study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that while alcohol abuse decreased 7.6 percent globally since 1990, it increased 5.5 percent in the United States during that same time period. The research, published in The Lancet on June 8, found that 76.8 million people in the world were diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in 2013—a figure greater than the population of more than 200 countries, including the United Kingdom. Of those, 5.1 million individuals—or a little under 10 percent—were in the United States. In addition to the 5.5 percent increase in alcohol abuse, the...