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  • Scientists Built a Biological Computer Inside a Cell

    07/27/2016 6:30:51 AM PDT · by PeteePie
    Futuristtech Info ^ | 7/21/2016 | Michael Byrne
    MIT engineers have developed biological computational circuits capable of both remembering and responding to sequential input data. The group's work, which is described in this week's issue of Science, (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6297/aad8559) represents a critical step in the progression of synthetic biology with the integration of DNA-based memory, in particular, pointing the way toward building large computational systems from biological components—computing devices that are living cells—and, ultimately, programming complex biological functions.
  • The Case for Cockroach Milk: The Next Superfood?

    07/26/2016 1:29:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 26 | Ben Guarino
    The milk crystals of the Pacific beetle cockroach are beautiful. Slice open an embryonic roach under a microscope, and the crystals spill out in a shower of nutrient-dense glitter. But the flavor of cockroach milk is nothing to write home about. Subramanian Ramaswamy, a biochemist at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India, told The Washington Post as much early Tuesday. As a party dare — he’d lost a drinking competition — one of Ramaswamy’s colleagues once ate a sprinkling of the crystals. “He said it doesn’t taste like anything special,” Ramaswamy said. Most roaches...
  • More Than a Million Moms At Risk of Zika, Study Finds

    07/26/2016 3:26:40 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 17 replies
    nbc news ^ | Jul 25 2016 | Maggie Fox
    As many as 1.65 million women in Latin America could be infected with Zika while pregnant, meaning tens of thousands of pregnancies could be at risk, researchers said Monday. It's the first real estimate of just how many actual pregnancies are at real risk, based on birth rates in each country and other factors. Brazil's likely to be the worst affected, the team at the University of Notre Dame and Britain's University of Southampton found. The team calculated the subset of women who get pregnant every year and who go on to have a baby -- many pregnancies end in...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!(Week of 7-25-16)

    07/25/2016 2:45:34 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-25-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • 10 Benefits of Fasting That Will Surprise You

    07/24/2016 3:11:08 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    lifehack.org ^ | Nathan Hewitt
    Is it a good thing to ‘starve’ yourself each day, or a few days of the week? Well, a tonne of evidence indicates that timed periods of fasting are a good thing. Fasting has become increasingly popular over the years, especially among the health community. Whilst most health practitioners are afraid to recommend eating less due to the stigma involved, it still doesn’t alleviate the incredible benefits of fasting when used sensibly. In this article, we’ll explore 10 benefits of fasting that will surprise you, and how you can incorporate them into your own life. 1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss...
  • Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Exempt Sales and Use Taxes on Feminine Hygiene Products

    07/23/2016 7:45:33 AM PDT · by Kudsman · 34 replies
    New York State ^ | 7/21/16 | New York State
    TOP Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Exempt... SHARE Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that eliminates sales tax on feminine hygiene products. The bill (A.7555-A/S.7838) exempts these products from local and State sales tax. “This is a regressive tax on essential products that women have had to pay for far too long and lifting it is a matter of social and economic justice,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Serino on their strong advocacy and for hard work in passing this important legislation.” Feminine hygiene products have been taxable since the state sales tax was first...
  • Super-hard metal 'four times tougher than titanium'

    07/22/2016 7:58:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 53 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/22/2016 | Helen Briggs
    A super-hard metal has been made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold. The alloy is the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues, say US physicists. The material is four times harder than pure titanium and has applications in making longer-lasting medical implants, they say. Conventional knee and hip implants have to be replaced after about 10 years due to wear and tear. Details of the new metal - an alloy of gold and titanium - are revealed in the journal, Science Advances. Prof Emilia Morosan, of Rice University, Houston, said her team had made the...
  • Colorado town's water may be tainted with marijuana chemical

    07/21/2016 8:11:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 21, 2016 10:50 PM EDT
    Officials told residents of a small Colorado community not to drink or shower in tap water Thursday because one of the town’s wells may have been contaminated with THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical. No illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo, a town of about 730 people some 100 miles southeast of Denver, said Lincoln County Public Health Director Susan Kelly. THC was detected in tests conducted with field kits, although other field tests were negative, sheriff’s Capt. Michael Yowell said. More definitive laboratory tests were underway, he said. …
  • Connectome map more than doubles human cortex’s known regions

    07/20/2016 2:22:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    nih.gov ^ | 07/20/2016
    The new study identified – with a nearly 97 percent detection rate – 97 new cortex areas per hemisphere, in addition to confirming 83 that were previously known. NIMH grantees David Van Essen, Ph.D., (link is external) and Matthew Glasser (link is external), Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues at six other researcher centers, report on their discoveries July 20, 2016 in the journal Nature. Earlier studies of cortex organization often used just one measure, such as examining postmortem tissue with a microscope. Uncertain delineation of cortex areas has sometimes led to shaky comparability of brain imaging...
  • In medical mystery, caregiver gets Zika from man who died (transmission method unknown)

    07/18/2016 10:47:06 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 12 replies
    yahoo / AP ^ | July 18, 2016 | LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who became the first person in the continental U.S. to die after being infected with the Zika virus passed it to a caregiver, creating a medical mystery about how it spread between them, health officials said Monday. The two people did not have sexual contact and the type of mosquito that mainly spreads the virus is not found in the high-altitude area where they live, the Salt Lake County Health Department said. The caregiver is a "family contact," but officials did not give further details, including how the virus was transmitted. "Our...
  • Racine mother accused of punching, stepping on children

    07/17/2016 5:26:50 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 16 JULY 2016 | WISN.COM
    RACINE, Wis. —A Racine mother faces child abuse charges after she was accused of punching one child and stomping on another's neck Wednesday after bringing her own children to fight the kids. The charging document said a woman told Racine police that Sherrita Johnson, 35, hit her 11-year-old daughter as well as another child. When investigators spoke with Johnson, she said her 15-year-old daughter had gotten into an argument with a child at the woman's home near 21st Street and Thurston Avenue. Johnson decided to bring her daughter and her 12-year-old child to fight the children they had a dispute...
  • Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret

    07/17/2016 5:25:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 46 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 11, 2016 | Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Are pomegranates really the superfood we've been led to believe will counteract the aging process? Up to now, scientific proof has been fairly weak. And some controversial marketing tactics have led to skepticism as well. A team of scientists from EPFL and the company Amazentis wanted to explore the issue by taking a closer look at the secrets of this plump pink fruit. They discovered that a molecule in pomegranates, transformed by microbes in the gut, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. In nematodes and rodents, the effect is nothing short of...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-18-16)

    07/17/2016 4:56:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-18-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Great cancer update, oh and we got a dog!

    07/17/2016 6:15:00 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 24 replies
    My birthday is Tuesday. Last year I got cancer for it! This year, the eighth anniversary of my 29th birthday, is much better! After a long family vacation in paradise, we came home and I went to the surgical oncologist that performed my radical resection in March. This is the first time that we were able to talk about long term prognosis. His thoughts: I'll have no further problems with this issue! I had a PET/CT last week and there is no evidence of regrowth or metastis! God is good!
  • Your best diet might depend on your genetics

    07/16/2016 2:02:28 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 28 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 07/13/16 | Genetics Society of America
    If you've ever seen a friend have good results from a diet but then not been able to match those results yourself, you may not be surprised by new findings in mice that show that diet response is highly individualized. "There is an overgeneralization of health benefits or risks tied to certain diets," said William Barrington, Ph.D., a researcher from North Carolina State University who conducted this work in the laboratory of David Threadgill, Ph.D., at Texas A&M University. "Our study showed that the impact of the diet is likely dependent on the genetic composition of the individual eating the...
  • Personal Communication from Dr. Sircus on Muslim terrorism

    07/16/2016 6:35:08 AM PDT · by dennisw · 4 replies
    Dr Sircus ^ | July 15, 2016 | Dr Sircus
    This actually started as a dear IMVA letter but evolved into an open question, which I am struggling to resolve. The International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) was started in 2004. Veritas is Latin for truth and I have done my best to represent that in the world of medicine. I have kind of a built in truth meter in my mind/heart, which has served me well in my personal and professional life.My Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol has matured into a potent map for the treatment of disease but in the future, I will be writing more about health-care then...
  • Progress in The Development of New Drugs in Alzheimer’s Disease

    07/15/2016 9:06:35 PM PDT · by Alannnnnn · 13 replies
    BOC Sciences Blog ^ | 27th, June, 2016 | BOC Sciences
    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by a progressive loss of memory associated with other cognitive sphere deficits interfering with social and occupational functioning. The global prevalence of AD was estimated at 26.55 million in 2006. During several years preceding the diagnosis of dementia, there is a gradual cognitive decline with a continuum from the predementia stage to the other stages of the disease. Current treatment strategies address impairments of cholinergic and glutamatergic systems. The cholinergic hypothesis was initially presented over 25 years ago and suggests that a dysfunction of acetylcholine containing neurons in the...
  • Cases of drug-resistant gonorrhea skyrocket (4X)

    07/15/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    cbsnews ^ | July 15, 2016 | E.J. Mundell HealthDay
    Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning that "the future of current treatment options may be in jeopardy," the agency said in a news release issued Thursday. "The confluence of emerging drug resistance and very limited alternative options for treatment creates a perfect storm for future gonorrhea treatment failure in the U.S.," said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, who directs the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention.
  • First Case of Female-to-Male Transmission of Zika Is Recorded (NYC)

    07/15/2016 1:16:42 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 8 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | MARC SANTORA
    The first case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has been documented in New York City, raising the prospect that the disease could spread more widely beyond the countries where it is already endemic and largely transmitted by mosquitoes. For months, there has been growing concern about the dangers of sexual transmission, but until now the virus has been thought to pass only from men to women or between two men. “This represents the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus,” said a report issued on Friday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Women may not admit to smoking during pregnancy

    07/14/2016 5:32:32 PM PDT · by Drango · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | july 14, 2017 | KATHRYN DOYLE
    Although only about 8 percent of pregnant women in a new U.S. study reported smoking cigarettes, twice as many tested positive for high levels of a chemical that indicates nicotine exposure. The researchers analyzed data on 787 women who self-reported any cigarette use during the last trimester of pregnancy and had provided urine samples. The samples were tested for cotinine, which indicates nicotine exposure, and for evidence of other drugs including amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, cannabinoids such as marijuana, cocaine, muscle relaxants, short-acting opioids such as heroin, long-acting opioids including buprenorphine and methadone, and phencyclidine (PCP). The average age was 28....
  • Six Refugees in Wisconsin Diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant TB Since 2014

    07/14/2016 6:25:05 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 13 replies
    brietbart ^ | July, 14 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Six refugees in Wisconsin were diagnosed with multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) in 2014 and 2015, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. As Breitbart News reported previously, twenty-one additional refugees in Wisconsin were diagnosed with active TB during the same time period, making the Badger State the refugee TB capital of the country, at least among the handful of states that have so far reported that data. Other states that have reported active TB among refugees include Louisiana (21), Vermont (17), Colorado (16), Florida (11), Kentucky (9 in one county), Idaho (7), Indiana (4), and North Dakota (4...
  • Study: Fat People More Likely to Be Stupid

    07/14/2016 1:46:49 PM PDT · by bkopto · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/14/2016 | Ben Kew
    A new study suggests that people are are overweight tend to be less intelligent than those who are not. According to the study, people who are overweight have less grey and white matter in key parts of the brain, meaning their brain develops an “altered reward processing,” effectively meaning they lack the ability to control their eating. The results were extracted from “very thorough” brain scans of 32 people from Baltimore....
  • Vanity Post

    07/14/2016 8:37:53 AM PDT · by MissEdie · 42 replies
    7-14-16 | MissEdie
    I need some help from my Freeper friends. My doctor has advised me to try the Mediterranean Diet. I have tried searching online for a cookbook but I do not have time to go through the 48,000 results I have gotten. Have any of you tried this diet and if so do you have a cookbook you could recommend??
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    07/13/2016 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor. The report from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services projects that health care spending will grow at a faster rate than the national economy over the coming decade. That squeezes the ability of federal and state governments, not to mention employers and average citizens, to pay. Growth is projected to average 5.8 percent from...
  • Colorado Increases Number of Refugees Diagnosed With Active TB to Sixteen

    07/12/2016 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12 Jul 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment admits that sixteen refugees were diagnosed with active TB between 2011 and 2014. The admission comes one month after Breitbart News reported ten recently arrived refugees in Colorado were diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Between 2011 and 2014, 16 out of 7,754 refugees were diagnosed with active TB at the time of their initial medical screening. That’s one out of every 484 arriving refugees. During that same time period, 67 out of the state’s estimated 4.5 million U.S.-born residents were diagnosed with active TB. That’s one out of every 67,164 U.S.-born residents...
  • Michael Savage wins National Radio Hall of Fame award

    07/11/2016 2:43:05 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 51 replies
    WND ^ | 7-11-16 | unattributed
    Michael Savage, the host of the nationally syndicated “The Savage Nation,” will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Savage told WND he will be inducted Nov. 17 at a ceremony in Chicago in the category of Spoken Word On-Air Personality. “To me, this is the capstone of my life,” Savage said, “all my writing, all my speaking. This is it.” This year, the National Radio Hall of Fame gave listeners a direct voice in selecting the inductees, allowing them to vote via text. The other nominees in his category were Sean Hannity, Diane Rehm and Mike Francesca....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-11-16

    07/11/2016 2:24:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-11-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Allergic to life: the Arizona residents 'sensitive to the whole world'

    07/11/2016 6:22:03 AM PDT · by Celerity · 49 replies
    Guardian ^ | 7/11/16 | Kathleen Hale and Mae Ryan
    Afterward, Mae and I ducked behind a curtained-off partition to consider our sleeping arrangements: two metal cots, one broken, and zero blankets, (because blankets are absorbent and, according to local logic, our pores were still “off-gassing” dangerous chemicals). Nighttime in the desert is freezing, and Susie’s house did not have heating. I wanted to be unconscious and regretted my semi-recent decision to start weaning off sedatives.
  • Vermont Admits Seventeen Refugees Diagnosed With Active TB

    07/11/2016 6:16:42 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 25 replies
    breitbart ^ | July 11, 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    After Breitbart News reported that three refugees in Vermont have been diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) over the past seven months, an official with the Vermont Department of Health admitted that a total of fifteen refugees in the Green Mountain State were diagnosed with active TB between 2003 and 2015. Since only 6,300 refugees have arrived in Vermont over the past twenty-five years, these new statistics reveal a third-world level of active TB among the refugees currently residing in the Green Mountain State.
  • When the Enemy Is the Elements

    07/09/2016 9:14:32 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8 July 2016 | DAVID MORRIS
    “Grunt” is illuminating and gross in equal measure. We are treated (if treated is the right word) to an entire chapter on how the military deals with diarrhea. As Ms. Roach points out, American troops often find themselves operating overseas, in lands foreign both to their minds and to their bowels. This presents some, well, challenges to the human body, and in one unforgettable scene she describes a Navy SEAL who soils himself on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Ms. Roach goes on to cite William Osler’s observation that, over the centuries, dysentery “has been more fatal to soldiers...
  • Utah resident is 1st confirmed Zika-related death in continental US

    07/08/2016 7:38:26 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 18 replies
    KSL TV ^ | Jul 8th, 2016 | Daphne Chen
    SALT LAKE CITY — An elderly Salt Lake County resident who died in late June is the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S., health officials announced Friday. The individual traveled to a Zika-infected area earlier this year and was awaiting Zika testing results when he or she died, according to Salt Lake County Health Department Director Gary Edwards. He said officials found the cause of death to be "of suspicion" and later received test results confirming that the individual had Zika.
  • A bug in fMRI software could invalidate 15 years of brain research

    07/08/2016 7:45:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    sciencealert ^ | 6 JUL 2016
    There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a bug in fMRI software could invalidate the results of some 40,000 papers. That's massive, because functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is one of the best tools we have to measure brain activity, and if it’s flawed, it means all those conclusions about what our brains look like
  • CDC monitoring 320 U.S. pregnant women with Zika

    07/07/2016 1:08:22 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 7, 2016 | David Morgan & Bill Berkrot
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday that it is monitoring 320 U.S. pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection, up from 287 women a week earlier. However, the number of babies born in the United States with birth defects linked to Zika infection in mothers during pregnancy, or lost pregnancies linked to the virus, remained unchanged from last week's report at 7 and 5, respectively, according to a CDC registry created last month. The registry compiles poor outcomes of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the...
  • Three Refugees Diagnosed With Active TB in Vermont Over Past Seven Months

    07/07/2016 12:51:12 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | July 7 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    A spokesperson for the Vermont Department of Health confirms to Breitbart News that “three refugees [have been] diagnosed with TB in Vermont over the past seven months.” One case was diagnosed in December 2015, and the other two cases were diagnosed in 2016. No one other than a refugee has been diagnosed with active TB in Vermont during the first six months of 2016, the spokesperson adds. The stunning admission comes after Breitbart News reported that the number of active TB cases in Vermont tripled from two in 2014 to seven in 2015. “In 2015 Active TB Cases were seven....
  • Scientists figured out how to regenerate teeth and eliminate root canals

    07/07/2016 11:26:21 AM PDT · by Signalman · 33 replies
    Fox News Tecj ^ | 7/6/2016 | Chris Smith
    Root canals are always fun, right? In reality, word that you need a root canal is some of the worst news most people get at the dentist. Whenever your dentist tells you that's the next procedure you're going have to go through, two things are clear beyond the pain you're about to endure: One, that your throbbing will finally soon go away, and the second is that the tooth that's getting the root canal is dead. However, researchers have come up with a new kind of biomaterial that not only encourages the natural regeneration of teeth, but also might eliminate...
  • Judge won't reduce Schaumburg mom's sentence

    07/07/2016 9:13:15 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    dailyherald.com ^ | 7 July 2016
    The Cook County judge who sentenced Schaumburg resident Bonnie Liltz to four years in prison for killing her severely disabled daughter has refused to reconsider the punishment.
  • After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

    07/06/2016 7:19:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    npr ^ | 07/06/2016
    Prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on consumers. Some older Americans appear to be seeking an alternative to mainstream medicines that has become easier to get legally in many parts of the country. Just ask Cheech and Chong. Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications. Because the prescriptions for...
  • Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines: Tests in mice show they work against Ebola, influenza...

    07/06/2016 1:39:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 4, 2016 | Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MIT engineers have developed a new type of easily customizable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they have designed vaccines against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and Toxoplasma gondii (a relative of the parasite that causes malaria), which were 100 percent effective in tests in mice. The vaccine consists of strands of genetic material known as messenger RNA, which can be designed to code for any viral, bacterial, or parasitic protein. These molecules are then packaged into a molecule that delivers the RNA into cells, where it...
  • Possibly Rabid Animal Bites Walmart Shoppers In Rhode Island

    07/06/2016 9:27:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    At least two people were reportedly bitten by a small black mammal that might have been a ferret, mink or weasel, according to authorities. Those two people have not yet come forward to seek medical attention. The animal was not tested, and the concern is that it might have been rabid. Rabies is fatal in humans and animals once symptoms appear, according to the health officials.
  • Eat away: Italian study shows pasta doesn't make you fat

    07/06/2016 2:50:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 05 Jul 2016 11:40 GMT+02:00
    If you’ve banished pasta from your kitchen cupboard in the hope of squeezing into last year’s Speedos or bikini before your summer holidays, you’re making a terrible mistake. An Italian study, published in the journal “Nutrition and Diabetes” this month, reveals for the first time a link between how much pasta you eat and how slim you are likely to be. […] “Our findings show a negative association of pasta consumption with general and central obesity,” the authors wrote. In short: the more you eat pasta, the less you are likely to be overweight. …
  • Dental authorization delayed more than 9i0 days past coverage period.

    07/05/2016 7:39:00 PM PDT · by George from New England · 13 replies
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    For five years now I've been on my wife's health care plan. It includes dental. Back on March 23rd, 2016 at a dental visit they discussed a crown on a tooth in my mouth. To get the preauthorization they took an x-ray. They submitted and was told they needed a different kind of x-ray. Time passed. In late May I suspected that I might be dropping coverage end of June this year. So I revisited the crown in a conversation with the dentist office before Memorial Day. They took my call and apparently resubmitted the pre-auth request. No new x-ray...
  • Black Lives Matter Toronto briefly halts Gaye Pride parade

    07/03/2016 3:04:39 PM PDT · by dennisw · 60 replies
    cbc. ^ | Jul 03, 2016
    Members of the Black Lives Matter Toronto group briefly halted the Pride parade today, holding up the marching for about 30 minutes. Members of Black Lives Matter Toronto, who were part of the parade as honoured guests, held up the marching for about 30 minutes. The parade didn't re-start until after Pride Toronto executive director Mathieu Chantelois signed a document agreeing to the group's demands. The organization was given the status of Honoured Group for the parade, which is the grand finale of Pride Month. It did not give Pride Toronto advance notice of their planned sit-in. Alexandra Williams, a...
  • Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies

    07/02/2016 10:48:37 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 54 replies
    ksl.com ^ | May 26th, 2011 | Nadine Wimmer and Wendy Leonard.
    FARMINGTON -- While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions. Because of the outbreak, contestants at the Davis County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to cowgirl up Thursday night without their mares. Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.
  • Art Bell in the Hospital again..(for Coast to Coast AM listeners)

    07/02/2016 12:44:40 AM PDT · by lee martell · 27 replies
    July 2 2016 | Lee Martell
    George Noory made a brief mention that Art Bell has been in and out of the hospital here lately. He is back in now for problems with COPD (shortness of breath) Colitis and possible pneumonia. I can't get Art on my terrestrial radio, and am not yet in the habit of using my computer to get radio. So, I hadn't given Art any thought in quite a few months. I was saddened to hear that he's been feeling poorly for the last few months. Art is not quite sure when he'll be back on the air. He does have a...
  • New Mexico reports fourth Hantavirus death (Six cases, four deaths)

    07/01/2016 3:00:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 30, 2016 | ABQJournal News Staff
    Health officials have reported a fourth New Mexico death from Hantavirus this year, making 2016 among the deadliest since the viral illness first appeared here in 1993. A 20-year-old Torrance County woman has died of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome – the state’s sixth reported case this year, the New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday. “The messaging is, (Hantavirus) is still here and you still have to take precautions,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the department’s public health veterinarian. Hantavirus infection is transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus....
  • About 1.6M drop-outs from health law coverage this year

    06/30/2016 8:53:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2016 6:39 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    About 1.6 million people who signed up for coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law dropped out by the end of March, according to administration figures released late Thursday. The report from the Health and Human Services department said some 11.1 million people were still signed up. But that’s a drop of nearly 13 percent from the 12.7 million who initially enrolled for subsidized private coverage this year. Those dropouts failed to seal the deal by paying their premiums. …
  • Married TV reporters in Arizona arrested and charged after 'mother......"

    06/30/2016 8:43:42 PM PDT · by LucyT · 12 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 28 June 2016 | Regina F. Graham
    Married television reporters Som Lisaius, 42, and Krystin Sorich Lisaius were arraigned on three criminal charges in Tucson on Monday Krystin Lisaius allegedly snorted cocaine with her husband on May 14 The next day the 26-year-old mother breast-fed the baby, who became ill They took baby to the hospital but refused to allow toxicology test Tests eventually showed cocaine was in the four-month-old's system The mother admitted to police that she used the drug, but didn't think the baby would be harmed Search warrant conducted inside their home found 1.59 grams of cocaine .............................................
  • Chipotle Adding Chorizo to Menu to Win Back Customers

    06/30/2016 10:38:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Jun 29, 2016
    Chipotle is adding chorizo to its menu in yet another move intended to get people back in stores following an E. coli outbreak last year. The chain says the topping will be available in select cities including New York and San Diego starting Wednesday. It expects to introduce the chicken-and-pork sausage option nationally in the fall. Earlier this week, Chipotle also said it plans to launch a loyalty program for the summer that will reward customers with free meals for frequent visits. The moves are part of the chain's push to recover after a series of food scares last year...
  • Thirty Minutes Of Nature A Week Reduces High Blood Pressure And Depression

    06/29/2016 1:27:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | Christina Procopiou
    Odds are if you’re reading this, you reside in a city. More than half the world’s people — or just about 3.5 billion — now live in urban areas. That number is expected to swell to 5 billion by mid-century, according to the World Health Organization. A new study shows that while you can take the people away from nature, it’s a bad idea to take nature away from the people. University of Queensland researchers are among the first to advise how often and how intimately city dwellers need to engage with nature for it to make them healthier. Some...
  • Dirt-Like Odor in Water No Cause For Alarm: District

    06/29/2016 11:08:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Water users in the South Bay may have noticed a dirt-like smell coming from their faucets, but the Santa Clara Valley Water District said there's no cause for alarm. The odor is purely aesthetic and does not pose a health concern, the district said. It is working to minimize or eliminate the odor at its water treatment plants. The smell is caused by geosmin, a compound produced by algae that has recently bloomed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where the water district gets more than half of the water it supplies to northern Santa Clara County, the district said. Geosmin...