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  • IBM's Watson supercomputer to speed up cancer care

    05/06/2015 11:24:00 AM PDT · by PastorBooks · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 May 2015 | BBC
    IBM's supercomputer Watson will be used to make decisions about cancer care in 14 hospitals in the US and Canada, it has been announced. Using computers to trawl through vast amounts of medical data speeds up the diagnosis process. (excerpt) It also recently teamed up with IBM to allow the software that helps gather health data from iPhones to be used by Watson.
  • CDC: Nearly 1 In 4 People In U.S. Will Be Hispanic By 2035

    05/05/2015 7:12:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/05/2015 | by Caroline May
    In a report issued Tuesday the CDC looked at the health issues of the Hispanic population in the U.S. noting that currently 1 in 6 people in the U.S. are Hispanic but by 2035 that proportion is likely to be almost 1 in 4. According to the report, the Hispanic death rate is 24 percent lower than whites and Hispanics live on average two years longer than whites. The CDC explains that while Hispanics are more likely to be living in poverty, lack a high school degree and not have health insurance they are less likely to be affected by...
  • Overweight diabetes patients outlive slimmer ones - study

    05/05/2015 3:17:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/5/2015 | Sharon Begley
    Patients with type-2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese outlive diabetics of normal weight, scientists reported on Monday, in another example of the "obesity paradox." Although public health officials issue dire warnings about the consequences of overweight, and employers are pressuring workers to slim down via "wellness programs," the relationship between weight and longevity is paradoxical: Studies show that although obesity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight patients with CVD live longer than patients of normal weight.
  • The Washington Post's correction problem

    05/05/2015 2:17:10 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo
    Politico ^ | 5/5/15 | DYLAN BYERS
    UPDATE: Shortly after the publication of this item, The Washington Post changed the story in question from "Prisoner in van thought Gray was ‘trying to injure himself'" to "Prisoner in van heard 'banging against walls.'” The Post also added a correction regarding Donta Allen's age and updated the article to include his comments disputing the police report. We welcome those changes. Our original item follows:
  • Man Sues Hospital After Amputated Leg Found in Trash

    05/05/2015 11:18:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Monday, May 4, 2015
    A Florida man is suing a hospital after his amputated leg was found in the trash. According to the Miami Herald, the Key Largo man went to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables to have his leg amputated below his knee. The hospital then threw the leg away instead of incinerating it, which is the normal practice. The man found out about the incident when homicide detectives knocked on his door and asked him why his leg was found at a waste management facility with the man's name tag still attached. Hospital officials have not explained how the mistake was made....
  • Strangers Help Infant After Her Mother Suddenly Dies

    05/05/2015 12:04:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KION ^ | May 04, 2015
    Mothers across Santa Cruz County donate breast milkThey say it takes a village to raise a child. That rings especially true for a four-month-old baby in Santa Clara County who recently lost her mother. Four-month-old Isabella Van De Leur is the light of her daddy's life. Kevin Van De Leur says she is the reason he is able to keep it together. At the end of March, Isabella's mother, Yinna died suddenly from a heart attack. She was just weeks shy of her 33rd birthday. "It's a very difficult situation," Kevin said. "She's (Isabella's) keeping me positive." Aside of dealing...
  • The Skinny On Skin -- What makes skin so tough?

    05/04/2015 2:02:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Inside Science ^ | 5/4/15 | Lisa Marie Potter
    The Skinny On Skin Tweet Mon, 2015-05-04 11:56 -- llancaster Collagen in its twisted, curly form with no skin stress. Image credit:  The Jacob School of Engineering at UC SD What makes skin so tough? Originally published:  May 4 2015 - 11:45am By:  Lisa Marie Potter, Contributor (Inside Science) -- Skin has to be flexible enough to jump, crawl, and kick with us. It also has to be resilient enough to withstand our falls, scrapes, and cuts. Scientists have marveled at skin's strength for years without knowing why it's so durable.Now, scientists have identified the mechanical properties that give skin...
  • For batteries, one material does it all

    05/04/2015 6:49:34 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/04/2015 | Provided by University of Maryland
    Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of the Army Research Laboratory, a researcher only peripherally related to the study. "It could lead to revolutionary progress in area of solid state batteries." Envision an Oreo cookie. Most batteries have at either end a layer of material for the electrodes like the chocolate cookies to help move ions though the creamy frosting – the electrolyte. Chunsheng Wang,...
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Husband, Dave Goldberg, Dies at 47

    05/02/2015 11:56:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/2 | Vince Cestone
    Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, died Friday night, his brother announced Saturday, NBC News reported. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, shared a Facebook post from Goldberg's brother, Robert Goldberg. UPDATEDExec Killed in Avalanche, Google Commits $1M to Response Efforts "Dave Goldberg was an amazing person and I am glad I got to know him," the post said. "My thoughts and prayers are with Sheryl and her family. I hope friends will join me in celebrating his life by sharing your memories of Dave on his profile, as his brother Rob...
  • Bluesman B.B. King 'in Home Hospice Care,' His Website Says

    05/02/2015 9:58:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat May 2, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Blues legend B.B. King is battling health problems, with a message on his website saying the 89-year-old musician is in "home hospice care." King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday afternoon, CNN affiliate KLAS reported, because his daughter, Patty King, said he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Tests showed King may have had a minor heart attack, she told KLAS. He was released and went home.
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is 'doing well' after giving birth to her second child

    05/02/2015 4:02:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 100 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5-2-15 | Rebecca English & Jennifer Smith
    The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, Kensington Palace has announced. The princess was born at 8.34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz, with the Duke of Cambridge present for the birth. Kensington Palace announced the birth shortly after 11am this morning, some five hours after Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The Duchess and her newborn daughter are both 'doing well', a palace spokesman said. The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace shortly after 11am. It was then posted on the palace's official...
  • Before fatal Miami crash, woman texts boyfriend, ‘Driving drunk woo ... I’ll be dead thanks to you’

    05/01/2015 9:24:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, May 1, 2015 | Michelle Blidner
    A Florida woman texted her boyfriend, "Driving drunk woo ... I'll be dead thanks to you," minutes before plowing through a red light and causing a fatal crash, police said. The driver, Mila Dago, survived the August 2013 crash and is awaiting trial for the death of her friend and passenger Irina Reinoso, 22. Dago had gone out in Miami that night as she was dealing with breaking up with her boyfriend, according to police records obtained by the Miami Herald last week. Throughout the night, the then-22-year-old sent her boyfriend 60 bitter texts, including some that seem chilling after...
  • 6-year-old pork served for lunch at schools in East Tennessee - Kept frozen since 2009

    05/01/2015 7:11:47 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 54 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 1, 2015 | AP
    An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Local media outlets report that the frozen meat had dates of 2009 to 2011 and was served to students in the Hawkins County district on April 22. No sicknesses have been reported. Director of Schools Steve Starnes says a new inventory system went into effect last Friday. All current frozen items were inventoried, and outdated items were discarded.
  • MDA Telethon Is Ending

    05/01/2015 4:38:01 PM PDT · by massmike · 12 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 05/01/2015 | n/a
    The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, a Labor Day television tradition for decades, is ending. MDA said Friday that “the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving” make it the right time to end the annual event, memorably hosted for most of its life by Jerry Lewis. Celebrities including Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Michael Jackson to Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez have performed on the telethon, first hosted by Lewis and Dean Martin in 1956. It moved to Labor Day in 1966. The telethon ran 21 and a half hours in 2010, Lewis’ last year as host, and had dwindled...
  • Woman’s debilitating brain tumour turns out to be ‘evil twin’ complete with bone, hair and teeth

    05/01/2015 3:57:05 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | April 24, 2015 | Michael E. Miller
    Something was wrong with Yamini Karanam. The PhD student had moved from Hyderabad, India, to Indiana to study computer science. But her new life in America was amiss. Once a brilliant student, she now had trouble understanding simple articles. Friends and colleagues would say things to her, only for the sentences to get mixed up in her mind. Because that’s where Karanam’s problem lay: deep within her brain. She went on holiday last fall but returned even more exhausted than when she left. Karanam slept for two weeks straight, missing school. “Then came the headaches. Slips and misses at work...
  • Glen Campbell Doesn’t Realize He’s Never Going Home Again

    05/01/2015 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/1 | Andrea Peyser
    With his “aw shucks, ma’am” charm and velvety voice, Glen Campbell was a legendary country and pop-music singer, guitarist and Hollywood hot guy. But now, friends and relatives tell me, he languishes in a “mediocre” facility outside Nashville, Tenn., for patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. He can spend only minimal time with his oldest children, say sources, who claim he is frequently alone except for the company of caregivers and TV crews recording his mental decline. He wants to go home, they say, and doesn’t understand that the facility is his residence, probably for the rest of his life.
  • Americans don't like big government - but like programs like SS & Medicare

    04/30/2015 2:45:36 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 85 replies
    Yahoo.news ^ | 04/30/15 | Amanda Becker
    a new poll shows that Republican voters who rally to that cry still want to maintain many federal programs. The results, from an online poll of 4,770 adults from April 10 to 24, highlight a dilemma for Republican candidates such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas who have made reducing the size of government a top campaign theme.
  • A 'rough ride' for Baltimore

    04/30/2015 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 14 replies
    Clinton Herald ^ | Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:00 am | Clarence Page
    Some people protest police brutality in ways that only remind us of why we need police. That’s how I feel about the Baltimore rioters who some news reports described as “protestors [SIC].” The label falsely flatters the thugs and hooligans who set fires and attacked police, merchants and journalists after the otherwise respectful funeral on Monday for Freddie Gray, 25, who died under mysterious circumstances in police custody.
  • Police tactic? Baltimore sued over injuries from rough rides

    04/29/2015 5:30:04 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/28/2015 | Fox News staff
    Video at link -- it the link to shep smith reporting works.
  • Is Free Thinking A Mental Illness?

    04/28/2015 2:28:31 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 11 replies
    Off The Grid News ^ | Oct 2010 | Andrew
    Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest edition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.
  • Medical Innovation in Focus for Congress

    04/27/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-27-15 | Sean Riley
    The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, April 23, held a subcommittee hearing on the impact of the medical device tax on jobs, innovation and patients. Since January 2013, manufacturers and importers of medical devices have faced a 2.3 percent excise tax to offset costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the hearing, Health Care Subcommittee Chairman Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) shared an example from his state as to the effects of the tax: "I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of medical device companies, and I plead with them to show me their books. Sometimes they do, and...
  • Bruce Jenner Wants To Change The World When He Should Change His Mind [By a former transgender]

    04/27/2015 7:01:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/27/2015 | Walt Heyer
    Personal and medical experience indicates that switching genders will not give Bruce Jenner peace. With the airing of his interview with Diane Sawyer last Friday, Bruce Jenner became the most triumphant, celebrated, photographed, and interviewed transgender in the world. Jenner, a longtime transvestite, now at 65 years of age is going to explore his feminine side by transitioning to female. Along the way, he hopes to inspire others. Jenner’s interview opened a window for millions of viewers to see the psychological deliberation of a cross-dresser. Jenner shared that the emotional stress of hiding his secret has become unbearable. His internal...
  • Girl Who Battled Cancer Is Dismissed for Missing School

    04/25/2015 11:08:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2015
    A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just made it through the biggest fight of her life has been dealt another blow. In August 2012, Rose McGrath, of Battle Creek, was diagnosed with leukemia. But last week, her family received a letter from her school that would turn her world upside down. As CBS affiliate WWMT reports, the letter addressed concerns regarding Rose's attendance and academic performance, and stated that Rose had been dismissed from St. Joseph Middle School. "I didn't do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me," Rose said. screen-shot-2015-04-24-at-11-24-21-am.png Rose McGrath WWMT Rose has been with the...
  • Woman Misdiagnosed With Cerebral Palsy Gets Cure After 33 Years

    04/25/2015 10:57:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Paula Cohen
    Jean Sharon Abbott spent nearly all of her life believing she had an incurable condition that left her feeling "trapped" in her own body -- unaware that many of her symptoms could be easily treated with a pill. The 38-year-old Minnesota mother of three was diagnosed as a child with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that appears early in life and permanently disrupts the brain's ability to control movement and balance. For more than three decades, Abbott says she suffered from debilitating symptoms. "I could barely move my arms or legs to due to the...
  • Annoying TENA adlult diaper ad undergoes revisions..Did anyone else notice?

    04/25/2015 11:48:35 AM PDT · by BRK · 26 replies
    vanity | BRK
    Did anyone else notice that the sound track on the annoying TENA ad was recently changed? The singing in the car was dramatically toned down and the horrendous cackling laugh in the movie theatre was removed.
  • Why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Is Technically Obese

    04/25/2015 5:52:08 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 39 replies
    Yahoo Health sourced from Men's Health ^ | April 23rd, 2015 | Lou "p@nis envy" Schuler
    You might be surprised who the government considers too fat, too skinny, and just right(Photo: Getty Images) When Furious 7 set box-office records on its opening weekend, there was one story lurking in the shadows of the celebrity-industrial complex that no one wanted to talk about: The star, Vin Diesel, is overweight. And costar Dwayne Johnson? Dude’s obese. Johnson has a body-mass index, or BMI, of 34.3. Which means, according to U.S. government standards, the Rock is obese. And Diesel, at 27.1, is overweight.* ... ... ...They published their first set of weight-for-height tables in 1942, and then updated it...
  • Is diet – rather than exercise – the key to losing weight? Cambridge health experts enter the debate

    04/25/2015 5:10:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Cambridge News ^ | 04/23/2015 | Florence Snead
    f you haven't made it to the gym this week then don't fret – it turns out exercise might not be as important as we all think. That's the stance being taken in a new study which has suggested it is in fact diet – and not exercise – that is the key to tackling obesity. Research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has claimed poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. So should we all just kick back on the sofa with a snack – as long as we stick to...
  • It is a beautiful day. You are wearing an Apple Watch.

    04/24/2015 4:47:36 PM PDT · by amigatec · 69 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | T.C. Sottek and Adi Robertson
    It's a beautiful day. You just got your Apple Watch™ in the mail! You take it to your living room and unbox it. Wow. It's incredible. You go through the setup process, and link it to your iPhone. You set the charging dock on your nightstand, and set an alarm. You go to sleep, and dream of floating through white clouds in a blue sky as Jony Ive narrates. Your alarm wakes you at 9:30 on Saturday — the alarm on your Apple Watch. You pick the Apple Watch up from its charging dock, and put it on your wrist....
  • No Ma: Marijuana's Hardest Sell — the Chinese

    04/24/2015 1:13:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 | Chris Roberts
    Want to escape the booming neighborhoods of San Francisco? Head west, where the rows of single-family Mediterranean-style or boxy Doelger homes that make up the Sunset District are virtually unchanged since their construction in the mid-20th century, giving the avenues a timeless feel. There are no towering construction cranes putting up condos, and 21st-century conveniences fail you: My Sidecar ride request to be taken to the Sunset was rejected three times before I settled in for a $40 cab ride. There is also little sign of California's multibillion dollar cannabis industry. The city's west side is entirely bereft of legal...
  • Apple Watch teardown reveals pulse oximeter, suggesting future measurement of blood oxygen

    04/24/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 21 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | Friday, April 24, 2014 | Ben Lovejoy
    iFixit’s teardown of the Apple Watch has revealed that the sophisticated heart-rate monitor used is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This data would be useful for health and fitness monitoring, but the functionality is not currently enabled in the watch. As iFixit notes, there are a couple of possible reasons Apple is not currently allowing to watch to display this data … First, it may simply be that the company hasn’t yet achieved the necessary accuracy and reliability from...
  • The happiest countries in the world, according to neuroscientists, statisticians, and economists

    04/24/2015 7:16:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Erin Brodwin
    An international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians just released their third World Happiness Report, which measures well-being in countries around the world to help guide public policy. Switzerland topped the list of the happiest nations, and all of the top eight countries were in the global north. Switzerland was followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The United States ranked 15th, behind Mexico and Austria. Still, that's a slight improvement from the last report, in which the US ranked 17th. The World Happiness Report isn't without a scientific basis. One of its key findings, based...
  • Teach children outside to save their vision, say scientists

    04/24/2015 6:40:27 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 23 Apr 2015 | Sarah Knapton
    Science News Teach children outside to save their vision, say scientists By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 5:35PM BST 23 Apr 2015 Children should be allowed to study outside to stop them becoming short-sighted, a new study suggests. Researchers believe that youngsters are spending so long inside for lessons that it is damaging their eyesight. In China, pupils are already being taught in huge translucent boxes to try and halt their vision decline after a study found that 80 per cent of children in Beijing were short-sighted. Around 40 per cent of Britons suffer from myopia, or short-sightedness, with experts warning...
  • Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman's Brain During Surgery in LA

    04/23/2015 9:35:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles ^ | April 23, 2015 | John Cádiz Klemack
    An Indiana woman undergoing surgery in Los Angeles to remove a tumor experienced a twist worthy of a sci-fi plot when doctors discovered an embryonic twin in her brain. Yamini Karanam, 26, was unaware of what was happening in her head until she underwent a procedure designed to reach deep into the brain to extract the tumor. After waking up from the surgery, Karanam was surprised to learn of the "teratoma" -- her embryonic twin, a rarity in modern medicine, complete with bone, hair and teeth.
  • Researchers uncover asthma's root cause

    04/23/2015 9:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | 04/23/2015 | By Brooks Hays
    CARDIFF, Wales, April 23 (UPI) -- Researchers in Wales and England have developed a highly effective asthma drug, and in the process may have uncovered the disorder's root cause. In a recent study, scientists explored the breathing disorder via both mouse and human airway models, using tissue from asthmatic and non-asthmatic people. Their work highlighted the body's calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) as the main culprit in triggering asthma symptoms -- airway narrowing, airway twitchiness and inflammation. Much as the immune system of allergy patients overreacts to pollen or other particulates, the research models showed CaSR went into overdrive when asthmatic...
  • 79 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Arkansas

    04/22/2015 3:49:24 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 62 replies
    the boot ^ | 4-22-15 | Gayle Thompson
    Happy birthday, Glen Campbell! The singer was born on this day, April 22, in 1936. Campbell was born the seventh of 12 children to John Campbell, a sharecropper, and his wife Carrie. After his uncle, known as “Boo,” taught Campbell to play the guitar as a child, the future star relocated to Albuquerque, N.M., as a teenager, to play in his uncle’s band. In 1958, Campbell formed his own band, the Western Wranglers, and in 1960, he relocated to Los Angeles to become a session musician. Campbell’s debut album, Big Bluegrass Special, was released in 1962 on Capitol Records, but...
  • 18 hospitalized in Lancaster botulism outbreak that killed 54-year-old woman

    04/22/2015 2:54:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | Misti Crane & Holly Zachariah
    LANCASTER, Ohio — A suspected botulism outbreak that began in Lancaster yesterday has sickened at least 18 people and led to the death of a 54-year-old woman. Another 21 people who attended the potluck are not showing symptoms and are being watched because of concerns they could become ill, said Cassie Bala, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Health. The youngest person hospitalized with symptoms of the food-borne illness is 9 and the oldest is 87, Bala said. All of those with symptoms have received an intravenous antitoxin, said Fairfield Department of Health spokeswoman Jennifer Valentine. Patients did not begin...
  • Roseanne Barr reveals she's going blind

    04/21/2015 6:16:48 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 48 replies
    cnn ^ | 4-21-2015 | Natalie Stone
    Roseanne Barr has revealed that she is slowly going blind. The comedic actress said smoking marijuana is "good medicine" for relieving the pressure in her eyes. "It's something weird. But there are other weird things. That one's harsh, 'cause I read a lot, and then I thought, 'Well, I guess I could hire somebody to read for me and read to me.' But I like words and I like looking. You do what you have to do. I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible -- y'know, living it up. Barr also defended her use of pot, saying,...
  • Deadly canine flu strikes Ohio: What you need to do to protect your pet

    04/21/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 4/14/2015
    A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, and some veterinarians worry it could easily spread to other areas of the country. Recent tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified the strain as H3N2. Clinical assistant professor Keith Poulsen says it's not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain, which is believed...
  • Ask Emily: Bouncing between Medi-Cal and Covered California

    04/20/2015 8:14:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 04/19/15 | Emily Bazar
    Many Californians with Covered California or Medi-Cal hover near the intersection where the two programs meet. When their incomes fluctuate, however, that “hover” can turn into a “bounce.” State officials say the transition between Covered California and Medi-Cal is supposed to be “seamless,” but in reality, moving from one to the other sometimes puts Californians’ health coverage — and their health — at risk. “There’s not a seamless transition. There’s not someone helping them figure out who to call or how to navigate the system,” said Jen Flory, senior attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty. “Frankly, it’s...
  • On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life

    04/20/2015 7:07:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    Amazon ^ | December 30, 2014 | Michelle Burford
    Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. In On My Own Two Feet, Amy takes readers inside her childhood and up to the defining life or death moment. Despite the grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality—and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her...
  • Complaint Review: Matrix Medical Network [Rip off report/Queries]

    04/20/2015 2:35:01 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 6 replies
    Ripoff Report ^ | 6/20/2013 | Anonymous
    Please skip to comments. The headline explains it best.
  • Telemedicine Controversy in Texas

    04/20/2015 2:03:10 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-20-15 | Sean Riley
    The Texas Medical Board views rules it adopted April 10 as “expanding telemedicine opportunities,” but business and industry groups insist they’ll instead serve to “drive a stake through the heart” of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. At the center of the issue is whether a video consultation is enough to establish the requisite doctor-patient relationship for physicians to prescribe medication or provide a diagnosis. That convenience is critical if an overarching goal of telemedicine is to deliver care to the underserved, particularly in rural areas where geography and provider shortages create access issues. The board’s rules, however, require either...
  • A veil of secrecy shields hospitals where outbreaks occur

    04/19/2015 3:50:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4-18-15 | Melody Petersen
    The cardiac surgeon had unknowingly spread a staph infection from the rash on his hand to the hearts of at least five patients by the time Los Angeles County health investigators learned of the outbreak. The doctor had operated on more than 60 others in recent months, and county officials feared those patients could be struck with the same dangerous infection. Investigators didn't ultimately tie any deaths to the 2012 outbreak, but four patients needed additional surgery because of the infection. The only public mention of the case came a year later in a little-noticed appendix to the health department's...
  • This List of Senior Discounts for People Over 50...

    04/19/2015 10:31:42 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 49 replies
    MOGUL ^ | April 19, 2015 | Steve Herman
    RESTAURANTS: Applebee's: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10% off ( 55 +) Ben & Jerry's: 10% off (60+) Bennigan's: discount varies by location (60+) Bob's Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10% off (65+) Burger King: 10% off (60+) Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+) Chili's: 10% off ( 55+) CiCi's Pizza: 10% off (60+)
  • Yes, You Can Catch Insanity

    04/19/2015 9:59:46 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Nautlus ^ | 4/16/2015 | Andrew Curry
    One day in March 2010, Isak McCune started clearing his throat with a forceful, violent sound. The New Hampshire toddler was 3, with a Beatles mop of blonde hair and a cuddly, loving personality. His parents had no idea where the guttural tic came from. They figured it was springtime allergies. Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By the time he was 5, he was plagued by insistent, terrifying thoughts of death. “He would smash his head into...
  • What’s Really in Street-Bought Molly?

    03/12/2015 10:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 12, 2015
    At Wesleyan University on February 22, 11 students were sickened by psychoactive drugs sold as “molly” — the vernacular name for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, abbreviated MDMA. The powder in question, according to police, contained a mix of other chemicals, and four students have been arrested in the case. No buyer of molly knows exactly what he or she is getting, of course. But there are ways to find out, and New York arranged to test several samples obtained in the city over the past year. Home-test kits, sold through dancesafe.org, involve placing a couple of drops of dye on a few grains...
  • Not drinking enough water has same effect as drink driving

    04/18/2015 8:07:19 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 18, 2015 | Nicola Harley
    Having as few as five sips of water an hour while driving is equivalent to being over the drink drive limit. Drivers make more than twice as many mistakes when they are just mildly dehydrated, according to new research. The study revealed that drivers who had only had 25ml of water an hour made more than double the number of mistakes on the road than those who were hydrated - the same amount as those who have been drink driving.
  • San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

    04/17/2015 1:41:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Garvin Thomas
    In 1921, according to the history books, an newly-blind Englishman named James Biggs was feeling threatened by the amount of traffic in his neighborhood. In order to be more visible to motorists, Biggs reportedly painted his cane white. If true, it means the white cane as an aid to the blind is approaching its 100th birthday. Which explains why, in true Silicon Valley fashion, Raghav Ganesh thought the world was overdue for the white cane, 2.0. "There's an old device here that needed an upgrade," Raghav says, "and I thought I could make that better." Raghav Ganesh, a San Jose...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    04/17/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 113 replies
    WP ^ | August 5, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. ...]
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.