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  • Divorce raises the danger of a second heart attack

    08/28/2016 12:00:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 28 August 2016 • 1:07AM | Laura Donnelly
    Heart attack victims who are divorced are significantly more likely to suffer a second attack, a large study has found. Research on 30,000 men and women who had experienced a heart attack found that those who had been through a divorce were 14 percent more likely to suffer a second attack. Experts said it was not clear whether the heartache of a marital breakup had a direct effect, or whether divorces were less likely to look after their health without a partner looking out for them. The study by Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, examined a...
  • Olympian Sells Medal to Fund Child’s Cancer Treatment

    08/27/2016 5:16:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 27, 2016 | NIKKI FERLAINO
    For an athlete, an Olympic medal is a priceless possession. But for Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, his winning medal may be an opportunity for something bigger. Malachowski took home a silver medal during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but he didn’t hold on to it for long. The athlete auctioned off his award this week to help a cancer-stricken boy. The money raised from the auction will go toward funding treatment for 3-year-old Olek’s eye cancer. “For an athlete, to win an Olympic medal is a dream come true… however, fate has given me a chance to increase the...
  • 'Longest living human' says he is ready for death at 145

    08/27/2016 1:35:32 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 84 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2016 | Our Foreign Staff
    An Indonesian man who claims to be the longest living human in recorded history has described how he “just wants to die”. Mbah Gotho, from Sragen in central Java, was born on December 31, 1870, according to the date of birth on his identity card. Now officials at the local record office say they have finally been able to confirm that remarkable date as genuine.
  • Trump's Weirdo Doctor Uses Windows XP, Which Could Be a Violation of HIPAA

    08/27/2016 8:40:56 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 87 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August 2016 | Matt Novak
    NBC News has a new article about Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, Dr. Harold Bornstein—the guy who claimed that Trump, if elected, would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The dude looks like a character from a bad 70s porno flick, but Deadspin’s Tim Burke spotted something weirder: Dr. Bornstein is using Windows XP. Why does it matter if Dr. Bornstein is using an outdated operating system? Well, it could be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP back in 2014 and HIPAA requires doctors to make...
  • Golden Gate Bridge Officials Use New Crisis Text Line to Combat Suicides

    08/26/2016 9:30:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/26 | Christie Smith
    The number of people younger than 25 who are coming to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide has increased five-fold in the past 14 years, and Bridge District officials are announcing a plan to reach them. The district is partnering with Crisis Text Line, a national nonprofit that provides free, 24/7 texting to people in crisis. "It’s the medium people know and trust," Crisis Text Line Bay Area Director Libby Craig said. "It’s the way we’re communicating with our friends, our family, so we why not communicate with a crisis counselor as well." Crisis Text Line and the Golden...
  • Worms found in burgers at 2 Kentucky McDonald's restaurants

    08/26/2016 4:37:33 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    ABC 13 NEWS ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | ABC 13 NEWS
    MAYFIELD, KY -- At least two people have reported finding worms in food from McDonald's restaurants in two Kentucky communities. Mayfield resident Madison Stephens tells WPSD-TV that she visited the local McDonald's on Sunday and purchased food for her and her 1-year-old son. She says that as she was about to bite into her hamburger, a live worm fell out. At the McDonald's in Draffenville, about 25 miles away from Mayfield, Lacey Jo Lovett says she also found a worm in her burger on Tuesday.
  • Girl, 8, caught in crossfire in Camden (NJ) dies; Reward up to $12,000

    08/26/2016 4:33:45 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 13 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | JEANNETTE REYES
    CAMDEN (WPVI) -- An 8-year-old girl caught in a crossfire of bullets Wednesday night in Camden, New Jersey has died. Gabrielle Carter's father announced his daughter's passing early Friday evening in a post on his Facebook page.
  • The US Government Just Bought $20 Million Worth Of Surplus Cheese

    08/26/2016 4:25:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 39 replies
    WXYZ.COM 7 DETROIT ^ | 26 AUGUST 2016 | WXYZ.COM
    Twenty million dollars worth of cheese. That's how much of the good stuff the federal government plans to buy to ease America's massive cheese surplus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week it will purchase the nearly 11 million pounds of cheese for "private inventories." Before you get too excited about government-funded grilled cheese sandwiches, that means the cheese will go to food banks and charity groups around the country.
  • Tre Mason's mother thinks he has the 'mind of a 10-year old', per report

    08/26/2016 2:46:52 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 8/26/16 | Ron Higgins, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The mother of former Auburn running back Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies last month that head injuries her 22-year old son sustained playing football has given him a "10-year-old's mindset." Tina Mason believes CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, has caused her son's erratic behavior. CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Mason, mother of the Los Angeles Rams' running back who is staying in her house after not reporting for training camp, was heard on audio recorded...
  • Heroin cut with elephant tranquilizer may have caused 60 overdoses across two states in just...

    08/26/2016 8:44:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    Washington post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Katie Mettler
    FULL TITLE: Heroin cut with elephant tranquilizer may have caused 60 overdoses across two states in just 48 hours Midwest health officials worried this would happen. It’s why they brought together a tri-state coalition — Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky — to talk about the dangers, and it’s why they issued a stern, desperate warning last month to first responders and addiction counselors who patrol the front lines of the opioid war every day. They said the situation was “dire.” One Ohio coroner told users they were “literally gambling” with their lives. But their public plea could not prevent the heroin...
  • Son Gives Part of Liver to Save His Dad

    08/25/2016 11:48:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Parents give of themselves so their children can live. Michigan resident John Barnes’ son returned the favor. Barnes had cirrhosis of the liver, and he needed a transplant to survive. His name went on a list with about 17,000 patients, each one desperately waiting for a donated liver. The grim statistic is that 1,500 people die each year waiting. There are just not enough donors. He hated the thought that someone would have to die in order for him to get a liver. “How could anyone wish for that to happen?” he asked. But, there was another way. Barnes’ doctors...
  • Lawyers for StemExpress, Which Sold Planned Parenthood Aborted Baby Parts, Want to Quit

    08/25/2016 9:29:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | August 25, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    How bad must it be to serve as the attorneys for the biotech firm that sold aborted baby parts for Planned Parenthood? Apparently bad enough that the lawyers for StemExpress want to quit. As the pro-life legal group Life Legal Defense Foundation, which has represented undercover investigator David Daliden, tells LifeNews.com: “Life Legal recently received notice that the high-priced law firm retained by StemExpress, the fetal specimen broker that sued David Daleiden, has filed a motion to be removed from the case.” “McDermott, Will and Emery is one of the nation’s largest law firms, taking in almost $900 million in...
  • CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator

    08/24/2016 5:39:58 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    nypost.com/ ^ | 8/24/16 | AP
    CEO who gouged price of EpiPen is daughter of Democrat senator CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As a pharmaceutical company run by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s daughter faces scrutiny for hiking prices on life-saving allergy injection pens, Manchin is remaining mum. The Democratic West Virginia senator’s daughter, Heather Bresch, is CEO of Mylan, which manufactures EpiPens. A two-dose package cost around $94 nine years ago. The cost averaged more than six times that in May. Manchin spokesman Jonathan Kott said Wednesday the senator had no comment.
  • Woman Dies After Falling 40 Feet in Delaware Zip Line Accident

    08/24/2016 4:49:11 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    6ABC.COM ^ | 24 AUGUST 2016 | WPVI.COM
    BEAR, Del. (WPVI) -- A 59-year-old woman is dead after falling approximately 40 feet from a zip line at a Delaware state park, police say. The fatal accident occurred around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction at the Lums Pond State Park, located at 1068 Howell School Road in Bear.
  • Children found in Brevard home with feet 'caked' in dog feces

    08/24/2016 10:18:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Updated: 11:56 AM, August 24, 2016 | Staff
    PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. - A Central Florida woman has been charged after authorities say she kept her two children and 24 Chihuahuas in a home filled with dog feces, trash and bugs. Officials said the Port St. John home had dried, caked feces and urine, roaches and trash inside it, describing that the environment was in "no way safe for the animals, let alone the children who also were in the residence." Investigators said two children, who weren't enrolled in school, had dog feces "caked" to the bottom of their bare feet. The Department of Children and Families removed...
  • Doctors wake coma patient by JUMP-STARTING his brain using ultrasound

    08/24/2016 10:08:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 17:49, 24 Aug 2016 | by Andrew Gregory
    Within 24 hours the patient's responses had improved and in just three days he was fully conscious and had fist-bumped a doctor. Doctors have woken a coma patient for the first time ever by jump-starting his brain using a pioneering ultrasound technique. A saucer-sized device was put against the side of the 25-year-old patient’s head over a 10 minute period. Each of the 10 half-minute, low-intensity pulses created acoustic energy to stimulate brain tissue. The patient’s responses improved measurably within 24 hours. In three days he was fully conscious and had complete language comprehension. He could nod his head “yes”...
  • Cincinnati responds to 30 heroin overdoses in one day

    08/24/2016 8:05:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    local12.com ^ | August 24, 2016 | WKRC
    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati emergency crews responded to 30 heroin overdoses in the course of one day Tuesday, August 23. Officials said most of the overdoses were located in the west side of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Police Department said in a statement Tuesday evening they were not sure of the exact cause of the increase yet. They warned anyone who may be using dangerous drugs to be aware of the increased danger. Three people overdosed in one house and one man overdosed while driving through an intersection. Another overdosed with his child in the car at a gas station. Fire...
  • Are there any successful alternative treatments for Multiple Sclerosis?

    08/24/2016 6:34:43 AM PDT · by lysie · 57 replies
    August 24, 2016 | lysie
    I'm not one to post vanities, but I need some advice/input. Do any of you know safe/successful alternative treatments for Multiple Sclerosis? Thank you in advance.
  • Gay men are 2% of population but 55% of AIDS cases: CDC

    08/24/2016 5:47:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 08/24/2016 | Ben Johnson
    Although homosexual men are a tiny sliver of the U.S. population, they account for the majority of all Americans living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are two percent of the population but make up 55 percent of people who were HIV-positive in 2013, according to a CDC fact sheet released last Wednesday. More than nine out of 10 new HIV diagnoses (92 percent) come from young gay and bisexual MSM, ages 13 to 24. If these trends continue, one of every...
  • Mild bump to head increases risk of psychiatric problems and early death

    08/24/2016 4:32:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 8/23/2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Suffering even a mild bump to the head can leave people at greater risk of psychiatric problems and early death, a study shows.Researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College studied more than a million people born since 1973 in Sweden and followed them to see how head injuries impacted their lives in the coming decades. They found that people suffering even a mild traumatic head injury – defined as leaving them feeling dazed or confused – were 60 per cent more likely to have died in the studied period than people who had no injury. They were also...
  • Family raises $15K to help dog born with backward legs

    08/23/2016 10:22:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KFOR ^ | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI | AUGUST 23, 2016
    A California family is not giving up on an adorable dog with an unusual condition. The 9-month-old golden retriever doesn’t have use of her front legs. Her name is Rexi, like a T-Rex. “She can stand up and use her back legs fully, and then she scoots around on her chest kind of like a snail,” her owner James Cassidy told ABC News. Rexi with backward legs (Via GoFundMe) But, after several doctors visits, Cassidy and his wife, Rachel Woertink, still don’t have any answers as to why the dog’s legs are backwards. “They all did X-rays and whatnot, and...
  • Clinton Dodges the Health Question on Kimmel

    08/23/2016 9:57:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 15 replies
    dilbert.com ^ | 8/23/2016 | Scott Adams
    Watch the first minute of this clip to see Hillary Clinton use the “liar’s dodge” to avoid Jimmy Kimmel’s direct question “Are you in good health?” When you ask an honest, healthy person if they are in good health, they say, “Yes.” They might also ask why you are inquiring. They might add some details. But they usually answer the question. Clinton never answered the question about her health. All she did was mock the Trump supporters who keep bringing it up. Clinton intentionally avoided the question while skillfully making you think she addressed it. This is similar to Donald...
  • Zika, a Formidable Enemy, Attacks and Destroys Parts of Babies’ Brains

    08/23/2016 12:06:55 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | AUG. 23, 2016 | PAM BELLUCK
    The images tell a heartbreaking story: Zika’s calamitous attack on the brains of babies — as seen from the inside. With a macabre catalog of brain scans and ultrasound pictures, a new study details the devastation done to 45 Brazilian babies whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, is the most comprehensive collection of such images so far, and it reveals a virus that can launch assaults beyond microcephaly, the condition of unusually small heads that has become the sinister signature of Zika. Most of the babies in the study were...
  • Psychiatrist says Puberty Blockers Can Help Young Transgenders 'Fit In'

    08/23/2016 11:21:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 22, 2016 | 2:14 PM EDT | Eric Scheiner
    According to a Kaiser Health News report, using puberty suppressing drugs not only prevents children from developing secondary sex characteristics, it also can make it far easier for transgender teens to “fit in.” […] The article notes that there is some disagreement within the medical community as to when it is appropriate to start a child on puberty blocking medication. “A study in 2008 found that 43 percent of very young children who experienced gender dysphoria no longer felt that way after adolescence,” the article says. …
  • Md. school district: Don’t tell parents of transgender males bunking with daughters on field trips

    08/23/2016 10:21:15 AM PDT · by PROCON · 54 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Aug. 23, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    A Maryland school district is instructing teachers and administrators not to tell parents if their daughters are bunking with male transgender students on overnight field trips. Bob Mosier, chief communications officer for the Anne Arundel County public school system, says in a training video on how to accommodate transgender students that privacy issues prevent the district from informing parents about such arrangements. “So, many of you might be asking yourselves, ‘So I’m at an overnight field trip, and I have student who’s biologically a male, identifies as a female, and we’ve worked with that student and her family, and that...
  • Is There Such a Thing as "Fat but Fit"?

    08/22/2016 8:27:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    August 18, 2016 | Lindzi Wessel
    These findings indicate that fat cells in obese people do something different than in healthy peopleA new study finds striking metabolic differences between fat cells from obese and normal weight people—but it’s not clear what the findings mean to overall health. WHY IT MATTERS: Obesity is associated with complications like diabetes and heart disease. But over the past 15 years, evidence has emerged that a subgroup of obese people are metabolically healthy, meaning they don’t have the insulin resistance, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides typical of obesity. That has led to questions of whether treating the obesity...
  • 'I have been told I should have aborted Sophia... that she will be a drain on society'...

    08/22/2016 1:35:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | August 18, 2016 | Laura House For Daily Mail Australia
    FULL TITLE: 'I have been told I should have aborted Sophia... that she will be a drain on society': The unspoken secrets of a special needs mum 'I know there is racism, prejudice and discrimination. I just didn't know how real it was until I became a special needs mom. I have been told I should have aborted Sophia. I have been told that she will be a drain on society. I have been told that I am lucky to at least have one "normal" kid at home. 'These words do hurt. I know it seems like I let them...
  • Government warns of dangers of vegan diet [Germany]

    08/22/2016 7:49:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Aug 2016 15:31 GMT+02:00
    The German government has warned that in some circumstances a vegan diet can be harmful to a person’s health, as the non-meat, non-dairy lifestyle experiences a boom in Berlin. “A purely plant-based diet makes it more difficult to give the body some of the important nutrients it needs,” the government statement from last week reads. Vitamin B12 is a particularly important nutrient that is almost exclusively present in meat, the statement adds, explaining that the only way vegans can consume it is by taking supplementary pills. …
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 8-22-16)

    08/22/2016 3:28:39 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 8-22-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Long queues at Singapore hawker stalls awarded with Michelin stars

    08/21/2016 4:19:53 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies
    straitstimes. ^ | Jul 22, 2016,
    SINGAPORE - Less than 12 hours after his stall was awarded one star in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide, Mr Chan Hon Meng, 51, was back at work whipping up his signature soya sauce chicken dish for customers at Chinatown Complex. A queue of 10 people had formed at his Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle outlet even before it opened on Friday (July 22) morning. As of 10.30am, there were 21 people in the queue. Following his award, Mr Chan is considering introducing new dishes and opening another outlet. He told The Straits Times he has no...
  • Hot Bath Beats Cycling for Lowering Blood Sugar Levels for Type 2 Diabetics

    08/20/2016 11:40:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 18 AUGUST 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    A hot bath could be better than cycling at lowering blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics, a study suggests. Dr Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University investigated whether there were any alternatives to exercise which could assist people in maintaining the condition. He found that a soak in the tub reduces peak blood sugar levels by 10 per cent more than an hour cycling, and increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour. Dr Faulkner, who is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity...
  • Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

    08/20/2016 11:04:40 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia, according to a company statement issued today. “Individuals who consumed a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Café in Virginia that contained frozen strawberries on Aug. 5, 6, 7 or 8 may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent Hepatitis A,” the Virginia Department...
  • Cancer patient could not get coverage before 'Obamacare'

    08/20/2016 10:29:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 129 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2016 10:38 AM EDT | Carla K. Johnson
    Health care will be on Rebecca Esparza’s mind in the voting booth this fall. The two-time cancer survivor from Corpus Christi, Texas, says repealing the Affordable Care Act could make her uninsurable. The health law protects people with pre-existing medical conditions from being denied coverage. …
  • Popular 'Obamacare' provision gives young adults coverage

    08/20/2016 9:36:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 12:21 PM EDT | Geoff Mulvihill
    Mina Schultz figured she’d be OK without health insurance during the months between finishing graduate school and joining the Peace Corps. But a few weeks after graduation, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer more common in children. […] Her father, Jack Schultz, a professor at the University of Missouri, recalls a scramble not only to deal with his daughter’s health, but also to pay for it. He said it was only after her diagnosis that he learned she could be covered on his policy under a provision of President Barack Obama’s health insurance law that allows young adults...
  • Zika cases jump to 170 in California, sparking travel warnings

    08/19/2016 10:14:53 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/19/2016 | Susan Abram
    California health officials on Friday urged travelers returning home from the Olympics as well as countries where Zika is spreading to continue to wear insect repellent and to practice safe sex for several more weeks, to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Golden State. While Zika is spread primarily through the bite of the black-and-white-striped Aedes mosquito, the virus also can be passed through sex, health officials said. They are mostly concerned with people returning home from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, because Brazil has been hit hard by the virus. “Continue using insect repellent to...
  • Hillary Clinton Wears Adult Diapersby Kevin Jackson | Aug 17, 2016

    08/19/2016 11:55:03 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 105 replies
    The rumors are true, and that is Hillary Clinton has serious medical conditions. The Left has tried to keep the tempest in the teapot, but the secret is out. Now we learn through WikiLeaks that Hillary Clinton wears adult diapers. I can imagine the “optics,” when the lamestream press must report this revelation to “gen pop?” Their heir-apparent to Baby Black Jesus needs DEPENDS!........ Will Hillary Clinton weather sh*t storm? That DEPENDS!
  • Reminder: Obamacare Is Still A Disaster

    08/19/2016 8:14:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 19 Aug, 2016 | David Harsanyi
    So a giant, rent-seeking insurance company is accused of having threatened to leave Obamacare's health insurance "marketplace" if the government didn't approve its giant merger. If true, this would be the least surprising development in the past six years of Obamacare fiascos. Any giant regulatory scheme bringing together big business and big government inevitably leads to cronyism and corruption. Not long after the Justice Department blocked Aetna's merger with Humana, the company announced it would be scaling back participation in Affordable Care Act exchanges. Now, Obamacare consumers in 11 states won't be able to keep their insurance, even though, one...
  • Have We Reached the Athletic Limits of the Human Body?

    08/18/2016 10:36:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Scientific American ^ | August 5 | Bret Stetka
    Record-breaking has slowed, but science could find new ways to make us keep getting stronger and fasterAt this month’s summer's Olympic Games in Rio, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt—a six-foot-five Jamaican with six gold medals and the sinewy stride of a gazelle—will try to beat his own world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100-meter dash. If he does, some scientists believe he may close the record books for good. Whereas myriad training techniques and technologies continue to push the boundaries of athletics, and although strength, speed and other physical traits have steadily improved since humans began cataloguing such...
  • Obamacare Critic: 'Premiums Are Going Up, Up, Up'

    08/18/2016 9:17:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 18, 2016 | 4:48 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    When Obamacare’s fourth open enrollment period begins on November 1, many customers will face fewer insurance options and much higher prices. “Only the sick people sign up. And that’s why the premiums are going up, up, up,” said Obamacare critic Betsy McCaughey, who is the former Lt. Gov. of New York. Premiums will go up by double digits, she predicted — “20 percent for the biggest plans in New York, 40 percent in Tennessee, and somewhere in between around the country.” …
  • Super-vaccine to guard against all strains of pneumococcal disease (90 strains)

    08/18/2016 12:39:32 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 8 replies
    medicalxpress ^ | August 17, 2016 | Robyn Mills
    Lead researcher James Paton said G-PN would help to increase immune responses to pneumococcus because it kept the antigenic structure of protein surfaces on the bacterium. "Pneumococcus is a big deal in terms of disease and it is the biggest bacterial killer on the planet," he said. "There are currently similar wholesale vaccines being developed, which have used chemical killing but that is nowhere near as good. The fact that gamma radiation is being used to inactivate it makes it a better vaccine.
  • Fourth brain-eating amoeba case of the year being treated ( Florida )

    08/18/2016 11:54:23 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 8/18/2016 | Debra Goldschmidt
    An unidentified patient in Florida is being treated after being infected with a brain-eating amoeba last week, according to the Florida Department of Health. It is the fourth known case this year of infection by the parasite Naegleria fowleri. "We believe that the individual contracted the infection after swimming in unsanitary water on a single private property," said Mara Gambineri, the health department's communications director, noting that there is no risk to the general public. The parasite is almost always deadly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1962 and 2015 there were 138 known cases of...
  • She 'loved life': Grieving father wrote openly about suicide and mental illness in daughter’s obit

    08/18/2016 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 18, 2016 | Colby Skowitz
    Only hours after he learned his only daughter was dead, Ed Shoener sat down to write her obituary. It felt like one way he could still take care of his little girl. He and his wife, Ruth, had been steeling themselves for this day since Katie’s first hospitalization more than 11 years ago. He knew immediately why the police were at his doorstep the night of Aug. 3. Yet nothing prepares a parent for the details about how their child ended her life. But if Shoener, a deacon at his Catholic church, learned anything watching his daughter’s long struggle with...
  • Scientists find a salty way to kill MRSA

    08/18/2016 10:20:21 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | 8/16/2016 | Angelika Gründling
    Scientists have discovered a new way to attack Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The team, from Imperial College London, have revealed how the bacteria regulates its salt levels. The bacteria are a common source of food poisoning and are resistant to heat and high salt concentrations, which are used for food preparation and storage. The team hope to use this knowledge to develop a treatment that prevents food poisoning by ensuring all bacteria in food are killed. They are also investigating whether these findings could aid the development of a treatment for patients that would work alongside conventional antibiotics. Staphylococcus aureus bacterium...
  • Zika infection may affect adult brain cells

    08/18/2016 9:56:28 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 19 replies
    medicalxpress ^ | August 18, 2016 | Joseph Gleeson & Howard Hughes
    Concerns over the Zika virus have focused on pregnant women due to mounting evidence that it causes brain abnormalities in developing fetuses. However, new research in mice from scientists at The Rockefeller University and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology suggests that certain adult brain cells may be vulnerable to infection as well. Among these are populations of cells that serve to replace lost or damaged neurons throughout adulthood, and are also thought to be critical to learning and memory. "This is the first study looking at the effect of Zika infection on the adult brain," says Joseph Gleeson,...
  • Michael Bloomberg named World Health Organization ambassador

    08/17/2016 4:20:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2016 5:14 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Billionaire philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has a new job — as global ambassador for the U.N. health agency with a mandate to help reduce deaths from prevalent diseases, traffic accidents, tobacco, alcohol and obesity. World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan cited Bloomberg’s longtime support for its efforts to control smoking and tobacco use, improve road safety and prevent drowning in announcing Wednesday that he will be the agency’s Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Diseases. She said Bloomberg will help mobilize national and local political leaders, donors and the private sector to prevent and treat non-communicable diseases...
  • I Lost Half my Body Weight by Walking for my Food

    08/17/2016 12:34:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 17, 2016 | David K. Li
    It’s the Walmart diet! Modal Trigger Pasquale “Pat” BroccoPhoto: Facebook An Arizona man dropped more than 300 pounds — by walking a mile to Walmart to buy his food every time he got hungry. “You walk to Walmart three times a day and you end up walking six miles,” said 31-year-old Pasquale “Pat” Brocco, who three years ago, weighed a gargantuan 605 pounds. “It’s amazing because I never walked six miles in my life and I was doing it every day.”
  • Almost 500 New Yorkers have tested positive for Zika virus

    08/16/2016 11:17:52 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2016 | Yoav Gonen
    Nearly 500 New Yorkers — including 49 pregnant women — have tested positive for the Zika ­virus, a more than tenfold increase since April, city officials said ­Tuesday. Five of the 483 victims contracted the virus through sex. The others are believed to have been infected from mosquito bites while traveling outside the United States — a majority in the Dominican Republic.
  • What Is Flakka and What Does it Do to You?

    08/16/2016 9:12:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 | Debbie Lord
    A horrific story out of Florida on Tuesday has shined a spotlight on a “designer drug” whose effects can be so extreme that some call it “the devil’s drug.” A man in Tequesta, Fla., was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the stabbing death of couple there. When police arrived on scene, the man was found crouched over the body of a male victim, tearing the flesh from the man’s face with his teeth. Police say they believe the man was likely under the influence of a drug called αlpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, or as it is more commonly known,...
  • Ebola’s Dangerous Cousins: Beware the Neglected Filoviruses

    08/16/2016 7:10:42 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies
    American Council on Science and Health ^ | 15 Aug, 2016 | Alex Berezow
    Military conventional wisdom, in addition to ACSH President (and former Army officer) Hank Campbell, likes to remind us, “Governments are always fighting the last war.” They have a good point. Fifteen years after 9/11, we still ban non-ticketed passengers from entering airport terminals. Ten years after a failed attack in 2006, we cannot bring more than 3.4 oz of liquids onto an airplane, a policy that has resulted in TSA confiscating gigantic piles of 4-oz cups of applesauce. We continue to remove our shoes 15 years after the Shoe Bomber, but thankfully the Underwear Bomber didn’t provoke a similar “remove...
  • Mom says she wishes she could have aborted her son with microcephaly in horrifying video

    08/16/2016 6:44:40 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | August 15, 2016 | Cassy Fiano
    Today’s culture could accurately be called “confessional.” People share tell-all blog posts and videos spilling intimate details of their lives, opening up their innermost thoughts to the entire world. And while in some ways, this can be helpful or laudatory, in other ways, it’s deeply troubling. An example of why it’s troubling is the trend of special needs parents opening up about how they wish their child with a disability never existed. Some of them file lawsuits for “wrongful birth,” blaming doctors for not diagnosing their child with a disability prenatally so the parents could have had an abortion. Others...