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  • 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 · 27 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.
  • Driver Suffered "Coughing Attack" Before Fatal Big Rig Crash Off Southern CA Freeway

    04/17/2015 1:14:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/17 | Jonathan Lloyd and Vanessa Ruiz
    The crash near the interchange of the 118 and 210 freeways left others hospitalized in critical conditionA big rig driver suffered what authorities described as a "coughing attack" at the wheel before crashing off a Southern California freeway and slamming into a pickup in a fatal collision that involved several other vehicles. The northern San Fernando Valley crash, which left four people hospitalized in critical condition, occurred under the 210 Freeway-118 Freeway interchange near the Paxton Street exit. The big rig crashed off the 210 Freeway freeway and down an embankment before crossing an exit ramp and slamming into the...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Bronx Office Manager Arrested for Acting as Dentist, Performing Root Canals and Pulling Teeth

    04/16/2015 11:13:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    A 45-year-old dental office manager has been arrested for allegedly performing procedures on unsuspecting, uninsured patients for a cash discount while the dentist was away, and purposely scheduling procedures for them when she knew the doctor would be out of the office. Authorities said Valbona Yzeiraj, of White Plains, was arrested Thursday following a grand jury indictment earlier this month. The Albanian-born woman pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, unauthorized practice of a profession and reckless endangerment at her arraignment later in the day. Prosecutors allege the woman acted as a dentist at Ultimate Dental Care of Riverdale in...
  • Mad Cow Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

    04/16/2015 10:41:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
    It began with anxiety and depression. A few months later, hallucinations appeared. Then the Texas man, in his 40s, couldn't feel or move the left side of his face. He thought the symptoms were because of a recent car accident. But the psychiatric problems got worse. And some doctors thought the man might have bipolar disorder. Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease. THE SALT Mad Cow Disease: What You Need To Know Now Eventually, he couldn't walk or speak. He was hospitalized. And about 18 months after symptoms began,...
  • How can we stop farmer suicides?

    04/16/2015 1:23:57 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 74 replies
    Grist ^ | 4-16-15 | Madeliene Thomas
    Mona Lee Brock went into the office early that morning, as she always did, when she received a panicked phone call. The telephones in the crisis center were lighting up all over the place, as was common. This particular call was from a farmer’s wife. A day prior, the farmer had spoken to Brock and agreed not to hurt himself, but now his wife couldn’t find him. And she was afraid. Brock asked where the farmer kept his .410 shotgun. It was the height of the ’80s farm crisis, one of the greatest economic turmoils since the Great Depression. Drought...
  • Finally! Saudi Arabia opening stock market to foreigners on June 15

    04/16/2015 12:05:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4-16-2015
    The oil-rich nation is opening its stock market -- the largest in the Middle East -- to foreign investors on June 15, the government announced Thursday. The Saudi market -- worth an estimated $530 billion -- is more than double the size of the Tel Aviv stock exchange in Israel. Previously, only Saudi-based investors could buy stocks there. By mid-June, international firms will be able to buy stocks in the country's exchange, the Tadawul All Share Index. This will likely encourage mutual funds and ETFs to add some Saudi stocks to their holdings, especially in emerging market funds. The move...
  • Training Doctors for the System Medical schools are creating a new type of doctor.

    04/16/2015 5:55:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    National Public Radio recently discussed medical training in the 21st century: “Spurred by the need to train a different type of doctor, some top medical schools around the U.S. are tearing up the textbooks and starting from scratch.” The new doctor is system-focused. A University of Michigan Medical School instructor told NPR, “ We haven’t taught people how to be specific about working in teams, how to communicate with peers and colleagues and how to communicate to the general public about what’s going on in health care and medicine.” The new doctor is team-focused. A University of Michigan Medical School...
  • What the Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Means for States

    04/15/2015 11:45:30 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Senate late Tuesday evening passed legislation containing a permanent ‘doc fix’ for calculating physician reimbursements under Medicare. By doing away with a decades old formula, the bill staves off an automatic 21 percent cut in payments that would have gone into effect at midnight. While much of the focus has been on Congress and the impact of the legislation on the federal Medicare program, the measure raises three important issues for the states. First, the measure also includes a two year extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the federal-state program extending coverage to low-income children...
  • Boy behind the ‘Success Kid’ meme is trying to get his dad a kidney

    04/15/2015 5:15:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 4 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | april 14, 2015 | NINA GOLGOWSKI 
    The father of Sam Griner, better known from the "success kid" viral meme, is seeking help in finding a life-saving kidney donor while also raising money for the costly medical expenses that follow. For years an adorable toddler meme dubbed the "success kid" has delivered countless laughs and smiles across the Internet. Now the actual boy's father needs the Internet's help. Justin Griner, whose photograph of his then 11-month-old son Sam clenching a sandy fist in the air has been shared and edited numerous times, is now in dire need of a kidney transplant. "One can only survive with no...
  • Mid-pregnancy maternal diabetes tied to child’s autism risk

    04/14/2015 12:19:34 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    Rueters.Com ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Kathryn Doyle
    When mothers develop diabetes during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy, the child they’re carrying may be at increased risk of autism, according to a new study. Kids exposed to so-called gestational diabetes before the third trimester were at higher risk compared to those whose mothers did not develop diabetes during pregnancy, developed it later in pregnancy or had type 2 diabetes before pregnancy, researchers found. Xiang and her co-authors studied data on more than 322,000 children born in Kaiser Permanente Southern California hospitals between 1995 and 2009. About two percent of the children were born to mothers diagnosed with...
  • Is $30,000 a year worth it?

    04/14/2015 2:29:17 AM PDT · by newnhdad · 63 replies
    Just recently started a new job and I feel very lucky but I really despise it. I am starting at a pretty descent salary but it's not as important as the miracle of finding any employment in Obama's economy. I have to drive a long way to and fro and mostly through idiot filled DC traffic and I swear nobody actually watches the road anymore, they just tap on the smart phones. It takes about three hours a day to commute (1.5hr each way) so I'm no longer seeing my kids and eating meals with my family six days a...
  • Green Jackfruit: is ‘Pulled Pork for Vegetarians’ the Next Big Food Craze?

    04/13/2015 9:43:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Late last year, after 18 years of litigation, a senior government official in Kerala, south-west India was given a prison sentence after being convicted of theft. The object he stole was government property, and it was so large he had to have it cut up to get it home. A piece of art, perhaps? A precious metal? Actually, it was a 40-year-old jackfruit tree, and, once you’ve tasted its fruit, you begin to understand why he did it. To say the jackfruit is big is an understatement. It is the largest tree-borne fruit on the planet – it isn’t unusual...
  • Paralyzed From the Neck Down

    04/13/2015 8:00:03 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2015 | ANTHONY WELLER
    "The strangest aspect of being paralyzed is that nobody ever, ever asks you what it’s like. This may be from concern over not hurting your feelings. Or not wanting to bring up the issue. Or superstition that your paralysis might be contagious if discussed. It’s still odd that nobody inquires. It’s the elephant—the screaming banshee—in the room, and it’s mighty big..." "...Q: Where do you find an invalid? A: Where you left him. You find yourself, unavoidably, living in the past. Happiness isn’t is, but was. You try not to contemplate the future too much. Nor the future of the...
  • Ending the Ebola Outbreak

    04/12/2015 4:38:42 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | UPDATED March 23, 2015 | K.K. REBECCA LAI
    Months of declining cases have fed hopes that the Ebola outbreak might finally be ending. In February, Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nation’s special envoy on the Ebola crisis, told the General Assembly, “There are now 10 times fewer people diagnosed with Ebola each week than there were in September last year.” The number of new cases fell rapidly in December and January, but started rising again in March. A total of 150 new cases were reported in the week ending March 15, the highest in 2015. Officials with the United Nations and the World Health Organization have cautioned that...
  • Empty Ebola Clinics in Liberia Are Seen as Misstep in U.S. Relief Effort

    04/12/2015 4:35:34 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 11, 2015 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    MONROVIA, Liberia — As bodies littered the streets and the sick lay dying in front of overwhelmed clinics last year, President Obama ordered the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, hoping to stem the deadliest Ebola epidemic in history. But after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and deploying nearly 3,000 troops to build Ebola treatment centers, the United States ended up creating facilities
  • With fewer fires to fight, departments increasingly responding to medical calls.

    04/12/2015 3:58:03 PM PDT · by AlmaKing · 50 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | April 11, 2015 | Paul Feely
    When emergency apparatus roll out of fire houses across the state, lights flashing and sirens blaring, odds are the first responders on board aren't on their way to battle a blaze. Instead, more often than not they are called to medical emergencies, a trend fire officials say is mirrored across the country. "There was a time when fighting fires was all we did," said Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O'Brien, President of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs. "Now we are more along the lines of all-hazard response systems." "It seems more people are calling 911 for medical needs," said...
  • Is Uber Really Faster than an Ambulance?

    04/12/2015 1:53:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 | Scott Pham
    A blog post on Medium got a lot of attention recently for claiming that Uber drivers are now faster than ambulances in New York City. The numbers seemed pretty damning for the ambulances: the median Uber rider in Manhattan can expect to get a ride in 2.42 minutes. In the outer boroughs, the median wait is still just 3.1 minutes. The median ambulance wait? About twice as long at 6.1 minutes. We wondered, how does the Bay Area stack up? Newsweek obtained some figures from Uber and mapped them. According to Newsweek, the median wait time for an Uber in...
  • Grilled cheese lovers have more sex, study says

    04/12/2015 12:58:26 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 72 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/10/11
    Here’s yet another reason to love grilled cheese: Fans of the ooey, gooey sandwiches have more sex, a new study has found. Thirty-two percent of grilled cheese fans have sex at least six times a month, versus 27 percent of those who don't like the sandwich, according to the dating and social-networking site Skout, which released the findings before National Grilled Cheese Day on Sunday.
  • Mother says special-needs children segregated at trampoline business

    04/11/2015 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 10 APRIL 2015 | WISN.COM
    NEW BERLIN, Wis. —A mother of children who have special needs said she was treated poorly at a local trampoline business. VIDEO: Mother disappointed over treatment of special needs children at Trampoline park Amanda Karol said she wants her children to be treated in the same way as others. She and her husband adopted five children with Down syndrome from Ukraine. Karol said she took their children to Helium Trampoline Park in New Berlin Thursday to celebrate one of their birthdays. However, she said they were segregated.
  • ACLU Targets Religious Charities Over Refusing Abortions, Contraception for Immigrant Children

    04/11/2015 9:20:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 10, 2015 - 4:31 PM | Lauretta Brown
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on Apr. 6 against the federal government to obtain “documents related to how groups that are awarded government funding contracts are restricting refugee and undocumented immigrant teenagers’ access to reproductive health services, including contraception and abortion.” The lawsuit is seeking the release of documents from the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families about contracts awarded to religious groups that are helping unaccompanied minors, many of whom have crossed into the United States from Mexico. Brigitte Amiri, an ACLU senior staff attorney, said that...
  • Rural Indiana county’s HIV outbreak tops 100 cases (Scott County)

    04/10/2015 8:37:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:19 PM EDT | Rick Callahan
    More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles, and officials said Friday they’re trying to combat unfounded fears among drug users that they could be arrested if they take part in a needle-exchange program created to stem the spread of the virus. The state’s Joint Information Center said there had been 95 confirmed HIV cases and 11 preliminary positive cases tied to the outbreak as of Thursday. That’s up from last week’s 84 confirmed HIV cases and five preliminary positive cases. […] Indiana’s largest-ever HIV outbreak...
  • Bird flu confirmed at 1 ND turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

    04/10/2015 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 10, 2015 11:23 PM EDT | Steve Karnowski
    A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the new cases in Minnesota of the highly contagious H5N2 strain are in Cottonwood, Lyon, Watonwan and Stearns counties. The four new farms housed a combined 189,000 turkeys. In North Dakota, State Veterinarian Susan Keller said the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Iowa confirmed the H5N2...
  • Brain Scans Can Predict If Child with Autism Will Have Poor Language Skills

    04/10/2015 8:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    HNGN ^ | 04/10/2015 | By Julie Sabino
    A study found that poor language skills and language delays can be predicted even before the child is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects one's social, communication and behavior. There is no medical test yet used to rule out if a child has autism, but symptoms are usually detected as early as 18 months or younger. However, some are not diagnosed until they are older, which delays the help that they need. Language delays are very common in ASD children, and doctors usually recommend speech therapy. Researchers at at the University of California,...
  • Lack Of Sleep In The Black Community Is Causing Major Health Problems

    Studies show that African-Americans are not getting enough sleep — a health issue that has an adverse impact on our health. Consistent lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Regardless of income levels, sleep deprivation is taking its toll on the Black community. Amongst African-Americans in management positions, 42 percent get less than seven hours of sleep a night and for those in support staff positions, 37 percent get less than seven hours of sleep. The Urban Housecall Doctors — Dr. Karla Robinson and Dr. Robert C. Robinson III — joined guest host...
  • Gallup: Most Americans Still Unhappy With Obamacare

    04/09/2015 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 9, 2015 - 1:28 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, was launched five years ago but more Americans today say they are unhappy with the law than those who claim to be happy with it, a recent Gallup poll confirmed. The survey also showed that in the half-decade the law has been in place, support for it has never surpassed 48 percent, and in November 2014, only 37 percent of Americans said they approved of Obamacare. In the latest survey, conducted April 1-4, only 44 percent of Americans said they approved of the law, while 50 percent said they...
  • Why are the Dutch Growing Taller Than the Rest of the World?

    04/09/2015 5:21:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Express UK ^ | Thu, Apr 9, 2015 | Levi Winchester
    DUTCH men are towering over their global rivals by growing at the fastest rate in the world – but why? The average male in the Netherlands has gained 20cm in height over the last 150 years, according to military records. In comparison, the height of the average American has risen only 6cm in the same timeframe. The reason may be down to taller Dutch men producing MORE children than their shorter counterparts - meaning the tall gene is being rapidly passed down through generations. According to a snapshot of the last three-decades, the most fertile men were those above...
  • Sushi Meets Science: UCSF Researchers Study if “Wasabi Receptors” Can Improve Pain Medications

    Not just for sushi — but for research. You know that burning sensation when you eat wasabi? Researchers at University of California San Francisco think new information about the so-called “wasabi receptor” can help improve pain medications. The wasabi receptor is a protein inside our nerve cells. It reacts to spicy things like wasabi, and even tear gas. UCSF researchers used new imaging technology to better map the protein. They're experimenting with blocking the pain receptor's response. Pain medications and anti-itch medications could become more effective as a result.
  • Contagious Leukemia Killing East Coast Clams

    04/09/2015 11:32:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    "The evidence indicates that the tumor cells themselves are contagious -- that the cells can spread from one animal to another in the ocean," said researcher Stephen Goff of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Columbia University in New York City. "We know this must be true because the genotypes of the tumor cells do not match those of the host animals that acquire the disease, but instead all derive from a single lineage of tumor cells," Goff explained. The findings, published April 9 in Cell, suggest that cells can survive in seawater long enough to reach and infect a...
  • Harry Reid: I'm Blind in One Eye

    04/09/2015 3:40:54 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 45 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 8, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Senate minority leader Harry Reid is blind in one eye. The news comes a week after Reid announced that he will retire at the end of this session of Congress and not run for reelection. “It looked like somebody had hit you,” Fusion newscaster Jorge Ramos told Reid in a recent interview. “Are you afraid that you might not regain your eyesight?” “No, I’m over that, ‘cause I can’t see out of my eye, and that’s the way it’s going to be until something comes along that’ll change it,” Reid responded to Ramos. “Right now, I’ve had 11 hours of...
  • Robert Kennedy Jr. warns of vaccine-linked ‘holocaust’

    04/07/2015 8:55:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 53 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4-7-2015 | JEREMY B. WHITE
    With lawmakers preparing to vote on a bill blocking parents from skipping vaccinations for their children, prominent vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrived at the Sacramento screening of a film linking autism to the vaccine preservative thimerosal and warned that public health officials cannot be trusted. “They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” said Kennedy, who walked onto and left a Crest Theater stage to standing ovations, of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wednesday afternoon will see the first hearing for a bill eliminating the personal belief...
  • Man Crashes Into Home, Tries to "Hug It Out"

    04/07/2015 7:45:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Greg Bledsoe and R. Stickney
    The car crashed into the home on Greyling Drive in Serra Mesa around midnight.Moments after a car crashed into a home in San Diego's Serra Mesa community, the driver began apologizing and kept trying to hug the homeowner and other people at the scene. “I just heard this huge noise and the house just started shaking," said homeowner Ian Jones. Jones was awake and approximately 25 feet from where the car jumped the curb and smashed into the side of the home on Greyling Drive around midnight on Monday. "I just heard this screech, and obviously it was cars I...
  • Does Your Hospital Sell McDonald’s In The Lobby?

    04/07/2015 8:19:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 66 replies
    vocativ ^ | 4-7-2015 | Luke Malone
    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has a beef with fast-food chains, particularly when they’re doing business with public hospitals. The D.C.-based non-profit recently surveyed more than 200 hospitals around the U.S. and found that 40 of them—around 20 percent—housed a fast-food restaurant. Chick-fil-A leads the charge with 20 hospital locations, followed by McDonald’s (18) and Wendy’s (5); donut and coffee spot Tim Horton’s also makes an appearance. In terms of state saturation, Texas and Florida tie with seven hospitals apiece. The report also points out some surprising anecdotal examples, like the McDonald’s attached to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, which offers...
  • Suicide at M Resort blamed on loss of free buffet for life [Weird]......

    04/07/2015 9:41:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.reviewjournal.com ^ | April 6, 2015 - 6:02pm | By HENRY BREAN
    The day before he put a gun to his head and killed himself at an M Resort buffet on Easter, a Las Vegas man filled a box with his complaints against the resort and its employees and mailed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In his final, angry message to the world, delivered to the newspaper Monday morning, John Noble blamed his suicide on depression that set in after the Henderson resort awarded him free meals at the buffet for life then banned him from the property in 2013 for harassing some of the women working there. “Today, I end...
  • Plastic Surgeon Found Dead Was ‘Deeply Hurt’ by ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ Character (Tina Fey-induced)

    04/06/2015 11:31:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Cosmetic surgeon to the stars Dr. Fredric Brant was “deeply hurt” by Tina Fey making fun of his appearance on the Netflix show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” SNIP Brandt’s longtime publicist Jacquie Trachtenberg told us, “The show definitely deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. “It is mean, and it was bullying. But the show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.” SNIP
  • Slinging Weeds: Wild Food Week

    04/06/2015 10:41:38 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | Luke Tsai
    In the Bay Area’s low-income urban food deserts, in which no grocery store can be found within a one-mile radius, one untapped resource remains: weeds. That’s the premise, anyway, of the Berkeley Open Source Food Project, a collaborative research project run by a team of academics who are mostly based at UC Berkeley, including Philip Stark (the chair of the university’s statistics department) and Kristen Rasmussen, a nutritionist and lecturer in the nutritional sciences department. For the past several months, Stark, Rasmussen, and their colleagues have been mapping out the edible wild plants in three East Bay food deserts (in...
  • Aethlon Subsidiary to Collaborate With University on Cancer Research (Liquid Biopsy)

    04/06/2015 10:10:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    San Diego-based Aethlon Medical Inc., a company developing targeted therapeutic devices to address infectious diseases and cancer, announced that its majority-owned subsidiary Exosome Sciences Inc. has entered into a research collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University, which is in Philadelphia. The goal of the collaboration is to advance a "liquid biopsy" that could improve the diagnoses and monitoring of head and neck cancer. In this regard, researchers will seek to determine whether exosome-based molecular signatures correlate with and predict patient responses to therapy. Aethlon Medical’s lead product is the Aethlon Hemopurifier, a therapeutic device that selectively targets the rapid elimination of...
  • Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death

    04/05/2015 5:14:40 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/4/15 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    .... Yet the focus kept returning to one subject: Was death an inevitability — or a solvable problem? ....
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital While Battling Severe Flu

    04/04/2015 9:01:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 3, 2015 | Ian Cull
    UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital held picture day on Friday -- not a promotional shoot for doctors and nurses, but an opportunity to get a photo with 8-year-old patient Lydia Ledford. Lydia, who has spent three months at the hospital getting treatment for a severe flu, was finally being released and able to go home. "She's just become a real star in the hospital," said Dr. Peter Oishi, who works at the hospital's intensive care unit. Lydia on Christmas Day got a cough, and it would not stop, mother Emily Ledford said. "She didn't even have a fever and one day...
  • Camera chip provides superfine 3-D resolution [for 3D Printers!]

    04/04/2015 9:04:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04/04/2015 | Provided by California Institute of Technology
    Imagine you need to have an almost exact copy of an object. Now imagine that you can just pull your smartphone out of your pocket, take a snapshot with its integrated 3-D imager, send it to your 3-D printer, and within minutes you have reproduced a replica accurate to within microns of the original object. This feat may soon be possible because of a tiny new, tiny high-resolution 3-D imager developed at Caltech. Any time you want to make an exact copy of an object with a 3-D printer, the first step is to produce a high-resolution scan of the...
  • Man says he was beaten after a knock on the door

    04/04/2015 7:41:45 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 17 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 04 APRIL 2015 | WBAY.COM
    A Neenah man says he was attacked by a group in Menasha after answering a knock at the door Thursday night. According to Menasha police, the 25-year-old victim was staying at a friend’s home on the 100-block of Oak Park Drive. He heard a knock, but when he went to the door no one was there. When he went outside to look around, a group of males with their faces covered attacked him, then they ran off. Police say the man had injuries and was treated at a hospital. They didn’t know the extent of his injuries. There’s no detailed...
  • Doctor Saves Baby's Life. 30 Years Later, the Favor Is Returned.

    Jennifer O'Neill Doctor Saves Baby's Life. 30 Years Later, the Favor Is Returned. “It’s amazing to watch [my patients] all grow up, but to have one come back in your life, on a day you really need it — that’s really incredible,” Dr. Michael Shannon — here with Chris Trokey and other emergency workers — says of being rescued from a car crash by a grown-up preemie he saved long ago. (Photo: Chris Trokey/Facebook) Thirty-plus years ago, San Clemente, Calif. doctor Michael Shannon worked tirelessly to keep a premature 3.2-pound baby alive after the boy was given a 50 percent...
  • Justice Dept.: Inmate’s gender condition should be treated

    04/03/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Kate Brumback
    The Justice Department says prison officials must treat an inmate’s gender identity condition just as they would treat any other medical or mental health condition. The department stated its position Friday in a court filing in the case of Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman. The Southern Poverty Law Center in February filed a lawsuit against Georgia Department of Corrections officials on Diamond’s behalf. The lawsuit says prison officials have failed to provide adequate treatment for Diamond’s gender dysphoria …
  • Drug-Resistant Shigellosis Spreading: CDC

    04/03/2015 8:04:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Multidrug-resistant shigellosis, much of it associated with international travel, is spreading in the U.S., the CDC is warning. Over a 9-month period, a strain of Shigella sonnei resistant to several antibiotics caused intestinal illness in 243 people in 32 states and Puerto Rico, the agency said in the April 3 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. ... Working with state and local health officials, CDC disease detectives found 157 such cases had occurred from May 24, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2015, with large clusters in three states -- 45 cases in Massachusetts, 25 in California, and 18 in Pennsylvania....
  • Vanity: Razor$$$$Blade$$$ & Razors

    04/03/2015 5:20:13 AM PDT · by CGASMIA68 · 89 replies
    4/3/15 | cgasmia
    Tired of paying through the nose for "Gimmick" razors with 2&3 blades that do nothing but clog. Looking into a Ole'fashioned Double edge and have seen a few on E Bay and the bald guy from Pawn Stars latest addition at Walgreens for 20 bucks. Never did electric. Wish I kept my 1st Gillette. Any thoughts?
  • Fox News Poll: More families feel worse than better as a result of ObamaCare

    04/02/2015 10:31:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 03, 2015 | Dana Blanton
    More voters say their family is worse off than better off under ObamaCare. In addition, most of those who had to change their insurance coverage because of the health care law say it cost them money. That’s according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Overall, 42 percent say the country is worse off under the 2010 health care law. Some 44 percent felt that way last year (June 2014). […] Clearly partisanship plays a role: 73 percent of Republicans say the country is worse off under Obamacare, while just 12 percent of Democrats feel that way. Has the law...
  • The Homosexual Test

    04/02/2015 11:34:23 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 89 replies
    Common Sense | April 2, 2015 | blueunicorn6
    It is clear to me that many of my fellow Americans have no clue as to what homosexuality is and what it is exactly that makes a person a homosexual. In the interest of clearing up some really rather large misconceptions, I have devised this simple test. WARNING! Sexually explicit material. 1. You are a male homosexual if you: A. Love your brother. B. Are a really nice guy. C. Are creative and like musicals. D. Are afraid of asking out a female. E. Willingly put another male's penis in your mouth or anal canal. The correct answer is E....
  • Bryson update

    04/01/2015 3:53:37 PM PDT · by knarf · 34 replies
    God ^ | April 1, 2015 | knarf
    I've received a couple of e-mails and I thought I had posted the latest ..