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  • Retirement causes brain function to rapidly decline, warn scientists

    01/22/2018 9:33:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 January 2018 • 5:08PM | Sarah Knapton
    Workers looking forward to enjoying a long and leisurely retirement after years of toil may need to think again. New research shows that brain function declines rapidly as soon as people stop work and put their feet up. A major British study which tracked 3,400 retired civil servants found that short-term memory declines nearly 40 percent faster once employees become pensioners. It appears that the lack of regular stimulation takes a heavy toll on cognitive function and speeds up memory loss and dementia, researchers warned. Professor Cary Cooper, an expert in organizational psychology at Manchester Business School, said the study...
  • California may buck Congress with its own health insurance requirement

    01/22/2018 6:14:03 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | January 22, 2018 | Elizabeth Aguilera
    With Congress ending the requirement that all Americans have health insurance, California leaders are preparing to counter that move by securing health care for as many residents as possible in a fortified state insurance exchange.
  • The Raw Water Trend: Why experts aren’t buying in

    01/22/2018 5:29:33 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 65 replies
    Accuweather Staff ^ | 1-18-18 | Jillian McMath
    Last year, cryotherapy and charcoal ice cream were the latest wellness crazes. But 2018 may just be the year of raw water, a health trend convincing people to dig deep into their pockets to buy an untreated version of what comes from the tap. Marketers of raw water say skipping the water treatment process makes the product better for your health, as naturally occurring probiotics, electrolytes and silica are not filtered out. Raw water also ditches tap water additives like chloramine, a disinfectant, and flouride, which is said to reduce tooth decay. Live Water, a California-based raw water distributor, says...
  • Tide Pod Challenge' takes serious turn for college student

    01/21/2018 6:46:58 PM PST · by LukeL · 62 replies
    WABC ^ | 1/21/2018 | Staff.
    LOGAN, Utah (WABC) -- A dangerous social media stunt took a serious turn in Utah. A college student was hospitalized after ingesting a Tide Pod. Utah State University says it happened Saturday afternoon in a dorm. There is no word on the student's condition, but she was conscious after medics put her in an ambulance.
  • Fun Facts

    01/21/2018 5:03:41 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 67 replies
    email from a friend | 01/21/2018 | unknown
    Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years. Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off. Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. Kites were used in the American Civil War to...
  • Coyote that charged hunter in Chiricahuas had rabies

    01/21/2018 4:02:28 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WILLCOX — The coyote that charged a bow hunter in the Chiricahuas has tested positive for rabies. The attack occurred at 6 p.m., Jan. 13, on a trail in Green Canyon, according Mark Hart, with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “A hunter just down from a tree stand was charged by a coyote with teeth bared,” he told the Range News. “He struck it with his bow to fend off the attack, then shot the coyote with an arrow when it was down.” Just prior to the attack, the coyote may have attacked a calf, “but was then rushed...
  • Dog Flu Diagnosed in Many Dogs in South Bay

    Humans aren't the only ones suffering from the flu this year. Canine influenza, better known as "dog flu," has been diagnosed in a number of dogs in the South Bay recently, veterinarians said. United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Campbell has seen about 70 dogs with symptoms and/or known exposure to the flu, according to Stephanie LaPlume, a veterinarian with the hospital. Other South Bay hospitals, including Los Gatos Dog & Cat Hospital, also report seeing dogs with flu. The virus can't be passed on to humans, but is highly contagious among dogs, a veterinarian said. Dog owners are...
  • New technology at UNM medical center combines pacemaker, defibrillator

    01/20/2018 10:02:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KOB4 ^ | January 20, 2018 | Emily Jaceks
    It's one of the most serious conditions, and a costly one for patients. Heart failure happens when the heart can't pump enough blood and oxygen to the body, leaving those who suffer feeling absolutely terrible. “Well I did feel a bit tired, you know, fatigued when I did do things," Lawrence Longo said. New technology at UNM medical center combines pacemaker, defibrillator Longo says he's been through it all; the weight gain due to fluid retention, the shortness of breath, days when he said he felt like dying. He had a pacemaker installed, but it wasn't helping. So doctors recommended...
  • Four sacked after Macsween’s haggis factory blunder

    01/20/2018 8:31:21 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 46 replies
    Edinburgh News ^ | 1/20/18 | FLORENCE SNEAD
    FOUR workers employed by a world famous haggis firm have been sacked just days before Burns Night following a blunder on the factory floor. Disciplinary action was taken against the employees after a production error at Macsween’s factory in Loanhead led operations to be temporarily suspended. Bosses at the firm said a potential production error - involved the wrong type of meat being taken out from a store room and on to the factory floor - was picked up during stringent checks before any products could be affected. But Mick Malone, who joined the company just days previously and was...
  • Fukushima Operator Releases Fresh Images of Reactor Wreckage

    01/19/2018 11:58:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | January 20 2018
    The operator of Fukushima's crippled nuclear power plant has released fresh images of the wreckage inside a damaged reactor, showing broken metal parts and debris that could be melted fuel. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) inserted a special camera into one of the plant's three melted-down reactors on Friday, a company spokesman said, as part of its efforts to dismantle the disaster-hit facility in northeastern Japan. Images captured by the camera and released late Friday show rubble spread over the bottom of the unit, including part of a fuel container and rock-like fragments that could contain melted nuclear fuel.
  • The 54-Year-Old Who Ran a Marathon Four Years After a Quadruple Bypass

    01/19/2018 10:08:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 15 Jan 2018 | Derrick A Paulo, Anne-Marie Lim
    Jimmy Hoon drank, smoked two packs a day for 10 years, and had panic attacks from work stress. After open heart surgery, running was how he travelled the road to redemption.For nearly two years, since he joined his running club, Mr Jimmy Hoon had kept a secret from his running mates, something that only a few of the trainers knew. He had done eight half-marathons with them and completed his first full marathon last month. But it was only recently, as CNA Insider produced this story, that the 54-year-old revealed to them his condition. After their warm-ups in Punggol Park...
  • Having a Runny Nose? Avoid Antibiotics, or We Could Pay a Deadly Price

    01/19/2018 10:00:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 20 Jan 2018 | Kan Lau, Derrick A Paulo
    With the rise of superbugs, the impact of drug resistance is becoming more serious. One woman tells Talking Point how it left her blind and "like a child". Read more atIt started with a fever. To fight off the infection, Madam Siti Hajar had to rely on antibiotics, as her immune system was weak owing to her diabetes. But even when she returned to work, she did not feel any better. In fact, her vision began to be affected. So the next day, she went to Changi General Hospital’s accident and emergency department. “I only remember going to hospital and...
  • If It's Medically Necessary, It Isn't Abortion

    01/19/2018 8:28:05 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Freep | 01-19-2018 | CharlesOConnell
    There's No Medical Reason to Throw Away a Child. Don't Want a Child. Don't Keep It.(Allow the child to be adopted out.)If a medically necessary therapeutic procedure accidentally results in miscarriage, the doctor now has two patients. That's not procured abortion, it's spontaneous.Abortion is a non-therapeutic action intended to cause fetal demise. Once the child has been delivered, there is no medical or social reason to deliberately cause fetal mortality.It is a foundation of Confucian philosophy, that the way to understand something is to call it what it is. Abortion is not the practice of medicine. It is civilly decreed...
  • Single blood test screens for eight cancer types

    01/19/2018 9:59:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 01/19/18 10:37 | Arutz Sheva Staff/PRNewswire/Asianet Pakistan
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer, AsiaNet Pakistan reported. The test, called CancerSEEK, is a unique noninvasive, multi-analyte test that simultaneously evaluates levels of eight cancer proteins and the presence of cancer gene mutations from circulating DNA in the blood. The test is aimed at screening for eight common cancer types that account for more than 60 percent of cancer deaths in the US. Five of the cancers covered by the test currently have no screening test. “The...
  • Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    01/19/2018 8:53:23 AM PST · by Red Badger · 119 replies ^ | 01/18/2018 | by Azad Essa
    Accra, Ghana - They have come from the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Thousands of them. And many refuse to return. A new wave of African Americans is escaping the incessant racism and prejudice in the United States. From Senegal and Ghana to The Gambia, communities are emerging in defiance of conventional wisdom that Africa is a continent everyone is trying to leave. It is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 African Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. They are teachers in small towns in the west or entrepreneurs in the capital and say they...
  • Sushi lover’s stomach-churning discovery: a 5-foot tapeworm living inside him

    01/18/2018 8:25:44 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 61 replies
    KFOR ^ | 18 Jan 2018
    A California man is likely altering his regular sushi habit after discovering a tapeworm that may have entered his body through the raw salmon he loves so much... ...The man thought he was dying, Banh said, “Oh my goodness my guts are coming out of me,” and started pulling at the worm. Once the tapeworm moved in his hand, Banh said, instead of just being horrified, the man was also relieved to know that it wasn’t his own entrails.
  • Concussion is a red herring' for CTE: Major study shows repeated hits (even mild ones) [tr]

    01/18/2018 10:12:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 18, 2018 | Mia De Graff
    Concussions do not cause long-term neurological disease - it is repeated exposure to tackles, even mild ones, that wreck the brains of athletes such as football players and boxers, a major new study has found. The groundbreaking paper published today by the same Boston University team that diagnosed disgraced former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez with CTE last year is the first to show how sports tackles directly cause the devastating brain disease, which causes aggression, dementia and suicidal thoughts.
  • U.K. government appoints 'Minister for Loneliness'

    01/18/2018 9:25:46 AM PST · by Captain Peter Blood · 25 replies
    CTV News ^ | 01-17-2018 | Jackie Dunham
    In memory of British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing extremist in 2016, the U.K. government has announced the appointment of a new “Minister of Loneliness.” Conservative MP Tracey Crouch was named to the post by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday. The recommendation for the appointment came from the Jo Cox Foundation, a registered charity that was set up in Cox’s memory after her death.
  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • ‘This is already an EPIDEMIC’ Doctor’s dire warning as eye-bleeding fever outbreak spreads

    01/17/2018 7:23:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 16th January 2018 | By Henry Holloway
    DOCTORS have warned a suspected outbreak of “eye-bleeding fever” must be declared an epidemic and emergency measures imposed to tackle the disease. Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, from the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), has warned action must be taken over reports of growing numbers of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases. He warned the disease is “highly contagious” and said the people “must be protected” to prevent it spreading. The infection causes victims to suffer from a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths. It comes amid a growing war of words between the UMA and...