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  • Public Notice regarding West Virginia Constitutional Amendment 1 is now available.

    11/12/2018 12:42:47 PM PST · by Morgana
    DHHR.WV.GOV ^ | 11/9/2018 | staff
    ​PUBLIC NOTICE WEST VIRGINIA MEDICAID PROGRAM REGARDING: WEST VIRGINIA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 1 NOVEMBER 9, 2018 On November 6, 2018 West Virginia voters ratified West Virginia Constitutional Amendment 1, which states: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires funding of abortion.” This amendment in turn abrogated the holding by the West Virginia Supreme Court in Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc. v.Panepinto (1993) that West Virginia Code §9-2-11, which limits Medicaid funds paying for pregnancy terminations to several limited circumstances, is unconstitutional. As a result of the ratification of this Constitutional Amendment as described...
  • Congo's Ebola fight complicated by war and suspicion over vaccine [seen as 'satanic']

    11/11/2018 4:26:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Sky News ^ | 20:43, UK, Saturday 10 November 2018 | John Sparks
    The idea is pretty simple: track down everyone who has been in contact with an Ebola victim and provide them with a newly available vaccine developed in Canada. It has not been approved by major health authorities but it has shown itself to be effective in early trials. There is problem with the plan however. First, many city residents do not want to be tracked down and secondly, they do not want the vaccine. "Lots of people reject the vaccine and they talk a lot about it. They say if you take it you will become infertile, it will kill...
  • Japan team transplants stem cells into brain to treat Parkinson's

    11/10/2018 6:36:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Japanese researchers said Friday they have transplanted stem cells into the brain of a patient in the first stage of an innovative trial to cure Parkinsons disease. The research team at Kyoto University injected induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells which have the potential to develop into any cell in the body into the brain of a male patient in his fifties, the university said in a press release. The man was stable after the operation, which was performed last month, and he will now be monitored for two years, the university added. The researchers injected 2.4 million iPS...
  • Why the ACLU supported Trump scrapping rule on limiting guns for mentally ill

    11/10/2018 11:21:34 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 18 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 2018 | Mark Gollom
    In February 2017, Trump repealed an Obama-era rule to strengthen the federal gun background check system after the 2012 shooting of 20 young students and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There are laws in the United States regarding the sale of weapons to some mentally ill individuals. It is unlawful to sell a firearm to a person who "has been adjudicated as a mental defective" or "has been committed to any mental institution." Obama's regulation would also have required the Social Security Administration to send the names of some people unable to manage their disability...
  • Utah man dies from rabies, the first case in over 70 years

    11/09/2018 4:34:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    foxnews13 ^ | AManda Gerry
    She said it wasn't until he died on November 4 that they realized he had been infected with rabies. "Usually within a couple of weeks the person will have swelling of the brain, swelling of the spine, and will be placed in a coma, and will pass away," said Dallin Peterson, epidemiologist at the Utah Health Department. The state health department said they believe Giles contracted rabies from a likely source: a bat. "He would just catch them, put them outside," Sedgwick said. "I know that my mom has always thought that bats were really cute, so he would sit...
  • People with Down syndrome apply to be first humans on endangered list

    11/08/2018 5:13:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LIVE ACTION . ORG ^ | November 8, 2018 | Cassy Fiano-Chesser |
    A newly released video from The Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS) has just released a video pointing out how worldwide, people with Down syndrome are in danger of becoming extinct. Their lives are endangered because of abortion. So people with the condition are speaking out, demanding better treatment and an end to the eugenics that has left their numbers dwindling. The CDSS notes on its campaign website that [b]y the International Union for the Conservation of Natures own criteria, the Down syndrome community qualifies as endangered in many parts of the world. The CDSS has applied for the inclusion of...
  • Embracing the Void: Engineers Use Air Voids to Create Cooling Paint

    11/08/2018 12:59:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.engineering.com ^ | October 08, 2018 | Emily Pollock
    A board coated in the new polymer paint stays significantly cooler than its surroundings, even in direct sunlight, as seen under ultraviolet lights. (Image courtesy of Columbia University.) ___________________________________________________________________ A team of engineers from Columbia University has created a polymer coating that uses nano-to-microscale air voids to reflect sunlight and cool down buildings. Passive daytime radiative cooling (PDRC) is a phenomenon where a surface spontaneously cools by reflecting sunlight and radiating heat to a cooler atmosphere. PDRC works best if a surface has high solar reflectance—meaning that most of the sun’s radiation is reflected away—and a high thermal emittance—meaning that...
  • Watch tiny robots swim through an eyeball to deliver medicine

    11/08/2018 9:21:33 AM PST · by ETL · 26 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Frankie Schembri
    Although the mere thought of a swarm of microrobots burrowing into an eyeball is enough to make some people squirm, scientists believe tiny, controllable delivery vehicles could be the future of eye medicine. Now, researchers have developed a tiny, rotini-shaped spiral that could one day be deployed in the thousands for targeted drug delivery. Current treatments for eye diseases such as glaucoma or diabetic macular edema are delivered through direct injection or eyedrops. Those methods are effective but imprecise, often blanketing the entire eye in medication. So scientists used nanoscale 3D printing to create spiral-shaped robots small enough to pass...
  • CDC director warns that Congos Ebola outbreak may not be containable

    11/07/2018 12:35:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    washington post ^ | 11/05/2018 | Lena H. Sun
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Monday that the Ebola outbreak in conflict-ridden Congo has become so serious that international public health experts need to consider the possibility that it cannot be brought under control and instead will become entrenched. If that happened, it would be the first time since the deadly viral disease was first identified in 1976 that an Ebola outbreak led to the persistent presence of the disease. In all previous outbreaks, most of which took place in remote areas, the disease was contained before it spread widely. The current outbreak is entering...
  • 30 now ill, including 10 deaths, in adenovirus outbreak in New Jersey

    11/06/2018 3:28:35 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/06/2018 | Michael Nedelman
    The confirmed cases became ill between September 26 and November 5, according to the health department. The number has risen from 18 cases, including six deaths, announced last month by the health department. A staff member was also affected by the outbreak but has recovered. The outbreak in the Wanaque facility was caused by adenovirus type 7. This type is "most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease," according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other types of adenovirus infections can cause flu-like symptoms, pinkeye and diarrhea. The health department also announced Monday that a new case of...
  • Frequent inbreeding may have caused skeletal abnormalities in early humans

    11/06/2018 12:24:18 PM PST · by ETL · 64 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | Nov 5, 2018 | Michael Price
    Early humans faced countless challenges as they fanned out of Africa: icy conditions, saber-tooth cats, and, according to a new study of ancient skeletons, an unusually high number of birth defects, both debilitating and relatively inconsequential. Its unclear why such abnormalities seem to be so common, but scientists say one strong possibility is rampant inbreeding among small hunter-gatherer groups. This paper represents a valuable compilation, says Vincenzo Formicola, an anthropologist at the University of Pisa in Italy who wasnt involved in the new work. Many cases reported in the list were unknown to me and, I assume, to many people...
  • Miracle of the mind: How one man's brain disorder unlocked a hidden talent

    11/06/2018 10:13:31 AM PST · by AFreeBird · 16 replies
    WTHR 13 Indianapolis ^ | 11/05/2018 | Scott Swan
    INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) The human brain is the largest and most complex organ in the body a command center. It is constantly processing thoughts, emotions and actions. The mind is miraculous and mysterious even when it malfunctions. Rick Johnston, 49, was a hardworking supervisor for Carrier in 2015. He was on his 72nd straight day of work when he suffered a health scare similar to a stroke. "He had a neurological disorder. His brain is telling his body that he's had a stroke, but he has not had one," said his wife Cammie Johnston. "It took me almost a...
  • Rugby player who swallowed garden slug as dare has died, 8 years after health nightmare began

    11/05/2018 9:30:32 AM PST · by ETL · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 4, 2018 | Rohan Smith | news.com.au
    SamBallard never did anything wrong, if you ask family and friends. The teenager from Sydneys upper north shore was having a laugh and some red wine with mates in the backyard, trying to act like grown-ups. It was 2010 and it was a night that would change his life, and the lives of everybody around him, forever.A slug crawled across the concrete patio and, teens being teens, a dare emerged for Sam to eat it.One of his best friends, Jimmy Galvin, later described the moment. We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying...
  • MAN who ate garden slug eight years ago dies from rat lungworm

    11/05/2018 5:26:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 54 replies
    Newaweek ^ | 11/5/18 | Hannah Osborne
    A man in Australia has died from rat lungworm caused by a garden slug he ate for a dare eight years earlier. Sam Ballard, who was a promising rugby player, died at the age of 27 after developing a series of complications from the disease. Ballard was 19 in 2010 when he and some friends were drinking wine with his friends in a garden. We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown up and a slug came crawling across here, his friend Jimmy Galvin told news.com.au. The conversation came...
  • 'Rat lungworm' explained: What to know about the parasitic roundworm

    11/05/2018 7:07:48 AM PST · by ETL · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | Aug 1, 2018 - Update Nov 5, 2018 | Zoe Szathmary | Fox News
    If you're considering eating raw or undercooked snails, slugs or centipedes you may want to think again. Some of thesedelicacies may carry "rat lungworm," a parasite that can infect critters through rodent feces. Here's what you should know about the parasitic roundworm,Angiostrongylus cantonensis, and how it can be avoided. Where is the parasite found? Rodents have the adult form, with sickened rats passing the parasite's larvae in feces, theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) says online. How are snails, slugs and humans infected?Infections occur in snails and slugs when they consume the parasite's larvae, the agency says, adding that humans...
  • Nasal gene spray inspired by llama antibodies could prevent all types of flu

    11/04/2018 12:25:32 PM PST · by ETL · 26 replies
    ScienceMag.com ^ | Nov 1, 2018 | Jon Cohen
    Four llama antibodies and a harmless virus: This outlandish recipe could be the basis of a nasal spray designed to foil infection from all strains of influenza. The spray, containing a virus engineered to make a protein derived from the llama antibodies, has passed its first animal test, protecting mice from every known flu strain that infects humans, a research team reports. Although the strategy must go through more testing before human trials can begin, researchers who have struggled to develop a "universal" vaccine against the highly mutable flu virus say it merits serious attention. The nasal spray could prove...
  • Free Healthcare vs Republicans

    11/01/2018 5:30:26 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 19 replies
    Vanity | 11/1/18 | Originalbuckeye
    When the Left brings up Medicare for all or Obamacare, instead of pointing out that Government run healthcare would cost $32.3 TRILLION over the next 10 years, Republicans need to say that would raise Federal taxes on every taxpayer 20%. Period.
  • CDC urging people to stop using dead bats as Halloween decorations

    11/01/2018 4:07:46 AM PDT · by bgill · 20 replies
    cbs Austin ^ | Oct. 31, 2018 | cbs Austin
    The Centers for Disease Control is sending a bizarre new warning -- urging people to stop using dead bats as Halloween decorations. The national Fish & Wildlife Service says they're seizing illegal dead bats shipped into the U.S. Most of the time the spooky specimens are fully taxidermied. People use them as wall hangings or outdoor decor. The biggest problem? Dead bats can carry disease.
  • Actor that appeared on 'Better Call Saul' and 'Longmire' admits to cutting off own arm,...

    10/31/2018 10:00:09 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 31, 2018
    A would-be actor took a shockingly extreme step to improve his career by cutting off his own arm so that he could more easily pose as a war veteran, only to have a handful of small, modest parts to show for his extreme and bloody trouble. According to KOB4, Todd Latourette, who claims he is bipolar, cut off and cauterized his right arm roughly 17 years ago while he was off his medications. I severed my hand with a Skil saw, he told the outlet. The state of my mind was a psychotic episode. Surprisingly, the move worked and Latourette...
  • Principal Admits to Stealing Drugs From Nurse's Office, Resigns

    10/31/2018 9:42:06 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 10/31/2018 | Dan Stamm
    A principal of a Chester County high school is out of a job after he admitted to taking prescription medications from the nurses office, the school district said. Great Valley High School Principal Michael Flick resigned from the Malvern school, effective immediately, school district Superintendent Regina Speaker Palubinsky said in a letter sent to parents and guardians Tuesday. Flick, a 1992 graduate of Great Valley who became principal in 2009, admitted his involvement with the theft of pills and is seeking treatment, the district said. This news comes as a tremendous shock to our school community, and there are many...