Category Archives: HEALTH

Mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases could invade 75% of America, warns US government | The Independent

 


Mosquitos can spread serious and potentially deadly diseases such as Zika, dengue and yellow fever could invade about three-quarters of mainland United States, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have warned.

The CDC, a US federal agency, has previously warned that climate change could affect human healthin many ways including increasing the number of “disease carriers such as mosquitoes and ticks”.

In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, it revealed maps showing areas where the habitat was suitable for two particular species of mosquito, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus to survive.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/mosquitos-deadly-diseases-us-government-warning-invade-america-zika-dengue-yellow-fever-chikungunya-a7959586.html

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TRUMP: GOP HEALTH BILL SHORT OF VOTES BEFORE DEADLINE

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the Republicans’ last-resort “Obamacare” repeal effort remains two or three votes short, forecasting days of furious lobbying ahead with a crucial deadline looming next week.

The legislation by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would repeal major pillars of former President Barack Obama’s health law, replacing them with block grants to states to design their own health care programs. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to round up 50 votes to pass the legislation before Sept. 30, when special rules preventing a Democratic filibuster will expire.

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CONGRESS_HEALTH_OVERHAUL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-20-18-42-44

Monsanto’s New Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers 

Farmers planted a new kind of seed on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton fields this year. Developed by Monsanto, the seeds, genetically modified to be resistant to a weed killer called dicamba, are one of the biggest product releases in the company’s history.

But the seeds and the weed killer have turned some farmers — often customers of Monsanto, which sells both — against the company and alarmed regulators.

Farmers who have not bought the expensive new seeds, which started to appear last year, are joining lawsuits, claiming that their crops have been damaged by dicamba that drifted onto their farms. Arkansas announced a 120-day ban of the weed killer this summer, and it is considering barring its use next year after mid-April. Missouri briefly barred its sale in July. And the Environmental Protection Agency, not known for its aggressiveness under President Trump, is weighing its own action.

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https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/business/monsanto-dicamba-weed-killer.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/

Why Obamacare’s Much-Criticized Individual Mandate Is Likely to Endure (for Now)

The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that Americans either carry health insurance or pay a fine remains the law’s most unpopular feature. Nevertheless, a bipartisan group of governors is insisting that the so-called individual mandate remain in place — at least for now.

In a letter sent late last month, the governors urged federal lawmakers to retain the mandate to help stabilize insurance markets. But the group, which is led by Republican John Kasich of Ohio and Democrat John Hickenlooper of Colorado, also said states should be given the opportunity to devise “a workable alternative” to it, subject to federal approval.

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http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/sl-individual-mandate-obamacare.html

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage 

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu.

Vaccine experts think the results may reflect the older age and other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots. Health officials say there is no reason to change the government recommendation that all pregnant women be vaccinated against the flu. They say the flu itself is a much greater danger to women and their fetuses.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/study-prompts-call-examine-flu-vaccine-miscarriage-49813933

Insects Attack: Swarm Of Bugs Creating Buzz In Philadelphia « CBS Philly

Hmm. No, We don’t know where all of these gnats came from, either. However, we, for one, welcome our new insect overlords,” said police in a Tweet.

Garrett O’Dwyer told CBS3, “They swarm into your hair, shoes, and shorts. Safe to say the bugs are firmly in charge.”

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http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/09/11/gnats-swarm-philly/

Jeff Sessions urges Congress to reauthorize FISA ‘promptly’

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is urging Congress to “promptly” reauthorize a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also <a target="_blank" href="https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Press%20Releases/DOJ2017.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&quot; style="box-sizing: inherit; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(158, 42, 30); touch-action: manipulation; cursor: pointer; background-image: url("data:image/svg+xml;utf8,"); background-position: 0px 86%; background-repeat: repeat-x;”>signed the letter, addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeff-sessions-urges-congress-to-reauthorize-fisa-promptly/article/2634062

Scientists zap ‘voices’ from schizophrenia sufferers

PARIS] Scientists have pinpointed a part of the brain where “voices” torment schizophrenia sufferers, and partially muted them with magnetic pulse treatment, a team reported on Tuesday.

More than a third of sufferers treated with magnetic pulses in a patient trial experienced “significant” relief, the scientists said in a statement.

“We can now say with some certainty that we have found a specific anatomical area of the brain associated with auditory verbal hallucinations in schizophrenia,” the team said.

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http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/consumer/scientists-zap-voices-from-schizophrenia-sufferers

Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists

Nanomachines which can drill into cancer cells, killing them in just 60 seconds, have been developed by scientists.

The tiny spinning molecules are driven by light, and spin so quickly that they can burrow their way through cell linings when activated.

In one test conducted at Durham University the nanomachines took between one and three minutes to break through the outer membrane of prostate cancer cell, killing it instantly.  

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/30/nanomachines-drill-cancer-cells-killing-just-60-seconds-developed/

Woman Diagnosed With Spinal Meningitis After Being Bitten By Tick 

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A cluster of Lyme disease cases on Staten Island is causing concern after one woman wound up with spinal meningitis because of a tick bite.

CBS2’s Brian Conybeare spoke exclusively with the patient, Dee Vandenburg, who wants everyone to be aware of the dangers – even in the city.

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/08/30/staten-island-ticks/