First Local Zika Virus Outbreak Strikes Florida — CDC
- July 31, 2016

Governor Rick Scott asked for help Friday after announcing four people in Florida are infected with the Zika virus after being bitten by mosquitoes in their area. The latest statistics show there have been 50 reported cases of Zika in Virginia. Miami-Dade and Broward County Mosquito Control Districts will receive $1.28 million in state funds through December to combat Zika. (more...)
Baby Born with Zika-Triggered Brain Deformity in New York City
- July 31, 2016

US health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly , a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. - The NYC Health Dept. announced Friday the first case of microcephaly in a baby caused by the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to award $60 million in total funds to USA states and territories in support of efforts that seek to prevent the spread of Zika ... (more...)
Fed keeps rates unchanged, but alludes to possible hike in September
- July 30, 2016

Here's the appalling truth about what federal lawmakers really do all day... Fed policymakers also are hesitant to lift rates too quickly when several other central banks have pushed rates further into negative territory. The chances of an interest rate rise in the United States in September rose early yesterday only to diminish substantially later in the day. There may be more evidence of this by the September FOMC meeting, but the evidence might not be definitive for a majority of FOMC ... (more...)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets angrily booed at DNC delegate breakfast Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets angrily booed at DNC delegate breakfast
- July 29, 2016

One Democratic Party official noted that the plan was always to have a permanent chair of the convention, the role that will be filled by Rep. Marcia Fudge of OH, a Clinton loyalist, who, according to an internal party document obtained by ABC News, is in line to become the convention's permanent chairperson. (more...)
FDA pauses blood donations in 2 Florida counties with unexplained Zika cases
- July 29, 2016

OneBlood's statement said the agency "received an unanticipated announcement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 28th after its operations for the day were already underway, requesting collections to cease in Miami-Dade and Broward counties". (more...)
FDA: Halt Blood Donations In Dade, Broward Amid Possible Zika Outbreak
- July 29, 2016

The agency also recommends that nearby counties take similar precautions as soon as possible. To protect blood recipients from Zika, the FDA called on the two counties as well as neighboring counties to halt donations until health officials could start screening blood donors for Zika or set up technology that would inactivate Zika viruses in donated blood. (more...)
Brazos County Health Department confirms first case of Zika virus
- July 29, 2016

Health officials in Barcelona meanwhile said a woman has given birth to a boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus - the first detected case in Spain. Health care providers are now advised to extend the timeframe for testing pregnant women up to 14 days after possible Zika exposure. No mosquitoes collected in Miami-Dade County so far have tested positive for Zika or other viruses carried by the same species, according to state and county officials. (more...)
ASEAN fails to reach compromise on South China Sea ruling
- July 29, 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday praised Manila's handling of its territorial dispute with Beijing , as he and Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay downplayed the failure of Association of Southeast Nations (Asean ) foreign ministers to address the issue. (more...)
US Presidential Election: Barack Obama Roots For Hillary Clinton
- July 29, 2016

The election is on November 8. "Thank you for this handsome journey", Obama said in conclusion. Clinton joined Obama on stage at the end of his speech, but not before he thanked the American people for "this incredible journey" of the past 8 years. (more...)
A recent study shows cancerous chemicals inside e-cigarettes A recent study shows cancerous chemicals inside e-cigarettes
- July 29, 2016

The researchers only looked at two different types of e-cigarettes and three different types of liquids out of hundreds on the market, but Destaillats says he thinks the findings are a good indication of emissions for a variety of e-cigarettes. (more...)
Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe
- July 29, 2016

The Health Department has a number of free services available to pregnant women, including Zika testing; home inspections for mosquito larvae or breeding areas; larvacide treatments; and Zika-prevention kits, which include mosquito netting, insect repellent and permethrin spray repellent for clothing. (more...)
West Nile virus found in Ada County mosquito trap West Nile virus found in Ada County mosquito trap
- July 29, 2016

Another trap along the Boise River near Star showed a temporary positive, according to the county. The two agencies collaborate very closely, officials have said. One case was reported in Merced County previous year. - DRAIN any standing water on your property that may produce mosquitos. Inman said students from UC Merced recently received approval for labs to assist with testing for West Nile virus mosquitoes. (more...)
Zika Virus May be Spread Without Mosquitoes
- July 29, 2016

The mosquito-borne virus, which can cause a rare birth defect and other neurological conditions, has been spreading across the Americas and the Caribbean, with cases reported among travelers returning to the U.S. Epidemiologists are surveying households and neighbors within a 150-yard radius around the residence of the person who was diagnosed with the Zika virus which would constitute the flying range of the mosquitoes that carry the virus. (more...)
Freddie Gray's father: We stand by prosecutor Freddie Gray's father: We stand by prosecutor
- July 28, 2016

The remaining trials would have been presided over Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams , who had previously acquitted Officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson and Brian Rice in bench trials in May, June and July, respectively. Richard Shipley said during a news conference Wednesday that the family "is proud to have her represent us". "This system is in need of reform when it comes to police accountability", she said. (more...)
[Ticker] Spain registers first Zika birth in Europe
- July 27, 2016

McLellan reassured the most common form of Zika transmission is still through mosquito bites. Any kind of unprotected sex - vaginal, anal, oral, and even with sex toys - could spread Zika virus, US health officials say. The CDC said it has provided $2 million for Zika preparedness and another $5.6 million was just allotted, the newspaper reported . The mother, who was not identified, had traveled earlier this year to South America, where she contracted Zika. (more...)
2 killed, at least 16 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting 2 killed, at least 16 wounded in Florida nightclub shooting
- July 27, 2016

By midmorning, she said, four of the wounded remained at Lee - two in critical condition and two listed as fair. A local hospital said victims were between 12 and 27 years old. Tasha Grant said her son grew up with Strawder and that the two had been friends since they were 5 and they played on the city football team together. (more...)
Researchers Develop Checklist to ID Alzheimer's Earlier
- July 27, 2016

For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people's risk for dementia by playing a computer game. Scientists who now look at mild cognitive impairment as an early indicator of Alzheimer's might have another tell-tale sign: Moodiness or behavioral changes, which they say show up in people who develop full-blown dementia. (more...)
Sherlock Season 4 Comic-Con Trailer
- July 26, 2016

The next installment of Marvel's cinematic universe will branch off into the arcane with Doctor Strange. "And culturally they're utterly different", Cumberbatch added. Rowling. Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mondo speaks for the first time in the new trailer, while fans can also get a better look at villain Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen. (more...)
Olympics: Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson dazzle as Team USA crushes China Olympics: Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson dazzle as Team USA crushes China
- July 26, 2016

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points for the USA and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points and seven rebounds. He has a chance to be raucously welcomed by his new team in his new home court, when Team USA plays its second exhibition game against China on Tuesday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. (more...)
First baby with Zika-related microcephaly defect born in Spain
- July 26, 2016

Those anxious they may have contracted the virus should see their doctor or health provider immediately. The virus has three known paths of infection: sexual contact, pregnancy, or a mosquito bite, although a recent case in the USA has made researchers question whether or not we know exactly how Zika can spread. (more...)