Health


David Bowie Was Apparently An Inspiration For Jared Leto's Joker
- August 07, 2016

While trying to make an explosive finale fit for a superhero movie, it inevitably misses the mark as the film checks off every cliche on the list. Fan support has been strong with 4 million followers for the "Suicide Squad" Facebook page. (more...)
Florida Congressional Leaders Call For More Dollars In Tackling Zika
- August 07, 2016

Earlier this week, the CDC warned pregnant women to avoid a neighborhood in Miami, Florida after more than a dozen people became infected with the virus, likely from mosquitoes in the area. State public health officials have confirmed 114 travel-associated Zika infections in 22 counties. Mosquito numbers should be reduced by emptying standing water from containers, such as flowerpots and buckets. (more...)
Watch the Zika outbreak spread among the 50 states
- August 06, 2016

The US will evaluate the vaccine's "safety and ability to generate an immune system response in participants", according to the National Institutes of Health that launched the test. The first case of Zika in San Francisco was reported March 3, followed by a second case reported April 22. The IDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both recommended earlier this week that pregnant women avoid traveling to Wynwood near Miami , Florida , where mosquitos are spreading Zika ... (more...)
Hillary Clinton's DNC Speech: 5 Surprising Moments
- August 06, 2016

The real estate mogul did not appreciate Clinton knocking his ability to deal with a national campaign. In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week", Trump suggested that the people of Crimea would rather be part of Russian Federation. (more...)
Zika vaccine closer with successful tests on monkeys
- August 06, 2016

But he added: "Already, more than 5,000 people in the USA and its territories have tested positive for Zika; more than 300 pregnant women in the continental US have the virus". While it will still take some time before the new drug becomes available commercially, Fauci said the launch of the clinical testing on humans is a crucial step forward for its development. (more...)
Zika Virus Vaccine Found? Human Trials Underway
- August 06, 2016

The adenovirus vector-based vaccine which is based on the same principles DNA vaccine, with only a fragment of Zika virus DNA being introduced into the body to trigger an immune response, proved particularly interesting to scientists. "So, the development of a safe, effective vaccine is a priority". It's a standard way to create a vaccine. "If we get a good immune response and there are no safety red flags by the end of December 2016, we should know if it's okay to move on to phase II". (more...)
Tinder App Users Struggle with Self-Esteem Issues Tinder App Users Struggle with Self-Esteem Issues
- August 06, 2016

The University of North Texas research found those frequenting the hook-up app were less happy with their bodies, were more likely to compare their appearance to others and think of themselves as sexual objects. The findings? Tinder users have higher levels of shame and dissatisfaction. However, only male Tinder users reported lower levels of self-esteem. (more...)
Zika virus outbreak: Three vaccines provide effective protection in monkeys
- August 06, 2016

The data suggest that it should not be hard to stop Zika virus with a vaccine, and the first human trials of a candidate product began last week. Efforts to develop a vaccine began after a massive Zika outbreak previous year in Brazil. In a story August 4 about vaccines being developed to fight Zika virus, The Associated Press misspelled the name of the institute where one of the vaccines is being developed. (more...)
Opening Ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics in Rio
- August 06, 2016

Rio 2016 officially gets under way on Friday as the imposing Maracana hosts the start of the Games. Despite being named Athlete of the Century, Pele never actually competed in an Olympics. Anticipation for the sporting battles has been eclipsed by the fallout from the Russian doping scandal that has divided the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency. (more...)
Thirty-three U.S. troops contract Zika
- August 06, 2016

Microcephaly, a neurological condition in which a baby's head and brain is smaller than normal, is a side effect that infants of pregnant women who contract the Zika virus can develop. "These cases emphasize the most severe risks of Zika infection , which will result in mild, if any, symptoms for the vast majority of people". The state health department now says there are 46 confirmed Zika cases in IL. (more...)
Zika vaccine has a good shot
- August 06, 2016

Most Zika infections have occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus is also believed to cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare paralytic illness mostly seen in adults. The DNA-based vaccine contains genetic pieces of the Zika virus. Researchers say a vaccine for the Zika virus will not be available until at least 2018. (more...)
HHS warns: Zika vaccine funding running dry
- August 06, 2016

According to a press release , "The study is part of the U.S. government response to the ongoing outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas". Zika virus is also associated with severe birth defects such as microcephaly and has caused thousands of babies in Brazil to be born with unusually small heads. (more...)
Health Researchers Begin Clinical Trials For Experimental Zika Vaccine
- August 06, 2016

Affected infants are born with small heads and often experience neurological problems and cognitive deficits as they get older. In an unprecedented move, the Center for Disease Control warned pregnant women to keep away from an area of north Miami. (more...)
NIH begins testing investigational Zika vaccine in humans
- August 06, 2016

The CDC advises pregnant women not to travel to an area where active Zika transmission is ongoing, and to use insect repellent and wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts if they are in those areas. A Pennsylvania company has already begun clinical trials of one vaccine, and the National Institutes of Health are launching them as well. Antibodies are the front-line soldiers of the immune system, and all three generated a level of antibody response to keep the Zika virus at bay. (more...)
Three-way race to develop vaccine for Zika virus
- August 06, 2016

The mosquito that carries the Zika virus, which can cause severe birth defects in fetuses, has emerged in the mainland United States. The research team's findings were published online today in the journal Science . Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has announced that two human volunteers have been injected with an experimental DNA-based Zika vaccine. (more...)
US approves GMO mosquito test, but no release imminent
- August 06, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration green-lit a trial that would allow U.K.-based biotech company Oxitec to release genetically edited mosquitoes into areas where the Aedes aegypti mosquito, one of the major species that carry the Zika virus, can be found. (more...)
US may fund research to create mixed human-animal embryos US may fund research to create mixed human-animal embryos
- August 05, 2016

MIAMI : Research that mixes human cells into animal embryos could get United States government funds for the first time under a new proposal that has stoked concerns about ethics and the limits of science. Are they animals? Are they partially human? For instance, the new rules would very strictly limit how human cells may be combined with non-human primate cells, due to those animals' close genetic proximity to humans. (more...)
Katy Perry takes flight in 'Rise' video Katy Perry takes flight in 'Rise' video
- August 05, 2016

The music reaches a crescendo as Katy is back on solid ground, apparently running so fast that her parachute inflates, carrying her off into the heavens. "In a press release concerning the Olympics anthem, Perry stated that now greater than ever, there's a want for our world to unite". "I cannot consider a greater instance than the Olympic athletes, as they collect in Rio with their power and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come collectively, with the resolve to be the ideal we ... (more...)
Apple Overhauls the Apple TV Remote App
- August 05, 2016

Apple has released a new application for the iPhone that lets users control their Apple TV set-top box, mimicking the functions of the Siri remote control. The new Remote app doesn't come as a surprise, exactly - Apple's head of internet software and services Eddy Cue teased it at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June - but that doesn't make it any less welcome. (more...)
5 Things To Know About The Crazy New Changes — Instagram
- August 05, 2016

Why would I only want some of Instagram photos or videos to only last for 24 hours? Users can also upload pictures or videos from the camera roll on Stories, by just swiping down on the screen and selecting what they'd like to share . (more...)

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