Health


No room for LGBT movement says Indonesian Government No room for LGBT movement says Indonesian Government
- August 13, 2016

Indonesia's LGBT citizens have always been targeted by vigilante Islamist groups. But LGBT people suffered a sudden public backlash when a central government minister said in January that LGBT people should be barred from university campuses. (more...)
Here's Why Rio Athletes Have Weird Red Marks All Over Their Bodies
- August 13, 2016

While it's one of the things that's taking a spotlight in the Olympic pool, this isn't the first time that cupping has trended. Very quickly, the flaming cotton ball is removed and the cup is immediately placed over the skin before any air can rush back into the cup, and this creates the suction on the skin. (more...)
Florida Zika cases rise to 25
- August 13, 2016

Florida's caseload of Zika spread by Miami mosquitoes has risen to 25, and USA health officials continue to warn pregnant women to avoid the infection zone despite the governor's assurances that the area of concern is shrinking. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. Most of the would-be visitors to Florida seem undeterred by the Zika news. (more...)
US boxing medal drought ends with Nico Hernandez's bronze US boxing medal drought ends with Nico Hernandez's bronze
- August 13, 2016

The 20-year old is competing in his first Olympics, having qualified with a silver medal at the Americas Olympic Qualifying Event earlier this year. With his Friday loss to Hassanboy Dusmatov (UZB), Hernandez will medal bronze alongside Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba. (more...)
US declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika
- August 13, 2016

Department of Health and Human Services. Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said at a school board meeting Wednesday that "aggressive application" of repellent should be done at home, not at school where some students may be allergic to the spray. (more...)
Judge to hear challenge of marijuana legalization initiative Judge to hear challenge of marijuana legalization initiative
- August 13, 2016

It appears likely that state officials will certify a petition to legalize recreational marijuana for the November ballot, but that doesn't mean voters will get to decide the issue this year. If passed, Proposition 205 would allow people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and consume it in private. Marijuana would have an added 15 percent tax going mainly to schools and be regulated similar to alcohol. (more...)
State investigates new Zika case outside Miami neighborhood State investigates new Zika case outside Miami neighborhood
- August 13, 2016

Zika infection during pregnancy may cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. According to DHS officials, the individuals with Zika in Wisconsin contracted the virus during recent travel to areas that have mosquitoes that transmit Zika. (more...)
Sanders: Marijuana Is 'Not A Killer Drug Like Heroin' Sanders: Marijuana Is 'Not A Killer Drug Like Heroin'
- August 13, 2016

Despite refusing to reclassify marijuana, the DEA did propose a new policy that would allow universities, public and private, to apply to grow marijuana for research. The limited amount and quality of marijuana available for research has been regularly cited as a key barrier by scientists in establishing once and for all that it is less risky than drugs like heroin, cocaine, and even alcohol. (more...)
DEA Says It Won't Downgrade Marijuana From Schedule I Status DEA Says It Won't Downgrade Marijuana From Schedule I Status
- August 13, 2016

Last year, Sanders introduced legislation that would de-schedule marijuana and remove it from the Controlled Substances Act, which would decriminalize the drug at the federal level, The Huffington Post reports . Both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Neurology have come out in favor of loosening marijuana laws to allow for more research into its potential medical use. (more...)
Study IDs 2 Zika virus proteins linked to microcephaly Study IDs 2 Zika virus proteins linked to microcephaly
- August 13, 2016

Researchers say they've identified two proteins in the Zika virus linked to the severe birth defect microcephaly. The CDPH has also released a health advisory on the spread of the Zika virus and is now working with local authorities to reduce the population of the Aedes mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus. (more...)
DEA keeps marijuana on list of risky drugs, frustrating advocates DEA keeps marijuana on list of risky drugs, frustrating advocates
- August 13, 2016

The decision means that pot remains on a list of drugs that have no medical goal. "In response to the demand for the product, someone makes a baffling decision to make more of it but still never unlocks the door", wrote Gupta. Last year, Sanders introduced legislation that would de-schedule marijuana and remove it from the Controlled Substances Act, which would decriminalize the drug at the federal level, The Huffington Post reports . (more...)
Florida probes three Zika cases outside Miami infection zone Florida probes three Zika cases outside Miami infection zone
- August 13, 2016

University Health Network infectious diseases specialist Isaac Bogoch said the full range of health issues related to Zika still isn't clear, and doctors will be closely watching babies who have been infected to see if cognitive problems emerge as they grow. (more...)
US government shifts $81 million to Zika vaccine research
- August 13, 2016

During follow-up visits, the study team also will take blood samples for lab testing to measure whether the vaccine is prompting an immune response sufficient to protect humans against Zika, the NIAID statement said. With the summer almost over, the disease has turned out to be somewhat less severe - with local mosquito transmission only detected in one neighborhood in Miami, for a total of 25 cases so far. (more...)
Kenya Olympic Official Suspended, IOC Investigates Runner Kenya Olympic Official Suspended, IOC Investigates Runner
- August 13, 2016

Stephen Soi said sprint coach John Anzrah committed violations by impersonating an athlete, producing a urine sample and signing documents in the name of an athlete. More than 40 Kenyan athletes have failed doping tests since 2011, and Kenyan athletes have been heavily tested in the run-up to the Rio Games. Keino, a two-time gold medallist, had been the first senior Kenyan official to sound alarm bells about the scale of doping in Kenya. (more...)
As Trump struggles, Clinton goes on offense to win over GOP As Trump struggles, Clinton goes on offense to win over GOP
- August 13, 2016

It's still too early to declare this six- or eight-point lead the new equilibrium that will hold through the fall. Some 53 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Clinton, who has been accused of mishandling her emails as secretary of state, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. (more...)
Gay rights group slams Trump, Rubio event Gay rights group slams Trump, Rubio event
- August 13, 2016

Participants also called for putting the needs of the community first by passing sensible gun violence prevention measures and fully inclusive LGBTQ nondiscrimination policies. "Just when you think Donald Trump and Marco Rubio couldn't go any lower, they announce plans to court anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando", the group said. (more...)
1st Canadian case of Zika-related anomalies confirmed in a fetus 1st Canadian case of Zika-related anomalies confirmed in a fetus
- August 13, 2016

After traveling to countries having active Zika transmissions, all three residents became ill and experienced mild symptoms , according to county officials, and all fully recovered after receiving treatments. Zika virus is of greatest threat to pregnant women, as their child may be at risk for certain severe birth defects as a result of infection. Travelers to areas with zika should monitor for symptoms or sickness upon return. (more...)
Robin Roberts Mourns The Loss Of Iconic ESPN Host John Saunders Robin Roberts Mourns The Loss Of Iconic ESPN Host John Saunders
- August 13, 2016

Saunders was also a founding member of the board of directors for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charity started by the network after former college basketball coach and ESPN announcer Jim Valvano died of cancer in 1993. Saunders was notorious for hosting " SportsCenter " and, the Sunday morning show " The Sports Reporters ". The exact cause of his death is unknown as of press time, but Saunders is survived by his wife, Wanda , and daughters, Aleah and Jenna . (more...)
How many bacteria live on your water bottle? How many bacteria live on your water bottle?
- August 13, 2016

According to a recent study, bacteria levels on water bottles can reach similar numbers to those found in a toilet. Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year. Our germ-ridden bottles are caused by a lack of washing (loads of us go days without properly washing out our bottles, assuming that putting water in there must keep them clean), sweat, and all the daily germs you encounter on a daily basis. (more...)
Retail sales stall in July, following 3 months of gains
- August 13, 2016

Still, the flat reading for overall retail sales suggested that the economy might not rebound as quickly from a slump that struck early this year as economists had been expecting. And a separate report Friday that USA producer prices last month registered their sharpest drop since September was a reminder that inflation remains lower than the Federal Reserve wants it to be. (more...)

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