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So far, no deaths have been reported, although some had life-threatening symptoms. Officials blamed K2, a synthetic and marijuana-like drug that's smoked and can often be laced with unsafe or even lethal substances. The police chief says they firmly believe the person in custody is responsible for at least some of the overdoses. "We heard from people on the green this morning that it potentially included PCP", she said at the news conference.
  • Pentagon bans geolocators on apps

    Pentagon bans geolocators on apps

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    The decision comes after revelations that such apps and equipment can be used to pinpoint bases and troop movement. The restriction likely won't affect troops and personnel at major military bases in the US or the Pentagon itself; but those in more sensitive locations like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan will probably be impacted.
  • Trump's short-term health plans are cheaper but cover less

    Trump's short-term health plans are cheaper but cover less

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    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says, "These plans aren't for everyone, but they can provide a much more affordable option for millions of the forgotten men and women left out by the current system". Since the Republican-led Congress was unable to repeal large parts of the statute a year ago, the administration has ended a significant subsidy for ACA insurers and slashed federal spending on advertising and in-person help to encourage consumers to sign up through insurance ...
  • Officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

    Officials warn about West Nile as suspected infection tested

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    About one in 150 will develop serious and potentially life-threatening conditions that include encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, or meningitis. Things like bird baths should be changed at least weekly. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae.
  • BERNIE'S BLUFF: Sanders Claims 'Medicare for All' Would 'SAVE $2 TRILLION'

    BERNIE'S BLUFF: Sanders Claims 'Medicare for All' Would 'SAVE $2 TRILLION'

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    Bernie Sanders , according to an analysis from a conservative-funded policy center. The plan builds on existing Medicare legislation, covering all US residents and eliminating copays and deductibles for medical expenses. That's right. A report that was supposed to discredit the single-payer solution found that, even after the benefits of a Medicare for All program are realized-"additional healthcare demand that arises from eliminating copayments, providing additional categories of ...
  • Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free on Tuesday

    Public housing nationwide goes smoke-free on Tuesday

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    This ban prohibits residents in public housing to smoke inside their homes and directs them to stand at least 25 feet from the building before smoking. That's something tenants have told us they're anxious about. The ban also means a healthier working environment for the people who work in public housing complexes.
  • Why backyard chickens are a health risk

    Why backyard chickens are a health risk

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    Symptoms of salmonella begin 12 to 72 hours after a person is infected and include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramping. The spokesperson said AMPI does not release the names of its customers and declined to say how much whey powder packaged in 50-pound bags and 25-kilogram bags involved in the recall had been distributed.
  • 2018's first West Nile-positive mosquito collected in St. Charles County

    2018's first West Nile-positive mosquito collected in St. Charles County

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    The virus is transmitted to people via the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the disease from an infected bird. West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease - This is the most serious type, infecting the brain and spinal cord. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. Such symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, headache, body ache, fatigue, nausea, and rash.
  • Eleven Infant Deaths Halt Trial of Sildenafil in Pregnant Women

    Eleven Infant Deaths Halt Trial of Sildenafil in Pregnant Women

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    The Dutch study began in 2015 and involved 183 women. It sometimes occurs because the mother has high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes or a condition called preeclampsia, he added. The company also issued a statement Wednesday noting that it did not fund or provide medication for the trial. In a statement, Pfizer, the makers of Viagra , said they were not involved in the trial, "and neither funded nor provided product for the trial".
  • Another vigil to be held for Danforth shooting victims

    Another vigil to be held for Danforth shooting victims

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    Canadian police said on Wednesday that they had no evidence so far to support claims by the Islamic State militant group that it was responsible for a weekend shooting in Toronto that left two people dead and 13 wounded. At one point Demircan said he was close enough to hear Hussain speak as he fired shots at people. The Canadian Psychiatric Association says it's concerned that Sunday night's violence in Toronto's Greektown may deepen stigma against people contending with mental ...
  • CVS pharmacist fired for refusing to fill hormone prescription for trans woman

    CVS pharmacist fired for refusing to fill hormone prescription for trans woman

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    The state law does not mention hormone therapy prescriptions. "I was finally going to start seeing my body reflect my gender identity and the woman I've always known myself to be". All CVS pharmacy staff are made aware of the policies through internal communications and training, according to DeAngelis. Based on federal and some state laws, CVS does allow a pharmacist to refuse to fill specific medications if doing so would violate the person's religious convictions, DeAngelis said.
  • KDHE issues West Nile virus warning in northeast Kansas

    KDHE issues West Nile virus warning in northeast Kansas

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    And one person in East Baton Rouge was infected with the virus but showed no symptoms. The virus can be transmitted through a bite from a mosquito with the virus contracted by the insect biting an infected bird. AVOID: outdoor activity at peak times when mosquitoes are most active - early morning and evening. She can also offer the community some peace of mind, as officials are actively searching for mosquitos and spraying.
  • Infected Oysters at Florida Restaurant Kill Diner

    Infected Oysters at Florida Restaurant Kill Diner

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    The department did not release the name of the restaurant where the man ate the tainted shellfish . " Vibrio vulnificus is often mislabeled as flesh-eating bacteria but it is very important to note that it is not flesh-eating bacteria".
  • 'Batshit crazy': Trump discussed allowing Putin to interrogate U.S. ambassador

    'Batshit crazy': Trump discussed allowing Putin to interrogate U.S. ambassador

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    Democrats say the woman who translated for President Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired. "Well, I would [consider him personally responsible], because he's in charge of the country", Trump told Glor. Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russian Federation.
  • National Hot Dog Day: Hot To Get Free Franks & More Tasty Deals

    National Hot Dog Day: Hot To Get Free Franks & More Tasty Deals

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    Once you're registered, scan the app in store and enjoy your free hot dog. It's National Hot Dog Month, and to celebrate, Portillo's is offering a deal this week you can not pass up. You must be a member of My Hwy 55 Rewards Program . For a bit of nostalgia, shop Kohl's to get the Nostalgia Electrics Diner-Style Hot Dog Steamer for $10 off (at $39.99).
  • Trump administration suspends ACA risk-adjusted payments

    Trump administration suspends ACA risk-adjusted payments

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    On Saturday, the administration said it would suspend a program that was set to pay out $10.4 billion to insurers for covering high-risk individuals under Obamacare a year ago, saying that a recent federal court ruling prevents the money from being disbursed.
  • CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks:

    CDC warning on Kellogg's Honey Smacks: "Do not eat this cereal"

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    Interviews with ill people allowed investigators to identify Honey Smacks as a possible source of the illnesses, triggering the recall. The CDC reported that the outbreak has now impacted people in over 33 states . "Do not eat any Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date", it said. Meanwhile, the number of sick people continues to increase.
  • Global recall of heart drug due to potential carcinogen contamination

    Global recall of heart drug due to potential carcinogen contamination

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    The valsartan active ingredient from the facility in China has been used by various pharmaceutical manufacturers to produce valsartan-containing medications in Europe, some of which are available on-island. In the United Kingdom, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is working with pharmacies to recall the affected medicines but have also stated the importance of patients continuing their treatment but to seek advice from a healthcare professional immediately.
  • Is Brett Kavanaugh Catholic?

    Is Brett Kavanaugh Catholic?

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    Even four-in-10 Democrats supported her. - Ever since declaring that handgun bans violate the Second Amendment a decade ago, the Supreme Court has refused to say which other gun control laws are constitutional and which aren't. "In the wake of what happened with Merrick Garland , Democrats would feel justified in refusing to seat another Trump appointee". "We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell ...
  • Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again

    Insurers warn of rising premiums after Trump axes Obamacare payments again

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    This risk adjustment program was created to "stabilize" the insurance markets by making sure that there were several companies in each market vying for customers, thus theoretically keeping premiums reasonable. The U.S. agency that administers Obamacare is freezing payments to insurers that cover sicker patients, saying a federal court ruling ties its hands.
  • Trump administration deals another potential blow to Obamacare

    Trump administration deals another potential blow to Obamacare

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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it had to put the payments on hold, after a US district court judge ruled the government arrived at the formula that guides the payouts in a flawed way. The U.S. Court for the District of New Mexico ruled the methodology used by the federal government to collect the payments was " arbitrary and capricious ".
  • CDC recalls Del Monte vegetable trays

    CDC recalls Del Monte vegetable trays

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    However, the trays were also sold in IL and in in addition to the four states where illnesses were reported. It said 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in "people who consumed" food from the pre-packaged Del Monte trays.
  • Hidalgo County Ramps Up Mosquito Control

    Hidalgo County Ramps Up Mosquito Control

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    Use insect repellants with DEET according to the manufacturer's directions. Cover exposed skin with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible. Mosquito pools that tested positive for WNV were collected from the Fairmont Park, Lafayette Shores, Norfolk Industrial Park and Edgewater areas. Just like in humans, the birds get infected through the bite of an infected mosquito and may pass it onto other mosquitoes that bite them.
  • Animal charity receives dozens of calls about 'drunk' seagulls

    Animal charity receives dozens of calls about 'drunk' seagulls

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    However, a representative from the RSCPA centre in West Hatch in Taunton, Somerset doesn't believe this is how they're getting so drunk. Rescue of seagulls began in mid-June and all birds have been showing the same symptoms. The RSPCA is now contacting the local distilleries, breweries and other alcohol producers to ask them to ensure their alcohol-laced waste is placed in a secure place, out of reach of birds or wildlife.
  • Johns Hopkins evacuated after staff accidentally drops deadly tuberculosis sample

    Johns Hopkins evacuated after staff accidentally drops deadly tuberculosis sample

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    Further, Hopkins added, "We have confirmed that there was no risk to anyone on campus". The Baltimore City Fire and Rescue unit initiated hazmat protocols and, out of an abundance of caution, both research buildings were evacuated. It's possible to be infected with TB without getting ill, in which case it can still be spread. Tuberculosis , or TB, is a serious airborne infection.
  • Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

    Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

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    Or at least he swallowed them after dipping them in water. But while Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti , a judging error cast initial doubt over their totals after jurists didn't see the eaters were taking the dogs and buns from two plates.
  • Coffee may lead to longer life, study says

    Coffee may lead to longer life, study says

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    Firstly, the study involved a half a million people from the UK Biobank, a 10-year population-based study that ran from 2006 to 2016. From a consumer perspective, it's a win-win for coffee drinkers, even for those who may prefer decaf for all or part of the day due to caffeine sensitivity.
  • Here's your guide to 4th of July activities in SoIn

    Here's your guide to 4th of July activities in SoIn

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    Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 52 percent of firework injuries occur when someone is misusing fireworks, but 39 percent of the time , injuries were caused by malfunction. 11 p.m. Fireworks can be used until 1 a.m. on the night of December 31. Altoona Independence Day celebration will be tonight. The event is free to the public and will include music and inspirational live speakers at the Downtown Square after parade.
  • 'Fish Pedicure' Causes Woman to Lose Her Toenails

    'Fish Pedicure' Causes Woman to Lose Her Toenails

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    In the JAMA case, Lipner says with no other explanation for what could have caused the problems with the young woman's toenails, the pedicure seems the most likely culprit. What she had done, though, was have a fish pedicure six months before. Another species of fish, which "grows teeth and can draw blood", is sometimes mistaken for Garra rufa and used in fish pedicures, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
  • Upstate NY heat wave: Another brutal day with 'limited relief' from storms

    Upstate NY heat wave: Another brutal day with 'limited relief' from storms

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    It's going to be a steam bath Wednesday with a hazy start and spotty showers and storms in the afternoon and evening. Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and heavy rain. Through tonight: A couple of showers and storms continue to meander in parts of the area through about sunset. Virginia Beach will be the warmest, with temperatures reaching the high 80s.
  • Walgreens and CVS stocks plummet as Dr

    Walgreens and CVS stocks plummet as Dr

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    Shares of both CVS and Express Scripts were down in premarket trading in NY. That eliminates much of the manual work that pharmacists often are saddled with now. Big packaged food stocks also took a hit. Now tell us what you think! It recently began selling medical devices and instruments, as well. Amazon.com is about to wreak havoc in yet another area of retail: drugstores .
  • Worrying cancer risk found in flight cabin crew

    Worrying cancer risk found in flight cabin crew

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    Over 7 percent of female flight attendants had been diagnosed with those cancers, compared to just under 2 percent of other women. "We report a higher lifetime prevalence of breast, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers among flight crews relative to the general population", said Irina Mordukhovich, a researcher at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and co-author of a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health .
  • GE to spin off health care business in latest shake-up

    GE to spin off health care business in latest shake-up

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    Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt, who ran the company for 16 years, from shortly before the 9/11 attacks to last summer, said in a statement that important elements of GE's history would continue after the latest batch of sales are done. The company said those sales are essentially complete . GE shares closed Monday at $12.75. These units accounted for more than half of GE's $122 billion in revenue a year ago.
  • Flight attendants exposed to greater risk of cancers

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    The study, which was conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, surveyed 5,366 USA flight crew members and found that slightly over 15 per cent of them reported having been diagnosed with cancer.
  • The FDA Approves The First-Ever Cannabis Medicine For Prescription

    The FDA Approves The First-Ever Cannabis Medicine For Prescription

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    With the historic approval, the London-based company behind the drug, GW Pharmaceuticals plc, is expecting another consequential decision in the coming weeks: getting the US Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify CBD. The FDA previously issued warnings to CBD producers that claimed their products could treat specific diseases, such as cancer or Alzheimer's. Before the panel meeting, FDA staff also backed the drug in their own report, saying the company offered "substantial evidence" ...
  • Driver 'purposefully' mowed down father riding bikes with young sons: cops

    Driver 'purposefully' mowed down father riding bikes with young sons: cops

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    Chief said Morse appeared to have targeted the family Sunday afternoon, striking 42-year-old Pedro Aguerreberry as he pulled one child on his bicycle with another child following behind on the off-road bike path. A criminal affidavit said that Morse admitted to using his vehicle to attack a father and his two children, Fox 13 News reported . "We've pointed them to his social media".
  • FDA approves cannabis-derived medicine; DEA must weigh in

    FDA approves cannabis-derived medicine; DEA must weigh in

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    While there was initially some confusion about whether the Drug Enforcement Administration might block the sale of Epidiolex , given cannabis' status as a Schedule I substance, Epidiolex manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals doesn't believe that will be the case.
  • Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication, citing ethical beliefs

    Walgreens pharmacist denies woman miscarriage medication, citing ethical beliefs

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    Unfortunately on Tuesday we found out the baby's development had stopped and I ultimately will have a miscarriage. "Each week I went for my ultrasound praying to see progress and hear the sound of little heartbeat". At this time I have done what I can to report the situation. "You have a right to step away, but you don't have a right to step between" patients and their access to legal and medically appropriate treatment options, she added.