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CDC official’s immigration warning: “Plan on many of the kids having T.B.”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8:30am 4/26/2016 at 8:30am
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have done neither, lacking the power to stem the flow of essentially unimpeded immigration into the U.S. by unaccompanied minors.

Judicial Watch recently reviewed the records generated by that agency during the past few years, and the findings were truly sickening.

A government official warned...

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Advances in hand washing aren’t as sanitary as we thought

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:30am 4/18/2016 at 10:30am
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You know those hot air hand dryers found in almost all public restrooms? Time-consuming, don’t really dry your hands thoroughly — and now we discover that they throw a bunch of viruses into the air, particularly the newer design called the Dyson:

Researchers have long known that warm hand dryers can launch...

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CDC Confirms Zika Virus Causes Birth Defects

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00am 4/15/2016 at 10:00am
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A new a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the Zika virus can cause a rare birth defect called microcephaly, as well as o...

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The Zika Virus Invasion and how to fight it

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 7:30am 4/10/2016 at 7:30am
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I attended two fascinating lectures at a local biosafety conference this week.

The first talk addressed “The Zika Virus Invasion” and the second revealed a potential new weapon to control the spread of the pathogen that has been linked to birth defects and neurological disorders.

The Scripps Research Institute’s Biosafety Officer, Dr....

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Bloodstream Bacterial Infection Kills 18 in Wisconsin

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 2:30pm 3/30/2016 at 2:30pm
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As the primary battle in Wisconsin heats up with the endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz by Governor Scott Walker, an different kind of fight is occurring among the state’s citizens.

As of this report, nearly 60 Wisconsin residents...

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CDC updates Zika virus guidelines for couples

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 28, 2016 at 9:30pm 3/28/2016 at 9:30pm
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There are now more than 500 cases of Zika virus infection within the United states and its territories, including 54 in pregnant women.

Because of its impact that maternal Zika infection can have on the developing fetuses, and the confirmation that sexual transmission of the virus is possible, the Centers for Disease...

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On the cover of the The NY Times

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:00pm 3/23/2016 at 7:00pm
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It doesn’t sound quite as good as “on the cover of The Rolling Stone.”

A reader emailed me a photo of a NY Times front page story today in which I am quoted.

Thing is, the Times article suggests I opposed the proposal:

Ever since Mr. Myrick, 29, unveiled a plan last month for...

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FDA: GMO mosquito is environmentally safe to use in Zika fight

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 12:30pm 3/13/2016 at 12:30pm
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As of our last report on the Zika virus, the number of confirmed cases of infection among those living in the United States was steadily rising and several woman had pregnancies that were likely impacted by the mosquito-borne pathogen.

While President Obama says “not to panic“, the normally glacially responsive Food and...

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Britain’s NHS Proposal: Harvest Baby Organs to Meet “Dire” Shortage

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00pm 3/6/2016 at 4:00pm
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In a move being called “ghoulish” by one critic, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has announced plans to ask pregnant women to carry to term babies that have severe birth defects so that, once delivered or still born, their babies’ organs can be harvested for transplant.

The Daily Mail reports:

Women whose babies...

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Zika Already Impacting Pregnancies in U.S.

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 4:00pm 2/28/2016 at 4:00pm
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The number of confirmed cases of Zika among those living in the United States is steadily rising.

There have been 107 cases of Zika virus among U.S. travelers returning from Zika-infected areas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The CDC also reported 40 locally acquired cases of the virus...

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Hawaii’s Big Island Declares Dengue Fever Emergency

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:00am 2/10/2016 at 7:00am
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Aloha to an American tropical disease crisis!

Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi declared a State of Emergency in Hawai’i County Monday morning as the Big Island continues to face the dengue fever outbreak.

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Obama: Don’t “panic” over the Zika virus

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10:00am 2/9/2016 at 10:00am
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Obama now says that there is no reason to panic over a virus that has been linked to an outbreaks in birth defects in South America:

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Zika Virus is the New Ebola

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:00pm 2/4/2016 at 1:00pm
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It looks like Zika virus is truly the new Ebola.

Concerns about the Zika virus have grown to the point that Utah Congressman Chris Stewart wants to divert funding from the fight against Ebola to use against this latest epidemic.

Stewart says his bill, which would unlock more than a billion dollars for...

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WHO Declares Public Health Emergency over Zika Virus

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:00am 2/2/2016 at 10:00am
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The World Health Organization officially declared a “public health emergency of international concern” over the wildfire spread of the Zika virus.

The agency said the emergency is warranted because of how fast the mosquito-borne virus is spreading and its suspected link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads...

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Zika Virus Pushes Ebola out of the Spotlight

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 25, 2016 at 10:00am 1/25/2016 at 10:00am
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Just as President Obama declared victory in the combat against the Ebola virus, fears about another one are spreading.

Zika virus, which is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects when women become infected during pregnancy, has hit South America hard and health professionals around...

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Bernie: No, I won’t explain how I’ll pay for everything for everyone

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:00am 1/14/2016 at 10:00am
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Bernie Sanders’ “Democrat socialist” policies sound good and have a lot of popular support among certain demographics, but when pressed on how he would pay for all the free stuff he’s promising, he’s a bit nonplussed.  Pesky details like that just don’t interest him; it’s all about the utopian ideal in...

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Book Review: Lawless, by Prof. David Bernstein

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 7:15pm 12/23/2015 at 7:15pm
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Professor David E. Bernstein has written a great last-minute Christmas present or belated Hanukkah gift.

Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on...

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