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400 pregnant women infected with Zika in the U.S.

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As expected, the number of Zika cases in steadily rising in the United States, and now it appears that hundreds of pregnant women in this country have been infected with the virus that has been traced to severe birth defects.

More than 400 pregnant women now have Zika in the US –...

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Unexpectedly! Obama Now Pushing Public Option in Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11:00am 7/17/2016 at 11:00am
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Now that Obamacare co-ops are collapsing and Bernie Sanders has spent months revving up Democratic Primary voters on the idea of “free” healthcare, Obama is suddenly open to the idea of a public option in Obamacare.

Some might think this was the goal all along.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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Indian and Israeli Startups Come Together to Develop Medical Solutions

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 12:30pm 7/14/2016 at 12:30pm
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An upcoming startup event promises to bring hundreds of Israeli and Indian entrepreneurs to collaborate in creating healthcare solutions for India. India’s largest startup incubator T-Hub has tied up with Pears Foundation to organise the first ‘India-Israel Med4Dev Hackathon’ from July 22nd to 24th, 2016. The organisers expect more than 150...

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Rio Olympics Disaster Looms: Missing Gitmo Prisoner, Superbug, No Police

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 12:00pm 7/6/2016 at 12:00pm
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The 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio next month and everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. The police have told tourists they cannot protect them, scientists found a superbug in the water, and no one can find a missing Gitmo prisoner in Brazil.

The police put out a “Welcome to...

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Golfer Rory McIlroy Latest Athlete to Pull Out of Rio Olympics

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:00pm 6/22/2016 at 5:00pm
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World #4 golfer Rory McIlroy has announced he will not play at the Rio Olympics due to the Zika outbreak.

He released this statement:

“After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“After speaking with those closest to me,...

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First “Right to Die” Clinic Opens in California

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:00pm 6/12/2016 at 1:00pm
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California is now beginning to implement its new right-to-die law, so terminally ill patients with six months or less to live can ask their doctor for life-ending medication.

The law requires terminally ill patients to submit three requests to their doctor for life-ending drugs. Two of them are verbal requests and must...

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U.S. Athlete Will Skip Rio Olympics Over Zika

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:00pm 6/5/2016 at 7:00pm
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U.S. cyclist Tejay van Garderen has decided not to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer due to the Zika virus.

Van Garderen has concerns he could contract the disease and give it to his pregnant wife and unborn daughter:

“If Jessica were not pregnant right now, assuming I was selected, I would...

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Expert Warns of Rio Olympics Zika Health Disaster

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:30am 5/15/2016 at 10:30am
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An expert’s report in the Harvard Public Health Review asserts that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could cause a “full-blown public health disaster” because of the Zika virus unless the event is postponed, relocated or canceled.

The author of this analysis is Amir Attaran, Associate Professor of Law and...

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

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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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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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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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