Day: January 6, 2018

Packed emergency rooms, deaths as flu hits California hard – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

And some hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area are limiting visitors under the age of 16 as a precaution, since young people can be more vulnerable to effects of the flu.

The flu has hit California so hard this season, pharmacies have run out of medicine to treat it, emergency rooms are packed and the death toll is rising.

At UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the emergency room saw more than 200 patients on at least one day, mostly because of the flu.

Medical experts say this year’s flu season may be outpacing last year’s because it’s peaking earlier. The flu season is typically at its worst around February.

State health officials say that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. That’s compared to three the same time last year, The Los Angeles Times reports .

While Tamiflu doesn’t eliminate influenza, it can lessen the severity of symptoms and how long they last. It works best when taken within two days of when patients start to feel sick.

In San Bernardino and Riverside Counties east of Los Angeles, emergency rooms are so crowded that ambulances aren’t immediately able to unload their patients, preventing them from responding to incoming 911 calls, said Jose Arballo Jr., spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Public Health.

Caroline Bringenberg was prescribed Tamiflu on Wednesday but the 25-year-old Los Angeles resident said her local CVS had run out of it. Her pharmacist told her all of the drugstores’ supplies in the area had been depleted.

National health officials predict the flu vaccine may only be about 32 percent effective this year. But most people in California and the rest of the country are catching a particularly dangerous strain of influenza that the vaccine typically doesn’t work well against.

Tiffany Trump: My father ‘wishes’ he could eat McDonald’s in bed every night – Washington Examiner

Washington Examiner

Tiffany Trump: My father 'wishes' he could eat McDonald's in bed every night
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Minnesota open records law needs a name equal to its purpose – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota open records law needs a name equal to its purpose
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Legislature still needs to bring its own members under a public records law. It needs to require police departments to reveal what surveillance technology they're deploying. It needs to end the mass destruction of e-mails and other public records

Scientists uncover why sauna bathing is good for your health – Science Daily

Materials provided by University of Eastern Finland. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

The findings on the effects of sauna bathing on the human body were published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, and the findings relating to the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity measurements were published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The study was funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes, and it was carried out by Professor Jari Laukkanen’s research group at the University of Eastern Finland. The project partners were Harvia Ltd., Velha Ltd., Pihlajalinna, Fintravel Ltd. and the Finnish Sauna Culture Association. The test subjects were 100 clients of the Pihlajalinna health care service provider. Their background information was collected by extensive surveys and interviews, and their physical health was measured by a clinical exercise test. The study was carried out in experimental saunas provided by the sauna stove and sauna heater manufacturer Harvia Ltd. The experimental sauna setting was a careful simulation of the way people in Finland take a sauna in their own homes.

Over the past couple of years, scientists at the University of Eastern Finland have shown that sauna bathing is associated with a variety of health benefits. Using an experimental setting this time, the research group now investigated the physiological mechanisms through which the heat exposure of sauna may influence a person’s health. Their latest study with 100 test subjects shows that taking a sauna bath of 30 minutes reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance, while also increasing heart rate similarly to medium-intensity exercise.

Immediately after 30 minutes of sauna bathing, test subjects’ mean systolic blood pressure reduced from 137 mmHg to 130 mmHg, and their diastolic blood pressure from 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg. Furthermore, their systolic blood pressure remained lower even after 30 minutes of sauna bathing. Test subjects’ mean carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, which is an indicator of vascular compliance, was 9.8 m/s before sauna, decreasing to 8.6 m/s immediately after. During sauna bathing, test subjects’ heart rate increased similarly to medium-intensity exercise, and their body temperature rose by approximately 2°C. The findings shed light on the physiological mechanisms through which health benefits, which have been observed at the population level and are caused by the heat exposure of sauna, may develop.

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Previously, the research group has published findings from a population-based study indicating that regular sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of coronary diseases and sudden cardiac death, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Frequent sauna bathing has also been associated with a reduced risk of respiratory diseases and lower CRP levels.

Vascular compliance was measured from the carotid and femoral artery before sauna, immediately after sauna, and after 30 minutes of recovery. These vascular compliance measurements carried out in the experimental study constitute a new assessment method in a sauna setting.

Research indicates that regular physical exercise and a healthy lifestyle promote cardiac health and prevent disease, but not all of the risk and protective factors are yet known. The benefits of regular sauna bathing on cardiac health observed in the population-based study can, according to this experimental study, be explained by the fact that sauna bathing reduces blood pressure and increases vascular compliance. However, further research data from experimental settings relating to the physiological mechanisms of sauna bathing that promote cardiac health is still needed.

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Kingsmill tweet: Sinn Fein MP under police investigation after posting loaf picture on anniversary of massacre – The Independent

Sinn Fein’s elected MPs do not take up their place in the House of Commons as they will not swear an allegiance to the Queen but the party’s seven elected members represent their constituents and occasionally visit Westminster to use its facilities. 

“Further, I apologise for any hurt or offence caused. Never my intention to offend anyone who has suffered grievously.

The massacre is believed to have been carried out in retaliation for a number of Catholic murders carried out in the area in the preceding months.

A Sinn Fein MP is under police investigation after posting a video where he balances a Kingsmill-branded loaf on his head on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre which killed ten people.

“Mindful of unintended hurt caused to victims’ families I would be very willing to meet with Kingsmill Massacre families if they were willing.

Some accused Mr McElduff of making a tasteless reference to the massacre, with a number of unionist politicians clamouring for his resignation.

Crawford County Mental Health Center seeks new addiction treatment quarters – Joplin Globe

“Trail of the Warrior” is available for purchase at trailofthewarrior.com. Hard copies may be bought at Ron’s Supermarket, 310 E. Centennial Drive; digital copies are available online from Amazon.

All proceeds from sales of “Trail of the Warrior” by R.H. Pfeiffer will benefit Families and Children Together Inc., which serves as a not-for-profit fundraising corporation for the health center. Pfeiffer, the center’s top official, said a new addiction treatment building is needed in Pittsburg.

Deaths have surged in recent years from opioids, which include some prescribed painkillers, heroin and synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, often sold on the nation’s streets.

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While addiction can cover a variety of substances, addiction to opioids has become a major issue across the country. President Donald Trump in October pledged that “we will overcome addiction in America,” declaring opioid abuse a national public health emergency and announcing new steps to combat what he described as the worst drug crisis in U.S. history.

The mental health center, founded by Crawford County commissioners in the 1960s, offers a variety of services such as individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, comprehensive assessments, medication referral and substance abuse assistance. It has multiple locations in Pittsburg and Girard.

Pfeiffer’s book, “Trail of the Warrior,” is inspired by the real-life stories of four people recovering from addiction.

Twitter won’t block world leaders from posting – UPI.com

Twitter has also removed official verification status for prominent white nationalists, including Richard Spencer. According to Twitter’s verification accounts section on its website, the “blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic. When an account is verified, additional settings become available.”

According to Twitter rules, users “may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.”

That includes weighing where the tweets come from.

Clarke is a supporter of Trump and was thought to be in consideration to head the Department of Homeland Security. Twitter placed his account in read-only mode until he deleted three tweets that seemed to call for violence against media members.

“We review Tweets by leaders within the political context that defines them, and enforce our rules accordingly,” Twitter posted. “No one person’s account drives Twitter’s growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind.”

“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

Trump has been using the social media to bypass other media outlets.

Jan. 6 (UPI) — Twitter said it doesn’t plan to block world leaders from posting tweets because they “play a critical role” in the “global public conversation.”

“My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL,” he posted last July.

Every iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices vulnerable to hacking: here’s what you need to do – The Independent

“All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” Apple said in its statement.

Apple said that its analysis had shown that the Spectre flaw is “extremely difficult to exploit”, even if the app is already running on your computer. But the bug can also make its way into your computer through dodgy code running in Safari, and Apple will be releasing an update to make it harder for that to get into your computer, too.

You might already have fended off some of the problems with the new bug, without knowing it. Recent updates to iOS, macOS and tvOS all secretly included some protection against the problem, because it was being worked on behind the scenes. So if you’ve been doing that, just continue to do so.

The problem is complicated, however, by the fact that the code could also make its way onto your phone through your web browser, since websites are able to use your phone to run code. There is little you can do at this point, apart from making sure you stay away from questionable websites, but Apple says that there will be fixes in place for Safari soon.

That’s why fixing the problem could cause some computers to slow down: speculative execution is a useful tool for allowing chips to work faster than they would otherwise. But it’s also potentially a useful tool for anyone trying to read what’s happening on your iPhone or computer.

As far as we know, nobody has made use of the exploit. Very few people know what it actually is, since the details are being kept secret until the attack can be protected against. But now that the problem is public, you can bet that all sorts of unsavoury characters on the internet are doing what they can to work it out.