Many ‘still hurting’ nearly 5 months after Hurricane Michael

Drivers who have lived in the area for years second-guess themselves about whether they’re going the right way — the street signs, trees, and houses that once served as points of reference are gone. Many doctors’ offices haven’t reopened and one of the county’s two hospitals was closed, even though Bay County residents are experiencing hurricane-related health problems such as respiratory illness. Students in schools damaged by the storm have moved into other facilities, dropping enrollment by 14 percent. Bay County had about 183,000 residents before the storm, and about 7,800 people were estimated to be homeless in January. Shopping for groceries is burdensome since many retailers haven’t reopened yet. Many of those that have are selling limited goods from …

Microplastics Have Contaminated The World’s Deepest-Living Marine Creatures

Ever since Blue Planet 2 shocked us with upsetting footage of a grief-stricken whale mother dragging her dead calf, we have been obsessed with plastic. Or, rather, a desire to get rid of it. But it’s not just the fishing gear, single-use bags, and plastic garbage we have to worry about. Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic material that find their way into the food chain and into animals’ guts. They are harmful – at times, potentially lethal – and they appear to be everywhere we look. In the Arctic, in the Galapagos, and on our plates. Even, it seems, in the world’s deepest ocean trenches. A study published in Royal Society Open Science reports examples of microplastics in animals living in the Mariana …

North Carolina GOP candidate will not run in new congressional election

(CNN)North Carolina Republican Mark Harris will not run in the new election for the 9th Congressional District following November’s disputed result caused by absentee ballot irregularities, his campaign announced Tuesday. “I also owe it to the citizens of the Ninth District to have someone at full strength during the new campaign,” he added. “It is my hope that in the upcoming primary, a solid conservative leader will emerge to articulate the critical issues that face our nation.” This story is breaking and will be updated. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

German public servants to get 8-percent pay increases

BERLIN – Union and government negotiators say they’ve reached a new wage agreement that will give more than a million public servants in Germany a nearly 8 percent pay increase over 33 months. The deal, announced just before midnight Saturday, comes after disruptive short-term strikes by teachers and others designed to put pressure on the government. The ver.di union says teachers, police, emergency workers and other public servants will first get a 3.2-percent raise retroactive to Jan. 1. Next Jan. 1, a 3.2 percent increase will follow, and then a 1.4 percent increase on Jan. 1, 2021.

Khloe vs Jordyn: Red Table AFTERMATH! Travis Cheating On Kylie! Amanda Bynes In Rehab! AND… | Perez Hilton – Perez Hilton

The video you’ve been waiting for! GOING IN! Tea time today brings us Jordyn Woods‘ chat with Jada Pinkett Smith. It was a big mistake! Here’s why! Plus, Khloe Kardashian was hypocritical and foolish with her response! Kylie Jenner accuses Travis Scott of cheating on her!!! Amanda Bynes has relapsed. Being treating for addiction and mental health issues. Demi Lovato has her friends concerned! And more of today’s hottest topics, including Cardi B, The Hills, Ryan Adams, RHONJ, Blac Chyna and MORE! Watch! LINKS BELOW! Enjoy! SHARE! And CLICK HERE to watch more of Perez’s daily recap videos! JORDYN WOODS chats with Jada Pinkett Smith https://twitter.com/DownatthePound/status/1101494277933170688 KHLOE KARDASHIAN klaps back: https://perezhilton.com/khloe-kardashian-jordyn-woods-tristan-thompson-affair-twitter/ KYLIE JENNER and Travis Scott: https://perezhilton.com/kylie-jenner-travis-scott-cheating/ TRAVIS SCOTT denies: https://perezhilton.com/travis-scott-kylie-jenner-rep-denies/ …

Scientists Have Created Cannabis’s Active Ingredients In The Lab Without Using The Plant

For centuries, we’ve relied on a tiny fungus called brewer’s yeast to help us produce a rather essential trio: bread, beer, and wine. Now, scientists have genetically engineered it to produce Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) – the key ingredients of marijuana. Publishing their findings in Nature, the team modified yeast so that it contained a number of genes normally found in the marijuana plant. They engineered two different sets of yeast – one that could produce a substance called THCA and another that made CBDA. When these are heated, you get THC and CBD.     In recent years, scientific research has shown marijuana to have a number of potential medical uses, from easing anxiety and PTSD to reducing epileptic seizures. …

5 things to know for March 1: Jared Kushner, India and Pakistan, Netanyahu, gun reform, pedestrian deaths

(CNN)Say hello to Toni Harris, the female athlete who accepted a scholarship this weekto play men’s college football. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Donald Trump overruled objections from White House senior staff and the intelligence community to get Jared Kushner his top-secret security clearance. That’s what is alleged in a report in The New York Times, which said back in May the President ordered then-chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — the clearance the day after the White House Counsel’s Office urged …

‘Underwear dates well’: how fashion forensics are helping solve crimes

Police officers arent known for their sense of style, but now a former vintage clothing buyer is using her forensic knowledge of garments to help solve crimes. Its time to call the fashion police In a taxi on the way to Surrey police headquarters, snow started to fall and the driver was complaining about the night ahead. As we pulled into the driveway of the 19th-century house, with its memorial garden for fallen police officers and a dog training school opened by Bruce Forsyth, I said I hoped his evening improved. Eva, he said, gruffly, We live and then we die. It was the first jolt of the afternoon, the first time I was left with nothing to say. A …

Does our immune system hold the key to beating Alzheimers disease?

Alzheimers has long puzzled the research community, but now scientists believe the human body hold the key to the best defence Half a million people in the UK are amyloid beta, can misfold into a sticky form that then clumps together into aggregates called plaques in the brain. These can accumulate outside neurons, and are toxic to them. The risk of misfolding increases with a persons age, but it can also happen early in life for people with a particular mutation in a gene called APP, which stands for amyloid precursor protein, the protein that becomes amyloid beta. People who inherit one of these APP mutations will get Alzheimers, typically in their 40s or 50s with a near 100% certainty, …

Rucksack heart woman dies after transplant

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I carry my heart in a rucksack’ A woman who carried an artificial heart in a rucksack after her own was removed has died from transplant complications. Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, was given the green light to receive a donor organ after scans showed she had been free of cancer for a year. But her relatives said she died on Wednesday in Harefield Hospital “surrounded by family and friends”. She was one of only two people in the UK with an artificial heart. Her family said: “Becca was a beautiful, brilliant shining light in our lives. Image caption Rebecca Henderson relied on this artificial heart to pump blood around her body …

Period health to be taught in English schools

“My experience at school would be very different now,” Alice says. Endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women in the UK, is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows elsewhere in a woman’s body. It causes chronic pain, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems, and can lead to infertility. Children to be taught about FGM harm What were your experiences of sexual education in school? Could it have been improved? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Image copyright Alice Smith Image caption Alice says she would have gone to a doctor sooner if she’d been taught about endometriosis Alice calls it her “mission” to make sure young girls being diagnosed with the condition now don’t have to feel like that. “It really …

A 7-year-old dog lover is fighting a rare cancer. People from around the world sent her 80,000 pictures of their pups

(CNN)Emma Mertens giggles and her face lights up every time she looks at a picture of a dog. It’s a good thing she feels that way because she’s got 80,000 of them to look at — with more pouring in by the minute. They hoped it would cheer up Emma and her family after learning she has a rare form of brain cancer – one that has no cure. But no one expected what would happen next.

Meet Merlin, The Water-Bottle-Sized 2-Year-Old Kitty That Is Taking Over Twitter Because Of His Pure Beauty

More Info: Instagram | Twitter | Website Image credits: merlin.griffith Not to be discouraged the couple continued their search. “The lady who had shown us around eventually noticed us indecisively meandering; she stopped to tell us that she had a favorite, but that he had some issues and was sick. She took us to the medical wing to show us this little kitten who was recovering from a head cold. When I was first told that he was blind, I was a bit worried. As a full-time student also working two jobs, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to provide Merlin with the attention he needed. As soon as I got to hold him, I think it was …

We all know that Americans pay more for healthcare than every other country in the world. But how much more? According an American expatriate who shared the story of his ER visit in a Taiwanese hospital, Americans are being taken to the cleaners when we go to the doctor. We live in a country that claims to be the greatest in the world, but where an emergency trip to the hospital can easily bankrupt someone. Kevin Bozeat had that fact in mind when he fell ill while living in Taiwan and needed to go to the hospital. He didn’t have insurance and he had no idea how much it was going to cost him. He shared the experience in a …

After Spending Months In The Hospital, The Worlds Smallest Surviving Premature Baby Has Been Finally Sent Home

The toughest guys aren’t always the biggest ones. In fact, sometimes, it’s the contrary. Five months ago, a preemie baby boy was born in a Tokyo hospital. But not only was this baby born prematurely at the 24th week, which is 16 weeks earlier than a regular pregnancy period lasts… But he weighed a record-breaking 9.45 oz (268g). The baby was so small and light, that he could have easily fit into a pair of hands. The chances of survival were little, but after months of intensive care, the ‘mini miracle’ proved that he’s born a champion and giving up is not on the menu. He had grown to weigh 7 lbs (3.2 kg) and finally was released home. 9.45oz …

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expectedbut Fixes Are in Sight

Of all the big, world-remaking bets on the genome-editing tool known as Crispr, perhaps none is more tantalizing than its potential to edit some of humanity’s worst diseases right out of the history books. Just this week, Crispr Therapeutics announced it had begun treating patients with an inherited blood disorder called beta thalassemia, in the Western drug industry’s first test of the technology for genetic disease. But despite the progress, there remain a host of unknowns standing in the way of Crispr-based medicines going mainstream, chief among them safety. That’s because the classic, most widely used version of Crispr works by slicing open a strand of DNA in a specific spot in the genome and letting the cell stitch it …