Category Archives: Your Health

Aaron Hernandez’ Lawyers File Another Lawsuit Against NFL

(SL) – Lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are filing another lawsuit against the NFL.
 
They filed suit in a Massachusetts state court yesterday against the league and against the company that makes their helmets, alleging they didn’t appropriately handle Hernandez’ brain injuries.
 
Unlike the Hernandez family’s lawsuits in federal court, this one doesn’t name the Patriots organization.
 

Hernandez was still serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013, but his suicide made Hernandez a legally innocent man as he died during an appeal process.

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In September, the former New England Patriot player’s lawyer Jose Baez announced brain scans by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center found Hernandez had advanced stage 3 CTE, otherwise known as the degenerative brain disease common in retired football players and linked to suicide and depression.

The lawyers’ case against the state alleges the NFL hid knowledge on the true dangers of football, naming Illinois-based helmet maker Riddell.

The company, founded in 1929, told the Associated Press it plans to vigorously defend its products and reputation in wake of the new lawsuit, as well as any other concussion-related lawsuits.

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Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Went Rogue On Healthcare While Democrat Says Decision To End Insurance Subsidies Is “Healthcare Arson”

(SL) –House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is accusing President Trump of going “rogue” on various decisions, including ending Obamacare subsidies.

Pelosi tells ABC’s “This Week” her fight and her mission is to take care of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Pelosi says President Trump went “rogue on women’s health in particular.” Earlier this month, the Trump administration rolled back an Obama-era mandate that required employers to provide coverage of birth control in health insurance plans.

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Meanwhile, “Healthcare Arson.” Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy’s reaction to President Trump’s decision to end cost sharing reduction payments to insurance firms. The Democrat from Connecticut said on “Fox News Sunday” the President is setting the entire healthcare system on fire.

Murphy says Trump is “upset that the United States Congress won’t pass a repeal bill that is supported by 17 percent of the American public.” Murphy accused Trump of killing Obamacare without actually passing a bill to repeal the law.

Murphy says without the subsidies, many people won’t be able to afford insurance.

Top Headlines: Trump Rolling Back Federal Mandate On Contraceptives, Girlfriend Of Vegas Shooter Speaks, Tropical Storm Nate Headed For Gulf Coast And More……

(SL) –States on the Gulf Coast are bracing for Tropical Storm Nate as it is expected to hit the region as a Category One hurricane. The eye of the storm is expected to come within 50 miles east of New Orleans Saturday or early Sunday. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.

Tropical Storm Nate is being blamed for 22 deaths in Central America as it tracks toward the U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm dumped heavy rain and caused widespread flooding in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is likely to strengthen today, before a possible hurricane-strength hit near Cancun, Mexico.

donald-trump-featured_1024The Trump administration is rolling back a federal mandate on contraceptives. The Obamacare rule required employers to include contraceptive coverage in health insurance plans. The new rule will allow more employers and insurers to exempt themselves for moral and religious reasons. Millions of woman currently have free access to contraceptives because of the federal mandate.

article-nasty-1005President Trump is once again saying the federal government is doing a great job in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. During a White House event today, Trump said the government has been doing a great job there adding that Puerto Rico has been through a lot. The administration has come under fire for its initial response to the natural disaster.

2017-10-03t22-35-13-166z--1280x720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600The girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter is giving new details about the gunman. Marilou Danley told investigators Stephen Paddock showed some symptoms of mental illness. She said she remembers him lying in bed, moaning and screaming “Oh, my God.” State and federal law enforcement officials confirmed that Paddock had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication Valium in the past.

2017-10-04T224057Z_1_LYNXMPED93235-OUSHE_RTROPTP_3_HEALTH-US-CIGNA-OPIOIDSInsurance giant Cigna will be ending coverage for most OxyContin prescriptions. Starting January 1st, Cigna will not cover most prescriptions for the widely-prescribed opioid in group health insurance plans. The change announced this week is part of Cigna’s efforts to help rein in a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse.

171006114954-rip-aim-thumbnail-1024x576A-O-L’s is wrapping up its instant messaging service. The company announced today that A-O-L Instant Messenger will be discontinued on December 15th, after 20 years of chat history online. The long-running instant messaging service was many people’s first social experience on the internet. Launching back in 1997, the service preceded the ever-growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Slack.

MLK MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION TO HOST MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON AS PART OF MLK WEEKEND COMMEMORATION

(ATLANTA – October 6th, 2017) – Dust off your bikes and bones—there’s a new race in Martintown; one that has a social good cause at its core.   The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association (MLKJDMA) announces today that it will hold its inaugural MLK Race for the Dream on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  The events will include a marathon, half-marathon, bike tour, a weekend Mixer as well as a health and fitness expo. 

The events will begin and end on MLK Jr. Drive and Whitehouse Drive, at Booker T. Washington High School, which was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, GA.   The Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest athletic gear and equipment as well as health and fitness experts.  Registration will be open as of August 1, 2017.

“The races and bike tour are just one of many initiatives that we are launching in the community to benefit the MLK Dr. Corridor,” says Terry Collier, President of the MLKJDMA.  “Our mission is to improve and increase economic impact in the district.  Over time we have lost historic businesses.  We are working in conjunction with the Mayor’s office as well as city and state officials to launch initiatives that will preserve established businesses as well as attract new businesses to the district for the next generation.  We have a three-phased plan to upgrade the corridor and bringing a weekend of events to our community will highlight not only the advances that have been made, but also strategies for the future.”

Nationally, there is a movement to improve conditions along MLK corridors in US cities.  The MLKJDMA plans to pilot this program in Atlanta and then expand it nationally, with the next targeted city being St. Louis.  Several major metropolitan cities with MLK districts have expressed interest in bringing the competitions to their areas, not only for the economic impact, but also to educate their communities around health and fitness. 

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Gabrielle Union Reveals Infertility Struggle, Has Suffered From 8-9 Miscarriages

(SL) –  ABC news reports, Actress Gabrielle Union revealed that she struggled with infertility in her new memoir, writing that her “body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant.”

“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant. I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle,” the actress wrote of her struggles with in vitro fertilization in an excerpt published in People magazine from her upcoming book.

“I have endured eight failed IVF cycles, with my body constantly bloated from these hormones,” the “Being Mary Jane” star added.

Union, 44, also revealed that she has had “eight or nine miscarriages.”

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Wade has two kids with his first wife Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade (born 2002)  and  Zion Malachi Airamis Wade (born 2007). He shares another child with Aja Metoyer Xavier Zechariah Wade (born in 2013).

She wrote that she never wanted children before she married her husband, 35-Year old NBA star Dwyane Wade.

“Each attempt at IVF is a loving action. So we remain here, bursting with love and ready to do anything to meet the child we’ve both dreamed of,” she wrote in the book, according to People magazine.

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Your Health: Recall For Potentially Contaminated Turkey, House Passes Late Term Abortion Ban, Breast Cancer Death Rate Drops and More…

(Washington, DC) — Nearly 40-thousand pounds of turkey sold in nine states are being recalled. The USDA says the turkey is produced by Prestage Foods and might be contaminated with metal shavings.

It was sold as a store brand at Publix in one-point-three pound white styrofoam trays labeled “Publix ground turkey with natural flavorings” in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Anyone who bought the product is urged to throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.

 

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(SL) – A new study says breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015. According to the American Cancer Society, the decline averted more than 322 thousand deaths, and can be attributed to both advances in treatment and to early detection by mammography.

A breast cancer surgeon at UCLA, who was not involved in the study, said those medical advances include improved chemotherapy regimens and modern medication. Even still, the disease remains dangerous.

One in eight American women have a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that risk is even greater for American women of color. The study also found that 81 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women ages 50 years and older. The median age at diagnosis for women overall was 62 years old.

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(SL) – The head of a leading medical association says there’s a way to ease the opioid crisis here in the U.S. Doctor David Ring, the chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, says one key is to start prescribing opioids only sparingly and using other things like over-the-counter medications and cold compresses.

Doctor Ring says the opioid crisis came out of a push starting about 20 years ago for more and more use of opioids.

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(Washington, DC) — The House of Representatives is trying to ban late term abortions. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday, which criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.

Offenders could be fined, spend up to five years in prison, or both. The future of the bill now depends on Senate approval, where it’s unlikely to get the 60 votes needed to move on to the White House.

Pro-Life Congressman Tim Murphy Reportedly Asked 32-Year Old Mistress To Have An Abortion

(SL) – There are multiple reports out today that a Republican congressman who is a vocal supporter of the pro-life movement asked his mistress to have an abortion.

64-year old Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania has been a strong critic of abortion and most recently voted for legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development.

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In text messages obtained by the “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” the woman involved in the extramarital affair, 32-year old Shannon Edwards, criticized Murphy for his hypocrisy during a pregnancy scare saying, “You have zero issue posting your anti-abortion stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort your unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options.”

Murphy responded saying “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will.”

Murphy, who is married with an adult daughter, said last month that he became involved in an affair with a personal friend. He has yet to comment on the text messages.

Murphy is married to wife Nanette and has an adult daughter, Bevin.

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The revelation came as the House on Tuesday approved Republican legislation that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development.

Murphy, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, is among its co-sponsors. He avoided the media in Washington after voting for the legislation, and efforts by reporters to talk to him were unsuccessful.

 

Your Health: Trump To Sign Executive Order On Healthcare, Hurricane Harvey Victim Dies From Flesh Eating Bacteria, Is There Fecal Matter On Your Office Coffee Cup? Judge Strikes Kentucky Abortion Law….And More

(Houston, TX) — Public health authorities in Houston say a woman died after falling into contaminated flood water from Hurricane Harvey and being infected with flesh-eating bacteria.bacteria28n-2-web Health officials said Wednesday that Nancy Reed, 77-year-olds, who died September 15th, fell into contaminated water in her home.

She was hospitalized after a wound on her arm became infected. Flood waters have receded in and around Houston, but health officials say bacteria can stay on surfaces that were exposed to contaminated water.

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(SL) — Researchers in China say they’ve performed what they call the first-ever chemical surgery to remove disease from human embryos. The scientists say they used a technique that corrects a single error in three-billion letters of genetic code. The technique is called base editing and it alters the basic building blocks of DNA. The procedure announced today could one day be used to treat a range of inherited diseases.

 

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(Washington, DC) — President Trump is ready to take healthcare reform into his own hands. A day after the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare failed, Trump told reporters he probably will sign an executive order next week that could affect millions of people. He said the order will allow people to cross state lines to buy health care among many other things. Many Republicans, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, have advocated for selling insurance across state lines. Supporters claim it would increase competition and reduce rates. Opponents say it will raise the rates of those most in need of healthcare.

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(Louisville, KY) — A federal judge says Kentucky’s abortion law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights. The law would require doctors to conduct ultrasounds and describe the image to a pregnant woman before she can consent to an abortion. U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled Wednesday that the law violates doctors’ free speech rights. The ACLU challenged the law on behalf of a Louisville clinic that is Kentucky’s only abortion provider. In barring the state from enforcing the law, the judge wrote that it appears to inflict psychological harm on abortion patients.

Businessmen talking in conference room(Ithaca, NY) — You might want to think twice before drinking from your office coffee mug. According to NDTV, a new study published in The Journal of Dairy, Food, and Environmental Sanitation noted that 90% of office coffee mugs were coated with germs (90%!) and 20% of those mugs actually had fecal matter on them. They say kitchen sponges that are rarely changed are the source.

The study was first published in the journal “Dairy, Food and Environmental Sanitation” out of New York’s Cornell University. Hundreds of bacterial strains have been identified, including E. coli. Researchers suggest taking your mug home each night and putting it through your dishwasher.

And it gets worse. Apparently, your chance of coming into contact with E. coli actually increases if your mug has been wiped down with the office dishcloth or sponge. In the study, the bacteria wasn’t present at all in cups before they were wiped down, but was on 20% of them afterward. Coliform bacteria was present on 20% of the cups before wiping, and 100% afterward.

Peruvian Diver Rises From Depth Too Fast And Now Suffers From Nitrogen Bubbles

(SL) – He’s not a bodybuilder, Alejandro Ramos Martinez is a seafood diver from Pisco, Peru.  The diver is making international headlines after an accident blew him up like a balloon.

Oddity Central reports, He apparently rose from a depth of 30 meters too fast, which caused the nitrogen in his blood to form giant bubbles that adhered to his muscles, leaving him looking deformed.

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Martínez’s unusual case was featured on Peruvian TV show “Cuarto Poder”, where doctors were left stunned by the horrifying effect of the nitrogen pods on the man’s physical appearance.

Decompression sickness, also known as ‘the bends’, causes nitrogen to come out of solution and form bubbles in the blood and tissues. In mild cases, symptoms include unusual fatigue, dizziness, nausea and joint pain, but in rare cases it can also cause paralysis or even death.

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Wrap It Up: Latest Usher Victim Raises Ante To $20 Million After Testing Positive For Herpes

(SL) – it’s being reported that an Atlanta woman who says Usher did not tell her that he has herpes prior to an unprotected sexual encounter three months ago claims she’s tested positive for the disease.

The woman has also raised her demands in a lawsuit from $10 million to $20 million against the 38-year-old singer.

The decision was made after the accuser received medical results from an STD test on Saturday.

The singer’s accuser, who filed under the name Jane Doe, is suing the entertainer in connection with her doctor bills, punitive damages and emotional distress.