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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.

Hurricane Irma Upgraded To Category 4 Storm, Florida Governor Calls For State Of Emergency

(SL) – As Hurricane Irma inches closer to the US, Florida Governor Rick Scott is putting Floridians on alert and declaring a state of emergency for the sunshine state.

Scott says, “Hurricane Irma is a major and life-threatening storm and Florida must be prepared. I have continued to be briefed by the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Hurricane Irma and current forecast models have Florida in Irma’s path – potentially impacting millions of Floridians.”

Irma grew into a Category 4 storm on Monday as it approached the northeastern Caribbean with winds of 140 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Harvey had winds of 130 mph when it made landfall in Texas last week.

The Daily Mail reports, it is forecast to begin buffeting the region on Tuesday and the US National Hurricane Center said additional strengthening was expected.

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As Texas Suffers From Catastrophic Flooding, Did You Know That Trump Revoked Former President Obama’s Executive Order Involving Flood Protection Two Weeks Ago?

(SL) – As Texas continues to get buried by floods following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the country is being reminded of another hasty mistake Donald Trump made a couple of weeks ago.

A recent report by CNBC states, President Donald Trump was planning on revoking an Obama-era executive order that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise.

Trump did in fact sign his own executive order that afternoon revoking the standards as part of his administration’s plan to “streamline the current process” for infrastructure projects.

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The officials say the Trump order does not prohibit state and local agencies from using a more stringent standard if they choose.

The sources claim Trump’s order will establish “discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects, but most don’t agree with the move.

The Trump administration has complained that it takes too much time to get permits and approvals for construction projects. The administration has issued dozens of rules and orders to reverse or rescind Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and its consequences such as rising sea levels and more severe storms.

The Obama-era standard Executive Order 13690 required that builders factor in scientific projections for how climate change could affect flooding in a certain area and ensure projects can withstand rising sea levels and stronger downpours.

Obama required all federal agencies apply the standard to all public infrastructure projects from public housing to highways.

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It raised base flood levels to a higher vertical elevation to “address current and future flood risk and ensure that projects funded with taxpayer dollars last as long as intended,” according to a 2015 Treasury Department presentation on the order.

U.S. officials have estimated that the United States suffered $260 billion in flood related damages between 1980 and 2013.

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Flood policy expert Eli Lehrer, president of the libertarian R Street Institute, has been critical of many Obama initiatives. But he said revoking this order was a kneejerk political reaction by the Trump administration, which will end up costing taxpayers money.

“The Trump administration is acting very rashly in part out of the desire to undo a climate measure under the Obama administration,” he said. “This is an enormous mistake that is disastrous for taxpayers. The (Obama) rule would have saved billions of dollars over time.”

While Hurricane Harvey Was Hitting Texas, Trump Pardoned Racist Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio And Formally Banned Transgenders From Joining The Military

(Washington, DC) – While most people were glued to their televisions and social media sites following Hurricane Harvey’s destruction on Texas, Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio.  Arpaio is the former Arizona Sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants  landed him with a criminal conviction.

The New York Times reports, Mr. Arpaio, 85, served for 24 years as sheriff of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix , building a national reputation for harsh conditions in his county jail, and for his campaign against undocumented immigrants.

_97561664_aa16b4ad-3b87-47c5-bcd8-d5ae0ac30084Mr. Arpaio had touted himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” making inmates wear pink underwear and serving jail food that at least some prisoners called inedible. He was also at the forefront of the so-called birther movement that aimed to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The criminal conviction grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally and turning them over to the immigration authorities.

In 2011, a federal district judge hearing the case ordered Mr. Arpaio to stop detaining people based solely on suspicion of their immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. But the sheriff insisted that his tactics were legal and that he would continue employing them.

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