(Liverpool) – A 23-year-old toddler at the center of a U.K. legal battle over life support is dead. 23-month-old Alfie Evans died Saturday, almost a week after being taken off a ventilator and more than a year of living in a semi-vegetative state.He was diagnosed with a form of cancer that attacks the nervous system and his parents brought legal challenges to keep their son on life support, at one point trying to get the boy moved to a hospital in Italy for more treatment.They lost every challenge. Pope Francis, who had been following the case, tweeted that he was deeply moved by Alfie’s death. “Today I pray especially for his parents,” the Pontiff wrote, “as God the Father receives him in his tender embrace.”
(Grand Rapids, MI) – The NBA community is mourning the loss of player Zeke Upshaw, who is dead at the age of 26. Upshaw died Monday, two days after collapsing during an NBA G-League game for the Grand Rapids Drive. Upshaw suddenly collapsed in the game’s final minute and had to be stretchered off the court Saturday night.
The Drive are the minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, and they clinched a playoff spot with a win in the game Saturday. The NBA G-League is postponing the conference quarterfinals until March 30th and 31st due to Upshaw’s death.
The Chicago native played three seasons at Illinois State before transferring to Hofstra for the 2013-2014 season. He joined the Grand Rapids Drive in 2016 and averaged 7.6 points per game in 75 appearances over the past two seasons.
(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. 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.