Author: Mary Lynch

REPORT: Measles infections hit decade high in Europe

I do not find this surprising at all. This is what I found on (CNN) — The number of people infected with measles in the European region in 2018 is the highest in a decade, the World Health Organization said Thursday. According to newly released data for the year, 82,596 people were infected and 72 people (children and adults) died from measles last year. Sixty-one percent of those infected were hospitalized, according to the report. The number of cases reported is “the highest this decade,” WHO said in a statement, noting that the numbers are “3 times the total...

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REPORT: An attempt at tiger matchmaking goes awry

This is what I found on MASHABLE.COM: At a zoo, a dicey attempt at tiger matchmaking went awry. The ZSL London Zoo said Friday that a new male Sumatran tiger, Asim, killed the facility’s “beloved” female, Melati. Zookeepers allowed the two wary predators to physically interact for the first time, hoping they would eventually mate as part of a greater European breeding program. But after Asim approached Melati, matters “quickly escalated into a more aggressive interaction,” the zoo said. Any tiger introduction is “high risk,” the zoo noted, so the deadly result, while not ideal, was a realistic possibility....

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REPORT: Denise Richards opens up about raising daughter with special needs

This is what I found on Mother of three Denise Richards has revealed that her youngest daughter, 7-year-old Eloise, has a chromosomal disorder. In a new interview with People magazine, the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star explains the disorder “has caused a lot of developmental delays for her.” “She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy,” said Richards, 47. According to the mag, Eloise suffers from a deletion in chromosome 8, a rare condition that affects various...

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REPORT: Sunscreens that cause harm to coral reef banned in Key West

This is what I found on KEY WEST, Fla. — City officials in Key West voted to ban sunscreens containing two ingredients that scientists have said are harmful to the coral reef ecosystem. In a 6-1 vote Tuesday, the Key West City Commission banned the sale of sunscreens using oxybenzone and octinoxate beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. Mayor Teri Johnston said it’s the commission’s “obligation” to protect the reef, which is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental U.S. Researchers say the chemicals lead to bleaching, DNA damage and death of the corals. Information provided by...

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REPORT: Exploding E-Cigarette Kills Texas Man

This is what I found on Web MD: WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A Texas man died after his electronic cigarette exploded and pieces of the device ripped open his neck artery. The incident occurred on Jan. 27 and William Brown, 24, died of a stroke in a Fort Worth hospital on January 29, CNN reported. Brown died from cerebral infarction and herniation after debris from the exploding e-cigarette dissected his left carotid artery, according to the death certificate. Information provided by Web...

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