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State Considers Sex Ed For Kindergarteners

Bill would require "comprehensive sex education" for all public school students "WHEREAS, it is a critical responsibility of this Commonwealth to promote the well-being of Kentucky students; NOW, THEREFORE, Be it enacted ... : each school district shall provide comprehensive sex education to all public school students in kindergarten through grade twelve." Jan 30, 2020 WJW – Lawmakers will consider legislation this session that would bring sex education to Kentucky kindergarteners. House Bill 296 does include an opt...

1 China Virus ‘Super Spreader’ Infects 13 Nurses, 1 Doctor

Disease detectives hunting down more information about 'super spreader' of Wuhan coronavirus Jan 23, 2020 CNN – Of all the alarming aspects of the rapidly spreading new virus out Wuhan, China, this is perhaps the most alarming: A single patient has infected 14 health care workers. That's what's called a "super spreader," and disease detectives are hot on that patient's trail. It's one element to stopping the spread of this coronavirus that's killed 17 people and infected more...

Subway Topping Now Subject Of Federal Investigation

Headline Health warned two years ago that even the managers of some Subways won't eat this topping ... they'll serve it to you, though.  Some state officials admit outbreak investigation is ongoing; others fail to respond | By Coral Beach on Jan 28, 2020 | Food Safety News – Officials in two states have confirmed they are working with federal officials on an investigation into E. coli illnesses linked to lettuce served by a national restaurant chain....

Rx Middlemen Cost Americans Billions Per Year

Jan 27, 2020 The Hill – It is no secret that the cost of prescription drugs is a major concern for Americans today. Around 79 percent of the public agree that the price of prescription medication is unreasonable. But while much attention is focused on the role of drug manufacturers, a new report details how almost half of consumer spending on brand-name drugs goes to providers and Prescription Benefits Managers (PBMs), who act as the middlemen that...

Florida Man Has $4,000 Payday In Super Bowl Python Hunt

Hunters put the squeeze on 80 snakes in Florida's Python Bowl January 26, 2020 CNN – More than 750 people from 20 states turned up for Florida's 2020 Python Bowl, catching 80 of the giant invasive snakes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a release. The grand prize winner in the 10-day contest is Mike Kimmel, who caught eight Burmese pythons, the commission said Saturday. His prize was a Tracker 570 Off Road all-terrain...

Going Gray And Proud Of It; Aging Beautifully Without Risky Hair Dyes

Are hair dyes safe? Health worries are increasing interest in the go-gray style trend. By Ronnie Cohen Jan. 26, 2020 When Keanu Reeves walked into a Los Angeles gala holding hands with artist Alexandra Grant, fans applauded the 55-year-old actor for choosing an “age appropriate” romantic partner. Most striking about Grant, 46, was her steel-gray hair. Why wasn’t she coloring it? In an Instagram post, she explained: In her 20s, she began graying, and she covered it with various...

China Virus Crisis Now ‘Grave’

Crisis worsens as China scrambles to contain virus BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported by state broadcaster CCTV, came at a meeting of Communist Party leaders convened on the...

Migrants Abandon Their Own Children, Send Hundreds Across Border Alone

Jan 24, 2020 CNN – More than 300 migrant children who were previously waiting in Mexico with family as part of a Trump administration policy have crossed the US-Mexico border alone, marking a jump from the approximately 135 children who crossed last fall, the US Department of Health and Human Services told CNN. Health and Human Services said that 352 children who "indicated that their family is in Mexico" had been referred to the Office of...

Biocontainment Unit Isolates USA’s Second China Virus Carrier

Chicago woman is 2nd US patient with new virus from China Jan 24, 2020 WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the dangerous new virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but three or four days later she called her doctor to report feeling sick. The patient is doing well and remains hospitalized "primarily...

Autism Is Genetic: Study

Largest autism genetics study identifies 102 genes associated with the condition The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine NEWS RELEASE 23-JAN-2020 In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with risk for autism. The study also shows significant progress towards teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions which often overlap. The study results are...

Trump First POTUS To Attend March For Life

UPDATED ... “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump said, in the first appearance by a sitting president at the annual anti-abortion event. NBC NEWS, WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday became the first sitting president to attend the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington, presenting himself as an unwavering advocate for limiting abortion access. “Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House,” Trump...

Joe Biden: Drunk-Driving Illegals Should Not Be Deported

Jan 22, 2020 Joe Biden said Monday he would instruct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) not to deport illegal immigrants caught drunk driving. Biden said if he won the presidency he would issue an executive order instructing ICE to only carry out deportations of illegal immigrants convicted of felony charges, “and I don’t consider drunk driving a felony.” ≠Biden said there is still a culture within ICE that causes the children of illegal immigrants to fear for...

Feds Finally Rethinking ‘Emotional Support Pigs’

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes AP – Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs could qualify. Airlines say the number of support animals has been growing dramatically in recent years, and...

Supreme Court Okay’s Flint Residents Suing City Officials

The Hill – The Supreme Court will allow a lawsuit to move forward against Flint, Mich., officials over their role in the city's public health crisis. After the city's 2014 decision to change water sources from Lake Huron to the Flint River, which had been widely considered to be contaminated, Flint residents reported widespread cases of hair loss, skin rashes, Legionnaire's disease and lead poisoning. Twelve people died from Legionnaire's disease in the aftermath. The case was...

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