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CDC Discovers New Virus Following Mysterious Death Of Kansas Man

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Summary: After running multiple tests for infectious diseases on a recently deceased Kansas man, the CDC has announced that a fatal new virus has been found in the US.

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On Friday the CDC announced the discovery of a new virus that they believe contributed to the 2014 death of a Kansas man.

Named after Bourbon county, where the patient lived, the virus is currently believed to be spread by tick or insect bites because the victim suffered multiple tick bites while working in his yard before falling ill. The Bourbon virus has been categorized as part of a group of viruses called  thogotoviruses, which are linked to tick or insect bites in Europe, Asia and Africa. The agency has stated that the 2014 case is the first time a virus in this group has been known to cause illness in the United States.

The case, as detailed in the CDC article in the agency’s “Infectious Diseases” journal, states:

The patient was a previously healthy man >50 years of age from Bourbon County, Kansas, USA. While working outdoors on his property in late spring 2014, the patient had several tick bites and found an engorged tick on his shoulder several days before he became ill with nausea, weakness, and diarrhea. The following day, a fever, anorexia, chills, headache, myalgia, and arthralgia developed. On the third day of illness, the patient went to his primary care physician, who empirically prescribed doxycycline for a presumed tickborne illness because of his history of tick bites, symptoms, and no reported travel outside the immediate area. The following morning, the patient’s wife found him obtunded (experiencing reduced consciousness) but arousable. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The CDC press release stated that while the man was hospitalized, test results for many infectious diseases came back negative. After testing blood samples they received, the agency was able to determine that a new virus had been discovered.

While this is only the first case and much remains unknown about the Bourbon virus, all the information the CDC currently has is featured on their website. The limited information means the CDC cannot recommend treatment for the illness so they are currently recommending prevention. Their Bourbon article on the agency’s website encourages people to protect themselves from transmission via tick bites by using insect repellents, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas and checking for ticks after spending time outdoors.

 

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Kanye West Slams Amber Rose On Breakfast Club, Fuels Kylie Jenner Rumors

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Summary: In an interview with the radio show The Breakfast Club, Kanye slams his ex Amber Rose for trashing his wife Kim Kardashian.

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In a Thursday Morning interview on the Breakfast Club, the hosts questioned Kanye West about his reaction to the recent dispute between his infamous ex girlfriend Amber Rose and his sister in law Khloe Kardashian. West told the hosts he did not feel compelled to talk to Amber about her trash talking about the Kardashians, implying that Kim was on another level (a higher level) from Amber.

 

“If Kim had like dated me when I first wanted to be with her, there wouldn’t be an Amber Rose, you know what I’m saying?…It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone that’s with Amber Rose…I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim..,” Kanye told the hosts.

The hosts then went on to quiz him about the rampant rumors of a sexual and/or romantic relationship between his sister in law Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga. To the question of the appropriateness of their relationship, he responded that their age difference did not seem very significant to him as he knows of relationships with wider age gaps. After a bit of fumbling around for a safe answer, Kanye said: “I think he got in early. I think he was smart.”

To hear the full interview, view the official clip from The Breakfast Club below:

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New Type Of HIV Progresses To Fully Blown Aids In 3 Years

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Summary: An aggressive form of HIV which develops into AIDS in just 3 years has been discovered in Cuba. Doctors fear that the currently successful antiretroviral therapy used in HIV/AIDS treatment may be not be an effective treatment against it.

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A new, more aggressive type of the HIV has been found in Cuba. The strain, called CRF19, has been also been spotted in parts of Africa, but has been found to on a larger scale throughout Cuba. Researchers from the Rega Institute for Medical Research in Belgium found the strain is capable of turning from an infection to full-blown AIDS within three years, a lot faster than the average conversion time period of about 10 years that was seen with previous, weaker strains of the virus.

 

In an article for Voice Of America News, Professor Anne-Mieke Vandamme said she was contacted by Cuban doctors who first encountered the new strain, asking her for help in figuring out why their HIV patients were developing AIDS so quickly. Vandamme – who is a medical professor at the University of Leuvan- and her team, studied a group of about 70 patients and divided them into various groups for testing and observation.

 

According to Vandamme, HIV progresses to AIDS quickly (or slowly) as a result of the strength of the patient’s immune system rather than the particular subtype of HIV involved. Her studies showed that with the HIV strain in Cuba, that is not so.

“Here we had a variant of HIV that we found only in the group that was progressing fast. Not in the other two groups. We focused in on this variant [and] tried to find out what was different. And we saw it was a recombinant of three different subtypes,” Vandamme told Voice of America News.

The new form of HIV found is Cuba has been found to be a combination of HIV sub-types A, D and G. Patients who suffer from this recombinant strain, called CRF19, also had higher viral loads (the amount of the virus found in their blood). They also had higher levels of RANTES, which are molecules produced by the body as a direct immune response to signal infection. The defining difference between this new form of HIV that is causing it to develop into AIDS faster than ever however, was found to be the speed with which the virus switched co-receptors. The process of the virus switching co receptors usually takes many years while this new strain does it in less than 3.

Vandamme has attributed this to the inclusion of HIV subtype D which contains an enzyme that enables HIV to reproduce in greater numbers and takes proteins from other subtypes and uses them in new virus particles.

Based on her research, CRF19 has been found to respond to most antiretroviral drugs however, because of the speed with which it progresses, people may not realize they have full-blown AIDS until it’s too late for therapy to do any good.

 

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Digital Baby Thermometer by Just Brill, A Must Have For New Parents

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Just-Brill is proud to announce that their DigiThermo digital thermometer is recommended as one of the must-have items needed by new parents.

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There are some essential items that every new parent should have when bringing home their baby from the hospital for the first time. One very essential item is a baby thermometer. There are many different types of thermometers on the market, from ones that can read by placing on forehead, there are rectal thermometer, ones that go in the babies mouth and ones that go in their ear. The most common and easy to use is the one that goes in the baby’s ear.  JustBrill, a company found on Amazon.com, carries a high quality digital baby thermometer that is ideal for new parents.

The DigiThermo operates on the principle of infrared readings inside the ear. The energy emitted by the eardrum is an accurate and fast way to capture information. Taking the baby’s temperature requires only correct positioning inside the ear canal and is so gentle that it can be done while the child is sleeping.

A normal reading for a healthy infant is between 97 F to 100 F. The device can be set to present either Fahrenheit or Celsius readings. The digital thermometer can determine if there is a fever after only one second. It is safe to use, even for the youngest child. There are no caps for the probe, so no risk of choking or swallowing for a youngster. The tip is simply wiped off and returned to its carrying case for storage.

There is an automatic shut-off to preserve battery life.  An estimated 4000 readings are available for battery life. The thermometer comes with a lifetime guarantee.

“We love the fact that this thermometer is digital and there are no caps for the probe. It’s simple to use and my baby doesn’t even realize that I am doing anything when I put the thermometer in her ear, so there is no fighting with me, which makes it soo much easier.” says Luci, a satisfied customer.

“We’ve been getting great feedback from parents, especially first time parents that are new to this kind of thing. We wanted to make sure it was simple to use and the least intrusive for the the baby” said Justin, a company representative.

To learn more about the digital baby thermometer on Amazon.com visit the link below.  http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Thermometer-Baby-Just-Brill-Temperature/dp/B00GKF71Y2

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Egypt Bombs ISIS In Libya After Execution of Egyptian Christians

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Summary: Egypt was incited by ISIS after the group’s affiliates in Libya posted a video showing the beheading on Egyptian Christians. The nation responded by carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets.

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A video emerged on Sunday showing militants who claim to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), forcing a group of 21 Egyptian men to the ground and decapitating them. The men were Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in eastern Libya during December and January.

 

The action angered the nation who immediately responded with a military attack on ISIS. Egypt’s State TV said the nation carried out airstrikes at dawn that targeted camps, training sites and weapons storage areas belonging to ISIS. Later in the day, a second wave of strikes was reported by the AP news agency.

 

It was reported that eight strikes have been conducted with the plan being to target all IS locations in the country. Libyan military officials confirmed to the BBC that Egypt carried out coordinated airstrikes with planes under the direction of Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni.

 

Egypt declared seven days of national mourning after the release of the video, with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi described IS as “inhuman criminal killers”. In the televised public statement al-Sisi said: “Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals.”

 

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Russell Westbrook Is All-Star MVP, West Beats East In Star Studded Night

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Summary: Highlights from Sunday’s All Star basketball game in New York.

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It was the first time the NBA All Star game was hosted in New York since 1998, a rare occurrence for the league which typically prefers to keep it’s events in the warm South and West. Tons of celebrities and basketball lovers alike turned out at Madison Square Gardens for the event none the less, many of them opting to bundle up in the face of the blizzards and freezing temperatures currently hitting the city.

It was all about the stars that night both on and off the court with Russell Westbrook taking home the title of All Star MVP after scoring an incredible 41 points during the game. He was just one point shy of matching the All Star record of 42 points in the game, currently held by Wilt Chamberlain. The game as a whole however smashed the previous record for points scored with the Western Conference beating the East 163-158 in the highest scoring All Star game of all time. The combined 321 points surpassed the 318 scored last season, and the 48 3-pointers smashed last year’s record of 30.

 

Other on court stars included Lebron James who scored 30 points and James Harden who scored 29 points while giving 8 assists and 8 rebounds. Kyle Korver scored seven 3-pointers for the East, while Washington’s John Wall scored 19.

 

As for the stars off the court, Christina Aguilera kicked off the show with the Rockettes by singing some New York inspired tunes while Queen Latifah sang the national anthem. During the national anthem past president Bill Clinton was shown in the audience on screens which caused the crowd to erupt in applause. Ariana Grande gave a stellar half time performance while the crowd included other famous singers such as Beyonce and Jay Z, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill, Rihanna and others.

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Those With Milk Allergies Beware Of Dark Chocolate This Valentine’s

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Summary: A New FDA study has revealed that many popular brands of dark chocolate have tested positive for traces of milk. The organization is warning consumers with dairy allergies to check labels and call companies to avoid allergic reactions this Valentine’s.

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A new Food and Drug Administration study released Wednesday shows that there are traces of milk in some dark chocolate candy bars which generally aren’t made with milk.

 

In their investigation, the agency found that 55 of 93 bars of dark chocolate “without any clear indication of the presence of milk” on their labels contained some level of milk. The agency also found that 2 out of 17 dark chocolate bars that were labeled “dairy free or allergen-free” contained milk. The worst part: The bars tested were purchased from different parts of the country and from several different manufacturers.

 

FDA researcher Binaifer Bedford has explained that the need for caution is very real as even small amounts of products containing milk can result in severe allergic reactions in some people. In spite of the warning of imminent danger however, the agency would not say what brands of bars tested positive for milk.

 

Instead, they are urging consumers to contact food manufacturers to find out how they control for allergens and in the event that they experience an allergic reaction, they can call the FDA or report it online.

 

In their article about the study and the findings the FDA states : “Milk is one of eight major food allergens (the others are wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, Crustacean shellfish and soybeans). U.S. law requires foods containing a major food allergen to provide its name—in this case, milk—on the label. This is one of the ways to help ensure consumers know what’s in the food they’re eating. Undeclared (not listed on the label) allergens are a leading cause of food recall requests by the FDA.”

 

Labels can be confusing however with some foods being labeled with words like “may contain traces of milk,” without telling a consumer how much milk that is, or whether it’s enough to cause a reaction. The FDA stated that of the 100 bars of dark chocolate tested in the study, 6 out of 11 that were labeled as containing “traces of milk” actually contained milk at detectable levels high enough to potentially cause severe reactions in some individuals.

 

The FDA said milk can inadvertently end up in dark chocolate if it is manufactured on the same equipment that makes milk chocolate. The bottom line of their consumer update article simply stating that consumers should know that a large proportion of the dark chocolate on the market contains milk and take their own measures for caution from there.

 

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9 Uncommon Uses Of Aspirin

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Summary: Anti inflammatory drug aspirin has been found effective for multiple varying purposes. 9 of these purposes are covered and the scientific explanation for aspirin’s effectiveness is given.

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Doctors have discovered that aspirin may help to slow the growth of cancer. Maggie Young from Mens Fitness.com compiled this awesome list of things that this common household anti-inflammatory good for. From removing soap scum and patching up drywall, here are some less known and totally useful applications of aspirin.

1. Stain Removal

 

Marina Gafanovich, M.D., says that aspirin can effectively remove stains, especially the yellowish underarm ones. “Allowing clothing to soak in water with aspirin can help to release stains before they’re washed the conventional way,” she says. Just mix crushed, uncoated aspirin with warm water, let the mixture sit on the stain for a few hours and then throw the clothing in the washing machine as usual.

 

2. Dandruff Control

The salicylic acid in aspirin is actually what is used in medicated shampoos that are specifically created to control dandruff. Gafanovich recommends simply adding aspirin to your shampoo. “It exfoliates the scalp, removing the dead skin layers that are responsible for dandruff,” she says. Crush two uncoated aspirins into a powder and combine them with a tablespoon of shampoo.

 

3. Treat Ingrown Hairs or Acne

Aspirin can reduce the inflamed areas within a few minutes. Simply crush aspirin and water into a paste and spread it over the ingrown hair or pimple. Leave it on for a few minutes and then wash the paste off with warm water. The salicylic acid in aspirin helps clear out anything that’s trapped in the hair follicle or pore.

 

4. Clean The Bathroom

Dissolving two uncoated aspirin pills in warm water and using the paste to on counter grime will surely get rid of it. Gafanovich says “It works on any surface with the same exfoliating properties, removing soap scum or other contaminants from your bathroom or counter surfaces.”

 

5. Repair Drywall

It can be used to patch up holes in drywall because when aspirin is wetted and then dried, it becomes like an adhesive. Mix crushed aspirin with water and use the paste as needed.

 

6. Hide A Hickey

Aspirin can calm the irritation caused by a hickey. Simply dissolve one or two uncoated aspirin pills in a half-cup of water and apply the paste to the area. “Adding some aspirin as a mask to your skin will increase the blood flow on the skin’s surface, which can help to quickly hide a hickey,” says Gafanovich

 

7. Soothe A Bug Bite

The constant itching of an insect bite can be relieved by reducing the irritation with aspirin. Just grab one plain aspirin pill, wet it and rub it on the bite for instant relief.

 

8. Charge A Car Battery

If you’re stranded without power, you can drop two aspirin pills into the battery cells to jump-start the charging. The sulfuric acid in the battery mixes with acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) to create one charge. It will be enough to rev up your engine and get you to the nearest service station. That being said, it seems like a good idea to stash a bottle of aspirin in your car, just in case it runs out of juice.

 

9. Protect Your Heart

If you have any of the major risk factors for heart disease, taking aspirin on a regular basis might help keep your ticker in good health, but it’s still not a pill to take lightly. Major risk factors that could potentially warrant aspirin use would include increasing age (65 or older), heart disease in the family or a personal history of heart problems such as a heart attack or stroke. “A heart attack is an acute blockage of a blood vessel that usually comes about due to a platelet plug,” says Ric Saguil, M.D., FAAFP. “Aspirin helps prevent these types of inflammatory responses (platelet plugs), and thins the blood.”

 

Consult with your doctor to make sure that aspirin would be the right choice for you as there can be serious side effects such as gut bleeding. The risks can potentially outweigh the benefits, so it’s important to have a full evaluation before popping the pill. If you have an ulcer, kidney disease history, bleeding problems, aspirin sensitivity, asthma or a past of hemorrhagic strokes, you definitely should not take aspirin.

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Ceasefire In Ukraine Agreed In Belarus Talks

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Summary: The peace talks between Russia, Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels et al in Belarus has finally yielded an agreement to a ceasefire beginning on February 15.

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Following the death of thousands in the region from endless fighting and after what BBC reported as “marathon talks” in Belarus, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France announced that a ceasefire would begin on 15 February.

While some key issues have yet to be settled, the deal does include weapon withdrawals and prisoner exchanges. It has even been signed by the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.

 

It has been noted by BBC’s Richard Galpin in Minsk that the deal is very similar to the ceasefire agreed last September which was violated by both parties with neither taking the blame, ultimately unraveling.

 

Key provisions of the latest agreement includes:

  • Ceasefire to begin at 00:01 local time on 15 February
  • Heavy weapons to be withdrawn, beginning on 16 February and completed in two weeks
  • All prisoners to be released; amnesty for those involved in fighting
  • Withdrawal of all foreign troops and weapons from Ukrainian territory. Disarmament of all illegal groups
  • Ukraine to allow resumption of normal life in rebel areas, by lifting restrictions
  • Constitutional reform to enable decentralisation for rebel regions by the end of 2015
  • Ukraine to control border with Russia if conditions met by the end of 2015

Debaltseve, a government-held town surrounded by rebels, has been the focus of fierce fighting with many casualties leading up to the peace talks and it’s status remains one of the unresolved issues. The question of self-rule in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk separatist regions also looms unresolved.

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Diddy Receives A “Courtesy Call” From James Prince Warning Him To Lay Off Drake

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Summary: Rap-A-Lot Records CEO James Prince has recorded a song in which he threatens Sean “Diddy” Combs for his attack on Drake and also makes scathing comments about other rappers.

 

 

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The audio in the video above is for the track titled “Courtesy Call” which was recorded by Rap-A-Lot Records CEO James Prince. TMZ leaked what appears to be the full track on Thursday. Prince, who is Drake’s long time mentor uses the 1:50 seconds to speak over a beat and blast Diddy, Suge Knight, Birdman and Lil Wayne.

The section directed at Diddy is related directly to his altercation with Drake last December in which he punched Drake over a stolen song. Prince says on the track : “Let me put these bully b****es on notice by letting them know Drake is family. And the weak sh** from Puffy and Suge is on my radar. First of all, Puffy; Feeling like he can put his hands on my family open the doors for his family to get touched. You reap what you sow…You know I role with Drake….I’m your worst nightmare.”

J. Prince’s section about Lil Wayne and Birdman is about their long-running legal war while he verbally spits on “Sugar Bear” for what TMZ called “a not-so-subtle jab” at Drake he made to a TMZ camera guy.