Malaria Hopped From Gorillas To Humans In A Rare Encounter 50,000 Years Ago

Plasmodium falciparum is undoubtedly one of the most influential organisms in human history. This unicellular parasite is one of the main species responsible for malaria, a disease that’s killed tens of billions of humans and continues to infect over 200 million people each year.  But how did our unfortunate relationship with this parasite start? A new study reveals an important chapter of this story can be traced back to an unlikely encounter between two parasites some 50,000 years ago and a rare genetic event that allowed the infection to jump from gorillas to humans.  All of the malaria parasites originated in African great apes. However, somewhere along the line, some obtained the ability to switch host from gorillas to humans. There are seven Plasmodium parasite species that cause …

Wisconsin launches taskforce to face ‘grave threat’ of climate crisis

Democratic governor establishes taskforce despite inevitable pushback from states Republican-controlled legislature The Democratic governor of Wisconsin is launching a taskforce to brainstorm ways to cut climate pollution, despite inevitable pushback from the states Republican-controlled legislature. Tony Evers has vowed Wisconsin will meet the goals of the international Paris climate agreement, even as Donald Trump aims to leave the pact and has discounted climate science, rescinded pollution efforts and promoted fossil fuels. Evers executive order establishing the taskforce calls the climate crisis a grave threat to the health, safety and economic wellbeing of people and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. Evers is one of two dozen governors in the Climate Alliance, whose members have pledged to reduce their states heat-trapping …

Top 34 bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy

(CNN)Americans spent $1.4 billion on the most popular brands of children’s fruit drinks and flavored waters last year. Yet according to nutritional guidelines, none of the drinks were healthy. “Added sugars increase the risk of many health harms including type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, heart disease and childhood obesity,” said Muth, who was not involved in the study. “Labels on drinks are confusing and misleading, causing parents to think they are providing their children a healthy drink when in actuality they are not.” Confusing marketing Two-thirds of the 34 sweetened drinks analyzed in the Children’s Drink Fact report contained no juice, yet images of fruit appeared on 85% of the packages. Most drinks which did contain juice capped the …

The Mystery Vaping Illness Has Finally Got A Name

The vaping-related disease that’s killed dozens of people and left many more hospitalized has a new name: EVALI, short for e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury. The name was first publically mentioned in a newly issued guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday, October 11. As per the latest update, there have been at least 1,299 cases of EVALI reported across 49 states and 26 deaths reported from 21 states since April 2019. Symptoms typically start with a cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain, and nausea. Eventually, a fever, fatigue, and weight loss can develop too. Patients with the disease typically have an elevated white blood cell count, indicating that their immune system …

‘He was in it for the people’: Baltimore mourns Elijah Cummings

Residents noted how the late congressman, who returned home to his community every night, had risen to national significance and touched their lives mourning Elijah Cummings, a US congressman who returned home to his community every night and was among its most prominent champions. No! exclaimed Shauntee Daniels, the executive director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, throwing her head back in dismay at learning the news. Im so sorry to hear that. He was absolutely loved by the people he represented. He understood the benefit of preserving Baltimores history for current generations and future generations. Daniels recalled meeting Cummings, who died suddenly on Thursday at 68, at an National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) dinner in …

Orphaned 150-Day-Old Baby Koala Gets Tiny Arm Cast After Falling From A Tree

Let’s face it, tiny animals getting hurt is probably one of the saddest things in life, but it’s so heartwarming to see them being nurtured back to health by caring humans! This is exactly what happened to tiny koala joey who feel from a tree and was given the most adorable tiny cast. Pictures the tiny baby quickly went viral because obviously, people couldn’t stop looking at this adorable baby. Recently a Werribee Open Range Zoo shared adorable photos of a baby koala wearing a cast The joey injured her arm when she fell from a tree in a Blue-gum plantation logging area. Sadly, the mother of a 150-day-old baby koala who, at the time, weighed just around 500 grams …

Finally, There Are Enough Women On A Debate Stage That They Can Go After Each Other

Democratic presidential debate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren got into a heated exchange over the best way to tax the wealthiest Americans.  “Medicare for All” plan that Warren supports as a “pipe dream.” “Amy Klobuchar’s simmering hatred for Elizabeth Warren is not feminism, but it doesn’t have to be,” Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Donald Trump’s account. Klobuchar chimed in to talk about monopolies.(It’s also worth noting that all the candidates ― not just the women ― were asked directly about abortion rights by moderator Erin Burnett.) These candidates represent a diversity of not just political ideology but of personal experience. They span generations, racial identities and religious identities. They bring different strengths and weaknesses to the table. In short, they are …

Mother Shares Photos Of Her Oldest Son, Showing What Heroin And Meth Addiction Can Do In 7 Months

Addiction ruins lives. Those of the addicted, as well as those of their loved ones. Fortunately, however difficult life might get, there are people out there who care about us and do their darndest to help us in our hour of need. Jennifer Salfen-Tracy turned to Facebook to share with everyone how her oldest son Cody Bishop, who is suffering from heroin and meth addiction, is doing. According to his mom, Cody is homeless and she hasn’t heard from him in weeks. The photos she shared of him are shocking, especially when you realize that they’re only 7 months apart. Cody’s mom wants her son to come back home and get clean Cody’s mom, who is from Missouri, hopes that …

Watch the full CNN/New York Times Democratic debate

(CNN)Twelve Democratic candidates took the stage in Westerville, Ohio, for the fourth Democratic debate. Businessman Tom Steyer made his debate debut after announcing his presidential bid in July. This debate didn’t feature opening statements, opting to start with questions right off the bat. The candidates shared their thoughts on President Trump and impeachment. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sparred over their health care proposals. Part 2 of the CNN/NYT Democratic Presidential Debate The candidates then pivoted to jobs, wealth inequality, and foreign policy. Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer offered a reply to Bernie Sanders’ assertion that billionaires should not exist. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg butted heads with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) over President Trump’s decision …

Nir Eyal on how to beat tech addiction: We need a new skill set

The behavioural scientist has advised tech companies on how to get people hooked now hes telling us how to break the habit Follow Eyals guide to avoiding digital distraction I am 10 minutes late for my interview withIndistractable: How To Control Your Attention And Choose Your Life, a guide to staying focused in an age of constant distraction. The hope is that he will teach me, a chronic procrastinator, how to stop wasting my life scrolling through my phone, and finally write that novel. Or, at the very least, be on time for appointments. Dressed in Tech Dad chic a crisp button-down shirt and jeans Eyal already has coffee and looks busy when I burst in. He dropped his daughter …

Trump led ‘concerted campaign’ to oust me, former Ukraine envoy tells Congress

Marie Yovanovitch defies White House to speak to committees investigating Trump and says state department being hollowed out from within The former US ambassador to Ukraine, whose abrupt departure has become a focus of reports emerged that a concerted campaign against me, and that the department had been under pressure from the president to remove me since the summer of 2018. He also said that I had done nothing wrong and that this was not like other situations where he had recalled ambassadors for cause, Yovanovitch said. Although I understand that I served at the pleasure of the president, I was nevertheless incredulous that the US government chose to remove an ambassador based, as best as I can tell, on …

He sold illegal AR-15s. Feds agreed to let him go free to avoid hurting gun control efforts

(CNN)For more than a year, Joseph Roh illegally manufactured AR-15-style rifles in a warehouse south of Los Angeles. Though incapable of firing a round, the part is considered a gun in its own right and is subject to the same restrictions as a fully intact firearm. Manufacturers must stamp it with a serial number and licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks on prospective buyers. The restrictions are intended, in part, to keep felons and other people prohibited from possessing firearms from acquiring them piece by piece. AR-15s, however, do not have a single receiver that meets that definition. They have both an upper and lower receiver — two parts as opposed to the single part described in the …

Three Simple Steps To Become a Local Business Super Hero

Take a quick look at your phone. How many apps do you have on there? How many do you actually use? Let me take a guess, you just use the one you find useful, right? Of course…. But what if you could build and provide really useful apps yourself. What if you could take an easy to use, feature rich, super cheap, newbie friendly software development tool and build apps that increase customer engagement. I mean, a real easy to use tool… but one that produces top quality apps. Do you think you could find a business in your area that would want to have an app like that, for themselves, with their own branding, and access to their own …

Why didn’t the Queen wear her crown?

Report End of Twitter post by @kateferguson4 The choice was a matter of personal preference for the 93-year-old monarch. Image copyright VT Freeze Frame Image caption The Queen delivering her speech at the State Opening of Parliament in 1988, alongside Prince Philip The Queen’s Speech is the key part of Parliament’s State Opening – when the monarch reads a speech written by ministers setting out the laws the government hopes will be approved by Parliament during the coming session. Since 1852, it has been tradition for the monarch to arrive at Parliament in a gold carriage escorted by the household cavalry – about 120 horses – and in full traditional dress. The crown and ceremonial accessories were absent from the …

‘Ban snacking on public transport’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPeople in Manchester give a mixed response to banning snacks on public transport Snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England’s outgoing chief medical officer says. In her final report as CMO, Dame Sally Davies also called for tighter restrictions on advertising and takeaways. She said families needed more help to make healthier choices. And she urged ministers to be bold in their fight to reduce rates of obesity. Dame Sally said: “The unavoidable fact is that over time our environment has become very unhealthy without us realising. But Dame Sally wants the government to go further by extending the tax …

‘Hamilton’ Star Miguel Cervantes’ 3-Year-Old Daughter Has Died

Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes revealed in a heartbreaking tweet Sunday that the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Adelaide Grace, died in her arms after a long illness. hospice care in Chicago. “You’ve been fighting for your life for so long and I can see now that you are tired. Inchstones. infantile spasms two months later, People magazine reported.  Earlier this month, he posted a photo of the couple’s 7-year-old son, Jackson, and their daughter making a mold of their intertwined hands. The mold is now featured on View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miguel Cervantes (@mig.cervantes) on Oct 2, 2019 at 9:45pm PDT ever has to count how many seizures happen in a day,” Miguel told Chicago’s ABC7-TV early this …