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    Screenshot via Twitter Conspiracy theorists found a new wild claim to froth over that involves NFL star Damar Hamlin being dead instead of an inspiring comeback story following his collapse from cardiac arrest during a game earlier in the month. Hamlin appeared over the weekend at Highmark Stadium to view the game between his Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals. In a viral clip, Hamlin could be seen flashing a heart symbol with his hands to the stadium. The video, where Hamlin can’t be seen clearly, had some noted conspiracy theorists on social media arguing the athlete actually died and has now been replaced by a body double. Immediately after Hamlin’s collapse, some corners of social media chalked it up to the Covid-19 vaccine, despite no evidence, and now those arguing Hamlin has been replaced by a body double are primarily the same vaccine fanatics. “The hot new antivax conspiracy theory is that Damar Hamlin secretly died from the vaccine, and the NFL is using a body double to fool fans into thinking he’s alive,” author Mike Rothschild tweeted on...
    Flying money stopped traffic on a major thoroughfare in Ohio as drivers - some with plastic grocery bags - leaped out of their vehicles to scoop up the cash. Video from the Ohio Department of Transportation shows people standing in the middle of the busy four-lane highway, including law enforcement, attempting to pick up the cash from the road. Some drivers were seen with plastic bags to carry their bundle.  Some witnesses initially thought the flying money was debris but soon realized it was actually money. A welcome surprise for some as the Christmas holiday nears. The wild incident took place on Tuesday afternoon around 3:45pm on Interstate-71 in South Lebanon and State Route 48. Several witnesses alerted authorities to report the flying bills scattered along the roadway and to report a backpack full of cash thrown from a vehicle, the Warren County Sheriff's Department said, WHIO News reported. But, where the money came from and the amount of money that fell onto the roadway remains a mystery. Traffic came to a stunning halt on Interstate 71 as drivers jumped out of their cars...
    Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship by Albania's president for what he said was the British pop star's role in spreading Albanians' fame internationally through her music. The 27-year-old songstress was born in London in 1995 to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans. She has often proudly referenced her Albanian origins on Instagram and in interviews with press. She also enjoys family trips to the nation - and takes part in traditions such as balancing a glass on her head while dancing.  Dua was granted citizenship ahead of Albania's 110th anniversary of independence from the Ottoman Empire, with President Bajram Begaj saying he considered it an honour to do so because the singer has made Albanians famous throughout the world. Honour: Dua Lipa has been granted Albanian citizenship for her role in spreading Albanians' fame internationally through her music Humble beginnings: Born in London to Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled conflict and political instability in the Balkans, Dua has realised a childhood dream of becoming a star Dua enjoys family trips to the nation (left) - and takes part in traditions such...
    Emmanuel the emu - a bird who went viral on social media earlier this year after pecking his owner's phone as she filmed videos about farming  - is fighting for his life amid a deadly outbreak of avian flu that has killed most of the birds on the farm. Emmanuel's caretaker, Taylor Blake, revealed his dire condition Saturday, just three months after the pair had flown to stardom on TikTok. Blake, whose family owns Knuckle Bump Farms in South Florida, said the bird is experiencing nerve damage and cannot eat or drink on his own after contracting the disease, blaming the outbreak on wild geese that invade the farm nightly. Desperate to save her feathered friend, the farmer said she is hand feeding him all his food, sleeping less than an hour a day, and providing him with nourishment through subcutaneous fluids administered every two hours around the clock.  She further revealed that she had been in contact with Florida officials who reportedly told her told her that stagnant water puddles left behind by Hurricane Ian late last month also spurred the outbreak, and had...
    New Yorkers have been urged to get their flu jab ‘as soon as possible’ as the state grapples with nearly four times as cases as last year. The New York Department of Health described the current outbreak as 'early and aggressive', and warned that it showed no signs of slowing. There are were 596 confirmed flu cases recorded in the week ending October 1 — compared to just 150 this time last year. Both figures are massive underestimates because flu is not routinely tested for in the same way Covid is.  Experts fear the early surge in flu - which is also happening in Washington D.C. and several southern states - will cause a 'twindemic' this winter when Covid is expected to rebound. There has been barely any flu for the past few years after the virus was sidelined by the more infectious Covid virus and lockdowns shut it out also.  Washington DC joins Texas in the 'high' flu activity level, according to CDC data. Since the map was made, New York State cases have spiked and are now four times...
    Record-high housing prices in the US could collapse by up to 20 percent over the next year if a recession sparked by Joe Biden's inflation takes hold, a top Wall Street economist has warned.   Ian Shepherdson, a chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, pointed out that home prices have already declined by about five percent from their peak in May and will continue to tumble.  According to his previous work, there are now 40 percent more single-family homes available than four months ago - and previously occupied home sales have slowed for the seventh month straight. Prices for homes sank by 0.7 percent in August, but Shepherdson predicts a total decline of up to 20 percent by the middle of 2023.  He warned that the plunging trend in sales 'has further to go' and that prices are falling as the US enters the fourth quarter of 2022.  There will be an recession encompassing all aspects of the housing industry in the coming months, he claims.   Ian Shepherdson, a chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, warned about an expected fall in house prices...
    By Dominique Williams | Sacramento Bee Firefighters are looking to gain the upper hand on the Mosquito Fire in El Dorado and Placer counties ahead of an afternoon of stiff winds and possible rain Sunday. The fire, which erupted on Mosquito Road at Oxbow Reservoir the evening of Sept. 6, is measured at 71,292 acres with 21% containment, Cal Fire said in a Saturday morning update. Firefighters continued patrolling and securing control lines Friday night in anticipation of increased winds in the area, which are forecast to peak mid-Saturday afternoon with 20-25 mph gusts, according to Cal Fire. While the National Weather Service said rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday, Cal Fire said it will help moderate and slow the fire’s growth but is not forecast to be a season-ending event. Crews will welcome precipitation, but the stronger winds have the potential to cast embers farther out in front of the fire. “The weather changes will be the biggest challenge for firefighters over the next several days,” Cal Fire said in the update. The Mosquito Fire has surpassed Siskiyou County’s...
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke is one of the latest victims of a bacterial infection, revealing Sunday that he had been temporarily hospitalized. Bacterial infections refer to when bacteria enter the body through an opening in the skin, such as a cut or surgical wound, or an airway, and multiply in number, causing a reaction. Some examples of bacterial infections include food poisoning, eye infections, strep throat, pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and urinary tract infections. BETO O'ROURKE HOSPITALIZED WITH BACTERIAL INFECTION, POSTPONES CAMPAIGN EVENTS "After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection," O'Rourke said Sunday. "The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest." O'Rourke did not specify what type of bacterial infection he had been diagnosed with but said his symptoms were improving as he recuperates in his El Paso residence. Symptoms accompanying bacterial infections can vary widely but generally include fever, fatigue, headache, nausea or vomiting,...
    (CNN)Monkeypox cases are increasing across America and around the world, with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting over 15,000 confirmed stateside cases as of August 23. The Biden Administration is accelerating vaccine distribution efforts and ramping up community outreach, including through community partnerships and education of clinicians and patients.In the meantime, students are coming back to school. Parents, caregivers, teachers and students have a lot of questions. Can monkeypox be spread by sitting next to someone with the virus in a classroom or playing in the playground together? Could it be transmitted by sharing food or drinks? Are there certain activities for K-12 students that are higher risk? What about for college students? And what about the risk of other infectious diseases?To help us with these questions, I spoke with CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is also author of "Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health" and the mother of two...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has declared the monkeypox outbreak in the US to be a public health emergency."We're prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take this virus seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus," US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said. Gay men are lining up as early as 2 a.m. for monkeypox vaccines. Many leave empty-handedMonkeypox is a poxvirus, related to smallpox and cowpox. It generally causes pimple- or blister-like lesions and flu-like symptoms such as fever, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lesions typically concentrate on the arms and legs, but in this outbreak, they're showing up more frequently on the genital and perianal area."Classically, it presents like many other viral illnesses with what's called a viral prodrome, and symptoms like fevers, chills, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue and muscle aches are common. Within five days of the prodrome starting, patients develop a rash that can look like pimples or blisters," said Dr. Jason...
    Monkeypox has been declared an 'imminent threat to public health' in New York because of the ongoing and rapid spread of the disease, health officials announced on Thursday. The state leads the nation in confirmed cases, having recorded 1,247 of the 4,907 infections in America — with nearly all cases in and around New York City. State health commissioner Dr Mary Bassett said the declaration would 'free up' extra funding to help prevent the disease's spread. It came the same day San Francisco officials said they would declare a 'local emergency' over monkeypox as its infection tally reached 241. No nationwide alert has been issued yet, although the Biden administration is considering the move. A total of one-in-five Americans now fear they may catch monkeypox, a poll of 1,500 adults from the Annenberg Public Policy Center in Pennsylvania revealed today — as public concern over the disease which could spill into the wider population ticks up. The above map shows the number of monkeypox cases declared across the U.S. by CDC The above graph shows the total number of cases...
    BRITS who suffer with hay fever are set for a miserable few days as very high pollen levels spread across the country. But there's one area that will be hit hardest today, before the rest of the country is subjected to red eyes and runny noses. 2Pollen levels are set to be very high in one area today - before pushing through the rest of the countryCredit: Getty 2The chart above shows pollen levels across the country today, through to Friday People in Yorkshire and The Humber will today experience very high levels of pollen in the atmosphere. Those in London, the South West, the East and West Midlands and the North West will also suffer with high levels, with the rest of the country experiencing mild and low levels - especially those further North. However, from tomorrow, the majority of Brits will be subjected to the same fate as those in Yorkshire and The Humber. Very high pollen counts are set to last until at least Sunday, with Brits from the North East and higher up, coming away unscathed....
    We’re starting to get a handle on how monkeypox is spreading in this latest outbreak of the deadly disease. The pox spreads through close physical contact. Especially during sex. Believe it or not, that’s actually a relief. Because one possible alternative—the pox spreading through the air—is much, much more dangerous. The World Health Organization recently confirmed the transmission methods driving the three-week-old outbreak in Europe, Australia and the United States. “Based on currently available information, cases have mainly but not exclusively been identified amongst men who have sex with men seeking care in primary care and sexual health clinics,” the WHO stated last week. That doesn’t mean monkeypox—a pathogen that is endemic in rodent and monkey populations in West and Central Africa and causes flu-like symptoms and a rash in people (and can be fatal in up to 10 percent of cases, depending on the precise strain)—is a sexually-transmitted disease. In fact, experts are clear that it’s not. Instead, it’s an opportunistic disease that prefers to jump from an infected person to an uninfected one via tiny cuts in...
    The monkeypox outbreak that has swept the globe has churned up dozens of bogus conspiracy theories about its origins, how it is spread and its symptoms. Some of the myths being peddled online include that the outbreak is actually just a 'cover up' of vaccine-induced shingles and that AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine causes monkeypox.  Others have wrongly suggested the virus leaked from the Chinese lab at the heart of Covid's origin debate, and that eating meat in Britain may give someone monkeypox. Here, MailOnline dismisses some of the bogus claims gaining most traction on social media.  Conspiracy theories swirl in China that monkeypox was deliberately leaked by the United StatesChinese social media users are saying the US could be the source of the rise in monkeypox cases, with conspiracy theories stating the US deliberately leaked the virus which has now spread to at least a dozen countries. A hashtag on the US reporting two cases of monkeypox has attracted more than 51 million views on Weibo as of Monday. The infectious disease became a trending topic on the...
    THE MONKEYPOX outbreak is infecting people in Europe and the Americas in a way not seen before. Health officials say that the disease has so far appeared to disproportionately affect gay and bisexual men - otherwise known as “men who have sex with men” (MSM).  1Experts say the spread of monkeypox - seen mostly in gay and bisexual men - likely traces back to sexual activity at two mass events. However, doctors have warned against labelling it a "gay disease"Credit: Alamy But a GP has cautioned against seeing monkeypox in a similar light to HIV, which could have harmful consequences.  Dr Ranj Singh, an NHS doctor and TV personality, said “we definitely shouldn’t echo the ridiculously inaccurate hysteria of HIV being a ‘gay disease’”. Andrew Lee, a professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield, agreed that “stigma won’t help” - as we “know too well from our experience with HIV”. There have been under 200 cases of monkeypox detected globally by the World Health Organization (WHO) in places considered unusual.  Read more on monkeypox VIRAL SPREAD UK detects...
    LONDON (AP) — Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days. Officials around the world are keeping watch for more cases because, for the first time, the rare disease appears to be spreading among people who didn’t travel to Africa, where monkeypox is endemic. They stress, however, that the risk to the general population is low. WHAT IS MONKEYPOX? Monkeypox is a virus that originates in wild animals like rodents and primates, and occasionally jumps to people. It belongs to the same virus family as smallpox. Most human cases have been in central and west Africa and outbreaks have been relatively limited. The illness was first identified by scientists in 1958 when there were two outbreaks of a “pox-like” disease in research monkeys — thus the name monkeypox. The first known human infection was in 1970, in a young boy in a remote part of Congo. WHAT CAUSED THIS LATEST OUTBREAK? Health officials are still investigating, but a top adviser to the World Health Organization...
    An image created during an investigation into an outbreak of monkeypox, which took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1996 to 1997, shows the arms and torso of a patient with skin lesions due to monkeypox, in this undated image obtained by Reuters on May 18, 2022. CDC/Brian W.J. Mahy/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.CDC | Brian W.J. Mahy | Reuters Health authorities in Europe, the U.S. and Australia are investigating a recent outbreak of monkeypox cases, a rare viral disease typically confined to Africa. Germany on Friday reported its first case of the virus, becoming the latest European country to identify an outbreak alongside the U.K., Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Sweden. The U.S. and Australia this week also confirmed their first cases, as experts attempt to determine the root cause of the recent spike. While some cases have been linked to travel from Africa, more recent infections are thought to have spread in the community, raising the risks of a wider outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and infection...
    The New York City health department is investigating a possible case of monkeypox in the Big Apple. The patient is currently being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, officials confirmed to NewsNation journalist Paul Gerke.  It is not clear if the patient has been formally diagnosed with the disease yet. DailyMail.com has contacted the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for more information.  Cases of the rare disease have now been confirmed in seven countries outside of Africa - with the United States, Italy and Sweden. Monkeypox is spread via physical touch, experts say, which would explain why it seems to have spread in the sexual network of gay and bisexual men in parts of Europe People who are infected with monkeypox often suffer from severe rashes, skin lesions and flu like symptoms. The virus kills around one-in-ten people it infects, though there is belief that the current strain making its way around the world has a mortality rate of one percent
    The Queen will use her Platinum Jubilee to emphasise UK unity, sending members of her family to all four nations. Prince William and wife Kate will visit Wales over the extended bank holiday weekend from June 2 to 5. Prince Edward and Sophie will go to Northern Ireland while Princess Anne heads to Scotland. Prince Charles and Camilla will remain in London with the Queen. There will be no roles for Prince Harry and Meghan and Prince Andrew. The four main events of the weekend – Trooping the Colour, the Party at the Palace, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and a service of thanksgiving – will all be in London.  But jubilee beacons will be lit at 2,000 locations around the UK and the Commonwealth on June 2 and over 60,000 Big Jubilee Lunches involving millions of Britons will be held on June 5. A Palace spokesman said: ‘Members of the Royal Family will attend engagements in each nation, including public events marking the occasion.’ Further details of the visits will be revealed in the coming weeks. It comes after the...
    Barack Obama called for greater regulatory oversight of social media companies, warning Big Tech will have 'frightening' implications on democracy without oversight. In a speech at Stanford University on the dangers of disinformation, Obama railed against threats to democracy, including Vladimir Putin's invasion of the Ukraine and disinfomration on the internet. 'People are dying because of misinformation,' he said. And he said it was social media companies that contributed to it by dividing the public, spreading misinformation, and eroding trust in leaders. He said one of the biggest threats to democracy is the 'profound change that's taken place and how we communicate and consume information.' 'Social media platforms aren't just our window into the internet. They serve as our primary source of news and information. No one tells us that the window is blurred, subject to unseen distortions and subtle manipulations,' he noted.  Barack Obama warned that Big Tech will have 'frightening' implications on democracy without oversight Obama warned that there needs to be oversight of social media companies and that they need to be held accountable for information being published...
    Dado Ruvic | Reuters Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are circulating at low levels in several countries within Southern Africa and Europe, according to the World Health Organization.  The two subvariants of the highly contagious Covid-19 strain have been detected in Botswana, South Africa, Germany and Denmark, among other countries, WHO's technical lead on Covid-19 Maria Van Kerkhove said Thursday. BA.4 and BA.5 don't appear to be more contagious or deadly than the original omicron mutation so far, but that could change as more cases are detected, she added. Van Kerkhove emphasized the need to maintain "robust" genome surveillance systems that will allow countries to track and analyze the two subvariants as well as earlier versions of omicron.  "It is still early days. What we have to make sure is that we continue to have the ability to track, the ability to share and the ability to analyze so that we can answer questions like this," Van Kerkhove said during a WHO briefing that was live-streamed on the organization's social media platforms. Her remarks come days after the...
    THE spread of the Zika virus caused a global medical emergencies in 2015 and 2016. An outbreak began in Brazil, although the first cases were seen in Africa in 1947. 1 Zika is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes but can also be transmitted sexuallyCredit: Getty Images The number of cases have dropped dramatically since then, but the virus still poses a "significant" long-term problem according to the World Health Organisation. Recent warnings have come over fears the virus could easily mutate and spawn new variants. Scientists in the US have warned the world should be keeping a close eye out for this. If variants emerged and spread it could cause a problem, even in countries with prior immunity from earlier outbreaks, they warned TRAGIC LOSS Our boy died suddenly after his colour drained - one test could've saved himNEW THREAT Warning over hepatitis outbreak in kids - the 10 signs you must not ignoreBUM DEAL Docs stunned to find 2kg dumbbell in man's rectum - before having to pull it outEVOLVING VIRUS Two new Omicron variants under investigation - with...
    SALMONELLA has key signs for detection once it enters the human body. The Centers for Disease Control announced on October 20, 2021, that people across 37 states had a salmonella outbreak caused by fresh onions, leaving 129 hospitalized. 1 If you've caught salmonella, it's likely you will be sick What is salmonella? Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause food poisoning. It gets its name from the man who discovered it some 125 years ago – an American scientist named Dr Salmon. The illness people get from a salmonella infection is called salmonellosis. Anyone can get sick from the bug, but young kids, elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems such as those battling cancer are especially vulnerable. What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning? Some of the symptoms of the bug are similar to Covid-19. The NHS says the main three symptoms of the virus are a new persistent cough, a high temperature, and a loss of taste and smell. Salmonellosis develops after ingesting salmonella bacteria, symptoms usually take between 12 and 72 hours to develop....
    Russia took its gaslighting to new heights at the United Nations Friday, as its ambassador accused the US of funding a biological weapons program in Ukraine using bats, birds, and fleas to spread deadly agents – and again denied attacking Ukraine. Russia's ambassador to the UN lobbed the accusations at a meeting of the UN Security Council – after the White House warned its claims, which the US and Ukraine vigorously deny, could be the start of a false flag operation meant to justify biological or chemical attacks the Russians may be planning against Ukraine. The U.S. accused Russia of abusing the platform – it has a permanent seat on the UN Security Council – by 'lying and spreading disinformation' amid its brutal invasion of Ukraine. Russia's UN ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, plowed through a range of accusations of alleged bioweapons programs. The goal of one, he said, 'is to study the possibility of spreading particularly dangerous and infections using migratory birds' to spread the H5-N1 virus. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield accused Russia of 'lying and spreading disinformation' after its ambassador to...
    It's been years since the Russian state even vaguely pretended to be honest. By lying about an invasion, a genocide and a war, Moscow has perfected the art of deception to the point where the only correct action is to ignore what comes out of the Kremlin. That said, Putin's propaganda is pumped into homes across Britain by his official broadcaster Russia Today (RT). During the early stages of Covid, the channel spread fear and panic, trying to tear apart our community and undermine our response. When British firms discovered a vaccine, RT spread lies trying to convince people not to take it, costing lives. Time and again, the English-language service has done its best to confuse and undermine Britons at times when clarity was so important. It's not an information network. It's a weapon against us. During the early stages of Covid, RT spread fear and panic, trying to tear apart our community and undermine our response Our media watchdog, Ofcom, should have banned RT. If it had, viewers would not have been exposed to a correspondent called Rory...
    All over the United States, far-right Republicans in state legislatures have been pushing bills that prohibit teaching “critical race theory” in public schools. But CRT, a field of academic study found on some college campuses, isn’t even taught in K-12 schools in the United States — and the race-baiting bills are really a broad attack on any teachers who discuss the country’s racist past in any way. These bills, liberal Washington Post opinion columnist Greg Sargent warns in his February 9 column, are promoting a Republican “snitch culture” designed to bully and intimidate teachers and make them feel they have to walk on eggshells in the classroom. Some of the bills being passed encourage parents or students to call a tip line and report any teacher who teaches CRT in the classroom, but the material that causes problems for the teacher doesn’t really have to be CRT-related — it could be anything from Toni Morrison’s work to “The Autobiography of Malcolm X.” Moreover, MAGA Republicans’ anti-CRT hysteria is, as Sargent points out, going beyond racial matters and venturing into...
    Sharon Stone was critical of Joe Rogan amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the spread of COVID-19 misinformation, and Spotify's decision to add a warning to all podcasts on its platform discussing the ongoing virus. Stone, 63, spoke Tuesday in Beverly Hills, California with TMZ, where she was asked about the ongoing developments over Rogan and his podcast, which drew attention last month after rock icon Neil Young pulled his music from the platform in protest of Rogan's content in regards to the pandemic. Rogan, 54, garnered controversy after a December 31 podcast of The Joe Rogan Experience in which he chat with Dr. Robert Malone, an anti-vaccine proponent who was previously banned from Twitter over the spread of COVID misinformation.
    Gay and bisexual men were today warned about the rapid spread of a superbug that is being spread through sex. UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) bosses have spotted a huge spike in cases of an 'extremely' antibiotic-resistant version of shigella sonnei.  The gut infection can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a fever. Some patients will need to be hospitalised.  Forty-seven cases of the infection were reported in the four months from September to December. For comparison, just 16 were logged over the previous 17 months, from April 2020 to August 2021.  Shigella is endemic in England, and triggers thousands of infections each year.  Health chiefs have been tracking the particular strain that has prompted the warning since 2018. Effective treatment options are 'limited' for the strain, the UKHSA warned today. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there has been an increase in cases of Shigella sonnei, a gut infection that causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps and a fever. Pictured: Enterobacteriaceae bacteria, which Shigella is a species of RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Half of women are now...
    FOR Britain, the Covid war is over. Hospital admissions, infections and deaths are down. The virus is weakening. Vaccinations are working. 2Our version of the classic anti-war shot with Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid Boris Johnson has declared a ceasefire, giving our shell-shocked economy and blighted high streets a chance of survival after two years of lockdown misery. Working from home is no longer encouraged. We can resume hugging and holidays, visiting GPs, showing our faces and living life as it used to be. And embrace this return to normality we must. Your after-work pub will welcome your hard-earned cash. The sandwich shop where you buy your lunch will be delighted to once again prepare your “usual”.  Most read in NewsLET IT SNOW Track winter storm Jasper as Arctic blast dumps MORE snow on East CoastFLIGHT CHAOS Police kill armed man at airport as incident causes closuresBACK FOR MORE What to know about the voting rights billTEEN HORROR 3 teens found dead in double murder-suicide' with 'signs of trauma' at scene Yet like Japanese soldiers still fighting after hostilities ended, public...
    In a first for cancer diagnosis, a cheap and simple-to-administer test has shown the ability to tell if a patient has the disease as well as if it has spread, or 'metastasised'. Developed by a team of researchers led from the University of Oxford, the test uses magnetic fields and radio waves to measure 'metabolites' in the blood. Healthy individuals, people with localised cancer and those with metastatic cancer have metabolomic profiles that can be distinguished by the team's algorithms. The test, the team said, works on a range of different cancers and can identify the presence of the disease even in patients with non-specific symptoms. Being both rapid and inexpensive, it may help overcome some of the usual barriers to early cancer diagnosis and improve the success rate of subsequent treatments. The approach is different to those traditionally used to test for cancer, which have typically relied on detecting the presence of genetic material from tumours. In a first for cancer diagnosis, a cheap and simple-to-administer blood test has shown the ability to tell if a patient has the...
    Sen. Rand Paul blasted the Biden administration's Omicron travel bans on Sunday as 'knee jerk' attacks on liberty when the new COVID-19 variant is already present in more than half of U.S. states and in at least 40 countries. Critics say the ban on travel from South Africa and seven other African nations may do little to head off the inevitable spread of the latest variant to emerge. On Monday, the gravity of the threat was laid bare as the U.K. announced the first death attributed to Omicron anywhere in the world.  Over the weekend, five U.S. states - Idaho, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Tennessee - joined the list of states to detect the variant. 'The travel bans aren't going to work. The new variant is in over half of the states in our country. It's in 40 different countries. There's no travel ban that's going to stop this,' said Paul on Sunday during an interview with John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM. 'We don't even yet know whether it's a good or a bad thing.  'if it turns...
    Israel is banning its citizens from travelling to Britain, Denmark and Belgium from Wednesday due to the spread of the Omicron variant.  A senior Israeli health official told a news conference of the latest travel restrictions in the country.  Sharon Alroy-Preis, head of public health at Israel's Health Ministry said the three countries are being placed on the 'red' list because of the 'significant' spread of the Omicron variant.    Since the Omicron variant was discovered, some 50 countries have been placed on Israel's red list, mostly in Africa.    Health officials said there have been 55 confirmed cases of Omicron in Israel. Israel is banning its citizens from travelling to Britain, Denmark and Belgium from Wednesday due to the spread of the Omicron variant (file image). Pictured: Travellers exit the coronavirus testing area at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel The country has been trying to accelerate its vaccination drive as around 1 million people have refused to get vaccinated. Israel is also seeking to enforce stricter mask mandates.  It was also decided that Green Pass restrictions in the country would...
    A Wisconsin wedding was found to be the source of a COVID Omicron 'super-spread' now taking Oakland by storm, leaving 38 hospital workers and patients exposed as the variant has now been spotted in half of U.S. states.  Debra Furr-Holden, 47, the associate Dean of Public Health Integration at Michigan State University, said she attended the Milwaukee wedding on November 27 after she was assured nearly all 100 guests, many of whom were medical experts, were vaccinated.  But the medical professional noted that as the celebration went on, many guests took their masks off and mingled, causing Furr-Holden and more than a dozen others to be infected with COVID-19, including 11 people who work for Kaiser Permanente's Oakland Medical Center.  While Furr-Holden confirmed that she went on to infect her daughter, Jordan, Kaiser Permanente officials said the infected employees may have exposed a total of 38 co-workers and patients at two Oakland, California hospitals.  'I'll give people a cautionary tale,' Furr-Holden told ABC. 'If a group of medical professionals and public health professionals can't prevent spread at a social gathering, it's...
    The Biden administration is considering whether to force all travelers returning to the U.S. to quarantine for seven days to curb the spread of the potentially dangerous omicron variant – and may fine those who refuse, three federal health officials told the Washington Post. Travelers would not be able to forgo the potential quarantine mandate, even with a negative Covid test. It comes as Biden deliberates his winter Covid strategy and would be the first time federal fines are linked to quarantine and testing measures for U.S. travelers. Biden's tentative plan would also require everyone entering the country to be tested one day before boarding flights, regardless of their vaccination status or country from which they’re leaving. Another requirement could force all travelers to get tested again within three to five days of arrival. Biden is considering whether to mandate a seven-day quarantine for all travelers returning to the U.S.  Developing story, check back for updates.
    A doctor monitors a Covid-19 patient in the Covid-19 intensive care unit of the community hospital in Germany on April 28, 2021.RONNY HARTMANN | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The omicron Covid variant is likely to spread further and poses a "very high" global risk, according to the World Health Organization, which warned Monday that surges of Covid infections caused by the variant of concern could have "severe consequences" for some areas. "Given mutations that may confer immune escape potential and possibly transmissibility advantage, the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high," the WHO said in its risk assessment on Monday within a technical brief to its 194 member states. "Depending on these characteristics, there could be future surges of Covid-19, which could have severe consequences, depending on a number of factors including where surges may take place. The overall global risk related to the new VOC [variant of concern] Omicron is assessed as very high," the U.N. health agency said. The WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529, which was first spotted in South...
    NOROVIRUS is a highly-infectious bug often referred to as the "winter vomiting bug". But although most common in the colder months, cases are currently surging across the UK, with outbreaks particularly in childcare settings. 1 Cases of the norovirus have surged in the last few months and are currently at high levels in the UK Health chiefs have warned parents particularly to keep an eye out for the symptoms, as schools can see cases spread quickly. With Covid cases still high across the UK, it means Brits have to be on high alert to another type of sickness. But what are the symptoms of norovirus and how long does it last? Here’s what you need to know about the unpleasant virus… What is norovirus? Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and is also referred to as “the winter vomiting bug”, although it can affect people all year round. It is very unpleasant but it usually clears itself up in a few days. There were already far more incidents reported to its experts than would...
    New York (CNN Business)Is Rupert Murdoch a 1/6 or election truther?The conservative media mogul hasn't weighed in directly on the conspiracy that the 2020 election was stolen or the insurrection that took place at the US Capitol earlier this year, and his spokesperson didn't respond to a request for comment Thursday morning when asked that very question.But if you were to judge Murdoch by the content featured in his most prominent media organizations this week, you would be forgiven if you were to arrive at the conclusion that he subscribes to such conspiratorial views.Murdoch's Wall Street Journal on Wednesday published former President Donald Trump's lie-filled letter to the editor that falsely asserted the 2020 election was "rigged."And Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host who is easily the most influential personality in Murdoch's media empire and who espouses fringe views, teased later on Wednesday night a three-part special promoting 1/6 trutherism.Read MoreThe trailer for the special promoted by Carlson, which is titled "Patriot Purge" and will air on the network's Fox Nation streaming platform, featured rhetoric that is difficult to discern...
    As Facebook grapples with an ongoing PR crisis from the release of their internal documents, Dan Abrams noticed that while cable news seems to agree the social media company is “evil,” they don’t have a consensus on why. The Mediaite founder and host of NewsNation’s Dan Abrams Live used his latest “Mediaite Moments” segment to talk about Frances Haugen and her revelations that Facebook fueled political divisiveness, extremist content, and misinformation. The “Facebook Papers” Haugen provided have been a major news topic in recent days, but Abrams observed that what the media learned from them “totally depends on who you are listening to.” From there, Abrams ran a clip of CNN’s New Day where John Berman said the “Facebook Papers” show that Facebook “profits off the spread of false information and relies on an algorithm that pushes fake news.” Abrams agreed that that “sounds bad, except that is not what Fox saw in the very same documents.” Abrams then aired a clip of Fox News’ Sandra Smith focusing on a push by Facebook employees to “suppress conservative news outlets.” “Wait,...
    Tina Peters is Mesa County's chief elections official A Republican Colorado elections official who helped spread baseless theories that the 2020 presidential race was stolen from Donald Trump has been stripped of her duties via court order on Wednesday. US District Court Judge Valerie Robison ruled that Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters ran afoul of her duties as the county's chief election official by letting an unvetted 'consultant' make copies of a Dominion Voting Systems machine hard drive and allowed confidential system passwords to leak online.  Peters was also 'untruthful' when she brought the 'consultant' to a routine software update and presented him as an administrative assistant employed by Mesa County, Robison said.  Copies of that hard drive were presented as 'evidence' of voter fraud at a cyber symposium held by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell in August.  Peters had allegedly kept a low profile following the symposium, hiding at a safe house owned by Lindell, past reports claim, amid an FBI probe into allegations similar to those that got her stripped of her duties this week.  Secretary of State Jena...
    THE “worst cold ever” is spreading like wildfire, striking thousands of Brits as they return to normal life. It’s not inevitable that you will catch it, or pass it on to someone else. 1Got symptoms? You're probably contagiousCredit: Alamy We’ve all gotten used to protecting ourselves from the coronavirus in the past almost two years. And the same measures can be applied to colds caused by common bugs. Only, there isn't a vaccine that can prevent or ease the severity of symptoms, like there is for Covid or the flu. So what is the worst cold ever, and how can you reduce its spread? What is the 'worst cold ever'? Colds and flu were stopped in their tracks for more than a year when people were forced to stay at home during lockdowns and social distance. However, since things have reopened and Brits are spending more time socialising, coughs, colds and flu are on the rise. People have rushed to Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to talk about how they have been ill for weeks with the “worst cold ever”....
    (CNN)When Talos Energy was notified of an oil spill off the Louisiana coast after Hurricane Ida, the company said, it sent a response team to the site.Divers found the leaking pipe in Bay Marchand on Sunday, and on Monday, Talos put a containment dome on it, "which allows for the recovery of the release and transfer to surface vessels" of the oil, Talos said in a Tuesday release. Talos says its operations were not the source of the oil. The company said it had been contacted because it was a prior lessee of the block where the leak was, although it had stopped production there in 2017 and had isolated its wells and removed all its infrastructure. Hurricane Ida took down more power poles in 2 states than Katrina, Ike, Delta and Zeta combined, power company saysSo who is responsible for the spill? That has yet to be determined. And that shouldn't be a big surprise, given the number of old pipelines and abandoned wells in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Wilma Subra, a chemist and technical adviser at...
    For millions battling the onset of middle-age spread, there has always been a perfect excuse for creeping weight gain: their metabolism is slowing down due to advancing years. People in their 40s and 50s have long expected to put on a few pounds — the perceived wisdom being that their fight was not with food but the natural effects of ageing. Yet, according to the latest research, that simply isn’t true. In fact, for most of us, the body’s metabolism — the process by which it burns up energy from food in order to keep organs and tissues working efficiently — doesn’t start to decline until we hit 60. ‘These findings were a real surprise,’ says Waljit Dhillo, a professor of endocrinology and metabolism at Imperial College London.  ‘We’d always thought middle-aged spread was mostly due to our metabolism slowing down, decade by decade. This study found that is not the case.’ So if it’s not a slowing metabolism, then what is to blame for expanding mid-life waistlines? Scientists now believe that what causes middle-age spread is largely lifestyle changes...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter for a week after claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines are 'failing.'   CNN first reported the development.  The Georgia Republican tweeted Monday night that the 'The FDA should not approve the covid vaccines. There are too many reports of infection & spread of #COVID19 among vaccinated people.'  Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been suspended from Twitter for a week after claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines are 'failing'  Greene tweeted Monday night that the FDA should not approve the COVID vaccines because there were 'too many reports' of breakthrough cases. Twitter marked the tweet misleading and blocked users from interacting with it  'These vaccines are failing & do not reduce the spread of the virus & neither do masks,' she wrote.  'Vaccine mandates & passports violate individual freedoms,' the congresswoman added.  Twitter flagged the tweet saying it contained misleading information.  It also blocked users from retweeting or liking the message.  The tweet 'was labeled in line with our COVID-19 misleading information policy. The account will be in read-only mode for a...
    (CNN)I'm hearing from vaccinated people who are frightened about breakthrough cases, the Delta variant and new waves of Covid. But people who are fully vaccinated are not the ones who should be most concerned. As new cases continue to climb almost everywhere, here's what I expect to happen over the coming weeks.Globally, we're far from the end of the pandemic. Delta is at least two times more contagious than the original strain of the virus, which means that it will infect and kill more people.Many countries that have avoided big surges so far don't have access to the vaccines they need to protect their populations. Many of these countries will likely see explosive spread of Covid over the coming weeks and months. Already stressed health systems will become overwhelmed with cases, and many people will get sick and die.But in places with high rates of vaccination, including much of the United States, the worst is over. Though we'll likely also see big increases in US cases, future waves won't be as deadly. That's because 80% of the most vulnerable Americans...
    MINNESOTA (WCCO) – The Delta variant is now the most common strain of COVID in the United States. Some states, like Missouri, are seeing huge surges of the variant, which is overwhelming hospitals. However, Minnesota has curved the surge so far, but doctors warn we still need to stay cautious. READ MORE: Dry Air, Lightning To Blame For Latest Minnesota Wildfires “In the last two weeks, [the United States] increased to 20,000 cases a day to over 40,000 cases a day and that’s all due to the delta variant,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, the lead infectious disease physician at Abbott Northwestern. Dr. Rhame urged viewers to keep an eye on the new delta variant as this strain spreads quicker than former strains of COVID-19. “This is much more transmissible,” said Rhame, “that means places that are not adequately vaccinated are quite vulnerable.” Rhame said if you’re not vaccinated, you’re at risk of catching this variant, especially if you’re out in public without a mask. A map updated daily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the vaccination rates by...
    A public health expert says that fully vaccinated Americans are helping spread the Indian 'Delta' variant of the novel coronavirus across the country. The variant, which is 50 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant that originated in the UK, currently makes up more than half of cases in the U.S. But because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that vaccinated people not get tested for COVID-19 unless they're symptomatic, it could mean that the true prevalence is much higher. 'We actually have states where hospitalizations are going up more than cases,' Dr Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, told Insider. 'We're probably missing a bunch of transmission in vaccinated individuals...There's no doubt in my mind.' It could explain why states with high vaccination rates such as California, Illinois, New York and Washington are seeing a rise in cases.  A public health expert says he believes the Indian 'Delta' coronavirus variant is partly being spread due to transmission from vaccinated Americans, even in highly vaccinated...
    Wildlife experts in Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia are baffled by a mysterious disease that is causing swelling and discharge in the eyes of birds , as well as neurological impairments.  The illness, first tracked in May, has been linked with at least 325 cases of sick or dead birds. According to a statement from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), many of the birds have had crusty, swollen eyeballs, 'accompanied by wobbly movements that suggest neurological issues.' Currently the disease hasn't affected any other animals and seems only to be affecting fledgling grackles and blue jays, two species commonly found in the mid-Atlantic region. Scroll down for video  'It seems to be pretty widespread, and also it's extending for a pretty good period of time,' Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources veterinarian Megan Kirchgessner told The Washington Post. 'And it's continuing.' In conjunction with the National Park Service and USGS, environmental agencies in the four states are conducing ongoing testing and investigations into the cause of the die-off. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    A coronavirus variant that first cropped up in the nation of Nepal has been detected in the U.S, a health expert claims. Known as Delta+K417N, the variant is said to combine mutations from the Indian and South African variants.  This means that, like the Indian variant, it is more transmissible and, like the South African variant, it is more evasive of COVID-19 vaccines. According to Dr Jeff Barrett, director of the COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK, at least one case has been found in America. What's more, cases have also been identified in India, Japan, Portugal and the UK. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not confirmed whether or not infections have been detected in the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) says it 'not aware' of any new variant from Nepal Infectious disease experts told DailyMail.com they have heard rumors about this variant and that it could have the potential to cause serious harm among the unvaccinated population.  A health expert says a variant of the coronavirus has emerged...
    Ousted New York Times reporter Donald McNeil Jr now admits the idea COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab 'has become considerably stronger'. In a Medium blog post McNeil Jr calls China’s 'lack of candor' on the virus outbreak 'disturbing', arguing 'more and and more scientists feel misled'.   McNeil Jr - who resigned from the NYT in February over his use of the N-word - writes: 'We still do not know the source of this awful pandemic. We may never know.  'But the argument that it could have leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology or a sister lab in Wuhan has become considerably stronger than it was a year ago, when the screaming was so loud that it drowned out serious discussion.'  The lab is just a few miles from the Huanan wet market which is where the first cluster of infections erupted in Wuhan. The market is just a few hundred yards from another lab called the Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (WHCDC).  McNeil Jr admits his initially reaction to the lab-leak theory was 'dismissive'. He details a story...
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