By Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Traces of Zika virus genetic material have been found in a second mosquito species, researchers report.
The main carrier of Zika is the mosquito (Aedes aegypti). But researchers have now found fragments of Zika RNA during genetic testing of Asian tiger collected in Brazil.
This doesn't prove that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit Zika to people. But it does emphasize the need for further research into other possible carriers of Zika, according to study author Chelsea Smartt. She's an associate professor from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at the University of Florida, in Vero Beach.
"Our results mean that Aedes albopictus may have a role in transmission and should be of concern to public health," Smartt said in a news release from the Entomological Society of America.
"This is found worldwide, has a wide range of hosts and has adapted to colder climates.
By Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When a bedside alarm goes off in a child's hospital room, anxious parents expect nurses to respond pronto.
That rarely happens, however, and a new study helps explain why.
Researchers found that nurses are usually quick to react when alarms are urgent. But, they're slower to respond at the end of the workday or when they suffer from "chronic alarm fatigue."
Also, having parents present doubled the response time on average, the study found.
But, delayed response time didn't threaten any of the 100 patients evaluated in the study, the researchers said. And just half of 1 percent of more than 11,000 alarms analyzed were deemed "actionable," or crucial.
"The nurses were overall doing a great job predicting which alarms were going to be important," said study lead author Dr. Christopher Bonafide, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
For those who love to cook -- and for many who don't -- chef Curtis Stone whets appetites for inventive and entertaining TV. An acclaimed restaurateur who is also a regular on programs such as Take Home Chef, Top Chef Masters, and the Today Show, Stone attracts a legion of hungry fans.
Stone, 41, recently brewed up a new reality series, too, and he's ready to dish. My Kitchen Rules made its debut in January on the Fox Network. He describes the show as "a bunch of celebrity couples who host parties in their homes and try to out-cook each other." Season one features comedian Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie; Lance Bass of *NSYNC fame and his mother; and singer Brandy and her husband, music producer Ray J, among other familiar faces. Stone lays out a culinary challenge to the teams, attends the resulting party, and then provides an honest critique.
Meteor Timber didn’t have any friends at a public hearing in Tomah Tuesday.
None of the 18 people who testified during a Department of Natural Resources hearing spoke in favor of the Georgia timber company’s permit application to fill 16.4 acres of wetland to construct a sand processing and loading facility.
Opposition ranged from hostility to hydraulic fracturing for extracting oil and natural gas to concerns about disrupting the peace and quiet of the rural countryside.
“We should stop all permitting to all stages of frac sand mining until there are appropriate independent studies that are completed and reviewed,” said Janice Kenyon of rural Ontario.
The DNR has tentatively approved the permit, which includes filling 13 acres of “pristine” hardwood swamp.
The word “worthless” is mean. Have you ever been called worthless? Was it by someone who mattered in your life? Did you keep repeating it to yourself? The head chatter we put ourselves through can get pretty rugged.
I have been referred to as worthless. A lot. I believed it. Why wouldn’t I. I was small and relied on those around me to care for me and I always thought they spoke the truth.
I have worked my whole life to overcome that handle. I’ve spent lots of money for therapy to try and understand how a little child can be worthless and why that little child within couldn’t know better and grow past that painful description.
The person who told me I was worthless has been gone a very long time.
A Merrillan man, Jack Ikhtiari, 37, was arrested in his apartment on April 23 after authorities found him hiding in a bedroom closet in his apartment.
Ikhtiari was wanted on three warrants in Dunn, Trempealeau and Eau Claire counties for felony possession with intent to deliver marijuana, contempt of court and child support.
Merrillan Police Chief Michael Johnson made the arrest with the help of a Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputy.
Ikhtiari's has previously been convicted of felony manufacture/delivery of marijuana in Trempealeau County in 2011 and a misdemeanor conviction of marijuana possession in Clark County in 2001.
He is currently being held in the Jackson County jail on behalf of the other counties involved.