Hawaii County mayor has announced a state of emergency on Hawaii's Big Island due to an outbreak of dengue, a mosquito-borne fever.
Since September last year, about 250 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported on the island. In the declaration, Mayor Billy Kenoi said that state health officials first reported two cases in late October 2015.
Kenoi said that dengue fever is a virus that gets transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and though it isn’t endemic to Hawaii, it now and then gets imported here by infected travelers.
The Hawaii Department of Health said that symptoms of the mosquito-borne fever include all of a sudden onset of fever; severe headaches; pain in eyes, joints and muscles; and rashes. The symptoms generally stay for 1 to 2 weeks.
Junior doctors in England are starting another day long strike protesting the latest contract that the health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been threatening to impose on them.
Around 2,884 non-urgent operations have got cancelled, and an unknown number of consultations at outpatient clinics, in front of the show of strength by many of 45,000 junior doctors in England.
The walkout held on Wednesday, followed the collapse of last-ditch talks between the British Medical Association, NHS Employers and the Department of Health regarding the shape of the latest contract under which all juniors in England have to operate August onwards.
CTI BioPharma Corp said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has placed a full clinical hold on its investigational latest drug application for pacritinib. The company said that it has taken back its application for the experimental blood cancer drug and is going to review the safety and efficacy data.
The regulator also suggested that CTI should request for a meeting before it submits its response to the full clinical hold.
Earlier on February 4, the FDA had put a partial hold on pacritinib, citing excess mortality and other bad events in pacritinib-treated patients.
As part of the full clinical hold, all patients on pacritinib should discontinue it right away and no patients can get enrolled or begin pacritinib as early or crossover treatment.
January 2016 proved to be the lowest every January for the Arctic sea ice shelves due to the region being surrounded with warm temperatures, while the cold air managed to rise up to mid-latitudes owing to low air pressure. Arctic sea ice coverage was 5.2 million square miles (13.53 million square kilometers) on an average in the month of January 2016. The figure is 402,000 square miles (1.04 million square kilometers) less than the average coverage for this month from 1981 to 2010.
According to a new research, bacteria that are formed completely of one cell are capable of seeing. The bacterium utilizes its entire body as a tiny camera lens to concentrate on light. The sense of vision possessed by the bacteria is not vague; in fact, it can accurately detect the right location.
According to Conrad Mullineaux of the University of Freiburg in Germany and Queen Mary University of London, the whole thought of bacteria seeing their world in the same manner in which we do is quite stimulating.
A surprising discovery has come into light wherein volunteers surveying turtle nests in Australia have spotted a baby green sea turtle that wasn't actually green.
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care volunteers were counting the empty turtle shells on Castaways Beach for making an estimation of how many green sea turtles, also called Pacific sea turtles, had hatched, making it to the ocean.
The workers were hopeful that the nest will hatch on Friday, but on their arrival, they discovered a tiny albino hatchling on its back.
While speaking to ABC News Australia, volunteer group president Linda Warneminde said that none of them have ever faced or seen anything like that earlier, due to which, all of them were a bit taken aback.
The biggest study ever performed on canid howling found that wolf species have unique howling repertoires, functioning like dialects.
A team of researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, India and Spain ran over 2,000 distinct recorded howls from 13 canid species and subspecies via a software algorithm, boiling them down to 21 howl types on the basis of pitch and other characteristics. The canid family consists of wolves, jackals, and domestic dogs.
They discovered that distinct wolf species use the howl types in ways, specific to them. For example, timber wolves use a preponderance of low and flat howls in contrast of red wolves that uses higher vocals.
A day will come when the world would probably come to know about what some astrophysicists have been nervously foreseeing for months. There are speculations that the existence of gravitational wave has been confirmed by a pair of extremely sensitive laser detectors. The waves were first predicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein in the general theory of relativity.
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon has urged the substitution of female genital mutilation (FGM) with new and safer rites of passage, following the disclosure that of the number of females who have to go through this brutality is much more than earlier estimated by the organization. The appeal was made by the U.N. Secretary-General at the U.N. headquarters in New York on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, 2016.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared on Monday that its researchers have discovered new bacteria, called Borrelia mayonii, which cause Lyme disease in humans. CDC worked with the Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to come to the findings. The findings expand the understanding of Lyme disease.
Once again, Hugh Jackman has got treated for skin cancer on his nose. On Monday, the Wolverine star used Instagram for sharing a bandaged post-op photo of him.
The 47-year-old star wrote in the caption, “An example of what happens when you don't wear sunscreen. Basal Cell. The mildest form of cancer but serious, nonetheless. PLEASE USE SUNSCREEN and get regular check-ups”. PEOPLE came to know from Jackman's rep that the procedure was a success.
Jackman's rep said that the star had a basal cell removed on Monday morning, and that the margins were clear and he is alright.
This isn’t the first time that the actor has used social media to caution against skin cancer. The most recent post has marked his third post-op picture in three years, and fourth procedure on the star’s nose.
Jet lag can be called the worst part of long-distance travel, mainly when you are left with feeling tired, cranky and off-kilter for days.
However, Stanford University scientists said that there could be a way to avoid jet lag without medication or changing your sleep schedule.
A group of researchers headed by neurobiologist Jamie Zeitzer has been working on a technique, exposing people to short light flashes while they are sleeping to help them adjust more rapidly to changes in time zone.
Existing light therapy treatment involves hours-long session in front of bright lights at a time in the day. This allows you to change your body clock to a different new time zone in short step before you take a trip.
On Monday, Chipotle Mexican Grill shot down its over 2,000 restaurants for four hours to conduct a ‘virtual’ town hall meeting with its employees regarding steps it said it has decided to take to enhance food safety and regain the trust of consumers.
While speaking to over 50,000 employees, who were connected to Chipotle’s Denver headquarters through video, Steve Ells, the company’s founder and co-chief executive, said that people will come back.
While stressing his faith in the statement, he said that the company had no aim of making its growth sluggish this year.
In the company’s hour-long meeting, a wire-service reporter and a reporter from Fast Company were allowed, and the company tweeted a few statements made by its executives and pictures of them and employees.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is preparing to launch its second rocket of 2016 in February. The California-based company has boosted the manufacturing operations for its Falcon 9 rockets. The enhanced production activities are aimed at meeting the requirements of SpaceX’s contracts with NASA and commercial companies, worth a total of over $8 billion.
According to Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator SES SA, which is a client of the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk-owned and operated SpaceX, the latter is planning its second launch in February 24, 2016. A comprehensive range of assessment and pre-flight substantiation are being concluded by SpaceX, as per a statement revealed by SES.
A new research on the jaw of Australopithecus sediba has revealed that the small, apelike species are likely to share food preferences with the Homo sapiens or modern humans. Homos and A. sediba specie also shared the limitation of not being able to chew hard foods, different from other australopiths.
The research was aimed at investigating the facial and dental formation of the specie, indicating about their diet. The investigation was carried out through a computer model of an A. sediba skull that was foremost found in 2008 in South Africa. The model was used to track the impact of various force simulations on strain and stresses.
Though the word gravity waves may sound somewhat similar to gravitational waves, and save a whole six characters for an even more concise tweet to mention “gravity” instead of “gravitational”, there is a lot of difference between the two.
Predicted over a century ago in Einstein’s theory, gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime, which are generated by the acceleration (or, indeed, deceleration) of massive objects in the cosmos. If a star bursts as a supernova, these waves carry energy away from the detonation at a speed almost equal to light.
A team comprised of researchers from different countries has claimed that fossil remains of two fish species that lived more than 90 million years ago have been discovered. The plankton-eating fish species belonged to genus called Rhinconichthys.
Rhinconichthys is extremely rare genus, and there is only species in the world that belong to the genus, said Kenshu Shimada, an author of the new research and a paleobiologist from the DePaul University. Previously, the only known species to the Rhinconichthys genus was found in England, Shimada added.
Don’t be surprised if you see a robotic cockroach doing some rescue works around a collapsed building because such a roach bot is going to be the future hero for trapped people. The unique invention is brainchild of UC Berkeley researchers.
The new cockroach robot is capable of running through tiny spaces in collapsed buildings, and that too at blazing speeds, as per the researchers. The roach bot has been designed with an aim to use it as search-and-rescue robobugs in buildings collapsed in disasters. The tiny robot can also help scientists understand the role of animals in soft robotics.
According to a new study, the effectiveness of vaccination given for whopping cough starts to diminish with every passing year. This implies that the vaccine, which is given for safeguarding whooping cough, is not proving to be as successful as it should be. The lack in the ability to prevent from the disease with every subsequent year is leaving the teenagers susceptible to catching the infection.
US President Barack Obama at his final State of the Union address in January to a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, said that they were treading on the planned path to wipe out new HIV/AIDS transmissions from the country by 2020.
The federal government and various states have prepared a strategy to counter the epidemic through recent medical advances that have been decreasing the incidence of the deadly infection and making better the quality of life in some US demographic groups.
But the information needs to be better spread among various stakeholders, including volunteers active in the field, religious leaders and others who can help check the scourge of HIV/AIDS at the grassroots level in African-American communities.
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