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Study finds Lyme-carrying ticks next to beaches and ‘pretty much wherever we looked’

Study finds Lyme-carrying ticks next to beaches and ‘pretty much wherever we looked’

Disease-carrying ticks, commonly associated with wooded areas, are also abundant near beaches in Northern California, according to a study. They weren’t found on beaches themselves, but in the brush and vegetation beachgoers may walk through to get to the sand.Daniel Salkeld, a research scientist at Colorado State University who , said researchers wanted a “bird’s-eye view” of where ticks are found in Northern California and what they are infected with, such as bacteria that causes Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.“We were looking at coastal scrub and looked at redwood forests...

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Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

Congress faces renewed pressure on gun control after Indiana’s red-flag law fails to thwart FedEx shooter

A Senate Democrat leading negotiations seeking to compromise with Republicans on gun-control legislation said Sunday he’s hopeful that last week’s mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis will hasten a breakthrough.“I hope this will increase the changes to get something done,” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said in an interview. “We’ve been engaged in consistent discussions with Republicans. Interest in this issue does get elevated [for Republicans] when there are more high-profile shootings.”The renewed momentum for gun-control legislation following House action in March comes as...

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A high-schooler wanted infection-detecting sutures to be more accessible. She used beets.

A high-schooler wanted infection-detecting sutures to be more accessible. She used beets.

ADThe sutures were changing colors — quickly. First a light purple, then a magenta. This was what Dasia Taylor had hoped would happen.Working in a lab in late 2019, Taylor was seeing her idea come to life.She had the idea as a high school junior in Iowa after she read about sutures that use technology to detect wound changes and can sync to a smartphone.Taylor’s first thought was: What about those who lack access to high-tech resources?“That’s really cool, but the people that are really going to need these sutures and know when their wounds are infected, they won’t be able to afford this...

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Top conservative lawyer says Constitution does allow for Trump impeachment trial

Top conservative lawyer says Constitution does allow for Trump impeachment trial

ADCharles J. Cooper, a conservative constitutional attorney, says in anthat Republicans were wrong to argue that it is unconstitutional to hold an impeachment trial for a former president.All but five GOP senators backed former president Donald Trump in a vote late last month after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) challenged the constitutional basis for the the Senate impeachment trial of a former president.“Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office,” Paul argued.The vote signaled that the trial proceedings scheduled to start Tuesday are likely to end with...

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Feb 8
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The vaccine rollout has been slow and complicated, but you can help. Here’s how people are volunteering.

The vaccine rollout has been slow and complicated, but you can help. Here’s how people are volunteering.

ADFor several hours on Tuesday, Nina Shapiro chatted with people who had just gotten a vaccine.Shapiro, a surgeon and professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA, was volunteering at a mass drive-through vaccination site in Los Angeles County, assessing patients for at least 15 minutes after they received their shots to ensure they felt okay.Patients waited in their cars, and Shapiro was one of the volunteers watching for any adverse reactions. She said she talked to people about their experience and heard them describe immense relief in finally getting a vaccine. They...

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Paulina Firozi
Jan 28
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Democrats want to fine colleagues $1,000 a day if they refuse to wear a mask on Capitol grounds

Democrats want to fine colleagues $1,000 a day if they refuse to wear a mask on Capitol grounds

ADAfter numerous lawmakers refused to wear masks while hunkered down with their colleagues during last week’s violent takeover of the U.S. Capitol, Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) have that could penalize lawmakers for making the same choice again.The legislation introduced Tuesday would impose a $1,000 fine on members who refuse to wear masks while in the Capitol complex. The legislation would amend House rules to add that lawmakers are required to wear masks while in the Capitol.If the Ethics Committee “determines that any Member, Delegate or Resident...

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Paulina Firozi
Jan 12
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‘Thanksgiving leftovers won’t taste as good if you’re on a ventilator,’ health department warns

‘Thanksgiving leftovers won’t taste as good if you’re on a ventilator,’ health department warns

ADA dozen people are gathered around a Thanksgiving table. A turkey has been carved, wine glasses held up to toast the holiday. A group is preparing to take a selfie.“Everybody say, ‘I was just exposed to COVID!'" reads a text bubble.This is the hypothetical scene portrayed in a Monday evening by the Salt Lake County Health Department, which urges people to avoid gatherings to help curb the surge in coronavirus cases. It’s the latest in a series of posts from the department in Utah that officials hope will provide a reality check about the risks associated with gathering for the holiday as...

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Paulina Firozi
Nov 24
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