The New York City Health Department announced an outbreak of a rare skin infection this week. It is being associated with people who came into contact with raw or live seafood at Chinatown markets.
At least 30 people who touched the fish in question were infected with this rare type of bacteria, called aquarium granuloma. New York City hasn’t seen an outbreak of the bacteria in 20 years, according to medical experts.
“This is a very uncommon bacteria, so the fact that we’ve detected 30 cases so far suggests that something has changed, either about the water in the tank or the tanks themselves or the types of fish or seafood that are causing this problem,” Dr. Jay Varma, the health department's deputy commissioner for disease control, said.
The infection leaves red bumps on the hands or arms and can also swell underneath the skin. Those infected may have difficulty moving their fingers.
If left untreated, the infection can become significantly worse and require surgery.
Medical professionals suggest that anyone dealing with seafood from the Chinatown markets should wear waterproof gloves. While raw seafood should be treated with caution, eating it cooked is not considered dangerous.
A mother in Northumberland, England, refused to believe the bad news when a medic told her that her unborn baby was dead. Following her hunch, Hazel Wiggins got a second scan before taking the prescribed abortion pills — and learned that her daughter was still alive.
Wiggins, 36, described the heartbreaking moment when she heard that her baby was no longer living.
“The midwife looked at my scan for 30 seconds and then said, ‘I’m sorry, there is no heartbeat,’ and turned the machine off,” Wiggins remembered.
At 11 weeks pregnant, she had come to the hospital with heavy bleeding. Medics worried she’d had a miscarriage.
But Wiggins didn’t think the medic had looked hard enough.
“I said ‘Are you sure? You didn’t look at my stomach for very long,’ and she said, ‘Yes, I’m 100 percent sure.'”
Distraught, Wiggins left to mourn the loss of the unborn child.
“I went home and just got into bed and mourned the death of the baby.,” she said. "I cried the whole day and night."
Wiggins, also the mother of a 10-year-old son, went back to the hospital to start a series of abortion pills. But something inside her told her that she shouldn’t do it just yet.
“They kept saying that I needed to take the tablets and I said that I didn’t want to. I told them I wanted another scan. It went on for about 20 minutes.”
No one, except perhaps Wiggins, expected what happened next.
“I was telling the lady who was scanning me about what had happened when she stopped and looked at me, shocked,” the proud mom remembered. “She said, ‘I have a baby here who is jumping all over the place, the baby is alive.’”
Amelia was born on Jan. 13 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Though she was born with her liver and bowel outside her body, the baby girl is improving daily.
The hospital said in a statement that they are “investigating the circumstances” and have made changes to make two scans the protocol when the viability of the fetus is in question.
“We have recently met with Mrs. Wiggins and her husband to apologise wholeheartedly for the unnecessary distress caused following the misinterpretation of her initial scan with us at Hexham General Hospital last year,” said Eliot Sykes, clinical director of emergency surgery and elective care at the hospital.
Kayla Montgomery, 18, has multiple sclerosis, but she still runs cross-country and track... and wins.
While running for Mount Tabor High School in North Caroline, Montgomery has won titles and ranked nationally.
She was diagnosed three years ago with MS and was one of the team's slowest runners, but after training hard, she has become one of the fastest.
Montgomery can run long distances without feeling pain in her legs, but the moment the teen stops she falls, noted the "Today" show (video below).
Fortunately, her coach Patrick Cromwell and teammates always catch her after she crosses the finish line.
"I had to quit soccer because of MS," Montgomery told WXII 12 (video below).
"I didn't want to give everything up, so I put everything from soccer into running and it's now my passion," added Montgomery.
Multiple sclerosis causes the immune system in the body to attack and damage its own nerve cells.
During one race, Montgomery fell after a bump with another runner.
Somehow, Montgomery crawled over to a nearby fence, pulled herself up and crossed the finish line in 10th place.
"Now I know I can do it," Montgomery told The New York Times. "It may take a little while, but if I fall, I know I can get up."
Montgomery won the North Carolina state title in the 3,200-meter race in February and is competing in the national indoor track championships in New York on March 14.
Today on "The 700 Club," a viewer asked Pat Robertson whether or not people can marry their first cousins.
Robertson correctly said the Bible does not ban first cousins from marrying but warned about having children, reports RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"If there are recessive genes and there are something in the family that would come out if those two recessive genes come together, they might wind up with children that got some kind of disability,” said Robertson. "I would check the genetics. Get some geneticist to check the DNA just to be sure. You don’t want to have some mongoloid child. I shouldn't say mongoloid, whatever ... There are all kinds of latent genes that don’t show up unless two latents come together, and then you have a problem."
RawStory.com notes the archaic term "mongoloid" was used to refer to people with disabilities, including Down syndrome, but these days is considered a racial slur against Asian people.
Medically speaking, there was a study in 2013 that found marriage between first cousins raises the chances of a life-threatening birth defect from 3 percent (non-related parents) to 6 percent, reported The Independent.
Custody battles often turn ugly. But the one raging between a Texas multimillionaire and his ex-wife in New York, which brings the mother's sex life into the question of fit parenting, could be one of the filthiest on record.
Manny Mehos, the 59-year-old founder of Green Bank, was awarded temporary custody of the two kids he shares with Lisa Mehos, 38, according to the New York Daily News. He just placed a bid in court to stop paying his $5,000-per-month child support payments — and to get her to repay everything he’s given her and the kids since last April.
Lisa Mehos lives in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with the children, ages 3 and 5.
“She needs that money to maintain her residence,” said Lisa’s Texas lawyer, Mike Von Blon. “He’s trying to put the final nail in her coffin.”
But the case also represents a battle of the sexes, with Manny Mehos and his legal team dealing only the lowest blows.
After a six-year marriage, the couple divorced after Manny Mehos confessed to having had relations with prostitutes dozens of times during their marriage. His lawyer, Eleanor Alter, who represented Mia Farrow in her custody battle with Woody Allen, then used evidence that Lisa Mehos had had an abortion several months after the divorce to claim that she was a hypocrite who should not have custody of her children.
“[At] the time that she told him that he couldn’t have the children for Easter because he was an atheist, she was having an abortion,” Alter argued in a Manhattan Supreme Court
Justice Lori Sattler allowed the arguments “purely for credibility issues alone relating to her prior sworn testimony, and not due to the content contained therein,” despite the outcry from Lisa Mehos’ attorneys.
Lisa Mehos called her ex-husband’s grab for her wallet “cruel and vindictive” — but not “as devastating and heartbreaking as taking children from their mother.”
Sattler is due to rule on the custody trial any day now, while a hearing for the child support bid will occur Wednesday in Houston, the Daily News reports.
The family of a Vietnam war veteran who died after a stranger turned off his life support is suing a Florida hospital for neglecting to check the man’s identity.
By claiming to be a relation, Richard Leclair was able to pull the plug on his 'friend' Roger MacKinnon and ultimately cash in his life savings.
In May of 2011, MacKinnon began suffering chest pains and was admitted to Florida Hospital Deland. One month later, in June, his wife authorized doctors to put him on life support.
Recently, MacKinnon went under exploratory surgery when he his heart suddenly stopped and he slipped into a coma. Two days later, Leclair signed forms indicating his false relation to MacKinnon, who later died alone.
Immediately after MacKinnon’s death, Leclair claimed the $106,000 in the man’s bank account and removed thousands of dollars of furniture and appliances from Mackinnon’s home.
Though the case was thrown out on a technicality last month, the family’s attorney has asked the court to reconsider the case.
Mississippi man Walter “Snowball” Williams was pronounced dead Wednesday night, only to shock his family when he began moving again at the coroner’s office.
“They pronounced him dead and put him in a plastic bag, zipped him up and took him, put him in the hearse and they left," Eddie Hester, Williams' nephew, said.
Two hours later, after the family had retired from an emotional day, they received a call from Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard.
Howard reported that after arriving at the coroner’s office, Williams’ leg had begun moving.
“It was not my daddy’s time,” Martha Lewis, Williams’ daughter, said. “I don’t know how much longer he’s going to grace us and bless us with his presence, but hallelujah, we thank Him right now!”
The coroner could offer no medical explanation for the event, calling it nothing but a miracle.
Benjamin Edward LaMontagne, a musically gifted Maine teenager, died after a routine wisdom extraction surgery, sending shockwave throughout his community.
LaMontagne had his impacted wisdom teeth removed on Feb.19, enduring the usual swelling and pain following the procedure, the Portland Press Herald reports. But two days later his condition rapidly worsened and, early in the morning Saturday, he died in his mother’s arms.
The family lives on Long Island in Casco Bay, near Portland. They are thankful for the paramedics’ efforts, despite their grief over the loss of their son.
“The emergency response, we feel, appeared like magic,” said Peter LaMontagne, his father. “We recognized the challenges with providing emergency response on a rural Maine island.”
An autopsy is pending to determine the exact cause of the young man’s death. Oral surgeons say that death from a wisdom extraction surgery is extremely rare—so much so that there is no data about it.
“The frequency of death is so low that it can’t be accurately estimated,” said Dr. Thomas Dodson, professor and chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.
“I’m trained as an epidemiologist, and I can’t say I’ve even ever read (about a death) anywhere,” he said.
What can be said for sure is that LaMontagne, a talented clarinetist who had received a scholarship to a music conservatory, will be deeply missed.
“The best part about him was that he did his own thing, he went his own way,” said Christian Cilley, 18, LaMontagne’s closest friend. “You could either jump on the train or watch it fly by.”
“If anybody could say they had a complete life after 18 short years, it was Benjamin, which makes it all the more painful to have him taken from us so soon,” said Peter LaMontagne.
Sources: Portland Press Herald
Dan Janssen claims he has eaten pizza for every meal for the last 25 years.
Janssen, 38, usually sticks to the same routine. Even though there are a lot of options so that pizza doesn’t get boring every day, Janssen says he really only sticks with one kind.
"I usually eat an entire 14-inch pizza, and I only eat cheese pizza," said Janssen. "I never get sick of it."
As a teenager, Janssen decided to become a vegetarian, but quickly, he realized he didn’t like vegetables, so cheese pizza seemed to be a good option.
"I hate vegetables,'' said Janssen. "I tried for maybe a couple weeks, and then I realized the thing I really like is pizza, so I'm going to eat that."
Many people have expressed concern over the effects of solely eating pizza, and although Janssen doesn’t seem to be too worried about it, it has definitely taken a toll on him. According to reports, Janssen has diabetes, and although he insists it’s not because of his pizza addiction, he does occasionally black out because his blood sugar drops too low.
"I understand that this is a disgusting diet,'' said Janssen. "You expect me to be overweight and have no energy, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Whenever I see a new doctor, I tell him, 'I have a terrible diet, and I only eat pizza. With three different doctors, they have done blood work and my cholesterol levels and blood pressure are great, and I am fit and energetic. I'm sure when I'm 60 I'll drop dead of a heart attack, but right now I am fine."
Janssen says he rarely strays from his pizza-only diet.
"I love the nuance of pizza, so I try to vary it in different ways,'' he said. "Once a week to be healthy, I'll eat a bowl of Raisin Bran, but other than that it's just pizza."
Janssen is definitely aware of what others think of his pizza-only diet, but he says, for now, he’s accepted it.
"People are really angry about it, which I don't understand,'' said Janssen. "When somebody says, 'I've been a smoker for 20 years,' most people say, 'That's your choice.' I eat pizza for 20 years, and people want to kill me, or they think I'm a hero."
Janssen is reportedly seeing a therapist for his pizza addiction, and his fiancé is slowly trying to get him to change.
Earlier this week, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Obama for supposedly spending more money on food stamps to feed America's poor than on the U.S. military.
President Obama “would rather spend the money on food stamps than he would on a strong military or support for our troops,” Cheney told Fox News host Sean Hannity, reported The Daily Beast.
Cheney failed to mention that many of the US military service members are on food stamps.
Last night, Hannity drudged up an old news story that appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor" of a California surfer who collects food stamps, doesn't have a job and is pursuing a musical career.
Fox News guest and Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes assured Hannity that "this guy doesn’t personify the problem.”
Then McInnes went off on Dominicans who live in New York City, noted Newshounds.us (video below).
"Here in New York, Dominicans go to the grocery store with their food stamps and the barrels that they ship back to the Dominican Republic are available at the grocery store,” stated McInnes.
“But it’s more palatable to use this surfer than it is to use people who represent the problem here,” added McInnes.
After Democratic activist Jehmu Greene said not to demonize all poor people who use food stamps, McInnes started bashing low income people.
“Why not? Let’s demonize them.” said McInnes. “Have you seen the poor? They’re gigantic. They’re overfed. There’s enough food and enough clothes in America. We’re full."
McInnes failed to mention that cheap fatty food such as soda and chips is loaded with calories, while fresh and healthy food is more expensive.
Instead, McInnes claimed that food stamps are just a "fat pill."