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Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

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Condition of Former President George H.W. Bush Improves

Condition of Former President George H.W. Bush Improves

Former President George H.W. Bush is currently under treatment at a Houston medical center for severe case of pneumonia. The doctors said that his condition has improved and they will evaluate his condition before removing the breathing tube. Former President George H.W. Bush has been suffering from a rare syndrome called vascular parkinsonism which is having some similarities to Parkinson’s disease.

92-year old former President Bush suffered pneumonia earlier as well after breaking a vertebra in 2015. After that, he has been using a motorized wheelchair.

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Many people avoid sunscreen even when they are on beach holidays. Medical experts have supported use of sunscreen during sunny days for everyone with light skin. Some people avoid using sunscreen when they are under beach umbrella. A new research has found that 78 percent of people who used only an umbrella to protect themselves from sun, suffered sunburns. However, only 25 percent of people who used sunscreen, suffered sunburn after a day at beach. The study team added that sunscreen offers much better protection compared to umbrella and none of the method was 100 percent effective.

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

A team of American scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that might be able to save patients’ lives by physically keeping their heart beating in case of heart failure.

Developed by scientists from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital using artificial muscles, the thin silicone-made robotic sleeve can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze it to keep it pumping.

The thin silicon sleeve alternately compresses, twists as well as relaxes in synchrony with the heart tissue beneath.

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Uber hires Google Search Head Amit Singhal as SVP

Uber hires Google Search Head Amit Singhal as SVP

Ridesharing service Uber has picked former Google search head Amit Singhal as senior vice president Engineering, a move seen by Silicon Valley experts as a major step for the company which has been growing at an impressive rate. Singhal has played important roles at Google and has been working with search engine major for last 15 years. Singhal will report to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and will lead the mapping and marketplaces division at Uber.

Kaleo Prices EpiPen Alternative at $4,500 for Insurance Companies: Report

EpiPen Alternative Will be Available for Free for Many People: Reports

EpiPen has been associated with controversy due to its high price but an alternative for EpiPen, Auvi-Q will be provided free for many people, new reports suggest. Auvi-Q will be covered by insurance providers for many patients and they won’t have any out-of-pocket expenses. Auvi-Q manufacturer Kaleo informed that the device will be available for households with income less than $100,000 for free if they don’t have insurance. Privately-held Kaleo informed that the emergency allergy auto-injector will cost insurance companies $4,500.

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

Democrats vow to fight Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare

As President-elect Donald Trump is all set to sworn in as the president of the United States, House Democrats have vowed to fight one of his top priorities -- repealing Barack Obama’s signature health care law called Obamacare.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday touted Democratic events organized across the nation to highlight support for Obamacare, which provided health insurance coverage to millions of previously uninsured people.

California Sets Ambitious Target of 40% Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2030

California Sets Ambitious Target of 40% Greenhouse Gas Reduction by 2030

California has set an ambitious target of 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by year 2030 aiming at doing its bit for saving the climate. While President Donald Trump has termed climate change and global warming as a fake issue created by China, lawmakers in California have different opinion about the issue. Government across the world are trying to figure out ways to deal with global warming and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the major tasks. California has been working hard in implementing rules that could help climate.

Effects of global warming can be noticed everywhere: Research

Effects of global warming can be noticed from America to Antarctica

While many high-profile skeptics are not ready to acknowledge the existence of global warming, the effects of soaring temperatures can be noticed in the form of extreme wildfires in America to melting ice sheets in Antarctica.

As had been expected, the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday announced that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

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Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to ICU

Former President George H.W. Bush admitted to ICU

Former U. S. President George H. W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) Houston at Methodist Hospital on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the family has confirmed.

In a fresh post on Twitter, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath wrote that Mr. Bush, 92, had to be admitted to ICU after he suffered a pneumonia attack. Initially on Saturday, he was hospitalized for shortness of breath, but doctors moved him to ICU after he suffered an acute respiratory problem due to pneumonia.

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