Barr blames impeachment inquiry for derailing gun legislation efforts

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday that efforts in Washington to pass gun legislation in the wake of a spate of deadly mass shootings have been derailed because of the impeachment proceedings in Congress. Democrats in the House advanced a number of measures through the Judiciary Committee, but lawmakers had yet to find agreement on any legislative fixes. When Barr met with lawmakers to float the background check proposal, it was met with stiff opposition from some conservatives, and the White House distanced itself from it. For his part, Trump never made a decision about which efforts he wanted to endorse — an act that leading Republican lawmakers said they were waiting for before moving forward. Talks with lawmakers over …

‘Worrying’ rise in severe allergies in children

Why the world is becoming more allergic Family demand law change after Byron burger death Boy’s cheese allergy death ‘unprecedented’ Children under 10 were most likely to be affected by anaphylaxis, with 1,018 admitted to hospital last year – compared with 601 in 2013-14. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sesame is one of 14 allergens consumers must be made aware of in food products The increase in allergies is not thought to be simply due to society becoming more aware of them and better at diagnosing them. Instead, scientists believe factors such as dietary changes, exposure to microbes and pollution may play a role in the rise – particularly …

10 people were shot, 4 fatally, at a backyard football watch party in Fresno

(CNN)A group of family and friends were gathered in a backyard Sunday to watch a football game when two gunmen sneaked into the yard and began shooting, killing four young men and wounding six others, police in Fresno, California, said. “The witnesses described only seeing flashes of light from the weapon, as it was too dark on that side of the house to see the suspects,” he said. The shooting was not random, however, the chief said. The shooters were targeting someone at the residence who had been “involved in a disturbance” last week, Hall said without elaborating. First responders arrived at the home around 8 p.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls and found “three people down” and several suffering …

Why Biden Plays Nice With Bernieand Keeps Ripping Warren

Joe Biden is sharing the presidential primarys top tier with two progressive senators. One, he says, levied an unprompted attack against his commitment to the Democratic Party and exhibits elitist behavior. The other, he stresses with striking frequency, is honest and, in the most Senate-speak way, a friend. Bernies been honest; hes going to raise taxes on middle class, Biden said in July at a convention in Detroit about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) approach to funding Medicare for All, a progressive policy that Bidens campaign says is not the best way to cover Americans health care needs. Since then, the former vice president become more consistent with his praise. First and foremost, the thing you must do in public life …

Groundbreaking New Study Sheds Doubt on Many Heart Procedures

A large, groundbreaking new study found that many minor heart procedures may be unnecessary and could be no better than pills and lifestyle improvements, according to adefined as having clogged arteries that are sometimes accompanied by chest pain when they exert themselves. Doctors have very strong emotional beliefs, and theyve been practicing in a way that sends these patients straight to the cath lab for generations, and thats not going to change overnight, John Spertus, a cardiologist at Saint Lukes Mid America Heart Institute and one of the study leaders, told the told the AP. According to the study, about 17 million Americans have clogged arteries affecting the the blood supply to their heart and causing periodic chest pain. While …

Andy Murray puts health and happiness over titles as he eyes Davis Cup return

Andy Murray believes his surprise victory in Antwerp last month showed that is able to play at a high level but says his health is more important than victories Andy Murray believes his surprise victory in Antwerp last month showed that is able to consistently play at a high level as he sets his sights on the Davis Cup and then the Australian Open in January. The former world No 1 was speaking after a chaotic October in which his four-week tournament run across two continents culminated in a Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors picks. Im not worried from the hips perspective as Ive had zero issues with it so far so I dont anticipate …

Shaky Gaza ceasefire appears to hold after 50 hours of fighting

Jerusalem (CNN)A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants appeared to have been restored early Thursday morning after more than 50 hours of cross-border fighting, primarily between the Israeli military and Islamic Jihad. As the fighting between Israel and Islamic Jihad continued overnight, an Israeli strike killed eight members of a family in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said, including five children and two women. The Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights identified the family as the al-Sawarkeh family. A spokesman for the Israeli military said the strike targeted a mid-level rocket unit commander in Islamic Jihad, acknowledging there was collateral damage and that the military is “looking into the event.” Islamic Jihad denied that anyone in …

Dear Hurting Soul, The Only Cure for the Human Condition Is Jesus

ShareTweetPin People hurt when they are hurting. We can know this, but when the pain is hurled in your direction, you forget. First instinct? Fight back. Cut deeper, hit harder, pull out all the stops. Don’t admit where you’re wrong. Instead just focus on where the other party is in error. Hurtful comments come from a hurting source. It’s easy to forget that. It’s easier to continue the chain of pain. To take the pain of another onto yourself. To become responsible for someone else’s pain. What’s hard is understanding that everyone you know will fail you. It sounds pessimistic, but it’s just hard reality. No one wants to be the cause of someone else’s pain, but it happens unaware. …

Amazon rolls out ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ branding to PillPack

San Francisco (CNN Business)Amazon is adding “Amazon Pharmacy” branding to PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy it acquired in 2018. The pharmaceutical industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars and Amazon competitors Walmart (WMT), Costco (COST) and Target (TGT) all have in-store pharmacies. Amazon, which has physical stores in select cities and also owns Whole Foods, doesn’t currently have in-store pharmacies. But the e-commerce giant has been exploring other avenues for expansion into healthcare beyond the reported $753 million it paid for PillPack. Amazon is a partner in a joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) called Haven, which is focused on lowering healthcare costs and improving care. In 2018, Amazon hired star cardiologist Maulik Majmudar as its …

Washing your clothes is causing plastic pollution, but a simple filter could help

(CNN)Tiny plastic particles are polluting our oceans, where they can stay for centuries, harming sea life and making their way into the human food chain. That may not sound like much, but when you multiply it by every household wash, it adds up. It is estimated that around half a million metric tonnes of microfibers enters our oceans this way every year. Although microplastics can be dangerous to some marine life, the health risk to humans is still relatively unknown. Wastewater treatment plants catch some of these fibers, trapping them among a semi-solid gunk known as sewage sludge. But in many countries this sludge is spread on fields as a fertilizer. From here, the fibers may run off into streams, …

Trump says he’s in ‘very good’ health after unscheduled medical checkup

White House says president took advantage of a free weekend to begin portions of his routine checkup Donald Trump has said he is in very good health following the first phase of an annual medical check, after spending more than two hours at a Washington medical center for an appointment that had not been announced in his public schedule. Trump tweeted on Sunday that he began phase one of my yearly physical at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington on the previous day. Everything very good (great!). Will complete next year, he said. The White House said Trump had undergone a quick exam and some laboratory tests. The appointment wasnt on Trumps weekend public schedule, and his …

Most People Can’t Tell The Difference Between Trump And Trump AI, Can You?

Sometimes, even when you hear the words coming out of Trump’s mouth with your own ears, it’s difficult to believe that they’re real things a sitting President has said. Remember, for instance, when he claimed that the noises of windmills cause cancer or repeatedly suggested we should nuke hurricanes?  Well, to muddy the waters even further, an artificial intelligence (AI) text generator has been used to replicate Trump’s particular – shall we say “distinctive” – speech pattern, and it turns out people can barely tell the difference. Try for yourself to work out which one of these speeches is written by AI and which one is 100 percent real. First sample: “So, that’s why I’ve been saying all along that, yes, I’d love …

UCLA now has the first zero-emission, all-electric mobile surgical instrument lab

Electrification in the automotive industry isn’t just about consumer cars: There are plenty of commercial and specialist vehicles that are prime candidates for EVs, including in the healthcare industry. Take the new UCLA mobile surgical lab developed by Winnegbago, for instance – it’s a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle that will move back and forth between two UCLA campuses, collecting, sterilizing and repairing surgical instruments for the medical staff there. Why is that even needed? The usual process is sending out surgical instruments for this kind of service by a third-party, and it’s handled in a dedicated facility at a significant annual cost. UCLA Health Center estimates that it can save as much as $750,000 per year using the EV lab from …

YouTube Mom Dies After ‘Brain Injury’ In Prison – Perez Hilton

What a horrible end to an unceasingly disturbing story. Machelle Hobson has died. You may not recognize the name, but you may well be familiar with the crimes of which the 48-year-old was accused. As a foster mother, Machelle (also known as Machelle Hackney) found a novel way of making money off her seven adopted children — she made them act in YouTube videos. The Fantastic Adventures YouTube channel featured the kids engaging in scripted hijinks like Nerf battles, cookie thefts, and food fights — and garnered over 800,000 subscribers and 250 million views along the way, earning Machelle thousands of dollars in ad revenue. However, in March the foster mom was arrested after a tip from Hobson’s adult daughter led to …

Will Google get away with grabbing 50m Americans’ health records?

Googles reputation has remained relatively unscathed despite behaviors similar to Facebooks. This could be the tipping point Few things are certain in the American healthcare system except for the paperwork. The tedious ritual of signing forms authorizing new providers to access our medical history is the result of a rarity for Americans: thanks to the first amendment, we have few rights and little expectation of privacy, except when it comes to our medical records. Even doctors who have our best interests at heart must get permission to access our data under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (Hipaa). So it was truly shocking to learn this week that a business partnership between Google and Ascension, a major hospital chain …

This Farting Gender Reveal Has Gone Viral, And I’m Officially Done | Betches

Another day, another white couple doing way too much when it comes to revealing the gender of their soon-to-be-born baby. I truly thought we had seen it all: forest fires—but apparently not! People are still thinking of idiotic ways to announce this social construct to their closest friends and family. I’ve got to say, if there’s one thing that makes me excited for Barstool reports that Paige “loaded up her asshole with baby powder” for this stunt, but provides no information on how they deduced that. Whatever, I’ll take their word for it. The less time I think about the process that went into the farting gender reveal, the better we all will be for it. An important thing to note …