‘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 …

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 …

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, …

Does UK lag other rich nations on health and care?

Image copyright Getty Images The OECD review said good-quality long-term care was particularly important for improving the quality of life for older populations. But while access to health care was good, it was a different picture for long-term care, which includes help with daily tasks such as washing and dressing. Spending on such care was below average, while informal carers shared a heavy burden, with nearly one in five people aged over 50 acting as informal carers, the fourth highest among the 18 countries for which there was comparable data. In England, there have been years of talks and arguments over how to reform the social care system. Following the 2017 election the government promised to bring forward plans. But …

‘Absolute clarity’ on NI-GB Brexit trade – Hancock

Johnson accused of ‘misunderstanding’ Brexit deal Did PM get Brexit deal details right? Johnson a ‘passionate unionist’ On Saturday, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast there is “absolute clarity” between what the prime minister and Mr Barclay said. “It’s highly technical because it’s about the types of checks and agreement but, crucially, all of this can be properly addressed in the future trade agreement talks because we don’t want to have any tariffs with the EU and, as far as I can see, they don’t want to have any with us.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“There will not be checks on goods going from NI to GB,” Boris Johnson tells Conservative supporters The health secretary added that …

Shell limits North Sea gas to reduce flaring

Shell forced to burn off gas it cannot sell Exxonmobil’s plant at the site will be closed until mid December for work to be carried out to make the plant more “reliable”. Since the Fife Ethylene Plant was temporarily closed down Shell said it “did not have the storage capacity for the significant quantities of ethane produced from North Sea gas”. Shell separates methane, which is used in homes across the country to power cookers, boilers and fires, from North Sea gas at the St Fergus plant in Aberdeenshire. The rest of the mixture of North Sea gas, ethane, propane and butane is then piped to Shell’s Fife Natural Gas Liquids plant in Mossmorran. It then processes propane and butane …

California homeless encampment cleanup targets high-risk area for wildfires, flooding

Crews work to dismantle homeless encampment in the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve on Monday. (KTTV-TV) “The recent fires are a reminder that we need to keep this effort going to protect the safety of everyone,” Martinez said. The cleanup operation that began Monday is expected to last three or four days and is the third sweep of the reserve that officials have made in recent months due to the “dangerous situation” for encampments that have cropped in the area. “It’s scary for the fires and some people smoke,” area resident Elvia Valley told FOX11. “They don’t care, they put cigarettes on leaves.” During the first cleanup in August, the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad had to be called in …

Alex Trebek joins Pat Sajak, Vanna White to honor game show producer at Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage) “To me when you are working in this industry when you have the professional relationship and the personal relationship also, it doesn’t get much better than that,” Trebek concluded. “So I am delighted to be with all of you today who share with you our good wishes to a man who deserves it, Harry Friedman, thank you.” The appearance comes just days after Trebek appeared in a public service announcement about pancreatic cancer. ‘JEOPARDY!’ HOST ALEX TREBEK RECORDS PANCREATIC CANCER PSA: ‘I WISH I HAD KNOWN SOONER’ Harry Friedman is honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame while friends such as Vanna White, …

Elizabeth Warrens Most Anticipated Plan Of All Has Arrived

Aggressive Price Controls, Optimistic Assumptions  A key question about such a transition has been exactly how much new money the federal government would need to pull off this dramatic shift and, then, where the government could find those dollars. On the cost of a new plan, estimates have varied. One of the more widely cited has come from the , a well-respected think tank whose researchers have estimated that moving to Medicare for All would require about $34 trillion in new spending over the next decade. Warren’s plan uses the Urban Institute estimate as a benchmark, but anticipates creating a program that would require a lot less new money: Medicare for All would need only $20 trillion in new money …

Fact-checking Warren’s claim that her health-care plan won’t raise taxes on the middle class

(CNN)In touting her new plan to pay for Medicare for All, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has argued that she won’t raise taxes on the middle class. The campaign of Warren’s 2020 rival Joe Biden has also criticized a key element of Warren’s plan, claiming it would place a new tax of almost $9 trillion on American workers. Facts First: Warren’s claim that her plan won’t raise middle class taxes largely depends on what is considered a “tax” in the first place. While experts CNN spoke with agree that the tax mentioned by Biden’s camp would ultimately be passed onto employees, Warren’s camp argues that’s essentially beside the point, since her plan will ultimately save consumers and companies trillions of dollars by …

GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler Helps ‘Conversion Therapy’ Group Hold Capitol Hill Event

WASHINGTON ― A group preaching that sexual orientation is a choice and that “conversion therapy” should be legal held a forum in a Capitol Hill office building Wednesday, thanks to Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.).  The group, called Changed, is made up of people who used to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer but now say they are heterosexual and cisgender. They say they were able to shed their previous orientation a Capitol official familiar with scheduling told HuffPost that Hartzler was the member who signed off on the event. A staffer for Hartzler initially denied she was the sponsor. “ Jativa admitted that Hartzler had secured the meeting space for the group. “The only involvement Rep. Hartzler’s office …