Texas’ plans of reducing Medicaid funding have gone up following a series of video releases wherein Planned Parenthood staff was seen doing discussion over sales of fetal tissue and price negotiations after procedures for abortion. A judge has ordered that Planned Parenthood clinics could remain open in Louisiana.
Planned Parenthood said in their statement, it was wrong to downplay the significant reproductive health and preventive health services provided by them.
The lawsuit stated that the provider network available to Texas Medicaid patients has declined in recent years to only over 30% of practicing physicians. Federal dollars awarded via Medicaid would also come to an end with the order. Texas is among the 5 states that have tried black funding for Planned Parenthood.
Researchers have reported that chikungunya, a painful, mosquito-borne virus that's spreading fast throughout the Americas, can be more serious than thought. They have discovered that it can lead to a serious brain inflammation known as encephalitis far more often than reported previously.
The news has brought along a sad wave in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the infection’s rate is nearly a million people every year.
Study author Dr. Patrick Gérardin of Central University Hospital in Saint Pierre, Reunion Island, said, “Since there is no vaccine to prevent chikungunya and no medicine to treat it, people who travel to these areas should be aware of this infection and take steps to avoid mosquito bites, like wear repellent and long sleeves and pants if possible”.
A new study has suggested that wheelchair users are more likely to be killed in road traffic collisions than pedestrians. Wheelchair users are about three times more at risk of dying in collisions with cars, as per the study published in the online journal BMJ Open.
There are high chances that these accidents will occur at intersections, the study indicated. Men wheelchair users will have to be very careful when they are on a road. The study also suggested that men wheelchair users are at five times higher risk of dying from these collisions that women in wheelchairs.
Scientists are trying to find out ways to eradicate HIV, but acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is killing many people in Africa alone. As per a report of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the HIV disease is a leading killer of African teens.
Mani Djelassem from Cameroon is among those African teens who are with HIV. Djelassem came to know about her HIV when she was constantly falling ill. It was her father who, after the death of Djelassem’s mother, told her that she was born with the infection.
Djelassem said when her father disclosed about the infection, she was very sad. She didn’t know what she should do. People were not treating her well. When she found no help, she locked herself in her house, Djelassem added.
A new study has indicated that high-potency cannabis could be dangerous for whiter matter in brain. It may harm nerve fibres that work to control the message flow in brain’s two halves, left and right hemispheres, as per the study.
After studying brain scans of regular smokers of skunk-like cannabis, study researchers found differences in the white matter that link the two halves and transfer messages from one section to another. The change was not observed in individuals who never had cannabis, the researchers explained.
Who wants to see spider traps in their homes? When we see cobwebs, we clean them without even thinking once. But, a new study revealed these messy spider lairs could be important. They may have precious information for researchers.
Study researchers have found that cobwebs may contain DNA of the creature and its prey. These samples of DNA can be sequenced and amplified for analysis, as per the study. The researchers said an empty spider trap doesn’t always mean empty. It could reveal what kind of spider made the web and who was the unlucky prey, they added.
Researchers have outlined in a new study that earth’s magnetic field will not flip its polarity any time soon. A catastrophic flip of the magnetic poles will not happen at least for 1,000 years, the study indicated.
A research in past suggested that weakness in intensity of planet’s geomagnetic field was observed. This weakness could mean that our home planet’s magnetic poles could flip in near future, as per the previous research. It also indicated that the geomagnetic field’s strength has been fading from last 200 years.
A team of researchers from the IstitutoItalianodiTecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology) and University of Pisa in Italy has developed a robot that can operate human tolls and can even interact with environment around it alike humans.
The team hopes that their Walk-Man robot will prove to be a more effective design in areas of search and rescue which could be otherwise dangerous for humans.
The lead researcher, Nikos Tsagarakis, said not much efforts will be needed to accommodate Walk-Man as it could operate in damaged buildings. That one factor that everyone agrees is that our world is designed for our body. Therefore, we have tools that are designed to be used by humans.
Planetary Resources applauded US President BarackObama for signing US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, or the US Space Act. The company is very happy with passing of this legislation because it will be the one that will be benefitted the most.
Founded in 2010, Planetary Resources aims to expand earth’s natural resource base. Meaning that the company’s major goal is to extract water, minerals and other valuable materials from asteroids and sell them.
The passing of the US Space Act 2015 has provided the private companies protected ownership of materials that are extracted from celestial bodies.
An amateur astronomer after seeing the recent images captured by NASA’s Curiosity Rover said that he has spotted a giant rat on the Martian surface. In the images it can be seen that the mouse is sitting on a ridge, he said.
Joe White, the amateur astronomer, even posted a video of the sighting on his YouTube channel, ArtAlienTV, on November 11. The video has received nearly 45,000 views so far.
As per NASA experts it is hard to see anything important in the image that the agency posted on its website. But White digitally enhanced the image in order to see what’s inside the image clearly.
The rover captured photo of what appears to be like a large rat that is sitting idly on a cliff. But so far NASA has not given any confirmation of any such find on the Martian surface.
The famous American business magnate and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is expected to announce a multibillion-dollar clean energy fund. The announcement could be on Monday during the opening of the Paris climate summit.
It was told that the fund will be so far the largest such effort in history and will be used for research and development of new clean-energy technologies.
Several other billionaires and philanthropies will also make their contributions in the fund. People with knowledge of the plans said that it will also include commitments from the US and other participating nations to double their budget for clean energy research and development.
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency has reported that a piece of a SpaceX rocket has been recovered on Thursday,over 4,000 miles from its launch site near the Isles of Scilly.
In a news release, UK officials have said that the Falcon 9 rocket debris may be from the June 28 launch failure from Cape Canaveral. The SpaceX rocket had exploded soon after the launch and caused destruction of 5,200 pounds of supplies, hardware and research meant for the International Space Station.
The UK coastguard officials have said that the 32-foot by 13-foot section was found by local boaters between Bryher and Tresco Islands. The Isles of Scilly are present off the Great Britain’s southwestern tip.
Black holes are infamous for gulping stars and tearing apart galaxies, but it's not always a fast process. On Thursday, astronomers reported that they have seen a star being swallowed from starting till end over a time span of several months.
They have reported in the journal Science that for the first time ever they have detected a spurt of plasma at the event horizon.
Sjoert van Velzen at Johns Hopkins University and colleagues wrote that their observations have become the first ones to sample the light curve within a month of the peak. In a statement, van Velzen added, “It's the first time we see everything from the stellar destruction followed by the launch of a conical outflow, also called a jet, and we watched it unfold over several months”.
According to a latest research, dangerous weather has resulted into a staggering 90% of major disasters. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reductions reported that the data has disclosed that 6,457 recorded floods, heat waves, droughts, storms and other weather-related disasters have caused a huge damage to different areas worldwide over the last 20 years.
The United States reported 472 natural disasters and was hit the hardest. It was followed by China, India, the Philippines, and Indonesia. According to the researchers estimations the US spends between $250 billion and $300 billion every year over natural disasters.The first Climate Change Conference was held in 1995 and since then, 606,000 people have lost their lives and 4.1 billion people have been injured.
According to a new study, environmental changes like the riseof carbon dioxide levels in water have resulted into the rapid growth of a microscopic marine alga in North Atlantic. John Hopkins University researchers have discovered that there is a 10 times rise in the number of coccolithophores, single-celled algae and protists that are present in the oceans across the world, from 1965 to 2010.
In the past 50 years, these small calcifying plants that are part of the marine ecosystem foundation have significantly increased from 2% to over 20% in 2010, with spikes noted in the 1990s.
Findings of a new study have shown that people who have higher amounts of fat stored in their body usually face difficulty in losing weight despite numerous efforts. Researchers gave these conclusions after carrying out experiments on lab mice.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and Toho University in Japan found said they found that certain fat cells produce a protein that slow down the process of weight loss.
These fats cell also signal the body to hold the fat and therefore show less response to efforts made for weight loss.
One more breakthrough of combining technology and tattoo is on way, as a team called Chaotic Moon has invented a tech-powered skin emblem that has gone beyond just body expression to a fitness tracker. The tracker known as Tech Tat can reportedly monitor vital biometrics, and it is still in its development stage.
The great minds behind Tech Tat revealed in an interview that the tattoo functions by linking different sensors, battery and transfer components with the help of an electro-conductive paint material. Seeing the success rate of this one-of-its-kind invention, it will be able to check the vital signs such as heart and pulse rates of a person soon.
According to a latest study, children with pet dog at their home have less chances of suffering from anxiety in comparison to their peers. Tech Times wrote that earlier research has shown that adults with canine companions have better mental and physical health, but not much is known about pet dogs’ effects on children.
During the present study, a group of researchers assessed 643 children from the age group 6-7 years, who were registered in a pediatric primary care clinic in upstate New York.
Weeks after facing criticism from doctors, patients and other drugmakers for increasing the price of a life-saving medicine over five times, Turing Pharmaceuticals has reneged on its promise of cutting the $750-per-pill price.
The small biotech company has instead decided to cut what it charges hospitals for its parasitic infection treatment, Daraprim, by up to 50%. Most of the co-payments by patients will be capped at $10 or less per month, however, insurers are going to be stuck with the bulk of the $750 tab. This will drive up insurance costs and future treatment.
During the unveiling of the new 2017 Fiat 124 Spiderat the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this week, an ad for the two-seater vehicle, featuring Charlie Sheen driving wildly in the latest roadster, was notably absent.
On November 3,during a sneak preview of the latest Fiat 124 roadster at the Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hill, Michigan, some reporters were shown the video, which was still incomplete.
Sheen went on the Today show on November 17, and told the world that he was HIV positive, which he kept a secret for 4 years. Soon the news over Sheen's former partners feeling annoyed as he allegedly didn't tell them prior having sexual relations with them, spread everywhere.
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