Public urged to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to harmful algae bloom

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is urging the public to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to the presence of a harmful algae bloom (HAB). The impacted areas include the Upper and Middle Pamunkey Branches as well as the Upper North Anna Branch of Lake Anna in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. Test results collected on August 13 at the sites contained potentially harmful algae (cyanobacteria) which exceed safe swimming levels. Cyanobacteria can cause skin rash and gastrointestinal illnesses, such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and…

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Why ovarian cancer has a high recurrence rate

RICHMOND, Va. — Jane Haines thought she had cancer one year after she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in September 2013. “I was really hoping to be one and done and I really thought the first treatment would do it and we’d be done with everything,” Haines said. But two years later, Haines’ cancer returned. “I was pretty devastated, but I had a feeling, you just have a sense that things aren’t quite right with your body,” she said. According to the National Cancer Institute, around 70 percent…

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Virginia investigates link between vaping and severe lung disease

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health confirmed Tuesday it was investigating the possibility that vaping led to severe lung disease in at least two patients. “We have two reports under investigation,” Deputy State Epidemiologist Carrie Holsinger said. “At this time, we do not have enough information to know whether or not they are a confirmed case.” If confirmed, Virginia would join more than a dozen other states that have identified cases of lung disease or injury that could be linked to vaping. States with the most cases include:…

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Millennials impacted by Ground Zero toxins confront 9/11 illnesses

NEW YORK — Thousands of students returned to class in the area around Ground Zero within a month after the terror attack on 9/11. Stuyvesant High School is just a few short blocks from Ground Zero. Some former students are experiencing the deadly and debilitating effects of the toxic dust they were exposed to. Lila Nordstorm, 35, was a senior at Stuyvesant on 9/11. She’s suffered from severe asthma and digestive issues. A classmate recently passed away from gastric cancer. “We have classmates who have had breast cancer, thyroid cancer,…

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CDC, state health officials investigating link between vaping and severe lung disease

At least 15 states have identified more than 120 cases of lung disease or injury that could be linked to vaping, a CNN survey of state health departments has found. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it’s investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes in some states. States with the most cases include Wisconsin, with 15 confirmed cases and 15 more under investigation, according to CNN’s survey. Illinois has 10 confirmed cases, while 12 more are under investigation. California is looking into 19…

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CDC, state health officials investigating link between vaping and severe lung disease

At least 15 states have identified more than 120 cases of lung disease or injury that could be linked to vaping, a CNN survey of state health departments has found. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday it’s investigating severe pulmonary disease among people who use e-cigarettes in some states. States with the most cases include Wisconsin, with 15 confirmed cases and 15 more under investigation, according to CNN’s survey. Illinois has 10 confirmed cases, while 12 more are under investigation. California is looking into 19 such cases.…

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Woman rushed to hospital with ‘kidney stone’ pain gives birth to triplets

STURGIS, S.D. – A South Dakota woman who thought she was in pain from kidney stones found out she was actually about to give birth to triplets. “I figured it was kidney stones because I’ve went through them before,” Dannette Giltz, of Sturgis, told KOTA. Dannette and her husband, Austin, already have two children and had no immediate plans for more, until life changed in an instant. “You don’t ever see triplets being conceived naturally, let alone going 34 weeks without knowing,” Dannette said. “I go to the doctor’s thinking I’ll have surgery…

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Kroger is now selling vegan eggs

The plant-based trend is about more than burgers: Plant-based eggs are coming to Kroger. The major grocery chain is already stocking Just Egg, made with mung beans, in some of its locations. Over the coming weeks, the product will be offered in about 2,100 Kroger-owned stores, including Kroger, Ralphs and Fred Meyer. Customers will be able to find Just Egg, a cholesterol-free liquid packaged in a 12-ounce bottle, in the egg aisle. When you cook it up in a skillet, it looks like a pale yellow scrambled egg. A partnership…

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The ‘dark side’ of Finland’s famous free health care

In his search for examples of a more equitable society, Bernie Sanders has long looked north … to Northern Europe, that is. The “Nordic model” consists of strong welfare states funded by relatively high levels of taxation, which enable governments to provide high-quality education and health care for all. Sanders, an independent US senator from Vermont who’s a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, says the United States could learn from this. “I want to thank the Finnish people not just for what they are doing but for giving…

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