Months after a virulent measles outbreak spread from one Disneyland visitor to more than 100 California residents, the state that’s been described as an “anti-vaccination hotbed” is poised to pass one of the nation’s toughest laws requiring immunizations.
The bill approved by the California assembly Thursday strikes down the state’s personal belief exemption, which allows parents to opt their children out of vaccinations for religious reasons. Under the new rules, only children with serious health problems (such as a compromised immune system) would be exempt from mandatory vaccination schedules, and those who opt out will have to be homeschooled.
The legislation now goes to California Gov. Jerry Brown (D). According to the Los Angeles Times, it’s unclear if Brown will sign it.
“The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit, and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered,” Evan Westrup, Brown’s spokesperson, told the Times Thursday.
Okay, it’s not entirely SFW but who cares? I’m gloating! I love it! Take that! SCOTUS has upheld Obamacare yet again, and POTUS should celebrate.
Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled, YET AGAIN, that Obamacare is just fine and dandy and great, even if Congress did a really bad job of making all their subjects and verbs agree when they wrote the damn thing.
So can we please stop talking about this now? One person who does not want to stop talking about it is President Obama, who decided to ride around the White House lawn on his victory steed, alternately shouting things like “Suck it so hard, haters!” and “I am the best at Presidenting!” and “Look, Michelle, no hands!”
Bwahahaha! Okay, Obama was too dignified to say anything like that. This is part of what he did say:
“Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to say.”
More than 16 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage so far. Nearly 1 in 3 Americans who was uninsured a few years ago is insured today. The uninsured rate in America is the lowest since we began to keep records. … This is not a set of political talking points. This is reality.
Actually I kind of like the Wonkette version, because, Burn!
“A group of schoolchildren from Essex, England, have invented a condom that detects sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and syphilis.
“The condom would change color to warn the couple if a strain of bacteria is present.”
That’s the entire text of the story, which leaves a lot to be desired. Like:
What grade were these kids in? How did they test it (Did they have their parents try them?) If the condom changes color when detecting the organism, does it maintain its strength?
Fourteen brands of bottled water have been recalled due to a potential E. coli contamination including food store brands ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Giant, Acme and Wegman’s.
Niagara Bottling has issued the voluntary recall for water bottled in its Pennsylvania facilities in Allentown and Hamburg mark with a code that begins with A or F respectively.
E. coli bacteria shows the water may be polluted with human or animal waste and can cause cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms if consumed.
There have been no reports of illness.
The following brands bottled between June 10 and June 18 are affected: Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegman’s.
While women no longer needed a frog or a rabbit, though, they still needed a doctor. The test also frequently turned up false positives, as hCG could easily be confused for other similar hormones. A more accurate test wouldn’t arrive until 1972, when Judith Vaitukaitis and Glenn Braunstein, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, identified an immunoassay that could successfully measure levels of hCG, rather than simply detecting its presence. Recognizing the potential of their discovery, the two attempted to patent it on behalf of NIH—but were shot down by the institute’s lawyers, who argued that because the project had been funded with public dollars, nobody should receive any royalties for the resulting product. Instead, the knowledge went immediately into the public domain, until pharmaceutical companies recognized the same potential that Vaitukaitis and Braunstein had seen.
“The pregnancy test has a very different significance to different people,” Marcel Wanders, a product designer for a 1990 version of Organon’s test, told The New York Times in 2012. “You can’t put too much meaning into it.”
He was referring to the challenge of choosing the graphic that would appear on the test to signify a pregnancy. In the years before today’s blue lines, The Times reported, a positive result came in the form of a baby’s smiling face, a swollen belly, even a single wiggling sperm—cutesy, cheery images announcing news that, for many women, is neither cheery nor cute.
And as of March 2015, the Urban Institute’s survey found that 10.0% of nonelderly adults were uninsured, down from 17.8% in September 2013, before the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges first launched.
Mea Culpa from Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Forbes, Heritage Foundation? CATO Institute? The entire GOP? All of the Repub Candidates?
Obamacare was supposed to be a complete train wreck that drove up premiums so that no one could afford insurance, and cause the downfall of the American Health Care System….at least according to those and many others listed above . What an embarrassing list of moronic hacks who let pure ideology get in the way of common sense and Reality.. Shame on them. But they have steadfastly proven time and time again they have no shame. There will be no Mea Culpa. They will continue to deny Science, deny reality, and deny any ideology that doesn’t fit into their very narrow dogmatic dark corner of the world.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from North Carolina officials seeking to revive a state law that had required doctors to perform ultrasounds, display the resulting sonograms and describe the fetuses to women seeking abortions.
The Supreme Court’s one-sentence order, as is the custom, gave no reasons. Justice Antonin Scalia noted a dissent, also without saying why.
The order left in place an appeals court ruling that had held the law unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment.
“The state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient,”Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in December for a unanimous three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va.
Cornell engineers have created a functional, synthetic immune organ that produces antibodies and can be controlled in the lab, completely separate from a living organism. The engineered organ has implications for everything from rapid production of immune therapies to new frontiers in cancer or infectious disease research.
The immune organoid was created in the lab of Ankur Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who applies engineering principles to the study and manipulation of the human immune system. The work was published online June 3 in Biomaterials and will appear later in print.
The synthetic organ is bio-inspired by secondary immune organs like the lymph node or spleen. It is made from gelatin-based biomaterials reinforced with nanoparticles and seeded with cells, and it mimics the anatomical microenvironment of lymphoid tissue. Like a real organ, the organoid converts B cells - which make antibodies that respond to infectious invaders - into germinal centers, which are clusters of B cells that activate, mature and mutate their antibody genes when the body is under attack. Germinal centers are a sign of infection and are not present in healthy immune organs.
Out-of-touch politicians in Congress are pushing to reinstate the global gag rule - a dangerous policy that bans foreign organizations from receiving U.S. family planning aid if they even mention abortion.
We need you to speak out and help ensure the global gag rule goes where it belongs: the history books.
Impact of the Global Gag Rule
If the global gag rule passes, millions of vulnerable women worldwide would be cut off from the health care they desperately need. Access to contraception, and programs that combat gender-based violence, prevent female genital mutilation, and end child marriage — all gone if providers even talk about or offer abortion.
race yourself for the coming tedium: Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has decided to make re-branding feminism and reclaiming it for the right a central message in her campaign. “Feminism began as a rallying cry to empower women,” Fiorina claimed in remarks prepared for a speech at the Competitive Enterprise Institute on Thursday. “But over the years, feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.” As for a better definition of feminism, Fiorina offered this: “A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses. … A woman may choose to have five children and home-school them. She may choose to become a CEO, or run for president.”
As Time’s Tessa Berenson pointed out, Fiorina has few high-profile Republican allies when it comes to her fond use of the term “feminist.” The label is especially repellent, it seems, to GOP partisans with a socially conservative bent, like Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. How will Fiorina avoid alienating the entirety of her fellow Republicans with seemingly feminist messaging? It’s simple: Strip the politics out, and the free marketeering component of her party—which is, incidentally, its ideological and monetary engine—will happily go along with whatever recruits women voters away from Hillary.