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West Nile Virus In The US Setting Records For August
2012-08-30 08:43:15

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online US cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have risen 40 percent in just one week, with 1,590 confirmed infections, and 66 confirmed deaths, up from 47 last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. This is the highest case count through the last week of August since the virus was first detected in 1999, and nearly half of all infections have so far occurred in Texas, with 894 confirmed cases...

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2012-08-25 08:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The search for a pair of ships from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition, which began four years ago, will continue, as officials from the Canadian government announced Thursday that a new expedition would depart this week in an attempt to find the location of those vessels. According to Reuters, archeologists and divers began their hunt for the lost British vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 2008. Those ships were...

Foxconn Makes Improvements, Still Needs To Make Changes
2012-08-22 15:00:15

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Foxconn, the assembly plant for Apple and many other electronics companies, is making headlines once again as the Fair Labor Association has issued a report about the plant's performance. According to Reuters, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) says Foxconn has, in fact, improved their working conditions in their Chinese plants, but the advocacy group would still like to see some more cuts in overtime hours. Foxconn has long...

Keeping Your Car's Computer Safe From Viruses
2012-08-21 08:50:56

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A virus on a computer can be bad enough, possibly leading to hacked accounts and even broken hardware. A virus on your car´s computer however, could be downright dangerous. As our world progresses, so too does our desire to computerize everything, and our cars have become quite advanced. Staying one step ahead, the McAfee team at Intel Corp has been working away in a very unusual office for computer programmers and...

Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults
2012-08-14 11:16:00

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently looked at the benefits and harms of hearing loss screenings. The authors believe that the study is important as age-related hearing loss is prevalent among the elderly who are 50 years or older. It is also an issue of concern as it can affect the quality of life and social functioning of seniors. To begin, the USPSTF looked at evidence that was published from 1950 to...

Pay-for-performance Healthcare Incentives Subject Of New Study
2012-08-14 10:54:28

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Money can be a powerful object — it can buy clothes, cars, a range of material items. It can even inspire employees to work harder. A new study looked at the impact of financial incentives for both therapists and their patients. In the study, the researchers focused on whether pay-for-performance could be an effective way to treat adolescents who use drugs or alcohol. To begin, pay-for-performance incentives haven risen in...

New Push For Health Insurance Exchanges
2012-08-14 09:23:27

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online With the pick of Paul Ryan as the Vice Presidential candidate to run with presumptive Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the campaigns have shifted to focus on politics related to health care. One issue in particular, health insurance coverage, is particularly heated. According to Reuters, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to have four regional meetings with state officials and others to...

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2012-08-13 07:55:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Climate change could cause parasites such as tapeworms to become more infectious or malignant, researchers from Oakland University and the University of South Florida claim in a new study gauging the impact of temperature swings on frogs' fungal infection rates. The research, which was published in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that tiny parasitic organisms likely have an easier time adapting to...


Word of the Day
virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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