Husband of Brain-Dead Texas Woman Forced onto Life Support Sues Hospital

The husband of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman on Tuesday sued the hospital keeping her on life support, saying doctors are doing so against her and her family’s wishes.

The lawsuit filed in state district court asks a judge to order John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to remove life support for Marlise Munoz, a North Texas woman who fell unconscious in November while pregnant.

Erick Munoz has said a doctor told him his wife is considered brain-dead. Munoz says that he and his wife are both paramedics and are very familiar with end-of-life issues. He says his wife had made her wishes clear to him that she would not want life support in this kind of situation. Marlise Munoz’s parents agree.

Alcohol Consumption And Cars: Unsafe At Any Level

Even “minimally buzzed” drinkers and drivers are more often to blame for fatal car crashes than the sober drivers they collide with, reports a University of California, San Diego study of accidents in the United States . 

UC San Diego sociologist David Phillips and colleagues examined 570,731 fatal collisions, from 1994 to 2011, using the official U.S. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database because it is nationally comprehensive and because it reports on blood alcohol content (BAC) in increments of 0.01 percent. They focused on “buzzed drivers,” with blood alcohol content  of 0.01 to 0.07 percent, and, within this group, the “minimally buzzed”, a blood alcohol content of 0.01 percent.

They found that drivers with  blood alcohol content of 0.01 percent – well below the U.S. lega

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Want To Keep Your Child From Becoming Obese? You Need To Know These 3 Risk Factors

Obesity is a growing problem, that is the downside to a a world where agricultural science has allowed plentiful food to be grown cheaply. With kids the problem is compounded. Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. A population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Maintaining a healthy weight often starts young – but all is not lost if you reach adulthood and are too heavy, because adults know what to do. Kids are less self-aware so they may need you to help them avoid pitfalls.

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One species, two outcomes: Team seeks source of body louse pathology

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A new study seeks to determine how one parasitic species can give rise to two drastically different outcomes in its host: The human body louse (Pediculus humanus) can transmit dangerous bacterial infections to humans, while the human head louse (also Pediculus humanus) does not.

The human head louse, left, and body louse, right, are the same species, but differ in their ability to transmit disease to their host. Researchers now think they know why. | Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A report of the new study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology.

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New technique to diagnose autism in babies

Scientists have developed a new technique to diagnose autism in babies as young as 12 months.

Dr Josephine Barbaro from Australia’s La Trobe University has developed an accurate set of “red flag” markers of the condition, which include a failure by babies to make consistent eye contact, to smile, show their toys to others, to play social games, point and respond when their name is called.

Barbaro is training medical experts around the globe in the use of her diagnostic method on children under two years of age.

“All typically developing babies are pre-wired to be social, look at other people’s faces, learn from them and copy what they’re doing. Children with autism are not doing this -and we can now accurately identify this at a much younger age and take action,” Barbaro said.

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Community Members to Help Design DMC’s Community Input Process

ROCHESTER, Minn. — About 80 Rochester community members have helped design a framework for the community input process for Destination Medical Center (DMC). DMC is long-term, public-private economic development initiative to further establish Minnesota and Mayo Clinic as a global medical destination and provide the ideal overall experience for those visiting, residing and working in and around downtown Rochester.

From now through the beginning of February, eight groups, each representing a focus area (see below), will meet regularly and work to ensure that the community input process encompasses the community as a whole. This marks the first phase in a comprehensive community input process approved by the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board last month. T

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