At least 1,974 people have died in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from an Ebola virus outbreak that has lasted just over 1 year, according to an update on Friday from the DRC Ministry of Health. What's new: There are 111 probable deaths in addition to those that have been confirmed, per the DRC Ministry of Health. The World Health Organization (WHO) puts the death toll at 2,074 in its latest update. The DRC's former Minister of Health Oly Ilunga was taken into custody again on Saturday to ensure that he does not avoid legal proceedings for his misdemeanor offenses involving mishandling Ebola funds, the AP reports. Ilunga was first arrested less than a month ago for reported misdemeanor offenses. The big picture: The DRC Ministry of Health reports a total of 3,002 confirmed Ebola cases as of Friday, with 942 people cured. WHO's latest report said that 56% of people afflicted with confirmed and probable Ebola cases were women. Go deeper: One year on and no end in sight for … [Read more...] about Ebola death toll in the DRC nears 2,000
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse for margarita-fueled partying. But in Mexico, that date—the anniversary of a military triumph over Napoleon on May 5, 1862—is marked by a parade and not much else. The real celebrations happen on September 16, which is Mexican Independence Day. At Gastropod, we’re always down to party, so here’s to Mexico’s true national holiday, and its true national dish: mole. But what is mole? Listen in this episode as we trace mole’s complicated evolution from medieval Moors to the invention of the blender, and from something that had been considered peasant food to a special-occasion showstopper.Rachel Laudan is a food historian and the author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History—but, when she started researching mole, the first document she uncovered was hardly deep in the archives. When she first visited Mexico, in the 1990s, Laudan went to a restaurant famous for its mole. “And, of … [Read more...] about The Colonial Origins of Mexico’s National Dish
Since the early 1980s, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been flooded with consumer complaints from patients treated with a popular class of antibiotics. According to reports, fluoroquinolones—a broad spectrum antibiotic that includes Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox, and others—have been associated with a host of devastating side effects, including joint and muscle pain, tendon rupture, aortic aneurysm, nerve damage, delirium, and even death. Finally, in 2008, the FDA started requiring manufacturers to add a “black box label”—the organization's most stringent warning—to the packaging of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. At the time, the consumer rights organization Public Citizen counted over 400 reported cases of tendon rupture and over 300 cases of tendinitis in patients who used the drug. But over a decade later, despite additional warnings from the FDA, fluoroquinolone antibiotics are still the third most commonly prescribed outpatient drug in … [Read more...] about Why Are Doctors Still Prescribing These Dangerous Antibiotics?
AP/M. Kornmesser/ESA/Hubble This artist's rendering, provided by University College London, shows Exoplanet K2-18 b (foreground), its host star, and an accompanying planet in this system. On Wednesday, scientists announced they discovered water vapor on the planet. Loading... September 13, 2019 Two ways to read the story Quick Read Deep Read ( 5 Min. ) By Eva Botkin-Kowacki Staff writer @EBotkinKowacki The atmosphere of K2-18 b, a planet some 111 light-years from Earth, holds water vapor, say scientists in a pair of research papers published this week. This is the first time that water has been detected on a planet whose orbit lies in another star’s ‘habitable zone.’Scientists aren’t necessarily saying that the world is habitable. But this detection is a big step toward finding one that is, and it represents how quickly exoplanets have gone from being impossible to even identify to something scientists can … [Read more...] about Astronomers find water vapor on distant, temperate planet
High-tech scanners are being used to create a catalogue of knife wounds that can be matched to different blades. Detectives say the database will mean they can identify what kind of knife has been used in a stabbing, making it easier to catch criminals. The method involves using state of the art CT scanning technology like that seen in hospitals, to create an image of the injury which can then be saved and stored. Professor Mark Williams, from the University of Warwick's Centre for imaging, Metrology, and Additive Technology is working with West Midlands Police to use the technology to crack crimes. The method involves using state of the art CT scanning technology like that seen in hospitals, to create an image of the injury which can then be saved and stored WHAT ARE THE UK'S KNIFE CRIME STATS? The number of criminals caught with knives or other potentially deadly weapons has reached its highest level for almost a decade last year, it was revealed this year.There were 21,484 … [Read more...] about Police will use hi-tech scanners to create a ‘knife database’