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A weekend of ferocious winter weather could see low-temperature records set in the US heartland

By JIM SALTER and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A long weekend of ferocious winter weather is looming for the U.S. as a continuing wave of Arctic storms threatens to break low-temperature records in the nation's heartland and spread cold and snow from coast to coast. It's casting a chill over everything ranging from football playoffs to presidential campaigns. campaigns. As the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. […]

todayJanuary 13, 2024 9


Ancient human DNA hints at why multiple sclerosis affects so many northern Europeans today

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Northern Europeans are more prone to multiple sclerosis than other ancestries and now a study of ancient DNA hints at why. It seems to be a genetic legacy of horseback-riding cattle herders who swept into the region about 5,000 years ago. The findings come from a huge project to compare modern DNA with that culled from ancient humans' teeth and bones. […]

todayJanuary 10, 2024 15


Flu and COVID infections got worse over the holidays, with more misery expected, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse but it's too soon to tell how much holiday gatherings contributed to a likely spike in illnesses.   New government data posted Friday for last week — the holiday week between Christmas and New Year's — show 38 states with high or very high levels for respiratory illnesses with fever, cough and other symptoms. That's up from […]

todayJanuary 6, 2024 16


More hospitals are requiring masks as flu and COVID-19 cases surge

NEW YORK (AP) — More U.S. hospitals are requiring masks and limiting visitors as health officials face an expected but still nasty post-holiday spike in flu, COVID-19 and other illnesses. While many experts say this season likely won’t prove to be as deadly as some other recent winters, it still could mean hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and many thousands of deaths across the country. New York City last week […]

todayJanuary 3, 2024 6


From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss, Babies Learn Language Best Through Rhyming, Not Phonetics

From Mother Goose to Dr Seuss, Babies Learn Language Best Through Rhyming, Not Phonetics   Dec 29, 2023 7:01 AM - 1071 words Caitriona Maria | Wealth of Geeks Parents of newborns should consider warming up their vocal cords and brushing up on their lullabies. A recent study by University of Cambridge scientists showed that infants learn language more effectively through songs and nursery rhymes.   According to researchers at […]

todayDecember 31, 2023 7


US seizes more illegal e-cigarettes, but thousands of new ones are launching

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are seizing more shipments of unauthorized electronic cigarettes at U.S. ports, but thousands of new flavored products continue pouring into the country from China, according to government and industry data reviewed by The Associated Press. The figures underscore the chaotic state of the nation’s $7 billion vaping market and raise questions about how the U.S. government can stop the flow of fruit-flavored disposable e-cigarettes used by 1 in 10 American […]

todayDecember 31, 2023 24