COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — If President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to wipe out HIV transmission in America by 2030 is to have any chance of success, it will have to reach people like Kiwanna Dingle’s mother. In April, she walked into an emergency room in rural South Carolina seven times — and seven times she was refused care. That final time, the hospital called the police, who put the homeless woman in jail. From there, she went back to the same hospital, where she spent 18 days in the psychiatric ward.Story Continued Below Frantic, Dingle finally tracked her mother down with help from the police, only to find that a hospice nurse was also looking for her, wanting to alert the hospital that Dingel's mother had HIV. She had kept it a secret — from her daughter, from her community and from health care providers, who may have treated her quite differently had they known she was probably suffering from HIV-related dementia. Public health now has the tools … [Read more...] about Trump’s bid to wipe out AIDS will take more than a pill
Tech & Science Donald Trump Jr. penned an op-ed for The Hill complaining that "Big Tech" companies are "censoring" conservatives, claiming algorithms penalized the right-wing terms "SJW" and "Red Pill" among others. The president's son and prolific user of social media lashed out at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other Silicon Valley companies, arguing the government should step in and regulate the private companies to ensure they stop "censoring" conservative opinions and figures. Trump's op-ed includes 19 links out to third-party sources, which seemingly prove his anti-conservative bias theory, with 12 of those links sending readers over to Breitbart News. Trump Jr. laments "shadowbans" and Facebook's alleged "deboosting" of conservative thought, but primarily relies on the frequently discredited Project Veritas website to prove this point. One of those claims is Facebook "deliberately tailored its algorithm to recognize the syntax and style … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Jr. Says ‘Red Pill’ Groups Allow Conservatives to ‘Express Themselves’
Two separate investigations by Phoenix police narcotics investigators and a joint Bureau of Indian Affairs and Drug Enforcement Administration operation resulted in the seizure of 45,000 fentanyl pills this past week. One incident occurred in west Phoenix while the second took place on an Indian reservation that sits on the U.S.-Mexico border. The first seizure took place on Tuesday when Phoenix Police Department narcotics detectives received information from a patrol officer about possible illegal activity at a Motel 6 located near 59th Avenue and Interstate 10 on the city’s west side. A patrol officer arrested an adult female identified inside one of the rooms at that location.During the arrest of the female, patrol officers observed drug ledgers and other items recognized to be drug paraphernalia which led to the request for assistance from narcotics detectives. Upon the arrival of detectives, the investigators detained a 38-year-old male identified as Emmanuel Romero … [Read more...] about Arizona Police, Feds Seize 45,000 Fentanyl Pills in Two Operations
Birth control pills have been available for nearly 60 years and about 100 million women take them. But despite their ubiquity, some researchers still that think certain aspects of the contraceptives deserve more research. Namely: how the pill might affect the brain. "We know a lot about the physical side effects [of birth control pills], but very little about the psychological side effects," said Alexander Lischke, a psychology researcher with the University of Greifswald in Germany. So, Lischke and his lab decided to look into how taking the pill might change someone's ability to process emotion. Their research, published today (Feb. 11) in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience, found that women on the pill mislabeled the emotion on someone's face 10 percent more often than participants who weren't on the pill. Though few researchers have looked at this particular influence of the pill — and others think this research isn't even worth pursuing — the results have … [Read more...] about Can the Pill Affect How Women Recognize Emotions in Others?
The hassle of taking medication every day could someday be eliminated, thanks to an ingestible electronic pill that lasts in the stomach for close to a month and releases medication only when necessary. A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed the capsule, which could be designed to treat a variety of diseases and disorders and also enables physicians to monitor and control dosages using Bluetooth wireless technology and sensors. Giovanni Traverso, a visiting scientist in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he will be joining the faculty later in 2019 , explained in an exclusive interview with R&D Magazine that a major problem for patients is that they do not always adhere to their medication regime, particularly when they begin to start feeling better. “One of the major focuses of our group is how we can make it easier for patients to take medication,” Traverso said. “That really is grounded on the … [Read more...] about Electronic Pill Slowly Delivers Drugs, Monitors Health