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« Reply #328 on: August 18, 2022, 05:50:21 AM »
Hurricane center keeps its eyes on tropical wave in the Caribbean



A tropical wave near Central America is moving north and could become the fourth named storm of the year.

The wave is near Nicaragua and eastern Honduras and is forecast to move across Central America and emerge over the Bay of Campeche, where it could emerge Friday as an area of low pressure. However, it could be met with trouble as dry dust from the Saharan Air Layer is forecast to appear in the same location Friday, according to the National Weather Service tracker. The SAL is a migration of African dust, which pushes west and into the Caribbean, drying out atmospheric conditions of the Atlantic basin and making it too dry for hurricanes to form.

The NHC gives the system a 20% chance of formation in the next five days. If it does develop, it would be the fourth named system of the year and take on the name Danielle.

Despite multiple forecasts of above-average storm production, the season has been off to a slow start given the historic record of Atlantic storms, which typically sees four named storms by Aug. 15, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earlier this month, the NOAA reaffirmed its preseason prediction of an above-average hurricane season with a range of 14 to 21 named storms. The NOAA expects most storms to emerge during the season’s peak, occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

So far, the 2022 season has seen three named storms: Alex, Bonnie and Colin — the latter of which fizzled at the beginning of July. After a month of tropical silence, the NHC has been jumping around the last 10 days, tracking short-lived systems with the potential to form into depressions or tropical storms.

Over the weekend, the NHC was tracking a broad trough of low pressure in the mid-Atlantic, but its chances of formation dropped to 0% by Monday morning. Before that, the NHC had eyes on a system in the Gulf of Mexico, but it failed to form into more than a spate of showers and thunderstorms that drenched southeastern Texas. And before that, a system off the African coast was demanding attention before environmental factors snuffed its chances.

Hurricane season ends on Nov. 30.

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« Reply #329 on: August 19, 2022, 04:25:30 AM »
43 Republicans voted against capping insulin at $35 for people who have diabetes. They want people to go bankrupt paying for their life saving medication. Absolutely disgraceful. 

Earlier this year 193 House Republicans voted against lowering the cost of insulin for people who have diabetes.

Republicans are not on your side. They side with the special interests groups and Big Pharma who make people pay through the nose for their life saving insulin. Why else would they vote "NO" to help people survive without going bankrupt?

Here is the official House vote on lowering the cost of insulin. 193 Republicans voted "NO" to lower the cost of insulin.

Democrats lowered the cost of insulin for seniors with the Inflation Reduction Act. Every single Republican in the House and the Senate voted against the Inflation Reduction Act.   





The Inflation Reduction Act caps costs for Medicare patients on insulin. Where the push for broader relief stands

- The Inflation Reduction Act caps monthly insulin costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

- The change will be meaningful for senior patients who struggle with the cost of treatment

- “We’re glad for the victory we have, but there’s more work to be done,” said Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer at the American Diabetes Association.




A new legislative package signed into law by President Joe Biden on Tuesday is a big win for Medicare patients who struggle to cover the cost of insulin to manage their diabetes.

But the bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, falls short of applying those cost controls to the broader patient population who rely on insulin.

The bill limits insulin copays to $35 per month for Medicare Part D beneficiaries starting in 2023. Notably, seniors covered by Medicare also have a $2,000 annual out-of-pocket cap on Part D prescription drugs starting in 2025. Medicare will also now have the ability to negotiate the costs of certain prescription drugs.

“We’re very excited that seniors are going to see these cost savings,” said Dr. Robert Gabbay, chief scientific and medical officer at the American Diabetes Association.

But the changes fall short of the broader applicability to diabetes patients who are covered by private insurance.

“We’re glad for the victory we have, but there’s more work to be done,” Gabbay said.


Why insulin relief was limited to Medicare patients

Democrats pursued the Inflation Reduction Act through a process called budget reconciliation, or a simple party majority.

In that process, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled broader insulin reform for non-Medicare patients could not be included in the legislation. Senate lawmakers then sought 60 votes in order to keep it in the bill. But they fell short with just 57 votes, as 43 lawmakers opposed it.

The result was a disappointment, Gabbay said. Legislation capping the cost of insulin, or the cost of care to people with diabetes, has already been passed in 23 states and Washington, D.C.

“We were hoping that now is the time to go national and really have a comprehensive law that would protect all people with diabetes in the U.S.,” Gabbay said.

The American Diabetes Association plans to continue to advocate for relief for more patients, including the INSULIN Act, which calls for capping monthly insulin costs for a broader patient population.

“We hope that that can come to Congress this fall,” Gabbay said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also expressed his intention to bring the proposal up for a vote again in the coming months.


What Medicare beneficiaries on insulin can expect

For patients age 65 and up who rely on insulin, the Inflation Reduction Act is a “game changer,” Gabbay said.

More than 8 million people in the U.S. rely on insulin to manage their blood glucose levels, and if they stop taking the medication for a few days, they could die. “It’s deadly serious,” Gabbay said.

Yet as the year progresses, some Medicare patients tend to get nervous about a coverage gap known as a “donut hole” and may try to ration their insulin, he said.

The high costs of insulin result in 14% of patients having “catastrophic” levels of spending on the treatment, according to recent research from Yale University. For Medicare patients on insulin, catastrophic spending affects one in five patients, the research found.

Starting in 2023, the Inflation Reduction Act will cap the cost of insulin for Medicare beneficiaries at $35 per month and will include those who use insulin pumps.

Medicare beneficiaries who pay more than $35 per month after the legislation is initially enacted will be reimbursed, according to the American Diabetes Association.

For patients struggling to cover insulin, the American Diabetes Association provides resources that may help curb those costs at Insulinhelp.org.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/16/inflation-reduction-act-to-cap-costs-for-medicare-patients-on-insulin.html

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« Reply #330 on: August 19, 2022, 09:26:16 PM »
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« Reply #331 on: August 21, 2022, 05:46:32 AM »
Hubble Spies a Star-Studded Cluster



This scintillating image showcases the globular cluster NGC 6540 in the constellation Sagittarius. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope took the image with its Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys. These two instruments have slightly different fields of view, which determines how large an area of sky each instrument captures. This composite image shows the star-studded area of sky that encompasses both instruments’ fields of view.

NGC 6540 is a globular cluster. Globular clusters are stable, tightly bound swarms of stars that can hold tens of thousands to millions of stars, all trapped in a closely-packed group by their mutual gravitational attraction.

The brightest stars in this image are adorned with prominent cross-shaped patterns of light known as diffraction spikes, a type of imaging artifact caused by the support structure of Hubble’s secondary mirror rather than the stars themselves. As light enters the telescope, its path is slightly disturbed by the telescope’s four secondary mirror supports. The diffraction spikes form when light waves recombine on the other side of these supports. They are only noticeable in very bright objects where light is concentrated in one spot, as in the case of bright stars. Light from objects like galaxies and nebulae is dimmer and more spread out, so we don’t normally see diffraction spikes on images of these objects.

Hubble peered into the heart of NGC 6540 to help astronomers measure the ages, shapes, and structures of globular clusters toward the center of the Milky Way. The gas and dust that shrouds the center of our galaxy also blocks some of the light from these clusters and subtly changes the colors of their stars. Globular clusters contain insights into the earliest history of the Milky Way, so studying them can help astronomers understand how our galaxy evolved.

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2022/hubble-spies-a-star-studded-cluster


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« Reply #333 on: August 21, 2022, 10:14:43 AM »
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« Reply #334 on: August 21, 2022, 09:59:33 PM »
E. coli outbreak linked to Wendy’s lettuce sickens dozens across 4 states

Wendy’s lettuce is believed to be the source of a multi-state E. coli outbreak that’s left dozens sick across four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania reported having consumed sandwiches with romaine lettuce at the fast food chain before falling ill, according to a notice published by the agency Friday.

Wendy’s, as a result, “is taking the precautionary measure of removing the romaine lettuce being used in sandwiches from restaurants in that region,” with a different romaine lettuce already used in its salads.

Wendy’s on Friday released a statement about the ordeal, noting it is “fully cooperating with public health authorities” — as confirmed by the CDC — in the investigation into the source of the outbreak.

“While the CDC has not yet confirmed a specific food as the source of that outbreak, we are taking the precaution of removing the sandwich lettuce from restaurants in that region. … As a company, we are committed to upholding our high standards of food safety and quality,” said the company.

Noting that the chain “is fully cooperating with the investigation,” the CDC said it is looking into the source of the outbreak and whether the lettuce in question has been served or sold elsewhere.

At least 37 people have fallen ill, 10 of whom have been hospitalized, as a result of the current outbreak that has also infected one person in Indiana, NPR reported Saturday.

No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak.

The agency advised people to contact a doctor immediately if they are experiencing such symptoms as diarrhea and a fever of more than 102 degrees, diarrhea that doesn’t appear to be improving after more than three days, bloody diarrhea, “so much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down,” as well as signs of dehydration.

Those who have such symptoms are asked to write down everything they ate in the week before infection and tell the local or state health department about their infection.

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« Reply #335 on: August 22, 2022, 07:44:09 AM »
Arkansas cops caught on tape punching and slamming suspect's head into cement: report



Three law enforcement officers were suspended after a video alleged showed them beating a man outside a convenience store.

Crawford County Sheriff James Damante told Fox 16 that the video shows two of his deputies and on Mulberry Police officer.

The sheriff discussed the video in a Facebook post.

"In reference to the video circulating social media involving two Crawford County Deputies, we have requested that Arkansas State Police conduct the investigation and the deputies have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation," Damante wrote.

"I hold all my employees accountable for their actions and will take appropriate measures in this matter," he wrote.

Fox 16 reported, "police can be heard telling the bystander to back away from the area and pointed away after slamming the man’s face to the ground."

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