Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it ‘ludicrous’

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day died last month in the Dominican Republic. (Facebook) Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Among nearly a dozen U.S. tourists who have died in the country in the last 18 months, Dominican investigators said most died of a heart attack. Autopsies for Day and Holmes showed they had enlarged hearts, internal bleeding and pulmonary edema. Day was said to have fluid in the brain. On the radio show, the health minister said that Holmes was “morbidly obese.” DOMINICAN …

Pence punts to Congress for action on border facility conditions for children

(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday acknowledged “a heartbreaking scene” for children held at US detention facilities on the southern border, but punted to Congress to “provide additional support” when pressed on the Trump administration’s inaction on the issue. “So why aren’t we?” Tapper asked. “My point is it is all a part of the appropriations,” Pence said. “Congress needs to provide additional support to deal with the crisis at the southern border but we have to get to the root causes and close the loopholes that human traffickers as we speak are using to entice vulnerable families to take the long and dangerous journey north.” Pence broke with lawyers from the Trump administration in stating “of course” toothbrushes, blankets …

London mayor Sadiq Khan announces car-free day to tackle pollution crisis

London (CNN)London is to get a much-needed breath of fresh air on its most extensive car-free day to date, with 12.4 miles (20km) of road to be closed in the centre of the British capital. Vehicles are responsible for around half of harmful nitrogen oxide air emissions in the British capital, the mayor’s office said in April. They contribute to a toxic air health crisis that increases the risk of asthma, cancer and dementia as well as causing thousands of premature deaths every year, it added. On September 22 — a Sunday — hundreds of activities will take place on the car-free streets, while 18 of London’s 32 boroughs have also confirmed events, including the creation of “Play Streets” where …

‘My bulimia was hidden by my normal weight’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLee Donald says fitness has changed her life Lee Donald didn’t think she would see her 21st birthday. She had struggled with an eating disorder from the age of 13 and at her lowest point made herself sick more than 10 times a day. But she successfully hid her problem throughout her teenage years because her weight was considered normal. She explains: “I maintained a normal weight for years and that’s very common with bulimics in particular, to be able to maintain a normal weight.” Now 37, Lee believes many eating disorders go unnoticed because they are so commonly associated with being a low weight. Image copyright Lee Donald Image caption Lee …

Our Love Of Almonds Is Seriously Jeopardizing Honeybees

Jack Brumley, a California beekeeper, said he’d heard of people losing 80% of their bees. Denise Qualls, a bee broker who connects keepers with growers, said she was seeing “a lot more panic occurring earlier.” By May, it was clear that California’s almond growers — who supply 80% of the world’s almonds — had successfully negotiated the threat of a bee shortage and were expected to produce a record crop of 2.5 billion pounds, up 10% from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bee Informed Partnership survey, a collaboration by leading research labs the disaster Pettis warned of hasn’t struck yet, its likelihood grows each year. two pounds per person We’ve had to bend the natural behavior …

FM pledges to allay fears over schools built on tip

Teachers on strike at health fear campus Review ordered into ‘blue water’ school concerns Pressure grows over Coatbridge school health fears Teachers vote to strike over Coatbridge schools ‘blue water’ fears At First Minister’s Questions, pressed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Ms Sturgeon said: “I fully understand the concerns of parents, staff and pupils at the school. “I am determined – as the government is determined – to do everything necessary to allay those concerns, address any issues and establish confidence.” Ms Sturgeon said the review, ordered by the government last week, would have the ability to look into “any relevant matter”. She added: “It will be for the review team to consider what further tests on pupils, staff …

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic loses license to perform procedure

Earlier this month, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Missouri’s only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) The Missouri health department notified Planned Parenthood the license would not be renewed because it had failed to correct 30 deficiencies identified by the department during inspections, Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said at a press conference. Additionally, health department investigators said the clinic was responsible for three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and a fourth that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported this week, citing a now-sealed court filing. The state agency allowed the clinic’s license to lapse as of June 1, but St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer …

Fact-checking Trump’s ABC interview

Washington (CNN)In an extensive interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that aired Sunday evening. President Donald Trump made several factual blunders and repeated many of his favorite incorrect claims. “The vets– the VA was in horrible shape,” said Trump. “Now, they have choice. And nobody could get choice. John McCain couldn’t get it. Nobody could get it. They tried for years. They couldn’t get it.” Facts First: Trump is rewriting history. The Veterans Choice Program was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014 and was co-sponsored by Senator John McCain. Trump signed a bill to continue the program and eventually consolidated other programs under the new Veterans Community Care Program. Veterans Choice aimed to expand veteran’s access to health …

Teen survives 10-inch knife lodged in face: ‘It could have been the end of me’

(CNN)When Dr. Koji Ebersole laid eyes on the boy whose face was impaled on a 10-inch knife, the neurosurgeon thought, “here we go again.” Boy survives falling onto meat skewer A medical team at the University of Kansas Health System then operated on Xavier and removed the skewer. “I think going through Xavier’s case helped us a lot for this one,” Ebersole, who’s also an associate professor at the University of Kansas in Kansas City, said of treating Eli. “At the time of Xavier’s case, nothing like that had been seen at our hospital amongst the personnel that were involved,” he said. “This is supposed to be once in a career.” In the Kansas countryside, Eli was playing outdoors with …

18 Years Later, The House Finally Repeals The President’s 9/11 War Authority

Authorization for Use of Military Force. The resolution also gave the president the authority to go after anyone who “harbored” those people, “in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States.” And now, with President Donald Trump and his administration strongly signaling they would use the 2001 AUMF to justify a new war with Iran, the newish Democratic majority controlling the House is taking its most serious steps to repeal the war authority. But this bill is almost certainly not the bill that will make it to Trump’s desk. This is the first serve in an appropriations pingpong match between the Democratic House and the Republican Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ― much …

Three NYPD officers have died by suicide in less than 10 days

(CNN)Three members of the New York Police Department have died by suicide in less than 10 days, Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said Friday. Commissioner’s open letter The commissioner echoed his words in an open letter he sent to police department members last week, urging them to seek help. “Seeking help is never a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of great strength. Trained members will listen and connect you with even more help, around the clock. I implore you to seek out — or to help others find — the assistance that is so readily available to us all,” the letter said. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded to the news, saying Friday the city …

Three NYPD officers have died by suicide in less than 10 days

(CNN)Three members of the New York Police Department have died by suicide in less than 10 days, Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said Friday. Commissioner’s open letter The commissioner echoed his words in an open letter he sent to police department members last week, urging them to seek help. “Seeking help is never a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of great strength. Trained members will listen and connect you with even more help, around the clock. I implore you to seek out — or to help others find — the assistance that is so readily available to us all,” the letter said. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded to the news, saying Friday the city …

The healthcare facility where a severely disabled woman gave birth may close after maggots were found on another resident

(CNN)The healthcare facility where a severely disabled Arizona woman delivered a baby after being raped by a staff member may have its licensed revoked by the health department after maggots were found on another resident. Hacienda HealthCare spokesman David Leibowitz told AZ Central that staff discovered a “small number of maggots” under a patient’s bandage for a surgical incision. Leibowitz would not confirm those comments to CNN and the ADHS would not specify the nature of the “extremely disturbing incident” referenced in their notice. The notice does not mean that Hacienda will immediately close and does not impact any other Hacienda facilities, according to a statement from ADHS. Instead, the notice will allow the health department to have increased oversight …

Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Take Another Step Away From William

Meghan Markle and Prince William and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are parting ways with the Royal Foundation, Kensington Palace announced on Thursday. The charitable organization is an umbrella for Fab Four’s joint interests, which include the mental health charity Heads Together and Harry’s Invictus Games.  “Later this year The Royal Foundation will become the principal charitable and philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” Kensington Palace said in a statement, adding that Harry and Meghan will start their own foundation.  Stephen Pond via Getty Images The Fab Four are parting ways from the charity they formed to support their joint interests, Kensington Palace announced Thursday. In March, it was officially announced that the royals of Sussex …

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Reveals Her Own Abortion Story In Emotional Op-Ed

op-ed for The New York Times on Thursday, Rep. It is the first time the progressive Democrat has publicly discussed having an abortion.  “I decided I could not responsibly have the baby,” she said. “It was a heartbreaking decision, but it was the only one I was capable of making.” The representative’s essay comes as states including Alabama and Jayapal, a mother and stepmother, didn’t mention specific legislation or states in her op-ed, but she did describe what it was like to live in a state that allows people, including those who aren’t wealthy, to make their own decisions when it comes to pregnancy and abortion. While Jayapal said she doesn’t pass judgment on her colleagues in Congress who don’t personally believe …

Body of a 6-year-old girl from India is found in the Arizona desert

(CNN)The body of a 6-year-old girl believed to be from India was found in a remote desert area in Arizona this week, officials said. Border Patrol agents got the information on her movements from two women from India who told officials they’d been separated from a woman and two children traveling in their group hours earlier. “Agents took the two women into custody and began searching the area north of the international border in remote terrain seven miles west of Quitobaquito Springs,” the agency said in a statement. “Within hours, they discovered the little girl’s remains.” Agents used helicopters to search for the people she’d been traveling with, and found footprints indicating they returned to Mexico. “Our sympathies are with …