Australian seagulls could carry drug-resistant superbugs, study finds

(CNN)Some Australian seagulls are infected with superbugs resistant to antibiotics, according to new research, which raises concerns that the bacteria could spread from the birds to livestock or humans. The issue has become so acute that the WHO listed antimicrobial resistance as one of the 10 biggest threats to global health in 2019. “Antimicrobial resistance — the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines — threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis. The inability to prevent infections could seriously compromise surgery and procedures such as chemotherapy,” the WHO said. Seagull’s eating habits could explain how the birds were infected with …

The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device

Take it from sex researcher Nicole Prause: Cobbling together an orgasm detector that works on both men and women ain’t easy. You at least know that it has to go in the anus to detect the muscle contractions that the sexes share, so you begin with a butt plug. Many butt plugs, actually. “We ordered like 20 of these butt plugs off Amazon, and it messed up my recommendation engine for all time,” Prause says. To the butt plugs Prause added piezoelectric discs, which detect deformation. In the anus the device goes, and voilà: You’ve got a way to uniformly measure the physiology of orgasms. Alas, a complication: “The device was made for sexual stimulation, so it was sloped both …

More than 40 Swiss military staff hit with vomiting bug

Four critical after members of academy in central Switzerland suddenly suffer acute gastrointestinal problems More than 40 military staff and recruits at an academy in central Switzerland were sent to hospital on Thursday after they suddenly fell violently ill, the government said. The Swiss defence department said that on Thursday afternoon, 43 recruits and members of the Jassbach academy in Linden, in Bern canton, suddenly suffered from acute gastrointestinal problems, with diarrhoea and vomiting. As a result, all 43 service members were sent by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals and military medical facilities, the department said. An army spokesman told the ATS news agency that four of those affected were in a critical condition. The authorities were still trying to …

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines This meat-allergy tick also carries a mysterious killer virus. The Lone Star tick, famous for making people suddenly allergic to red meat, has a new weapon: the Bourbon virus. Scientists know little about how the Bourbon virus behaves, but they do know it can kill you, and they worry that it could be silently spreading through human …

How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly

The heat wave that scorched Europe last week felt like a red alert of climate change. Death Valley was cooler than southern France, where temperatures reached a record-breaking 114.6 degrees Fahrenheit. But as the heat broke and returned to the relatively temperate 80s, another forewarning emerged. Civilizations need to adapt and protect themselves from extreme heat. More than anyone, the French are aware of just how deadly extreme heat can be. In 2003, a heat wave lasting two weeks killed an estimated 15,000 people in France—and 70,000 throughout Europe. By comparison, this June heat wave lasted just four days. It will take time for authorities to determine the “excess mortality” it caused, but the precautions, including cooling centers and misting …

Want Your Kid to Play Pro Soccer? Sign Her Up for Basketball

The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, and today the Americans will face off against France in a battle to advance to the semifinals. This year’s American team is a strong one, both in personality (they are currently engaged in an equal-pay dispute with the US Soccer Federation) and in style—they started the tournament with a 13-0 rout over Thailand. This year’s squad is also unique because it’s the first US women’s soccer team with women who chose to skip college soccer and go straight to the pros. Mallory Pugh and Lindsey Horan were the first American women soccer players to make that decision, but they are hardly the last. This year, Olivia Moultrie became the youngest American woman …

Missouri judge’s order allows Planned Parenthood to provide abortions through Friday

(CNN)A Missouri judge issued an order Monday to keep a preliminary injunction in place allowing Planned Parenthood to continue performing abortions at its St. Louis clinic until 5 p.m. Friday, according to a statement from Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. Patients with appointments scheduled for this week will receive care, the clinic said Monday. Williams said his department did not re-up the license because Planned Parenthood failed to correct 26 of 30 deficiencies found by regulators, and abortion doctors refused to cooperate in the investigation. In one case, a patient had three abortion-related services in three days, Williams said: An unsuccessful surgical procedure was followed by an unsuccessful medical procedure and then by another surgery. Another patient had …

Commonly prescribed drugs are tied to nearly 50% higher dementia risk in older adults, study says

(CNN)Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia. “It also highlights which types of anticholinergic drugs have the strongest associations. This is important information for physicians to know when considering whether to prescribe these drugs,” she said, adding “this is an observational study so no firm conclusions can be drawn about whether these anticholinergic drugs cause dementia.” She said that people taking these medications are advised not to stop them without consulting with their doctor first, as that could be harmful. The study involved analyzing data on 284,343 adults in the United Kingdom, aged 55 and older, between 2004 and 2016. The data came from QResearch, a large database of anonymized health …

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

On a large screen inside a packed Snohomish County courtroom, in Washington state, a young Canadian couple smiled out at the dimmed room from the relaxed, faded scene of a party. It was the last known picture taken of Tanya Van Cuylenberg and Jay Cook together before they disappeared in November 1987. Their bodies were discovered days after they went missing, more than 60 miles apart. Thirty-one years later, William Talbott II is now standing trial as the first person to be accused of the double murder. In their opening statements on Friday, attorneys on both sides traced the teenagers’ last-known movements through ferry ticket stubs, deli receipts, and forgotten travelers’ checks. They catalogued the many dead ends pursued by …

YouTube Testimonials Lure Patients to Shady Stem-Cell Clinics

Punch “stem cells” into YouTube and your first hit looks like something from a seventh-grade biology textbook. Number two features a Duke sports medicine doc injecting a syringe of bright red liquid into a heavily tattooed shoulder. Number three, with more than 2.5 million views, is a miked-up Mel Gibson regaling Joe Rogan with tales about his 92-year-old father’s “miraculous recovery” following a trip to Panama to get umbilical cord stem cells. In the more than 11,000 comments on the video, many tout their own experiences with stem-cell injections. Others leave their emails and phone numbers, hoping for a last-ditch shot at survival for themselves or their family members with leaky hearts and stage four cancer diagnoses. Since the mid-2000s, …

Ancient Potheads, a Russian Troll Controversy, and More News

Researchers have discovered the existence of ancient potheads, an Alphabet-owned company conducted a controversial Russian troll experiment, and local politicians could save us from the crypto-pocalypse. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute round up as an email every week day? Sign up here! Today's Headlines Ancient peoples smoked the chronic at funerals New evidence suggests that 2,500 years ago, ancient people in what is now western China smoked marijuana while playing ritualistic music. Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners from funerals that tested positive for cannabis—and the stuff was relatively high in THC content, by ancient standards. It's a glimpse into how cannabis spread around the world and how humans …

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

The image is hard to look at now without crying: a thick red scar, carved across Gabriele Grunewald’s midriff as she flies around the track. At first it looks like it shouldn’t be there; perhaps it’s just an out-of-place shadow. But soon it becomes obvious what it truly is: a symbol of perseverance and pain. A signifier that a disease that would end the life of one of America’s finest runners was working its wretched ways inside a body that was moving as fast as few others had moved before. Grunewald first learned that she was sick in 2009, when she was a good, but not yet transcendent, runner at the University of Minnesota. She found a lump under her …

Jessica Biel denies she is an anti-vaxxer after opposing California vaccination law

The actor said she was not against vaccinations despite joining prominent anti-vaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr in opposition to a bill intended to reduce medical exemptions Jessica Biel denied suggestions she was a supporter of the anti-vaccination movement after spending the day lobbying lawmakers in the US with advocate Robert F Kennedy Jr. After news emerged of her opposition to a vaccine bill which seeks to limit medical exemptions in California and make it more difficult for parents to bypass the rules requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, Biel wrote on social media: I am not against vaccinations I support children getting vaccinations and I also support families having the right to make educated medical decisions for their …

Tony Gum’s best photograph: the emotional toll of abortion

Women need to be equipped for how gruelling an abortion can be. It does mess with your mind. I was trying to put myself back together again This image, Sweet Saboteur, was inspired by a painting I did last November, during a particularly difficult time in my life. The year before, I had fallen pregnant and, unable to keep the baby, I had had an Free da Gum (2016), was much sweeter, sincere, young and bright. But then going through life and experiencing things and having relationships and falling out of them, and going through the termination itself, and dealing with the fallout that all resulted in this darker, grungier, bolder work. Here, I wanted to give the viewer a …

Why Kevin Durant’s Achilles Tendon Was His Achilles’ Heel

You can watch Kevin Durant tear up his Achilles tendon in gif form if you want. It’s all over the internet—the Golden State Warriors’ scoring machine bouncing the ball between his legs in an attempt to get past Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors, pushing off his right leg and pivoting on his left, showing Ibaka his back. Then when Durant puts his weight back down after the turn, something’s wrong. He has felt a pop, like getting hit in the back of the leg. Durant limps off the court. He’d later report on Instagram that, yes, his right Achilles tendon had ruptured, that he had gotten surgery to repair it, and that he wouldn’t be playing basketball for a …

Facebook debuts US blood donation tool, its latest public health move

(CNN)Facebook is no longer just a place to connect with former high school buddies; the social media giant now wants to make it easier for you to connect with blood banks, too. Saving lives: The story of blood donations Now, “taking the results that Facebook has achieved in Brazil and India and Pakistan, we can actually, conceptually, could double the number of blood donors in the United States,” Cliff Numark, senior vice president of the American Red Cross, told Gupta on Tuesday. Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the United States donate blood, according to the American Red Cross. “This could really totally change the blood banking system in America,” Numark said. The blood donation feature hits close …