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A Parasite That is Rising in US Swiming Pools Transmissions
Watch Out For Crypto This Summer - By Kevin Loria

A parasitic infection called crypto is on the rise in US swimming pools

Be careful when you go for a swim in the neighborhood pool this summer.

The parasitic infection cryptosporidium — known as crypto — is on the rise in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasite is the most common cause of diarrhea linked to swimming pools and water parks, and it spreads when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces of a sick person, such as pool water.

The CDC says the infection can make "healthy people sick for up to three weeks with watery diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, or vomiting, and can lead to dehydration."

In 2016, there were at least 32 outbreaks in the country, double the number in 2014. In 2016, Ohio identified 1,940 people with crypto after observing as many as 571 cases annually between 2012 and 2015.

The crypto parasite is hard to kill — it can survive the standard levels of chlorine and other pool disinfectants that kill most other germs within a few minutes. To get rid of crypto, the CDC recommends closing pools after contamination for an hourslong period of "hyperchlorination."

Keeping crypto out of a pool also means relying on people to be responsible about showering before getting in and staying away from the water if they've recently had diarrhea. But that doesn't always happen — a recent survey by the Water Quality and Health Council found that 25% of adults said they'd swim within an hour of having diarrhea, and just over half said they didn't shower before getting in a pool.

In 2010, the CDC launched a DNA-fingerprinting tracking system for identifying crypto outbreaks.

To avoid getting sick, the CDC recommends not swallowing any water while you swim — easier said than done, of course, but it takes just a mouthful of contaminated water to make you sick.

Experts also urge people to rinse off before diving in and to have frequent bathroom breaks for kids. They also suggest changing diapers for young ones in a separate area away from the pool.

And if you've been sick with crypto? Stay out of the water, please.

Ten Deadlist Forms of Cancer
Those Affected by this Disease by Amanda Chan

1. Lung and bronchial cancer: 792,495 lives
Lung and bronchial cancer is the top killer cancer in the United States. Smoking and use of tobacco products are the major causes of it, and it strikes most often between the ages of 55 and 65, according to the NCI. There are two major types: non-small cell lung cancer, which is the most common, and small cell lung cancer, which spreads more quickly. More than 157,000 people are expected to die of lung and bronchial cancer in 2010.

2. Colon and rectal cancer: 268,783 lives
Colon cancer grows in the tissues of the colon, whereas rectal cancer grows in the last few inches of the large intestine near the anus, according to the National Cancer Institute. Most cases begin as clumps of small, benign cells called polyps that over time become cancerous. Screening is recommended to find the polyps before they become cancerous, according to the Mayo Clinic. Colorectal cancer is expected to kill more than 51,000 people in 2010.

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3. Breast cancer: 206,983 lives
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States, after skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can also occur in men — there were nearly 2,000 male cases between 2003 and 2008. The cancer usually forms in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple or the glands that produce the milk in women. Nearly 40,000 people are expected to die from breast cancer in 2010, according to the NCI.

4. Pancreatic cancer: 162,878 lives
Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of the pancreas, which aids digestion and metabolism regulation. Detection and early intervention are difficult because it often progressives stealthily and rapidly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Pancreatic cancer is expected to claim nearly 37,000 lives in 2010, according to the NCI.

5. Prostate cancer: 144,926 lives
This cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men, after lung and bronchial cancer, according to the NCI. Prostate cancer usually starts to grow slowly in the prostate gland, which produces the seminal fluid to transport sperm. Some types remain confined to the gland, and are easier to treat, but others are more aggressive and spread quickly, according to the Mayo Clinic. Prostate cancer is expected to kill about 32,000 men in 2010, according to the NCI.


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6. Leukemia: 108,740 lives
There are many types of leukemia, but all affect the blood-forming tissues of the body, such as the bone marrow and the lymphatic system, and result in an overproduction of abnormal white blood cells, according to the NCI. Leukemia types are classified by how fast they progress and which cells they affect; a type called acute myelogenous leukemia killed the most people — 41,714 — between 2003 and 2007. Nearly 22,000 people are expected to die from leukemia in 2010.

7. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma: 104,407 lives
This cancer affects the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, and is characterized by larger lymph nodes, fever and weight loss. There are several types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and they are categorized by whether the cancer is fast- or slow-growing and which type of lymphocytes are affected, according to the NCI. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is deadlier than Hodgkin lymphoma, and is expected to kill more than 20,000 people in 2010.

8. Liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer: 79,773 lives
Liver cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer around the world, but is uncommon in the United States, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, its rates in America are rising. Most liver cancer that occurs in the U.S. begins elsewhere and then spreads to the liver. A closely related cancer is intrahepatic bile duct cancer, which occurs in the duct that carries bile from the liver to the small intestine. Nearly 19,000 Americans are expected to die from liver and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in 2010, according to the NCI.

9. Ovarian cancer: 73,638 lives
Ovarian cancer was the No. 4 cause of cancer death in women between 2003 and 2007, according to the NCI. The median age of women diagnosed with it is 63. The cancer is easier to treat but harder to detect in its early stages, but recent research has brought light to early symptoms that may aid in diagnosis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those symptoms include abdominal discomfort, urgency to urinate and pelvic pain. Nearly 14,000 women are expected to die of ovarian cancer in 2010, according to the NCI.

10. Esophageal cancer: 66,659 lives
This cancer starts in the cells that line the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach) and usually occurs in the lower part of the esophagus, according to the Mayo Clinic. More men than women died from esophageal cancer between 2003 and 2007, according to the NCI. It is expected to kill 14,500 people in 2010.
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Cardiac Surgery For Congenital Heart Diseases
HealthCare800.Com A Brief Synopsis of the Congenital Heart Disease

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Congenital Heart Disease or CHD is referred to as structural abnormality of the heart which is present since birth. The defect can be witnessed in the blood vessels near the heart, which ultimately causes obstruction in the blood flow. The Congenital Heart Disease can be classified into two categories, namely: Cyanotic and Non-Cyanotic.
In type 1, i.e., Cyanotic, the color of the skin becomes blue due to the lack of oxygen. It occurs due to deoxygenated blood bypassing the lungs and entering the systemic circulation or a mixture of oxygenated and unoxygenated blood entering the systemic circulation. On the other hand, in case of Non-Cyanotic, blood is shunted (flows) from the left side of the heart to the right side of the heart due to a structural defect (hole) in the interventricular septum. People often retain normal levels of oxyhemoglobin saturation in the systemic circulation.
The exact cause for CHD is unidentifiable in most cases. Infection from Rubella Virus along with retinoic acids and chemicals during pregnancy is the leading factor for CHD. Some of the famous cardiac surgery specialists in Maryland claim that CHD is a condition which can be seen in every 3.9 births per 1000 births. The defects are generally witnessed immediately after birth, however, in some cases it may be discovered later.
Many things such as Down’s syndrome, a mother suffering from conditions like diabetes, rubella, or using anti-seizure medication or anti-acne medication along with genetic predisposition can contribute to the development of CHD in a baby. Other factors like smoking and consuming alcohol while pregnant can also cause CHD in a baby.
The Symptoms Include:
• Arecyanosis (blue or purple appearance of the skin – especially the lips, ears and mouth)
• Increased respiratory rate or facing difficulty while breathing
• Excessive sweating during feeding
• Not being able to suckle
• Not accepting feed
Diagnosis for CHD is based on the type and severity of the condition. Given below are few basic tests carried out to diagnose CHD.
Echocardiography – Popularly known as echo, it is a painless test in which sound waves are used to create a moving picture of the heart. During the test, the sound waves commonly known as ultrasound bounce off the structures of the heart. The computer then converts the sound waves into pictures on a screen.
Electrocardiogram – Popularly known as ECG, it is again a simple painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity. The test shows how fast the heart is beating and its rhythm whether it's steady or irregular. The ECG also takes into account the strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through the heart.
Pulse Oximetry – To conduct this test, a small sensor is attached to a finger or toe like an adhesive bandage. The sensor gives an estimate of how much oxygen is in the blood.
Chest X-Ray – It is a painless test that creates pictures of the structures in the chest, such as the heart and lungs. This test can show whether the heart is enlarged. It also can show whether the lungs have extra blood flow or extra fluid, a sign of heart failure.
Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment options for CHD can vary. Mentioned below are the treatment options for CHD in children.
• Cardiac Catheterization: A repair without surgical opening in the chest wall and heart
• Open-heart surgery: There are two surgical procedures; one is a minimally invasive surgery which repairs the openings in the heart chambers through the ribs; whereas the chest is opened in an open-heart surgery. Both are major procedures and require a significant recovery time for a child.
• Heart Transplantation: Heart transplantation should be the last to go for. One should go for them only when the above-mentioned procedures are unsuccessful.
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China Wants Electric Cars
Kill off Petrol and Save Billions in Fossil Fuel Dependency

Can China's electric cars kill off petrol?

China is the world's biggest car market - and Beijing is keen for more electric vehicles to help cut pollution.
So how are three big car makers going about cracking China?
Many efforts are in the works and China is all out to find a solution.
The race however is not to the swift and the powerful.

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Employees Took No Pay at Ford
2008 - Help Save Company Bankruptcy

In 2008, with the economy collapsing, GM and Chrysler were in big trouble. And by April 2009, the two big automakers were looking at bankruptcy.

The US government stepped in and all told, between the Bush and Obama administrations, provided the car makers with $79.7 billion, of which $70.4 billion was recovered to taxpayers.

Even though Ford was also hurting, it famously never took government bailout money. There's plenty of financial analysis on the how of that. However on Monday at the SXSW conference, chairman Bill Ford shared his story on why it never happened. He said employees, who feared for company's future, volunteered to work without pay.

"I'll remember this to the day I die. You all will probably remember that during the very dark days of the recession, our two principal American competitors, GM and Chrysler, went bankrupt. We didn't. Why didn't we go bankrupt? Well, you could say we made certain good decisions, but it was our employees. They would not let us," Ford said.

"I got flooded with emails and letters from employees all the way from the plant floor saying, 'Bill, don't give up. We can do this. We won't let you down,'" he said. The "weird thing" is that such rah-rah emails are usually "top-down messages" meaning coming from execs to employees, not the other way around, he said.

"Our people were working, Saturdays, Sundays, until 1-2 a.m. in the morning, no extra pay, in fact not even sure they were going to have a job the next morning. In fact, some of them didn't have jobs the next morning. But they were willing to do whatever it took to pull us through," he said.

"What was awesome for me, when we finally paid off all of our debt, we were able to rehire almost everybody," he said.

And he couldn't help but use this experience to take a swing at today's Silicon Valley tech startups. (He didn't mention Uber by name, but we couldn't help reading between the lines.)

Ford said:

"A company has to be more than just a paycheck. It has to give people something more," he said.

"That sometimes gets lost in all of this. It's so easy to get caught up in technology: software, hardware, business models, all of which are important. If you don't have a culture that means something, then you're just going to have the experience of a bunch of transient employees who go to the next company, to the next great idea, and they won't give it a second thought."

Preview: 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

As you may know already, a leaked document provided us information that the Porsche 911 Speedster will make a comeback but we found out more details regarding this car.

First of all, the car will be inspired by the Boxster Spyder, and will have a semi-permanent fabric hood. Also, the new car which will be produced in a limited edition of just 100 units, will feature a wide body kit, DK, 19-inch wheels, 2 seats as well as several unique colors. Regarding its engine, it appears that the car will receive the same 3.8-litre flat-six engine found on the 911 Sport Classic, and capable to deliver 408 hp. The 911 Sport Classic can sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 187 mph (302 km/h) while the fuel consumption delivered in the New European Driving Cycle of 26.6 mpg (10.6 ltr/100 km). The new 911 Speedster is expected to deliver the same performances. Regarding its price, the leaked document revealed a price of around $200,000 (MSRP).

Beautiful Cars and Attractive Models
Or Attractive Cars and Beautiful Models - Which is It

If you go to auto shows in Geneva or Paris or Tokyo, sometimes it's hard to see the flashy new cars through the stick-thin fashion models striking poses in front of them. Gaggles of models. Queens of the runway have long been unofficially banished from U.S. shows, but a funny thing happened this year at the media preview for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: The female fashions car models were back.

A few mostly European brands have sported fashion models in Detroit before. But generally not the American brands, Detroit's Big 3. The women in short skirts and high heels or knee-high boots were out in force earlier this week now that Italy's Fiat is running Chrysler. Fashion models were staked all over the Chrysler stand, posing right alongside the other models -- the cars -- that are supposed to be the focus of the show. Chrysler hired models for the Los Angeles Auto Show in December as well. "Beautiful cars and attractive models.

Internet Device Now Available on Cars
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Automakers and high-tech companies have found a new place to put sophisticated Internet-connected computers. They see vast opportunity for profit in working with automakers to create the next generation of irresistible devices. These companies are demonstrating the breadth of their ambitions, like 10-inch screens above the gearshift showing high-definition videos, 3-D maps and Web pages.

The first wave of these “infotainment systems,” as the tech and car industries call them, will hit the market this year. While built-in navigation features were once costly options, the new systems are likely to be standard equipment in a wide range of cars before long. They prevent drivers from watching video and using some other functions while the car is moving, but they can still pull up content as varied as restaurant reviews and the covers of music albums with the tap of a finger. Safety advocates say the companies behind these technologies are tone-deaf to mounting research showing the risks of distracted driving — and to a growing national debate about the use of mobile devices in cars and how to avoid the thousands of wrecks and injuries this distraction causes each year.

Saab Owners in the Northeast Campaign To Save The Brand
Portland Maine Dealer Takes The Lead

A Portland Saab dealership is leading a campaign to save the Saab brand of cars. Ryan Emge the owner of the Maine dealership, got other devotees of the cult car to converge upon General Motors and urge the auto giant to sell the Swedish brand it bought two decades ago, rather than closing it down. Emge says more than 50 Saab fans showed up at GM headquarters, some with their beloved cars. "We've had people drive from all over the country today, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, as far southeast as Virginia, Maryland, even Massachusetts on Cape Cod," he says.

The gathering got the attention of GM executives, who went down to meet with Emge and the other SAAB enthusiasts. "There's a lot of SAAB enthusiasts here at GM, and we're very heartened by their enthusiasm for SAAB," says Tom Wilkinson, a spokesman for GM. "And we all have our fingers crossed and hope that some sort of a deal can be put together to find a new buyer for SAAB." But Wilkinson says that just because GM is entertaining offers from several companies doesn't mean there will be a sale. "It needs to be someone that would have a reasonable success -- of being successful with SAAB. It really wouldn't do anybody any good to have SAAB go to a new buyer and then have the company fail shortly thereafter. It would leave consumers with no warranty coverage, it would leave dealers with orphan vehicles to sell." Wilkinson says the new buyer will have to overcome years of flagging sales for the cult car. The prospect of Saab has been particularly best in the Northeast, where the brand had its strongest sales. Many blame GM, saying the automaker did not properly market the cars.

GM To Close SAAB
Attempt To Sell Off The Ailing Car Division Failed

General Motors now plans to close its SAAB Car division as attempts to sell off the Swedish brand failed. This will be the latest in the multiple hard place issues facing the ailing Giant US automaker. Its last-minute negotiations to sell Saab to a Dutch supercar maker, Spyker Cars, fell apart because of due diligence issues that could not be resolved.

Those talks followed the collapse of a deal to sell Saab to another maker of high-performance cars, Sweden-based Koenigsegg. "We regret that we were not able to complete this transaction," said Nick Reilly, president of GM Europe. "We will work closely with the Saab organization to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner." GM has had a stake in SAAB since 1990 and later in 2000 it fully owned the Swedish car company. Although the government of Sweden has offered to make loan guarantees to a potential Saab buyer, it has refused to bail out the brand directly. Saab has 3,400 employees worldwide and 1,100 dealers.

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