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Six cases of rare 'polio-like' illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

Six cases of rare 'polio-like' illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

(CNN) - Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare "polio-like" disease since mid-September, state health officials said.Acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, affects the body's ner ... Continue Reading
Technical glitch hobbles Hubble Space Telescope

Technical glitch hobbles Hubble Space Telescope

(CNN) - NASA scientists are desperately trying to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, which is currently pointing the wrong way because of a technical fault.

The telescope, which travels the Earth at about five miles per second -- equivalent to driving from America's East to West Coast in just 10 minutes -- faces out to space to take pictures of planets, stars and galaxies to help scientists learn about the solar system.

But it has been in "safe mode" since Friday after one of the three gyroscopes used to aim and steady the telescope failed.

"Science operations with Hubble have been suspended while NASA investigates the anomaly," a statement from the space agency said.

Named after astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, the foremost American astronomer of the 20th century, the sophisticated optical observatory was placed into orbit about 600 kilometers (370 miles) above Earth by the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990.

This is not the first time such a fault has occurred. A series of space missions were needed to repair technical problems -- affecting the gyroscopes among other things -- since Hubble's launch in 1990.

Three space shuttle missions in 1997, 1999, and 2002 repaired the gyroscopes and added new instruments including a near-infrared spectrometer and a wide-field camera. In 2009. six new gyros were installed -- three are used for maximum efficiency and three for backup. Two of the backup gyros had already failed since 2009.

The current fault had been anticipated because the gyroscope had been "exhibiting end-of-life behavior for approximately a year," according to NASA.

Though the telescope is temporarily out of action, NASA is confident it will soon be back on track. The remaining three gyros available for use are technically enhanced and therefore expected to have significantly longer operational lives.

On Monday, NASA tweeted: "The Hubble team is working to resume science after Hubble entered safe mode due to 1 of 3 gyros failing. Analysis and testing on the backup gyro are ongoing to determine why it is not performing as expected.

A 2009 servicing mission installed six new gyroscopes, according to NASA. Ideally, Hubble would use three of them simultaneously "for maximum efficiency," but it can continue making observations with one, the agency said in another tweet.

In 2020 NASA will launch Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, a more powerful instrument that will offer astronomers unprecedented views of the cosmos.

Exercising healthy limb may fight atrophy in broken one

Exercising healthy limb may fight atrophy in broken one

(CNN) - If you have ever broken an arm and had to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks, you will be familiar with the alarming loss of muscle and uneasy feeling of weakness experienced after removin ... Continue Reading
How church communities can help lower African-Americans' blood pressure

How church communities can help lower African-Americans' blood pressure

(CNN) - Amanda Hoyte-Badu was unsure how she would be perceived by a group of people a lot older than her. In her role as a lay health adviser, she was leading a session of mostly over-60-years-olds ... Continue Reading
A teacher in California is explaining the concept of consent to her third-graders with a simple chart

A teacher in California is explaining the concept of consent to her third-graders with a simple chart

(CNN) - With the recent news about the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the term "consent" has become part of the national dialogue. It also can b ... Continue Reading
Cholera Fast Facts

Cholera Fast Facts

(CNN) - Here's a look at cholera, an acute diarrheal illness which kills thousands of people worldwide each year. Facts:Cholera is contracted by consuming food or water contaminated with the feca ... Continue Reading
Statins' benefits beyond heart health aren't clear-cut, analysis says

Statins' benefits beyond heart health aren't clear-cut, analysis says

(CNN) - Despite some studies suggesting that statin drugs have benefits beyond cardiovascular health, for such issues as cancer and Alzheimer's, a broad new analysis says there's a lack of compelling ... Continue Reading
As global temperatures rise, so will mental health issues, study says

As global temperatures rise, so will mental health issues, study says

(CNN) - No matter where we live, weather touches each of us daily and the warming effects of climate change go beyond the physical environment.A rise in average monthly temperatures is tied to a s ... Continue Reading
Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

(CNN) - A rise in typhus, a bacterial disease spread by lice or fleas, has hit the Los Angeles area, and public health officials are sounding the alarm.As of Monday, there have been 57 cases of fl ... Continue Reading
A third of UK schoolgirls are sexually harassed while wearing a uniform

A third of UK schoolgirls are sexually harassed while wearing a uniform

LONDON (CNN) - A third of girls in the UK have been sexually harassed in public while wearing a school uniform, a report by a children's charity has found. The unwanted attention included groping, ... Continue Reading
4 ways a shorter workweek could help you live longer

4 ways a shorter workweek could help you live longer

(CNN) - The number of hours you log at work each week can have a significant impact on your health and your longevity -- especially if you overwork.Based on full- and part-time workers' hours, peo ... Continue Reading
Hand sanitizer cut back on young children's sick days more than washing, study says

Hand sanitizer cut back on young children's sick days more than washing, study says

(CNN) - Young children inevitably have a lot of runny noses and sore throats, but how they clean their hands could cut back on how often they miss day care, according to a study published Monday in t ... Continue Reading
17% of British combat veterans report PTSD symptoms, study finds

17% of British combat veterans report PTSD symptoms, study finds

(CNN) - Of current and former members of the British military, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder are highest among combat veterans who recently left the service, a new study finds. The resea ... Continue Reading
Pret a Manger: Second person dies from allergic reaction

Pret a Manger: Second person dies from allergic reaction

LONDON (CNN) - A second person has died from an allergic reaction to one of Pret a Manger's products, the food chain confirmed Sunday. The customer died in December 2017 after eating a "super-veg r ... Continue Reading
Check your fridge and garage for all these things recalled this week

Check your fridge and garage for all these things recalled this week

(CNN) - From the kitchen to the driveway, there were some significant recalls this past week that you may have missed. Read on to see some of the things you may need to throw away or get fixed. Ab ... Continue Reading
FDA approves use of HPV vaccine for adults 27 to 45

FDA approves use of HPV vaccine for adults 27 to 45

(CNN) - The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the use of a human papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil 9 for men and women between the ages of 27 and 45. The FDA previously approved ... Continue Reading
Ready-to-eat ham recalled amid deadly listeria outbreak

Ready-to-eat ham recalled amid deadly listeria outbreak

(CNN) - Johnston County Hams is recalling more than 89,000 pounds of ready-to-eat ham products due to possible listeria contamination, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Wednesday.

The recall was announced after health officials linked an outbreak of listeriosis to ham products produced at Johnston County Hams, according to the service.

The agency was notified last month of a patient who had reported consuming products from the company before getting sick.

"The epidemiologic investigation identified a total of four listeriosis confirmed illnesses, including one death, between July 8, 2017 and August 11, 2018," the recall announcement said.

The agency collected two product samples from the Johnston County Hams North Carolina facility in 2016 and in 2018. Both samples were genetically related to samples of listeria from the outbreak patients.

The illnesses were reported in North Carolina and Virginia. All of the patients were hospitalized, and the death was reported in Virginia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Health officials in those states are working with their federal counterparts to determine whether there are additional cases linked to the outbreak. Anyone who has gotten ill after consuming recalled ham should notify a health care provider.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion and loss of balance. Patients may experience diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, followed by convulsions.

Listeria bacteria are especially concerning in pregnant women because they can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or a life-threatening infection in a newborn. Others at risk for listeria infection are the elderly and individuals with weakened immune systems.

The recalled products were produced between April 3, 2017, and October 2, 2018, and shipped to distributors in Maryland, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Virginia, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service. They have the establishment number "EST. M2646" inside the USDA inspection mark on the packaging.

They include Johnston County Hams Inc. country style fully cooked boneless deli ham; The Old Dominion brand ole fashioned sugar-cured premium full cooked country ham with sell by dates from April 10, 2018, to September 27, 2019; Padow's Hams & Deli Inc. fully cooked country ham boneless glazed with brown sugar; premium fully cooked country ham with less salt distributed by Valley Country Hams LLC with sell-by dates from April 10, 2018, to September 27, 2019; and Goodnight Brothers Country Ham boneless fully cooked. All of these recalled products are plastic-wrapped and at weights of 7 to 8 pounds.

Callie's Charleston Biscuits LLC is recalling two of its products with ham that is part of the larger recall: country ham biscuits with UPC 897856002001 and cocktail ham biscuits with UPC 897856002049.

Consumers and retailers should not eat, serve or sell any of these products, the CDC and the Food Safety and Inspection Service warned. Products should be returned to where they were purchased or thrown away, and consumers are warned to check their freezers, as well

"Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators and freezers where recalled ham was stored," the CDC also said.

Military research raises concerns about bioterror attack ... by insects

Military research raises concerns about bioterror attack ... by insects

(CNN) - An ongoing US military research project that is exploring a new biotechnology to genetically modify mature crops has some scientists worried. The program is intended to ensure the safety of t ... Continue Reading
Texas family fights to keep 9-year-old on life support

Texas family fights to keep 9-year-old on life support

(CNN) - The hospital has declared 9-year-old Payton Summons brain-dead. Her family has argued that she still has life.Now, the girl's parents are fighting to keep her on life support while seeking ... Continue Reading
Tests by state, environmental group disagree on post-Florence water contamination

Tests by state, environmental group disagree on post-Florence water contamination

(CNN) - Did a breach at Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, that stores coal ash last month contaminate a nearby river? It depends on whom you ask. The North Carolina De ... Continue Reading

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