Deborah Paddison, a freelance editor and writer from Phoenix, says she would become uninsurable without the Affordable Care Act. As a youngster, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints and tissues of the body. She's had more than a dozen surgeries and a kidney transplant. Currently she is getting rehab following an operation to stabilize an artificial hip.
This 2006 colorized scanning electron micrograph image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the O157:H7 strain of the E. coli bacteria. Bacteria with a special type of resistance to antibiotics have been found for a second time in the U.S., increasing worries that the country will soon see a superbug that cannot be treated with known medications. This case, first reported in a medical journal Monday, July 11, 2016, occurred a year earlier in New York.
The three babies were born to women that showed laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said officials do not know whether Zika infection or other factors specifically caused the poor outcomes. Three other pregnancies in likely Zika-affected women were classified as lost, officials said, though they did not specify how the pregnancies ended.
Today on In Case You Missed It: Brazil is taking on the Zika virus by creating a smart billboard that attracts, then kills mosquitoes. Columbia University researchers built a camera prototype that takes pictures at a curve. And a Chinese company has stepped to Tesla with a self-driving, electric-only vehicle, though it isn't in production yet. Definitely share the latest in the Volkswagen emissions scandal with your friends who could use 5,000 (but might not get it); or just take in this performance from Prince as he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame. He was just so talented.
The tests revolve around the Wolbachia genus of bacteria, which has been shown to hamper the spread of viruses when it's carried by mosquitoes. The virus doesn't occur naturally in Aedes aegypti -- the tropical mosquitoes primarily responsible for spreading viruses such as Zika, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya -- but researchers have spent more than 10 years working to coax the bacteria into infecting that particular breed of insect in a bid to derail the diseases it carries.