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US officials worry paralyzing illness may grow more common

Health
One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping. It was the first sign of an unfolding nightmare. Three days later, Joey was in a hospital intensive care unit, unable to move his arms or legs or sit up. Spinal taps and other tests failed to find a cause. Doctors worried he was about to lose the ability to breathe. "It's devastating," said his father, Jeremy Wilcox, of Herndon, Virginia. "Your healthy child can catch a cold — and then become paralyzed." Joey, who survived but still suffers some of the effects, was one of 228 confirmed victims in the U.S. last year of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle and is beginning to alarm public
Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Worry less about children's screen use, parents told

Health
There is little evidence screen use for children is harmful in itself, guidance from leading paediatricians says.Parents should worry less as long as they have gone through a checklist on the effect of screen time on their child, it says.While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime. Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family. It was informed by a review of evidence published at the same time in the BMJ Open medical journal, and follows a debate around whether youngsters should have time on devices restricted.Meanwhile, a separate study has found that girls are twice as likely to show signs of depressive symptoms linked to soci...
Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Hurricane Florence has ingredients that make experts worry

Technology
To whip up a monstrous storm like the one chugging for the Carolinas you need a handful of ingredients — and Florence has them all. Warmer than normal sea temperatures to add energy and rain to a storm. Check. A wind pattern that allows a storm to get strong and stay strong. Check. Higher sea levels to make a storm surge worse. Check. A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people. Check. And an unusual combination of other weather systems that are likely to stall Florence when it hits the Carolinas, allowing it to sit for days and dump huge amounts of rain. Check. "The longer it stays, the more wind, the more rain. That means the more trees that could fall, the more power outages," National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. "This one really scares me," Gra...
Now that taxes aren’t such a big worry, here’s what’s keeping investors up at night

Now that taxes aren’t such a big worry, here’s what’s keeping investors up at night

Finance
With individual tax rates down, a new boogeyman is haunting investors: inflation worries. Those were the findings from the American Institute of CPAs' Personal Financial Satisfaction Index, which measures investors' "financial pleasure" or "financial pain" based on a range of economic factors, including personal taxes, inflation, job openings and real home equity. Overall, the Personal Financial Satisfaction Index has crept up to 27.7 in the second quarter, from 27.0 in the first three months of the year. This reflects increased job openings and strong stock market performance. ...