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Flu cases climb, but worst is likely yet to come

Flu cases climb, but worst is likely yet to come

Health
Influenza is on the rise across the country, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. But experts anticipate that the worst of the season is not yet upon us. Officials at the CDC said physician encounters for flu-like symptoms – which are closely correlated to actual flu diagnoses – have risen sharply from last week. The fevers, coughs and sore throats for which the infection is known are now especially high in 10 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. “Influenza seems to be extraordinarily widespread in the United States,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease and public health expert at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. “This is a little bit unusual for flu,” he added
Mosul's morgue men endured worst of Islamic State butchery

Mosul's morgue men endured worst of Islamic State butchery

World
The young man ended up on the morgue's examining table in two parts. He had been seized for selling cigarettes, a crime usually punished by flogging by the Islamic State group extremists who had occupied Mosul. But while he was being whipped, he shouted a curse insulting religion. On the spot, they cut off his head for blasphemy. Sameh al-Azzawi, the 35-year-old medical assistant examining him, was sick of seeing Mosul's youth butchered for the slightest reason. The man was a newlywed. His family was waiting outside; it was one of the occasional times when the fanatics allowed the return of someone killed by the group. So al-Azzawi violated the rules: He picked out some thick thread and quickly sewed the man's head back on, then zipped him up in the body bag. He could sew a head back on a...
The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking

The Best and Worst Foods to Eat Before a Night of Drinking

Health
The food in your stomach when you start drinking affects how quickly that booze goes to your head. With more food in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly, and it takes longer to feel its effects, explains George F. Koob, PhD, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “When you drink on an empty stomach, you feel tipsy very fast, whereas you might not even notice if you consumed the same amount of alcohol with a meal,” he says.While just about any food in your belly is helpful, Koob notes that some experts argue meals with protein and fat are even more effective at slowing alcohol absorption. For that reason, nutritionist Claudia T. Felty, PhD, RDN, recommends Buddha bowls: “They provide a healthy dose of plant protein, healthy fats, and hydrating veg
The Best and Worst Butter from the Grocery Store

The Best and Worst Butter from the Grocery Store

Health
This article originally appeared on ExtraCrispy.com.Is there anything in your kitchen more useful and universally beloved than butter? From your morning toast to your afternoon pasta to your evening beurres and sautees to that midnight slice of cake, butter makes everything delicious. All butter is good, but not all butter is created equal. Some butters are better for savory dishes, others for desserts. Some butters are at their best out of the refrigerator, while others achieve maximum flavor once melted. I tasted ten butters (all salted) and separated the delicious from the merely buttery. Here they are, ranked from not-the-best to the best.10. LucerneLucerne doesn’t have much of a taste and takes a while to soften, both in terms of preparing for recipes and spreading on toast. This is a
CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

CO2 rises at record pace to worst for 3 million years

Technology
The amount of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere rose at a record pace in 2016 to the highest level in at least three million years, says the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).Last year's increase was 50% higher than the average over the past decade.The growth could ultimately lead to a 20-metre rise in sea levels and an increase of three degrees in temperature, the organisation said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have now reached 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0ppm in 2015.The two other main greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide, also hit record concentrations last year.Image:Emissions from coal are causing CO2 levels to riseScientists say last year's rise in CO2 was due to a combination of human activitie...