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State Highlights: Search Intensifies For Rare Blood Type For Miami Toddler Fighting Cancer; Residents At Georgia Bases Fear Groundwater Is Still Unsafe

First Edition: July 13, 2018

Media retailers report on information from Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New Hampshire, Texas, California, Oregon Kansas, and Louisiana.

The New York Occasions:
Donors Of Rare Blood Type Sought To Save A Miami Toddler

Zainab Mughal, a 2-year-old woman from Miami, wants blood transfusions for her most cancers remedy however she has a blood sort so uncommon that to date solely 4 donors worldwide have been recognized. In August, docs decided Zainab had neuroblastoma, a most cancers that develops from immature nerve cells and mostly happens in younger youngsters. Frequent blood transfusions are required for Zainab’s remedy, however discovering sufficient blood has been a problem as a result of she is lacking the Indian-B antigen, a molecule discovered on the floor of most individuals’s pink blood cells. (Caron, 1/6)

The Related Press:
Some Fear Groundwater Close to Georgia Army Bases Is Poisonous

Groundwater close to Georgia army bases stays contaminated from a poisonous firefighting foam used for many years by the U.S. Air Pressure, prompting fears amongst residents about their publicity to the chemical compounds. Current checks at Georgia’s three air bases present in depth environmental contamination of groundwater, The Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. (1/5)

The Wall Road Journal:
In Age Of Mass Shootings, Boy Scout Tasks Hope To Hold Faculties Protected

Boy Scouts’ tasks to earn the coveted Eagle Scout rank have lengthy been healthful efforts to wash up parks, construct bike racks and provides blankets to the needy. However in an age of worry of faculty shootings, some have a brand new focus: getting ready for armed killers. Andrew Leccese, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Ridge Excessive Faculty in New Jersey, needs his small suburban faculty district to be prepared for such an assault and different emergencies. He raised cash to offer its 4 faculties bleeding-control kits this month in order that in a disaster employees might attempt to hold gunshot victims from bleeding to demise whereas ready for skilled rescue groups. (Brody, 1/6)

The New York Occasions:
2 Psychological Well being Sufferers Drowned In A Sheriff’s Van Throughout Florence. Now The Deputies Face Costs.

Two former sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina have been charged on Friday within the deaths of two psychological well being sufferers who turned trapped in a van and drowned throughout Hurricane Florence. The deputy who was driving the van, Stephen Flood, 66, was charged with two counts of reckless murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter after the authorities stated he disregarded journey directions and drove into floodwaters. (Mervosh, 1/four)

St. Louis Public Radio:
Missouri Auditor Finds Modifications To Residence Well being Care Saved Far Much less Than Anticipated

Controversial modifications to Missouri’s house health-services program by former Gov. Eric Greitens and the Republican-controlled Legislature saved just one fourth of the $43 million lawmakers had anticipated, in accordance a state audit. The Republican governor and state lawmakers didn’t take rising prices and sicker sufferers under consideration, concluded the report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat. (Fentem, 1/7)

The Washington Submit:
New Hearts Forge New Friendship For Transplant Recipients

A suburban Detroit lady and South Aspect Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following uncommon triple transplant surgical procedures that gave them the wholesome coronary heart, liver and kidney every wanted — and a brand new friendship they by no means anticipated. College of Chicago Drugs docs introduced Friday that they efficiently accomplished the triple organ transplants on Sarah McPharlin, a 29-year-old lady of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and Daru Smith, a 29-year-old father from Chicago’s South Aspect, inside 30 hours of each other. (Seitz, 1/four)

The New York Occasions:
11-Yr-Previous Boy’s Demise In Brooklyn Might Have Been Prompted By Airborne Fish Proteins

An 11-year-old boy who died on New Yr’s Day after visiting relations in Brooklyn might have had a deadly response to fish proteins launched into the air whereas his kinfolk cooked. The sixth grader, Cameron Jean-Pierre, had bronchial asthma and was allergic to fish and peanuts, his father, Steven Jean-Pierre, stated on Thursday in an interview with WABC. (Caron, 1/5)

Cleveland Plain Vendor:
Excessive-High quality Pre-Okay Doesn’t Get Most Lead-Poisoned Youngsters Prepared For Kindergarten

Taking a look at youngsters who attended top quality preschool for at the very least 18 months (a “high dose”) amongst greater than 35,000 Cleveland and 11 inner-ring suburban kindergartners, the researchers discovered that youngsters with a historical past of lead publicity above the edge of concern set by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention have been half as doubtless as their friends to attain “on track” in language and literacy once they attain kindergarten. The CDC’s threshold, 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, is the extent at which public well being actions must be taken, together with schooling of oldsters on find out how to reduce publicity, follow-up testing, and routine dietary and developmental monitoring. (Zeltner, 1/6)

New Hampshire Public Radio:
N.H. DES Says New PFAS Requirements Might Value Tens of millions; Advocates Need Stricter Limits

The state’s public water techniques may need to pay tens of millions of dollars to adjust to new proposed limits on sure industrial chemical compounds in consuming water – whilst advocates say the proposals aren’t strict sufficient. The New Hampshire Division of Environmental Providers launched new particulars Friday on proposed requirements for 4 doubtless dangerous PFAS chemical compounds – often known as PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS and PFNA. (Ropeik, 1/four)

Kansas Metropolis Star:
Missouri’s Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital Closing Feb. 9

A personal psychiatric hospital in southeast Kansas Metropolis is closing, leading to 105 fewer psychological well being beds within the metropolis and 129 laid off staff. Two Rivers Behavioral Well being System, 5121 Raytown Street introduced it’ll shut Feb. 9 — at a time when each Kansas and Missouri are coping with shortages in psychological well being care. (Marso, 1/four)

Kaiser Well being Information:
After Bitter Closure, Rural Texas Hospital Defies The Norm And Reopens

5 months in the past, the 6,500 residents of Crockett, Texas, witnessed a little bit of a resurrection — no less than in rural hospital phrases. Just a little greater than a yr after the native hospital shut its doorways, the 25-bed facility reopened its emergency division, inpatient beds and a few associated providers, albeit on a smaller scale. (Huff, 1/7)

Sacramento Bee:
Who Are New CalPERS Board Members?

The board that oversees the nation’s largest public pension fund will get at the least three new faces in 2019, marking uncommon turnover on the California Public Staff’ Retirement System. Two of the newcomers have been determined in current elections. Gov. Jerry Brown this week created a 3rd emptiness when he eliminated CalPERS board member Richard Costigan from the pension fund. (Ashton, 1/7)

San Jose Mercury Information:
California Insurance coverage Commissioner Hires Ex-Lobbyist For Firm Being Investigated

One in every of two individuals main state Sen. Ricardo Lara’s transition as California’s newly elected Insurance coverage Commissioner labored till final month because the Sacramento lobbyist for a serious drug maker that’s the topic of an investigation by the Division of Insurance coverage that Lara quickly will head. (Morain, 1/6)

The Oregonian:
Measles Affected person Visited Hood River, The Dalles Space

A case of measles has led well being authorities to a choose group of individuals in Hood River and The Dalles. The individual with measles visited the OHSU Hospital emergency room in Portland on Wednesday. The virus was confirmed Thursday. The contaminated individual traveled from out of the county to Hood River and The Dalles. Since analysis, the individual has taken beneficial precautions to not proceed to unfold the extremely contagious virus. (Harbarger, 1/four)

Cleveland Plain Supplier:
Two Flu Deaths In Cuyahoga County Reported Amid Uptick In Instances, Hospitalizations

Two Cuyahoga County residents died of flu-related sickness prior to now week, amid an uptick in flu instances, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, the County Board of Well being reported right now. A 52-year previous Cleveland man and a 76-year-old Broadview Heights man died. There have been no pediatric deaths in Ohio thus far this flu season, and 13 youngsters have died of flu nationwide. (Zeltner, 1/four)

Well being Information Florida:
Transgender Inmate Care Spurs Appeals Courtroom Battle

Attorneys for a transgender inmate and the Florida Division of Corrections are battling in a federal appeals courtroom about whether or not the state’s remedy of the inmate violated her constitutional rights. The Division of Corrections took the case to the 11th U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals in September after U.S. District Decide Mark Walker sided with inmate Reiyn Keohane, who contends that her rights have been violated, a minimum of partially as a result of she has not been allowed to put on ladies’s undergarments and groom as a lady. (Saunders, 1/four)

North Kansas Metropolis-Based mostly Hospital Community Falls Behind On Payroll And Different Funds 

Rural hospitals affiliated with North Kansas Metropolis-based EmpowerHMS are struggling to satisfy their monetary obligations, leaving staff and distributors holding the bag. Numerous information retailers have reported that EmpowerHMS hospitals in Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arkansas have failed to satisfy payroll or defaulted on their lease and utility funds. (Margolies, 1/four)

New Orleans Occasions-Picayune:
Orleans Faculty Board Joins Program To Help College students’ Psychological Well being 

The Orleans Parish Faculty Board on Friday (Jan. four) introduced a brand new partnership designed to deal with gaps in psychological well being help for New Orleans public faculty college students. The OPSB will work with the Middle for Resilience, beforehand referred to as the New Orleans Therapeutic Day Program, to increase psychological well being providers to youngsters in grades 9-12, in accordance with a information launch. The businesses may also discover the feasibility of launching a residential group residence to serve college students, the discharge stated. (Nobles, 1/four)

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