Slap On More Layers - Even Colder Next Week Here's the deal, you need to stay strong for another week, and then we're out of the worst of it. I see no evidence of a polar pattern getting stuck overhead - no sign we'll see week after week of subzero pain. Flurries race past your window today and Saturday; a clipper pushing heavier snow across central and southern Minnesota Sunday night. A plowable amount of powder is possible by Monday AM, when we can expect challenging, white-knuckle commutes. Metro air temperatures stay below 0F from Tuesday into Thursday next week. Weather records show only 4 outbreaks (of 2 or more days below zero) at MSP since 2000. Prediction: 20s (above zero!) will feel like an epiphany come early February. Plowable Powder Sunday Night into Monday Morning? Confidence levels continue to rise with an early week clipper dropping a few inches of snow (Sunday night into Monday morning). With a snow-rain ratio close to 30-1 it won't take much moisture to whip up a … [Read more...] about Powdery Possibilities Early Next Week
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I usually try not to pay too much attention to the ubiquitous and repetitious, end-of-year summaries that media outlets feel compelled to publish in the week leading up to New Year’s Day. Not a lot of original journalism gets done during the last week of the year. The week after Christmas is vacation time for a lot of newspapers’ employees. Recycling old news reports from the past year is something even a newspaper’s unpaid interns can do. So, at the risk of disappointing some readers, I have decided to do what some other journalists are doing for this week’s column – looking backwards, But my motivation for recycling a three- year-old column is different than most retrospectives, and it is this: The articles from 2015 that I chose to re-publish exactly 3 years ago are those that I felt at the time (and still feel today) were the most important of the various columns about multitude of iatrogenic neurological issues that I wrote back in 2015. The articles … [Read more...] about A Retrospective of Duty to Warn Columns from 2015 (Still Relevant)
Aria Bendix, provided by Published 6:46 am PST, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Elaine Thompson/AP A watchdog report found evidence of PFAS, a class of toxic chemicals linked to cancer, in paper to-go boxes and one sandwich wrapper product at Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods immediately removed the items and said they were looking into replacements. The company said there was a "limited availability of environmentally responsible packaging made without [PFAS]," but the report said that safer alternatives are "widely available and competitively priced." As state and city governments begin to crack down on PFAS, consumers can be on the lookout for certain warning signs. When Whole Foods Market made the switch from plastic to compostable containers, the company thought it was doing something good for the environment. But a recent report from three environmental watchdog groups discovered a type of toxic chemical that's been linked to cancer in the company's paper … [Read more...] about Whole Foods packaging contained little-known chemicals linked to cancer until a report called them out. Here’s how to protect yourself.
Twenty-seven hours before she died at an El Paso, Texas, children's hospital, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal walked across the U.S. border with her father and 161 other migrants outside Antelope Wells, New Mexico.It was 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 6, and the small, remote U.S. border crossing was closed for the night. There were four Border Patrol agents on duty, and no medical staff.The migrants skirted barriers and crossed into the United States. Like most Central American asylum seekers who have been arriving at the border in record numbers, they were not seeking to evade capture but to turn themselves in.That night, as elsewhere when large groups of parents with children appear at remote border outposts, U.S. agents strained to accommodate the needs of those in their custody. The agents radioed the nearest Border Patrol station in Lordsburg, 90 minutes away, to request a bus, the only one available along that barren desert span of the New Mexico boot heel.What unfolded over the next eight hours, as … [Read more...] about Hours before her collapse, a dying migrant child’s condition went unnoticed
Ever since a groundbreaking, but expensive medication called Sovaldi hit the market in late 2013, the South Carolina Medicaid agency has spent nearly $100 million on hepatitis C treatment, accounting for more than 3 percent of the agency's total pharmacy spending. After drug rebates were factored in, the total cost dropped to about $47 million, S.C. Medicaid Director Joshua Baker said. “We believe that the treatment has done largely what it is intended to do,” Baker said. When Gilead Sciences introduced Sovaldi to the market in 2013, the drug cured 80 to 90 percent of all patients who had been diagnosed with hepatitis C. It was the first of its kind to eradicate hepatitis C in most patients and because of this, the drug company justified its price tag. Sovaldi cost more than $60,000 per patient for a 12-week course of treatment. Each pill was priced at approximately $1,000.In response, most health insurance companies placed restrictions on which patients … [Read more...] about SC agency has spent tens of millions on this type of drug in the past five years