Elevation matters when it comes to climate change, deforestation and species survival
(University of Toronto) A study examining the impact of deforestation on lizard communities in the Dominican Republic demonstrates differing outcomes at different elevations. In the lowlands, deforestation reduces the number of individuals, but not which species occur in an area. In the highlands, it's the opposite. When the forest is cut down at higher elevations, the newly created pastures become filled with species found in the warmer lowlands. But locally adapted mountain lizards cannot survive as temperature rises. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 25, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Lawyer whose cough was dismissed as 'bad flu' for TWO YEARS has blood cancer
Karla Lora-Cabán, 24, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was just 16 when she lost one-and-a-half stone (21lbs) and developed asthma. Doctors prescribed syrups and iron tablets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Defective Bracket Found on Collapsed Jet Bridge at Baltimore Airport
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Investigators found a defective metal bracket on the jet bridge that collapsed and injured six people at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, officials said Sunday. Metal brackets will be replaced on the jet bridge that collapsed Saturday and on five other jet bridges made by the same manufacturer, the Maryland Department of Transportation said in a statement. The department said 33 jet bridges made by the manufacturer were inspected and deemed safe to use. The rest of the airport's jet bridges also will be inspected. All six people injured in the collapse were released fr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Defective Bracket Found on Collapsed Jet Bridge at Baltimore Airport
HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Investigators found a defective metal bracket on the jet bridge that collapsed and injured six people at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, officials said Sunday. Metal brackets will be replaced on the jet bridge that collapsed Saturday and on five other jet bridges made by the same manufacturer, the Maryland Department of Transportation said in a statement. The department said 33 jet bridges made by the manufacturer were inspected and deemed safe to use. The rest of the airport's jet bridges also will be inspected. All six people injured in the collapse were released fr...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Epidemiological analysis of pediatric burns in the Dominican Republic reveals a demographic profile at significant risk for electrical burns - Sinha S, Nu ñez Martinez CM, Hartley RL, Quintana Alvarez RJ, Yoon G, Biernaskie JA, Nickerson D, Gabriel VA.
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric burns are preventable with legislative and infrastructural changes. Although retrospective audits of many low- and middle-income countries have aided preventative efforts, the epidemiological status of burns in the Caribbean is not kno... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Amgen And Direct Relief Partner To Aid Cancer Patients In 18 Developing Countries
Amgen Donates $93 Million Worth of Cancer Medicines THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Direct Relief today announced a joint initiative in which Direct Relief will distribute $93 million worth of Amgen donated cancer treatments and supportive care medicines. This donation will provide cancer patients in 18 developing countries access to Neulasta® (pegfilgrastim), NEUPOGEN® (filgrastim) and Vectibix® (panitumumab). Patients will access the donated medicines through Direct Relief-partner hospitals and clinics in the following countries: Ar...
Source: Amgen News Release - December 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

New report explores what total abortion ban means in the Dominican Republic
A woman spoke of her 16-year-old daughter who died after being denied chemotherapy for leukemia because she was in the early weeks of pregnancy. A nurse described how a woman who was experiencing heavy bleeding after self-inducing an abortion was forced by medical providers to wait for treatment as "punishment" -- only to lose too much blood to be saved. An outreach worker remembered the mentally disabled 14-year-old girl who became pregnant at 12, probably by her father, and received no care. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What the total abortion ban means in the Dominican Republic
A woman spoke of her 16-year-old daughter who died after being denied chemotherapy for leukemia because she was in the early weeks of pregnancy. A nurse described how a woman who was experiencing heavy bleeding after self-inducing an abortion was forced by medical providers to wait for treatment as "punishment" -- only to lose too much blood to be saved. An outreach worker remembered the mentally disabled 14-year-old girl who became pregnant at 12, probably by her father, and received no care. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obstetric violence as reproductive governance in the Dominican Republic - Castro A, Savage V.
A human rights violation, obstetric violence encompasses numerous forms of mistreatment against women giving birth in health care facilities. Based on this framework, we conducted open-ended exit interviews with 43 women who had given birth at either one o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics
By Thalif DeenNEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS)A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.” The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard in the field of cosmetics.So far, the groups have reached out to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and INTERPOL, the Lyon-based internation...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Editors' Choice Environment Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Mercury Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

MedaPhor signs on for fetal ultrasound trial
U.K. ultrasound training and quality assurance firm MedaPhor said it's providing...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MedaPhor installs 1st BodyWorks Eve simulator MedaPhor releases point-of-care ultrasound simulator MedaPhor opens U.S. subsidiary MedaPhor to aid Rwanda, Dominican Republic MedaPhor wins 1st U.S. contract (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 14, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hurricane Beryl Has Been Downgraded to a Tropical Storm. Here ’s Where it’s Headed
Hurricane Beryl was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday morning, after being named the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season on Friday. The path of the relatively tiny Tropical Storm Beryl is currently tracking westwards through the Atlantic in the general direction of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night or Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHS). Here are the 11 AM AST July 7 Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Beryl. More information at https://t.co/RX183IoxPZ pic.twitter.com/TyhnkH3s1x — NHC Atlanti...
Source: TIME: Science - July 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Billy Perrigo Tags: Uncategorized 2018 hurricane season onetime weather Source Type: news

Australia Wins Landmark WTO Ruling on Plain Tobacco Packaging Australia Wins Landmark WTO Ruling on Plain Tobacco Packaging
Australia triumphed on Thursday in a major trade dispute over its pioneering"plain" tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organization judges rejecting a complaint brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Occupational Safety Grows in Latin America, Except Among Young People
Young municipal workers wear uniforms and other protective equipment while cutting the grass in the Praça Paris park in the Gloria neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lack of training and the breach of safety requirements by their employers make young Latin Americans the most vulnerable to accidents at work. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetRIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 27 2018 (IPS)Despite progress achieved in occupational safety in Latin America, the rates of work-related accidents and diseases are still worrying, especially among young people, more vulnerable in a context of labour flexibility an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories International Labour Organisation (ILO) workplace safety Source Type: news

Occupational Safety Improves in Latin America, Except Among Young People
Young municipal workers wear uniforms and other protective equipment while cutting the grass in the Praça Paris park in the Gloria neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The lack of training and the breach of safety requirements by their employers make young Latin Americans the most vulnerable to accidents at work. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetRIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 27 2018 (IPS)Despite progress achieved in occupational safety in Latin America, the rates of work-related accidents and diseases are still worrying, especially among young people, more vulnerable in a context of labour flexibility an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Latin America & the Caribbean Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories International Labour Organisation (ILO) workplace safety Source Type: news

How to Wipe Out Malaria for Good
Malaria has plagued humanity for thousands of years. Caused by a tiny parasite transported from person to person by a certain kind of mosquito, the disease poses a risk to nearly half the world’s population. The WHO attempted to eradicate malaria in the 1960s and while it succeeded in ridding many countries of the disease, it fell short of the goal due to growing drug resistance and by failing to focus enough attention on Africa. Every year on World Malaria Day, April 25, the malaria community celebrates progress made to date and focuses on the challenges ahead. This year is especially exciting as just this past Fri...
Source: TIME: Health - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin M. Stuckey Tags: Uncategorized Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Malaria World Malaria Day Source Type: news

Seeking Cheaper Plastic Surgery Abroad? Buyer Beware
THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 -- In search of a cosmetic surgery procedure that might be less costly than the going rate in the United States, a 43-year-old woman traveled to the Dominican Republic for a " tummy tuck. " What she got, instead, were massive... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections in U.S. Medical Tourists Associated with Plastic Surgery — Dominican Republic, 2017
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Latin America & the Caribbean Edging Towards Eliminating Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, world's top infectious killer. Credit: UNBy Grace VirtueWASHINGTON DC, Mar 16 2018 (IPS)Known as El Libertador throughout the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, Simón Bolívar was central to the battle for independence from Spanish rule in Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. A less known fact is that Bolívar, the son of a wealthy Venezuelan creole family, died from tuberculosis (TB) on December 17, 1880, at age 47. His compatriot, renowned impressionist Cristobal Rojas, painted La Miseria in 1886, depicting the social conditions of the day that gave rise to TB. He died ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Grace Virtue Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: March 2, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From InspireMD’s new distribution deals to Kelynium’s distribution deal with a mystery partner, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. InspireMD inks distribution deals in Greece, Caribbean InspireMD announced in a March 1 press release that it has signed exclusive distribution agreements with T-Vascular IKE Medical Supplies in Greece and Endo-Serv, SRL in the Caribbean. Both suppliers create high-tech medical devices for minimally-invasive procedures. Endo-Serv markets to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba, Curacao and Tr...
Source: Mass Device - March 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Dental Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Imaging Patient Monitoring Regulatory/Compliance Ultrasound Biolase dexalytic Getinge Hologic Inc. iCad Inc. InspireMD Kelyniam Global Inc. MedTech Source Type: news

MedaPhor releases point-of-care ultrasound simulator
U.K. ultrasound training developer MedaPhor has released BodyWorks Eve, a female...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MedaPhor opens U.S. subsidiary MedaPhor to aid Rwanda, Dominican Republic MedaPhor wins 1st U.S. contract MedaPhor to bring ScanTrainer to U.S. (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 21, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

How to avoid the hookworm skin infection on your next winter vacation to Mexico and the Caribbean
Cases of the hookworm-related skin infection that afflicted one Ontario couple Katie on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic are not that uncommon among travellers to developing countries, a tropical medicine specialist says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

How to avoid a hookworm skin infection on your next vacation
Cases of the hookworm-related skin infection that afflicted one Ontario couple Katie on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic are not that uncommon among travellers to developing countries, a tropical medicine specialist says. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Couple finds worms in their feet after a beach vacation
Dozens of parasitic worms were found burrowing in the feet of a young Canadian couple after a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A couple returned from vacation with itchy feet. Hookworms were tunneling through their skin.
It started with an itch after a stroll on a Caribbean beach, but in just a few days it had morphed into a gut-churning travel nightmare. In mid-January Eddie Zytner and Katie Stephens, a couple from Windsor, Ontario, went on a vacation to Punta Cana, a resort town on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic.   At some […]Related:Social egg freezing is a numbers game that many women don’t understandFDA wants to curb abuse of Imodium, ‘the poor man’s methadone’This flu season is on track to be the worst in nearly a decade (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Couple finds worms in their feet after a beach vacation
Dozens of parasitic worms were found burrowing in the feet of a young Canadian couple after a recent trip to the Dominican Republic. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk Of Going Barefoot: Hookworm Parasites Infect Canadian Couple
A Canadian couple were not alone after walking barefoot in the sand during a vacation in the Dominican Republic. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Canadians say they contracted parasitic hookworms on beach
A young Canadian couple who recently returned from holiday in the Dominican Republic are warning vacationers not to get the 'sand between your toes' after picking up some nasty parasites. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gates Backs Central America Malaria Elimination Plan With $31 Million Gates Backs Central America Malaria Elimination Plan With $31 Million
Philanthropist Bill Gates promised $31 million on Wednesday as part of a new Central America malaria elimination fund aimed at wiping out the disease in seven of the region's countries and the Dominican Republic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Gates backs Central America malaria elimination plan with $31 million
LONDON (Reuters) - Philanthropist Bill Gates promised $31 million on Wednesday as part of a new Central America malaria elimination fund aimed at wiping out the disease in seven of the region's countries and the Dominican Republic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rise of Teenage Pregnancy Deters Development Goals
This report is complemented in turn by another report presented by UNICEF and the World Bank in August and also by the report presented in November by the National Statistics Office (ONE in Spanish) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The three documents make up a global and coherent product of a sinister reality. Two out of 10 women between the ages of 15 and 19 in the Dominican Republic have been pregnant or have been mothers; representing 15.9% of the country’s population. Surely it will be a higher percentage given that pregnancies begin to occur as early as twelve years of age.The causes of this sinis...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Lorenzo Jmenez Tags: Development & Aid Education Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women & Economy Women's Health Source Type: news

Dominican Republic will now have free access to Cochrane Reviews
We are happy to announce that the Ministry of Public Health (Vice-ministry of Quality Guarantee) of the Government of the Dominican Republic has subscribed to the Biblioteca Cochrane Plus. This national subscription will provide free open access to all Dominican citizens, approximately ten million people.Cochrane Reviews provide reliable and unbiased evidence through the identification, assessment, synthesis, and dissemination of research findings. Biblioteca Cochrane Plus houses Spanish translations of more than 7000 systematic reviews, and this access will provide students, practitioners, researchers, and patients with o...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 7, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Supporting Latino families: The power of relationships
Cecilia and Sara Navigating a child’s medical journey can be difficult on any parent. But for a mother or father not familiar with the U.S. healthcare system or whose first language isn’t English, the journey is much more complex. Just ask one of the attendees at Fuente de Luz (“Fountain of Light”), the monthly informational group for Spanish-speaking families at Boston Children’s Hospital. On the first Tuesday of every month, around eight to ten Latino mothers — and occasionally fathers — get together to share their experiences and receive support from each other. There are hands ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - November 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nicole Nover Tags: Parenting Source Type: news

Why LivaNova Is Unloading Its CRM Business
LivaNova, formerly known as Sorin Group, has decided to get out of the cardiac rhythm management (CRM) business and shift more focus to its areas of strength.  The London-based company plans to sell its CRM business to Shanghai-based MicroPort for $190 million in cash. The business, which makes high-voltage defibrillators, cardiac resynchronization therapy devices and low-voltage pacemakers, generated about $249 million in net sales in the fiscal year 2016. The business has roughly 900 employees with operations chiefly in Clamart, France; Saluggia, Italy; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The company said in Sept...
Source: MDDI - November 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Cardiovascular Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Zika Prevention Knowledge and Behaviors in Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras: SMS (Short Message Service) Monitoring Survey: Wave One Report
U.S. Agency for International Development. 05/2017 This 50-page report, published by the USAID-funded Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), provides information about a quantitative short message service (SMS) survey in the four focus countries of the USAID Zika Response (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Dominican Republic) to derive estimates for specific Zika-related knowledge and prevention behavior. The work was initially conceived and developed as a monitoring activity to feed specific USAID-prioritized indicators on knowledge and prevention of Zika. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Di...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Transgender women's experiences with stigma, trauma, and attempted suicide in the Dominican Republic - Budhwani H, Hearld KR, Milner AN, Charow R, McGlaughlin EM, Rodriguez-Lauzurique M, Rosario S, Paulino-Ramirez R.
We examined the relationships between stigma, trauma, and suicide attempts in a national sample of transgender women from the Dominican Re... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: School Issues Source Type: news

Where Hurricane Maria Fits in the History of Puerto Rico
The deadly impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, as this week’s issue of TIME explores, has led to extreme devastation and a potential humanitarian crisis, as well as a political battle over the federal government’s responsibility to the island residents who have not received the same level of assistance as their fellow citizens in Texas and Florida did the wake of other recent hurricanes. And, amid the destruction, many mainland Americans have also come to realize just how little they know about Puerto Rico and its past. As the nation struggles to come to grips with the extent of the recovery effort that w...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized Books natural disaster onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

50 Years Ago This Week: ‘Individuals Marry, Not Races’
Milestone moments do not a year make. Often, it’s the smaller news stories that add up, gradually, to big history. With that in mind, in 2017 TIME History will revisit the entire year of 1967, week by week, as it was reported in the pages of TIME. Catch up on last week’s installment here. Week 39: Sept. 29, 1967 Despite the best efforts of the bride and groom and their families, a wedding that all involved had tried to keep private was this week’s cover story — and it was national news for good reason. The two parties in question were Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Rusk and Guy Gibson Sm...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lily Rothman Tags: Uncategorized Civil Rights Marriage Media Source Type: news

‘Zero Communication.’ Puerto Ricans Are Hunting for Wi-Fi and Cell Signal to Contact Loved Ones
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Margarita Aponte and her relatives cleared the road in front of her house with two oxen Sunday, then drove an hour from her devastated hometown in central Puerto Rico to the old telegraph building in the capital of San Juan. There, thousands of Puerto Ricans gathered for a chance at a resource nearly as precious as power and water in the wake of Hurricane Maria — communication. “It’s ringing, it’s ringing, it’s ringing!” Aponte, a janitor, screamed as her phone connected to free Wi-Fi and her Facetime call went through to the mainland. Her eyes filled wit...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danica Coto / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Towns Forced to Evacuate After Guajataca Dam Fails in Puerto Rico
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwest Puerto Rico on Friday as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide power blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria’s wake. The National Weather Service in San Juan said Friday that the northwestern municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas, home to some 70,000 people, were being evacuated with buses because the nearby Guajataca Dam was failing. Details remained sketchy about the evacuation with communications hampered after the storm. The 345-yard (316-meter) dam holds back a manmade lake cover...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danica Coto / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Here ’s When Flights to Puerto Rico Will Start Again After Hurricane Maria
All airline service has been put on hold throughout Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island Wednesday. The entire island was left without power, with some areas not expecting to see electricity for months. Airlines are working on determining when they can resume services to and from Puerto Rico. Here is when the airliners are hoping to bring flight service back to the U.S. territory. American Airlines plans to resume service Friday, pending the airport reopening, a spokesperson told TIME. “We continue to reach out to our colleagues in Puerto Rico, which bore the brunt of the storm, but connectivity is...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

This Is Where Hurricane Maria Is Right Now
After ravaging through the island of Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria has moved on. Where is Maria now? As of Thursday morning, Hurricane Maria is over the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and is predicted to stay in the area throughout the day, according to the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Maria is then predicted to turn north toward the Turks and Caicos islands and farther into the Atlantic, the NHC says, bringing dangerous winds, storm surge and rainfall to both locations as well as the southeastern Bahamas. Hurricane Maria is expected to hit the Turks and Caicos Islands Friday before moving closer to the Ba...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

A Stunned Puerto Rico Seeks to Rebuild after Hurricane Maria
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained isolated and without communication after Maria hit the island Wednesday morning as a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years. Uprooted trees and widespread flooding block...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danica Coto / AP Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Puerto Rico Source Type: news

Powerball Winner Charged With Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting a Child
A New Jersey man who won nearly a $340 million jackpot in the Powerball lottery four years ago has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor over the course of three years, prosecutors said. Pedro Quezada, a 49-year-old based in Wayne Township, is facing two counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said Wednesday, according to NJ.com. The child, a female, was assaulted between the ages of 11 and 14, Valdes said, as reported by NJ.com. Quezada faces up to 40 y...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aric Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized New Jersey onetime Source Type: news

Hurricane Maria Made Landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico As a Category 4 Storm
Hurricane Maria made landfall at 6:15 a.m. ET in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a strong Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Water levels at a nearby harbor rose by over 4 feet, the NHC says. Hurricane Maria brought maximum sustained winds of 155 mph when it hit Yabucoa. Google MapsYabucoa Puerto Rico Map As of 10 a.m. ET, the storm’s core was still moving over Puerto Rico, bringing “life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall,” the NHC reported. The area is still recovering from damage brought by Hurricane Irma. After hitting Yabucoa, Hurricane Maria is expected t...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

When Will Hurricane Maria Hit Puerto Rico?
After getting lashed by Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean is already preparing for the next storm: Hurricane Maria. U.S. territory Puerto Rico, which saw extensive damage after Irma, is right in the middle of the storm’s projected path. But when will Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico? Hurricane Maria is expected to make landfall on the island between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The entire island is also under a hurricane warning, and Maria is expected to remain “an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane” when it reaches Puerto Rico, according to the NH...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Marie Segarra Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

How Big Is Hurricane Maria?
Hurricane Maria has devastated the Caribbean island of Dominica, just days after it was brushed by Hurricane Irma. Maria, now a Category 5 storm, is expected to remain very strong as it heads toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 miles from Hurricane Maria’s center, while tropical storm-force winds extend outward for up to 125 miles. How does that compare to other recent or major hurricanes? Irma Hurricane Irma killed at least 33 people in the U.S. and 51 in the Caribbean when it struck last week. At its peak, the diamet...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Lewis Tags: Uncategorized Hurricanes onetime weather Source Type: news

‘My Roof Is Gone.’ Dominica’s Prime Minister Shares Live Updates of Hurricane Maria
Just days after it was brushed by Hurricane Irma, the Caribbean island of Dominica has been left devastated by Hurricane Maria, which is rapidly strengthening as it heads toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The Category 5 storm, with winds clocking at more than 160 mph, hit Dominica on Monday evening, leaving what Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt described on Tuesday as “widespread devastation.” Skeritt shared live updates of the storm on his Facebook page on Monday evening. “Certainly no sleep for anyone in Dominica. I believe my residence may have sustained some damage,”...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Samuelson Tags: Uncategorized Caribbean Dominica hurricane irma Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

Hurricane Maria ‘Spaghetti Plots’ Predict Another Hit for the Caribbean
Hurricane Maria is gathering strength as it heads west toward the Caribbean, where a large swath of islands are still recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. With maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and the storm moving at 10 mph, Hurricane Maria, now a Category 3 storm, is expected to hit the Leeward Islands — many of which were already hit by Irma — late Monday. Several predictions, including “spaghetti plots,” of Hurricane Maria’s path predict the storm will hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Lucia and St. Kitts, Nevis...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Calfas Tags: Uncategorized Hurricane Maria onetime Source Type: news

Is Hurricane Maria Coming to Puerto Rico or Florida? Here ’s What We Know
Just days after Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and Florida, the region is bracing for another storm. Hurricane Maria is rapidly strengthening as it heads toward heading toward the area, becoming a Category 3 storm Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Illustrations of Hurricane Maria’s possible track shows the storm, which has winds going at 120 mph, moving over Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The storm is currently about 60 miles east of Martinique and is expected to hit the Leeward Islands on Monday. Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for several islands in the Caribbean, including ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mahita Gajanan Tags: Uncategorized hurricane Hurricane Maria onetime weather Source Type: news