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Grooming pubic hair linked to increased STI risk
Conclusion This US questionnaire-based study aimed to assess the link between the grooming of pubic hair and lifetime history of STIs. The findings showed that grooming was associated with a higher rate of STIs. The study has strengths in that it included a large number of both men and women with a very small number excluded from the analysis. The team made attempts to make the survey as fair as possible and provided a laptop computer and free internet service to those without access to the internet. They also carried out a pilot survey to make sure it was valid and easy to understand. However there are some important limi...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Source Type: news

What is a yeast infection? Itchy vagina could be symptom of thrush
THRUSH is a common problem for many women - but few really understand the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What Does a Psoriasis Rash Look Like?
Psoriasis causes an itchy, scaly red rash that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Find out what different kinds of psoriasis rash look like. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Source Type: news

Novel compound to alleviate pain and itch discovered
A possible drug candidate that suppresses pain and itch in animal models has been discovered by researchers. Their new approach also reduces the potential for drug abuse and avoids the most common side effects--sedation and anxiety--of drugs designed to target the nervous system's kappa opioid receptors (KORs). (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Scripps Florida scientists identify novel compound to alleviate pain and itch
(Scripps Research Institute) In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have identified a possible drug candidate that suppresses pain and itch in animal models. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

[Research Article] Biased agonists of the kappa opioid receptor suppress pain and itch without causing sedation or dysphoria
Biased agonists of the kappa opioid receptor may relieve intractable itch without causing unwanted side effects. (Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment)
Source: Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment - November 29, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Tarsis F. Brust, Jenny Morgenweck, Susy A. Kim, Jamie H. Rose, Jason L. Locke, Cullen L. Schmid, Lei Zhou, Edward L. Stahl, Michael D. Cameron, Sarah M. Scarry, Jeffrey Aub é , Sara R. Jones, Thomas J. Martin, Laura M. Bohn Source Type: news

A Child's Death Does Not Become Us
It was Thanksgiving weekend and we were at my in-laws home in Florida. I was sitting outside enjoying the warmth and chatting with my mother-in-law when my husband came out and asked me if I had checked my emails. My antenna immediately was raised as my husband has been telling me of late how I am too connected to my phone and laptop. As a food allergy advocate, I spend countless hours online and he is always concerned it is too much. I asked him to hand over his phone ― and quickly scanned our emails. As I read the first email, the tears just started and would not stop. For the past 3 years, I have co-chaired the FARE (...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suffering with skin condition eczema? THIS is how you should avoid flare-ups in winter
ECZEMA is a condition where patches of skin become dry, inflamed and itchy which can lead to excessive scratching and open sores. But some people find the condition gets worse in winter. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

7 Foot Problems That Can Be Serious
If you want to know the state of your health, try looking down. “There’s no question it’s extremely important that people pay attention to their feet,” says Terry Philbin, D.O., spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a foot and ankle specialist at the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Westerville, Ohio. The condition of your feet can give you clues to a host of medical issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, and even heart disease. Read on to find out what to look for and what it may mean. 1. Pain “There’s no pain that should be ignored,” says Jane ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tropical bed bug reappears after 60-year absence
Biologically, tropical bed bugs mirror common bed bugs in that they feed on human blood. So they're likely to cause similar health problems if you get a severe infestation: fear, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and itchy, blistery reactions on some people. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 9, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

New research seeks to stop poison ivy's itch
The new method worked in mice; could it lead to better treatments for millions of people? (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eczema, itchy bottom and desperate for the loo? Men's top seven health concerns revealed
MEN are often less likely to visit their doctor than women and aside from the usual excuses a fear of embarrassment is often a factor. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's Itch
Title: Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's ItchCategory: Health NewsCreated: 11/7/2016 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/8/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - November 8, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Blocking immune protein may stop poison ivy's itch, mouse study suggests
HealthDay News A new method of stopping the itch caused by poison ivy worked well in mice, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mouse study shows antibody can soothe raging, nerve-driven poison ivy itch
Scientists have developed a strategy to stop the uncontrollable itch caused by urushiol, the oily sap common to poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak and even mango trees. The team found that by blocking an immune system protein in the skin with an antibody, they could halt the processes that tell the brain the skin is itchy. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 7, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mouse Study Suggests Way to Stop Poison Ivy's Itch
MONDAY, Nov. 7, 2016 -- A new method of stopping the itch caused by poison ivy worked well in mice, researchers report. " Poison ivy rash is the most common allergic reaction in the U.S., and studies have shown that higher levels of carbon dioxide in... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 7, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Is Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris) Contagious?
Title: Is Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris) Contagious?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 9/23/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 11/7/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Skin General)
Source: MedicineNet Skin General - November 7, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

Baby wipes causing itchy, scaly rashes on some infants
(NaturalNews) It's not always easy figuring out the cause of a skin rash. Rashes may develop over time due to systemic toxicity of the blood and inefficiency of the detoxifying organs. Rashes can also be caused by allergic reactions to topical chemicals, injected chemicals or other... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How is Swimmer ’ s Itch Diagnosed?
Discussion Cercarial Dermatitis (CD) is known by many names throughout the world, but is commonly known as swimmer’s itch. It is a water-borne, non-communicable infectious disease that is caused by the larval stage (cercariae) of parasitic schistosomatid flukes. The cercariae causes an allergic maculopapular skin rash in humans that is usually self-limited (usually 4-10 days) but can cause problems for up to 20 days. CD parasites are considered an emerging disease because of the increased distribution of the problem across the globe. Different parasite species cause the problem. In a normal life cycle that occurs ma...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - November 7, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Promising Alzheimer's drug 'clears early hurdle'
Conclusion The road to the launch of a new drug treatment is long, and this latest trial represents one early step along the path. It's encouraging that the drug did what researchers thought it would do in terms of reducing amyloid plaque in the spinal fluid, and that it didn't seem to cause serious side effects. However, there's still a way to go before we know whether it's safe and effective for people with Alzheimer's disease. The phase 1 trial is primarily set up to assess safety and tolerability, and get an idea of what dose to use – not to test if it works. This phase 1 trial included just 32 people, two of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Neurology Older people Source Type: news

New Drug Offers Hope To Millions With Severe Eczema
There’s hope around the corner for those who suffer from eczema, an infuriatingly itchy skin condition with no cure and little consensus on the best course of treatment. The inflammatory skin condition has been historically difficult to treat because the medicines on the market just aren’t that effective, especially for moderate to severe cases. They also have serious side effects and can be toxic.  But now a new medicine called Dupilumab has shown great promise in current clinical trials. Up to 38 percent of trial participants were completely cleared or almost cleared of their inflamed red and scaly skin ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mother's allergy to WATER means she can't shower or even cry without causing a rash
Candice Dent, 35, from Kentucky, suffers from aquagenic urticaria - an allergy to water - and dermatographia - which means her skin becomes itchy and swollen when touched. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Tip: Why Is My Skin Dry?
-- Finding that your skin is itchy, flaky and just plain dry? The American Academy of Dermatology explains the phenomenon: If you're over 40. Skin typically thins and gets dryer as you age. If you live in the desert or a similarly dry... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 4, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New Zealand mother foraged in the bush in a bid to cure her daughters eczema creates balm she claims stops the itch
Mum-of-two Michele Wilson created a balm that she claims may have helped soothe her daughter's eczema. The former lawyer from New Zealand has quit her job to focus on her new project (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 5 Not-So-Fun Things About Menopause And Tips To Deal With Them
A recent small study by the manufacturer of the menopause relief supplement Amberen showed that a surprising number of women don’t know their peri-menopause from their post-menopause, so to speak. And so, with a little help from Marcy Letoureau, part of the Amberen NurseAid program, we put together a little menopausal survival guide.   1. Sex can hurt. Sure sex can be great and all, and we highly recommend indulging in it as often as you’d like, but just know that once you enter menopause, it can hurt.  During menopause, a woman’s vaginal walls become thinner, less elastic and more likely to tea...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Is my mother's depression a sign of dementia?'
While one reader consults Dr Scurr about his mother's rapidly increasing depression, Roger Herridge from Kent seeks advice for treating an itchy rash that covers his entire body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suffering with eczema? Seven things YOU should know about coping with the skin condition
ECZEMA is a condition where patches of skin become dry, inflamed and itchy which can lead to excessive scratching and open sores. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From Collecting Flies to Putting Pants on Rats, Here Is This Year ’s Ig Nobel-Winning Research
(BOSTON) — A Swede who wrote a trilogy about collecting bugs, an Egyptian doctor who put pants on rats to study their sex lives and a British researcher who lived like an animal have been named winners of the Ig Nobels, the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement. The winners were honored — or maybe dishonored — Thursday in a zany ceremony at Harvard University. The 26th annual event featured a paper airplane air raid and a tic-tac-toe contest with a brain surgeon, a rocket scientist and four real Nobel laureates. Winners receive $10 trillion cash prizes — in virtually worthless Zimbab...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Pratt / AP Tags: Uncategorized Bizarre Source Type: news

Decision Support in Medicine: Bullous Pemphigoid
1. Are you confident of the diagnosis?What you should be alert for in the historyDetermine if the lesions are pruritic. Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is almost always pruritic, and itch can be the first presenting symptom or can herald a relapse.Ask about... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - September 21, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

The Six Trigger Patients who can Hijack your Shift
There are certain patients who push your buttons and cause you to lose your cool. It’s up to you to anticipate these triggers and come up with a plan to manage their care with compassion and poise. GREG HENRY, MD Founder and CEO of Medical Practice Risk Assessment, Inc.; past president of ACEP. All my attempts to delve into the shallowness of epistemological relativism and to grasp objective and universal truths seem to have flopped. View-ing my fan mail versus hate mail, it is clear that the more down-to-earth suggestions are what people want. As one reader put it: “Don’t give me any crap by Bonhoeffer...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The Secret To Using Procrastination To Your Advantage
(Photo: Pexels/KaboomPics) By Rachel Lapidos for Well+Good Regardless of how many pressing tasks we may have on our to-do list, we can (and do) always find time to lurk on social media (or whatever breed of distraction you prefer)--even if we have a zillion more important things we should be doing. The good news? Procrastination can actually be good for you. According to an article in The Atlantic, there's such a thing as productive procrastinating (get excited). RELATED: 7 Health Rules To Live By, According To Lea Michele The story points out that Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, classifies procrastinatio...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Should Watch Out For These 5 Gnarly Chemicals In Your Clothing
As part of HuffPost’s “Reclaim” project, HuffPost Style will focus the month of September on simple ways to educate yourself on becoming a better consumer. Fast fashion is wildly enticing. A super-cute skirt for $20? A graphic tee for $10? Yes, yes, we will crack into our paychecks for these. But, as with anything, what’s the true cost? And what is this stuff we love actually made of? Turns out, some really gross stuff. Now, you may be thinking: “So what? My clothes are made of weird chemicals. What does that matter to me?” Chemicals can permeate your skin, which is constantly elim...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 13, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Use of the Itch Numeric Rating Scale in Psoriasis Use of the Itch Numeric Rating Scale in Psoriasis
The authors evaluate the reliability, validity and responsiveness of a new tool to rate itching severity in psoriasis, the Itch Numeric Rating Scale.The British Journal of Dermatology (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - September 12, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Suffering chronic fatigue and severely itchy skin? It could be THIS disease
IT IS one of the most common immune system disorders that causes liver disease and primarily affects women over the age of 40. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could you be allergic to your husband?
Antonia Brindle, 45, can suffer hives, wheezing, and itchy skin, for which she takes four antihistamines a day, as a reaction to chemicals found in products like shampoo and aftershave. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Radiotherapy 'provides no benefit for secondary brain tumours'
Conclusion This valuable trial questions the use of whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) for people with non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to the brain. It shows the poor outlook in these people, with average survival time only being about nine weeks regardless of treatment. Providing WBRT alongside standard care adds only about four to five days to life when adjusted for quality of life. But the possible side effects of radiotherapy, which include drowsiness, hair loss and nausea, can seem unnecessarily harsh when life expectancy is already short. The trial had many strengths, however: It had a good sample size....
Source: NHS News Feed - September 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medical practice Source Type: news

Kim Kardashian West Gets Refreshingly Real About Her Psoriasis
After six years of living with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition, Kim Kardashian West said she’s done hiding her skin patches. “I’ve been pretty open about my struggles with it,” West said in a post on her app Wednesday. “I have that one patch on my right leg that is the most visible. I don’t even really try to cover it that much anymore.”  Psoriasis is a chronic condition where skin cells build up rapidly and form a thick, flakey patches on the skin’s surface that can be itchy or even painful, according to the Mayo Clinic. No one knows exactly what causes ps...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Itchy, red or irritated eyes? YOU could be suffering from THIS condition
DRY eye syndrome is a common condition which occurs when the eyes don ’t make enough tears and can cause them to become red, swollen and irritated. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Damaged skin? Heal sunburn and bruises with Epsom salt
(NaturalNews) As the fall season inches ever closer, many of us are left with skin that tells the story of a summer well spent. Whether it's that itchy, red sunburn on your shoulders or the assortment of bruises dotting your legs after that rock-climbing expedition, it's hard to get... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Immune breakthrough: Unscratching poison ivy's rash
We all know that a brush with poison ivy leaves us with an itchy painful rash. Now researchers have discovered the molecular cause of this irritation. The finding brings us a step closer to designing agents to block this mechanism and sheds light on other serious skin conditions, such as psoriasis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

How To Find Your Calling (From 5 People Who Found Theirs)
Why does our culture perpetuate the belief that “finding oneself” is an age-specific phase, reserved only for angst-ridden teenagers and wanderlust-stricken 20-somethings? The notion of finding a passion is all-too-frequently aligned with youth and impulsivity, but truthfully, we’re all quietly seeking our next challenge, our next calling. We’re of the belief that it’s never too late to course correct your life, and given the job-hopping numbers, we’re probably not the only ones. Though the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not regularly track career changes, in a recent study of late...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Olympic Officials Briefly Close Diving Pool That 'Smells Like A Fart'
Burning eyes, foul smells. Maybe those striking Rio de Janeiro firefighters were onto something when they greeted people at the airport with a banner that read “WELCOME TO HELL.” They (presumably) didn’t know it at the time, but instead of capturing the city’s lackluster support for civil servants, those protesters were rather accurately describing the fate of the Olympic diving center just over a month later. By Friday, capping off a truly hellish week for the officials in charge of pool cleanliness, the divers had begun complaining of itchy eyes. At least one reportedly said “the whole...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Should Never, Ever Sit In A Wet Bathing Suit
Ah, the dog days of summer. It’s that lazy time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to live in a fabulous bathing suit and relax by the water all day long. But lounging in wet swimwear isn’t as glamorous as the Kardashians make it out to be. And while we’ve heard time and time again that staying in wet swimsuits for too long can cause problems ranging from yeast infections to UTIs, we’re all a little guilty of breaking this rule. “Yeast and bacteria really thrive in moist, dark places, like a wet bathing suit or wet workout clothes,” Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why You Should Never, Ever Sit In A Wet Bathing Suit
Ah, the dog days of summer. It’s that lazy time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to live in a fabulous bathing suit and relax by the water all day long. But lounging in wet swimwear isn’t as glamorous as the Kardashians make it out to be. And while we’ve heard time and time again that staying in wet swimsuits for too long can cause problems ranging from yeast infections to UTIs, we’re all a little guilty of breaking this rule. “Yeast and bacteria really thrive in moist, dark places, like a wet bathing suit or wet workout clothes,” Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bi-Weekly Shot Shows Promise To Treat Severe Eczema
BOSTON (CBS) — For many years, the most common treatment for eczema has been steroid creams, but they can have drawbacks and do not work for everyone. Now for the first time in decades, there’s a new treatment for eczema that’s showing promise.  Tony D’Amico is itchy all the time. “I was like squirming, trying not to itch, and everything, but it’s impossible not to,” explains Tony. Tony has eczema, a condition in which an overactive immune system attacks the skin, leading to red, dry, irritated patches . Eczema affects 1 in 8 children. Tony has tried typical steroid creams, b...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston eczema WBZ Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Hay fever might alter the brain
As well as the dreaded stuffy nose and itchy eyes, researchers find hay fever may alter the brain, reducing immune activity and increasing neurogenesis. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Allergy Source Type: news

FDA Approves Keytruda (Pembrolizumab) for Head and Neck Cancer
By Stacy SimonThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma that has spread or come back after previous chemotherapy treatment. It’s the first immunotherapy drug approved for head and neck cancer. Keytruda is already approved for melanoma and non-small cell lung cancer.The FDA based its approval on a clinical trial of 174 people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma that had spread or come back after they were treated with platinum-based chemotherapy. Tumors shrank or disappeared in 16% of the participants who were given...
Source: American Cancer Society :: News and Features - August 9, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer Source Type: news

What 'The Night Of' Gets So Right About Eczema
Eczema, a constellation of conditions that makes a person’s skin dry, itchy, red and scaly, affects an estimated 30 million Americans. It can shame and isolate people who have it.  And right now, the disease is having a moment in the sun thanks to its major role in HBO’s “The Night Of,” a crime drama mini-series that features a character who is heavily defined by having eczema. Played by John Turturro, lawyer John Stone is a disrespected “bottom feeder” attorney who usually hangs around NYPD precincts waiting for easy cases. He catches the trial of a lifetime when he wins the trust ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda: Dry and Itchy Skin
[New Times] Some people are troubled by the fact that their skin remains dry and itches a lot. Dryness leads to itchiness with an urge for scratching, which can be present continuously or intermittently. Any how it becomes uncomfortable and embarrassing for the sufferer. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 8, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Seasonal allergies could change your brain
(Frontiers) Hay fever may do more than give you a stuffy nose and itchy eyes, seasonal allergies may change the brain, says a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news