A novel bacterial pathogen is causing a severe, antibiotic-resistant respiratory illness in hundreds of dogs across the U.S. Originating from a dog’s microbiome, symptoms include sneezing, coughing and eye discharge, potentially leading to acute pneumonia. With much still unknown about the bacteria, experts advise keeping dogs away from others and seeking immediate vet attention if symptoms appear. Continue reading New Respiratory Sickness Strikes Hundreds of Dogs Across America
The FDA has proposed a ban on brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a preservative used in citrus soda, due to its harmful health effects. Studies show BVO can cause heart damage, liver dysfunctions, fertility issues and is associated with cancer development. Some large beverage companies have already begun removing BVO from their products. The harmful ingredient is still present in several sodas in the market. Continue reading BVO is BVOver: Possible Citrus Soda Ingredient Ban by the FDA
The SGA’s Fall 2023 Leadership Forum centered around discussions featuring budget cuts and procedural transparency. The forum also addressed issues of safety, infrastructure, and potential student activities fee hikes to increase organization funding. Future plans include increased website transparency and further discussions about event locations. Continue reading Budget Questions and More Answered at the Fall 2023 Leadership Forum
Heart disease is a prevalent cause of death in America, often resulting in the need for heart transplants. Due to the limited supply of human hearts, animal-to-human transplants are being investigated. Unfortunately, the second-ever experimental patient, Lawrence Faucette, died due to complications following experimental transplant. Despite these setbacks, researchers believe animal-to-human heart transplants offer hope for those awaiting heart transplants. Continue reading Patient Dies after Second-Ever Experimental Pig Heart Transplant
The UMassD 2020-2022 Annual Security Reports reveal a rise in crime, including rape, assault, and burglary. Concerns have been raised by students and faculty about campus security, highlighting campus-wide issues such as lack of surveillance and the open nature of buildings. Continue reading UMassD’s 2020-2022 Campus Security Report Raises Safety Concerns
The WGA and SAG-AFTRA have reached an agreement with The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after a prolonged strike. However, the resumption of TV and movie production is likely to be slow due to logistical issues and SAG-AFTRA’s deal still needing approval. Continue reading The WGA and SAG-AFTRA Have Reached an Agreement – So Now What?
21-year-old Sarah Katz suffered heart attacks and died after consuming a charged lemonade at Panera Bread in 2022. Her parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2023, accusing Panera of irresponsibly selling a dangerous drink marketed as safe, without proper warnings. The high levels of caffeine in the drink allegedly triggered her cardiac arrhythmia. Continue reading Panera Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over the Death of 21-Year-Old Sarah Katz
Matthew Perry, the famous actor best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the TV show Friends, passed away in a suspected drowning at the age of 54. His loss greatly affected fans worldwide; tributes flowed in from fans, co-stars, and HBO. Perry, whilst appreciated for his role in Friends, hoped to be remembered for his post-show efforts in combating addiction, having opened a sober house. Continue reading Losing a FRIEND like Matthew Perry
The Heritage Foundation has created Project 2025, a collaboration among over 70 conservative groups, detailing a reform plan in case of a Republican victory in the 2024 elections. The plan identifies significant American problems, aiming to restore family values, dismantle administrative state power, protect national sovereignty and borders, and secure individual rights. It includes proposed policies on family welfare, education, government accountability, international agreements, immigration, and economic growth, issues like gender identity, critical race theory, and Big Tech. Continue reading Project 2025 and the Mandate for Leadership: Conservative Promise or Threat?
Mental health awareness has increased, with an estimated 10% of the world’s population experiencing mental illness. In the U.S, 41% of these cases are undiagnosed, and 60% of diagnosed individuals lack access to treatment, costing the country $190 billion annually. Various organizations including MAMHI, established by Clifford Whittingham Beers, and SAMHSA, work tirelessly to increase public awareness and facilitate accessible treatments. National prevention and awareness campaigns occur annually, and ongoing research aims to reduce patients and deaths from mental illness.
Continue reading Mental Health in the USA: A Short History