Massachusetts Health Department Confirmed Third Pediatric Flu Death Of This Year’s Flu Season

Currently, the country is suffering from only one single problem, and that’s Flu-related disease. According to reports flu season is at its peak and recently Massachusetts health officials confirmed that on Tuesday third child had died because of this year’s flu season. According to health officials reports third victim of this flu season is four years old Puthiraskmey Sopheak who was hospitalized in Lowell General Hospital last Tuesday. The reports show that Puthiraskmey Sopheak was hospitalized by her father immediately when her fever hit 99 degrees because of which she started coughing blood. Victim’s father said her health was good a few days ago and she was sent to the home from hospital as she was recovering very fast. But things changed a lot on Saturday when she got too much sick for which she had to be hospitalized.

According to victim’s father, she arrived in the USA in late September from Cambodia, and now health officials think whether she died because of flu or something else. Health experts are trying their best to find out exact reason behind her death, but till now nothing’s been found. Lowell General Hospital has released its official statement in which they have sent their deepest sympathies to the victim’s family and hoped they would recover from this trauma. If we look into state’s health report, then it shows that so far three pediatric flu deaths have been recorded which means flu season is again at its peak in Massachusetts.

From last week there are have been very few cases of flu or related diseases, but still, experts believe this flu season can last till the end of March. So people are advised to follow necessary prescriptions. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed down how one can prevent themselves from getting infected in this deadly flu season. So it’s advisable to have a look at those prescriptions.

Obesity-Related Cancers Are Rising At A Faster Rate

The problem of obesity has always been concerning thing for the USA because people who are overweight are increasing every year due to which they’re facing lots of dreadful diseases. According to a recent health study, it has been found that obesity-related cancer is rising at a faster rate in the country and there needs to be something done about it. Researchers found that all overweight young people are getting diagnosed with cancer at a quicker pace because six out of twelve cases of cancers have found to be relating to obesity.

Obesity has always been a serious problem since many people with that type of health condition suffer from problems like heart diseases, diabetes, etc. Researchers took data from a central database of state cancer registries, and data analysts studied thirty new types of cancers out of which twelve have caused because of obesity. From last twenty years period, more than 14.7 million new cases of cancers have been found by researchers. On the other hand rate of twelve obesity-related cancers like colorectal, endometrial, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas have been increased from last few years.

Many obese people suffer most from kidney or pancreatic cancers which is one of the leading cause of deaths among such people. People get obese due to the lack of a proper diet plan, and that’s why researchers believe that to reduce chances of getting cancer such type of patients will have to follow a healthy routine. However, those health studies which are shown that obesity is increasing the rate of cancer have its own limitations. Researcher still hasn’t found exact reasons behind how obesity increases chances of getting diagnosed with cancer. Still, it’s clear that to maintain a healthy lifestyle an exercise is necessary for all obese people.

Food at Workplaces Negatively Impacts the Health Says CDC

The food that is offered at the workplaces as a perk may taste delicious and look healthy, but that may not be the reality. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it has negative impacts on the health of people.

CDC says that the food provided in the workplaces usually has a low nutritional value. They have high calories, added sugars, refined grains, and sodium. The snacks and meals that are served through vending machines and from the cafeterias were analyzed for this study. For this survey done in 2012-13, there were 5,222 participants. As per this, almost a quarter of the employees go for food and beverages at the offices at least once a week time. The average weekly calories in these foods were found to be 1,292.

Stephen J. Onufrak, who is a Ph.D. and a lead CDC investigator, said that employers can make it possible to provide healthy foods in the vending machines and cafeterias and also at social events, meetings, etc. by incorporating healthy meeting policies and food service guidelines.

Improvement in nutritional quality of the foods at workplaces can be a key factor when it comes to worksite wellness efforts. Low food quality leads to obesity and other issues which lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart failures, etc. These diseases are a leading cause for deaths in the US. Treatment of these diseases costs up to 84 %.

As recorded in 2010, 3 in every 10 adults were obese. They had a low consumption of fruits and vegetables. They also reported being having very less physical activity compared to other adults. About 150 million adults in the US are working today and worksite wellness efforts should be employed for the betterment of their health. They can help prevent chronic diseases. Wherever employed, these programs have effectively helped to change health behaviors. It helps in reducing absenteeism and also their healthcare costs.

How To Prevent Kids From Cold? No Wet Hair Outside Or Vitamin C?

Sneezes and sniffles are difficult to avoid for the kids, especially in these days of winter. Though parents may be trying hard to prevent the kids from fall ill, yet some of their precautions won’t be of much help. The parents try so many methods to prevent their kids from colds, but many of them don’t have any scientific evidence behind them. Researchers did a survey of more than 1000 parents and their children of ages between 5 to 12 years.

In the winter season, kids catch colds very easily. It makes them disturbed and uncomfortable. They miss their schools and all the other activities as well. Parents may use many methods to prevent the kids from catching a cold, but it is not sure that the methods are full-proof and make any difference in the kids’ health. But, the researchers say that there is good news.

51 % of the parents preferred giving supplements like vitamin C to their children. 70 % of them said that they prevented their children from going out with wet hair. But, according to doctors, supplements will not be of much help to the kids. They said that good personal hygiene is also a good remedy; it includes washing hands, keeping away from sick people and keeping the home clean.

Usually, the children get 3-6 colds every year and some of them can last up to even two weeks. As per Dr. Gary Feed, who is the co-director of the poll and a pediatrician at Mott, said that majority of parents go for evidence-based recommendations for their kids’ protection from the coughs and colds. Also, 99 % of parents who were surveyed said that they believe personal hygiene was the most important thing in controlling colds.

The colds spread due to direct contact with the infected person or through sir due to sneezing or coughing. Hygiene can kill the germs and contribute to keeping people healthy. Also, avoiding contact with the people suffering from colds can be very much helpful.

Juno Spacecraft Finds New Storm on the Planet Jupiter

The Juno Spacecraft from NASA made a flyby maneuver over the Planet Jupiter and spotted a new Storm on the Planet. The Flyby occurred in the last month and recently received the same data back on the earth. After analyzing the data, the scientists found a not just one, but two storms raging on the planet. The storms are way more significant than the surface area of the earth, and they are raging and swirling together. The first and the most significant storm in the image is the Great Red Storm on the planet. Accompanying it is the OVAL BA, which is the new and small storm spot on the Planet Jupiter.

The Oval BA storm was formed when the scientists were keeping an eye on the gas giant. In 2000, three small storms collided together and created a big storm, which was named as the Oval BA. Since the last flyby maneuver, it has been nearly one year, and according to the scientists, the storm is slowing down. This is not the exact photograph sent by the Juno spacecraft. The spacecraft sent three separate pictures on the earth, taken from the distance of 23,800 miles and 34,500 miles from the surface of the planet.

The digital imaging experts on the earth digitally corrected and synced the three images and created this image, in which we can spot two big storms on the planet Jupiter. These photos were taken on Dec. 21, which was the 16th flyby mission of the Juno Spacecraft. The entire purpose of the spacecraft is to make the images of the planet and send back the data within the 32 flyby missions. This photo marks the halfway of the entire purpose as it was the 16th flyby.

Relativity Space to Launch their 3D Printed Rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

The company that prints the rocket parts using the 3D printers is ready to launch their first rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company, Relativity Space has agreed to the contract with the ted States Air Force to operate from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station from Florida. The company said that they’ve reached to a Multiyear deal with the United States Air Force to build and operated from the Launch Complex 16 of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

According to the contract, it’s a multiuser site for almost five years. The Relativity space can build their new rockets using the 3D printers as they’ve desired and also launch the same. If the company succeeds and launches several missiles in the sky, the contract can be extended for up to 20 years with exclusive rights for the launch site. The Relativity Space started their operations in the year 2015. From their inception, they were in search of an excellent location to build and launch their 3D printed rockets. After the search of almost three years, the company finally have a solid launch site to develop and launch their rockets in the space.

The partnership between the United States Air Force and Relativity Space will help both of the entities to progress. With the close relationship with the government entity, the Relativity Space can get exclusive insights and also, the Air Force can use their services to launch the satellites for navigation and spying missions. The mission of the Relativity Space is exciting, as no one has ever done the launch of a space rocket that has been made entirely with the 3D printed parts. Not just the Air Force, but the company has reached an agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for testing their flight engines before using them in finished rockets.

SpaceX CRS-16 Dragon Spacecraft Returns to Earth

The SpaceX’s CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft has returned to the Earth after completing a month-long Resupply mission. The CRS-16 Dragon was sent to the International Space Station for Resupply Mission last year in December. The spacecraft has returned to the Earth a few hours ago and had successful splashdown. The mission was expected to complete a week ago, but the adverse weather conditions on the ground delayed the End of Mission. But now, the weather was clear and ground control permitted for End of Mission for the SpaceX CRS-16 spacecraft. It was attached to the Outpost of the International Space Station for over a month and has completed the mission.

The Spacecraft was attached to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module. It was released from the ISS on 6:33 p.m. EST. After releasing from the Harmony Module, the Spacecraft performed three departure burns to move away from the International Space Station and achieve the entry point in the atmosphere. After departure burns, the craft performed some orbital maneuvers and at 11:20 p.m. EST, the Deorbit command was issued. After that, the craft entered in the earth’s atmosphere using Draco thrusters and slowed down shortly afterward.

After the re-entry, the spacecraft’s parachutes detached and started to slow it down. It touched down in the water successfully few minutes after the entry. The CRS-16 spacecraft was launched by Falcon-9 rocket on December 5. 2019 and reached the International Space Station on December 8, 2018. When launched, the CRS-16 had 5,600 pounds of science and crew supplies for the international space station. Previously, the End of Mission was scheduled on January 10th, 2019 but postponed due to adverse weather conditions over the landing zone.

NASA has Cleared Dream Chaser Spaceplane for Full Production

NASA has approved a potential project that would make space cargo missions easier than ever. According to the latest reports, Dream Chaser spaceplane from Sierra Nevada Corporation has received the clearance for full production from the national space agency. It means that the developers can start the full production of the spaceplane, which is expected to be served as a cargo carrier between the ISS and NASA.

Once the production starts, Sierra Nevada would need two years’ time for using it for full goods transfer. Its path of getting clearance from NASA has not been the smoothest, considering the counterparts like SpaceX and Orbital ATK. Sierra Nevada was given one of the cargo delivery private contracts for ISS cargo missions in 2016 along with the other two giants.

In the course of time, however, the Dream Chaser demo flights haven’t been that smooth. There were many instances of malfunction, one of which required a complete re-doing of the unmanned vehicle. For instance, a malfunction of the landing gear had caused the Dream Chaser vehicle to turn upside down, making things tough for the company to get the approval. Now that the approval is given, Sierra Nevada is all set.

There are a few factors that make Dream Chaser different from the other cargo-mission vehicles in use, such as Dragon and Cygnus. While Dragon and Cygnus are launched via rockets, Dream Chaser has been designed for runway landings as well. At least theoretically, the vehicle would be able to land at international airports in the country.

The Dream Chaser also has an option to be piloted, if the situation demands the same. It has been built with the basic requirements covered. For instance, the vehicle can be reused up to 15 times, carrying 5500 kg of cargo to space in each of the trips. It’s also capable of taking 3400 kg of waste from the ISS.

How would Milky Way’s Collision with Another Galaxy Look Like?

Scientists from Durham University have predicted that 2 billion years from now, our Milky Way will collide with the neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a spiral of stars and dust. Currently, the LMC is at a safer distance from us; about 200,000 lightyears. These celestial bodies can collide after a long time and the view will be awesome.

As the Milky Way will absorb smaller bodies in its neighborhood, the black hole of the galaxy will gulp the clouds of gases and the stars from the Large Magellanic Cloud. Previously, it was predicted that another galaxy of Andromeda would collide with the Milky Way after 4 billion to 8 billion years’ time. As per the prediction, it would form a giant galaxy together and would be in an elliptical shape. However, now it seems that LMC can impact the Milky Way

LMC is known to be the brightest satellite galaxy in the Milky Way. As per a prediction in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, LMC has almost twice the dark matter than previously believed. That means it has a larger mass than expected and would lose a high rate of energy and will definitely collide with the Milky Way. The LMC was seen as an amazing display of cosmic fireworks.

If this collision happens, a number of shiny stars will be added to our night sky. But, how this collision will shape our galactic geography, is another big question. Some stars may be sucked into the darkness and some may be thrown miles away from the market. There are chances that our own solar system may get ejected from the galaxy along with the Earth.

But, the predictions from scientists say that Earth will not be affected by this. The radiations from this collision will not affect our solar system. So, there is nothing much to worry about. If everything goes well, maybe our descendants will get to enjoy a beautiful show in the night sky.

Refugees from Congo Are Increasing the Tensions about Ebola

Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries have been keen towards keeping Ebola under most control since the very beginning. However, a new challenge has come along the way in the form of refugees. According to the latest reports, hundreds of people have left Congo and have crossed the border of Uganda. The details were shared by a Red Cross worker, who is working in Congo.

The biggest problem is that it is not clear how many of these people have been exposed to Ebola. If there’s a case of Ebola, it is likely that the disease would soon spread to Uganda. The complex presidential election in the country was a catalyst in the refugee influx. Of course, the Ugandan government has taken measures to prevent the same. It was reported that some Congolese people were sent back to the country.

This happened when the group was not co-operating with the Ebola screening set up by the health department in Uganda. The CEO of The One Campaign, an anti-poverty organization said in an interview: “I’m quite concerned that it hasn’t risen to a higher level of attention on the world’s agenda because as we know these viruses don’t pay attention to borders, and they move very quickly. It could kill a whole lot more people.

Ever since the Ebola outbreak was declared, the world has been looking cautiously at the country. Recently, a US medic was quarantined at Nebraska on the suspicion that he may have been exposed to Ebola. Major issues appeared after the Congo government’s decision to prevent one million voters from casting vote, and the Ebola crisis was cited as the reason.

Many protests were observed in the country and a number of them had targeted Ebola centers as well. An important number of centers had to suspend their activities for a few days.