Tag Archives: Medical

Medical examiner identifies HISD student stabbed to death over food

Medical examiner identifies HISD student stabbed to death over foodPolice say Brian Angel was arguing with the juvenile suspect over food when he was stabbed.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Medical equipment and internet fails as Venezuela is plunged into darkness during 16-hour blackout

Medical equipment and internet fails as Venezuela is plunged into darkness during 16-hour blackoutVenezuela was almost entirely without power on Friday morning amid a blackout that the Maduro government blamed on sabotage and which wrought chaos across much of the country. Communications went down, water pumps failed and transport ground to a halt as Venezuela was plunged into darkness at around 5pm local time (9pm UK) on Thursday night. The power cut was believed to have hit up to 23 of the country’s 24 states, though with mobile networks and internet largely out of action, the situation in some areas was unclear.  In Caracas and elsewhere, workers were forced to walk miles to get home as the lights went out in the oil-rich South American nation. There were reports of life support machines and other essential medical equipment failing at hospitals without back-up generators. In the capital, municipal officials said they had attended emergency calls from residents reliant on oxygen machines. School and labour activities were suspended, businesses were shuttered and many Venezuelans were virtually stranded in their homes. There was no word as to when the power cut might end, with fears that it could last for days – a daunting prospect for Venezuelans already struggling to survive amid punishing shortages of food, medicine and cash. People go about their business at a shopping mall in Caracas as the blackout continues Credit: Reuters Amid a deepening international crisis over his leadership, Nicolas Maduro blamed the blackout on an “electric war” waged by the enemies of his Socialist government, claiming “sabotage” at the Guri hydroelectric dam.  “The electric war announced and directed by US imperialism against our people will be defeated. Nothing and no one will be able to defeat the people of Bolívar y Chávez,” he said, calling for “maximum unity of patriots!" But for most Venezuelans, the government’s claims did not ring true, with many noting that Guri was state-operated and under tight security. Instead they pinned the blackout on years of infrastructural decay, a lack of investment and poor maintenance under the Maduro government. A view of Caracas during the blackout Credit: Reuters Juan Guaidó, the National Assembly leader who has been recognised as interim president by more than 50 countries, said the blackout demonstrated the “inefficiency of the usurper”, referring to Mr Maduro. The recovery of the electricity sector and the country would come with “the end of the usurpation,” he added.  Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said: “The power outage and the devastation hurting ordinary Venezuelans is not because of the USA. It’s not because of Colombia.  It’s not Ecuador or Brazil, Europe or anywhere else. Power shortages and starvation are the result of the Maduro regime’s incompetence.” “Maduro’s policies bring nothing but darkness,” he wrote on Twitter. “No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro.” In Caracas, long lines snaked around the few open shops and petrol stations as residents began to panic buy food and fuel. With cash in short supply, no electricity to process card payments and groceries running low, it was a fractious and gruelling task. In one store in the affluent Altamira area of the city, arguments broke out over bread as shoppers queued for up to two hours to purchase whatever food they could find.  Elena, a middle aged resident who did not wish to give her last name, told The Telegraph that previous power outages had never been like this. The severity, and the almost complete failure of phone networks, was frightening everyone, she said, speculating that more was afoot than a technical issue.  Travelers wait during the 16-hour power cut at Barquisimeto airport Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP “No one knows what is going on,” she said. “Something is happening, whether it’s on one (political) side or the other”. A doctor working at the Hospital Vargas in the West of the city, who did not wish to be identified, said the blackout was making already difficult conditions even worse. She said intensive care and the emergencies department were relying on petrol-fuelled generators, but that would not last forever. The rest of the facility was already in darkness. In the hospital’s neighborhood of Cotiza, frustrated people were coming out of their homes into the streets, she said, while police were standing by, some in riot gear. She feared the situation could quickly descend into unrest, saying the atmosphere was one of “tension” and drawing parallels to the infamous Caracazo fuel riots of 1989 in which hundreds of people died. Javier, a 44-year-old lawyer who preferred not to give his last name, said he and his wife were worried for their 3 children. “We can hang on for a day, or maybe two, but what’s going to happen on the third day?”  He put the blame squarely on the Maduro government, and the “lack of investment throughout the last 20 years” as money was instead siphoned off by a “corrupt regime”. “They took the money for themselves”, he told the Telegraph, adding: “That is why all this is happening.” After almost 24 hours, much of the country still remained under blackout, though electricity began to be restored to some areas of Caracas yesterday afternoon. In the centre of the capital, there was a heavy police and military presence, with the road to Miraflores, the presidential palace, closed and guarded.  Outside the Hospital Vargas, Agustin, 34, who preferred not to give his last name, was leaning against a wall, sick and visibly jaundiced. He had arrived at 5pm on Thursday for treatment to find the hospital already almost entirely without power. Agustin had travelled from the town of Higuerote, more than an hour and a half away, after his local facility said he needed tests and likely an operation that they could not provide. But without electricity, all the hospital could do was give him a sedative, he told The Telegraph. “I can’t even go home because the transport isn’t running as there isn’t enough fuel.” There were reports from around the country of hospitals’ generators failing, and patients being ventilated by hand. Speaking in the neighbourhood of Los Palos Grandes, Mr Guaidó said nine deaths had so far been reported due to the power cut. This “crisis, this tragedy” was the fault of the “corrupt” Maduro regime, he added.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Michael Cohen says Trump had no medical excuse to avoid military draft: ‘You think I’m stupid? I wasn’t going to Vietnam’

Michael Cohen says Trump had no medical excuse to avoid military draft: ‘You think I’m stupid? I wasn’t going to Vietnam’Michael Cohen released his prepared remarks before a public testimony on Capitol Hill in which he was due to detail Donald Trump’s alleged lies, corruption and criminal conduct throughout the 2016 presidential election. Among those explosive claims — Cohen will say Mr Trump “was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails” — include the president telling his former attorney there was no real medical excuse behind his military deferral during the Vietnam War.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Couple stranded in Mexico after kicked off cruise ship for medical emergency

Couple stranded in Mexico after kicked off cruise ship for medical emergencyThe wife's illness while on board in Mexico led the ship's crew to remove the New Jersey couple, leading to a grueling, costly trip home by cab and plane.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipment

Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipmentConjoined twin boys born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died on Saturday after attempts to secure a potentially life-saving evacuation failed.  In a statement carried by the Houthi-run Saba news, the health ministry said the twins’ deaths reflected the humanitarian situation Yemen's children are facing as a result of the war. The boys’ plight and the flurry of international media it generated has cast the politics of Yemen’s war and their human cost into stark relief. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelkarim were born in Houthi-controlled Sanaa, at a hospital so woefully underequipped after years of bombardment and blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that doctors could perform an MRI. The twins’ doctors had begged for them to be evacuated to a hospital equipped to give them life-saving treatment.  "They need to travel immediately. They will not be able to survive in Yemen under the social, political and economic circumstances in this country,” said Dr Faisal al-Balbali, the head of the neonatal unit at al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa. But Yemen’s airspace is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition and, following Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, no civilian flights have taken off from Sanaa since 2015. The only flights permitted in and out are those operated by the United Nations. Despite offers from a Saudi organisation, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works, to provide the needed medical care, no way around the blockade was found. Yemen’s nearly four-year war has seen the country brought to the brink of starvation, its infrastructure destroyed, as Iran-backed Houthi rebels battle the Saudi-led coalition which aims to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in 2014. UN-led peace talks re-started in December 2018 and aim to implement a ceasefire and military withdrawal in Red Sea port city Hodeidah, and to reopen Sanaa airport.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkup

Reckoning time: Trump checks in for another medical checkupBETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It's reckoning time: President Donald Trump had his annual medical exam Friday, a year after his doctor advised him to up the exercise and cut the calories.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Trump to undergo three-and-a-half-hour medical exam

Trump to undergo three-and-a-half-hour medical examDonald Trump will enjoy no “executive time” on Friday, according to his schedule, and will instead face more than three hours of prodding and poking as he undergoes an extensive physical exam. The 72-year-old Republican will travel to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre in Bethesda, Maryland, beginning his annual check-up at 12.45pm and departing at 4.25pm. Last year he was declared to be in “excellent health” with his then-personal physician, Dr Ronny Jackson, telling reporters Mr Trump had “incredibly good genes”.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Israel gives green light for medical cannabis exports

Israel gives green light for medical cannabis exportsThe Israeli government on Sunday gave the final go-ahead for the export of medical cannabis, the health ministry said, a move expected to generate significant revenues for the state. “Israel is one of the leaders in the world in the field of medical cannabis,” Moshe Bar Simon Tov, director general at the ministry, said. The approval comes after parliament in December passed a law allowing overseas sale of cannabis grown with a health ministry licence.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

'The Surgery to Remove the Lung Cancer Is On Hold.' The Shutdown Is Forcing Workers to Delay Vital Medical Care

'The Surgery to Remove the Lung Cancer Is On Hold.' The Shutdown Is Forcing Workers to Delay Vital Medical CareWorkers affected by the government shutdown are quickly joining the ranks of Americans for whom healthcare is a significant financial burden



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Better medical checks on migrant children? Not all health officials know status of new screenings

Better medical checks on migrant children? Not all health officials know status of new screeningsPublic health officials in Arizona say they aren't coordinating medical screenings of migrant children in federal custody.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines