Scotland's mad cow disease case was a one-off: Tests reveal other cattle do NOT carry the disease
The mad cow disease case detected on a Scottish farm last month was a one-off, tests have revealed.
Out of the five cows analysed on the farm in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, only one came back as positive for BSE in what is thought to be a 'sporadic' incident.
The farmer at the centre of the case confirmed none of the other animals who were slaughtered and then tested had been carrying the deadly disease. Tests cannot be carried out on live animals.
Thomas Jackson's Boghead Farm, near Huntly, was placed under quarantine last month when a five-year-old pedigree Aberdeen Angus came back as positive for BSE during routine tests.
The mad cow disease case detected on Boghead Farm (pictured), Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, last was month was a one-off, tests have revealed. Out of the five cows analysed, only one came back as positive for BSE in what is thought to be a 'sporadic' incident
The disease originally spread in the 1990s when cows were given animal feed made with ground up parts of other dead, infected cows.
However, it can also come about from a genetic mutation, with only that animal's offspring then being at risk.
Routine testing found a four-year-old cow that died on Boghead Farm on October 2 was infected with made cow disease.
All animals over the age of four that die on a farm are routinely tested for BSE.
The BSE-positive cow's calf, along with three other 'cohort' cows, were then culled and tested as a precautionary measure.
These four animals have now been confirmed as not having BSE, a finding Mr Jackson has welcomed after what he said was a 'very difficult' time.
'As part of the robust surveillance requirements, the cohorts and offspring of the cow found to have BSE were identified and were slaughtered and tested as there is no test that can be carried out on the live animals,' he said.
'As was expected, the tests carried out on these four animals have come back negative for BSE.
'The cow involved seems to have been one of the very few sporadic cases that still happen across the world. Unfortunately it just happened to be ours.
'We have fully cooperated with all the parties involved throughout the investigation.
'We now need to move on from what has been a very difficult time for us and get back to some form of normality.'
Last month's case of mad cow disease is first in the UK since it was found in a dead animal in Wales in 2015. The disease wreaked havoc on the UK in the 1990s when entire herds had to be destroyed and Britain was banned from exporting beef to the European Union
Mad cow disease infected tens of thousands of cows in the 1990s and led to many being culled (Pictured: a photo from 1996 of cows who were slaughtered because of mad cow disease)
Regular testing for bovine spongiform encephalopathy is done to ensure mad cow disease is detected before infected meat can make it near the food chain - all cows over four that die on farms are tested for BSE (Pictured: dead cows on a farm in France during a 1996 outbreak)
Mr Jackson previously said he had taken pride in doing everything correctly and it was 'heartbreaking' to be told one of his animals had mad cow disease.
'This has been a very difficult time for myself and my wife and we have found the situation personally devastating,' he said.
'We have built up our closed herd over many years and have always taken great pride in doing all the correct things.
'To find through the surveillance system in place that one of our cows has BSE has been heartbreaking.'
This was the first time in a decade mad cow disease was detected in Scotland. An animal died of the disease in Wales in 2015.
Prior to this incident, Scotland had been given 'negligible risk' status along with Northern Ireland. It will now rejoin England and Wales in having 'controlled risk' status.
Speaking of Boghead Farm's one-off test result, Colin Clark, Gordon MP and a former cattle farmer, said: 'This is excellent news and confirms this was an isolated case.
'It must be a relief to the farmer and to the broader beef industry.
'This case demonstrates the surveillance system is effective and the traceability is the best in the world.'
Investigators previously said the case shows the surveillance system is working effectively.
This 'isolated' case was identified because of that strict testing system and Food Standards Scotland confirmed there is no risk to human health.
People can become terminally ill if they eat beef infected with BSE because it can cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease - a degenerative brain disorder (Pictured: ground beef made from infected cattle being moved at RAF Quedgeley in Gloucestershire in 1996)
Mad cow disease, which can spread to humans and cause a deadly brain infection, led to the slaughter of all cows over the age of 30 months in 1996 (Pictured: a herd of 124 cows in France being slaughtered in 1996 because one of them had the disease)
The father of a girl who died from the human form of mad cow disease fears rules introduced to stop its spread may have been relaxed.
Roger Tomkins watched as his beloved daughter Clare wasted away from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), in the late 1990s.
Mr Tomkins said he cannot be certain that Britain won't see another outbreak in his lifetime - despite strict controls launched two decades ago.
He questioned how a new case has been found if the strict controls, which have a 'significant' cost, were still in place.
Roger Tomkins watched as his beloved daughter Clare wasted away from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), in the late 1990s
Mr Tomkins' daughter Clare was in her early 20s and engaged when she began to suffer unusual symptoms. In the space of just six months, she was reduced to a wreck of a human being who could not control her movements (pictured with her partner Andrew)
Speaking from his home in the Norfolk Broads, Mr Tomkin said the latest case was 'disturbing to say the least'.
He said: 'The BSE Enquiry held at the back end of the 90s - which I did attend - recommended that stricter controls must be put on the meat industry, the animal feed and so on and so forth.
'Having been a member of the CJD support network for many years, we were always encouraged to see that the number of variant CJD cases was reducing.
'However I did hear over the course of time that the cost of the controls was significant and there was suggestion that maybe there were those in the industry that were looking - because it had been successful - to reduce those controls because everything was under control.
'My only comment really is have the controls been relaxed to some extent and has something slipped through the net?'
More than 70,000 cows were infected with mad cow disease in 1992 and 1993, and the raging crisis in the UK led to the EU banning British beef exports three years later (pictured: cows being slaughtered on a French farm in 1996)
Cows exposed to BSE must be slaughtered and disposed of to ensure they never make it near the food chain (pictured: a cow being cremated during the 1996 cull) – the Scottish Government today said the offspring of the infected cow in Aberdeenshire will be destroyed
Giving cows feed made with ground up parts of other dead, infected cows was banned in 1989 - when the scandal came to light and it became clear it was causing disease.
However, cow feed can still contain unwanted parts of animals that have eaten potentially contaminated cow-based feed, according to PETA.
If passed on to humans when they eat contaminated beef, BSE can cause variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) – a fatal, degenerative brain disorder.
At the disease's peak in the early 1990s, it was infecting more than 30,000 cows a year but there have been only six cases in the UK since 2012.
Around 4.4 million cows were destroyed by being burnt in smoking pyres in the countryside or incinerated and buried in mass graves.
The outbreak cost the UK beef industry dearly and strict rules were introduced that meant older cattle could not enter the food chain.
Mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a fatal neurological disease in cattle caused by an abnormal protein that destroys the brain and spinal cord.
The disease was first identified in Great Britain in 1986, although research suggests the first infections may have spontaneously occurred in the 1970s.
It is believed to be spread by feeding calves meat and bone meal contaminated with BSE.
Humans can contract variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (vCJD) if beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue from cattle infected with mad cow disease are eaten. There is no treatment and 177 people have been killed by the variant.
There were 36,000 diagnosed cases of mad cow disease in Great Britain in 1992, leading to British beef exports being banned and dozens of people dying.
In August 1996, a British coroner ruled that Peter Hall, a 20-year old vegetarian who died of vCJD, contracted the disease from eating beef burgers as a child.
The verdict was the first to legally link a human death to mad cow disease.
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ritten, or redistributed. ©2019 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes. </p><p>According to their Annual Procedural Statistics, published Monday, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that total cosmetic procedures in 2018 increased by 2 percent from 2017. There were a total of 1.8 million surgical procedures in 2018, primarily focused on the body as opposed to the face. The top five surgical procedures were: breast augmentation, liposuction, nose reshaping, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks.</p><p>Dr. Matthew Schulman, the board-certified plastic surgeon in New York who coined the phrase, credits social media for the trend.</p><p>“It’s particularly popular with millennials,” Schulman said of filtered selfies, which let people augment their appearance using cellphone apps.</p><p>The result: A quarter-million more cosmetic procedures were performed last year over 2017 — including a whopping 19 percent bump in so-called Brazilian butt lifts.</p><p>While boob implants and breast lifts still dominate, according to newly released data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Brazilian butt lift is fast gaining steam — thanks to stars like Kim Kardashian West, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez, whose large posteriors have been changing America’s booty aesthetics.</p><p>Last year, 24,099 Americans got a BBL, a surgical procedure that involves fat grafting and was formerly known as a buttock augmentation.</p><p>That’s well below the 313,735 boob implants performed in 2018, but the 19 percent rise in BBLs is also the largest increase reported by the ASPS in its recently released list of top US cosmetic procedures for 2018.</p><p>By contrast, breast augmentations were up just 4 percent, as were boob lifts, at 109,638 procedures performed in 2018, the ASPS said.</p><p>The popularity of the BBL — which takes fat via liposuction from areas where patients least want it and injects it into their derrières — is remarkable given that many doctors refuse to perform the operation.</p><p>“It has the highest mortality rate of any surgical procedure tracked by the ASPS,” said Dr. Daniel Maman, a board-certified plastic surgeon at 740 Park Plastic Surgery, who refuses to perform any sort of butt surgery.</p><p>ASPS puts the death rate from BBLs at 1 in 3,000 compared to a death rate of 1 in 25,000 for all cosmetic procedures.</p><p>But Schulman, who performs the procedure, says the problem is that some doctors just aren’t reporting their BBL work, which skews the results.</p><p>BBLs are also taking over for butt implants, which declined 28 percent last year.</p><p>“Butt implants are not meant to be sat on,” Maman said. “And when they are, they cause pain, move around and create scars.”</p><p>This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ©2019 FOX News Network, LLC. All rights reserved. All market data delayed 20 minutes.</p>
ve come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life. I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time.'</p><p>Scary: Emilia Clarke has revealed that she suffered and survived two brain aneurysms while filming Game Of Thrones</p><p>Emilia then explained that she had just finished filming the first season of the HBO fantasy series when she had her initial brain aneurysm while working out with a trainer. </p><p>Fearing for her life, the star admitted she repeatedly told herself that this would not be the end, as she tried to keep a sense of herself by reciting her lines from Game of Thrones. </p><p>Emilia, who was just 24 at the time, was quickly sent for an MRI where they diagnosed her with a subarachnoid haemorrhage.</p><p>This type of hemorrhage is a life-threatening form of stroke, which is caused by bleeding around the brain and a third of patients die immediately or soon after suffering one.</p><p>Health: The actress, 32, who plays 'Mother of Dragons' Daenerys Targaryen, shared in a candid interview with the The New Yorker that she had her first aneurysm in 2011 (pictured in character in GoT series one) </p><p>She said: 'Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life. I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time'</p><p>Emilia said: 'In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job—my entire dream of what my life would be—centred on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.'</p><p>Emilia said that she was told that she had another, smaller, aneurysm on the other side of her brain while in hospital recovering which could burst at any time, however it may also just lie dormant.</p><p>Before she was thrown back into filming, Emilia had to endure a press tour for the first season of the show and said she remembers feeling like she could die at any moment and made it through interviews by sipping on morphine. </p><p>Terrifying: Emilia then explained that she had just finished filming the first season of the HBO fantasy series when she had her initial brain aneurysm while working out with a trainer (pictured with Kit Harington (Jon Snow) during filming for Game Of Thrones)</p><p>Pushing on: She revealed that she had been undertaking exercise to relieve the stress of her newfound fame but soon started to feel a 'bad headache' and fatigue', yet she forced herself to continue the gruelling workout (pictured at the Oscars in February 2019)</p><p>After struggling through filming for season two and pushing herself to complete season three, Emilia took a role as Holly Golightly on Broadway. </p><p>While in New York, Emilia went for a one of her regular brain scans and medics discovered that it had doubled in size and wanted to operate to avoid any complications.</p><p>Despite being promised a simple operation, Emilia said she awoke screeching in agony following the failed operation and doctors had to operate again in order to improve her chance of survival. </p><p>Something's wrong: However, when Emilia got into the plank position she felt as though 'an elastic band were squeezing her brain' she then ran to the changing room where she became 'violently, voluminously ill'</p><p>She said while spending another month in hospital she sometimes lost hope and suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, adding that she felt like a shadow of her former self.</p><p>The Me Before You actress said that she now struggles recalling those dark times because her mind has tried to block them out, but she does remember being convinced she would die, and that her story would get out.</p><p>A reporter asked her about her operation six weeks after the surgery, when the National Enquirer ran a small story, but Emilia was quick to deny the allegation. </p><p>Fearful: Fearing for her life, the star admitted she said to herself 'I will not be paralysed' as she tried to keep her 'memory alive' by reciting her lines from Game of Thrones (pictured in 2013 around the time of her second operation)</p><p>However Emilia said she now feels like the time is right to speak out, and acknowledges that she is one of the fortunate few with an excellent level of care.</p><p>Several weeks after the surgery Emilia attended Comic-Con where she suffered an intense headache, and once again she resigned herself to the fact that her time had come after claiming to have cheated death.</p><p>However she was met by her publicist who told her a reporter from MTV was waiting to chat to her, and rather than running from the situation, Emilia joked that she thought if she was going to die, she'd do it live on television. </p><p>Worrying: Emilia, who was just 24 at the time, added that a woman next to her in the stall put her in the recovery position as an 'unconsciousness settled over her' as she was wheeled into hospital</p><p>Emilia now claims she is feeling well again and alongside finally speaking out about her experiences she has decided to launch a charity called SameYou, which aims to provide treatment for people recovering from brain injuries and stroke.</p><p>She added that she feels incredibly lucky to have wrapped the final season of Game Of Thrones and been able to see how the story ended. </p><p>Emilia, who rarely gave her health a thought and was consumed by her desire to be an actress, grew up in Oxford with her businesswoman mother and sound designer father who worked hard to put her through private school. </p><p>She said that although she doesn't have a strong sense of when she actually decided to become an actress she can recall being entranced by a performance of Show Boat when she was just three years old with her father, who passed in July 2016. </p><p>Emilia was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015 - and turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in 2015's scandalous film Fifty Shades of Grey.</p><p>The actress shot to fame in 2011 after she replaced Tamzin Merchant as the platinum-haired Targaryen princess Daenerys Targaryen on Game Of Thrones.</p><p>Her character has since undergone some dramatic plotlines - including an arranged marriage to Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa, and the tense Liberation of Slaver's Bay.</p><p>No regret: Emilia was handed more sex scenes than any other character in season one of the popular television series</p><p>She was last seen in a scandalous scene with Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, in the final episode of season seven.</p><p>Many of Emilia's scenes have seen her strip off on camera, but she recently revealed that she doesn't regret her choices - as the fantasy series gears up to air its final episodes next month. </p><p>Stepping into her role as Daenerys, Emilia was handed more sex scenes than any other character in season one of the popular television series.</p><p>In the nude: Despite her image now being featured on porn websites, Emilia, said there is 'not one part of the show I would go back and redo'</p><p>She told the publication: 'People ask me the nudity question all the time. But the short answer is no, I would never change anything. You had to see those sex scenes, as they couldn't just be explained.' </p><p>But the Mother of Dragons, who is now said to be worth a massive £9.7 million ($13 million), did receive some backlash for the raunchy scenes.</p><p>Feminist critics hit out at Emilia for one particular moment in season six of the show where Daenerys' clothes were burned off as she emerged from a fire.</p><p>But the actress said she was trying to portray her character as 'strong' and 'empowered' in the controversial scene.</p><p>'I just wanted to come out and do an empowered scene that wasn't sexual — it was naked, but it was strong,' she said.</p><p>'I get a lot of c**p for having done nude scenes and sex scenes. That, in itself, is so anti-feminist. Women hating on other women is just the problem. That's upsetting.'</p><p>Emilia confessed that she worried she would become 'pigeonholed' in one particular role after appearing nude in the epic drama.</p><p>Emilia said: 'People ask me the nudity question all the time. But the short answer is no, I would never change anything...'</p><p>Emilia was named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2015 - and turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in 2015's scandalous film Fifty Shades of Grey. </p><p>The actress shot to fame in 2011 after she replaced Tamzin Merchant as the platinum-haired Targaryen princess.</p><p>Her character has since undergone some dramatic plotlines - including an arranged marriage to Dothraki chieftain Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa, and the tense Liberation of Slaver's Bay.</p><p>She was last seen in a scandalous scene with Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, in the final episode of season seven.</p><p>Emilia's comments come just a month ahead of the premiere of the eighth and final series of Game of Thrones on April 14. </p><p>The end: Emilia's comments come just a month before the premiere of the eighth and final series on April 14 (Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke pictured in Game of Thrones)</p><p>A subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. </p><p>Five to 10 percent of strokes are caused by SAH. They most typically occur in older people. </p><p>It can be caused by a head injury or a ruptured aneurysm.</p><p>A third of patients survive and recover, a third survive with disability, and a third do not survive.</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
signs of heart failure before symptoms appear.</p><p>The gadget fits over the top of a normal seat and contains sensors which can measure the user's heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels through their legs.</p><p>Its inventors claim the product could save millions of lives and make it easier to monitor at-risk patients with accurate, real-time information.</p><p>Currently costing £1,500 each, the toilet seats aren't cheap but they could save hospitals money and improve people's health, the researchers said.</p><p>The toilet seat, invented by scientists in New York, fits on top of a normal toilet seat and incorporates sensors to pick up on the user's heart rate and blood pressure</p><p>The inventors said the gadget offers an easy way to monitor patients at risk of heart failure when they're at home, potentially saving lives by spotting symptoms early on</p><p>Inventors at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York have designed and produced the seat, which they hope will cut hospital admission rates.</p><p>Around a quarter of heart failure patients are readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge, the researchers said, while 45 per cent are taken back within six weeks.</p><p>By monitoring the patients at home – and not requiring them to do anything other than what comes naturally – medics may be able to keep a closer eye on them.</p><p>This also reduces the likelihood of mistakes which would otherwise happen if people were doing their own monitoring using other devices. </p><p>And the data from the seat, which is WiFi enabled, can be transmitted automatically to doctors if necessary, so they can decide whether someone needs treatment.</p><p>'This system has the potential to address many of the challenges with in-home monitoring,' the inventors wrote in a report in the journal JMIR mHealth.</p><p>They said the seat could overcome problems with convincing people to take reliable measurements themselves, because it would do it for them without any extra effort. </p><p>Heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly. It usually occurs because the heart has become too weak or stiff. </p><p>Heart failure doesn't mean your heart has stopped working – it just needs some support to help it work better. It can occur at any age, but is most common in older people.</p><p>Heart failure is a long-term condition that tends to get gradually worse over time. It can't usually be cured, but the symptoms can often be controlled for many years.</p><p>Some people also experience other symptoms, such as a persistent cough, a fast heart rate, and dizziness.</p><p>Symptoms can develop quickly (acute heart failure) or gradually over weeks or months (chronic heart failure).</p><p>See your GP if you experience persistent or gradually worsening symptoms of heart failure.</p><p>They added: 'Such a device may enable new approaches and capabilities in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including but not limited to those with heart failure.' </p><p>'If successful,' the report said, 'this strategy has the potential to reduce the burden of heart failure and cardiovascular disease on the health care industry as well as improve the quality of life for patients.'</p><p>The developers said the seat would make it easier to be proactive about monitoring patients' care, by monitoring them before symptoms appear, instead of being reactive, and only being able to help when someone is already ill.</p><p>And the legs could be a good location for this monitoring to take place because the aorta – the body's largest artery – runs into the thighs. </p><p>Heart failure is a serious condition in which the heart cannot pump blood properly around the body, often because it is too weak or stiff.</p><p>The toilet seat could look for signs of this, its inventors say, by noticing when the oxygen volume in blood is low, when blood pressure is high, and when smaller amounts of blood are being pumped with each action. </p><p>Heart failure isn't curable but it is treatable. If left untreated it can cause breathlessness, tiredness and dizziness. </p><p>The condition increases the risk of kidney and liver damage or further damage to the heart.</p><p>A trial of the toilet seats, made by the firm Heart Health Intelligence, will be conducted on 150 discharged heart patients in the US. </p><p>They are battery-powered, waterproof, wireless and do not require any setting up or programming by the patient.</p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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rgency room visits a year, a new study found. </p><p>At any given moment, some 660,000 drivers are fumbling for, glancing at or chasing after their phones while behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. </p><p>And drivers distracted by their phones are at fault for about one in four car crashes, resulting in almost 390,000 texting and driving injuries, the National Safety Council says. </p><p>But there's an easy fix: banning cell phone use on the road. </p><p>Laws against texting and driving in 47 states reduce the number of annual ER visits by four percent, a new Texas A&M study reports. </p><p>Texting and driving is responsible for some 390,000 injuries a year in the US - but bans against cell phone use behind the wheel prevent 1,600 hospitalizations annually, a new study finds </p><p>But that's simply not the case behind when we're behind the wheel. </p><p>As the National Safety Council asserts, driving and using a smartphone both take a lot of brain power and concentration, and trying to do both at once is just too much for our minds. </p><p>The result of our attempts to multitask behind the wheel is some 1.6 million car crashes every year. </p><p>Having watched in horror as testing and driving drove a sharp increase in car accidents, legislatures in nearly every US state have now passed laws prohibiting the practice. </p><p>The Texas A&M University team analyzed data on various kinds of texting and driving laws in 16 states between 2004 and 2017 and the impacts of these laws on hospital admissions. </p><p>States may enact one or more of several types of cell phone use bans. </p><p>Some have primary bans, which mean that a police officer has the authority to pull over a driver just because they are using a cell phone. </p><p>When a secondary ban is in effect, cell phone use is still punishable under the law, but an officer has to have another reason for pulling someone over (such as reckless driving or speeding). </p><p>Bans may also apply to all drivers or just to inexperienced, or 'novice' drivers, as 38 states have. </p><p>Previous research has linked primary texting bans to a seven percent reduction in hospitalizations for car crashes. </p><p>The new study found that any of the four possible forms of bans had significant public health benefits. </p><p>Across the board, the introduction of these laws led to four percent fewer hospitalizations across all age groups. </p><p>This was measured in comparison to Arizona's hospitalization rates, as the state did not yet have any form of texting-and-driving ban during the study period. </p><p>Arizona remains one of just three states in the US that doesn't have a universal ban on texting. It and Missouri have bans in place blocking young drivers from cell phone use, and Montana has texting and driving laws. </p><p>However, Arizona may soon catch up to the vast majority of the country, as its Senate passed a bill to universally ban texting on March 5, 2019. </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
of tumours in the body, according to a new study. </p><p>Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster.</p><p>The amount was said to be the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugary drink a day. </p><p>Sugar could be fuelling cancer by speeding up the growth of tumours in the body, according to a new study</p><p>Dr Lewis Cantley, a co-author of the study from Weill Cornell Medicine, said: 'This observation in animal models might explain why increased consumption of sweet drinks and other foods with high sugar content over the past 30 years is correlating with an increase in colorectal cancers in 25 to 50-year-olds in the United States.'</p><p>An understanding of how sugar feeds cancer may also lead to a new approach to treatment, the study's scientists suggested.</p><p>However, some experts have warned that the mechanism had been demonstrated in mice genetically engineered to be prone to cancer, and may not translate into humans. </p><p>Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, found that mice consuming high-fructose corn syrup, used in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks, saw intestinal tumours grow faster</p><p>Michael Skilton from the University of Sydney, who was not involved in the study, told The Times that he was impressed by the research but warned that the findings could not readily be applied to humans. </p><p>He said: 'Irrespective of whether these sweeteners are having a direct effect on tumour development and growth, people wising to reduce their likelihood of developing cancer should limit their intake.'</p><p>Lead author Dr. Marcus D. Goncalves said: 'We were not able to show that giving high-fructose corn syrup causes new tumours because these mice develop tumours even on normal diets free of added sugar.</p><p>The study was published March 22 in the print issue of Science. </p><p>Meals should be based on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain, according to the NHS</p><p>• Eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. All fresh, frozen, dried and canned fruit and vegetables count</p><p>• Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates, ideally wholegrain</p><p>• 30 grams of fibre a day: This is the same as eating all of the following: 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 whole-wheat cereal biscuits, 2 thick slices of wholemeal bread and large baked potato with the skin on</p><p>• Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks) choosing lower fat and lower sugar options</p><p>• Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins (including 2 portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily)</p><p>• Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and consuming in small amounts</p><p>• Adults should have less than 6g of salt and 20g of saturated fat for women or 30g for men a day</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
expose their children to the virus so they would get sick, recover and build up immunity to the disease. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin stirred up controversy this week when he told a radio show host that he exposed all nine of his children to a neighbor who was sick with the virus.</p><p>“Every single one of my kids got the chickenpox. They got the chickenpox on purpose,” Bevin said in an interview with WKCT, a talk radio station in Bowling Green, Kentucky. “We found a neighbor that had it, and I went and made sure every one of them got it. They were miserable for a few days and they all turned out fine.”</p><p>Most doctors believe that deliberately infecting a child with the full-blown virus is a bad idea. While chickenpox is mild for most children, it can be a dangerous virus for others — and there's no way to know which child will have a serious case, experts say.</p><p>“I don’t know why you would expose your child to something that could potentially have serious complications,” said Dr. Candice Dye, a pediatrician and associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “When you get the vaccine your body is given a protective dose, which allows your body to make antigens so you don’t get the full-blown experience.”</p><p>During the radio interview, Bevin told the host, “If you are worried yourself, if you’re an adult, or if you are worried about your child contracting something like chickenpox, then vaccinate your child. Don’t worry about what someone else is doing.”</p><p>“Those who are directly exposed can infect others up to three weeks afterwards. You're potentially exposing those who haven't been vaccinated and high risk patients like those who are immunocompromised, such as cancer patients or people on steroids, and women who are pregnant,” said Dr. Bessey Geevarghese, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Lurie Children’s at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. “Getting the vaccine is just a better way than exposing everyone to chicken pox.”</p><p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not endorse any natural immunity method.</p><p>“When your child gets the chickenpox shots, he or she is getting immunity from chickenpox without the risk of serious complications of the disease,” a CDC spokesman said.</p><p>The chickenpox vaccine uses a weakened version of the virus to build up the person's immunity to the actual virus, resulting in a milder and shorter course of the disease. Without the vaccine, symptoms usually last five to seven days.</p><p>Most children experience symptoms such as an itchy rash, fever, headache and fatigue, but more serious, albeit rare problems like skin infections, dehydration, pneumonia and a dangerous swelling of the brain called encephalitis, can occur.</p><p>For unvaccinated children over the age of 13 who have never had the chickenpox, it is recommended that they receive two doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart.</p><p>Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments. </p>
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signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy.</p><p>The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights called the measure "cruel and clearly unconstitutional" and said it would sue Mississippi to try to block the law from taking effect on July 1. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's decision last year striking down a less-restrictive law limiting abortions in the state.</p><p>After a bill signing ceremony at the state Capitol, Bryant told reporters that he's not worried about lawsuits.</p><p>"They don't have to sue us. It's up to them," Bryant said. "If they do not believe in the sanctity of life, these that are in organizations like Planned Parenthood, we will have to fight that fight. But it is worth it."</p><p>Mississippi is one of several states that have considered bills this year to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is found. Abortion opponents are emboldened by new conservatives on the Supreme Court and are seeking cases to challenge the court's 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.</p><p>A federal judge in 2018 struck down a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, saying it is unconstitutional.</p><p>"Lawmakers didn't get the message," Hillary Schneller, staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, said in a statement Thursday. "They are determined to rob Mississippians of the right to abortion, and they are doing it at the expense of women's health and taxpayer money. This ban — just like the 15-week ban the governor signed a year ago — is cruel and clearly unconstitutional."</p><p>The law that Bryant signed Thursday says a physician who performs an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected could face revocation of his or her Mississippi medical license. It also says abortions could be allowed after a fetal heartbeat is found if a pregnancy endangers a woman's life or one of her major bodily functions. The House and Senate both rejected efforts to allow exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.</p><p>Georgia and Tennessee are among the states considering similar bills. Kentucky's law banning abortion after the detection of a heartbeat was immediately challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union when Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed it on March 14, and a federal judge temporarily blocked it. A federal judge on Wednesday also blocked another Kentucky law that would ban abortion for women seeking to end their pregnancies because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus.</p>
oung boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology.</p><p>More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile from the chemotherapy or radiation that helped save their life.</p><p>When young adults are diagnosed with cancer, they can freeze sperm, eggs or embryos ahead of treatment. But children diagnosed before puberty can't do that because they're not yet producing mature eggs or sperm.</p><p>"Fertility issues for kids with cancer were ignored" for years, said University of Pittsburgh reproductive scientist Kyle Orwig. "Many of us dream of growing up and having our own families. We hope our research will help these young patients to do that."</p><p>Orwig's team reported a key advance Thursday: First, they froze a bit of testicular tissue from a monkey that hadn't yet reached puberty. Later, they used it to produce sperm that, through a monkey version of IVF, led to the birth of a healthy female monkey named Grady.</p><p>The technique worked well enough that human testing should begin in the next few years, Orwig said.</p><p>"It's a huge step forward" that should give hope to families, said Susan Taymans of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, which helped fund the research published in the journal Science. "It's not like science fiction. It's something that seems pretty attainable."</p><p>University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a handful of other hospitals already freeze immature testicular tissue from young cancer patients, in hopes of knowing how to use it once they're grown and ready to have their own children.</p><p>Boys are born with stem cells inside little tubes in the testes, cells that start producing sperm after puberty's testosterone jolt. Orwig's goal: Keep sperm-producing stem cells safe from cancer treatment by freezing small pieces of testicular tissue, and using them to restore fertility later in life.</p><p>Orwig's team froze tissue from young male monkeys, and then sterilized them. Once the monkeys approached puberty, the researchers thawed those tissue samples and gave them back to the original animal — implanting them just under the skin.</p><p>"We're not hooking it up to the normal plumbing," Orwig cautioned.</p><p>Boosted by hormones, the little pieces of tissue grew. Months later, the researchers removed them. Sure enough, inside was sperm they could collect and freeze.</p><p>Colleagues at the Oregon National Primate Research Center injected some of that sperm into eggs from female monkeys and implanted the resulting embryos. Last April, Grady was born, and "she plays and behaves just like every other monkey that was grown the normal way," Orwig said.</p><p>If the technique sounds a little bizarre, it's similar to a female option.</p><p>Girls' eggs are in an immature state before puberty. Researchers have removed and frozen strips of ovarian tissue harboring egg follicles from young women before cancer treatment, in hopes that when transplanted back later the immature eggs would resume development. It's considered experimental even for young adults but some births have been reported. Now some hospitals bank ovarian tissue from girls, too.</p><p>Surgery involving the boys' testicular tissue is less invasive, noted Orwig, who also is researching ways to reinsert sperm-producing stem cells where they belong rather than the more roundabout technique.</p><p>The new research shows "immature testicular tissue may become an option" to preserve boys' fertility, Nina Neuhaus and Stefan Schlatt of the Center of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology in Muenster, Germany, wrote in an accompanying editorial.</p><p>Meanwhile, "it's important for parents to know about this," said Christine Hanlon of Holiday, Florida, who took her son Dylan to Pittsburgh to have his tissue stored when he was newly diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma at age 9.</p><p>Today Dylan is a healthy teen, and no one knows if he'll ever need the stored tissue, one of more than 200 samples Orwig's study has preserved. But Hanlon was thrilled to learn the research is moving along, just in case.</p><p>"You lose part of your childhood in cancer treatment," Hanlon said. "If there was a chance I could help him have normalcy in his future, with the potential of having a family if that's what he decided to do, I wanted to be able to."</p><p>The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.</p>
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