2:07pm

Tue July 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Harmful Parasites In Cat Poop Are Widespread

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:34 am

That cat poop can pose a health risk to humans no longer surprises us.

Some cats carry a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. Infected cats shed embryonic T. gondii, called oocysts, in their feces.

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1:30pm

Tue July 9, 2013
Parallels

A Coup Or Not In Egypt? $1.5 Billion In U.S. Aid At Stake

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:26 pm

Egyptians wave their national flag as army helicopters fly over Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 4, the day after the military ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt's military receives $1.3 billion annually from the U.S.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

When the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, it was widely described as a coup. But not universally so.

The U.S., which has been a huge aid donor to Egypt for more than three decades, has so far declined to decide one way or the other.

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1:01pm

Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Members Of Elite Firefighting Unit Memorialized In Arizona

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:56 pm

Former Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters walk past ceremonial firefighter boots and gear during a memorial honoring 19 fallen firefighters in Prescott Valley, Ariz., on Tuesday.
Pool Getty Images

Thousands of firefighters are gathered in Prescott, Ariz., today, to honor the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the 19 firefighters who were killed by a wildfire on Sunday, June 30. The speakers include Gov. Jan Brewer and Vice President Joe Biden.

"These men were some of the strongest, most disciplined" people in the world, Biden said, calling them "an elite unit, in every sense of that phrase."

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12:44pm

Tue July 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Sputnik' Orbits A Russian City, Finding And Healing Tuberculosis

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 5:33 am

Nurse Marina Bogdanova, with Sputnik, gives medications to Sergei Gaptenko, who is close to finishing treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis.
Konstantin Salomatin for NPR

Russia is confronting one of its most serious public health threats since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The threat is tuberculosis, but with a dangerous twist: Strains of the bacteria are widely circulating that are resistant to ordinary anti-TB drugs, and far harder to cure.

In parts of Siberia, nearly 30 percent of all tuberculosis cases aren't treatable by two of the most potent medications, the World Health Organization reported last year.

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12:09pm

Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

California's Prison Sterilizations Reportedly Echo Eugenics Era

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:16 pm

From 2006 to 2010, at least 148 female inmates at two California facilities had tubal ligation surgeries. Some of the surgeries took place at the Valley State Prison for Women, seen here in 2000.
Gary Kazanjian AP

Nearly 150 women were sterilized in California's prisons without the state's approval, a practice that critics say targeted inmates who were seen as being at risk of serving a future jail term. Those numbers represent data from 2006 to 2010, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, which first reported the news.

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11:26am

Tue July 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

Should Doctors Ask Older People If They Have Guns At Home?

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:49 pm

Older men may have guns in the home that can pose a risk when people are depressed or not thinking clearly.
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Older men are at high risk of suicide, and they're far more likely to kill themselves if they have access to firearms.

Doctors should ask relatives of older people with depression or cognitive problems if there are guns in the home, much as they might ask about whether it's time to take away the car keys, an academic paper says.

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11:11am

Tue July 9, 2013
Latin America

Drugs, Chaos And Violence Darken Mexico's 'Midnight'

In his new book, Alfredo Corchado writes about the escalating violence in Mexico.
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When Alfredo Corchado went to cover Mexico for The Dallas Morning News, he was determined not to focus on drugs and crime but rather to cover issues critical to the country's future — immigration, education and the economy.

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11:11am

Tue July 9, 2013
Music Reviews

Two New Jazz Albums Recall The Wide Open Spaces of The West

Rich Halley and his quartet play with Bobby Bradford at the Penofin Jazz Festival.
Bob Pyle Rich Halley

Portland, Ore. tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's quartet album Crossing the Passes on his Pine Eagle label commemorates a week-long trek over the Wallowa mountain range in Northeast Oregon, where Halley's been climbing since he was a boy. We could talk about his dual obsessions with music and nature as cultivating a love of wide-open improvisational spaces; he's got one band that only plays outdoors. But all that climbing also has practical benefits: It builds lung-power.

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11:04am

Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Teresa Heinz Kerry's Condition Improves

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 2:10 pm

Teresa Heinz Kerry and her husband John, the secretary of state, in February.
Jason Reed Reuters /Landov

"Teresa Heinz Kerry continues to improve and remains in fair condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, while doctors seek the cause of seizure-like symptoms she experienced on Sunday," State Department spokesman Glen Johnson says in a statement sent to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

In the most extensive comments so far about her condition, Johnson also says that:

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10:56am

Tue July 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Kroger Buys Harris Teeter In $2.5 Billion Grocery Deal

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 3:30 pm

In a merger of grocery chains, Kroger Co. is buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc., the companies announced Tuesday. The move expands the reach of Kroger, already the nation's largest grocery chain, into the Mid-Atlantic region. The buyout values Harris Teeter at $49.38 per share, a premium of more than 33 percent over its share price earlier this year.

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