It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted in a human being, a Canadian analysis of the rising volume of emergency-room visits by children who have ingested magnets, and a Colorado study finding that the percentage of fatal motor-vehicle accidents involving marijuana had doubled since its commercial distribution became legal. The one that got me thinking, however, was a study of more than a million Medicare patients. It suggested that a huge proportion had received care that was simply a waste.

The researchers called it “low-value care.” But, really, it was no-value care.

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Highly radioactive leak found at New York nuclear plant

| 07 Feb 2016 | Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for an investigation after an apparent overflow at the Indian Point nuclear power plant spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well, but nuclear regulators said the public isn’t at risk. Officials at Indian Point in Buchanan reported on Friday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater under the facility. It was unclear how much water spilled, but samples showed the water had a radioactivity level of more than 8 million picocuries per liter, a 65,000 percent increase from the average at the plant, Cuomo said. The levels are the highest regulators have seen at Indian Point, and the normal number is about 12,300 picocuries per liter, Cuomo said.

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‘In a breaking development that has been completely ignored by mainstream news sources, the leaking natural gas well near Los Angeles, California is now reportedly spewing lethal levels of radioactive material, according to a report from Steve Quayle and a group with expertise in nuclear material.

A leaking natural gas well outside Los Angeles is spewing so much naturally-occurring Uranium and Radon, that “breathable” radiation levels have hit “lethal levels” according to a Nuclear Expert group.’

Read more: Radiation Alert: L.A. Gas Well Spewing Lethal Levels Of Breathable Nuclear Material: ‘Fukushima Class Disaster’


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‘Russia’s intervention in Syria has produced many astounding results since it began late last year, and they seem to be continuing into the new year too.

Major General Igor Konashenkov is reporting that the Russian airstrikes have hit almost 900 targets from 1-4 February in Aleppo, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor, which have caused the terrorists to sustain heavy losses:

“In order to retain at least some semblance of a fighting capacity, the militants’ forces in the Syria’s northern regions continue abandoning their positions and falling back to the Turkish border.”’

Read more: End of ISIS? Russian Jets Hit 900 Targets in Last Three Days and Jihadists are Fleeing

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Rodney Martin, a former US congressional staffer wrote:Russia has been the major player in combating ISIL and has successfully unmasked ISIL as a Western element in Syria and throughout the Middle East.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on Tuesday that the Pentagon was planning to increase the military budget to combat the Daesh terrorist group in 2017. Because we are accelerating the campaign, the Department of Defense is backing that up and we need to back it up in our budget with a total of $7.5 billion in 2017, fifty percent more than in 2016.


2 New York City Police Officers Are Shot

| 04 Feb 2016 | Two New York City police officers were shot on Thursday night in a public housing complex in the Bronx, law enforcement officials said. The police said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The circumstances were not immediately clear, but one law enforcement official said the officers were on duty in the Melrose neighborhood when they were shot near 156th Street, which runs between the Melrose and Jackson Houses, both New York City Housing Authority complexes.


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  • The Mentawai, a tribe of some 64,000 people, live on the islands in West Sumatra, Indonesia
  • They are known for their distinctive tattoos and their homes which are furnished with the skulls of hunted prey
  • In case of misfortune or illness, tribal members call upon their medicine man to communicate with spirits

These stunning images document the everyday lives of the men, women and children of the Mentawai tribe, an indigenous people in Indonesia that has managed to keep their traditional ways, far from modern society.

The Mentawai people, a native population in Indonesia, are famous for their decorative tattoos and for living a semi-nomadic life on the Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra.

Shot by professional photographer Mohammed Saleh Bin Dollah, the series captures a glimpse of life on the island, where the tribe clan is everything and any problem can be solved by a medicine man.

Inside the tribe: Two men of the Mentawai tribe, a native population in Indonesia, use guns to hunt and forage for food

Inside the tribe: Two men of the Mentawai tribe, a native population in Indonesia, use guns to hunt and forage for food

Lifelong wisdom: An elderly Mentawai warrior  lifts a large handrolled cigarette while issing in  his house furnished with the skulls of prey

Lifelong wisdom: An elderly Mentawai warrior  lifts a large handrolled cigarette while issing in his house furnished with the skulls of prey

Familt unit: A woman kneels on the wooded floor of the communal Uma, whilst fixing a handmade fishing

Familt unit: A woman kneels on the wooded floor of the communal Uma, whilst fixing a handmade fishing

The 42-year-old photographer from Kelantan, Malaysia, visited the tribe to document their way of life.

He said: ‘They all live completely in land and secluded from the modern world.

‘The Catholic Church is paying compensation to victims of alleged child sex abuse at its schools, but refuses to accept liability.

Leslie Turner, 66, was paid £17,000 in compensation in 2014 after saying two members of the Irish Christian Brothers order sexually abused him at a school in Sunderland in the 1960s.

Turner, a retired primary school teacher, alleges he was molested from the age of 12 by two teachers at St Aidan’s Roman Catholic grammar school between 1960 and 1967.

He decided to sue the Church after he was diagnosed with delayed onset post-traumatic stress disorder in 2012, a condition which he has described as worse than the abuse itself.’

Read more: Catholic Church pays compensation but won’t admit child abuse liability

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‘A Kentucky mayor indicted for solicitation of prostitution had the charges dropped despite admitting that he used his position to get sexual favors from a woman on parole, newly surfaced evidence revealed. The mayor claims he was coerced into confessing.

Prosecution documents obtained by WDRB news have revealed that in February 2015, Shepherdsville Mayor Scott Ellis confessed to Bullitt County Sheriff’s detective Lynn Hunt that he did have oral sex with a woman on parole for a drug conviction, something he used his elected position to do.

Based on Facebook messages between Ellis and the woman, the investigation determined that the favors took place between June and December of 2014.’

Read more: Kentucky mayor admitted to ‘favor for sex’ with parolee, but avoided prosecution – report

‘A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

“The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told al-Arabiya TV. Asseri is also the spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen.

“If there was a consensus from the leadership of the coalition, the kingdom is willing to participate in these efforts because we believe that aerial operations are not the ideal solution and there must be a twin mix of aerial and ground operations,” Asseri added.’

Read more: Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria


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