NEWS 01.May.2016

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has sued the federal government over the closure of the reservation’s sole emergency room. The Rosebud Hospital’s ER closed in December, forcing reservation occupants to travel 50 miles for emergency care.

The emergency room was administered by the Indian Health Service (IHS), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, until federal inspectors discovered failures that allegedly put patients’ lives at risk. Two weeks after the visit from the feds, the ER was closed.

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Twenty workers at the The Hanford Site nuclear facility in Washington state were sent for medical evaluations after inhaling chemical vapors in the vicinity of a leaking nuclear waste tank which was being transferred, according to US Energy Department officials.

Hanford tank workers were performing routine tasks at the vast nuclear waste site when they all started complaining of headaches on Thursday before being sent for medical evaluations, according to local news station KING.

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Dutch scientists have put a new spin on the Victorian mantra “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” A cup of coffee or a glass of wine also appear to help maintain “good” bacteria in the gut, a new study has found.

Large-scale DNA analysis enabled researchers to examine what factors affect the diversity of the microbiome, the intestinal bacterial community unique to each individual. Coffee and wine can increase the diversity of gut bacteria, while whole milk or a high-calorie diet can decrease it.

“In total we found 60 dietary factors that influence the diversity. What these mean exactly is still hard to say,” Alexandra Zhernakova, a researcher at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the first author of the study, said in a statement, according to EurekAlert.“But there is a good correlation between diversity and health: greater diversity is better,” she added.

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