Ingested porcupine pokes hole in woman's insides

A woman who went to the emergency room for chest pain learned that her symptoms had a rather unusual cause: a porcupine quill that she had unknowingly ingested, according to a recent report of the woman’s case. The 49-year-old told the emergency room staff that she felt short of breath and was having chest pain that got worse whenever she lay down, the authors wrote. She had gone to a different emergency room with the same symptoms a week earlier, but was sent home because the doctors there thought that she was having a panic attack, according to the case report, published in September in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. On her second visit to the hospital, however, healthcare providers discovered that…

Trump criticizes union leader critical of Indiana deal WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is slamming a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico. Trump tweeted Wednesday evening: "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers." That local union branch represents workers at Carrier's Indianapolis plant. In a second tweet, Trump suggested Jones should "Spend more time working — less time talking" and the union should "Reduce dues." Jones told The Washington Post in a story published Tuesday that Trump lied about how many jobs were saved by the deal, which included $7 million in state tax incentives. He accused Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence of staging ...

New York Made Beer to be Sold in China Starting Next Year Beer brewed in New York and bearing the iconic "I Love NY" logo will be distributed in China starting next year.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that Two Dragons beer brewed by the Syracuse-based Empire Brewing Co. will arrive in China in February. He says the first officially licensed "I Love NY" beer will introduce the Empire State's thriving craft beverage industry to a global audience.The ale-style beer is brewed with hops grown in New York state and Chinese black tea. The bottle caps and labels bear the official state tourism campaign's "I Love NY" logo with a red heart between the "I'' and "NY".Empire Brewing owner David Katleski says he was inspired to create Two Dragons during a state-sponsored trade mission...

Doctors turning patients into drug addicts, admit too many patients addicted to ... For the first time, a major British doctors' association has admitted that too many patients are being prescribed dangerous and addictive benzodiazepine tranquilizers, also known as "benzos."These benzos include Xanax, Restoril and diazepam – a generic drug formerly marketed as Valium and nicknamed "mother's little helper" for its widespread prescription to housewives in the 1960s and 1970s. The drugs are clinically indicated only for extreme nervousness and anxiety, as they depress the brain activity responsible for consciousness. As a side effect of that primary result, the drugs are strong tranquilizers and sedatives. They are also potent muscle relaxants that can be used to control severe pain.Addiction is easy, severe In the United Kingdom – a country with less than a quarter the population of the...

Donald Trump becomes Mike Baird's bogeyman in Orange by-election   On Saturday 176,000 NSW voters will be among the first to vent their electoral spleens one way or the other about the Donald Trump presidential victory. Senator Pauline Hanson has embraced the outsider element of Donald Trump but will his US presidential victory empower angry voters to punish Mike Baird by backing the Shooters Fishers and Farmers candidate in Orange?  Photo: Alex Ellinghausen Will the American outsider's victory empower disenfranchised Australians to unleash anti-immigration, anti-trade, anti-elite views to clobber the Baird government in three by-elections, by supporting independent, Christian Democrat or Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidates instead? Or will voters forgive the very insider Premier Mike Baird now he has made a populist-yet-vacuous backflip to scrap the greyhound racing ban? Or...

Victorian assisted dying law proposal needs more work: Andrews govt More work needs to be done before terminally ill Victorians can seek help to end their life, the Andrews government says. But Labor has backed the overwhelming majority of other changes recommended for people's end of life medical choices. Premier Daniel Andrews Photo: Jesse Marlow Earlier this year, a ground-breaking cross-party investigation recommended Victoria set up laws to give some terminally ill patients access to medications to peacefully end their life. There is support within government for some type of assisted dying laws, and a formal parliamentary response to a landmark inquiry shows the government wants more work to be carried out on how assisted dying would work in Victoria. The response says the plans outlined by the investigation for assisted dying laws "lack the ...

Trump chooses Ben Carson to be housing secretary NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's decision, announced early Monday by his transition office, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other deliberations aimed at forming his administration. In a statement, Trump said he's "thrilled to nominate" Carson, saying he "has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities." Carson has been coy about joining the new administration, saying shortly after Trump's election victory that he wasn't certain he'd fit into a Cabinet-style role. The discussion at that time centered on speculation that Carson might be selected to head the sprawling ...

All Blacks down France in Paris, Springboks lose to Wales World champions New Zealand were often on the back foot but a clinical three-try performance helped them beat a wasteful French side 24-19 in their final autumn test at the Stade de France on Saturday. Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored a try and kicked nine points, to add to Israel Dagg and Charlie Faumuina's tries, ensuring that the All Blacks, who demolished Les Bleus 62-13 in last year's World Cup, remained unbeaten in Paris since 1973. Maxime Machenaud kicked two penalties while Baptiste Serin slotted two penalties and a conversion as France, who scored a try through Louis Picamoles, failed to make their first-half domination count. A week after a narrow loss to Australia, France's improvements under new manager Guy Noves bode well for next year's Six Nations, starting ...