EPA pick is unclear about toxic lead levels. So are scientists

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general picked by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, immediately drew blowback during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for saying that he “hasn’t looked into the scientific research” on precisely how much lead exposure is unsafe for children.

Critics slammed Pruitt’s response as an uninformed and dangerously naive perspective on a critical environmental health issue. But, in fact, Pruitt’s not alone in his uncertainty on this question. There’s an ongoing debate among scientists and regulators about how much lead is too much for kids to have in their bodies.

Just this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was scheduled to hold a meeting to discuss that very question.

That didn’t stop Democrats from using Pruitt’s quote, out of context, as a talking point:


‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Would Be ‘Foolish’ Not To Explore, Says HBO Exec

We’re still years away from the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones”  but HBO is toying with ways to avoid having to say goodbye to Westeros. 

According to Variety, at the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, HBO original programming president Casey Bloys revealed that while nothing is written in stone in terms of a potential “Thrones” prequel or spinoff, the network is “exploring” its options.

“All I can say is that we’re exploring it. We don’t have any scripts, we’re not even close to saying, ‘Oh, let’s do this,’” Bloys said. “But it’s a big enough property that we would be foolish not to explore it,” he said. “It’s a really rich world. We’d be foolish not to look at it.”

Indeed, there is plenty of material for the network to work with. In addition to George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, the Thrones author has also written several prequel novellas, which take place nearly a century before the events of Ice and Fire and follow the adventures of two characters named Dunk and Egg. 

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While nothing is certain, it sounds like HBO plans on taking their time in developing a new “Thrones”-related project. 

“We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out,” Bloys told Entertainment Weekly, adding that tackling a prequel seems more likely than a spinoff. 

“A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spinoff],” Bloys said. “[ Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, ‘If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,’ and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.”

Of course, HBO will have plenty of time to figure things out should they decide to move forward with a prequel – Season 7 of “Thrones” isn’t scheduled to air until summer 2017. 

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Dolly Parton’s Telethon Raises Nearly $9 Million For Tennessee Wildfire Victims

When devastating wildfires ripped their way across Tennessee’s Sevier County last month, Dolly Parton was quick to lend her support. The country star grew up there and owns local businesses, including her Dollywood resort and theme park.

As firefighters fought the blaze that killed 14 people, burned over 17,000 acres and left more than 1,000 structures damaged, Parton established the My People Fund and vowed to donate $1,000 a month for six months to each of the families affected.

“I’ve always believed that charity begins at home,” Parton said of the fundraising effort. So that’s why the singer, songwriter and actress continued to raise money for wildfire victims and hosted a star-studded telethon Tuesday that raised nearly $9 million and counting for victims. 

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have donated from all over the country and to my friends who donated their time, their talent, and money for My People,” Parton said in a statement provided to The Tennessean. “The response has been so overwhelming that we haven’t been able to count all of the donations yet; right now, in total, we have raised about $9 million for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.”

The telethon included taped performances by Parton, Cyndi Lauper and Don McLean, Kenny Rogers, and Reba McEntire. People magazine reported the night started with a $200,000 donation from Taylor Swift, followed by $100,000 from Paul Simon. Other celebrities, the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives and the Country Music Association donated funds as well. Several former and current Tennessee Titans football players participated in the event, and the NFL team donated more than $100,000, according to People.

The three-hour telethon aired on multiple stations Tuesday night. The total raised is expected to climb when the telethon is rebroadcast. 

To learn more about Parton’s My People Fund, head over to the Dollywood Foundation website.

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Tips For Effective Transitioning From The Health center To House Healthcare

Throughout the shift from health center to home healthcare, people encounter a significant risk of adverse events which may negatively influence patient safety resulting in readmission or perhaps intensifying of health and wellness and death. Occasions such as drops and also missed out on dosages enter your mind. Making sure that the patient’s change from the home of health and wellness goes efficiently care is a collective obligation for the medical personnel, the individual as well as their intended caretaker. Below are some ideas that can aid to promote the process:

Correct information- it is very important to get info about numerous elements regarding the client’s condition. These consist of:

– A comprehensive listing of diagnosis and all the procedures that were executed. This can be found in helpful in case the client has to be readmitted at a different health center.

– An exact overview on diet demands as well as constraints, treatments, post-discharge therapy.

– A list of essential get in touches with consisting of physicians, pharmacologists and also home care agency agents to name a few. When possible accumulate their calling card for safe maintaining.

– A sensible analysis of the patient’s expectation- this should include anticipated recuperation time and symptoms of relapses.

– A list of readily available neighborhood and hospital sources. Guarantee you know on all centers that could manage the client’s ailment.

It is vital that a high level of interaction is kept between the health center team as well as the person after they have been released.

Caregivers are very important- It is not secure for a client who has actually just been released to be by themselves in your home. When a person returns home from medical facility they tend to have lingering effects such as pain, lightheadedness and also muscle mass weak point. This makes doing certain jobs tough and they are especially prone to falls. If you are the one being released ensure you have a caregiver. This can be a member of the family, friend and even a hired professional home care attendant. If you have actually a loved one coming home, think about getting caregiver training. Find out how to deal with them while they are still in the medical facility so that you fit into the role effortlessly. Don’t hesitate to ask medical facility personnel to demonstrate particular tasks and ask their reasonable assumption of just what the future will certainly be like.

Drug administration- this is among one of the most essential aspects of residence healthcare. In most cases, once a client is discharged the medicine regimen will transform leaving area for errors. It is essential that you confirm medicine by trademark name prior to leaving the medical facility so that there is no confusion in case you need to acquire the medication. Ensure you understand why old drug has actually been quit, what brand-new drug does as well as the type of reactions as well as negative effects to expect if any kind of.

What Should A House Health Care Agency Do To Offer Your Demands?

Probably it is time to look for the support of a house healthcare firm if your precious demands either medical or non clinical aid. Whilst you’ve obtained intentions for being the single treatment company for your loved one, this might turn out to be very hard, on the other hand, the last choice is placing them in a house. Know that you are not the only one with regards to this problem so you do have alternatives for your cherished, with among them being aid with a residence healthcare agency.

A home healthcare agency gives many advantageous solutions to you as well as your relative. As you’ll have the ability to gain back things such as time for yourself as well as liberty, your cherished is going to be effectively cared for so you do not have to worry. You’ll have these facilities offered you rather than needing to bring your cherished from one appointment to one more. If you are uncertain if a home healthcare agency will have the ability to aid you in addition to your loved one, below’s a perception of the services numerous firms provide.

Initially, they will certainly provide numerous distinction sorts of therapy solutions. Included you’ll usually get respiratory, occupational as well as physical treatments. Via these centers your beloved will have the capacity to live as comfortable as possible, delight in life to their greatest extent, all no matter age. Whether it is your moms and dad, child, spouse, and brother or sibling, a residence healthcare company can aid.

Next off, they additionally offer a selection of other solutions like helping with individual requirements such as bathing, eating, obtaining your loved one to meetings, and even simply obtaining them far from the house. In addition to individual care services a suitable agency will certainly also offer individuals both live-in treatment as well as break care. With such a service, you can find help for your relative whether it’s for a few hours daily or all hours of a day. Healthcare professionals are offered to assist with a range of jobs including things like laundry, maintaining the clients area kept, watching chosen their nutritional plan, as well as running errands. Every one of these facilities will certainly be offered by an exceptional firm.