Tellwut US Newsletter - 50 Exclusive Points - November 18 2022

Newsletter 11/18/2022

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Nancy Pelosi steps down as House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi, the trailblazing Democrat who as the first woman U.S. House of Representatives speaker shepherded landmark legislation and led two impeachments, said on Thursday she will give up her leadership role a day after Republicans secured control of the chamber. -Reuters

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Would you sign up to catch a deadly disease and live in isolation for weeks? These friends did

The friends are among dozens of Canadians participating in a human challenge trial — a type of medical study that involves purposely infecting people with a particular pathogen. In this case, it's the bacteria Bordetella pertussis, known for causing potentially deadly whooping cough. The study, more than a decade in the making, is one of the first of its kind in Canada. The research team's goal? Better understanding the progression of whooping cough, which affects between 1,000 and 3,000 Canadians each year, in hopes of eventually developing an improved vaccine. "In order to make this type of study ethical, the pathogen has to be one that is not going to cause, or unlikely to cause, severe disease or death," Dr. Scott Halperin, director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology, says. People in the study earn a few thousand dollars to compensate for their time trapped indoors, getting poked and prodded by medical staff. -GlobalNews

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Survey says healthy eating postponed for the end of the year

Conducted by OnePoll, Herbalife Nutrition’s fifth annual “Writing Off the End of the Year” survey found 60% of those planning to postpone their healthy habits, have already started, admitting mid-November is their cut-off. -SWNS.com

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Flu cases continue to rise across the U.S. and Canada

According to the United States Influenza Surveillance Report (FluView) published each week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of influenza cases throughout the country continues to rise. As of Week 44, which ended on November 5, 2022, the CDC reported a 12.8% positivity rate for the influenza virus. In Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Flu Watch Report, flu activity has crossed the seasonal threshold, marking the official start of an epidemic. The data shows the weekly percentage of positive tests for influenza from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5 increased to 11.7 per cent, from 6.3 per cent the week prior. news-medical.net/City News

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