Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Daily 2 Cents: A Siren's Song in the Woods -- Man Nearly Dies From Paper Cut -- SpaceX Plans Humans on Mars by 2022


A Siren's Song in the Woods

Eric in Philadelphia called in to tell of something strange he saw at summer camp:

“I have a story. I've been trying to figure out for a couple of years what you would call this. It was kind of like a Siren. You've heard them in mythology, a woman singing. This happened out in the middle of the forest, a couple of my friends. We were at a summer camp and, you know, it was a big place with a road going down the middle of all these group camp sites on either side. We were in this last camp spot and this road just keeps going up. One day me and my two friends said, you know, let's walk up there and see where it goes. We went probably a mile and a half and it just ended in this garbage dump-like area. And while we're sitting up there, we just heard this woman singing out in the woods. It was just like a beautiful vocalizing but really really creepy and it kind of like entranced us. We all just walked out into the woods for a little while and came upon this clearing where it seemed like this voice was emanating from. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, there was like this rogue wave of wind that just like flushed through. It scared us out of there and we started running back to the campsite. I've never been able to figure out what it would be called or anything.”

Source: Darkness Radio – August 15, 2016

Transcribed by JLB


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Man Nearly Dies From Paper Cut

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kennedy Health in South Jersey has been honored nationally for its program to combat sepsis infections which kill more people than heart attacks.

The CDC has declared sepsis a medical emergency that kills 258,000 people a year nationally.

It’s tricky to diagnose, but Kennedy Health has instituted a program in its three hospitals that’s dramatically reduced its sepsis death rate.

Michael Bergers say his life was saved at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill.

“It started from a paper cut”, explains Michael. He had a little cut on his finger that turned into sepsis and a three week medically induced coma.

“It scared the hell out of me, can’t believe that was actually me,” says Michael, who never knew much about sepsis.

It’s often triggered by a flesh eating bacteria that can cause organ failure.

Michael describes the shock, “They said I was circling the drain, I had a 50/50 shot from what they told me, I had a 50/50 shot of living.”

Fortunately, Michael was treated quickly at Kennedy which has a special program that’s reduced deaths from sepsis. It’s often missed because there’s no specific test for sepsis and symptoms can vary.

Marianne Kraemer, the administrative director for infection control at Kennedy Health says, “The ultimate goal is to recognize it, treat it and minimize any side effects a patient may have of sepsis so it doesn’t progress to severe sepsis or septic shock.”

A clock in the emergency department times a quick response.

Kraemer says, “Everybody sees that and recognizes that somewhere in the E.R. there is someone who is septic and all attention goes to that patient.”

And there’s a bundle of interventions that include IV fluids, blood cultures, antibiotics and watching for a change in vital signs.

Michael, who’s grateful says, “I had the exact people I should’ve had to save my life.”

Kennedy Health’s sepsis program has received national attention from the Sepsis Alliance and was just recognized with the Sepsis Hero Award.

Kraemer said about the award, “I was really overwhelmed with the award. It was a lot of work that went into that and a lot of people behind the scenes to really earn that award.”

Michael says he’s completely recovered now and doesn’t know where he picked up the sepsis. While commonly linked to hospital infections, the CDC says 80 percent of sepsis cases happen outside hospital settings. - Man’s Paper Cut Turns Into Life-Threatening Medical Emergency

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SpaceX Plans Humans on Mars by 2022

Elon Musk has outlined his extraordinarily ambitious plans to make mankind an interplanetary species.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico this week, the SpaceX CEO suggested that a manned mission to Mars could happen within as little as six years.

"What I really want to try to achieve here is to make Mars seem possible - like it's something we can achieve in our lifetimes," he told the audience.

To this end, Musk outlined the design and development of a new multi-stage launch and transport system with a massive reusable rocket booster that would be as long as two Boeing 747 aircraft.

Capable of carrying up to 100 people, this gargantuan booster could be refueled in orbit and may eventually even be able to travel beyond Mars to other worlds such as Jupiter and Saturn.

Musk also suggested that the first ship should be named "Heart of Gold" as a tribute to Douglas Adams' science fiction novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

While questions still remain about the cost and technological feasibility of sending humans to Mars so soon, the plans have been generally well received elsewhere in the scientific community.

"NASA applauds all those who want to take the next giant leap - and advance the journey to Mars," NASA said in a statement. "We are very pleased that the global community is working to meet the challenges of a sustainable human presence on Mars."

"This journey will require the best and the brightest minds from government and industry, and the fact that Mars is a major topic of discussion is very encouraging." Read more at SpaceX founder Elon Musk plans to get humans to Mars in six years

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