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Clinton Releases Health Stats to Public, Trump to Dr. Oz -

Hillary Clinton released medical records on Wednesday providing new details about both her pneumonia diagnosis and general health just hours after Donald Trump offered some new information about his own well being in a taped appearance on the "Dr. Oz Show."

The dueling releases shed some new light on Clinton's condition and added little to an already-thin amount of known details about Trump's health.

A letter from Clinton's doctor states that the Democratic presidential nominee last Friday was diagnosed with mild, non-contagious bacterial pneumonia. "She is recovering well with antibiotics and rest. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States," said Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton's doctor.

Dr. Bardack also revealed she evaluated Clinton a week earlier, on Sept. 2 for a fever, congestion and fatigue.

"Over the next several days as she traveled, her congestion worsened and she developed a cough. She was advised to see me when she returned from her travels for further testing," Dr. Bardack wrote. During the follow-up, a non-contrast chest CT scan revealed the pneumonia.

The release of Clinton's records came just hours after Trump provided some new medical information of his own in a taped appearance of "The Dr. Oz Show," which is scheduled to air Thursday. Trump handed the show's host a letter containing new details from a recent examination Dr. Harold Bornstein the same physician that vouched for Trump's health in a brief letter he wrote in just five minutes earlier this year. That information has not been provided to reporters by the campaign.

Dr. Mehmet Oz told NBC News after the taping he was "surprised" Trump provided him with the information.

"I looked at them and tried to process it pretty quickly and I got to say as a doctor, if he was my patient, they are good for a man of his age," Dr. Oz said.

Those in the audience told NBC News after the interview that Dr. Oz gave Trump a clean bill of health. "Even Dr. Oz said that, you know, if it was his patient he would be extremely happy and just, kind of, send him on his way," audience member Bryan Manzali told NBC News following the taping in New York City.

"Other than apparently his body mass index being a little high, the man is in incredibly good shape. Dr. Oz was very, very impressed," said Matthew Stevens, who also was in the audience.

Related: Trump Shares Results Of Medical Exam During Dr. Oz Taping

Clinton's campaign released a far more detailed look at her health and some of the highlights include:

Clinton is currently taking Armor Thyroid, Coumadin, Levaquin (temporarily), Clarinex and B-12 as needed. Her blood pressure is 100/70; heart rate of 70; respiratory rate of 18; temperature of 97.8 and pulse-oximetry of 99 percent.

Clinton's vaccinations are "up to date" and include Prevnar and Pneumovax.

She has had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound. Lab testing (vitamin D, CBC, fasting blood glucose, comprehensive metabolic panel, hemoglobin A1-C, vitamin B-12) is "normal," including cholesterol of 189, LDL of 103, HDL of 56 and triglycerides of 159.

Dr. Bardack said, "the remainder of her complete physical exam was normal and she is in excellent mental condition."

The Clinton campaign on Wednesday also released a letter from vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine's doctor, who declared him to be in "excellent health" and recommended that he add a daily vitamin D supplement.

4 months ago

Technology Tips to Help Bring Balance to the Lives of Working Mothers - Huffington Post

Take a moment and think about each of the times that you used your smartphone today. Maybe it helped you navigate around a traffic jam during your commute, catch up on email while you were on the train or gave you a way to communicate with a loved one far away.

Mobile technology is a blessing; the sanity of my offline world often depends on the spectacular gadget in my pocket. But I also believe that this constant access to technology leaves us incredibly vulnerable. Vulnerable to a distracted life, to incorrect priorities and to anxiety that you're missing out. So it's important to use it wisely -- in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from, life.

As a working parent, I

6 months ago

Last main Brussels and Paris suspects held, threat remains - Reuters

BRUSSELS The main identified suspects in Islamic State attacks on Paris and Brussels are now dead or in custody after Belgian investigators charged two men on Saturday with aiding last month's Brussels suicide bombers.

But while pleased with the performance of Belgium's hitherto much criticized security services, Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that further threats to Europe were still live: "We are positive about the recent developments in the investigation," he told a news conference. "But we know we have to stay alert."

Mohamed Abrini, believed to have helped prepare the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, was seized on a Brussels street on Friday. Prosecutors said he confessed to being the "man in the hat" seen at the city's airport with two suicide bombers on March 22. That further confirmed close links between the two operations.

In a statement, prosecutors also said they had confirmed that a second fugitive seized separately on Friday in Brussels was indeed the man seen with a third suicide bomber on March 22 who struck shortly afterward on the Belgian's capital's metro.

Identified by officials as Osama K. and widely named in local media as a 28-year-old Swede called Osama Krayem, this man was also filmed buying bags used to carry the Brussels bombs and his fingerprints were found, like Abrini's, in an apartment used as a bomb factory and safe house for the Brussels attackers.

Also like Abrini, Krayem was identified as associating with the prime surviving Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam in the days and weeks before the November bloodbath that left 130 people dead.

As with other suspects in both Paris and Brussels attacks, police believe Krayem returned from fighting with Islamic State in Syria via refugee boats last summer reaching Greek islands.


The arrests have crowned a month of success and dramatic failure for Belgian security services, which have been under huge pressure at home and abroad since it became clear that the Paris attacks were organized from Brussels by local men, mostly known to police, who appear to have orders and funds from Syria.

On March 15, a raid on a house in Brussels left one wanted militant dead and put police on the trail of Abdeslam, who, with Abrini, rented accommodation for the Paris attackers and whose brother had blown himself up at a cafe on Nov. 13. Police moved on March 18 to arrest Abdeslam and another wanted Paris suspect.

That may have precipitated the attacks, now blamed on Abrini and Krayem, in which two suicide bombers struck Brussels airport and another the city's metro, killing a total of 32 people. All three bombers were being hunted for links to the Paris attacks.

The rolling up of wanted lists, however, has not reassured many European security services. Many such arrests have led to others, previously not sought, being detained and often charged.

Of two other men taken in and charged with terrorism offences following the arrests of Abrini and Krayem, one, Bilal El Makhoukhi, had until last month been serving out under electronic monitoring a five-year sentence for recruiting fighters for Syria.

Convicted early last year in the trial of dozens of members of an organization known as Sharia4Belgium, Makhoukhi, who lost a leg fighting in Syria himself, had been freed only last month, Justice Minister Koen Geens told reporters.

Abrini was tracked down the day after police released new images of "the man in the hat" pushing a laden baggage trolley similar to those of the two suicide bombers alongside him.

Of his confession, a spokesman said: "He had no choice."

Abrini, 31, was well known to police as a petty criminal and drug dealer who was a regular at the bar run by the Abdeslam brothers in the Molenbeek district of Brussels which is home to many other Moroccan immigrant families. Prosecutors said he told them that he had sold the hat he used to conceal his features.

(Additional reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Alastair Macdonald and Alison Williams)

9 months ago

Experts And Novices Alike Need This HVAC Information

Facilities Maintenance Companies can help. HVAC, or heating, air and ventilation conditioning, is how your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. When properly maintained and installedyou, maintained and your family get to enjoy reasonable indoor temperatures all year long. Keep reading this article for advice on upgrades, installation, repairs and maintenance of your home HVAC system.

Check the entire house before contacting someone to come for repairs if problems arise with the HVAC system. Know what part of the house is cold and which is hot. That knowledge can help the technician figure out what is going on.

Make sure the equipment you are buying is ENERGY

11 months ago

Why Don't Moderate Muslims Denounce Terrorism? - Huffington Post

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They do. But it doesn't make the news. Bad news, such as terrorist attacks, is news. Good news is not.

Immediately after the San Bernardino shootings, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Los Angeles, said, "The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mind-set that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence." Tahmina Rehman, president of Buffalo's Women's Auxiliary of the Ahmadi

11 months ago

At least 14 dead as storms and ice hammer Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas - USA TODAY

UP NEXT03 A Garland, Texas man called for help before his car was flooded with water. He wasn't rescued in time. Those who were know they could have just as easily lost their lives.