Florida scientists are concerned red tide may have long-term effect on human brain

SARASOTA, Fla. — When a red tide bloom gets close to the coast or even in Tampa Bay, it’s impossible to miss. It’s that infamous smell of dead fish, and if it’s bad, it can irritate your respiratory tract. But doctors don’t think it stops there. Now they’re looking at the side effects red tide might have on the human brain.

“When that last bad red tide we had, I had sort of this hacking cough, and I never really experienced that before, and it went away. And then this year, this cough has come back again. And I suspect it’s caused by living so close to the beach and being exposed to red tide.” said Sarasota resident James Powell.

It’s symptoms like that that Powell reports to the Roskamp Insitute in Sarasota as a participant in a recent study on red tide effects on the human neurological system.

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Daniel Niedospial, Research Assistant, Roskamp Institute testing samples from a participant.

In its second year, the study compares people with high exposure and little-to-no exposure to red tide. They report their symptoms as well as blood and urine samples during a bloom.

“The toxin that the red tide releases are a neurotoxin; it damages the nervous system. That’s how it kills wildlife, how it kills fish, manatees, dolphins, and we know it can affect us as well,” Roskamp Institute Executive Director Dr. Michael Mullen told ABC Action News.

In the early 2000 red tide blooms, scientists conducted a 10-year study on respiratory effects, specifically asthma, but also started documenting other symptoms.

“General malaise, not feeling good, little lethargy,” explained Barb Kirkpatrick, the executive director of the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observation System (GCOOS).

That’s when they looked into emergency room visits from 2005 to 2009 and discovered a significant uptick in neurological symptoms in zip codes on the coast.

“There was an uptick in things like a headache in particular during a red tide,” Kirkpatrick said.

“There are certain people that complain of memory and other mental faculty impairments during a bloom,” Mullen adds.

In the Roskamp lab, they’re currently looking at 250 people — comparing the level of brevetoxin in the blood and how their bodies respond.

“For instance, we can see antibodies to the toxin in the blood of certain individuals, long after the toxin is gone,” Mullen explained. “And one of the things that’s very interesting that we’ve seen already is there are quite big differences in the levels of antibody to the toxin between individuals, even when they haven’t been exposed for six months or so.”

One question they’re hoping to answer is: Are high levels of antibodies a good thing or a bad thing?

“We don’t know how that correlates with neurological complaints. Do you have fewer neurological compliance if you have high levels of antibody because the antibodies are mopping up the toxin, or does it work the other way around, and somehow the antibody causes problems? We simply don’t know at this point,” Mullen said.

The Roskamp Institute has also done extraordinary work on Alzheimer’s Disease. Mullen said long-term, he really wants to know if the red tide will affect diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s?

“Can something like this toxin make things worse, or not. Hopefully, the answer is no, but nobody’s looked at this before,” he explains. “We really need to make sure there’s not a significant public health risk here.”

Mullen and his colleagues say that with so many people moving to Florida, specifically the coast, the answers to this study may be more important than ever.

The Roskamp Institute is looking to add about 150 more participants. They especially need people who live inland. If you’d like to participate, click here.

They are hoping to have their first set of results by 2022.

GCOOS is also trying to get research funding to look into red tide effects on the skin.

Kirkpatrick said there are reports of skin rashes from those that swim in water with high levels of red tide, but they don’t have any data sets to say how widespread or serious the exposure may be.

“We have anecdotal reports of skin rashes, swelling of the eyes and the lips, the nasal mucosa, but what we don’t have any good science on is that one in 100,000 people that get a skin rash after swimming in red tide, or is that one in 100 people?” she explained.

GCOOS also created a beach forecast website for people to look at before heading out for a beach day. It updates every three hours to let you know if there might be a better time of day when less red tide could be washing up to the shore.

Stassy Olmos at WFTS first reported this story.

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Should the Buccaneers pursue a trade for Miami Dolphins cornerback, Xavien Howard?

You’d think with a roster like the one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have we wouldn’t have the ‘should the Bucs go get (insert available player)’ talks anymore. But Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins isn’t any player. He’s arguably one of the best cornerbacks in the game. And he’s looking for a new home.

Through a statement released on social media, Howard has requested a trade. The Dolphins are supposed to be a team on the climb after getting rid of some less-than-happy teammates over the past season or more. Instead, now another player wants out and there’s rumors swirling about the team being open to trading Tua Tagovailoa at the same time.

Not a good start to a season that hasn’t started yet.

But the Dolphins’ problems are just that. Their problems.

Let’s talk Bucs.

They have a defense on the rise, especially after the way they dominated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

But there’s no denying the team is thin at cornerback. One injury, and John Franklin III or Ross Cockrell could be playing some serious minutes.

No knock on either of those guys, but are they ready to be serious contributors to the defense? For an extended period of time? This is debateable.

Two years ago just about everyone expected Jason Licht and the Bucs to pursue a veteran free-agent to add to the group. They didn’t. Ok, maybe they’ll draft one. They didn’t. Ok, well I guess they have a lot of confidence in the group they have. We liked it (most of us).

Then came the 32nd overall ranking in preseason, then the Tyreek Hill fiasco, then the Super Bowl run. Boom. We love the group. Never doubted them for a reason.

So, a conversation like this one is more depth, not top-end talent. But if you go after Howard, he’s not coming to be a depth piece. No. He’s coming to play. A lot.

So do you push down guys like Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting for a chance to get a player like Howard? I’m asking. Do you?

I asked Bucs fans via the Locked On Bucs Twitter profile and got some interesting responses.

As expected, there were some flat-out ‘no’ responses. Understandable.

There were also some offers put on the table. Cam Brate and a second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was one.

Another Bucs fan said a first-round pick and a conditional fourth. Though he didn’t say what the conditions would be. I assume production, not play-time.

So I’ll pose the same question to Buccaneers fans here at BucsNation. Would you trade for Xavien Howard? If you would, drop your bounty willing to pay in the comments below. The best comment gets candy from James Yarcho at Training Camp.

Also, if you’re worried about the salary cap, don’t be. It’s all ‘Fugayzi, fugazi. It’s a whazy. It’s a woozie. It’s fairy dust. It doesn’t exist.’

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What to make of Yankees scratching Aaron Judge from lineup 2 days before trade deadline

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — It’s trade-deadline week, so any Yankees player being pulled from a lineup 40 minutes before the first pitch sounds off alarms.

Times that by 1,000 with All-Star right fielder Aaron Judge being scratched from Wednesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees offering no explanation.

“This does not involve a trade,” Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted.

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Judge just returned from the COVID injured list on Tuesday night and was 1-for-4 with a single and seemingly harmless ninth inning hit by pitch on an 80-mph slider that bounced off his backside. He did not take batting practice on the field before Wednesday’s game.

The Yankees trading Judge would be an all-time shocker, but he can file for free agency after the 2022 season.

Judge leads the Yankees with 21 homers and 47 RBI and carries a .282 batting average that is best among regulars.

The trade deadline is Friday at 4 p.m., EST. The Yankees are expected to be buyers, but were sellers Tuesday night dealing relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named.

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AOC Threatens $3.5T Infrastructure Package over Equity

“Good luck tanking your own party’s investment on… infrastructure while presuming you’ll survive a 3 vote House margin – especially after choosing to exclude members of color from negotiations and calling that a ‘bipartisan accomplishment,'” Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a quote from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) that states she does not fully support the infrastructure package:

“Sen. Kyrsten Sinema doesn’t support Democrats’ $3.5 trillion bill, clinches bipartisan infrastructure deal,” Arizona Republic‘s political editor originally tweeted.

“I have also made clear that while I will support beginning this process, I do not support a bill that costs $3.5 trillion — and in the coming months,” Sinema continued in a statement, “I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) also was unhappy with Sinema’s comments, tweeting it is “Time for the White House to play hardball.”

“We didn’t elect Sinema as President and we won’t let her obstruction put a Republican in the Oval Office in 2024. It’s the reconciliation bill or GOP controlling every level of government again, period,” she stated:

Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib’s worries over Sinema’s statement come as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is writing the $3.5 trillion package, due in August, which will reportedly include items such as expanding Medicare, amnesty, global warming initiatives, and subsidized racial equity and environmental justice initiatives.

If Sinema was to not vote for such measures, it would crush President Joe Biden’s main plan of action and cause the Democrat Party problems heading into the midterms.

Meanwhile, the bipartisan infrastructure deal is seemingly back on track Wednesday with a vote advancing the bill “as early as tonight,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. But the bipartisan deal has yet to be fully written.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Wednesday she will not commit to passing the unwritten Senate infrastructure bill in the House without the bill’s text.

Her statement could mean she is pressuring Democrats and Republicans to go along with the bipartisan deal to forward the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package. Pelosi has previously stated that both infrastructure bills must pass on a two-track system: one through a traditional vote and the other through reconciliation.

Both bills signed into law would benefit Democrats by appeasing both moderate and radical ends of her party.

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Trump Threatens ‘Lots Of Primaries’ For GOP Senators Over Infrastructure Deal

The ex-president said Senate Republicans look “weak, foolish and dumb” for striking a deal with Democrats – but it’s likely to pass anyway.

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Moise Kean nets the only goal as Everton beat UNAM Pumas 1-0

Moise Kean bundles home the only goal of the game from Demarai Gray’s assist as Rafa Benitez’s Everton beat UNAM Pumas 1-0 to make it two wins from two at the Florida Cup

Everton beat Millonarios in their opening Florida Cup game via penalty shootoutThe Toffees have followed that up with a 1-0 victory over UNAM Pumas in FloridaMoise Kean scored the only goal of the game for Everton in the 20th minute New signing Demarai Gray grabbed the assist for Rafa Benitez’s Everton side

Everton will depart their tour of Florida with two wins from two after seeing off Mexican outfit UNAM Pumas 1-0 on Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez’s side narrowly overcame Millonarios via a penalty shootout in their first outing at the Florida Cup with new boys Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray all featuring.

The trio all started at the Camping World Stadium on Wednesday, and it was Gray who played an influential role for the Toffees as they went 1-0 up against the Pumas in the first half.

Moise Kean celebrates after scoring the winner for Everton against UNAM Pumas in first half

Kean saw his initial effort saved before he tucked home the rebound from close range

The former Leicester winger, who signed from Bayer Leverkusen in a cheap GBP1.7million deal last week, played a brilliant ball to release Moise Kean through on goal.

With plenty of time to think about where he was going to roll the ball home, Kean – who has returned from his PSG loan spell – struck his initial effort straight at Pumas’ keeper.

But Kean was fortunate to pick up the rebound and tap home into the empty net in the 20th minute.

Begovic had hardly anything to do in the first half, until right at the very end, before Benitez made a whole host of changes to his side at half-time – with only Lucas Digne and Michael Keane remaining from the opening period.

New signing Demarai Gray grabbed the assist for Kean in the opening period in Florida

The Toffees continued to dominate in the second half and looked in control throughout, as Benitez got more familiar with his new squad in Florida.

However, a tougher test lies ahead next weekend when Everton take on Manchester United in their final pre-season friendly before the arduous Premier League schedule begins a week later.

Everton begin the 2021-22 campaign against Southampton at home on August 14, and it will certainly be interesting to see what reception Benitez gets from the Goodison Park faithful following his time in charge of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Rafa Benitez’s side ensured they made it two wins from two at the Florida Cup on Wednesday


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PS Plus August Games Revealed And Gamers Are Not Thrilled

Sony’s free PS Plus games for August are super disappointing.

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Far-Left Rashida Tlaib Goes After Kyrsten Sinema on ‘Infrastructure’ Bill

In a tweet, Tlaib said it is time for the Biden “White House to play hardball,” as Tlaib looks to make Sinema the scapegoat if Republicans win the White House in the next presidential election because the Arizona sentor is looking to kill the partisan infrastructure deal along with their reconciliation package.

“Time for the White House to play hardball,” Tlaib tweeted. “We didn’t elect Sinema as President and we won’t let her obstruction put a Republican in the Oval Office in 2024. It’s the reconciliation bill or GOP controlling every level of government again, period.”

Tlaib said this in response to another tweet saying Sinema does not support the $3.5 trillion partisan infrastructure bill from the Democrats. The tweeted noted, “House Democrats aren’t going to go along with a bipartisan deal that comes at the exclusion of the reconciliation bill.”

In a written statement given to the Arizona Republic, the senator said she does not support the cost of the bill at $3.5 trillion. She added, “In the coming months, I will work in good faith to develop this legislation with my colleagues and the administration to strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona’s everyday families get ahead.”

Currently, the Senate is split 50-50. However, the Senate can break a tie with a vote from Vice President Kamla Harris, a Democrat. A Punchbowl News reporter clarified that Sinema would vote in order to begin the process on a $3.5 trillion plan. Still, she will undoubtedly not vote to support the left’s trojan horse reconciliation package at $3.5 trillion.

The reporter noted that the $3.5 trillion was a compromise for the far-left side of their party since members like Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wanted a package that was in the range of six to ten trillion dollars.

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These Companies Are Requiring Workers To Get Vaccinated Amid Covid Surge

Companies that made recent announcements include Google, MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and Washington post.

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Three-year contract for forward Mike Hoffman

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms with forward Mike Hoffman on a three-year contract (until 2023-24). The deal has an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Hoffman, 31, tallied 36 points (17-19-36) in 52 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2020-21. The 6’00” and 182 lbs forward notched seven of his goals on the power play, leading the Blues in this category. Hoffman also added one goal in four playoff contests against the Colorado Avalanche.

Over the course of his NHL career, the left-handed shooter produced 395 points (189 goals, 206 assists) in 545 games with the Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers and Blues. Hoffman scored 67 of his goals on the power play and collected 139 points with the man advantage. The forward also served 187 penalty minutes since making his NHL debut in 2011-12.

A native of Kitchener, ON, Hoffman played three seasons in the QMJHL before reaching the professional ranks. The left-winger amassed 227 points (122 goals, 105 helpers) in 180 regular season games with the Gatineau Olympiques, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Saint John Sea Dogs. He also won the President’s Cup with Drummondville in 2008-09.

Hoffman was selected in the fifth round (130th overall) by the Ottawa Senators at the 2009 NHL Draft.

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