Test, just a check
Unborn baby trafficking on the rise In April, the FBI reported a 5-year-old born from an illegal immigrant pregnant woman had been kidnapped and sold.
A 4-year-old boy has been arrested for using his smartphone to take an Uber driver’s identity and then tricking him into letting him pay for a ride, according to BuzzFeed.
“If a driver doesn’t follow certain rules or he wants the money, he will use a text app or even Snapchat,” a tipster told a police investigator.
According to BuzzFeed, Uber said it’s “committed to addressing this type of crime using all of our technology and training our drivers and drivers’ partners to help detect and protect passengers,” though it says it “does not believe that these individuals are involved in criminal activity.”
When reached for comment on Monday, Uber spokesperson Alvaro de la Fuente told NBC News, “If the driver believes that the passenger may be responsible, they have the right to report it. They could ask the driver to leave the platform, and we will monitor the situation and respond.”
NBC News also reached out to the Washington, D.C., police who responded to a tip regarding a 2-year-old boy who had been kidnapped, and a driver who told police the suspect had been a passenger in his Uber vehicle. “We’re working closely with our Washington, D.C., officers on this,” police spokesman Matthew Delluz said. “We’re trying to determine who’s involved and how it came to be.”
In other cases, authorities in Virginia, Texas, Ohio, Florida, New York, South Dakota and Montana have all investigated allegations of human trafficking and human trafficking-related charges.
“The human trafficking of infants is on the rise. The trend to make baby girls is just going on faster than the trend to make baby boys and girls,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said on Monday.
“It is imperative that our lawmakers and public servants take appropriate measures to stop human trafficking and to educate and alert parents to the risk their daughters and sons may be put at risk by using a service like Lyft, the most trusted and reliable service for ride-sharing,” Uber spokesperson Jessica Gonzalez told NBC News.
Students await meningococcal disease test results following the 2013 U.S. National Health Interview Survey; some women may not get results. (Photo: AP)
SAN FRANCISCO â€” U.S. meningococcal disease is one of the most preventable preventable causes of blindness worldwide, according to U.S. health officials.
More than 10,000 meningococcal disease patients in the United States receive treatment every year â€” the majority because of a vaccine against that disease, according to the National Institutes of Health.
And about 1 million Americans become infected with the disease every year without proper treatment, according to the CDC.
But there is uncertainty over whether the meningococcal disease vaccine actually works for preventable eye disease, says Andrew Cahn, associate dean and professor of medicine and microbiology at UC San Francisco.
“It’s a tricky science,” Cahn says.
So in 2015, he and colleagues are seeking data about meningococcal disease tests and meningococcal disease treatment for their study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
That study is ongoing at UC San Francisco, where Cahn is the chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases.
Researchers said the meningococcal disease test and treatment data might serve to answer questions about meningococcal disease treatment.
“What’s really interesting,” says James Shohreah, assistant professor of medicine and microbiology at UCSF, “is that we actually have some data suggesting that meningococcal disease may actually help prevent eye diseases like cataracts, which are a major cost burden in the United States.”
Shohreah’s research team also discovered new insights into how the disease progresses.
Shohreah says one of the findings has to do with the way the meningococcal disease gene is passed through the body â€” from the mother to the newborn â€” creating a new pathogen. This pathogen can cause the immune system to be targeted to certain cells in the eye, such as those in the lens, and produce more or fewer cells in certain areas to combat a certain viral infection. The scientists said that this type of viral attack leads to disease progression, and may explain why some people who aren’t properly infected by the viral infection can survive even if the eye becomes infected.
“You can see in the eye, there are certain areas that just don’t make it,” Shohreah says. “These people are usually good at blocking the virus from spreading, so we think that the protective effects of the meningococcal gene against it can help these patients not go through that.”
The researchers will also examine the efficacy and safety of a new drug called trifluorome