Food Supply Issues on the Increase

April 24, 2015 by  
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fri2If you read the news there is a bounty of bad news when it comes to our food supply here in the U.S., from Bird Flu to droughts to citrus disease.  How bad is it really?  Click here to read more

BART Riders Exposed To Potentially Fatal Disease By UC Berkeley Student

February 13, 2014 by  
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BART spokespeople sent a rather alarming message to media Thursday afternoon, saying that East Bay passengers might have been exposed to the measles.

According to BART spokesman Jim Allison, “a person infected with the contagious disease traveled on BART in the East Bay last week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says measles has been virtually wiped out in the United States thanks to vaccinations but the disease still poses a risk to those who have not been vaccinated.”

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A Heart Surgeon’s Viral Confession: Natural Food Is the Answer

January 29, 2014 by  
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Around 237,000 people now have Dr. Dwight Lundell’s confession on their Facebook walls. His essay, headlined “Heart Surgeon Declares On [sic] What Really Causes Heart Illness,” was published on a website called Tuned Body in December. Over the past week it has taken off across social media with phenomenal force.

In the essay, Lundell describes his purportedly newfound understanding that a diet of natural, unprocessed food can prevent and reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. He recalls two and a half misguided decades as a cardiac surgeon prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications and recommending a low-fat diet. He says that he recently realized the error of his ways, stopped practicing, and dedicated his career to heart disease prevention.

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DDT exposure linked to Alzheimer risk

January 29, 2014 by  
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Exposure to the banned pesticide DDT may play a role in the development of Alzheimer disease, results of a small case-control study suggest.

Levels of the main metabolite of DDT, dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE), were 3.8-fold higher among individuals with an Alzheimer disease diagnosis than controls, Jason R. Richardson, PhD, of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J., and colleagues reported in JAMA Neurology.

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Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of rare liver disease

May 20, 2013 by  
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A good cup of coffee really helps one shake off the cobwebs before starting the day. Fortunately, a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic reveals that drinking coffee has an added benefit: Regular imbibing of this delicious drink is linked with a lowered risk of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). PSC is an autoimmune liver disease that is very rare.

Study author Craig Lammert, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist, says that PSC isn’t kind to the body and can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and biliary cancer. According to Dr. Lammert, this discovery suggests that coffee can not only lower the risk of PSC, but that it might help researchers figure out the cause of this disease and other awful autoimmune diseases.

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New drug being developed using compound found in red wine ‘could help humans live until they are 150’

March 11, 2013 by  
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Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research.

The new drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine and is believed to have an anti-ageing effect as it boosts activity of a protein called SIRT1.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has been testing the medications on patients suffering with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The work proves that a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.

As each of the 117 drugs tested work on the single enzyme through a common mechanism is means that a whole new class of anti-ageing drugs is now viable, which could ultimately prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes.

Genetics professor David Sinclair, based at Harvard University, said: ‘Ultimately, these drugs would treat one disease, but unlike drugs of today, they would prevent 20 others.

‘In effect, they would slow ageing.’

The target enzyme, SIRT1, is switched on naturally by calorie restriction and exercise, but it can also be enhanced through activators.

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New illness, transmitted by same tick that carries Lyme, is discovered in Northeast

January 21, 2013 by  
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Researchers have discovered a new human disease in the Northeast transmitted by the same common deer tick that can infect people with Lyme disease.

The bacterial illness causes flu-like symptoms, the researchers from Tufts, Yale, and other institutions reported Wednesday, but they also described the case of an 80-year-old woman who became confused and withdrawn, lost weight, and developed hearing difficulty and a wobbly gait. The woman, from New Jersey, recovered after receiving antibiotics.

Researchers estimate that 1 percent of the population in areas where Lyme disease is widespread — such as western Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands — may be infected by the new bacteria, which can be transmitted by the tick when it is as small as a poppy seed. Lyme disease is thought to be 7 to 10 times more prevalent in these areas.

The discovery, disclosed in a paper and letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks the fifth human illness spread by deer ticks in the region, highlighting growing concerns about the threat posed by ticks and the burgeoning population of their hosts — deer. The disease is so new it remains unnamed and there is no readily-available test for doctors to screen for it, although some are being developed.

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Girl, 8, to get vaccination shots after court overrules mum

November 28, 2012 by  
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A GIRL, 8, will be given vaccinations against the objections of her mother after a Family Court ruling.

News of the judgment comes after a group of Australia’s top scientists warned this week that the anti-immunisation lobby was endangering children’s lives.

The Victorian mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was resorting to homeopathic methods to try to protect her child against disease.

But the court heard that in 2010, the girl’s father allowed his new wife to take the girl to a medical centre, without her mother’s permission.

There she was immunised for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, polio, HIB, measles, mumps, rubella and meningococcal C.

The father told the court he hoped to continue to “secretly vaccinate” her because he did not want to play “Russian roulette with her health”.

He said he wanted to protect her from infectious diseases, and he was also concerned the child of his new wife, who is now pregnant, could contract a disease from an unvaccinated child.

The mother, who lives with her daughter, said they lived a “simple and healthy way of life’, eating organic and unprocessed food and avoiding toxins.

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Mosquitos Spread New Infection Similar to HIV

May 30, 2012 by  
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As summer gets closer and nights get warmer, more folks are spending time outside. But one thing we always have to worry about while we’re relaxing outdoors is mosquitoes. They don’t just cause itchy red bumps if they bite you, they can also spread serious diseases.
A new infection these insects carry is even being called “The New AIDS of the Americas.”

Chagas disease is transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, like mosquitoes. Tropical disease experts say the spread of Chagas towards the U.S. is similar to the spread of HIV.

Just like the AIDS virus, Chagas disease has a long incubation time and is hard or almost impossible to cure. It infects up to eight million people mostly in Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, and Central America. But more than 3,000 of those people who are infected live in the U.S. with most of them being immigrants.

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Polio may be returning as ‘global’ threat

May 25, 2012 by  
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Poliomyelitis, a viral infectious disease, had once paralyzed and crippled hundreds of thousands of children each year. But the development of vaccines and a global effort to eradicate the disease dramatically reduced the number of infections.

However, the World Health Organisation says the success-story is at risk and the UN agency is expected to declare polio a global health emergency on Friday.

The WHO says that a drastic rise in infections in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, poses a threat to the rest of the world.

Tarek Bazley reports.

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