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  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • ‘This is already an EPIDEMIC’ Doctor’s dire warning as eye-bleeding fever outbreak spreads

    01/17/2018 7:23:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 16th January 2018 | By Henry Holloway
    DOCTORS have warned a suspected outbreak of “eye-bleeding fever” must be declared an epidemic and emergency measures imposed to tackle the disease. Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, from the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), has warned action must be taken over reports of growing numbers of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases. He warned the disease is “highly contagious” and said the people “must be protected” to prevent it spreading. The infection causes victims to suffer from a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths. It comes amid a growing war of words between the UMA and...
  • President Trump and Immigration Based On Merit

    01/16/2018 11:08:23 PM PST · by Architect of Avalon · 17 replies
    Architect of Avalon ^ | 1/16/2018 | Architect of Avalon
    Recently a Senator, whom many refer to by his nickname Dirty Durbin, said that President Trump referred to certain countries with a less-than-rosy word while objecting to the Temporary Protected Status of immigrants from those countries. President Trump reportedly also noted that increasing immigration from countries of European heritage, like Norway, which has been a source of productive immigrants to North America for over 1100 years, would be good. While President Trump was referring to the way that TPS countries are managed, and not impugning rank-and-file citizens of good character in those countries, the matter does raise two questions. The...
  • Biologists' new peptide could fight many cancers

    01/16/2018 2:30:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Anne Trafton, & Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MIT biologists have designed a new peptide that can disrupt a key protein that many types of cancers, including some forms of lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer, need to survive. The new peptide targets a protein called Mcl-1, which helps cancer cells avoid the cellular suicide that is usually induced by DNA damage. By blocking Mcl-1, the peptide can force cancer cells to undergo programmed cell death. "Some cancer cells are very dependent on Mcl-1, which is the last line of defense keeping the cell from dying. It's a very attractive target," says Amy Keating, an MIT professor of biology...
  • Trump scored 30/30 on a Montreal Cognitive Exam (truncated)

    01/16/2018 1:56:13 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 34 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/16/18 | Daniel Dale
    There was some suspicion that it'd happen, but Dr. Ronny Jackson is releasing detailed medical information about Trump - comparable to, or possibly even more than, he released when he examined Obama. Jackson says "there's no indication whatsoever" that Trump has any cognitive issues such as dementia or Alzheimer's or "any issue whatsoever with his thought process."
  • Why Stress Makes You Crave Chocolate According to Research

    01/16/2018 11:47:11 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 25 replies
    eMaxHealth ^ | Jan 15 2018 | Kaitlin Covel
    Have you ever wondered why you crave chocolate when you get stressed out? Research justifies our cravings and provides healthier ways to get our chocolate fix. Chocolate Makes Us HappyIt’s not all in your head. Well, actually it is, but in a literal sense. Physically, the consumption of chocolate does make you happy by stimulating the release of dopamine in your brain. This neurotransmitter has been called “the happy hormone”. Chocolate also stimulates the release of serotonin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the mind and body. The limbic system is the part of the brain responsible for...
  • A New Clue to the Mystery Disease That Once Killed Most of Mexico

    01/16/2018 6:08:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 15, 2018 | Sarah Zang
    In the decades after Hernán Cortés invaded Mexico, one of the worst epidemics in human history swept through the new Spanish colony. A mysterious disease called “cocolitzli” appeared first in 1545 and then again in 1576, each time killing millions of the native population. “From morning to sunset,” wrote a Franciscan friar who witness the epidemic, “the priests did nothing else but carry the dead bodies and throw them into the ditches.” In less than a century, the number of people living in Mexico fell from an estimated 20 million to 2 million. “It’s a massive population loss. Really, it’s...
  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/16/2018 6:05:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    National Geographic ^ | January 15, 2018 | Michael Greshko
    Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago outbreaks and suggests that the maligned rodents may not be the culprits after all.
  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/15/2018 6:21:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | JANUARY 15, 2018 | Michael Greshko
    A provocative new study suggests that medieval plagues spread via fleas and lice on people.Rats have long been blamed for spreading the parasites that transmitted plague throughout medieval Europe and Asia, killing millions of people. Now, a provocative new study has modeled these long-ago outbreaks and suggests that the maligned rodents may not be the culprits after all. The study, published on Monday in the journal PNAS, instead points the finger at human parasites—such as fleas and body lice—for primarily spreading plague bacteria during the Second Pandemic, a series of devastating outbreaks that spanned from the 1300s to the early...
  • Florida Boy Who Was Battling Rabies After Bat Scratch Dies

    01/15/2018 3:03:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 126 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jan 15, 2018
    6-year-old Ryker Roque passed away in an Orlando hospital, his father said MondayA 6-year-old Florida boy who was undergoing experimental treatment after being diagnosed with rabies has died. Ryker Roque passed away in an Orlando hospital, his father said Monday. Roque had been undergoing the treatment, called the Milwaukee protocol, after he was scratched by a bat. His father, Henry Roque, had found the sick bat and put it in a bucket, telling his son not to touch it. "So, apparently he put his hand in there and touched it and he said it only scratched him, so I frantically...
  • States crack down on fake service animals

    01/15/2018 4:19:20 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 73 replies ^ | 10/31/2017 | Rachel McCrary
    You see a dog enter a restaurant with a vest that says "service dog." How do you, or the restaurant, know if the dog is actually a trained service dog? It's a problem that has prompted more than a dozen states to crack down on people trying to pass off their pet as a service animal. "They make me angry, they really do," said Colleen Belanger. Belanger has a service dog and she is upset people are using fake service dogs. She said it is a growing concern as more and more people are taking advantage of the system. Some...
  • Drink-Driver Tried to Get Past Police in This Completely Wrecked Car After Crash

    01/14/2018 12:49:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 12 JAN 2018 | Robert Dalling
    When topped he told officers 'I'm guilty, Merry Christmas'A driver attempted to accelerate past police in a heavily damaged car despite being over the drink-drive limit. On Christmas Eve, just before 8pm, Dyfed-Powys Police received a call reporting a single-vehicle road collision on an unclassified road in Pontyates, Llanelli. They then saw a Ford Focus, with substantial front-end damage travelling towards them, being driven by David Simon Edwards. It began accelerating towards the police vehicle, and officers wound the window down and shouted for him to turn the engine off, but he kept revving his engine. An officer got...
  • 6-year-old boy fighting rabies as family hopes for a cure

    01/14/2018 4:39:17 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 61 replies ^ | 1/12/18 | Maggie Fox
    It started with a bat in a bucket and a curious 6-year-old boy. Now that boy, Ryker Roque, is being kept under anesthesia in an Orlando hospital in a desperate bid to save him from the deadliest virus there is: rabies. If Ryker Roque lives, he will be only the third child in the U.S. to survive rabies, which is almost always fatal. But the family is trying an experimental technique they hope will help Ryker survive the terrible infection. It started when Ryker's father, Henry Roque, found a sick bat. "(I) found a bat, put it in a little...
  • Black Death TWO: Girl, 9, drops dead as strange 'eye-bleeding fever' spreads

    01/13/2018 11:20:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | 13th January 2018 | Anthony Blair
    She had contracted the bizarre new disease with similarities to the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. This disease — usually spread by tick bites or contact with infected livestock — can cause muscle pains, headaches, vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding. ... A rapid response health team was rushed from the local hospital with a body bag to collect her and prevent any possible outbreak. Health teams disinfected the girl's home after her death on Thursday night local time, but didn't give her grieving family any details about when they could have her body back. Speaking to local media, family member Harriet Nalunkuma said:...
  • Teens Fall Ill After Eating Laundry Detergent, Then Post to Social Media

    01/12/2018 10:13:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 1/12 | Brandon Lopez
    A new social media challenge is going viral, but this time, it’s causing a health hazards to those participating. “The Tide POD Challenge” has many filming themselves chewing a Tide POD detergent packet and then posting their reactions to social media. But many health professionals advise against participating in this challenge, as it could cause some serious health complications. Tide detergent pods are small packages of highly concentrated laundry detergent replace traditional bottled laundry detergent. Bear Slices SW Florida Man's Face While Walking Dog The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that more than 10,000 children five and younger...
  • Actress Jessica Falkhort Still Alive After Life Support Turned Off

    01/12/2018 8:55:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The West Australian ^ | Friday, 12 January 2018
    Jessica Falkholt continues to cling to life in hospital more than a day after her life support was turned off following a horrific car crash on the NSW south coast. The Home and Away actor and her younger sister Annabelle were pulled from the fiery wreckage of their car near Ulladulla on Boxing Day but her parents Lars and Vivian died at the scene. Annabelle, 21, died from her injuries three days after the head-on crash and Jessica has been in a critical condition in St George Hospital. The hospital on Friday confirmed her life support had been switched off....
  • Australia: Backpackers Mistake Drug 'Devil's Breath' for Cocaine, Become Victims

    01/12/2018 8:49:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 8, 2018 | Bhaswati Guha Majumder
    Recently a group of backpackers in Australia mistook a white substance for cocaine and went into hallucination to be forced into medical coma by hospital authorities soon. The backpackers received a package of a white powder with a piece of paper that said "Scoop", which is an indication to Hyoscine, which also known as scopolamine, reported The West Australian. All the victims, aged between 21 to 25, snorted the powder and within minutes they started experiencing the side effects of the drug, including seizures, paralysis and hallucinations. When one of their housemates who returned later to the place rushed them...
  • Legendary Guitarist Eric Clapton Says He's Going Deaf

    01/12/2018 4:40:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    WPXI ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Kelcie Willis
    Musician Eric Clapton says he is going deaf. The 72-year-old singer says he plans on still performing, but his mounting health issues as he ages are a concern. “The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient,” Clapton said in an interview with BBC 2. “I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because I’m a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself I’m...
  • Chuck Norris says, Lettuce be grateful for leafy greens

    01/12/2018 4:33:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Given all that we know about the benefits of diet and exercise, we should not be surprised that adding a daily serving of green leafy vegetables to your diet is a simple way to foster positive brain health. The important takeaway from these findings is what we are talking about is within your power – and budget – to do to slow cognitive decline that comes with aging, a decline that could lead to dementia. Another is exercise. Study after study has shown the positive connection between improved health and physical exercise. Exercise is beneficial in the prevention of cognitive...
  • Can Muesli help against arthritis?

    01/12/2018 1:52:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | January 12, 2018 | University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
    It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. Researchers have now discovered that a fiber-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones. The key to the effect our diet has on our health are intestinal bacteria: healthy intestinal flora consists of a multitude of different species of bacteria. Every adult carries approximately two kilogrammes of benign bacteria in their intestines. They help our digestion by breaking fibre down into its individual components, which can then be absorbed by the body. A by-product of this process are short-chained...