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  • Vegan YouTube star who claimed her diet 'cured' her cancer and lesbianism dies of the disease

    02/22/2018 5:24:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2018 | Mia De Graaf
    A vegan YouTube star who claimed her plant-based diet 'cured' her cancer and lesbianism has died from the disease. Mari Lopez, who ran the food channel at home in Houston, Texas with her niece Liz Johnson, told thousands of viewers she had rejected traditional treatment for breast cancer in favor of a 90-day juice cleanse when she was diagnosed in 2015.
  • Couple accused of locking up adopted kids without food or water

    02/21/2018 6:06:03 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 21, 2018
    Benito Gutierrez, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, of Tucson were charged with three counts of child abuse after authorities found their kids – aged 6 to 12 – living in squalor and deprivation, police said. “The children were kept in separate bedrooms, which were locked from the outside,” the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. “(They had) no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities for up to 12 hours at a time on a regular basis,” Tucson News Now reported
  • Dangerous TV Ad for Wrigleys chewing Gum Is Banned

    02/20/2018 10:34:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 21 FEB 2018 | Neil Shaw
    Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewersA "dangerous" TV ad showing a woman chewing gum while playing football has been shown the red card. Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewers who feared the ad for Wrigley's Extra might encourage kids to carry out the "dangerous practice" of chewing gum while playing footie. The ad, which was seen last September, was found to be in breach of rules regarding children plus harm and offence. It was banned from being shown again, and Wrigley's - based in Devon - were warned not to show people chewing gum while playing sport in any future...
  • A British woman left this nasty note on an ambulance. Turns out, that's a crime.

    02/20/2018 2:55:35 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/2018 | Lindsey Bever
    A woman in the United Kingdom has pleaded guilty to a public order offense after she was accused of leaving what paramedics called a “vile” note on an ambulance that was responding to an emergency call. The woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Kirsty Sharman, was in court Tuesday on charges relating to the incident. Authorities said she verbally abused paramedics and left a profane note on an ambulance Sunday morning that was in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, responding to a call about a person experiencing breathing problems. After the call, when the paramedics returned to the emergency vehicle, they...
  • Researchers discover novel mechanism linking changes in mitochondria to cancer cell death

    02/20/2018 11:06:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | by Deanna Csomo Mccool, University of Notre Dame
    Credit: University of Notre Dame ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ o stop the spread of cancer, cancer cells must die. Unfortunately, many types of cancer cells seem to use innate mechanisms that block cancer cell death, therefore allowing the cancer to metastasize. While seeking to further understand cancer cell death, researchers at the University of Notre Dame discovered that the activation of a specific enzyme may help suppress the spread of tumors. The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, demonstrate that the enzyme RIPK1 decreases the number of mitochondria in a cell. This loss of mitochondria leads to oxidative stress that can potentially...
  • New York and London socialites who developed OxyContin made BILLIONS off of the drug’s [tr]

    02/20/2018 9:24:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2018 | Anna Hopkins and Sheila Fylnn
    The Sackler brothers represented America’s wildest dream: three Brooklyn-born sons of Jewish immigrants who became physicians and went on to found a pharmaceutical dynasty that is today worth more than $13 billion. The family used their fortune to invest in the arts and philanthropy, with Sackler wings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris – to name just a few. The Sackler name, however, is conspicuously missing from anything associated with their main source of income, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and its related companies, or its billion dollar product: OxyContin. You...
  • Monkey angels watching over us?

    02/19/2018 6:12:41 PM PST · by Norski · 7 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | February 19, 2048 | Merritt Clfton
    Monkey sentinels form our first line of defense against yellow fever & other diseases that have killed millions RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil; SINGHUDURG, India––Panic-driven monkey massacres are contributing to human illness and death, and perhaps could help to spark global epidemics, warn Brazilian health officials. A related “monkey fever” meanwhile raging in parts of India has recently jumped into new and very different habitat, also showing potential to spread far and wide. At issue is simian susceptibility to Flaviviridae viruses, carried by mosquitoes and ticks. Killing upward of 5,000 people per year, worldwide, flaviviruses are as deadly to South American...
  • A man lost his ribs to cancer - so doctors printed him new ones

    02/19/2018 1:50:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 16 FEB 2018 | Mark Smith
    It is the first time such implants had been printed in the UKA grandfather who had a large cancerous tumour in his chest has become the first person in Wales to have his ribs and breastbone rebuilt using 3D printed implants. Peter Maggs, from Abergavenny , had three ribs and half his breastbone removed during the day-long operation at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The tumour had grown to around the width of a tennis ball, and the procedure left an extensive defect in the 71-year-old’s chest. Surgeons would traditionally have reconstructed it with a special cement implant, also known as...
  • Stephen Hawking Turns 75; And How Has Hawking Survived So Long? (trunc)

    02/18/2018 4:44:51 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 1/7/2017 | Dana Dovey
    January 8 is Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday, an age particularly remarkable for a man living with a form of the motor-neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In celebration of Hawking’s remarkable life achievement despite his severe disability, let’s have a look at the disease that we’ve come to so closely associate with this brilliant mind.
  • Report: Modern Culture Is Not Just Revealing Transgenders, ‘It Is Creating Them’

    02/17/2018 8:17:51 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.
    All scientific evidence indicates that gender identity disorders result principally from cultural causes and moreover, modern society is facilitating them, according to an analysis published Friday. Writing for the Catholic World Report, Anne Hendershott chronicles an exploding “transgender industry” illustrated by a massive surge in the number of referrals for gender-identity treatment, in some cases increasing by as much as 2800 percent in less than ten years. Western societies such as the UK, Sweden, Australia, and the USA have seen a spectacular rise in the number of persons, especially young people, seeking treatment for gender identity issues, paralleling the attention...
  • 'False Hope': Hysterectomy Treatment for Endometriosis Is No Cure-All

    02/17/2018 2:59:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Age | 18 February 2018 | Mary Ward
    'False Hope': Hysterectomy Treatment for Endometriosis Is No Cure-All
  • Medical Mysteries

    02/17/2018 1:41:42 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 14 replies
    email from a friend and research | 2/17/2018 | unknown
    Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? A: Your heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise. Everything wear out eventually. Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster. Want to live longer? Take nap. Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: No, not at all. Wine made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way. Beer also made of...
  • Are Children Overprescribed Psychiatric Medications?

    02/17/2018 11:16:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    GoodTherapy.org ^ | February 14, 2018 | Zawn Villines
    Two packs of red and white pills lie on the ground. A toy rabbit sits out of focus.The number of children taking psychiatric medications has been rising over the last few decades. In 2014, the National Center for Health Statistics estimated 1 in 13 U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 takes medication. Many people believed the report was clear evidence that children are overmedicated. Yet a new study challenges that argument. According to a study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, children are not overprescribed psychiatric drugs. Instead, the research suggests children who need...
  • Abortion numbers are rising for women using IUDs

    02/17/2018 9:15:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Feb 3, 2018 | Nancy Flanders
    Who could forget the viral photo of a newborn baby boy holding his mother’s IUD device? While the baby wasn’t actually born holding the device, his mother told First Coast ABC News that the doctor found it behind the placenta and a nurse placed it in the baby’s hand. The mother had received the implanted birth control device just three weeks prior to becoming pregnant. As it turns out, while implanted birth control has a reputation for being much more effective than other types of birth control, including the pill, it does carry the risk of failure. Abortion numbers for...
  • McDonald's Happy Meals are getting a healthier makeover — but is it enough?

    02/16/2018 10:38:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    McDonald's Happy Meals are getting a healthier makeover — but is it enough? Yahoo Lifestyle Erin DonnellyYahoo LifestyleFeb 15, 2018, 9:09 AM Can a Happy Meal ever truly be healthy? McDonald’s on Thursday announced plans to cut the calories in its meals for children and introduce more stringent calorie, sodium, saturated fat, and added sugar limits globally. To that end, U.S. Happy Meals will include cheeseburgers and chocolate milk only upon request, with bottled water added as a healthy alternative to juice or soda. French fry portions will be halved
  • REVERSING COURSE, DIET PEPSI GOES ALL-IN ON ASPARTAME

    02/16/2018 10:13:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Ad Age ^ | February 16, 2018. | E.J. Schultz
    PepsiCo—which faced a consumer backlash after it pulled aspartame from Diet Pepsi in 2015—is making a full reversal and will once again use the controversial sweetner in the soda's mainstream variety. The brand yanked aspartame in mid-2015, replacing it with with sucralose and acesulfame potassium, known as Ace-K. But the move backfired as loyalists clamored for the original formula. So in 2016, the brand brought back the aspartame version—but only in limited quantities marketed as "classic sweetener blend." It kept the aspartame-free version as its mainstream variety. But now Diet Pepsi is making the aspartame version its main variety again...
  • Good Fats, Bad Fats

    02/16/2018 9:38:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 29, 2018 | Jane E. Brody
    The media love contrarian man-bites-dog stories that purport to debunk long-established beliefs and advice. Among the most popular on the health front are reports that saturated fats do not cause heart disease and that the vegetable oils we’ve been encouraged to use instead may actually promote it. But the best-established facts on dietary fats say otherwise. How well polyunsaturated vegetable oils hold up health-wise when matched against saturated fats like butter, beef fat, lard and even coconut oil depends on the quality, size and length of the studies and what foods are eaten when fewer saturated fats are consumed. So...
  • Man Transitions Back From Being a Woman, Changing His Mind Months Later Moves in W/ Ex & Her Partner

    02/16/2018 11:31:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | Thursday 15 Feb 2018 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Man transitions back from being a woman after changing his mind several months later and moves in with ex wife and her new partnerA father-of-two who transitioned to be a woman after eight years of marriage is transitioning back to being a man after just seven months. James Cohen, 36, told his wife, Eirian, 36, that he wanted to become a woman after claiming he’d hidden his gender secret since he was a child. But James, who is now known as Jim by family and friends after ditching his female name, Kara, has thrown out his blonde wig, dresses and...
  • Florida gunman says 'demon voices' told him how to pull off school shooting

    02/16/2018 4:17:30 AM PST · by tired&retired · 121 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 16, 2018 | Jessica Finn
    Police reveal they were called out 39 TIMES to his family home before his mother died last year. He told authorities that voices in his head told him how to carry out the shooting. According to his legal team he suffers from autism, depression and has other significant psychological problems. Police were called to his family's home in Parkland, Fl. 39 times since 2010. Cruz's adoptive mother died in November from pneumonia and the father died years before of a heart attack. He also said he had 'trouble with a girl' and he believed the timing of the attack, carried...
  • Planned Parenthood Sues for the Right to Abort Babies Just Because They Have Down Syndrome

    02/15/2018 1:15:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business has filed suit against a pro-life law in the state of Ohio that protects unborn babies with Down Syndrome. The law prohibits abortions when done specifically because an unborn child has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Because the Planned Parenthood abortion business has never met an abortion it is not willing to perform, it has filed a lawsuit against the state law which pro-life Governor John Kasich signed last year. Here’s more: “The patient-doctor relationship is critical; a woman should be able to trust her physicians and have confidential conversations without worrying about government interference,”...