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  • Deadly deer disease spreading in parts of US; what hunters should know

    12/12/2021 5:40:53 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 52 replies
    WATE Knoxville ^ | 12 December 2021 | Rebekah Chung
    TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Wildlife officials in several states are warning of new cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, and issuing guidance for hunters. According to Shane Hesting, wildlife disease coordinator with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the disease could threaten the future of one of the state’s most popular industries. “CWD has the potential to ruin hunting as we know it over time,” Hesting said. “This is going to take a long time…decades. There are a lot of questions whether we’re going to have localized extinction, which would be 50, 60 years from now. But,...
  • REPORT: Slovenia Nurse Whistleblower Claims Politicians & Elites Get Placebo Instead of mRNA COVID-19 Jab; True or Misinformation?

    11/25/2021 5:15:14 PM PST · by Norski · 63 replies
    WeLoveTrump ^ | November 24, 2021 | anon David
    Shocking reports have circulated out of the eastern European country of Slovenia that, if verified, would cause a vengeful reaction of epic proportions. Now, there’s a lot of uncertainty regarding a nurse whistleblower’s statement about the COVID-19 jabs and some information I’ll have to fact check. The controversy stems from a press conference given by the former head nurse of the University Medical Center in Ljubljana. According to reports, she claimed that politicians and other high-ranking citizens receive saline instead of the mRNA experimental COVID-19 injections. Trending: TROJAN HORSE? Bernie Kerik’s Jan 6th Committee Subpoena May Open The Door To...
  • First case of Delta-plus, 'double-whammy' variant of COVID, detected in Louisiana

    06/30/2021 5:45:40 PM PDT · by Tipllub · 61 replies
    NOLA ^ | 6.30.21
    The Delta variant of COVID-19 has spawned a new, troubling variant known as Delta-plus that has been identified for the first time in Louisiana, according to officials at Ochsner Health. Delta-plus is thought to have the same higher rate of transmission as the Delta variant, which was originally identified in India and is about two times as infectious as the original coronavirus strain. But it also has a characteristic of variants from South Africa and Brazil that makes it harder for antibodies to block it from entering cells. “It gives you a double whammy,” said Dr. Lucio Miele, who has...
  • New Brunswick (Canada) monitoring more than 40 cases of unknown neurological disease

    03/17/2021 7:14:14 PM PDT · by jerod · 66 replies
    CBC news ^ | Mar 17, 2021
    Memo sent to health-care professionals in province says symptoms are similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseasePublic Health is closely monitoring a cluster of more than 40 New Brunswick patients with symptoms similar to those of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare and fatal brain disease. In an internal memo obtained by Radio-Canada, sent on March 5 by the office of the chief medical officer of health to the New Brunswick Medical Society and to associations of doctors and nurses, the department notes the existence of a cluster of 42 cases of a progressive neurological syndrome of unknown origin. A first case was diagnosed in...
  • China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus

    01/23/2020 6:45:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 87 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2020 | By KEN MORITSUGU and YANAN WANG
    BEIJING -- Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period. Police, SWAT teams and paramilitary troops guarded Wuhan’s train station, where metal barriers blocked the entrances at 10 a.m. Only travelers holding tickets for the last trains out were allowed to enter. Normally bustling streets, shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in the city of 11 million people were...
  • Deadly 'zombie' deer disease in the US that rots its victims brains 'could spread to humans'...

    08/23/2019 10:30:19 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 40 replies
    daily mail ^ | 8/23/2019 | tim collins
    A fatal so-called 'zombie' disease swiftly spreading in the United States and Canada among deer, elk and moose might put humans at risk if they eat diseased venison. Chronic wasting disease causes elk and deer to stop eating and behave in confused ways as their brains are turned into sponges by abnormal proteins. The slowly incubating disease, which leaves microscopic holes in an animal's brain, is caused by prions. They are the same rogue proteins that caused bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in Britain in the 1980s. About 200 people in the Britain and Europe died of prion-based...
  • Cannibalism is found throughout the animal kingdom - so why is it the ultimate taboo for humans?

    08/22/2019 11:35:43 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 89 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 20, 2019 | Jared Piazza
    Vulnerable spadefoot tadpoles eat their smaller competitors to speed towards toadhood as quickly as possible. Gulls and pelicans are among bird species that eat hatchlings for food or to prevent the spread of disease. In insect species such as the praying mantis or the Australian redback spider, males offer their bodies as a final gift to females after mating. It's more common than you'd think in mammals too. Many rodent mothers may eat some of their young if they're sick, dead, or too numerous to feed. Bears and lions kill and eat the offspring of adult females to make them...
  • These Scientists Want to Redefine Alzheimer's as a 'Double-Prion' Disease

    05/03/2019 8:16:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    gizmkodo ^ | Ed Cara
    Researchers this week say their work should upturn the conventional narrative of how Alzheimer’s disease happens. They argue the progression of Alzheimer’s is driven by a very specific form of two proteins that play a crucial role in the disease, and these forms should be considered prions—potentially infectious proteins that self-replicate by turning their brethren into a misfolded version of themselves. To put it simply, people with Alzheimer’s disease have brains that are filled with rigid, clumped-together deposits of the proteins amyloid beta and tau, called plaques and tangles, respectively. It’s long been assumed that if we can stop these...
  • The Man Who Linked Kuru to Cannibalism

    03/30/2019 11:04:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Cosmos magazine ^ | May 12, 2016 | Jo Chandler
    [Michael] Alpers, now the Professor of International Health at Curtin University in Western Australia... tells me the story of what he found as a young doctor visiting the New Guinea highlands more than 50 years ago... It was in the field, in early 1962, Alpers first met American scientist Carleton Gajdusek, who had by then been studying kuru for several years... Unusually, the paper identified the victims Kigea and Eiru -- as well as Daisey and Georgette -- by name... Two weeks later, the paper appeared in the journal Nature. It identified kuru as a new category of infectious disease...
  • Neanderthal bones show signs of cannibalism

    07/07/2016 1:18:52 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    The remains that were found were radiocarbon-dated to be about 40,500 to 45,500 years old, and it was determined that Neanderthals butchered and used the bones of their peers as tools, according to a press release from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports. The team identified 99 "uncertain" bone fragments as belonging to Neanderthals, which would make this the greatest trove of Neanderthal remains ever found north of the Alps. The findings also shed light on the genetics of this lost human species, adding to previously collected data on Neanderthal genes....
  • Cannibalism May Have Wiped Out Neanderthals

    02/28/2008 6:52:33 PM PST · by blam · 113 replies · 3,131+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 2-27-2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    Cannibalism May Have Wiped Out Neanderthals Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Unhealthy Diets? Feb. 27, 2008 -- A Neanderthal-eat-Neanderthal world may have spread a mad cow-like disease that weakened and reduced populations of the large Eurasian human, thereby contributing to its extinction, according to a new theory based on cannibalism that took place in more recent history. Aside from illustrating that consumption of one's own species isn't exactly a healthy way to eat, the new theoretical model could resolve the longstanding mystery as to what caused Neanderthals, which emerged around 250,000 years ago, to disappear off the face of the Earth...
  • Neanderthals' Tough Stone AgeLives

    12/15/2006 3:28:42 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 672+ views
    Science News ^ | 12-16-2006 | Bruce Bower
    Neandertals' tough Stone Age lives Bruce Bower Neandertals that 43,000 years ago inhabited what's now northern Spain faced periodic food shortages and possibly resorted to cannibalism to survive, according to a new investigation. CAVE FINDS. A block of sand and clay from El Sidrón cave in Spain holds Neandertal foot bones (left) and ribs and a backbone (right). Rosas These Neandertals evolved shorter, broader faces with a less pronounced slope than northern European Neandertals did, say Antonio Rosas of the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid and his colleagues. Since 2000, the researchers have recovered more than 1,300 Neandertal...
  • How a history of eating human brains protected this tribe from brain disease

    11/28/2015 5:22:13 PM PST · by wgmalabama · 33 replies
    Washington post ^ | June 11 2015 | Sarah kaplin
    The sickness spread at funerals. The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long-standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals. Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It was an expression of respect for the lost loved ones, but the practice wreaked havoc on the communities they left behind. That’s because a deadly molecule that lives in brains was spreading to the women who ate them, causing a horrible degenerative illness called “kuru” that at one point killed 2...
  • Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals

    11/13/2013 5:48:23 AM PST · by IbJensen · 35 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/13/2013 | Staff
    You’ve heard of Mad Cow Disease, the scientific name of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy — a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE is an incurable fatal disease that affects the brain and nervous system of many animals, including humans. Autopsies of infected brain tissue show a myriad of tiny holes in the cortex, giving it a sponge-like appearance — hence spongiform. (See below) spongy TSE-infected brain tissueThe disorder causes impairment of brain and bodily functions, including memory changes, personality changes, and problems with movement (shaking, trembling) that worsen over time. Like all TSEs, the bovine variant is...
  • Theory: Mad Cow May Have Come From Humans

    09/01/2005 4:28:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 417+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/1/05 | Emma Ross - ap
    LONDON - A new theory proposes that mad cow disease may have come from feeding British cattle meal contaminated with human remains infected with a variation of the disease. The hypothesis, outlined this week in The Lancet medical journal, suggests the infected cattle feed came from the Indian subcontinent, where bodies sometimes are ceremonially thrown into the Ganges River. Indian experts not connected with the research pointed out weaknesses in the theory but agreed it should be investigated. The cause of the original case or cases of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is unknown, but it belongs to...
  • New findings on prions suggest BSE risk may be higher than thought

    01/20/2005 4:42:19 PM PST · by M. Espinola · 38 replies · 818+ views
    ORONTO, Jan 20th, 2005 (The Canadian Press via COMTEX) -- The human food chain may not be as well protected from BSE as everyone hopes, scientists admitted Thursday in the wake of publication of new research showing the malformed proteins that cause the brain-wasting disease can be found in more tissues than previously thought. Experts admit the findings are worrisome, but note the additional risk, if confirmed, may still be low because it is believed there is very little bovine spongiform encephalopathy - mad cow disease - in current cattle herds. "I don't want to provoke hysteria here," senior author...
  • Craving Respectability – and Human Flesh

    03/29/2004 7:22:01 PM PST · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 130+ views
    The National Post ^ | March 29, 2004 | George Jonas
    My friend, the artist Libby Hague, is an intellectual vegetarian, by which I mean she won't eat beings she regards as sentient. Chickens became safe from Libby's table the day she discovered they could play tic-tac-toe. Beings that can't pass the tic-tac-toe test are, however, fair game. Fish, for instance, are out of luck. My friend follows a beaten path. Using intellectual accomplishment to distinguish life forms that are worthy of preservation from life forms that aren't is quite traditional. The law used to make such distinction even between human beings. For instance, the original meaning of the phrase "benefit...
  • No matter how you cut it up, eating people is simply wrong -

    12/07/2003 4:54:53 PM PST · by UnklGene · 40 replies · 617+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | December 8, 2003 | Barbara Amiel
    No matter how you cut it up, eating people is simply wrong - By Barbara Amiel (Filed: 08/12/2003) Not a few modern cannibals in the West have been German and it would be tempting to say, after reading the testimony of self-confessed cannibal Armin Meiwes, now on trial in Kassel, that eating people is a peculiarly German thing to do. But there have been some American and British cannibals, with the odd Russian as well. What may be an EU speciality is that apparently cannibalism is not a crime - though using wooden chopping boards may be. Somehow, one would...
  • Hillary Clinton is still seriously ill

    03/13/2018 2:12:54 AM PDT · by grundle · 81 replies
    wordpress ^ | March 13, 2018 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Hillary Clinton is still seriously ill This is new footage of Hillary Clinton in India. When she falls for the second time, she has two people supporting her, and yet she still can’t stay up. footage from June 2016 shows her possibly having a seizure. After the alleged seizure, she seems to deliberately have a second one to try to cover up the real one. this footage from September 2016, some people say she “fainted,” while others claim she was fully conscious, but the nerves that send signals from her brain to her muscles were not working properly. Her body seems...
  • Is Hillary Clinton a Brain-Damaged Invalid?

    08/22/2016 7:38:29 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 47 replies
    Taki Mag ^ | August 22, 2016 | Jim Goad
    If you dare to question whether Hillary Clinton is physically ill, her dutiful media maidservants will smear you as mentally ill. It matters not how many times she falls, how many speeches she interrupts with uncontrolled coughing, how many memory lapses she has in mid-sentence, how many times she cackles loudly and inappropriately, or how many apparent seizures she has while cameras roll and fawning reporters flinch. She’s not sick; you’re sick for even noticing. “The right-wing smear machine is working at warp speed to convince the nation that Hillary Clinton has brain damage,” ululates Heather Digby Parton over at...