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  • Medieval DNA suggests Columbus didn't trigger syphilis epidemic in Europe

    08/17/2020 8:50:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    ScienceMag.org ^ | August 13, 2020 | Charlotte Hartley
    Researchers have long clashed over the circumstances of the 1495 European syphilis epidemic. The so-called Columbian theory posits that Columbus and his crew carried the bacterium, or an earlier progenitor of it, when they returned to Europe in 1493 after their American journey. Skeletons of Native Americans who died prior to Columbus's arrival show bone lesions from Treponemal diseases, including yaws and bejel, and some researchers suspect syphilis was also present. However, other researchers believe syphilis itself circulated in Europe for centuries and became more virulent in the late 1400s. They point to a growing body of archaeological evidence: skeletal...
  • Study Reveals Just How Bad Syphilis Got in London in The Late 18th Century

    07/14/2020 9:30:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 42 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | July 11, 2020 | David Nield
    As many as one in five Londoners had syphilis by their mid-30s during the late 18th century, according to a detailed new study on the sexually transmitted infection (STI) and its spread in the capital of the United Kingdom. Researchers used data from hospital admissions and workhouse infirmaries to reach their figures, making allowances for duplicate records, private treatments, and the possibility of syphilis numbers getting mixed in with other diseases like gonorrhea or chlamydia. The findings show a much higher incidence in London than elsewhere in the country at the time – other studies show 'the pox' was half...
  • The Worst Diseases in Shakespeare's England

    03/28/2020 3:42:39 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Shakespeare Online ^ | Aug 2000 | Amanda Mabillard
    From a disease standpoint, Shakespeare was living in arguably the worst place and time in history. Shakespeare's overcrowded, rat-infested, sexually promiscuous London, with raw sewage flowing in the Thames, was the hub for the nastiest diseases known to mankind. Here are the worst of the worst. 1. Plague It is little surprise that the plague was the most dreaded disease of Shakespeare's time. Carried by fleas living on the fur of rats, the plague swept through London in 1563, 1578-9, 1582, 1592-3, and 1603 (Singman, 52). The outbreaks in 1563 and 1603 were the most ferocious, each wiping out over...
  • Repeat syphilis episodes in MSM [men who have sex with men] highlight need for increased awareness, novel strategies

    01/19/2020 1:14:42 PM PST · by fwdude · 68 replies
    Healio ^ | January 18, 2020 | Roth JA, et al.
    Sexual risk behaviors appear to be a large driver of novel syphilis infections among men who have sex with men, or MSM, who are HIV-positive and have had prior episodes of syphilis infection. Experts say that access to sexual encounters and increased testing – and, therefore, greater awareness of those who are infected – may also be contributing to increases in repeat episodes. “Syphilis is re-emerging globally in general and HIV-infected populations and repeated syphilis episodes may play a central role in syphilis transmission among core groups,” Manuel Battegay, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology...
  • 3 STDs have skyrocketed in the U.S., new CDC report says — here’s what you need to know

    11/22/2019 10:24:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 21, 2019 | Rachel Grumman Bender
    The rates of three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis — have skyrocketed in the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Jose Bazan, an associate professor of clinical internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that the spike in STD rates is “alarming.” The new Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, which looked at data from 2017-2018, reveals concerning increases in the three most commonly reported STDs in the U.S., marking a dramatic turn. “Yet not that...
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Rise to Record High, C.D.C. Says

    10/09/2019 6:18:33 AM PDT · by karpov · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 8, 2019 | Liam Stack
    The number of combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the United States rose to a record high last year, including an alarming jump in the rate of newborn deaths caused by congenital syphilis, according to figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. More than 2.4 million syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia infections were reported in the United States in 2018, an increase of more than 100,000 cases from the previous year, the center said in its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. It attributed the increase to several factors, including a decline in condom...
  • Syphilis cases reach all-time high in Europe, up 70% in 7 years [The next 'gay' disease]

    07/25/2019 3:57:21 PM PDT · by fwdude · 44 replies
    Healio ^ | July 23, 2019 | Khalil Ghanem, MD, PhD
    Syphilis rates in Europe have steadily increased over the past decade, reaching an all-time recorded high in 2017 with more than 33,000 cases, according to data reported by the European CDC. The spike has been seen primarily among men who have sex with men (MSM) living in urban areas. (snip) Over the 7-year interval, rates more than doubled in five countries — Iceland (876%), Ireland (224%), the United Kingdom (153%), Germany (144%) and Malta (123%). MSM accounted for 62% of the 152,233 syphilis cases reported between 2007 and 2017 in which the sexual orientation of the patient was known, whereas...
  • Solving the puzzle of Henry VIII

    03/03/2011 12:38:11 PM PST · by decimon · 67 replies
    Southern Methodist University ^ | March 3, 2011 | Unknown
    Could blood group anomaly explain Tudor king's reproductive problems and tyrannical behavior?DALLAS (SMU) – Blood group incompatibility between Henry VIII and his wives could have driven the Tudor king's reproductive woes, and a genetic condition related to his suspected blood group could also explain Henry's dramatic mid-life transformation into a physically and mentally-impaired tyrant who executed two of his wives. Research conducted by bioarchaeologist Catrina Banks Whitley while she was a graduate student at SMU (Southern Methodist University) and anthropologist Kyra Kramer shows that the numerous miscarriages suffered by Henry's wives could be explained if the king's blood carried the...
  • Young polyamorous woman who dates as many as SIX people at once offers a glimpse into her [tr]

    11/16/2018 3:03:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 15, 2018 | Cindy Tran
    Gone are the days when intimate relationships were shared between two people. And an Australian woman, who identifies herself as polyamorous, has opened up about how she embraces sexual relationships with multiple people. Penny has been in polyamorous relationships for five years - a lifestyle where she enjoys spending time with more than one person on an emotional level. Like any monogamous relationship, the woman goes out with the man or woman she 'loves' on romantic dates, cuddles up with them on the couch and has sex with them.
  • Why do California babies have syphilis in numbers rivaling those of poor nations?

    10/17/2018 7:08:18 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    CALmatters ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 | David Gorn
    Jeffrey Klausner has seen the damage congenital syphilis can do to newborns, and it makes him a little sick. “It’s one of the horrible outcomes,” said Klausner, an infectious disease professor at UCLA’s medical school. “You have devastation of the newborn.”
  • The End of Safe Gay Sex?

    06/26/2018 4:35:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | Patrick William Kelly | Patrick William Kelly
    June is Pride Month, a ripe time to reflect on one of the most startling facts about our sexual culture today: Condom use is all but disappearing among large numbers of gay men. Many rightly attribute the condom’s decline to the rise of PrEP — an acronym for pre-exposure prophylaxis, a two-drug cocktail that inoculates a person from contracting H.I.V. But another crucial component is the fading memory of the AIDS crisis that once defined what it meant to be gay. After tracking the sexual practices of 17,000 gay and bisexual Australian men from 2014 to 2017, a team of...
  • Henry VIII’s erratic behavior was likely caused by an NFL-style injury, argue Yale researchers

    02/06/2016 1:17:28 PM PST · by beaversmom · 87 replies
    Phys ^ | February 3, 2016 | Bill Hathaway
    Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players? February 3, 2016 by Bill Hathaway Henry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Traumatic brain injury explains the memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia—and maybe even impotence--that afflicted Henry during the decade before his death in 1547, according to a paper published online the week of Feb. 1."It is intriguing to think that modern European history...
  • Italian Skeletons Reveal Old World Diseases

    04/13/2004 5:22:18 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 719+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 4-13-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian Skeletons Reveal Old World Diseases By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Columbus: Syphilis Spreader? April 12, 2004 — Researchers investigating Italian cemeteries have found further evidence to confirm that syphilis and rheumatoid arthritis plagued the Americas long before the arrival of Columbus. Involving various sites throughout Italy, the study examined 688 skeletons dating from the Bronze Age to the Black Plague epidemic of 1485-1486. The remains were investigated for the presence of bony alterations characteristic of rheumatoid arthritis, gout, spondyloarthropathy and syphilis-causing organisms, called treponemes. Indeed, syphilis is known to scar and deform bones. Legend holds that Columbus and his...
  • ‘Teen Vogue’ Columnist Tells Billy Graham to ‘Have Fun in Hell, Bitch'

    02/21/2018 4:01:42 PM PST · by Kazan · 171 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 21, 2018 | By Craig Bannister
    “Teen Vogue” Columnist Lauren Duca responded to news of Rev. Billy Graham’s death by telling him to, “Have fun in hell, bitch.” Taking to Twitter after news broke that the world-renowned and beloved evangelist had died Wednesday at age 99, Duca mocked Graham’s longevity and hurled her insult: “The big news today is that Billy Graham was still alive this whole time. Anyway, have fun in hell, bitch.” After receiving backlash on Twitter for her hateful irreverence, Duca doubled-down on her comment, declaring that “Respecting the dead” only applies to people who weren’t evil pieces of sh*t while they were...
  • REVEALED: Hugh Hefner, 91, died of heart failure and septicemia after contracting ...

    10/03/2017 10:50:23 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2017 | Jennifer Smith
    Complete Headline: REVEALED: Hugh Hefner, 91, died of heart failure and septicemia after contracting drug-resistant strain of e-coli Hugh Hefner's death certificate revealed he died of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure It also shows he was suffering from septicemia and e-coli when he died It is not known how the 91-year-old contracted the deadly bacteria Hefner died on September 27 at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills Hugh Hefner died from heart failure after contracting an aggressive strain of e-coli which was resistant to drugs, it has been revealed. The 91-year-old's death certificate was obtained by The Blast on Tuesday,...
  • There is now a gonorrhea superbug and we can't get rid of it

    09/27/2017 12:11:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 27, 2017 | BY JOSHUA TEHEE
    Here’s harrowing news for the sexually active: sexually transmitted diseases are getting out of control. In its annual STD Surveillance Report, the Center for Disease Control saw a record increase in the number of infections of three sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. -- chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. Syphilis, in particular, is seeing massive outbreaks in places like Fresno, CA, where the disease was almost nonexistent six years ago, according to The Fresno Bee. In July, the World Health Organization issued a warning about the global rise of drug-resistant gonorrhea. That’s the one that produces a burning sensation and a...
  • ... How L.A. County's health investigators are out trying to stop syphilis

    08/30/2017 1:33:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    L A Times ^ | August 30, 2017 | Soumya Karlamangla
    They believe the only way to end an outbreak is to cure the infected and then find their sexual partners so they can also be treated. But the leads Rocha gets on partners can be vague at best: He hangs out at a doughnut shop in the afternoon. He lives somewhere in a three-story apartment building across from a liquor store. Rocha once parked near a freeway bridge where he’d been told he would find a patient’s former partner, armed only with his nickname and a description of his tattoos. ... Yet syphilis rates have risen almost every year since...
  • Bill Clinton health crisis - family gathering in Little Rock

    04/26/2017 4:03:21 PM PDT · by plain talk · 271 replies
    Event Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2017
    Sources say Bill Clinton is in rough shape. . Sources close to the Clinton family say that Slick Willy, 40th President of the United States and perpetual cheater, will be lucky to make it through the end of the week. The Clinton family, including extended relatives and members of the Rodham clan, have been filing into Little Rock all week where Bill is reportedly bedridden at the residence attached to his presidential library. The fact that they’re booking rooms and sticking around most likely means they’re expecting to have to stay for a funeral. The Clintons have said that they...
  • Jane Fonda to Headline Planned Parenthood “Love-A-Thon” To Protest Trump Inauguration

    01/19/2017 10:12:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | January 18, 2017 | Christine Rousselle
    The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and environmentalist group Earthjustice have partnered to put on Facebook Live’s first-ever tel-a-thon as counter-programming to Friday’s presidential inauguration. Dubbed the “Love-a-thon,” the event will be held from 12:30 p.m. ET until 3:30 p.m. ET and will feature a variety of celebrities, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jane Fonda, and Judd Apatow. A press release for the Love-a-thon said that the fundraising efforts are necessary as the next four years will bring “significant challenges” to these organizations. “Each of these organizations helps our most marginalized communities and protects our democratic norms and civil liberties every day through their...
  • Number of STD cases in the US reaches record high as public services 'stretched thin'

    10/25/2016 7:47:16 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 24 replies
    telegraph.uk ^ | 25 October 2016 | Chris Graham
    The number of reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases reached a record high in the US last year, figures show, as officials warned that stretched services meant people were slipping through the "public health safety net". In its latest report, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the sharp rise in syphilis was of particular concern.