Kids denied transportation, Religious exemptions, Mercury concerns, Aspartame science, Gut microbiome, Climate change vaccines, Heavy metal arthritis, Apple bacteria, Leafy listeria and MORE!

July 26, 2019 3-5PM ET

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East Aurora Schools ending transportation for unvaccinated students Since January of this year, the U.S. has seen upwards of 1,100 cases of measles. A large majority happening right here in New York state, something Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to slow down with a recently-passed law that ends religious exemptions for vaccines. “It went from zero to an epidemic overnight everyone is rushing to put some type of law into place to make sure this doesn’t become a bigger problem,” Managing Partner at Tully Rinckey, Anthony Kuhn, said. The firm specializes in various things including Special Education Law. He says over the past month, his firm has gotten an uptick in calls over the issue. The fight against measles and other diseases is going a step further in East Aurora Schools.

Are vaccines a religious matter? MORE AND MORE parents are citing religion in choosing not to vaccinate their children against a host of diseases. Children entering school are required by state law to be immunized against tetanus, measles, polio, pertussis, and diphtheria. There are only two ways for parents to avoid the requirement — obtain a medical exemption from a physician or claim that vaccinations violate their religious beliefs. WGBH reports that the number of kindergarteners receiving religious exemptions from vaccination requirements is the highest it’s been over 20 years of state record keeping. More than 80 percent of the 920 kindergarteners exempted from the state’s vaccination requirement last year did so by obtaining a religious exemption, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Dukes, Berkshire, and Franklin counties lead the state with the highest rates of exemptions at 8.2, 5.4, and 4.5 percent, according to Massachusetts school immunization surveys from 2018.

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New research casts doubts on safety of world’s most popular artificial sweetener The world’s most widely used artificial sweetener has not been adequately proven to be safe for human consumption, argues a newly published paper from University of Sussex researchers. Professor Erik Millstone and Dr. Elisabeth Dawson have forensically detailed serious flaws in the reassurance provided in 2013 by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about the safety of —more commonly known as Nutrasweet. The new study points out the EFSA panel discounted the results of every single one of 73 studies that indicated that aspartame could be harmful while treating 84% of studies providing no prima facie evidence of harm as unproblematically reliable. Since 1974, studies and scientists have warned of the risks of brain damage, liver and , brain lesions and neuroendocrine disorders from consuming Nutrasweet, which is found in thousands of products around the world including diet soft drinks.

Digestion-aiding herbs alter gut microbiome Many medicines used today—including aspirin, penicillin and malaria-fighting quinine—originated from nature. Now, Sanford Burnham Prebys and UC San Diego scientists have turned to ancient digestive herbs to learn about gut health—in the hopes of uncovering new treatments for colon cancer, autoimmune conditions and additional serious diseases. In a recent study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the researchers examined how four herbs—turmeric, ginger, long pepper and black pepper—change the gut microbiome. These herbs have been used for more than 5,000 years to aid digestion in Ayurvedic healing, India’s traditional system of medicine. The researchers found that the herbs promoted strong shifts in the gut bacteria that are known to regulate metabolism—providing insights that could help us protect our health.


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Drugmakers stand to profit from vaccines thanks to climate change A handful of drug companies with big vaccine portfolios are especially well-positioned to capitalize on the effects of climate change, according to a Morgan Stanley investors’ note. The big picture: Climate change will be a business opportunity for some pharmaceutical companies. That’s nothing cynical — infectious diseases will spread faster and farther as the climate warms, and we treat infectious diseases with drugs.The bottom line: Vaccine development is hard and expensive, so companies that are already in that business will have an upper hand, Morgan Stanley’s analysts wrote.

  • Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline are at the top of the heap, the bank says, given their existing pipelines and manufacturing capacity.
  • Takeda and Merck both have vaccines in the works for dengue fever, one of the diseases that climate change is likely to exacerbate.
  • Janssen and Pfizer are both active in the vaccines market, but would need to establish new research programs to take on tropical diseases, per Morgan Stanley.

Climate change could be big business for pharma Climate change is going to make us sick. We’ll need prescription drugs to get better. And that’s a business opportunity the pharmaceutical industry is starting to prepare for. Between the lines: Those companies either declined to estimate the financial impact this increased demand would have, or said it would be minor. Several highlighted partnerships to make certain life-saving drugs available at reduced prices, especially in developing countries. Driving the news: A non-profit organization called CDP asks companies to identify “risks and opportunities” they’ll face because of climate change, and grades them on their preparations.

  • Big pharmaceutical companies foresee similar risks — including physical damage to their facilities, supply-chain disruptions from increasingly powerful storms, and higher costs stemming from new energy regulations.
  • They also identified a consistent opportunity: More demand for drugs, thanks to the health effects of climate change.

Kids’ Arthritis Linked With Heavy Metals Exposure to heavy metals through fish consumption in utero or during the first year of life was associated with a five-fold increased risk of subsequent development of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), Swedish researchers found. The odds ratio for JIA among children whose mothers ate fish more than once a week during pregnancy was 4.5 (95% CI 1.95-10.4, P<0.001), according to Erik Kindgren, MD, and colleagues from Linköping University in Linköping. And for children who themselves consumed fish more than once a week during the first year of life, the odds ratio was 5.1 (95% CI 2.1-12.4, P<0.001), they reported in Pediatric Rheumatology. The cause of JIA is not known, but a common feature is the presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA), which also are seen in other autoimmune diseases. Because treatments have thus far had suboptimal efficacy, prevention efforts have been the focus of increased attention, such as with early life nutrition. Kindgren’s group previously identified longer breastfeeding with a lower riskof JIA.

Study: One Apple Carries Roughly 100 Million Bacteria — Which Is A Good Thing How does the old saying go? “100 million bacteria a day will keep the doctor away?” Sounds about right. A new study reveals that a typical 240g apple contains around 100 million bacteria, mostly in the seeds and skin. While that may sound a bit off-putting at first, researchers say that when it comes to gut health, the more bacteria the better. Additionally, researchers at the Graz University of Technology say that organic apples were found to contain even more diverse bacterial-goodness than conventional apples, potentially making them healthier, tastier, and better for the environment. “The bacteria, fungi and viruses in our food transiently colonize our gut,” explains study senior author Professor Gabriele Berg in a release. “Cooking kills most of these, so raw fruit and veg are particularly important sources of gut microbes.” Berg and her team set out to find the best fruit source for beneficial gut microbes, so they decided to set their sights on one of the most popular fruits all over the world: the apple.

Leafy Greens With Listeria Sold at Major Supermarkets A new Consumer Reports test of 284 samples of fresh greens—such as lettuce, spinach, and kale—found six samples tainted with Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria. The samples were purchased at several grocery store chains including Acme, Costco, Hannaford, and Whole Foods. Two of these samples were packaged, prewashed greens—a spinach and an organic spinach-spring mix. The other four were loose heads or bunches of green kale, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and spinach. “While it may not be surprising to find listeria in a small percentage of leafy green products that are tested, it is always concerning to find bacteria that can make people sick in foods that aren’t meant to be cooked,” says Karen Wong, M.D., medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch.


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