Nov 13, 2018 7-9PM ET
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Polio-like syndrome may be caused by several viruses, CDC says Patients with a polio-like condition called acute flaccid myelitis have almost all showed symptoms of viral infections before they developed symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. That makes viruses a prime suspect in causing the muscle weakness or paralysis that marks the condition, CDC researchers said in a new report. The viruses include one called EV-D68, but also a related virus called EV-A71 and a few others, a CDC research team said. “Almost all patients with AFM have reported signs and symptoms consistent with viral illness in the weeks preceding limb weakness,” the CDC team, led by Susannah McKay of the CDC’s viral disease division, wrote in their report. Viruses could directly damage the spinal cord. “Another possibility is that the pathogen triggered an immune response in the body that causes damage to the spinal cord,” the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier told reporters in a telephone briefing.
Fluoride In The Water
New Study Again Links Fluoride to ADHD in Children ADHD is one of the most common issues with children these days. According to 2016 data from the CDC, approximately 2.4 million children ages 6-11 have ADHD in the US and that number tends to increase over time. Seeing as though it’s very hard to treat and affects so many kids, wouldn’t a better solution be to prevent it altogether? Ridding the world entirely of ADHD might be a bit of a stretch but learning what causes it and minimizing exposure is a much more reasonable solution. Some causes may be obvious, such as head injuries or genetics, but others may be less conspicuous such as exposure to the sodium fluoride found in most tap water. A new study from the University of Toronto is shedding light on the impact that water fluoridation may have on rates of childhood ADHD. According to the study, there is an association between the levels of fluoride found in pregnant mothers and “ADHD-like symptoms” in the Children once they become school-age, around 6-12 years old.
Hunger Is A Problem
A third of all food worldwide is wasted before it reaches the plate, says study A third of the world’s food is lost before it ever reaches anyone’s plate, a panel of global experts has warned as it called for a war on waste to improve worldwide diets. Waste and spoilage in harvesting, storage, transport and shops accounts for an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year and squanders huge amounts of resources. At the same time, poor diet is now more of a threat to public health than infectious diseases like malaria and measles, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition said. Food rich in nutrients vital for a healthy diet, such as fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy products, and seeds and nuts is particularly prone to going off, or being wasted.
Kansas City Health Department pours bleach on food meant for homeless people The Kansas City Health Department threw away and poured bleach on food meant for homeless people. The food was going to be distributed by a group called Free Hot Soup KC. The Kansas City Star said that the food, which included home-cooked chili, foil wrapped sandwiches and vats of soup, was destroyed on Sunday, Nov. 5, during a coordinated sting at several parks where volunteers had gathered. The Health Department said the group did not have a permit and was putting people at risk. “E. coli or salmonella or listeria can grow in the food,” department director Rex Archer said. “And then you give that to homeless people who are more vulnerable, they will end up in the ER and even die from that exposure.” The mayor also agreed with the Health Department, tweeting that “Rules are there to protect the public’s health, and all groups must follow them, no exceptions.” One of the leaders of Free Soup KC said they will continue to hand out free food, but will just do it on private property.
Las Cruces breaks record of world’s largest serving of nachos Las Cruces has unofficially set the world record for the largest serving of nachos. The massive undertaking took place Saturday evening at the Plaza de Las Cruces during the city’s Noche de Nachos event. The monstrous creation weighed in at 5,039 pounds and was 110-feet long. Thousands of curious spectators came to witness the spectacle and to help devour the cheesy chip concoction. About 20 volunteers helped spread truckloads of bags of tortilla chips, tons of cheese, mountains of green chile and salsa, giant scoops of sour cream, colossal amounts of beans and a whopping serving of meat and jalapeños to break the record. Centerplate at the University of Kansas currently holds the Guinness World Record for largest serving of nachos, delivering a 4,689-pound, 80-foot long meal on April 21, 2012. Marci Dickerson, owner of The Game Sports Bar & Grill and one of the organizers of Saturday’s event, said Noche de Nachos staff documented Saturday’s record-setting attempt and will go through the Guinness application process to officially be in the record book
Wholetones for Alzheimer’s?
Meditation and music may alter blood markers of cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease A research team led by Dr. Kim Innes, a professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, has found that a simple meditation or music listening program may alter certain biomarkers of cellular aging and Alzheimer’s Disease in older adults who are experiencing memory loss. Study findings, reported in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, also suggest these changes may be directly related to improvements in memory and cognition, sleep, mood, and quality of life. Sixty older adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a condition that may represent a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease, participated in the randomized, clinical trial. While SCD has been linked to increased risk for dementia and associated with certain neuropathological changes implicated in Alzheimer’s disease development, including elevated brain levels of beta amyloid, this preclinical period may also provide a critical window for therapeutic intervention.
Hour 2 – Let’s Talk About Antibiotics
World Antibiotic Awareness Week Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.
To curb STD rise, doctors treat patients’ partners without an office visit If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them. “While you tell people not to have sex until both folks are treated, they just don’t wait,” she said. “So they are passing the infection back and forth.” That’s when Bowe, who practices on both sides of the North and South Carolina border, does something doctors are often reluctant to do: She prescribes the partners antibiotics without meeting them. Federal health officials have recommended this practice, known as expedited partner therapy, for chlamydia and gonorrhea since 2006. It allows doctors to prescribe medication to their patients’ partners without examining them. The idea is to prevent the kind of reinfections described by Bowe — and stop the transmission of STDs to others.
Probiotics and antibiotics create a killer combination In the fight against drug-resistant bacteria, MIT researchers have enlisted the help of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. In a new study, the researchers showed that by delivering a combination of antibiotic drugs and probiotics, they could eradicate two strains of drug-resistant bacteria that often infect wounds. To achieve this, they encapsulated the probiotic bacteria in a protective shell of alginate, a biocompatible material that prevents the probiotics from being killed by the antibiotic. “There are so many bacteria now that are resistant to antibiotics, which is a serious problem for human health. We think one way to treat them is by encapsulating a live probiotic and letting it do its job,” says Ana Jaklenec, a research scientist at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and one of the senior authors of the study. If shown to be successful in future tests in animals and humans, the probiotic/antibiotic combination could be incorporated into dressings for wounds, where it could help heal infected chronic wounds, the researchers say.
Probiotics Are Amazing
Probiotics increase bone volume in healthy mice A widely-used probiotic stimulates bone formation in young female mice, according to a study published November 13th in the journal Immunity. In response to treatment with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), other intestinal microbes produced a metabolite called butyrate, which in turn activated bone-enhancing immune cells, including regulatory T cells. “The significance of the study is that probiotics are, at least in mice, an effective means to increase bone density,” says senior study author Roberto Pacifici of Emory University. “Clinical trials are in progress to validate the efficacy of probiotics in humans.” Fractures due to osteoporosis can have devastating consequences. For example, complications of hip fractures lead to mortality rates of 24%-30% during the first year following injury, and almost 50% rates of permanent disability. Unfortunately, most cases of osteoporosis remain untreated or ineffectively treated due to the cost and side effects of currently available drugs. There is an urgent need to identify and develop inexpensive, safe, and effective interventions for both the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
Vaccines In The News
How the CDC Uses Fear to Increase Demand for Flu Vaccines The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that tens of thousands of people die annually from the flu, but what the public isn’t told is that these numbers come from controversial models that may greatly overestimate, which happens to align with the CDC’s stated aim of using fear marketing to increase demand for flu vaccines. The CDC claims that its recommendation that everyone aged six months and up should get an annual flu shot is firmly grounded in science. The mainstream media reinforce this characterization by misinforming the public about what the science says. A New York Times article from earlier this year, for example, in order to persuade readers to follow the CDC’s recommendation, cited scientific literature reviews of the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration to support its characterization of the influenza vaccine as both effective and safe. The Times claimed that the science showed that the vaccine represented “a big payoff in public health” and that harms from the vaccinewere “almost nonexistent”.
50 Year Old Woman Dies Within 48 Hours After Receiving 8 Vaccines We commonly hear of parents who lose their infant or young child to adverse vaccine reactions and death. Adults are also being damaged and killed by vaccines. In this heart-breaking case, Connie Paul recently suffered the loss of her 50 year old daughter, Denise Mullen, because of the vaccines she was required to get for her new job, including the flu shot. What’s also alarming is her daughter, Denise, posted an ominous warning message on Facebook alerting others of the flu vaccine just an hourbefore her death. Connie describes her daughter’s devastating story and tragic outcome that occurred 48 hours after receiving eight vaccines.
AI toilets will scan your poop to diagnose your ailments AI that screens out spam and recognizes your mom’s face is so 2017. Get ready for smart toilets that’ll scan your poop using artificial intelligence to save you a trip to the doctor. That’s what Sanjay Mehrotra, chief executive of memory chipmaker Micron Technology, expects as AI spreads to yet another corner of our lives. “Medicine is going toward precision medicine and precision health,” Mehrotra said at the Techonomy 2018 conference in Half Moon Bay on the Pacific coastline south of San Francisco. “Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real time every day. You don’t need to be going to visit a physician every six months. If any sign of disease starts showing up, you’ll be able to catch it much faster because of urine analysis and stool analysis.”
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