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Jan 7, 2020
2019-2020 Flu Season on Track to Be Especially Severe, New CDC Data Suggests The current flu season is on track to be one of the worst in years, Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN. CNN reports that Fauci says the 2019-2020 flu season is on track to be as severe as the 2017-2018 season, which was the deadliest in at least a decade. New data from the CDC released on Friday estimates that so far this season, at least 6.4 million people have caught the flu, 55,000 people have been hospitalized and 2,900 people have died — 800 more people then were estimated the week before.
ER doctor: Wouldn’t be surprised if this flu season goes down as worst in decades A local ER doctor who says its been an unusual flu season so far, with more people testing positive for influenza than normal. It may be because of the shifting weather and temperatures in Ohio. You might have a fever or maybe get the chills. Sometimes it’s nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. “There’s a belt of influenza that goes through the country and we’re right smack in the middle of it and short of going somewhere else, you’re going to get it every single year,” said Toledo Hospital ER Doctor Robert Wood. Dr. Wood says flu season is in full swing in Ohio and the onset is happening earlier than he expected. “It kind of starts to peak January, February, into March and we’ve already started to see a ton. We saw a ton of people that are influenza positive in November. The entire month of December was really crazy,” said Dr. Wood. Young children and older adults are at the highest risk. No one locally has died from influenza, but it can be a serious diagnosis. Dr. Wood says it can make other chronic illnesses worse.
Jan 14, 2020
Bill to eliminate religion as reason not to vaccinate kids dies after failing to win support Religion will remain a valid excuse for children to bypass vaccination laws in New Jersey — at least for now — after state lawmakers Monday failed a second time to muster enough support to pass a controversial bill that would have repealed the option that thousands of the state’s families used last year. With hundreds of parents once again staging a high-decibel protest outside the Statehouse in Trenton, a planned vote on the latest version of the legislation was called off because leaders in the state Senate fell one vote short on the last day of New Jersey’s two-year legislative session. But the bill’s Democratic sponsors vowed that the fight to repeal the religious exemption isn’t over. They said they will reintroduce the measure Tuesday, when a new legislative session begins at noon. The public hearing and voting process, however, will have to start over.
Jan 21, 2020
Why you might catch the flu twice this season At least 13 million cases of the flu have already been diagnosed so far this season, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but experts are cautioning that those who have already battled the virus may be at risk of getting it for a second time as another strain gains traction across the U.S. Recent updates on the CDC’s weekly flu surveillance said that “approximately equal numbers of B/Victoria and A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have been reported.” And while you can’t catch the same strain of the flu twice, you can be sickened by one and then later contract another as we face what one expert calls a possible “double-barrel season.” “We have all these odd ingredients coming together so that we have, at this juncture, an awful lot of flu with the potential for being as bad as our last bad year, if not worse,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the medical director at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, told Prevention.
Jan 23, 2020
Professor Warns New Coronavirus Has Same Kill Rate as the Spanish Flu A professor has warned that the new deadly coronavirus which originated in China has the same kill rate as the Spanish flu, which claimed the lives of 20-50 million people in 1918. Fears of widespread contagion are growing after hundreds of cases were confirmed and 17 people died. The virus originated in an animal market in Wuhan, China and has now spread to numerous other countries, including the United States. The virus has a 2% death rate, compared to 0.1% for the regular flu. For every 50 people who are infected, one will statistically die. “This [2019-nCoV’s death rate] could be 2%, similar to Spanish flu,” said Professor Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London. “Novel viruses spread much faster because we have no immunity,” he added.
Chinese Coronavirus Outbreak Traced Back To Snakes, Study Finds The emergence of a new coronavirus strain in Wuhan, China last month has put the entire world on alert. Following the recent revelation that the virus can in fact be spread via human-to-human transmission, Chinese authorities have halted flights and trains departing the city and inhabitants have been advised not to travel. Meanwhile researchers have been working tirelessly to understand this new health risk, both its origins and nature, in order to formulate the best way to stop a full blown epidemic. Now, researchers appear to have zeroed in on how the virus, officially named 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization, first spread to humans: exposure to snakes at a wholesale market.
Jan 24, 2020
CDC confirms second US Wuhan coronavirus case A second case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States has been identified in Chicago, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in a press briefing. The patient is a Chicago resident in her 60s. She is in isolation at a hospital in Chicago, and is in stable condition. The patient flew from Wuhan to Chicago on January 13. She was not ill while traveling and health authorities do not think she spread the virus during that time. Health authorities say she has had limited close contacts since returning to Chicago; she has not used public transit, attended large gatherings or had extended close contact with anyone outside her home. The first confirmed US case, announced Tuesday, is a man in his 30s in Washington state. The Snohomish County resident is hospitalized at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, where he is in stable condition. He arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 15, before any health screenings began at US airports.
Jan 29, 2020
KEEP YOUR HAT ON Terrified passengers wear PLASTIC BOTTLES and motorbike helmets to protect themselves against coronavirus DESPERATE air passengers have been spotted wearing everything from plastic bottles to motorbike helmets in a bid to protect themselves from the deadly coronavirus. It comes as airlines such as British Airways have axed all flights to China amid the terrifying outbreak which has killed more than 100 people. Photos of terrified travellers have been shared on social media, with people seen covering themselves with plastic sheets and even bottles in public. A mother and child were seen on the Hong Kong Metro system wearing makeshift “shields” fashioned from cut plastic bottles. Others were also spotted in similar makeshift protection in airport queues. On a flight from Shanghai to Perth, one man was pictured wearing a motorbike helmet in a bid to protect himself from the deadly bug. Passengers on the same flight told The West Australian most people on board were wearing face masks as a minimum and the plane was sprayed once they landed.
December 30th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Op-Ed: Why Did Fauci Move the Herd Immunity Goal Posts? As a former National Institutes of Health fellow, I have a profound reverence for Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a towering figure in American medicine. Fauci’s contribution to biomedicine cannot be questioned. At the same time, recent statements by Fauci raise a thorny and important question for scientists, doctors, and public health experts: Is it acceptable to distort the truth to get people to do what you want them to do? Late last week, Fauci told the New York Times that new science had changed his thinking on the herd immunity threshold — but he also admitted that his statements were influenced in part by “his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” Specifically, the fraction of people who would need immunity to SARS-CoV-2 (either through vaccination or recovery from prior infection) to extinguish the spread of the virus was initially estimated to be 60% to 70%. In recent weeks, Fauci had raised the percentage: from 70% to 75%, and then to 75%, 80%, and 85%.
75-year-old man dies of heart attack after receiving vaccine A 75-year-old man from Beit She’an died of a heart attack about two hours after being vaccinated against the novel coronavirus on Monday morning, the Health Ministry reported. The man had preexisting conditions and had suffered from heart attacks in the past, it said. Health Ministry director-general Chezy Levy has launched an investigation into the incident. “We share in the grief of the family,” he said in a statement. According to reports, the man was inoculated at around 8:30 a.m. at a Clalit Health Services clinic. He stayed at the facility, as is customary, for a short period of time to ensure he had no side effects. When he felt well, the clinic released him. The initial findings do not show a link between the man’s death and his vaccination, Levy said. When Pfizer presented its safety data to the US Food and Drug Administration in early December, it was found that two trial participants had died after receiving the vaccine. One of the deceased was immunocompromised, meaning the person’s immune defenses were low.
Was 2020 the worst year ever? Historians weigh in So, just to recap, the following events occurred in 2020: – The coronavirus pandemic swept the globe, killing more than 1.7 million people (so far), including more than 337,000 (so far) in the United States. – The president of the United States was tried and acquitted, after being impeached at the end of 2019. – Protests stemming from several police killings of unarmed Black Americans erupted throughout the country, including just outside the White House, where federal law enforcement officers used tear gas on U.S. citizens. – Wildfires devastated the U.S. West Coast and Australia. – The president of the United States contracted the coronavirus and then dismissed it. – Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter died in a helicopter crash. The president of the United States disputed the valid results of a peaceful election. (He lost.) – Alex Trebek died. – Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, broke up with the royal family.
New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2 Parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for young children. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2. “It’s never too early to start,” said Barbara Schneeman, a nutritionist at University of California, Davis. “You have to make every bite count in those early years.” The guidelines stop short of two key recommendations from scientists advising the government. Those advisers said in July that everyone should limit their added sugar intake to less than 6% of calories and men should limit alcohol to one drink per day. Instead, the guidelines stick with previous advice: limit added sugar to less than 10% of calories per day after age 2. And men should limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day, twice as much as advised for women. “I don’t think we’re finished with alcohol,” said Schneeman, who chaired a committee advising the government on the guidelines. “There’s more we need to learn.”
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Top 20 “Bizarro” News Stories of 2020 Each year, right before New Year’s Eve, we count down the most bizarre headlines for the year. The year 2020 was so weird and crazy that it was very difficult to limit the number to 20, but we did our best and here they are!
Harris receives COVID-19 vaccine in bid to boost US confidence U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received a COVID-19 vaccination live on television on Tuesday, as the incoming Biden administration seeks to boost confidence in the inoculation even while warning it will be months before it is available to all. Senator Harris, who is Black and Asian-American, will become the second high-profile person from an ethnic minority background to receive the vaccine after Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Dec. 18. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, has said he will make the fight against the coronavirus, which has infected more than 19 million Americans and killed over 334,000, his top priority. He received his first injected dose of the vaccine live on television last week. Two doses are required for full protection. The Biden team has put particular emphasis on the importance of encouraging vaccine distribution and inoculation in non-white groups especially hard hit by the coronavirus.
Moderna starts testing coronavirus vaccine on kids aged 12 to 17 despite dangers of negative side effects The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage countries across the world, with desperate people counting on a vaccine that can help protect them from this infectious disease. And yet despite warnings from health experts about potential negative side effects, Moderna Inc. has already begun testing its experimental coronavirus vaccine on kids aged 12 to 17. According to a press release from the biotechnology company, the phase II/III trial will involve an estimated 3,000 volunteers aged 12 to 17. The researchers will give half of the volunteers two shots of Moderna’s immunization or mRNA-1273 four weeks apart. Meanwhile, the rest of the participants will receive saltwater placebos. The scientists claim that they will monitor the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in children. All volunteers will be followed for 12 months after the second inoculation. In a statement, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel announced that the company is “pleased to begin this Phase 2/3 study of mRNA-1273 in healthy adolescents in the US.” Bancel added that the company aims to generate data by spring in 2021 that will “support the use of mRNA-1273 in adolescents in advance of the 2021 school year.”
U.S. Troops In S. Korea First To Receive Mass Experimental COVID Vaccination U.S. troops in South Korea, along with civilian healthcare workers, started being injected with the experimental Moderna COVID vaccine today. USFK.mil reports: United States Forces Korea started inoculating military and civilian healthcare workers, first responders and the USFK command team with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today across three USFK medical treatment facilities.The three locations administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are the Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital at United States Army Garrison – Humphreys, 51st Medical Group at Osan Air Base and 8th Medical Group at Kunsan Air Base. USFK was previously identified as one of four overseas locations to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through the Department of Defense’s deliberate and phased distribution plan. (Source.) As is the case among the general population currently, the vaccine is voluntary, since it is not FDA approved. USFK Commander General Robert Abrams, however, is reportedly pushing the troops to get it. ZeroHedge.com reports:“I want you to make an informed decision for you and your family regarding the vaccine,” USFK Commander Robert Abrams said in a statement.Gen. Abrams was earlier photographed personally receiving the vaccine in order to encourage all personnel to follow. Moderna is reportedly being administered at four US locations abroad based on FDA emergency authorization issued a week-and-a-half ago.
Top 10 Cancer Causing Foods: Understanding what Causes Cancer You know the seriousness of cancer. You know the toll it takes mentally, emotionally, financially, spiritually, and physically. It causes stress in your own mind and body as well as in your relationships with friends and family. Cancer treatments can make it hard to do the things you’ve always done as a human being, a parent, or an employee. There’s nothing in your daily existence that cancer doesn’t touch. It’s an exhausting villain to fight and it wipes you out in so many ways that are hard to explain to people who haven’t felt the impact of this horrific disease in their own lives. What if I told you there was something you could do right now to cut your cancer risk in half? That’s right, in half! If you knew there was a way to prevent cancer from ever invading your life and turning it upside down… would you do it? People talk a lot about “cures” in the health industry but there’s a saying you probably heard from your grandparents that makes a lot more sense… “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” At The Truth About Cancer we talk a lot about what causes cancer, and the foods that fight cancer and lower your cancer risk. Now I’m going to talk to you about known, scientifically proven, cancer causing foods that actively increase the chance that you’ll be diagnosed with cancer in your lifetime. There are cases where it strikes quickly but it is more common when cancerous tumors manifest after years of specific habits. Good examples of this are smoking, exposure to radiation (i.e. from cell phones), and overexposure to ultraviolet rays, which result in lung cancer, brain cancer, and skin cancer, respectively.