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How To Avoid Genetically Modified Food - (October/November 2012 - By Robin Mather - Mother Earth News) - The average supermarket is full of genetically modified foods. Here’s how you can avoid those products. - http://tinyurl.com/99kj4v9
Caffeine May Block Inflammation Linked To Mild Cognitive Impairment - ScienceDaily (Oct. 8, 2012) — Recent studies have linked caffeine consumption to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, and a new University of Illinois study may be able to explain how this happens. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121009121805.htm
Secondary Osteoporosis: More Than What Meets The Eye! - ScienceDaily (Oct. 9, 2012) — An SGH study has revealed that considering all osteoporotic patients as having simple osteoporosis and treating all of them alike by putting them on potent long term medication without finding out the cause of their osteoporosis may be ineffective and in most cases downright harmful.
Secondary osteoporosis is a rather common but lesser known type of osteoporosis that affects men and women of any age. .... Contributors of secondary osteoporosis include conditions such as hypercalciuria, hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, vitamin D deficiency and hypogonadism. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121009121609.htm
Report: EPA Struggling To Keep Pace With ‘Fracking’ Boom - (Oct. 9, 2012 - A second report details potential public health and environmental
impacts of oil-and-gas development.
Craig Venter Imagines A World With Printable Life Forms - (Oct. 16, 2012 - by Daniela Hernandez - Wired Science) - Craig Venter imagines a future where you can download software, print a vaccine, inject it, and presto! Contagion averted.
“It’s a 3-D printer for DNA, a 3-D printer for life,” Venter said here today at the inaugural Wired Health Conference in New York City.The geneticist and his team of scientists are already testing out a version of his digital biological converter, or “teleporter.”
Are Annual Physicals A Waste Of Time? - (2-1/4 min. - video) - (Oct. 17, 2012 - ABC News) - Dr. Richard Besser discusses new study that casts doubt on common medical practice. - http://tinyurl.com/9e4wzmz
Daily Vibration May Combat Prediabetes In Youth - ScienceDaily (Oct. 19, 2012) — Daily sessions of whole-body vibration may combat prediabetes in adolescents, dramatically reducing inflammation, average blood glucose levels and symptoms such as frequent urination, researchers report. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121019141258.htm
Drug-Resistant Superbugs Found In Wild Animals - (October 19, 2012 - by Jill U. Adams - ScienceNow) - One of the most notorious and hard-to-treat bacteria in humans has been found in wildlife, according to a new study in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. The researchers isolated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in two rabbits and a shorebird. Wild animals may act as an environmental reservoir for the disease from which humans could get infected.
S. aureus can cause skin infections or, if it gets into the bloodstream, life-threatening illness. Most infections are easy to manage with penicillin and related antibiotics, but MRSA, the resistant variety, is on the rise; also known as a “superbug,” it kills an estimated 18,000 Americans a year. In most cases, people contract the bacterium from a hospital stay. Hospitals are breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant organisms, because patients are treated with a wide variety of antimicrobial drugs, prompting pathogens to develop defenses.
It’s been clear for more than a decade, however, that people can catch MRSA strains outside of the hospital as well; researchers call these “community-associated” strains. For instance, pigs on livestock farms have been found harboring the bug, likely because farmers give antibiotics to food animals as they grow, another way of encouraging resistance to evolve. Other studies have found MRSA in pets and zoo animals; they may have been infected by human caretakers.
Now it appears that even animals in the wild can be infected with MRSA. - http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/superbugs-in-animals
Low Calcium Diet Linked To Higher Risk Of Hormone Condition In Women - ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2012) — A low calcium diet is associated with a higher risk of developing a common hormone condition in women, known as primary hyperparathyroidism, suggests a study published on bmj.com.
Primary hyperparathyroidism or PHPT is caused by overactive parathyroid glands secreting too much parathyroid hormone, which can result in weak bones, fractures and kidney stones. In recent years, several studies have also suggested a link between untreated PHPT and an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
PHPT affects one in 800 people during their lifetime. It is most common in post-menopausal women between 50-60 years of age. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121018185921.htm
Marijuana Like You've Never Seen It Before - (3-1/2 min. - video) - (Oct. 21, 2012 - 60 Minutes/CBS News) - What's next for medical marijuana? Hint: it doesn't involve a match, pipe or rolling papers. Some of it doesn't even get you high.
In Steve Kroft's 60 Minutes story this week, we saw how Colorado has capitalized, literally, on its medical cannabis program. We also saw how the state has become fertile ground for a marketplace of unconventional marijuana products to flourish. And we're not just talking about pot brownies.
Sodas, peanut butter sandwiches, truffles, breath sprays, skin ointments -- almost anything can be infused with marijuana, and in Colorado, entrepreneurs are developing all manner of new pot-infused product lines. These products are a far cry from the dorm-room stash of weed in a plastic baggy, and some of them deliver the medical benefits of the drug without the high.The strange new world of non-smokable marijuana. - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57536817-10391709.html
Exercising In Your 70s 'May Stop Brain Shrinkage' - (Oct. 22, 2012 - by Exercising in your 70s may stop your brain from shrinking and showing the signs of ageing linked to dementia, say experts from Edinburgh University.
Brain scans of 638 people past the age of retirement showed those who were most physically active had less brain shrinkage over a three-year period.
Exercise did not have to be strenuous - going for a walk several times a week sufficed, the journal Neurology says. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20026099
Flame Retardant 'Firemaster 550' Is An Endocrine Disruptor, Study Finds - ScienceDaily (Oct. 24, 2012) — The flame-retardant mixture known as "Firemaster 550" is an endocrine disruptor that causes extreme weight gain, early onset of puberty and cardiovascular health effects in lab animals, according to a new study spearheaded by researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University.Firemaster 550 is made up of four principal component chemicals and is used in polyurethane foam in a wide variety of products, ranging from mattresses to infant nursing pillows. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121024092954.htm
Health Care Waste Deconstructed: Patients Aren't The Problem - (October 28, 2012 - If anybody ever tells you we can't afford health care for everybody, consider the following: Every other wealthy country in the world provides health care for all at an average of about half the per-person cost in the United States.
Their health care systems are more popular than ours and get better results for all their people. In those countries, there is no such thing as medical bankruptcies and there is no job-lock due solely to health care coverage.
Last month, the National Academy of Sciences reported that in the U.S. we waste $750 billion on health care, or about one in every three dollars we spend. Apologists for our dysfunctional health care system blame fraud and inadequate prevention — "blame the patient" — for most of that. But those two factors accounted for only 17 percent of the waste, according to the NAS.
The rest of the waste, 83 percent, was accounted for by other factors. Unnecessary services accounted for 28 percent. Unnecessarily high prices accounted for 14 percent. Excess administrative costs due to too many private insurance companies and types of insurance accounted for 25 percent. Inefficiently delivered services due to a lack of coordination among doctors, hospitals and other providers accounted for another 17 percent.
Many of these problems can be solved, and have been in other countries and in parts of this country. But they will not be solved anytime soon unless we fundamentally transform the ways we finance and deliver health care.
The mission of a public financing system, such as Medicare, is to facilitate the delivery of medical care. Medicare has an administrative overhead of less than 5 percent. - http://tinyurl.com/8erylmg
Smoking Drives Women To An Early Grave - (Oct. 30, 2012 - by Andy Coghlan - NewScientist) - Each cigarette a woman smokes pushes her closer to an early grave. Women who smoke heavily into middle age cut their lives short by around 10 years.
But quitting early pays off; kick the habit before 40 and the risk of premature death drops by 90 per cent (The Lancet, doi.org/jng). Do it before you're 30, and the risk is even lower at 97 per cent. - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22445
How Silver Turns People Blue - ScienceDaily (Oct. 29, 2012) — Ingesting silver -- in antimicrobial health tonics or for extensive medical treatments involving silver -- can cause argyria, condition in which the skin turns grayish-blue. Brown researchers have discovered how that happens. The process is similar to developing black-and-white photographs, and it's not just the silver. - http://tinyurl.com/9pbef3x
Common Food Preservative May Slow, Even Stop Tumor Growth - ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — Nisin, a common food preservative, may slow or stop squamous cell head and neck cancers, a University of Michigan study found. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121030161232.htm
Medical Marijuana: Will Colorado's "Green Rush" Last? - (Oct. 21, 2012 - 60 Minutes/CBS) - [Steve Kroft’s “Rocky Mountain High” report - Transcript.]: - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57536827.html
Many Cancer Survivors Face Health-Related Quality Of Life Issues - ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — Beating cancer is just the first step. More than one third of the 12.6 million cancer survivors in the United States have physical or mental problems that put their overall health in jeopardy, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Their study, published in the October issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that 25 percent of cancer survivors reported poor physical health and 10 percent reported poor mental health as compared to 10 percent and 6 percent, respectively, of adults without cancer.
The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121030142238.htm
Smoking Causes Asthma In Second Generation Offspring, Study Shows - ScienceDaily (Oct. 30, 2012) — The dangers of smoking on smokers and their children are widely known but new research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine demonstrates that nicotine exposure also causes asthma in the smoker's grandchildren. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121030062204.htm
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New Device Could Allow Your Heartbeat To Power Pacemaker - ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2012) — An experimental device converted energy from a beating heart to provide enough electricity to power a pacemaker, in a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012.
The findings suggest that patients could power their pacemakers -- eliminating the need for replacements when batteries are spent.
In a preliminary study, researchers tested an energy-harvesting device that uses piezoelectricity -- electrical charge generated from motion. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121104210843.htm
Inpatient Brain Injury Education Increases Bike Helmet Use, Study Finds - ScienceDaily (Nov. 8, 2012) — A 30-minute brain injury education program taught in the hospital may increase children's use of bicycle helmets, Georgia Health Sciences University researchers report.
The researchers provided bicycle helmet safety and brain injury prevention information to 120 patients age 5 to 18 at Georgia Health Sciences Children's Medical Center and found that helmet usage increased by 72.5 percent within the first month following the program…. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121108131726.htm
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Moderate Drink During
Pregnancy Can Lower Baby's IQ - (Nov. 15, 2012 - by Debora MacKenzie - New Scientist) - Drinking as little as half a pint of beer per
week during pregnancy can cut a baby's intelligence by several IQ points.
This may be enough to make a difference to the child's prospects, suggest
researchers who have finally teased out the true relationship between moderate
drinking in pregnancy and its affect on an unborn child. - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22506
“The Nature Cure” Sheds Light On The Emerging Field Of Forest Medicine - (Nov. 14, 2012 - Hiking Research) - Outside Magazine’s December 2012 issue includes an in-depth article by Florence Williams entitled “The nature cure: Take two hours of pine forest and call me in the morning.” Williams describes the emerging focus on the connection between nature and health. ….
Williams visited Japan to learn firsthand about the practice of…forest bathing, which is walking in nature to obtain the health benefits. ….
….. During her visit to Japan, Williams also talks with Dr. Qing Li, Senior Assistant Professor at Nippon Medical School in Tokyo who has done extensive research on how spending time in forests impacts the immune system.
Dr. Li is asked how he utilizes nature for health and describes using cypress oils for aromatherapy nightly. He also suggests taking a vacation to nature, not the city; at least one weekend a month visiting a natural area; visiting a park at least once a week; trying to walk under trees when walking in urban areas; and going to quiet places, preferably near water.
… recent research
linking time in nature to improved health…. This article is an
excellent overview of where the emerging field of forest medicine
is headed. ….
(Article sidebar note: Five minutes is all that’s required to achieve the minimum effective dose of nature immersion to raise your spirits. …. The first five minutes have the greatest impact…. ) - http://tinyurl.com/cx2v4vt
Megaminds: Wash. U.'s Search For The World's Supermen (And Women) Of Memory - (Nov. 22, 2012 - by Jessica Lussenhop - St. Louis Riverfront Times) - One could see Tom Kavanaugh as the memory-athlete antichrist.
Sitting at a table at a Starbucks in the Central West End, he's distractingly handsome. A personal trainer in St. Louis Hills, he looks more like a typical jock than some kind of savant.
Kavanaugh is part of another branch of the Superior Memory Project, culled from the ranks of Jeopardy!'s top performers. ….
[….]…there's a controversial theory that supposes that building up one's skill as a memorizer, or "cognitive reserve," could stave off the outward signs of dementia — that it's worthwhile to be an ant stockpiling brain cells for winter while the rest of the grasshoppers sing. But it's totally unproven, and as of today, none of the world's memory champions is old enough to prove that their cerebral stockpile is keeping them free of dementia. - http://www.riverfronttimes.com/content/printVersion/1735882
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Are Social Networking Internet Sites A Factor In
Psychotic Symptoms? - ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2012) — As Internet access becomes
increasingly widespread, so do related psychopathologies such as Internet
addiction and delusions related to the technology and to virtual relationships. Computer communications such as Facebook and chat groups
are an important part of this story, says Dr. Uri Nitzan of Tel Aviv
University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Shalvata Mental Health Care
Center in a new paper published in the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and
Related Sciences. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121120122010.htm
The Healing Power Of Marijuana Has Barely Been Tapped - (November 23, 2012 - by AlterNet) - Medical marijuana is now legal in 18 states, but it's clear we've discovered a fraction of its potential for health.…it's useful to note that since 2003, the U.S. federal government has held a "medical patent" for the marketing of cannabinoids as antioxidants or neuroprotective agents. The patent states that cannabinoids are "useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases such as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia." - http://tinyurl.com/ccbez4m
“Larry Hagman, boyish to the end: An appreciation” - (November 24, 2012 - by Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic) - Hagman had a long, bad history with alcohol and nicotine, the drugs of his generation. (He had a liver transplant in 1995, and it was throat cancer that killed him.) He quit both but remained a devotee -- that seems to be the apt word -- of marijuana, to which Jack Nicholson introduced him, thinking it might help cut down on his drinking. (Characteristically, that vice tended toward champagne.) And he wrote and spoke glowingly of his experience with LSD, which, he said, opened him to "the oneness of the universe" and rid him -- I am glad to think today -- of any fear of death. - http://tinyurl.com/cxzqs45
“Cary in the Sky with Diamonds” - (August 2010 - by Cari Beauchamp and Judy Balaban - Vanity Fair Magazine) - Before Timothy Leary and the Beatles, LSD was largely unknown and unregulated. But in the 1950s, as many as 100 Hollywood luminaries—Cary Grant and Esther Williams among them—began taking the drug as part of psychotherapy. With LSD research beginning a comeback, the authors recount how two Beverly Hills doctors promoted a new “wonder drug,” at $100 a session, profoundly altering the lives of their glamorous patients, Balaban included. - http://tinyurl.com/23ny849
Cell Phone Addiction Similar To Compulsive Buying and Credit Card Misuse, Experts Say - ScienceDaily (Nov. 28, 2012) — Cell phone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121128122045.htm
Too Much or Too Little Activity Bad for Knees - ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2012) — Both very high and very low levels of physical activity can accelerate the degeneration of knee cartilage in middle-aged adults, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
[….]"Lower impact sports, such as walking or swimming, are likely more beneficial than higher impact sports, such as running or tennis, in individuals at risk for osteoarthritis,"… - [Note: Bicycling, like walking, is also relatively easy on the knees, as long as the bicycle is properly fitted/adjusted -- adequate seat height/position; proper foot position on the pedal (with the ball of foot centered on the pedal axle…and a slight bend at the knee with the leg fully extended) -- along with proper consistent/continual pedal cadence in the range of 90rpm…which is facilitated via adequately low gearing. (See: http://bikebob.org/BicyclingBuild-Up.html ) --Bike Bob]: - http://tinyurl.com/ckms7hj
Nanobiotechnology: Versatile 3-D Nanostructures Using
DNA 'Bricks' - ScienceDaily (Nov.
29, 2012) — Researchers at the
Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have
created more than 100 three-dimensional
(3D) nanostructures using DNA building blocks that function like Lego® bricks
-- a major advance from the
two-dimensional (2D) structures the same team built a few months ago.
In effect, the advance means researchers just went from being able to build a flat wall of Legos®, to building a house. The new method, featured as a cover research article in the 30 November issue of Science, is the next step toward using DNA nanotechnologies for more sophisticated applications than ever possible before, such as "smart" medical devices that target drugs selectively to disease sites, programmable imaging probes, templates for precisely arranging inorganic materials in the manufacturing of next generation computer circuits, and more.
The nanofabrication technique, called "DNA-brick self-assembly," uses short, synthetic strands of DNA that work like interlocking Lego® bricks. It capitalizes on the ability to program DNA to form into predesigned shapes thanks to the underlying "recipe" of DNA base pairs: A (adenosine) only binds to T (thymine) and C (cytosine) only binds to G (guanine).
"We are moving at lightning speed in our ability to devise ever more powerful ways to use biocompatible DNA molecules as structural building blocks for nanotechnology, which could have great value for medicine as well as non-medical applications," says Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, M.D., Ph.D. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121129143259.htm
3-D Brain Tissues - ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — Borrowing from microfabrication techniques used in the
semiconductor industry, MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) engineers have developed a simple and
inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121129143454.htm
Fracking's Health Calamities Left To Fester - (December 1, 2012 - Unless you've been living on a desert island for the last couple of years, you've probably heard of "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, and you may well have seen dramatic footage of tap water being ignited. If you listen to the slick and expensive public relations campaign from the natural gas drilling industry, lobbyists and politicians of both parties, fracking is the answer to this country's energy problems, a way to free us from our problematic ties to Saudi Arabian and Middle East oil.
…we are turning large swaths of our country into toxic industrial zones. Currently, fracking is taking place in 36 states across the nation. Natural gas drilling, one of the most powerful businesses on the globe, has become the new gold rush for those who stand to benefit. But for those who stand in the way, it can be devastating.
Fracking involves boring down as deep as 10,000 feet, and then, at that level, can go as much as two miles out horizontally. Chemically laced water is forced into tight seams of rock formations to loosen the methane or natural gas for collection. For every single well -- and there are already a million across the country -- eight million gallons of water, mixed with some 91 tons of chemicals per million gallons of water, industrial sodium and sand, are required. When a bore extends so far underground, there are any number of potential leak points along the way which can poison water tables. According to the industry's own statistics, cementing of pipe casings fails due to shoddy workmanship in an astounding one in four cases.
Each drilled gas well produces a nightmarish chemical soup, and tons of foul smelling, harmful emissions and highly toxic liquid byproducts. ….What goes down, also comes back up. "These regurgitated waste fluids are mixed with what Mother Nature has been safely ensconcing way underground for 350 million years -- strontium, radium, arsenic, heavy metals," Cornell University's Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts on fracking, told me. Known as NORMS -- Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material -- this witches' brew, combined with the fracking chemicals, is exceedingly dangerous to human health, he points out. It is also very hard to dispose of safely. - http://truth-out.org/news/item/13091
Sleep Duration Affects Hunger Differently In Men and Women - ScienceDaily (Nov. 29, 2012) — A new study suggests that increasing the amount of sleep that adults get could lead to reduced food intake, but the hormonal process differs between men and women.
The study, appearing in the November issue of the journal Sleep, tracked the sleep duration, glucose dysregulation, and hormonal regulation of appetite in 27 normal weight, 30- to 45-year-old men and women. Participants provided fasting blood draws, and they were studied under two sleep conditions: Short (4 hours) or habitual (9 hours). Short sleep increased total ghrelin levels in men but not women and reduced GLP-1 levels in women but not in men, a sex difference that has not been reported before. The results suggest that the common susceptibility to overeat during short sleep is related to increased appetite in men and reduced feelings of fullness in women. - http://tinyurl.com/bttnvr7
Extended Sleep Reduces Pain Sensitivity - ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2012) — A new study suggests that extending nightly sleep in mildly sleepy, healthy adults increases daytime alertness and reduces pain sensitivity. - http://tinyurl.com/cf9npoh
Less Than 25 Percent Of Americans Walk For More Than Ten Minutes
Continuously In A Typical Week - ScienceDaily (Nov.
30, 2012) — Many people in the
U.S. do not walk, bike or engage in other forms of active transportation, missing an
important opportunity to improve their cardiovascular health, concludes a new study in the American Journal of
Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered transportation, most commonly walking and cycling, but also using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding. The study's researchers suggest active transportation is "an untapped reservoir of opportunity for physical activity for many U.S. adults."
"We knew that many studies have demonstrated that physical activity can help prevent a variety of conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and serum lipid abnormalities -- all risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease," said lead study author Gregg Furie, M.D. of the Yale School of Medicine, who specializes in adult primary care medicine. However, the majority of previous studies done on physical activity primarily focused on its use in recreational activity or leisure time activity, he noted.
The U.S. has one of the lowest rates of active transportation in the world, said James F. Sallis, Ph.D., chief of the division of behavioral medicine at the University of California, San Diego."This is not an accident. U.S. transportation policies and funding prioritize travel by car, unwittingly discouraging active travel," said Sallis, who is also director of active living research at UCSD. "This situation is made worse by land use and zoning policies that separate residential and commercial zones to the extent that it is not feasible to walk for daily needs. These new findings point out how transportation policy is health policy."
He called the study "powerful evidence from a large national sample that active transportation is just as beneficial to health as leisure-time physical activity. Not surprisingly, the findings highlight that transportation policies that essentially ignore walking and cycling appear to be contributing to the major chronic diseases that account for 80 percent of healthcare costs."
There's a need for better understanding of the overall benefits of active transportation, Furie said. "This information adds to the weight of evidence that suggests more work is necessary to develop environmental policies that make it safer, easier, and more desirable for people to walk and bike for transportation." - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121130151132.htm
Gundersen: Fukushima contamination will be “redeposited onto the surface for 300 years” — “This is not a problem that goes away” (VIDEO) - (Dec. 2, 2012 - by Ernie Gundersen - ENENews) - Nuclear Expert Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education: […] When we talk Fukushima Daiichi, or the Fukushima Prefecture being contaminated, this is not a problem that is going to go away tomorrow.
This is going to wash down and into the watersheds and then biologically be brought back up through the roots of the plant and redeposited onto the surface for 300 years.
This is not a problem that goes away. - http://tinyurl.com/c23ps6h
Contemptuous Internal Merck Emails Revealed - (December 3, 2012 - by Martha Rosenberg - AlterNet) - As early as 2004, Merck knew its blockbuster osteoporosis drug Fosamax was causing osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) after in-office dental procedures and ridiculed afflicted patients. The condition, also called jawbone death, occurs when traumatized tissue doesn't heal but becomes "necrotic" and dies. - http://tinyurl.com/cxuuuvo
Hospitals: The Cost Of Admission - (Dec. 2, 2012 - by Steve Kroft - 60 Minutes/CBS) - If you want to know why health care costs so much in this country, consider this, it's estimated that $210 billion a year -- about 10 percent of all health expenditures -- goes towards unnecessary tests and treatments and a big chunk of that comes right out of the pockets of American taxpayers in the form of Medicare and Medicaid payments.
For more than a year, we have been looking into the admission and billing practices of Health Management Associates. It's the fourth largest for-profit hospital chain in the country with revenues of $5.8 billion last year, nearly half of that coming from Medicare and Medicaid programs. We talked to more than 100 current and former employees and we heard a similar story over and over: that HMA relentlessly pressured its doctors to admit more and more patients -- regardless of medical need -- in order to increase revenues.Health Management Associates owns 70 hospitals in 15 states. It's thrived buying small, struggling hospitals in non-urban areas, turning them into profit centers by filling empty beds. Generally speaking, the more patients a hospital admits, the more money it can make, a business strategy that HMA has aggressively pursued. - http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57556670.html
Second-Hand Smoke Linked To Children's Behavior
Problems - ScienceDaily (Dec. 4, 2012) — It is a known fact that
active maternal smoking during pregnancy has negative effects on child health,
such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, new research suggests that
second hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), may be just as harmful. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121204111812.htm
1949 Nuclear Experiment Is An Ugly Legacy Of Hanford - (Dec. 2, 2012 - by Susan Cundiff and Patricia Hoover - The Register-Guard) - …know the term “Green Run?” Never heard of it? That’s because it was a secret.
On Dec. 2, 1949, officials at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington deliberately experimented on residents in the area by releasing raw, irradiated uranium fuel. It was the largest known single incident of intentional radioactive contamination ever. It’s come to be known as the Green Run; in this case “green” meant “uncured.”
Normally, radiated fuel would be cooled for 83 to 101 days to allow some of the short-lived radioactive materials to decay before releasing those materials into the environment. For this test, officials waited a mere 16 days and did not filter the exhaust.
Over a seven-hour period, 7,780 curies of iodine-131 and 20,000 curies of xenon-133 were released. To put these numbers in perspective, the Three Mile Island accident released between 15 and 24 curies of radioactive iodine. Women and children were evacuated, and milk was impounded.
During the Green Run, Air Force planes measured the deposits of iodine-131 on ground vegetation within a 200- by 40-mile plume that stretched from The Dalles to Spokane. Vegetation samples taken in Kennewick, Wash., revealed nearly 1,000 times the acceptable daily limit of iodine-131.
Citizens in the area routinely accepted unusual practices devised by Hanford officials as natural and patriotic: urine samples were left on porches for pick-up, schoolchildren went through whole-body counter scans, and men in white coats palpated students’ throats around the thyroid gland.
As thyroid disease and cancer rates rose among the populations of Richland, Wash., The Dalles, Hermiston and the surrounding countryside, the public began to question the safety of Hanford’s practices. They were assured that “not one atom” had ever escaped from Hanford and that it was as “safe as mother’s milk.” Of course, if mother is contaminated, her breast milk is, too — as is the milk from dairy cattle in the area, the salmon in the river, and vegetables and fruit from the farms and ranches nearby.
With all their collected data, officials had to know the health consequences. And still the deception continued. Press releases recommended iodized salt and trucked-in pasteurized milk, but only as mere suggestions. In fact, all public health records from Hanford were sent only to Walla Walla, Wash., and never recorded at the state Capitol, thus ensuring that health research would not contain damning statistics.The Green Run was only part of a much larger pattern of contamination. From 1944 to 1957 a total of 724,779 curies of iodine-131 were released into the atmosphere. - http://tinyurl.com/b4f8dfr
How Common 'Cat Parasite' Gets Into Human Brain And Influences Human Behavior - ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2012) — A new study demonstrates for the first time how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite enters the brain to influence its host's behavior. This research was led by researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden publishes December 6 in the Open Access journal PLOS Pathogens.The Toxoplasma gondii parasite causes toxoplasmosis. The parasite is common and infects between 30 and 50 per cent of the global population. It also infects animals, especially domestic cats. Human infection is contracted by eating poorly cooked (infected) meat and handling cat feces. Toxoplasmosis first appears with mild flu-like symptoms in adults and otherwise healthy people before entering a chronic and dormant phase, which has previously been regarded as symptom-free. But when the immune system is weakened toxoplasmosis in the brain can be fatal. The fetus can be infected through the mother and because of this risk, pregnant women are recommended to avoid contact with cat litter boxes. Surprisingly, several studies in humans and mice have suggested that even in the dormant phase, the parasite can influence increasing risk taking and infected people show higher incidence of schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, which are broader public health concerns. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206203240.htm
First Study Of Its Kind Detects 44 Hazardous Air Pollutants At Gas Drilling Sites - (Dec. 3, 2012 - by Lisa Song - InsideClimate News) - With gas wells in some states being drilled near schools and homes, scientists see a need for better chemical disclosure laws and follow-up research.
For years, the controversy over natural gas drilling has focused on the water and air quality problems linked to hydraulic fracturing, the process where chemicals are blasted deep underground to release tightly bound natural gas deposits.
But a new study reports that a set of chemicals called non-methane hydrocarbons, or NMHCs, is found in the air near drilling sites even when fracking isn't in progress.According to a peer-reviewed study in the journal Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, more than 50 NMHCs were found near gas wells in rural Colorado, including 35 that affect the brain and nervous system. Some were detected at levels high enough to potentially harm children who are exposed to them before birth. - http://insideclimatenews.org/print/22792
Boeing’s Meltdown Makeover - (Dec. 10, 2012 - EnviroReporter) - The Santa Susana Field Laboratory sprawls across 2,850 acres in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando [California] valleys. The site’s history includes massive chemical and radiological contamination and partial nuclear reactor meltdowns. The 1959 meltdown released more radiation than Three Mile Island in 1979.
A four-year EnviroReporter.com investigation has uncovered an extensive Boeing “media campaign” to bamboozle the press and public into thinking that the lab is safe enough to open immediately as open space when new evidence shows huge amounts of radiation and chemical contamination will still remain.
Thousands of pages of documents, reports, interviews, e-mails, photographs and surveillance video of demolition at the site reveal a vast Boeing meltdown makeover. New information shows the lab more radioactive than ever with a polluter-pliant government subverting its own $41.5 million radiation study.
The Boeing apparent plan to “greenwash” pollution woes away at Rocketdyne involves “astroturfing” the community, feeding media puff pieces and rewarding cooperative reporters, controlling corrupted government oversight agencies and sloppy demolition sending toxic dust into the San Fernando Valley.
At risk without a complete lab cleanup are future SSFL open space users, surrounding communities and the Los Angeles River, slated for a $2 billion revival central to the city of L.A.’s 50-year master plan. - http://www.enviroreporter.com/2012/12/boeings-meltdown-makeover
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Revealed: What The Beef Industry Pumps Into Your Dinner - (December 13, 2012 - by Tara Logan - AlterNet) - A common industry practice puts consumers at higher risks for eating food contaminated by deadly pathogens -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg. - http://tinyurl.com/c7lytwn
Preparing The Brain For A Stroke Before It Occurs - (December 13, 2012 - by Brian Mossup - Wired) - Priming the brain to sprout new blood vessels before a stroke occurs could reduce the severity and improve the patients’ chances of recovering afterward, according to new research. - http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/12/stroke-priming
Vegetable Compound Could Become Ingredient To Treating Leukemia - Dec. 12, 2012 — It looks like your mother was on to something when she said, "Eat your vegetables!"
A concentrated form of a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables has been shown to reduce the number of acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells in the lab setting, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine. The findings appear in the current edition of PLOS ONE. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121212205602.htm
Dogs Can Accurately Sniff Out 'Superbug' Infections - Dec. 13, 2012 — Dogs can sniff out Clostridium difficile (the infective agent that is responsible for many of the dreaded "hospital acquired infections") in stool samples and even in the air surrounding patients in hospital with a very high degree of accuracy…. - http://tinyurl.com/cfkpm2t
Ability To Sit And Rise From The Floor Is Closely Correlated With All-Cause Mortality Risk - Dec. 13, 2012 — A simple screening test of musculo-skeletal fitness has proved remarkably predictive of all-cause mortality in a study of more than 2000 middle-aged and older men and women. The study, performed in Brazil by Dr Claudio Gil Araújo and colleagues at the Clinimex -- Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, is reported today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention.
The test was a simple assessment of the subjects' ability to sit and then rise unaided from the floor. ….
Pesticide Exposure In Children - (December 10, 2012 - American Academy of Pediatrics) - Policy Statement:
This statement presents the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on pesticides. Pesticides are a collective term for chemicals intended to kill unwanted insects, plants, molds, and rodents. Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity. Acute poisoning risks are clear, and understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Related animal toxicology studies provide supportive biological plausibility for these findings. Recognizing and reducing problematic exposures will require attention to current inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory action on pesticides. Ongoing research describing toxicologic vulnerabilities and exposure factors across the life span are needed to inform regulatory needs and appropriate interventions. Policies that promote integrated pest management, comprehensive pesticide labeling, and marketing practices that incorporate child health considerations will enhance safe use. - http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/130/6/e1757.full
Report: Ecosystems In Upheaval, Biodiversity In Collapse - (December 20, 2012 - by Andrea Germanos, staff writer - Common Dreams) - New study documenting climate change shows sweeping changes happening faster than previously recorded and bringing 'cascading effects'
The report (pdf), led by the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University, foresees a global loss of biodiversity and major shifts in ecosystems.
"These geographic range and timing changes are causing cascading effects that extend through ecosystems, bringing together species that haven't previously interacted and creating mismatches between animals and their food sources," states Nancy Grimm, a scientist at ASU and a lead author of the report.
And these changes will have direct consequences on humans, Amanda Staudt, a NWF climate scientist and a lead author on the report adds, as many ecosystems serve as a backbone in the defense of storm damage.
"Shifting climate conditions are affecting valuable ecosystem services, such as the role that coastal habitats play in dampening storm surge or the ability of our forests to provide timber and help filter our drinking water."
Among the animals in the US affected by climate change already underway, the report states, are climate-induced changes in pests and pathogens that have been deadly to some conifer forests, small mammals which are seeking higher elevations or having their already high elevation habitats shrunk and a fragmentation in habitat for wolverines.
The USGS offers some of the key findings of the report: - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/20
We Are Being Nuked With False Information On Atomic Energy - (Dec. 21, 2012 - by Gar Smith - According to nuclear energy debunker Gar Smith, if we want the truth about nuclear energy, we won't be getting it from governments. That's a key message in Smith's new book,"Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth." - [
One consistent lesson from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima is clear: when the public is at risk, plant operators and government officials inevitably cover up and lie. ….
London's Guardian newspaper subsequently revealed that just two days after the Fukushima quake (about the time the first wave of fallout hit the US West Coast), British officials "approached nuclear companies" to fashion a PR strategy "to play down" the accident lest it undermine "public support for nuclear power." The government-nuclear complex worked closely "with the multinational companies EDF Energy, AREVA, and Westinghouse."
In fact, the swirling cloud of radioactive gases that crossed the Pacific Ocean did reach the US mainland. ….
[….]…. ...in St. Louis monitored "rainout" levels 178 higher than normal following a storm. - http://truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/13443
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Quitting Smoking 'Reduces Anxiety' - (Jan. 1, 2012 - BBS News Health/UK) - Smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards - despite the belief that smoking relieves stress, researchers say.
The British Journal of Psychiatry study followed nearly 500 smokers attending NHS stop smoking clinics in England.
It found a "significant" decrease in anxiety levels among the 68 smokers who had quit after six months.
The effect was greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those that smoked for pleasure.
The researchers - drawn from several universities including Cambridge, Oxford and Kings's College in London - said the findings should be used to reassure smokers attempting to quit that concerns about increased anxiety levels were unfounded. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20875453
Use For Old Christmas Trees? Douglas Fir Needles May Sterilize Nano Devices For Medical Applications - Jan. 2, 2013 — …. Research published in the International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology suggests that the needles of the plant Pseudotsuga menziesii, commonly known as the Douglas fir could be used to sterilize nano devices destined for medical applications.…. The researchers are developing an antimicrobial, self-sterilizing composite material derived from Douglas fir needles that is essentially a silver/chitosan bionanocomposite that can be used to safely coat medical implants and surgical devices to preclude microbial growth. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130102140445.htm
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Sleep Apnea May Offer Unusual Protection For Heart Attack Patients - (Jan. 2, 2013 - ScienceDaily) — People who suffer from breathing disorders such as sleep apnea are usually at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. But an intriguing new study from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology scientists suggests that some heart attack patients with these conditions may actually benefit from mild to moderate sleep-disordered breathing.Apnea and other types of sleep-disordered breathing can boost the numbers and functions of rare cells that help to repair and build new blood vessels, according to the Technion's Dr. Lena Lavie and her colleagues. They say the findings could help predict which patients are at a greater health risk after a heart attack, and may even suggest ways to rebuild damaged heart tissue. - http://tinyurl.com/ayqdfg2
'Smoking Gun': Tar Sands Report Eviscerates
Industry Claims - (Jan. 8, 2013 - by Beth
Brogan, staff writer - Common Dreams) - Research shows toxic contamination caused by mining
'world's dirtiest oil' worse than previously thought - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/01/08-1
Matching Names To Genes: The End Of Genetic Privacy? - (Jan. 17, 2013 - by Sara Reardon - NewScientist) - Are we being too free with our genetic information? What if you started receiving targeted ads for Prozac for the depression risk revealed by your publicly accessible genome? As increasing amounts of genetic information is placed online, many researchers believe that guaranteeing donors' privacy has become an impossible task.
The first major genetic data collection began in 2002 with the International HapMap Project – a collaborative effort to sequence genomes from families around the world. Its aim was to develop a public resource that will help researchers find genes associated with human disease and drug response.
While its consent form assured participants that their data would remain confidential, it had the foresight to mention that with future scientific advances, a deliberate attempt to match a genome with its donor might succeed. "The risk was felt to be very remote," says Laura Lyman Rodriguez of the US government's National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.Their fears proved to be founded: in a paper published in Science this week, a team led by Yaniv Erlich of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, used publicly available genetic information and an algorithm they developed to identify some of the people who donated their DNA to HapMap's successor, the 1000 Genomes Project. - http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn23088
Ultra-Small Devices For Energy-Efficient Electronics - Jan. 21, 2013 — A team of scientists from Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork and the National University of Singapore have designed and fabricated ultra-small devices for energy-efficient electronics. By finding out how molecules behave in these devices, a ten-fold increase in switching efficiency was obtained by changing just one carbon atom. These devices could provide new ways to combat overheating in mobile phones and laptops, and could also aid in electrical stimulation of tissue repair for wound healing.The breakthrough creation of molecular devices with highly controllable electrical properties will appear in the February issue of Nature Nanotechnology. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130121083025.htm
Regular Aspirin Use Linked To Increased Risk Of Age-Related Macular Degeneration - Jan. 21, 2013 — Regular aspirin use appears to be associated with an increased risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of blindness in older people, and it appears to be independent of a history of cardiovascular disease and smoking, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine. - http://tinyurl.com/alqgxvb
Could The Sun
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Addicted To Plastic
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We're In Contact With Uncontrolled Chemicals - (January 20, 2013 - by Sandy Bauers - The Philadelphia Enquirer) - In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Ken Cook spoke passionately about 10 Americans who were found to have more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood.
The list included flame retardants, lead, stain removers, and pesticides the federal government had banned three decades ago.
"Their chemical exposures did not come from the air they breathed, the water they drank, or the food they ate," said Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a national advocacy group.
How did he know?
The 10 Americans were newborns. "Babies are coming into this world pre-polluted with toxic chemicals," he said.
More than 80,000 chemicals are in use today, and most have not been independently tested for safety, regulatory officials say.
Yet we come in contact with many every day - most notably, the bisphenol A in can linings and hard plastics, the flame retardants in couches, the nonstick coatings on cookware, the phthalates in personal care products, and the nonylphenols in detergents, shampoos, and paints.
These five groups of chemicals were selected by Sonya Lunder, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, as ones that people should be aware of and try to avoid.
They were among the first picked in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent effort to assess health risks for 83 of the most worrisome industrial chemicals.
Lunder's basis was that they are chemicals Americans come in contact with daily. You don't have to live near a leaking Superfund site to be exposed. They are in many consumer products, albeit often unlabeled.
Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others have shown that they are detectable in the blood or urine of many of us.
Plus, much data exist showing their harm. "We have an incredible body of evidence for all these chemicals," she said. "In all cases, we have studies linking human exposure to human health effects."
Lunder and others see these five as symbolic of the government's failure to protect us from potential - or actual - toxins.
"A lot of people presume that because you're buying something on the store shelf ... someone has vetted that product to make sure it is safe," said Sarah Janssen, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, another advocacy group. "Unfortunately, that's not true." - http://tinyurl.com/b7r3q7q
Report: Chemicals Most Countries Ban Still Permitted In US Foods - (Jan. 23, 2013 - by Lauren McCaulley, staff writer - Common Dreams) - Recent investigations highlight industry preference in FDA, expose frequent use of cheap and dangerous additives
"In the U.S. money rules and industry wields a lot of influence and that's how it has been for a while," said Michael Hansen, senior scientist at the Consumers Union, "but in Europe they take into serious consideration what their population wants, too. And why shouldn't the population be concerned about new things being put into food?"
Whereas other international authorities tend to err on the side of caution when it comes to evaluating food additives, in the US new food products "simply need an OK from experts hired by the manufacturers" giving the FDA the option to investigate later "if health issues emerge."
Though the FDA's mission is purportedly "to protect public health by ensuring that foods are safe and properly labeled," a second examination released Wednesday by the non-profit food watchdog, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), revealed that the amount of food fraud and mislabeled ingredients is up by 60 percent this year.
In comparison to their initial Food Fraud Database published in April 2012, the group found a surge in adulterated ingredients in common household products.
Nanoparticles Digging The World's Smallest Tunnels - Jan. 23, 2013 — The world's smallest tunnels have a width of a few nanometers only. Researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Rice University, USA, have dug such tunnels into graphite samples. This will allow structuring of the interior of materials through self-organization in the nanometer range and tailoring of nanoporous graphite for applications in medicine and battery technology.Results are now presented in the scientific journal Nature Communications. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130123115245.htm
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Cat Bites Can Be Serious Injuries - (Jan. 31, 2013 - by Marie Joyce, Special to The Washington Post/St. Louis Post-Dispatch) - For some people, in fact, it can be deadly.
“A cat bite is nothing to trivialize,” said Nancy Peterson, cat programs manager at the Humane Society of the United States.
Up to 50 percent of cat bites become infected, said Princy N. Kumar, head of the infectious-diseases division at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. But, like me, many people don’t take the injury seriously enough.
“People underestimate” the danger, Kumar said, and don’t realize they should get a bite looked at right away. “They don’t realize, being bitten by a cat, you’ve got a 1-in-2 chance of getting infected.”
Unlike dogs, which tend to deliver superficial, crushing bites that don’t penetrate far into tissue, cats inflict puncture wounds with their long teeth, which inject bacteria from the cat’s mouth and the environment deep into tissue.
And, Peterson said, “cats have a pretty potent bacteria.” While cats have a variety of microbes living in their mouths, the real trouble comes from Pasteurella multocida, a bacterium that can cause bad infections. One study found that 90 percent of domestic cats are carriers. Dogs also carry this bacteria, first isolated by Louis Pasteur and named for him, but the infection rate from their bites doesn’t come close to cats’ 50 percent. (Pasteurella is not the microbe that causes cat scratch disease, which is usually transmitted by kitten scratches and nips, and in most people causes only swollen lymph nodes, not severe local infection.) - http://tinyurl.com/a53uzfq
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Implants Make Light Work Of Fixing Broken Bones - Feb. 8, 2013 — Artificial bone, created using stem cells and a new lightweight plastic, could soon be used to heal shattered limbs. - http://tinyurl.com/arxzkjd
Hearing Loss Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions -- How You Can Protect Your Ears - (February 9, 2013 - by by Nancy Kalish - Huffington Post) - In this era of ubiquitous Bluetooths and iPods, hearing loss is starting younger than ever before.
Inside our ears lie thousands of hairlike cells that turn sound waves into electrical signals so the brain can interpret what we hear. But very loud noise generates free radicals that damage those cells -- sometimes permanently. The U.S. military has been pouring money into research on prevention, and it's paying off. A clinical trial revealed that an over-the-counter supplement called N-acetylcysteine worked much better than earplugs alone at minimizing damage in Marines exposed to gunfire. Researcher Richard D. Kopke, MD, recommends taking 1,200 milligrams 12 hours before you're bombarded by loud noise (say, at a sporting event). If the noise is unexpected, pop 1,200 milligrams as soon as possible and take 900 to 1,200 milligrams three times a day, with meals, for the next 14 days.
A daily 167-milligram dose of magnesium also seems to offer preventive protection, according to a study by the Israeli military. This could be because magnesium helps promote blood flow (poor blood flow puts stress on the cells of the inner ear).
After a Gaga-blasting Spinning class, seek out silence for as long as possible. And if you're forced to endure a continuous noise (like a jackhammer or a colicky baby), go someplace quiet for a few minutes every couple of hours. Breaks allow the inflammation caused by free radicals to dissipate.
In a noisy setting, the sound-isolating kind are best [headphones], says Brian Fligor, director of diagnostic audiology at Children's Hospital Boston: "They block the right proportion of high and low frequencies so you can hear your music at a lower volume." Noise-canceling headphones are less effective; they block mostly low frequencies. - http://tinyurl.com/aeg7ub3
Common Chemicals Linked To Osteoarthritis - Feb. 14, 2013 — A new study has linked exposure to two common perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) with osteoarthritis. PFCs are used in more than 200 industrial processes and consumer products including certain stain- and water-resistant fabrics, grease-proof paper food containers, personal care products, and other items. Because of their persistence, PFCs have become ubiquitous contaminants of humans and wildlife. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first to look at the associations between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and osteoarthritis, in a study population representative of the United States. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130214134034.htm
Impact Health, New Study Finds - Feb. 13, 2013 — Individuals who have a high preference for
sweets and a high aversion to bitter flavors may be at an increased risk of
developing metabolic syndrome,
according to a new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by
the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). - http://tinyurl.com/cpj6noe
Effectiveness Of Magnetic Device For Treatment Of Reflux Disease Demonstrated - Feb. 22, 2013 — A study published Feb. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) provides clinical evidence of the safety and effectiveness of a new magnetic medical device to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Santiago Horgan, MD, professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and study co-author, was the first surgeon in the United States to implant the FDA-approved device.
"What we found is that the LINX magnetic device can solve GERD's underlying problem, a weak spincter," said Horgan, chief of minimally invasive surgery, UC San Diego Health System. "The device corrects an anatomical defect that allows acids to move up the throat. For my patients this has been an effective way to permanently treat this painful condition, improve their quality of life, and end the need for over-the-counter medications."
The LINX system is composed of a series of titanium beads, each with a magnetic core, that are connected to form a ring shape. It is implanted at the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a circular band of muscle that closes the last few centimeters of the esophagus and prevents the backward flow of stomach contents.As reported in the study, after sphincter augmentation with the LINX System, the majority of patients were able to substantially reduce or resolve their reflux symptoms, while eliminating use of their reflux medications such as proton pump inhibitors. Severe regurgitation was eliminated in 100 percent of patients, and nearly all patients (93 percent) reported a significant decrease in the need for medication. More than 9 in 10 patients (94 percent) reported satisfaction with their overall condition after having the LINX System, compared to 13 percent before treatment while taking medication. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130222143138.htm
Scientists Unveil Secrets Of Important Natural Antibiotic - Feb. 21, 2013 — An international team of scientists has discovered how an important natural antibiotic called dermcidin, produced by our skin when we sweat, is a highly efficient tool to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous bugs.
Their results could contribute to the development of new antibiotics that control multi-resistant bacteria. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130221104359.htm
1,000 Gallons Of Radioactive Sludge May Be Leaking A Year From Hanford - (February 28, 2013 - by Andrea Germanos, staff writer - Common Dreams) - Physicist Michio Kaku: It's a 'ticking time-bomb'
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that as much as 1,000 gallons of radioactive sludge may be leaking a year at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the reports.
After an initial report of only one tank leaking, last weekend it was confirmed that six single-shelled underground storage tanks are leaking radioactive waste at Hanford, the most contaminated nuclear site in the nation.
Speaking with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, noted theoretical physicist Michio Kaku called the "major emergency problem" at Hanford "scandalous" and a "ticking time bomb," as the nuclear waste seeps from storage tanks into the ground, threatening natural waterways and eventually the drinking water supply. Kaku referred to nuclear waste as a "toxic, witch's brew of chemicals—the most dangerous known to science."
Of the 177 storage tanks at Hanford, 149 are single-shelled, all of which have outlived their 20-year life span.When news of the leak was announced, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was "alarmed" and warned, "We can't just leave 149 single-shell tanks with high-level radioactive liquid and sludge sitting in the ground for decades after their design life." - http://tinyurl.com/c3kyxcb
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Limiting Access To Alcohol Reduces Violence, Experts Say - Mar. 4, 2013 — Alcohol plays a powerful role in U.S. social and cultural life -- and has since colonial times -- despite decades of research documenting it as more dangerous and physically destructive than heroin and cocaine, and a significant factor in violent crime.
In a book published this month, "Alcohol and Violence: The Nature of the Relationship and the Promise of Prevention" (Lexington Books), University of California, Riverside sociologist Robert Nash Parker says that amending existing laws or adopting additional regulations to limit the availability of alcohol -- a practice known as environmental prevention -- would reduce community violence. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305100719.htm
Secondhand Smoke Exposure Linked To Signs Of Heart Disease: Exposure To Tobacco Smoke May Be More Dangerous Than Previously Thought - Mar. 7, 2013 — Nonsmokers, beware. It seems the more you are exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke -- whether it was during your childhood or as an adult, at work or at home -- the more likely you are to develop early signs of heart disease, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session.
Researchers found that 26 percent of people exposed to varying levels of secondhand smoke had signs of coronary artery calcification (CAC), compared to 18.5 percent in the general population. The new data also shows that people who report higher levels of secondhand tobacco smoke exposure also have the greatest evidence of coronary artery calcification, a build-up of calcium in the artery walls as seen on a low-dose computed tomography scan. While previous studies have shown a marked increase in cardiac events related to secondhand tobacco smoke, authors say this study is the first to demonstrate a clear dose-response relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and the earliest detectable signs of heart disease."This research provides additional evidence that secondhand smoke is harmful and may be even more dangerous than we previously thought," said Harvey Hecht, MD, associate director of cardiac imaging and professor of medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center and study author. "We actually found the risk of secondhand smoke exposure to be an equivalent or stronger risk factor [for CAC] than other well-established ones such as high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. Passive exposure to smoke seems to independently predict both the likelihood and extent of CAC." - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130307123957.htm
Concussion In Women: Overlooked And Underappreciated - (March 08, 2013 - by Nancy Walsh - MedPageToday) - At a recent meeting of the Institute
of Medicine in Washington on sports-related concussions in youth,
several speakers pointed out that almost
no public attention has been paid to head injuries in women and girls. But
in fact, females are more susceptible to
these injuries for reasons such as differences in head and neck structure, and
cerebral blood flow.
One of the speakers, Katherine Price Snedaker, has established a Web site, pinkconcussions.com, to gather and disseminate information about the topic and to encourage further research. She noted that the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine has issued a position statement in which findings about women's concussion are buried in the report, but included these findings: - http://www.medpagetoday.com/InOtherWords/37754
Theo Colborn: About Chemicals Disrupting Our Bodies - (17-1/4 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (Dec. 10, 2012 - TEDxTalks) - Theo Colborn is Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), based in Paonia, Colorado, and Professor Emeritus of Zoology at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is an environmental health analyst, and best known for her studies on the health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Dr. Colborn's work has prompted the enactment of new laws around the world and redirected the research of academicians, governments, and the private sector. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2r2Rx8VRq48
Federal Government Reports Marijuana Effective In Combating Certain Cancers - (March 12, 2013 - NBC News) - The following is a statement by Advocates for the Disabled and Seriously Ill:
In a recent report, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), stated that marijuana "inhibited the survival of both estrogen receptor–positive and estrogen receptor–negative breast cancer cell lines." The same report showed marijuana slows or stops the growth of certain lung cancer cells and suggested that marijuana may provide "risk reduction and treatment of colorectal cancer." - http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51148243
Dr. Helen Caldicott On Fukushima - (5-1/2
min. - YouTube audio/video) - Nuclear activist and co-founder of
Physicians for Social Responsibility Dr. Helen Caldicott talks about Fukushima
and the medical consequences of nuclear radiation. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWHtAqKJ6gc
The War On Consciousness
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What You Eat Before Surgery May Affect Your Recovery - Mar. 21, 2013 — According to a new study, the last few meals before surgery might make a difference in recovery after surgery. Fat tissue is one of the most dominant components that make up the body, and fat tissue is always traumatized during major surgery.
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) found that this direct trauma greatly impacts the chemical balance of fat tissue -- chemicals that are known to communicate with nearby and distant organs. In the study, mice that consumed a typical Western, high-fat diet showed an exaggerated imbalanced response. Importantly, restricting food intake to a lower-fat diet just a few weeks before surgery reduced the imbalance back toward a more normal response.
The study is published in the April 2013 issue of Surgery. - http://tinyurl.com/ccufb7x
Religious Trauma Syndrome: How Some Organized Religion Leads To Mental Health Problems - (March 25, 2013 - by Valerie Tarico - AlterNet) - Groups that demand obedience and conformity produce fear, not love and growth. - http://tinyurl.com/c7og7d8
What 2000 Calories
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Walking Can Lower Risk Of Heart-Related Conditions As Much As Running - Apr. 4, 2013 — Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can, according to surprising findings reported in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130404170225.htm
Genetic Modification Strains Old Food And Drug Laws - (March 23, 2013 - by Rosie Mestel - The Los Angeles Times) - Genetic engineering is stretching old FDA and USDA rules to the limit – which is how a fish becomes a drug and corn a pest. - http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/23/science/la-sci-gmo-regulations-20130324
Is Juicing Raw Cannabis The Miracle Health Cure That Some Of Its Proponents Believe It To Be? - (April 3, 2013 - by O'Shaughnessy's) - Fact-checking one of the newest trends in administering cannabis for therapeutic use. - http://tinyurl.com/cn2k8pt
New Light Shed On Traumatic Brain Injuries - Apr. 15, 2013 — Even a mild injury to the brain can have long lasting consequences, including increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life. While it is not yet known how brain injury increases risk for dementia, there are indications that chronic, long-lasting, inflammation in the brain may be important. A new paper by researchers at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience…. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130415151444.htm
When Your Surgery Goes Wrong, Hospitals Profit - (April 16, 2013 - by Sarah Kliff - The Washington Post) - For a patient, a surgical complication can be a painful, even deadly. For a hospital, a surgical complication can be incredibly profitable.
A surgical complication increases a procedure’s average contribution margin by 330 percent for the privately insured and 190 percent for Medicare patients, according to a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
'People's History' Of Gulf Oil Disaster Reveals Deadly Truth Behind Dispersant Corexit - (April 19, 2013 - by Jacob Chaberlain - Common Dreams) - Report released on eve of Deepwater Horizon anniversary tells of BP lies and government collusion in oil 'clean-up'
Not only is the chemical dispersant that was used to "clean up" the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster of 2010 extremely dangerous, it was knowingly used to make the gushing oil merely "appear invisible" all the while exasperating levels of toxicity in the Gulf waters, according to a report released Friday, the eve of the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, by the Government Accountability Project.
According to the report, , Corexit—the dispersant chemical dumped into the Gulf of Mexico by oil giant BP and the U.S. government in the spill's aftermath—was widely applied "because it caused the false impression that the oil disappeared."
As GAP states: "In reality, the oil/Corexit mixture became less visible, yet much more toxic than the oil alone. Nonetheless, indications are that both BP and the government were pleased with what Corexit accomplished."The Corexit/oil combination is highly toxic and will continue to cause "devastating long-term effects on human health and the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem" for a long time into the future, the report warns. - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/19-4
HospitalInspections.org - A website run by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) that aims to make federal hospital inspection reports easier to access, search and analyze. This site includes details about deficiencies cited during complaint inspections at acute-care and critical access hospitals throughout the United States since Jan. 1, 2011. It does not include results of routine inspections or those of psychiatric hospitals or long-term care hospitals. It also does not include hospital responses to deficiencies cited during inspections. Those can be obtained by filing a request with a hospital or the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Hop, Skip Or Jump? Study Says No To All Of The Above - Apr. 17, 2013 — Engineers have found that in the earliest stages of arthritis, high-impact exercise may worsen cartilage damage.Osteoarthritis, which affects at least 20 percent of adults in the United States, leads to deterioration of cartilage, the rubbery tissue that prevents bones from rubbing together. By studying the molecular properties of cartilage, MIT engineers have now discovered how the earliest stages of arthritis make the tissue more susceptible to damage from physical activities such as running or jumping. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130417165003.htm
Thieves' Bazaar: Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the
nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door. - (April 25, 2013 - by
Chris Parker - St. Louis Riverfront
Times) - Florida
governor Rick Scott was CEO of a hospital company that was nailed with two sets
of books. Then he went into politics.
Then there's the culture of fraud that stinks to the very head of Florida government.
During the 1990s, Republican governor Rick Scott was CEO of the hospital company Columbia/HCA. As the feds later discovered from the largest fraud case in Medicare history, the company seemed more organized-crime outfit than health-care provider.
Columbia billed for tests that weren't necessary or ordered, submitted false diagnoses to increase reimbursements, paid kickbacks to doctors for patient referrals and billed for home visits that people didn't qualify for or receive.
The smoking gun was the two sets of books Columbia kept. One detailed all Medicare submittals. The other noted which were fraudulent, allowing Columbia to keep enough reserves to pay penalties should it ever get caught.
A whistleblower estimated that fraud alone accounted for more than one-third of the company's profits.
When the whip came down in 2003, Columbia settled for $2 billion in fines for "systematically defrauding federal health-care programs." Scott claimed ignorance, though it's hard to believe that a self-described hands-on executive wouldn't know where a third of his company's profits came from.
He was eventually fired — but with the velvet landing accorded to disgraced CEOs. Scott walked away with nearly $10 million in severance, stocks worth $300 million and a $1 million-a-year consulting contract.Only two lesser executives got jail time. Lead FBI agent Joe Ford would later regret allowing the company to simply pay away its sins: "People need to go to jail." - http://www.riverfronttimes.com/content/printVersion/1836243
Study: Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide Linked To Cancer, Autism, Parkinson's - (April 26, 2013 - by Andrea Germanos, staff writer - Common Dreams) - Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may be "the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment," say authors - http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/26-3
Toxic Light: The Dark Side Of Energy Saving Bulbs - (28-1/2 min. - YouTube audio/video) - (Dec. 2, 2013 - by Alexandra Pfeil - LINK TV) - A look at how dangerous the new energy-saving light bulbs are. The EU has banned many incandescent bulbs in favor of Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs). CFLs emit serious toxins while being used. All Florescent lights contain Mercury. There is enough Mercury to pose a serious health risk in the event of a CLF breakage. People are being told to run out of the building for 15 minutes, open windows and turn off the heat. Additionally the bulbs do not last as long as advertised and they take a long time to warm up, decreasing in brightness over time. The light they emit is not a full spectrum steady light. Few bulbs actually get recycled and they need to be treated as hazardous materials when discarding them. Consumers be alerted! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0x3rbHFwQU
Generic Drugs Are Actually Not The Same As Name-Brands, Thanks To FDA Malfeasance - (April 24, 2013 - by Charles Seife, Rob Garver - ProPublica) - The FDA failed to address compromised lab tests suggesting generic drugs are more similar to name-brands than they really are. - http://tinyurl.com/d24ep9c
Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut
Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases -
(April 18, 2013 - by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff - Entropy 2013, 15(4),
- Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in
Roundup®, is the most
popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally
toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised
primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an
overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles
in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus,
glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues
and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and
manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout
Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with
disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well
as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most
of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include
gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression,
autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the
documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we
show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy:
the disruption of homeostasis by
environmental toxins. - http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
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How Americans Became Exposed To Biohazards In The Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched - (April 29, 2013 - by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz - TomDispatch) - A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. We can’t escape it in our cars. It’s in cities and suburbs. It afflicts rich and poor, young and old. And there’s a reason why you’ve never read about it in the newspaper or seen a report on the nightly news: it has no name -- and no antidote.
The culprit behind this silent killer is lead. And vinyl. And formaldehyde. And asbestos. And Bisphenol A. And polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). And thousands more innovations brought to us by the industries that once promised “better living through chemistry,” but instead produced a toxic stew that has made every American a guinea pig and has turned the United States into one grand unnatural experiment.
Today, we are all unwitting subjects in the largest set of drug trials ever. Without our knowledge or consent, we are testing thousands of suspected toxic chemicals and compounds, as well as new substances whose safety is largely unproven and whose effects on human beings are all but unknown. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) itself has begun monitoring our bodies for 151 potentially dangerous chemicals, detailing the variety of pollutants we store in our bones, muscle, blood, and fat. None of the companies introducing these new chemicals has even bothered to tell us we’re part of their experiment. None of them has asked us to sign consent forms or explained that they have little idea what the long-term side effects of the chemicals they’ve put in our environment -- and so our bodies -- could be. Nor do they have any clue as to what the synergistic effects of combining so many novel chemicals inside a human body in unknown quantities might produce. - http://truth-out.org/news/item/16052
Printable Functional 'Bionic' Ear Melds Electronics And Biology - May 1, 2013 — Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can "hear" radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability.The researchers' primary purpose was to explore an efficient and versatile means to merge electronics with tissue. The scientists used 3D printing of cells and nanoparticles followed by cell culture to combine a small coil antenna with cartilage, creating what they term a bionic ear. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130501193208.htm
Proof That Cannabis Can Cure
Certain Forms Of Cancer
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Diet Linked To Daytime Sleepiness And Alertness In Healthy Adults - May 7, 2013 — A new study suggests that your level of sleepiness or alertness during the day may be related to the type of food that you eat.
Results show that higher fat consumption was associated with increased objective daytime sleepiness, while higher carbohydrate intake was associated with increased alertness. There was no relationship between protein consumption and sleepiness or alertness. These findings were independent of the subjects' gender, age, and body mass index as well as the total amount of sleep they were getting and their total caloric intake. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507164632.htm
Sunshine Could Benefit Health And Prolong Life, Study
Suggests - May 7, 2013 — Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce
blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke - and even
prolong life, a study suggests. - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130507195807.htm
What Is Pus?
(4 min. - YouTube audio/video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQdzX4zEaeo
This Mineral Could Save Your Life - (May 7, 2013 - by Lisa Collier Cool - Yahoo! Health) - Up to 80 percent of Americans are jeopardizing their health by failing to get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of a mineral that protects against heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, stroke, and other dangerous disorders. In fact, this essential nutrient—required by every cell in your body—is so often overlooked that it’s been dubbed “the forgotten mineral.”
Skimping on this crucial mineral—magnesium—could actually be fatal, a new study suggests. The researchers checked the magnesium levels of 7,664 initially healthy people (using urine tests), then tracked the participants for an average of 10.5 years. Those with the lowest urinary levels of magnesium were 70 percent more likely to die from heart disease, compared to people with higher levels, even after other cardiovascular threats were taken into consideration.
The researchers report that low magnesium levels are an independent risk factor for heart disease, while a diet that’s rich in this vital mineral may be protective.Yet most of us eat a dangerously unbalanced diet that’s too high in calcium and too low in magnesium, a combination that may actually boost risk for heart attacks and strokes, according to another new paper. - http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/mineral-could-save-your-life
Scientists Create Sensor That Can Be Placed INSIDE The Body To Monitor Every Aspect Of Your Health - (May 9, 2013 - by Emma Innis - Mail Online) - Detects changes in movement, diet, weight and pulse; automatically sends an alert if the person is unwell; can be fitted in home, clothes and even inside the body. - http://tinyurl.com/cazub95
Run From The Cure: The Rick Simpson Story - (58 min. - YouTube audio/video) - How to heal yourself of disease and illness using cannabinoids. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI
The Continuing Fukushima Cover-Up - (May 14, 2013 - by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Brahmall - OpenSalon.com) - I found the March 11th presentation by Dr. Steven Starr of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri the most illuminating. The focus of Starr’s talk was the long term effects of Cesium-137, which is the main long term contaminant of soil and food following a nuclear accident.The research Starr presents directly contradicts a study WHO published…. According to Starr WHO and IRCP are guilty of four main scientific errors: - http://tinyurl.com/bjf39t9
Aggressive Behavior Linked Specifically To Secondhand Smoke Exposure In Childhood - May 21, 2013 — Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history of being antisocial, according to Linda Pagani and Caroline Fitzpatrick of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine hospital. No study to date has controlled for these factors.
"Secondhand smoke is in fact more dangerous that inhaled smoke, and 40% of children worldwide are exposed to it. Moreover, exposure to this smoke at early childhood is particularly dangerous, as the child's brain is still developing," Pagani said. "I looked at data that was collected about 2,055 kids from their birth until ten years of age, including parent reports about secondhand smoke exposure and from teachers and children themselves about classroom behaviour. Those having been exposed to secondhand smoke, even temporarily, were much more likely to report themselves as being more aggressive by time they finished fourth grade."The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health on May 21, 2013. - http://tinyurl.com/k9gjfhx