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The Black Death


The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague

The bubonic plague described by Athanasius Kircher

The bubonic plague described by Athanasius Kircher (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, it killed between one-third and half of Europe’s population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More… Discuss

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En Argentina: Hallan hongo que mata al transmisor del dengue y del Chikungunya (Scientists find a fungus that kills the transmitter of dengue and Chikungunya): “Leptolegnia chapmanii”


In Argentina: Hallan fungus that kills the transmitter of dengue and Chikungunya

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Científicos hallan un hongo que mata al transmisor del dengue y Chikungunya

Un hongo denominado “Leptolegnia chapmanii” puede sobrevivir en aguas turbias o cristalinas de temperaturas variables y es cultivable a bajo costo, por lo que aparece como una prometedora arma para destruir las larvas de los mosquitos transmisores.

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Buenos Aires.- Científicos argentinos hallaron un hongo, adaptable a múltiples hábitat, que destruye las larvas de los mosquitos transmisores del dengue y Chikungunya, dos epidemias virales sin vacunas comerciales y cuyo control se basa en la prevención.

Este hongo, denominado “Leptolegnia chapmanii”, puede sobrevivir en aguas turbias o cristalinas, con distintos PH, a temperaturas variables y es cultivable a bajo costo por lo que aparece como una prometedora arma biológica.

Su poder mortífero probó ser efectivo en larvas de 15 especies de mosquitos, entre ellas las del Aedes Aegypti y Aedes Albopistus, vectores del dengue, una enfermedad viral tropical que puede llegar a ser mortal en su variante hemorrágica y es endémica en muchos países. >>>>>>>>>>more HERE<<<<<<<<<<

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HEALTH | In Argentina


Scientists find a fungus that kills the transmitter of dengue and Chikungunya
A fungus called “Leptolegnia chapmaniican survive in cloudy or clear waters of varying temperatures and is cultivated at low cost, so it appears as a promising weapon to destroy the larvae of mosquitoes.
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Wednesday August 20, 2014 4:01 PM
BUENOS AIRES Argentine scientists have found a fungus, adaptable to multiple habitat, which destroys the larvae of mosquitoes that carry dengue and Chikungunya, two viral epidemics no commercial vaccines and whose control is based on prevention.

This fungus, called “Leptolegnia chapmaniican survive in cloudy or clear waters with varying pH at varying temperatures and is cultivated at low cost so it appears as a promising biological weapon.

Its lethality proved effective in larvae of 15 species of mosquitoes, including Aedes aegypti and Aedes of Albopistus, vectors of dengue, a viral tropical disease that can be fatal dengue hemorrhagic fever and is endemic in many countries.

 

 

Les “combattants d’Ebola”, personnalités de l’année pour le “Time”


Les “combattants d’Ebola”, personnalités de l’année pour le “Time”

Americans with HIV Undertreated


Americans with HIV Undertreated

Only 30 percent of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control, according to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on statistics from 2011, the report found that the remaining 70 percent failed to achieve “viral suppression” for a number of reasons. Of those individuals, 66 percent were not getting regular care; 20 percent were unaware they were infected; 10 percent were unable to suppress the virus with antiretroviral treatment; and 4 percent were not prescribed antiretroviral drugs. According to the CDC, up to 50,000 people in the US are infected with HIV every year. More… Discuss

quotation: “Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.” ― Richard Preston, “The Hot Zone…”


The Hot Zone

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“Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus


Itching to Take a Selfie

A Russian government agency is blaming the selfie craze for the spread of head lice and advising young people to abstain from the practice to protect themselves. It says group selfies, which typically require the individuals involved to squeeze close together to fit into a photo, have become the primary pathway for the critters to jump from host to host. While it is conceivable that a person carrying lice could inadvertently spread them to others in this manner, many find the notion that this is the leading cause of the parasite’s spread to be suspect and have taken to social media to mock the assertion (and the agency behind it). More… Discuss

this pressed for your right to know: Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News|


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When Dr. Craig Spencer went to volunteer in West Africa with the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, it took him far away from his home, family, friends and other people he loves, including his fiancé Morgan Dixon. Once he returned, Doctors Without Borders advised that he should monitor his health for signs of illness like running a fever, but that “as long as a returned staff member does not experience any symptoms, normal life can proceed.”

“Normal life” may presumably include sexual activity — but could that put a person’s partner at risk?

via Sex and Ebola: How risky? – CBS News.

this pressed for your right to know: Ebola Contact Monitoring Graph from CDC: number of people at risk “decreasing each day”— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW)


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“Suddenly he goes into the last phase—the human virus bomb explodes. Military biohazard specialists have ways of describing this occurrence. They say that the victim has “crashed and bled out.” Or more politely they say that the victim has “gone down.”
Richard Preston, The Hot Zone

this pressed for your right to know: What We Were Told About Ebola|FactCheck.org


At a July 28 press briefing concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Stephan Monroe said the virus “poses little risk to the U.S. general population.” But, he added, “it’s possible that someone could become infected with the Ebola virus in Africa and then get on a plane to the U.S.” Monroe called this scenario a “very remote possibility,” but he didn’t say it could never happen, as the senator claimed.

via What We Were Told About Ebola |FactCheck.org

this pressed for your right to know: Schumer urges Obama to send Ebola experts to NYC..|TheTruth24.com


Sen. Charles Schumer wants the ​Obama administration to immediately put a team of experts on the ground in the Big Apple to ensure the safety of New Yorkers in case someone tests positive for Ebola.

Since the city that never sleeps has two ​international ​airports in the region — JFK and Newark — that see more people arriving from virus-​​ridden west African nations than any other ​part of the country, the ​D​emocratic lawmaker urged the ​​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday to dispatch specialized teams to the city as a way to “remain vigilant” against the threat of Ebola.

“We’re also asking, while that team is on the ground here, that they go around and do the same thing our city and state health departments are doing, go inspect the hospitals to make sure that they have everything in place,” Schumer said Sunday.

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Dallas nurse Briana Aguirre: ‘We never talked about Ebola’ before Thomas Eric Duncan arrived – Health – TODAY.com


Excerpts: “Administrators never discussed with staff how the hospital would handle an Ebola case prior to Duncan’s arrival, Aguirre alleged.

“We never talked about Ebola and we probably should have,” she said. Instead, “they gave us an optional seminar to go to. Just informational, not hands on. It wasn’t even suggested we go … We were never told what to look for.”

“I expected more out of us,” Aguirre said.

Earlier in the week, a union that says it represents nurses in every state criticized the hospital, saying that protocols to protect workers were not in place.

Aguirre said she never dealt directly with Duncan, who was initially put in an area with “up to seven other patients,” but she talked with colleagues who did work directly with the patient. She said there was mass confusion over procedures, including how to handle Duncan’s lab work.

“It was just a little chaotic scene. Our infectious disease department was contacted to ask, what is our protocol. And their answer was, we don’t know. We’re going to have to call you back,” she said.”

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this pressed for your right to know: Texas Nurse ‘Can No Longer Defend’ Hospital After Ebola Handling | TIME


Texas Nurse ‘Can No Longer Defend’ Hospital After Ebola Handling | TIME.

this pressed for your right to konw: Texas hospital defends actions; governor may declare emergency – LA Times


The Texas hospital where two nurses were infected with the Ebola virus said Thursday that it followed federal guidelines to protect against the spread of the deadly pathogen, as Dallas County officials called an emergency meeting to consider asking Gov. Rick Perry to declare a local emergency.

The move comes after two registered nurses, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, were diagnosed with Ebola infections after treating Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Controversy continued to swirl over why Vinson flew on commercial flights to Cleveland and back to Dallas while she was among dozens of healthcare workers who had been asked to monitor and report potential Ebola infection signs and symptoms.

via Texas hospital defends actions; governor may declare emergency – LA Times.

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Second Case of Ebola Transmission in US

A second US nurse who treated Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for the disease, raising concerns that more of the dozens of hospital staffers involved in Duncan’s care may come down with the virus. Further concerns were raised after it emerged that the sickened nurse took a commercial flight the night before she was diagnosed. Health officials are now assessing the flight’s 132 passengers for any signs of illness, though the likelihood of transmission at that time was remote. More… Discuss

this pressed for your right to know: Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post


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Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning

The infection of two Dallas health care workers has highlighted vulnerabilities in the CDC’s protocols for those dealing with Ebola patients. The current protocol allows for potential skin exposure of caregivers. The CDC is revising those guidelines and will likely make them more similar to those used in biological containment facilities.

via Vulnerabilities in Ebola planning – The Washington Post.

this pressed – for your right to know: Cases of Ebola outside of West Africa and other Ebola facts | The New York Times


this pressed: Obama Calls for Better Protocol in US Ebola Cases


President Barack Obama called for immediate steps to ensure the U.S. medical system is ready to follow the proper protocol for treating Ebola patients. Obama spoke Sunday with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the first case of Ebola transmission in the United States. Obama ordered the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly investigate how a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital contracted the virus. The nurse was part of the team treating the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Duncan, who died last week.

via Obama Calls for Better Protocol in US Ebola Cases.

this pressed – for information: CDC running twofold probe of EV-D68 cases, neuro illnesses | CIDRAP


While the nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases may be starting to subside, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still in the early stages of investigating it and determining whether it’s connected to unexplained neurologic illnesses in children in Colorado and elsewhere, says a top CDC virology expert.

Today the count of confirmed cases rose by 13, to 691, according to the CDC. The illnesses have been confirmed in all but four states: Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona. The cases confirmed yesterday and today mark a slowdown from earlier this week and much of last week.

“We’re getting a sense that on average there’s at least an indication of a decline in the number of cases,” Mark Pallansch, PhD, director of the CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases, told CIDRAP News today.

via CDC running twofold probe of EV-D68 cases, neuro illnesses | CIDRAP.

this pressed-for information: 12 states confirm Enterovirus D68 cases|CNN


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(CNN) — Since mid-August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed more than 100 cases of Enterovirus D68 in 12 states: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New York and Oklahoma.

Yet the real number of severe respiratory illnesses caused by this virus is probably even higher, the CDC says.

Enteroviruses are very common, especially in the early fall. The CDC estimates that 10 million to 15 million infections occur in the United States each year. These viruses usually present like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough.

Most people recover without any treatment. But Enterovirus D68 appears to be exacerbating breathing problems in children who have asthma.

What parents should know

The virus is hard to track, as many enteroviruses cause similar symptoms and hospitals generally do not test for specific types. But the CDC has asked hospitals across the country to send in samples if workers suspect that Enterovirus D68 has caused a patient’s severe respiratory illness.

Alabama, Indiana and Oklahoma are the latest to join the growing list of states with confirmed cases, health officials say.

Seven of 24 specimens sent to the CDC from Oklahoma hospitals and laboratories have tested positive for Enterovirus D68, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Tuesday. The state has seen an increase in pediatric admissions at hospitals in its central region.

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So why all the concern now?

What’s unusual at the moment is the high number of hospitalizations.

The virus has sent more than 30 children a day to a Kansas City, Missouri, hospital, where about 15% of the youngsters were placed in intensive care, officials said.

“It’s worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented,” said Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, a director for infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy Hospital, where about 475 children were recently treated.

“I’ve practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” she said.

What parents should know about EV-D68

What’s special about this particular type of enterovirus?

An analysis by the CDC showed at least 30 of the Kansas City children tested positive for EV-D68, Missouri health officials said.

It’s a type of enterovirus that’s uncommon, but not new.

It was first identified in the 1960s and there have been fewer than 100 reported cases since that time. But it’s possible, Pallansch said, that the relatively low number of reports might be because EV-D68 is hard to identify.

EV-D68 was seen last year in the United States and this year in various parts of the world. Over the years, clusters have been reported in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and various countries including the Philippines, Japan and the Netherlands.

Experts say they don’t know why it’s flared up this time around.

“Why one virus or another crops up in one part of the country or another part of the country from one year to the next is inexplicable,” said William Schaffner, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University. “It’s a mystery to me.”

What are the symptoms?

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this pressed: WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP ( Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)


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A study in a patient-care setting found little Ebola virus persistence in non-bloody samples.

In the wake of suggestions from some experts that the Ebola virus could evolve into an airborne pathogen, the World Health Organization (WHO) took pains to explain today that the virus is known to spread only through contact with bodily fluids—mainly blood, feces, and vomit.

The agency also said that the virus has been detected in breast milk, urine, and semen, and that even saliva and tears may pose some risk.

Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in updated guidance for infection control in hospitals, said the virus can persist on environmental surfaces for a few days. But with daily cleaning and disinfection in a US hospital environment, it would be unlikely to survive longer than a day, the agency said.

via WHO, CDC dissect Ebola transmission risk | CIDRAP.

news: Ebola Makes Its Way to US


Ebola Makes Its Way to US

A man who arrived in the US from Liberia on September 20 has become the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US. He is currently being treated in a Texas hospital, and healthcare workers are trying to track down and place under observation anyone he had contact with and may have exposed. Meanwhile, experts are trying to understand why emergency room doctors sent the man home with antibiotics the first time he sought treatment and only admitted and isolated him when he returned by ambulance two days later, a decision that could have deadly consequences for those he came in contact with in the intervening days. More… Discuss

New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January


New Ebola Projections: 1.4 Million Cases by Late January

Last month, the World Health Organization estimated that 20,000 people could contract Ebola by mid-2015, but revised projections now indicate that this number could be reached as early as November. By January, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infected could rise as high as 1.4 million. New data also indicate that this outbreak is deadlier than previously believed, killing 70 percent of those who contract the illness. More… Discuss

health: Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem


Parents of Overweight Kids Failing to Recognize Problem

Childhood obesity is on the rise, but parents’ ability to discern whether their children are overweight is not keeping pace. Parents of overweight and obese youngsters are increasingly identifying their children as “about the right weight,” a problem because they are then less likely to take steps to foster healthy behaviors in their kids. The issue is compounded by the fact that many overweight and obese children underestimate their weight problems and are therefore less likely to push themselves to get healthy. More… Discuss

Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking Meeting Their Match in E-Cigarettes


Efforts to Curb Youth Smoking Meeting Their Match in E-Cigarettes

Decades of efforts to curb youth smoking in the US have made considerable gains, with the rate of teen smoking falling to a record low of just 15.7 percent in 2013. But these gains could be short-lived thanks to the surge in popularity of electronic cigarettes. The number of US adolescents and teens who have never smoked conventional cigarettes but have tried e-cigarettes is on the rise, with more than a quarter million using them in 2013, a threefold increase from 2011. Those who have tried e-cigarettes also express a greater willingness to try regular cigarettes in the relatively near future. More… Discuss

Possible Mass Anthrax Exposure at CDC Labs (loosing the grip on reality?)


Possible Mass Anthrax Exposure at CDC Labs

As many as 75 scientists working in US federal government laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, may have been accidentally exposed to live anthrax bacteria after staff members at a high-level facility failed to follow proper procedures to inactivate the deadly bacteria before sending the samples to lower-level labs for experimentation. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under whose watch the breach occurred, is now investigating the incident and is offering antibiotic treatment and vaccines to those who might have been exposed. More… Discuss

NEWS: MEASLES CASES ON THE RISE IN THE US


Measles Cases on the Rise in the US

Public vaccination initiatives in the US—like the Vaccines for Children program, which provides freevaccinations to low-income children—have prevented some 323 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths among those born during the past 20 years. Vaccines for Children was established in 1994 as a direct response to a nationwide measles resurgence that caused tens of thousands of illnesses and over 100 deaths; yet, as the organization approaches its 20th anniversary, the very disease it was meant to stamp out is seeing yet another resurgence. In just the first four months of this year, 129 measles cases were reported, a number greater than any similar period since 1996. More… Discuss

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NEWS: E-CIGARETTE NICOTINE POISONINGS ON THE RISE


E-Cigarette Nicotine Poisonings on the Rise

Marketed as a healthier alternative to conventional cigarettes because they do not expose users to smoke or tar, electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have seen a major upsurge in popularity in recent years. However, many people do not realize the hazards the liquid nicotineused in these devices pose. In the past few years, calls to US poison control centers involving e-cigarettes have risen sharply. About half of these calls involve children ages 5 and under. More… Discuss

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MULTINATIONAL DISEASE PREVENTION AND CONTAINMENT INITIATIVE


Multinational Disease Prevention and Containment Initiative

In our increasingly globalized world, the threat ofepidemics and pandemics looms larger with each passing day. We have seen several outbreaks of dangerous, potentially fatal, contagious illnesses in recent years, some of which spread across borders and even oceans. In an effort to prevent avoidable epidemics, twenty-seven countries jointly launched the Global Health Security Agenda, a multinational initiative to improve the prevention, detection, response to, and containment of infectious disease outbreaks.More… Discuss

 

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Unhealthy: Half of Americans Drink Sugary Beverages Every Day


Half of Americans Drink Sugary Beverages Every Day

An average can of sugared soda or juice contains between 10 and 12 teaspoons of sugar, and even though sweetened drinks have been linked to the obesity epidemic plaguing the US, about half of the population drinks a sugared beverage each day. Health officials recommend that people limit their sugary drink consumption to less than half a can a day, yet one in 20 Americans drinks the equivalent of more than four. Males tend to consume more than females, poor people drink more sugary beverages than the wealthy, and blacks get more of their calories from sweetened beverages than other racial and ethnic groups. More… Discuss

Table Salt – Sodium Chloride – In Foods


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Salt-Balance

High Sodium, Low Potassium Diet Danger

It is widely believed that eating too much salt can increase one’s risk of hypertension and death from heart disease or stroke, though recent studies investigating this assertion have had mixed results. The latest study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a link between high sodium consumption and increased risk of heart attack related death but also noted that potassium rich foods could help defend against salt’s ill effects. The 15-year study followed more than 12,000 people and showed that those who had both a high salt intake and a low potassium intake had the highest risk of dying from any cause. More… Discuss

Those who worked in industry like ceramic tiles or ice cream,  know that adding salt (Sodium Chloride) to a liquid increases its viscosity and rheology properties. In the human body, blood viscosity is also controlled by the amount of salt: When too much salt is in the system the blood becomes more viscous which results in the increase in the blood pressure. As a counteraction we become thirsty, and require more water than needed in order to dilute the blood and bring the viscosity down. Now we have two negative health effects: water retention and high blood pressure.
The salt balance, a mixture of Sodium and Potassium Chlorides, add an extra taste to food, due to its Potassium Chloride. There are different concentrations available, al the way to Sodium Chloride substitute table salt (only Potassium Chloride).


While one can buy all these food supplements from any market, it is important to consult with a medical professional, before committing to a low Sodium Diet, use of water pill, of other medication prescribed to reduce the blood pressure.

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