Health


Hackney councillor slammed for saying HPV vaccine is ‘21st century Thalidomide’

3rd Feb 2018

Cllr Harvey Odze was responding to a question from Labour’s Cllr Jessica Webb (Hackney Wick) about the possibility of extending the vaccination to boys.

After health chief Cllr Jonathan McShane responded saying reviews on the programme were carried out regularly, Cllr Odze (Springfield) left almost everyone gobsmacked with his take.

“Given the considerable body of medical evidence that HPV does not cause cervical cancer, and that the vaccine is on its way to becoming the 21st century’s Thalidomide, can you assure me all parents are given full information about the dangers of the vaccine?”

Thalidomide was used in the late 1950s and early 1960s to tackle morning sickness, but led to children being born without limbs.

Cllr McShane called his suggestion “incredibly unhelpful” and accused him of “spouting nonsense”, saying the vaccine was scientifically sound.

The Gardasil vaccine has proven to be 99 per cent effective against four of the worst strands of the virus.

The Health and Social Executive has repeatedly said there is no credible research linking Gardasil to chronic negative side effects.

Cllr Odze’s claims followed his pro-Trump rant at a meeting in October, when he also declared global warming was a “Chinese hoax” and said there was no such thing as human-influenced climate change.

 

 

 

source/read more: http://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/health/hackney-councillor-slammed-for-saying-hpv-vaccine-is-21st-century-thalidomide-1-5369313?

Adenovirus: the vaccine is for military only

30th Jan 2018

he massive flu outbreak gripping the U.S. could let a lesser-known infection to slip through the cracks. And even if more doctors checked for the flu-like bug known as adenovirus, the vaccine to prevent it remains licensed for military use only.

That’s according to a new report published this week by the Centers for Disease Control in its journal, Emerging Infectious Diseaseswhich suggests the military’s exclusive vaccine be considered for civilian use.

Adenovirus can feel like the flu: Symptoms include fever, sore throat and diarrhea, the CDC notes.

But the lack of effective surveillance to asses its prevalence makes determining the toll of adenovirus difficult, the report says, and the lack of a vaccine could leave civilians living in cramped quarters needlessly vulnerable.

The study, lead-authored by Adriana Kajon of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in New Mexico, concluded that the “vaccine currently licensed for military use should be considered a potentially valuable resource to prevent disease in susceptible populations living in closed communities, such as college settings, summer camps, and long-term care facilities.”

A non-stop surge in military training camps of adenovirus-related outbreaks prompted the Department of Defense to reinstate the vaccine in 2011 after some years away, the study found, “dramatically reducing” cases of adenovirus.

The study concludes that adenovirus type 4, discovered amid military outbreaks in the 1950s, may act as an underestimated cause of acute respiratory disease among civilian adults…

 

 

 

source/read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/01/29/adenovirus-feels-just-like-flu-but-vaccine-military-only/1075866001/

Florida bill could mandate HPV vaccination for public school students

24th jan 2018

A bill has been introduced in the Florida legislature that would make it mandatory for public school students to get vaccinated for the common virus, human papillomavirus.

Currently, only Virginia, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. require the vaccination, but the bill, SB 1558: School Health Immunizations, or the “Women’s Cancer Prevention Act,” would require the HPV shot for public school attendance. All children, both boy and girl, between the ages of 11 and 12 would need to receive the vaccination.

Florida public school students are already required to receive vaccinations for tetanus, mumps, polio, and other diseases.

The concern is cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year related to HPV complications. HPV is a virus that can cause cancer for both males and females, and is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, most commonly through sexual contact.

The HPV vaccine first became available in 2006. In 2011, a Florida bill was introduced to require the Department of Health to add HPV as a recommended immunization, and require schools to provide the vaccine, but that bill did not pass. Some public health experts believe mandating HPV vaccination in the “early years” could be too soon, the CDC reports.

 

 

source/read more: http://www.fox13news.com/news/florida-news/florida-bill-could-mandate-hpv-vaccination-for-public-school-students

Creating clouds to stop global warming could wreak havoc

23rd Jan 2018

To counteract global warming, humans may someday consider spraying sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere to form clouds — and artificially cool the Earth.

The idea behind the process, known as geoengineering, is to keep global warming under control — with the ideal solution still being a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases.

However, suddenly stopping that spraying would have a “devastating” global impact on animals and plants, potentially even leading to extinction, according to the first study on the potential biological impacts of climate intervention.

“Rapid warming after stopping geoengineering would be a huge threat to the natural environment and biodiversity,” said study co-author Alan Robock of Rutgers University. “If geoengineering ever stopped abruptly, it would be devastating, so you would have to be sure that it could be stopped gradually, and it is easy to think of scenarios that would prevent that.”

Rapid warming forced animals to move. But even if they could move fast enough, they might not be able find places with enough food to survive, the study said.

“Plants, of course, can’t move reasonably at all. Some animals can move and some can’t,” Robock said.

If stratospheric climate geoengineering is deployed but not sustained, its impacts on species and communities could be far worse than the damage averted.

While animals would be able to adapt to the cooling affects of the spraying, if it’s stopped the warming would ramp up too fast for the animals to keep up.

Researchers in the study used computer models to simulate what would happen if geoengineering led to climate cooling and then what would happen if the geoengineering stopped suddenly.

Starting geoengineering then suddenly stopping it isn’t necessarily far-fetched.

“Imagine large droughts or floods around the world that could be blamed on geoengineering, and demands that it stop. Can we ever risk that?,” Robock said.

The idea behind this type of geoengineering would be to create a sulfuric acid cloud in the upper atmosphere that’s similar to what volcanic eruptions produce, Robock said. The clouds, formed after airplanes spray sulfur dioxide, would reflect solar radiation and thereby cool the planet.

Geoengineering takes its cue from the natural experiment that actually had made the only recent dent in global warming’s rise in the last few decades — the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, which blasted more than 15 million tons of sulfur dioxide 21 miles high, straight into the stratosphere.

The stratosphere suspended those sulfur particles in the air worldwide, where the haze they created scattered and reflected sunlight away from the Earth and cooled global atmospheric temperatures nearly 0.7 to 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit in 1992 and 1993, before finally washing out, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies estimates.

But the airplanes spraying the sulfur dioxide would have to continuously fly into the upper atmosphere to maintain the cloud because it would last only about a year if spraying stopped, Robock said. The airplane-spraying technology may be developed within a decade or two, he added.

 

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Are toxic chemicals at Air Force bases leading to cancer, low birth weight?

9th Jan 2018

For 25 years, Dan Cruz delivered mail at the Peterson Air Force Base and drank the water. Then came cancer – thyroid, prostate, testicular – he said never before seen in his family.

“I’m the only one that’s been diagnosed with cancer not once, not twice, but three times. People on my route… cancer has come upon them and sometimes stage 4,” Cruz told CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen.

The cause could be firefighting foam used since the 1970s at Air Force bases and airports across the country, something meant to save lives that may have harmed them instead. The foam contains highly fluorinated chemicals, known as PFCs. It is suspected of causing some cancers and underweight births.

Mica Ullum has lived near Peterson Air Force Base for a quarter century, in a town where the foam has contaminated the water. Sadie, one of three children born to Mica, was born premature, weighing a mere one pound six ounces. She spent 94 days in the neonatal intensive care unit. Mica’s four other pregnancies ended in miscarriage or death.

“With what you know now, do you think any of this has to do with the effects, potential effects, of what’s in the water?” Petersen asked.

“Possibly, yeah,” Ullum responded.

“Why?”

“Because if you continue to pump poison into your body, something has to respond,” Ullum said.

Peterson is one of 190 Air Force bases where PFCs may have leached in the ground and surrounding areas. One study based on EPA’s test results shows as many as six million people may be exposed nationwide to PFCs in their drinking water at higher levels than the EPA now deems safe.

But the more than 60,000 people in the communities near Peterson Air Force Base may be America’s hardest-hit. The EPA said anything over 70-parts per trillion could be dangerous. Some water they tested here had over 1,300 parts per trillion. Additionally, according to a proposed class action lawsuit filed against the foam manufacturers, it has caused serious medical conditions in hundreds of residents.

One foam manufacturing company, 3M, said there is no merit in the health claims, adding they “sold these products with instructions regarding their safe use and disposal…acted responsibly at all times…and will vigorously defend this lawsuit.”

But the Air Force has responded, spending more than $4 million to provide bottled water and filtration systems. Air Force firefighters now train with water, and for real fires it uses a different fluorinated foam, still containing another type of PFCs, but believed to be safer.

But some of those who have studied the new foam say the Air Force may have traded one evil for another.

“Our chemical regulation system makes us all guinea pigs… because chemicals are assumed safe until proven guilty and they go out into the world… and we are exposed to them with no health information,” said Arlene Blum, researcher at the University of California Berkeley…

 

 

source/read more; https://www.cbsnews.com/news/air-force-base-epa-toxic-chemicals-pfc-cancer-low-birth-weight/

Study Finds Key To Feeling Younger Is Acting Younger

6th Jan 2018

It’s hard to ignore tired feet and that constantly-achy back as we get older, but a new study finds that a key to a long life of good health and always feeling younger — no matter our age — is to simply act younger from time to time.

Researchers from Healthspan, a supplier of vitamins and health supplements in the United Kingdom, polled 2,000 British adults on the effects of nostalgia and youthful behavior on mental and physical health.

Nearly three quarters of respondents indicated that occasionally forgetting you’re an adult and tapping into a more immature mindset — be it watching old cartoons, pulling pranks on friends, or playing classic board games — was important for their health.

In fact, one in four participants admitted they’d like to remain “child-like” for as long as possible, and half still felt cravings for childhood experiences.

“Perceiving ourselves as younger than our age is linked to a more future-orientated outlook, which means that we make better health choices such as engaging in exercise and healthy eating,” says psychologist Dr. Meg Arroll in a press release. “The findings of this survey support previous research that has shown nostalgia boosts our mood.”

Interestingly, the study found most adults don’t truly feel “mature” until their late 20s. For women, that occurs at age 27, while men take a tad longer (29).

 

 

source/ read more: https://www.studyfinds.org/health-well-being-younger-childhood/

Becoming disabled by choice, not chance: ‘Transabled’ people feel like impostors in their fully working bodies

2nd Jan 2017

When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident.

But he had for months tried different means of cutting and crushing the limb that never quite felt like his own, training himself on first aid so he wouldn’t bleed to death, even practicing on animal parts sourced from a butcher.

“My goal was to get the job done with no hope of reconstruction or re-attachment, and I wanted some method that I could actually bring myself to do,” he told the body modification website ModBlog.

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His goal was to become disabled.

People like Jason have been classified as ‘‘transabled’’ — feeling like imposters in their bodies, their arms and legs in full working order.

“We define transability as the desire or the need for a person identified as able-bodied by other people to transform his or her body to obtain a physical impairment,” says Alexandre Baril, a Quebec born academic who will present on “transability” at this week’s Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ottawa.

“The person could want to become deaf, blind, amputee, paraplegic. It’s a really, really strong desire.”

Researchers in Canada are trying to better understand how transabled people think and feel. Clive Baldwin, a Canada Research Chair in Narrative Studies who teaches social work at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., has interviewed 37 people worldwide who identify as transabled.

Most of them are men. About half are in Germany and Switzerland, but he knows of a few in Canada. Most crave an amputation or paralysis, though he has interviewed one person who wants his penis removed. Another wants to be blind.

Many people, like One Hand Jason, arrange “accidents” to help achieve the goal. One dropped an incredibly heavy concrete block on his legs — an attempt to injure himself so bad an amputation would be necessary. But doctors saved the leg. He limps, but it’s not the disability he wanted.

The transabled are very secretive and often keep their desires to themselves, Baldwin says. One 78-year-old man told Baldwin he’d lived with the secret for 60 years and never told his wife.

Some of his study participants do draw parallels to the experience many transgender people express of not feeling like they’re in the right body. Baldwin says this disorder is starting to be thought of as a neurological problem with the body’s mapping, rather than a mental illness.

 

 

source/read more; http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/becoming-disabled-by-choice-not-chance-transabled-people-feel-like-impostors-in-their-fully-working-bodies

Sweden Installs Microphones in Migrant Areas to Pick Up Women’s Screams

17th Nov 2017

Police in Sweden are installing microphones in migrant ghetto areas to pick up the sound of women screaming as the country’s rape crisis continues to escalate after the mass importation of Muslim “refugees”.

The Stockholm County Administrative Board will use both surveillance cameras and sound detectors to pick up “tell-tale” sounds such as explosions, gunfire, the clatter of broken glass and the shrieks of women being attacked.

“I know that police in New York have long been using microphones with success. From what I know, however, this is the first time a police authority has received permission to do this sort of thing in Sweden,” Joakim Söderström told the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The first rollout of the technology will be in Järva, where a gay pride parade organized by right-wingers to highlight the intolerance of Muslims was cancelled last year after death threats towards conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

The new program follows the rollout of surveillance cameras that were recently installed in the notorious migrant areas of Rinkeby, Tensta and Husby.

The microphones will partly act as a stand in for actual police officers given that Järva’s only police station is set to close despite crime figures continuing to rise in no-go migrant suburbs, where cops, firefighters and ambulance workers are routinely attacked.

The number of gang-related shootings has surged 43% over the last three years in Sweden, while rapes have increased by 14% since last year. A recent poll also found that half of young women in the country felt insecure walking the streets.

The figures back up veteran Swedish police officer Peter Springare’s assertion that crimes he processed, which include rape, assault, violence against police, drug trafficking and murder, were almost exclusively committed by someone named “Mohammed” or a variation of that name and the culprits were invariably from Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Somalia, or Syria.

Sexual assaults on women at music festivals in Sweden have also risen by 1000%, with feminists and organizers responding by proposing that all men be banned from such events.

Low level urban terrorism and grenade attacks are also now commonplace in Sweden’s migrant areas, with a whopping 16 explosions in the last 28 days alone.

 

source/read more: https://www.infowars.com/sweden-installs-microphones-in-migrant-areas-to-pick-up-womens-screams/

FDA approves first-ever pill that can be tracked by patients and doctors when swallowed

15th Nov 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a pill Monday that has a digital ingestion tracking system which can tell if medication was ingested by a patient.

The Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd’s Abilify MyCite tablets are the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking system to be approved in the U.S., according to a statement from the FDA.

The tablets, which have a sensor embedded in the pill, are meant to allow easier treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some depression, according to the statement. The pill’s sensor sends a message to a wearable patch, which then relays information on digestion to a mobile application that allows patients to track their medication on their smart phones.

With permission, caregivers and physicians can also track the patient’s medication through a web-based portal.

“Being able to track ingestion of medications prescribed for mental illness may be useful for some patients,” Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.

The tablets are not approved for use with elderly patients, and the drugmakers warn that those who have dementia-related psychosis and are treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death.

The statement also cautions that the drug cannot be used to track ingestion of a  medication in real-time and that there may be delays in tracking the drug’s inge.

Abilify was first approved by the FDA to treat schizophrenia in 2002, and the sensor on Abilify MyCite was approved for marketing in 2012.

 

 

source:https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/11/14/fda-approves-first-ever-pill-can-tracked-patients-and-doctors-when-swallowed/861288001/