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Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar: More resilient people tend to have a higher pain tolerance

Resilience, a person's ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.
More resilient people tend to have a higher pain tolerance.

Resilience, a person's ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.

Over the years a number of clinical trials have shown important gender differences with regard to susceptibility to pain through illness, effectiveness of medications and recovery after anaesthetic. Furthermore, these results coincide with general lore where it is often said that women tolerate pain better than men.

However, a new study led by researchers at Malaga University with the aim of analysing the differences between men and women in terms of their experience with chronic pain has dispelled this theory, revealing that these differences are minimal.

The stuff nightmares are made of: Hundreds of UK & Irish patients wake up every year during surgery

More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report they have been conscious during surgery - despite being given general anaesthesia.
Led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, researchers studied 3 million operations over a period of one year.

More than 300 people in the UK reported "waking up" during surgery and said they could feel pain and hear conversations, but could neither move nor communicate with doctors, the report revealed.

In the largest study of its kind, scientists suggest this happens in one in every 19,000 operations, mainly because of certain administered drugs.

Prof Tim Cook, at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, who led the research, said: "For the vast majority it should be reassuring that patients report they were conscious during operations so infrequently. However for a small number of patients this can be a highly distressing experience."

He added, "I hope this report will ensure anesthesiologists pay even greater attention to preventing episodes of awareness."

Childhood vaccinations: What does an informed parent look like?

What does an informed parent look like? We'll show you.

Below is a letter written by Bob O'Kane, a concerned parent, to his pediatrician about vaccines and the danger they pose to his child. This letter is one great example of how to approach your doctor, especially if you have looked into the matter further and are uncomfortable with their stance on the topic.

The name of the doctor has been intentionally omitted.

Comment: See also: How a Mother Fought for Vaccine Exemption to Protect Her Kids

Life Preserver

Homeland Security may be scrambling if there's a pandemic

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Aid workers continue to fight the spreading Ebola virus in eastern Sierra Leone.
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows worse, the Homeland Security Department is being faulted for mismanaging its supply of protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures, a watchdog found.

DHS Inspector General John Roth warned in a report dated Aug. 26 and sent to Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that DHS "did not develop and implement stockpile replenishment plans or inventory controls to monitor stockpiles, have adequate contract oversight processes, or ensure compliance with department guidelines" to assure supplies of respirators, surgical masks and hand sanitizer.

Congress in 2006 appropriated $47 million for DHS to plan, train and prepare for a possible pandemic, the inspector general noted. But without proper replenishment plans or inventory controls, DHS "has no assurance that the supplies on hand remain effective," said the report, prepared after numerous interviews and site visits to storage facilities.

Examples of poor control include ordering 16 million surgical masks without demonstrating a need for that quantity; 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizer that have expired (84 percent of the supply); and a storehouse of antiviral drugs of which 81 percent will expire by the end of 2015.

The department also failed to develop alternative use plans for the supplies, the watchdog said.

"DHS and its components do not know where its personal protective equipment is located, how much it has, and the usability of the stockpiles that exist," the report said. "DHS is responsible for ensuring it is adequately prepared to continue critical operations in the event of a pandemic."

The watchdog made 11 recommendations for improving management of the stockpiles. DHS agreed with them all, but argued that the auditors "overemphasized the final level of controls rather than viewing them in their role as last in a hierarchy of controls."

Ebola could reach the U.S. by the end of September

There is an 18 percent chance that a case of the Ebola virus will reach the United States by the end of September, according to a study published on Tuesday in PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.

Despite restrictions reducing travel in and out of the infected countries by 80 percent, the study, which analyzes global flight patterns, suggests that a case of Ebola in the U.S. is becoming increasingly harder to avoid. It also lists the chance of the virus reaching the United Kingdom between 25 and 28 percent.

The analysis also warns that if the current West African outbreak is not contained the likelihood of the virus reaching Europe and the U.S. will "increase consistently."

The study lists just a five percent chance of Ebola occurring in the U.S. today, suggesting that the disease is far from contained to countries in West Africa. According to numbers obtained by the World Health Organization, there have been an estimated 3,685 cases and 1,841 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began.

Although two Americans - Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol - have been treated for Ebola in the U.S., both of them contracted the disease while working in Liberia. Doctors suggested that better medical care contributed to their eventual recovery.

A third infected American working in Liberia, Dr. Richard A. Sacra, is on his way to the U.S. for treatment.

Rare respiratory virus: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center sets patient record

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A record number of patients were admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Sept. 5
Medical officials admitted a record number of children to a local hospital over the weekend because of what they believe to be a rare respiratory virus spreading throughout the country.

Although there's been no confirmed cases of the enterovirus at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, officials admitted 540 patients Friday, said Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the hospital.

The previous record was around 515, Wheeler said.

Some reports out of Missouri and Colorado suggest the virus, with symptoms similar to the common cold, brought sicker patients to hospitals, Wheeler said.

"We're just seeing the (increased) volumes, we haven't seen (patients) sicker than usual yet," he said.

Hospitals from other states have placed restrictions on visitations, but Wheeler said there are no plans to do that in Cincinnati.

The virus is similar to what doctors treat during cold and flu season. That means nothing really changes if a child comes down with the rare virus, he said.

"The bottom line is this is a virus you wouldn't treat with antibiotics, so other than the (high-level of) interest, there's no reason we would need to know it's an enterovirus," Wheeler said.

Comment: Related: Mysterious respiratory illness is spreading in Ohio, causing unusually high number of cases

Hundreds of children affected, severe respiratory virus reaches Colorado

Respiratory ailment: Hundreds of Midwest kids hospitalized

Unidentified respiratory virus hit more than 1000 children across 10 US states, likely to spread across country


Imbalances in gut microbiome may cause rheumatoid arthritis

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The microbiome and rheumatoid arthritis. a | In healthy individuals, a well balanced host–microbial cross-talk is essential for the maintenance of homeostasis. A thick mucus layer and epithelial cells prevent direct contact with the gut-associated immune cells, which constantly survey the contents of the intestinal lumen and eliminate undesired antigens.
Did you know that the key to relieving the terrible pain of rheumatoid arthritis may your stomach?

Inside every single human on the planet - including you - there is a community of millions residing. It's called your microbiome, and it's made up of millions of tiny bacteria that work to help keep your body functioning. In fact, these little creatures are so abundant that they outnumber your cells by about 10 to one.

These bacteria largely live in your gut and serve a number of purposes that help your body function properly. We're getting to know the microbiome a little more, but for the most part, it is largely misunderstood.

But here's what I can tell you from what we know so far...

We know that these bacteria are largely good bacteria and that they live comfortably and amicably. They help to break down food, absorb nutrients, expend energy, and remove waste. They also aid in combatting foreign intruders, so you stay healthy. After all, there are even more bacteria living outside you - on every surface - that can make you sick. When one of these types of bacteria gets inside of you, your microbiome kills it. Your microbiome plays a major role in your immune system, constantly providing protection from illness of which you're likely unaware.

Your microbiome is largely determined by genetics, but it can be altered through diet and other lifestyle and environmental factors. Therefore, it is in flux depending on how you live. When you eat poorly, smoke, get older, have a hormonal imbalance, or get infected, your microbiome changes. An imbalance is created, and this can cause a number of problems.

One of which may be rheumatoid arthritis.

Comment: Proper diet is important to the functioning of the immune system. Research has shown that gluten consumption is connected with a number of auto-immune diseases, among them rheumatoid arthritis. See:

Gluten Sensitivity and Rheumatoid Arthritis - Is There A Connection?
Lectins, Gluten, Rheumatoid Arthritis, & Molecular Mimicry

Heart - Black

Lab tests confirm HPV viral DNA fragments bound to Gardasil adjuvant, creating new compound of unknown toxicity

There is something deeply wrong with a giant pharmaceutical company spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate women and influence legislation in order to generate a revenue stream of billions of dollars a year for itself at the expense of a gullible public. Gardasil is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market, with the potential to injure, maim, or even kill the children who receive it.
Merck can say that Gardasil contains 'no viral DNA' all they want, but Dr. Sin Hang Lee had reported to the FDA just over two years ago that the vaccine contains fragments of DNA that shouldn't be in something we give young women - so why is Gardasil still on the market?

After conducting extensive research, Dr. Lee found that in 100% of lab samples tested, fragments of HPV-11, HPV-16, and HPV-18 L1 DNA firmly attached to Merck's proprietary aluminum adjuvant.

Even though SaneVax Inc reported their findings to the FDA, the controversial vaccine used to treat cervical cancer is still being sold, and the FDA states that 'these fragments pose no health risk.' Once again, the FDA has ignored science which proves that a drug created by a big pharmaceutical company is less than safe.

Dr. Lee also found that the HPV DNA fragments were not only bound to Merck's proprietary aluminum adjuvant, but they had also adopted a non-B conformation, thereby creating a novel (new) chemical compound of unknown toxicity.

Comment: What many people fail to appreciate is that the human papilloma virus is a sexually transmitted disease, not a virus you can get by shaking someone's hand. Further, at least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives - and 90 percent of the time the virus clears up on its own within two years, and does not lead to cancer.

As of November 2013 there have been 31,741 adverse effects, including 6248 permanent injuries and 144 deaths recorded following Gardasil vaccine.

Lead vaccine developer comes clean so she can "sleep at night"
Time for the Truth about Gardasil
Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma


Inside the pseudo-scientific fraud of psychiatry

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This is an article about the intentional construction of false reality.

Not a minor construction - a huge, enduring, institutional, wing-flapping, money-munching, poison-dispensing, Matrix-welding, yet "humanity-saving" invention.

In the wake of CDC whistleblower William Thompson's confession that he buried a vaccine-autism connection, some people reacted with shock - as if this was the first case of rank fraud that had ever taken place within the hallowed halls of medical research.

How about a whole branch of modern medicine that is a fraud from top to bottom?

Let us turn the page to Psychiatry.

And the lying liars who lie about it.

Most Americans don't have a clue about the way psychiatry actually works or its pose of being a science.

The public hears techno-speak and nods and surrenders.

Comment: For more on the fraud of psychiatry see:
The Total Failure of Modern Psychiatry

Or, listen to this SOTT Talk Radio podcast on the topic here:
SOTT Talk Radio: Good Science, Bad Science - Psychology and Psychiatry


Ebola infections growing 'exponentially', 2000 dead over 3,600 infected...

Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Friday. The fear sparked by the Ebola outbreak is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.
The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially across Liberia as patients fill taxis in a fruitless search for medical care, the World Health Organization said Monday.

In Sierra Leone, a doctor working for WHO tested positive and was preparing to be evacuated from the country. Meanwhile, the newest U.S. patient, a doctor infected in Liberia, was feeling a little better and could even eat a little, doctors treating him in Nebraska said.

The various reports illustrated in the clearest possible way the disparities driving the epidemic in West Africa, where there's almost no medical system structure. The three patients evacuated to the United States have all begun to recover quickly once they get good supportive care, which includes around-the-clock nursing care and good nutrition.

WHO and other groups have been warning that the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea is dire. It'sespecially bad in Liberia, WHO said Monday.

"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," WHO said in a statement.

Comment: The virus will continue to spread and cause havoc, a reflection of the state of human affairs. For more, check out Earth Changes: The Human-Cosmic Connection