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Ebola mutating very fast! Scientists dig into Ebola's deadly DNA for clues

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This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows Ebola surveillance at Kenema Governement Hospital is done by polymerase chain reaction, or PCR.
Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that the Ebola outbreak was coming under control or at least plateauing in late May. Then came the funeral of a healer in Guinea. More than a dozen of the mourners contracted the disease there, probably by washing or touching the body, and took it to Sierra Leone, according to a new DNA mapping of the Ebola virus that scientists hope will help them understand what makes this killer tick.

"You had this huge burst after it looked like the outbreak was starting to die down," Gire said. "It sort of threw a wrench in the response."

Ebola exploded after that funeral and has now killed at least 1,552 people in West Africa. It's probably more than that, with 40 percent of the cases in the last three weeks, according to the World Health Organization. WHO officials said Thursday the outbreak continues to accelerate and could reach more than 20,000 cases eventually.

Gire and more than 50 colleagues - five of whom died from Ebola while fighting the outbreak in Africa - have mapped the genetic code of this strain of Ebola, and in so doing showed how crucial that May funeral was. They hope to use that to track mutations that could become more worrisome the longer the outbreak lasts. This detailed genetic mapping also could eventually make a bit of a difference in the way doctors spot and fight the disease, especially with work in preliminary vaccines.

On Thursday, officials at the National Institutes of Health announced that they were launching safety trials on a preliminary vaccine for Ebola. Researchers have already checked that still-not-tested vaccine against some of the more than 350 mutations in this strain of Ebola to make sure the changes the disease is making won't undercut science's hurried efforts to fight it, said Pardis Sabeti, a scientist at Harvard University and its affiliated Broad Institute.


Comment: Don't hold your breath. See Facilitating mutations: On the cusp of an Ebola vaccine.


She and Gire, also at Broad and Harvard, are two of the lead authors of a study, published Thursday in the journal Science, that maps the killer disease strain based on specimens collected from 78 patients.

The virus has mutated more than 300 times from previous strains of Ebola, Gire said. Researchers have also pinpointed about 50 places in the genetic code where the virus has changed since this outbreak started. So far, they don't know what any of those mutations mean, but they hope to find out.

Comment: Just by the data explained in this article alone, it is clear that Ebola is mutating very fast and is becoming very deadly. Playing it down is wishful thinking at its best. For more clues, see: Don't miss Vitamin C - A cure for Ebola.

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WHO states that Ebola cases could exceed 20,000

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The number of people infected with the Ebola virus may surpass 20,000, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.


"The outbreak continues to accelerate. More than 40% of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days," the UN health agency said in its roadmap plan issued to deal with the outbreak.

The total number of probable and confirmed cases in the current Ebola outbreak in the four affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) is 3,069, with 1,552 deaths, the WHO reported.

Comment: Whether or not these assumptions are true, prepping your diet, utilizing cold protocols, and learning other techniques for staying as healthy as possible are all good steps to take.

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In 13 "medical pot" states nearly 25 percent lower opioid painkiller overdose deaths

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A new study reveals that states where medical marijuana is legal experience around one-quarter fewer deaths from prescription drug overdoses, signaling perhaps a small victory for proponents of pot's alleged pain-alleviating powers.

According to the study published in the latest installment of JAMA Internal Medicine, the 13 states in America that have legalized the use of medical marijuana for patients with valid prescriptions see a 24.8 percent lower annual opioid overdose rate that those where weed can't legally be offered to treat ailments.

Dr. Marcus A. Bachhuber of the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center writes in the study that
"States that implemented medical marijuana laws appear to have lower annual opioid analgesic overdoses death rates (both from prescription pain killers and illicit drugs such as heroin) than states without such laws,"
but acknowledged that the exact reason isn't quite clear at this point.

Comment: While medical marijuana is helpful for many people who suffer a great pain from various heavy illnesses, masses tend to use it for recreation and enjoyment which actually dumbs them down, resulting in even greater ignorance of the reality of a world ruled by psychopaths.

See also: Now New York State is planning to let people smoke marijuana - what's going on?

Bug

For the first time in 70 years, Dengue fever contracted in Japan

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The health ministry said Wednesday it has confirmed that someone has contracted dengue fever while in Japan for the first time in nearly 70 years.

A Japanese teen in Saitama Prefecture with no record of overseas travel ran a high fever late this month and was hospitalized in the city of Saitama. Her condition is stable, the ministry said.

Around 200 Japanese are infected with the viral disease while traveling overseas annually, but no domestic infection had been confirmed since 1945, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

It's likely a mosquito caused the infection, probably by previously biting someone who caught the virus overseas, the ministry said.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in confirming the report, said Wednesday that the news was not cause for alarm because the illness is not transmitted directly from person to person.

Sufferers are struck with a sudden fever around three to seven days after transmission, accompanied by head and muscle pains and a rash. Most sufferers have mild symptoms, but some may develop bleeding gums or nosebleeds.

Comment: WHO: Dengue fever shows potential for global epidemic

Blackbox

Mystery: infected epidemiologist had no contact with patients, as 3rd doctor dies from Ebola in Sierra Leone

A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as health workers tried to determine how a fourth scientist also contracted the disease before being evacuated to Europe.

The announcements raised worries about Sierra Leone's fight against Ebola, which already has killed more than 1,400 people across West Africa. The World Health Organization said it was sending a team to investigate how the epidemiologist now undergoing treatment in Germany may have contracted the disease that kills more than half its victims.


Comment: Technically that's true. Killing 90% of people who contract it is in fact more than half. Notice how they are still playing that down? Why not contrast that with H1N1, the little epidemic that could-------n't hurt a fly. Remember all the grave scare mongering? Why aren't they scare mongering now? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the dog that didn't bark.

H1N1 Pandemic Virus Does Not Mutate Into 'Superbug' in Lab Study

H1N1 Death Cluster In Greater Manchester Increases To 12 Ahh, the good old days. You remember when 12 was an epidemic? The cases are now up to 3,000+ with 1,500 DEAD.

Scare Tactics: Ten Dead as H1N1 Flu Returns to Britain

H1N1 Vaccines Too Little, Too Late; Most People Already Exposed and Immune

This is the real deal. The boy has cried wolf too many times? No, it's obviously an attempt to conceal the fact that they wasted all that time and money meant for working on real epidemic procedures to scare monger. Now they've been caught with their pants down.


"The international surge of health workers is extremely important and if something happens, if health workers get infected and it scares off other international health workers from coming, we will be in dire straits," said Christy Feig, director of WHO communications.

Dr. Sahr Rogers had been working at a hospital in the eastern town of Kenema when he contracted Ebola, said Sierra Leonean presidential adviser Ibrahim Ben Kargbo on Wednesday. Two other top doctors already have succumbed to Ebola since the outbreak emerged there earlier this year, including Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who also treated patients in Kenema.

Comment: For clues, see:

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The rise and fall of the low-fat guidelines: Saturated fat is good for you!

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Cooked up: reducing dietary animal fat might not be as healthy as government advice has led millions of people to believe
The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets.

When Ronald M Krauss decided, in 2000, to review all the evidence purporting to show that saturated fats cause heart disease, he knew that he was putting his professional career at risk. Krauss is one of the top nutrition experts in the United States, director of atherosclerosis research at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and adjunct professor of nutritional studies at the University of San Francisco at Berkley. But challenging one of his field's most sacrosanct beliefs - that the fats in meat, cheese and butter are bad for health - was a near-heretical act.

A few years earlier, when a colleague of Krauss's had merely tried to speak about his positive findings regarding the high-fat Atkins diet, he was met with jeers and derision. One member of the audience yelled "I am absolutely disgusted that the [government] would waste my money on a study on the Atkins diet" - to the applause of many.

Challenging any of the conventional wisdom on dietary fat has long been a form of professional suicide for nutrition experts. And saturated fats, especially, are the third rail. But Krauss persevered and concluded in 2010, after reviewing all the scientific literature, that saturated fats could not be said to cause heart disease. In March, another group of scientists, including faculty from Cambridge and Harvard, came to the same conclusion after conducting a similar "meta-analysis". These were stunning results. It seemed that saturated fat, our principal dietary culprit for decades, had been unfairly convicted.

Yet the truth is there never has been solid evidence that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be true because nutrition policy was derailed over the past half-century by personal ambition, bad science, politics, and bias.

Comment: This is what happens when politics, science and biased thinking goes together. It's not a secret that agriculture and food industy have been lobbying and corrupting the food guidelines and the science behind it. A century ago it was common knowledge that too much carbohydrates are bad for you. Then we bought the lies and now we're paying high price with global health epidemics like type II diabetes, not to mention all the other autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. A ketogenic paleo diet is the way to go if you want to take care of your health. Check out these other articles to get more valuable information:

Red Flag

Chinese university allegedly performed illegal GMO rice trial on students over 4 year period that led to leukemia boom

According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

Students of the Huazhong Agricultural University have revealed that "over 10 students suffered from leukemia within a 4 year period." They listed the names of at least 7 cases.

The students also stated: "When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university's experimental base."

The normal incidence rate of leukemia among young people in China is about 2 - 3 cases/100,000 people, and the rate of acute cases is about 0.6 - 1.6 cases/100,000 people.

The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is therefore about three times the normal incidence rate.
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CDC whistleblower exposes massive lies about MMR vaccine safety

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been engaged in a massive campaign of deception concerning the alleged safety of the combination measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, also known as MMR. A top-level scientist from the agency, who recently came forward as an anonymous whistleblower, confessed that the CDC deliberately concealed data showing that MMR can cause autism, particularly in African American boys who are vaccinated before the age of three.

Speaking to Dr. Brian Hooker from the Focus Autism Foundation (FAF), the whistleblower reportedly filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking original data on a study that the CDC routinely cites as evidence of MMR's safety. Dr. Hooker and the whistleblower crossed paths not long after, together uncovering a dirty little secret about this prominent study that was never disclosed to the public -- that MMR is linked to a 340 percent increased risk of autism in black boys.

Publishing this bombshell in a recent issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Translational Neurodegeneration, Dr. Hooker discovered, with the guidance of the whistleblower, that MMR tests conducted on young, African American boys born between 1986 and 1993 were intentionally manipulated after the fact to cover up the link between MMR and autism. This manipulation involved excluding a significant percentage of the study's participants from the final sample size.
Health

Ice washing: An emotional trigger used to fund donations that do little find a cure for ALS

ice bucket challenge
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With $80,000,000 of your dollars raised, the ALS foundation openly admits only 27% of the funds go to ALS research, and sadly, virtually none of your donated money goes to already proven natural solutions.

You've probably already heard about 'pinkwashing' -- breast cancer awareness months' most shameful cause-marketing campaign that paints pink anything from breast-cancer causing cow's milk products, buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and synthetic perfume products - anything to make a quick buck by triggering a consumer's charitable instincts.

Or, how about 'greenwashing'? - the purposeful labeling of toxic chemicals with 'green' marketing copy, e.g. Simple Green cleaner, making you think you are saving yourself and the planet from the chemical apocalypse, but, in fact, ensuring you and your family are on the fast-track to arriving there.

Well, if that weren't enough to create Orwellian cognitive dissonance in your life, now you can add 'icewashing' to the mix, which uses emotional triggers and promises of doing good to generate donations to 'find a cure' for ALS, but whose approach may be diametrically opposed to fulfilling its stated promise promise.

Comment: In addition to natural and nutritional remedies, it is important to consider the emotional causes of ALS. Dr. Gabor Maté explains in his book, When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection that patients who develop ALS have difficulty expressing their emotions, have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and seem unwilling to pay attention to their own needs.

Dr. Gabor Maté: "When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection"

Health

Concerns over spread of highly resistant gonorrhoea strain found in Australia

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Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection.
A "sex superbug" has put doctors in Australia and New Zealand on high alert amid mounting evidence that antibiotics used to treat the infection are no longer working.

The most highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea ever detected in Australia was recently found in a tourist from central Europe who contracted the STI in Sydney.

Australia's Health Department said a new multidrug resistant type of gonococcal bacteria, dubbed A8806, was identified with similarities to an untreatable strain of gonorrhoea known as H041.

It was first discovered in Japan in 2009, when a 31-year-old sex worker who had no symptoms of the disease tested positive in a routine check-up in Kyoto and could not be treated with the commonly-used ceftriaxone.

There have also been reports of a resilient strain in Hawaii in May 2011, as well as in California and Norway.

The Australian Health Department has urged GPs to refer all cases of gonorrhoea, known as "the clap", for culture testing and New Zealand health clinics are on a high state of alert.

Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection The capacity of the gonorrhoea bacterium to develop antibiotic resistance is well known, the New Zealand Sexual Health Society said, and many of the antibiotics used in the past 70 years no longer provide effective treatment.
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