Health & Wellness


Texas hospital potentially exposed over 700 infants to TB

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At least 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis in the nursery area of a Texas hospital. The babies were put at risk of catching the contagious disease by a member of staff who was infected, health officials said.

Forty hospital employees were also put at risk of catching the disease. City Department of Public Health officials told AP that the exposure happened between September 2013 and August 2014 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso.

The bacteria that causes TB can lie undetected for months or years before it eventually causes a breakout of the illness. It is contracted through germs spread by the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.
"This is an incredibly large exposure investigation, and it involves infants, so it is particularly sensitive," Carrie Williams, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said on Friday. "Babies are more likely than older children and adults to develop life-threatening forms of TB."
Employment and medical records had to be examined to determine all of those who were put at risk.

The extreme idiocy of sending troops to fight Ebola

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"Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it" Once again it looks like Washington has forgotten the past. They are about to send 3000 troops to Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak. There should be some serious red flags in this mission. The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 was a global disaster killing between 20-50 million people. The spread in the United States started with soldiers returning from WWI. While Ebola is different from influenza in the way it spreads it is just as deadly if not more so.

The 3000 troops are being sent directly to the hot zone to coordinate relief efforts. They plan on building 17 additional treatment centers and recruit and train medical personnel to staff them. They'll be providing logistics, engineering and other non-medical support. The military has said that troops will not have direct exposure to patients infected with the virus.

U.S. troops will receive protective gear and specialized training to avoid contracting Ebola. "We're going to train. We're going to equip them the best we can. You can never eliminate risk in a military operation. You deal with it. ... and the men and women who sign up and serve in the military understand that when they do," Kirby said. "And I can tell you that should any of our troops fall ill, we're going to do everything we can to make them better, and to get them back to the treatment that they need."

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Enterovirus D68 spreading rapidly: Boston Children's Hospital reports 150 possible cases

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States with confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68.

More than 150 children are being treated for possible cases of Enterovirus at Boston Children's Hospital, officials said Friday.

Doctors said they are seeing a sharp increase in the number of children with respiratory problems, and several with suspected cases of the virus are on life support. There are about 12 children in critical care and about 24 in intermediate care, doctors said.

The ages of the patients range from 2 years old to 10 years old, according to officials. The number of children being treated is about three times higher than what the hospital is used to seeing at this time of year.

Massachusetts General Hospital and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield reported suspected cases of Enterovirus earlier in the week. Lab samples are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control to confirm if the cases are Enterovirus D68.

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The Lancet Neurology Journal: Number of chemicals known to be toxic to children's brains has doubled in the last 7 years

Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. The review published in The Lancet Neurology journal, says the news is so troubling they are calling for a worldwide overhaul of the regulatory process in order to protect children's brains.

"We know from clinical information on poisoned adult patients that these chemicals can enter the brain through the blood brain barrier and cause neurological symptoms," said Dr. Philippe Grandjean.

"When this happens in children or during pregnancy, those chemicals are extremely toxic, because we now know that the developing brain is a uniquely vulnerable organ. Also, the effects are permanent."
Red Flag

New Study Finds: Fracking literally makes people sick

A new study provided more ammunition for what public health experts and environmental activists have been saying since fracking became widespread in the last half decade: chemicals used in the natural gas drilling process can be hazardous to health.

The study "Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania," published yesterday in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that people who live near fracking sites have more health problems than those who don't.

The Yale-based research team that produced the study looked at families in southwestern Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale region who use ground-fed water wells. Surveying 492 individuals in 180 households, researchers found a significantly greater number of skin and respiratory problems among those who lived within one kilometer of a natural gas well than those who lived two kilometers away.

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Big Pharma alert: 10,000 American toddlers now taking amphetamine based ADHD drugs

You never thought you would find yourself living in a society where 2 or 3 year-olds were legally high on amphetamines every day, did you? In a far beyond sick release of information, it has been revealed that toddlers can be prescribed amphetamines including, Ritalin, Adderall, and 'ADHD medications' legally. There is no rule against it, and apparently some people do not have the moral depth to understand the consequences of giving amphetamines to a mind in a stage of development that early.

About 10,000 toddlers are now known to be on amphetamines/Ritalin/other ADHD drugs. It's almost unbelievable, I know.

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Plastic microbeads found in Crest toothpaste can trap bacteria leading to periodontal disease

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A Phoenix dental hygienist spoke out after she kept finding strange blue dots lodged in between the teeth and gums of her patients.

Trish Walraven asked around and found other dental health professionals were seeing the same issues.

"We thought it was a cleaning product or something that people were chewing," Walraven said.

It turned out to be a common plastic called polyethylene. It's used to make bulletproof vests, garbage containers, grocery bags, and even knee replacements, WLOX reported. It's also used in microbeads that can now be found in Crest toothpaste.

"Pretty much everyone was saying that they were using some form of Crest toothpaste," she told WLOX.

According to dentist Dr. Justin Phillip microbeads shouldn't be anywhere near your mouth.

Comment: Plastic microbeads, which are typically less than a millimetre wide and are too small to be filtered by sewage-treatment plants, are able to carry deadly toxins into the animals that ingest them. Studies have shown that persistent organic pollutants, among them fat-soluble chemicals such as DDT and PCBs, stick to polyethylene microbeads, where they can become super-concentrated.

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500,000 people ill with mosquito-borne virus in Dominican Republic

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The mosquito virus chikungunya has left almost 500,000 people ill, and 109 of them are newborn babies, according to an official in the Dominican Republic hit by the disease.

The newborns contracted the illness from their mothers, who were ill while giving birth, Carmen Adames, the Health Ministry's coordinator dealing with the outbreak, told AP. None of the children have died, she added.

The symptoms of the disease take three to seven days to appear, and include high fever, severe headaches and joint pain that can render a person virtually immobile for months. Research in the Indian Ocean islands has demonstrated that patients can suffer joint pains for as long as two years, depending on their age.

From Happy New Year 2014?:

The number four spot on my 2012 list [of probable events] was pandemics. I think we can move that one a little higher in probability this coming year. The signs are all around viruses are mutating faster than science can keep up with them, plus government-controlled secret science itself is probably engineering pathogens beyond your worst nightmares. How long (or how soon) before that gets out of control? When you play with fire, you inevitably get burned. We also can't forget comet borne pathogens. With the Earth passing through the dust of numerous comets, the possibility of a repeat of the Black Death scenario is higher. Keep in mind that particulate matter deposited in the upper layers of the earth's atmosphere can take up to two years to filter down to the troposphere where humans can then be contaminated.
With the latest decade's growth in exposure to cometary debris there is good probability that our biosphere is absorbing material for more virulent outbreaks, with chikungunya being such a product. For more on this little acknowledged cosmic connection:
Mainstream science scoffs at the idea that if there is life such as bacteria and viruses in space, some of it would naturally fall to Earth. While some researchers agree that comet dust may harbor organic matter, they argue that even if the dust did reach Earth's atmosphere, a fiery entry would make all organic matter's survival questionable. But in a study published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science [2], it is detailed that amino acids - the building blocks of life - were found in a meteorite where none were expected. Why? Because this particular meteorite formed when two asteroids collided, the shock of collision heating it to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit - hot enough that all complex organic molecules like amino acids should have been destroyed. They found them anyway, and their study cites the possibility of sample contamination being highly unlikely. In addition to amino acids, they found minerals that only form under high temperatures, indicating that they were indeed forged in a violent collision.

New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection

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Projected worse-case scenario: Half a million infected with Ebola

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Guinea's Red Cross health workers wearing protective suits carry a stretcher at the NGO Medecin sans frontieres Ebola treatement centre near the hospital Donka in Conakry on Sept. 14, 2014.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa could spread to hundreds of thousands more people by the end of January, according to an estimate under development by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that puts one worst-case scenario at 550,000 or more infections.

The report, scheduled to be released next week, was described by two people familiar with its contents, who asked to remain anonymous because it isn't yet public.

The projection, which vastly outstrips previous estimates, is under review by researchers and may change. It assumes no additional aid or intervention by governments and relief agencies, which are mobilizing to contain the Ebola outbreak before it spirals further out of control in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"CDC is working on a dynamic modeling tool that allows for recalculations of projected Ebola cases over time," Barbara Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in an e-mail. "CDC expects to release this interactive tool and a description of its use soon."

The World Health Organization said last month that the outbreak could reach 20,000 cases before being brought under control. That projection is already outdated, WHO spokesman Dan Epstein said yesterday in a phone interview.

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Mysterious, deadly disease kills 10 in Venezuela over the past week

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The deaths of 10 people in the past week of a mysterious disease in several cities in Venezuela, including the capital of Caracas, have caused panic within the population and has prompted doctors to sound the alarm.

A government spokesman minimized the warnings and described efforts to notify the public of a disease that has killed four adults and four children as a "campaign of disinformation and terrorism."

Despite the government's indifference, the country's doctors insist there is plenty of reason for concern about a highly dangerous and contagious disease of unknown origin.

"We do not know what it is," admitted Duglas León Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation.

In its initial stages, the disease presents symptoms of fever and spots on the skin, and then produces large blisters and internal and external bleeding, according to data provided week stop by the College of Physicians of the state of Aragua, where the first cases were reported.

Then, very quickly, patients suffer from respiratory failure, liver failure and kidney failure. Venezuelan doctors have not been able to determine what the disease is, much less how to fight it.

The government has denied the existence of "a mysterious disease" and described the information provided by the doctors as a "media campaign against Venezuela."

The governor of the state of Aragua, Tarek El-Aissami and Communications Minister Delcy Rodriguez, refer to the warnings as a "defamatory" strategy to "distress to the population."

Some theories being examined include the possibility that the disease could be a new type of very aggressive and severe dengue, an atypical version of the Chikunguña fever or an Ebola virus appearance in Venezuela.