Health & Wellness
Vietnam's prime minister has urged health authorities to fight a hand, food and mouth disease outbreak caused by the EV71 virus which officials Wednesday said had killed at least 10 children this year.
The intestinal virus, which hits children hardest, has infected around 400 children this year, mainly in southern Vietnam, said Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Health Ministry's Preventive Medicine Department.
"The virus killed at least 10 children in Vietnam in the first four months of this year," he told AFP, adding that no precise data was available because the enterovirus is not a notifiable disease in the communist country.
Politicians have long clung to the notion that free nations breed happy people. Now, a new 'science of happiness' turns that equation on its head.
To travel to Moldova is to travel to a land submerged in a deep and persistent pool of despair. Faces are sullen and drawn. Everyone moves about listlessly, doing the Moldovan Shuffle. A cloud of despondency hangs in the air, every bit as real, and toxic, as the smog in Los Angeles or the coal dust in Linfen, China.
Statistically, Moldova may be the least happy nation on the planet. On a scale of 1 (least happy) to 10, Moldovans can muster only a 4.5 in self-reported surveys. They are less happy than their morose neighbors, the Ukrainians and the Romanians, and inexplicably, they are less happy than much of sub-Saharan Africa. What is truly mysterious, though, and deeply troubling for those in the business of nation building, is that Moldovan despair persists despite the advent of democracy.
A sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer has been linked to cancers of the tonsil and tongue - diseases that have been on the rise in men for the past 30 years, according to a study by a Colorado Springs doctor and researcher.
Among Colorado men, such throat cancers have become 37 percent more common since 1980, compared with a national increase of 11 percent.
Reports of adverse reactions to the new HPV vaccine are escalating. One particularly heart-wrenching example is the story of an active 12-year-old little girl named Brittany who recently lost all feeling in her leg and collapsed two weeks after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. Although she once had dreams of earning an athletic scholarship, she now struggles to hobble around each day with the aid of braces and a walker, First Coast News reports
. According to the article, she has been diagnosed with Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), a condition characterized by inflammation of the brain and associated with the vaccination.
You mean AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) didn't come from a green monkey that bit a black African on the ass? Are you lying to us again, Uncle Sam? I think so.
In fact, on July 29, 1969, only days after the Department of Defense (DOD) asked for $10 million
from Congress to fund the development of a "synthetic biological agent, an agent that does not naturally exist and for which no natural immunity could have been acquired . . ." on that day, the chairman of the Republican Task Force on Earth Resources and Population, the Honorable George H. W. Bush, U.S. Representative from Texas, 7th District (1967 - 71), stressed the pressing need for population control activities to fend off "a growing Third World crisis."
Chicago - The federal government's new advice to doctors for helping smokers quit recommends the drug Chantix, which has recently been linked with depression and suicidal behavior. The new guidelines mention the psychiatric risks but also say the popular Pfizer Inc. drug is the most effective at helping people get off cigarettes.
Safety debate over public water treatments heats up with release of shocking new studies
| Water treatment plant
WASHINGTON - From Pennsylvania to Nebraska and from Europe to New Zealand, there is growing and fierce opposition to plans to fluoridate public drinking water, fueled by a battery of shocking new studies that seriously question a practice routine among U.S. municipalities for nearly the last 50 years.
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Arrests. Prison time. Public Shame.
You'd think on-line predators would think twice about trying to entice children to meet them for sex. That's not the case.
"They're thinking that, 'Nah, I'm not going to get caught,'" said Chris Duque.
Korean food makers have decided to import a total of 1.2 million tons of genetically modified corn by the end of this year, including the 57,000 tons they imported on May 1. Until now, food producers have used unmodified corn as key ingredients to make starch and starch sugar, which are used to create the sweet flavors in cookies and soft drinks. But from now on, they are going to use GMO corn. As a result, supermarket shelves will be piled high with products such as cookies, bread, soft drinks and ice cream that contain primary ingredients made from GMO crops, which are still controversial for their safety. This is something parents are extremely concerned about. Environmental groups said they will boycott products made by food makers using GMO crops.
Federal health officials warned Thursday that the United States could be on the verge of a major outbreak of measles.
The official tally of measles cases between Jan. 1 and April 25 was 64, the highest in recent years, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
That count doesn't include Washington state, where eight cases were reported this week. Those cases stemmed from an international church conference in suburban Seattle in March, according to the state health department.
Most of the cases have been traced to outbreaks overseas and are mainly in children who were not vaccinated for religious or other reasons or were too young, according to the CDC. Since measles vaccinations began in the early 1960s, cases have dramatically declined in the U.S.
Comment: Which presents the bigger risk? Measles? or the vaccine? If increasing numbers of people are choosing NOT to be vaccinated, despite the extreme establishment resistance encountered in doing so, what is the reason?