Health & Wellness
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?
Are you one of the 9 out of 10 Americans opposed to unlabeled GM foods?
This guide will help you determine which products are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) so you can make healthier non-GMO brand buying choices. GMOs are made by transferring genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, or animals, into the DNA of other species, such as corn.
Though most industrialized countries require labeling of GMOs, the U.S. does not. 9 out of 10 Americans want genetically modified (GM) foods to be labeled. Most people say they would avoid brands if labeled as GM.
Barbara L. MintonNaturalNews
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 14:42 CEST
Electricity has become an integral part of our lives, with electromagnetic fields (EMFs) all around us. Electricity certainly makes our lives easier in many ways. Is it possible that electricity is also making our lives shorter?
Most experts agree that some limited exposure to EMFs is not a threat. We can feel reasonably safe using a toaster, for example. The problem comes when we are chronically exposed to large does of EMFs such as encountered when living near power lines or sleeping in the room where the power enters the house. Unfortunately, this type of chronic exposure to EMFs applies to millions of Americans.
Tony Arranaga ABC15.com
Tue, 06 May 2008 14:40 CEST
Health officials in the Valley, and across the nation, are preparing for a new medical superbug that could become the country's next big public health threat.
The Centers for Disease Control website says several states have reported increased rates of clostridium difficile-associated disease, noting more severe disease and an increased number in deaths.
This has been the enduring mystery: How do events in the outside world get inside your head? That is, how do things that affect whether a child grows up to be contented and well-adjusted or a neurotic mess - things like abuse and neglect - change the gray matter to produce the brain activity and circuitry that corresponds to these psychological states? By turning some genes on and other genes off, according to a study posted this evening in the May 6 edition of the online PLoS ONE.
A team of McGill University scientists has found that suicide victims who were abused as children have clear genetic changes in their brains.
During the study, researchers discovered what they say are key differences between the brains of ordinary people, and of those who took their own lives after suffering child abuse.
They found that the genetic sequence wasnt significantly different in the suicide and non-suicide brains, but there were differences in their epigenetic marking a chemical coating influenced by environmental factors.
Researchers found that all of the 13 suicide victims in the study had experienced abuse as children.
Bacteria that cause the bubonic plague may be more virulent than their close relatives because of a single genetic mutation
, according to research published in the May issue of the journal Microbiology
|©CDC / Courtesy of Larry Stauffer, Oregon State Public Health Laboratory
|Yersinia pestis, direct fluorescent antibody stain (DFA), at 200x magnification.
For the fourth week in a row, people in San Antonio are going to see the doctor because of upper respiratory infections.
Individuals with conservative ideologies are happier than liberal-leaners, and new research pinpoints the reason: Conservatives rationalize social and economic inequalities.