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Republic of Mali: Possible cases of Ebola identified

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Members of Doctors without Borders medical aid agency carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, Guinea, April 1, 2014.
Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa.

More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.

Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from former colonies in the region pick up the disease.

Three people in Mali had been placed in quarantine and samples sent off to Atlanta in the United States for tests, the government said on state television late on Thursday.
Health

Mouthwash linked to oral cancer - University of Glasgow


Danger? A dental lecturer had advised against regular use of mouthwash, saying it could be linked to cancer.
Heavy use of mouthwashes may lead to a higher risk of oral cancer, an expert claims.

Research suggests that people rinsing with such products more than three times a day have a greater chance of developing mouth and throat cancer.

Dr David Conway, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow Dental School, said people should not routinely use a mouthwash and stick to brushing and flossing instead.

Comment: Further reading,The REAL source of cavities and gum disease
Study: Xylitol may prevent cavities in toddlers

There is also an interesting discussion on our forum on dental health and tooth decay.

Smoking

Characteristics of Lung Cancers Arising in Germline EGFR T790M Mutation Carriers and Relationship to Smoking Status


Dr. Adi Gazdar
Two studies are providing new insight into germline epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation in familial non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The findings suggest the need for tailored approaches for early detection and treatment, as well as for genetic testing to identify carriers.

"These studies now solidify the fact that routine clinical management of lung cancer now has to include the awareness of this inherited cancer syndrome," wrote David P. Carbone, MD, PhD, President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), in an editorial. The editorial accompanies the two articles in the April issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the official journal of the IASLC.

In one of the two studies, researchers found that germline EGFR T790M mutation results in a rare and unique lung cancer hereditary syndrome associated with an estimated 31% risk for the disease in never-smokers. Lead author Adi Gazdar, MD, of the Department of Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, and colleagues studied a family with germline EGFR T790M mutations over five generations (14 individuals) and combined their observations with data obtained from a literature search (15 individuals). They found that the mutation occurred in approximately 1% of NSCLCs and in less than one in 7,500 subjects without lung cancer.
Alarm Clock

Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin's agenda


The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.

The EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 to look at the health effects of particulate matter, or PM, and diesel exhaust on humans. The IG's report found that the EPA did get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. But the IG also found that "exposure risks were not always consistently represented."

"Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies' consent forms," the IG's report noted. "An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures" but "human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form."
Ambulance

Novartis ousts top Japan execs in scandal

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis says it is replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations the division hid serious potential side effects of leukaemia treatments from regulators.

David Epstein, the head of the firm's pharmaceutical division, told a news briefing in Tokyo that the senior managers "resigned, they are out of the company", adding that "this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and a clear violation of our code of conduct".

"I'd like to once again apologise for Novartis' involvement in this issue," Epstein told reporters on Thursday.

Comment: Just another example of drug company duplicity in the falsification of data to boost profits. The drive for profits overrides all other considerations, unless they are caught, in which case a sacrificial offering of a few staff is made to appease the public, along with protestations of corporate innocence.

Health

New Zealand tops social progress study

New Zealanders live in the most socially advanced country in the world, a United States survey says.

Despite having just the 25th highest gross domestic product per capita in the world, New Zealand is a world leader in terms of opportunity, safety, personal freedom and lack of corruption among other qualities, the Social Progress Index says.

The survey of 132 countries by the Social Progress Imperative, a non-profit organisation based in the US, measures three main categories: basic human needs, the foundations of wellbeing and opportunity. Each was divided into four sections.

It puts New Zealand at the top of 132 countries surveyed, ahead of Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands and Norway.

New Zealand was rated the best in the world in terms of opportunity, which measures personal rights, personal freedom of choice, access to advanced education, tolerance and inclusion.
Pills

ADHD not a "real disease": neuroscientist


ADHD is not a real disease: Neuroscientist
Children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when they actually have symptoms of a range of different psychological problems, according to a leading US neuroscientist.

Dr Bruce Perry, a senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas, is visiting UK health ministers and said ADHD is not a "real disease" because it relates to a broad range of symptoms.

"It is best thought of as a description. If you look at how you end up with that label, it is remarkable because any one of us at any given time would fit at least a couple of those criteria," he told The Observer.

Children diagnosed with ADHD display signs of ongoing hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness.

Dr Perry said doctors are too quick to prescribe psychostimulants and said there is evidence they don't offer long-term benefits.
Pills

The pseudoscience of modern psychiatry - manufacturing madness

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Twenty-six years have passed since Prozac, the antidepressant drug, was introduced to the US market and quickly achieved the label of a "wonder drug." In the decade that followed, other antidepressant drugs including paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and citalopram (Celexa) would be released, creating an entire class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Since hitting the shelves, the popularity of SSRIs has skyrocketed. Today, 1 in every 10 Americans reaches for antidepressants daily.[1] This ratio jumps to an incredible 25% among women between the ages of 40 and 59.[2] Approximately 5% of children ages 12 to 19 are also taking antidepressants.[3] Worldwide, mental illness is now the leading cause of disability among children.[4]

Active members and veterans of the US military have become especially dependent on psychiatric meds. Today, about 1 in 6 service members is using antidepressants, sedatives, and other psychiatric drugs in an attempt to cope with post traumatic stress disorder and other afflictions.[5] From 2001-2009 alone, psychiatric drug use in this demographic rose by 76% and in 2010 alone, the Pentagon spent more than $280 million on psychiatric drugs.[6] [7]
Attention

Allergies exacerbated by stress: research

Stress
Allergy sufferers are more likely to experience flare-ups if they are stressed, research suggests.

Feeling stressed - including by allergy symptoms themselves - can have an impact on how many times people have an attack, it found.

Experts at Ohio State University in the US analysed 179 patients for a period of 12 weeks.

Of this group, 39 per cent had more than one allergy flare-up and were found to be the ones suffering the most stress.

Among those who were stressed, 64 per cent had more than four flare-ups over two 14-day periods.

A number of sufferers reported allergy flare-ups within days of increased daily stress, the study found.
Pocket Knife

New Zealand academic questions circumcision study

Babies
A New Zealand academic says the authors of a study suggesting male circumcision has major health benefits have confused cleanliness with godliness.

The study of American data suggested half of uncircumcised men would contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin during their life, and that the benefits of circumcision exceeded the risks by 100 to one.

Professor Brian Morris of the University of Sydney said infant circumcision should be regarded as equivalent to childhood vaccination, and as such it would be unethical not to routinely offer parents circumcision for their baby boy.

But Professor Kevin Pringle, the Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago in Wellington, says he found the paper extremely worrying.

Prof Pringle says the report quotes a more than 20-fold increase in the risk of penile cancer for uncircumcised men, but the figures didn't agree.
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