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Drugging the elderly: Almost half of people in UK over 65 are taking at least 5 medications a day

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Almost half of over-65s in England are taking at least five different drugs a day, a Cambridge University study has found.

The figure has risen from just 12 per cent 20 years ago, while the proportion taking no pills at all dropped from around 20 per cent in the late 1990s to just seven per cent today.

Researchers tracked more than 15,000 older people who took part in two long-term health studies which began in the 1990s.

Some of those who took part in the long-term investigation said they were on up to 23 tablets every day.

Comment: As can be expected the UK statistics on over medication are mirrored in the US, and extend to any population that is vulnerable and thus unable to protect themselves from the depredations of the medical cartel:


FDA approves 'smart' schizophrenia pill that can be tracked when ingested

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An antipsychotic pill that digitally tracks consumption has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Abilify MyCite will be used in the treatment of chronic mental conditions and is an upgrade on Abilify, which was approved for patients suffering from schizophrenia in 2002.

According to the FDA, the drug is the first of its kind to be given the greenlight in the US.

The drug device was developed by Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co and California based firm, Proteus Digital Health, who submitted the smart medicine for approval in the US in May.

In a statement released earlier this year, the companies expressed their belief that the development would help people "better manage their mental illness."

Comment: It sounds like it would help the psychiatric cartel better manage their "non-compliant" patients.

The course of the pill is tracked through an ingestible sensor about the size of a grain of sand, which sends electronic information to a "wearable patch."


Bye, bye humanity? Pesticides implicated in human infertility?

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Human fertility is declining, and recent studies suggest conventional food may be a significant contributor to this disturbing trend, seen in both men and women. Pesticides have repeatedly been implicated in worsening fertility, and one of the most recent studies adds further support to this hypothesis.

The study,1,2 published in JAMA Internal Medicine, evaluated the influence of factors known to affect reproduction on the reproductive success of 325 women between the ages of 18 and 45 (mean age 35), who underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). As reported by Time,3"The women in the study filled out detailed questionnaires about their diet, along with other factors that can affect IVF outcomes, like their age, weight and history of pregnancy and live births."

High Pesticide Exposure Associated With Reduced IVF Success

Using a U.S. government database listing average pesticide residues on food, the researchers estimated each participant's pesticide exposure based on their food questionnaires. On average, women with high pesticide exposure ate 2.3 servings per day of fruits, berries or vegetables known to have high amounts of pesticide residue. Those in the lowest quartile ate less than 1 serving of high-pesticide produce per day.

Compared to women with the lowest pesticide exposure, women with the highest amounts of pesticide exposure had an 18 percent lower IVF success rate. They were also 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they did become pregnant. Using modeling, the researchers estimate that exchanging a single serving of high-pesticide produce per day for one with low pesticide load may increase the odds of pregnancy by 79 percent, and the odds of having a live birth by 88 percent.


Oh the irony! American Heart Association president has heart attack

American Heart Association President John Warner, M.D., at his presidential address Sunday at the organization’s Scientific Sessions.
American Heart Association President John Warner was away from the AHA's Scientific Sessions with his family Monday after having a minor heart attack during the organization's flagship scientific conference.

Warner, a practicing cardiologist and the CEO of UT Southwestern University Hospitals in Dallas, had the episode Monday morning. He was taken to a local hospital, where doctors inserted a stent to open a clogged artery.

He was recovering and visiting with his wife, son and daughter, all of whom attended the Scientific Sessions meeting in part to see him deliver his Presidential Address on Sunday afternoon. In that speech, the 52-year-old Warner talked about the effects of heart disease on his family. He mentioned how both his father and his father's father had heart bypass surgery in their 60s. He also lost his maternal grandfather and a great grandfather to heart disease.

Comment: Unlikely as it may be, it would be nice if people saw this as a 'signal from the Universe' that the advice and methods expounded by the AHA are the exact opposite of what people should be following. We're not holding our breath.


Italian island of Sardinia home to some of the oldest people in the world, what's their secret?

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Zelinda Paglieno, 102, says the secret to long life is a half glass of wine a day.
Zelinda Paglieno, who turned 102 in October, offers sobering advice when asked what's the secret to her long and healthy life: "Two fingers width of red wine, and no more, at lunchtime every day."

"I've never smoked, but a little wine is good for you - and that's something I still do now. We have very good grapes here," she explained.

Paglieno's age is no anomaly here in picturesque Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean that is home to the oldest people in the world, according to researchers on aging.

Sardinia is one of only five "Blue Zones" in the world identified as having residents who often reach age 90 or older. The other four are Okinawa (Japan), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece) and the Seventh-day Adventist community in Loma Linda, Calif.

Comment: Eat Fat, Live Long - the Real Food of Okinawa 'Okinawan cuisine is centered around meat. The most important meat is pork.[...] Many of the pork parts eaten are composed almost entirely of fat, such as pork skin, pig ears, and pork belly'

Paglieno, in her hometown of Esterzili, population 600, has three neighbors who are 100 or older.

Comment: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: The Devil's in the Details: Diet Dogma and Fine-Tuning Your Own

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Air pollution is a bigger risk for people with A, B, or AB blood types, study finds

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The UK has broken EU air quality regulations every year since 2010
People with type A, B, or AB blood have a greater chance of suffering a heart attack or chest pain during episodes of high air pollution compared to those with type O, scientists have found.

Researchers warned that people in those groups should consider staying indoors to minimise their risk if they had underlying heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease.

Scientists have known for some time that pollution raises the chance of a heart attack but it is the first time that the risk has also been linked to blood type.

Comment: Also see:


BigPharma's hidden hand? US lowers guidelines for high blood pressure, adding 30M Americans to those who have the condition

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New guidelines lower the threshold for high blood pressure, adding 30 million Americans to those who have the condition, which now plagues nearly half of U.S. adults.

High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.

The change means an additional 14 percent of U.S. adults have the problem, but only 2 percent of these newly added people need medication right away; the rest should try healthier lifestyles, which get much stronger emphasis in the new advice. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

"I have no doubt there will be controversy. I'm sure there will be people saying 'We have a hard enough time getting to 140,'" said Dr. Paul Whelton, a Tulane University physician who led the guidelines panel.

Comment: It's difficult not to suspect a huge influence from the pharmaceutical cartel in this decision, as this will obviously contribute significantly to their revenue stream. While helpful, medications for hypertension are not without side effects, so it's much better to prevent the condition in the first place by instituting dietary and lifestyle interventions.


Maternal immune response may render brain vulnerable to injury

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Small risk: Infections during pregnancy boost autism risk in the child.
Mouse brains exposed to inflammation in the womb become more susceptible to a second challenge, researchers reported today at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington D.C.

When briefly deprived of oxygen, mice exposed to maternal inflammation show higher immune activation and suffer greater brain damage than their unexposed peers.

Studies in people suggest that infections during pregnancy boost autism risk in the child by as much as 37 percent. Mice exposed to inflammation in the womb show autism-like features, such as social deficits and structural changes in the brain.

However, only a small fraction of children exposed to inflammation in utero are diagnosed with autism.

The findings suggest that a second hit can determine which children exposed to maternal inflammation in utero go on to have autism, says Hong-Ru Chen, a postdoctoral fellow in Alex Kuan's lab at Emory University in Atlanta, who presented the findings.

Comment: In view of this research, the following will come as no surprise:

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Boob jobs gone bust: Surgeons spending more time taking out implants

Last year, four times as many women were having them removed on the NHS as having new ones.

A few years ago boob jobs were booming, with twice as many women having enlargements compared with those having implants removed.

Experts believe the reduction in enlargement operations is down to an NHS clampdown on the procedures.

Comment: The question we should be asking is why women feel the need to have this invasive and potentially deadly surgery in the first place. Breast implants have a short life span and will need to be replaced sooner or later, some say 10 years. Something is wrong with society when a woman's worth is based solely on her appearance and that she is willing to risk her health and potentially her life for something so superficial. It's just another sign of western societies' general moral decline and is partly caused by a highly sexualised culture fueled by the cult of celebrity:

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Brain drain: More bad news about smartphones

Over the past few years, many of you have heard me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, are associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be sleep woes, increased anxiety, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure, or declining social skills, it is clear that the outcomes don't look anything like the sexy, sophisticated commercials that tech companies like to use.

Yet although many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but begin with our minds. Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007, researchers have been looking at how smartphones are affecting our intellect, which roughly stated involves our ability to pay attention, retain/recall information, and problem-solve/reason. Although advertisements profess that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us smarter and more efficient, the evidence indicates quite the opposite. In the words of the WSJ author, "research suggests that as we grow more dependent on them, our intellect weakens."

Comment: Is your smartphone turning you into an idiot?