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Health authorities sound alert over soaring rates of Syphilis in London

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Syphilis is caused by the bacterium treponema pallidum and in some cases can prove fatal
An alert about Londoners' sexual health has been sounded as new figures show five times more people were diagnosed with syphilis in London last year than in any other region in England.

The report, published Wednesday by Public Health England, says the number of cases have more than doubled in the capital in the last five years, rising by 163 percent.

The report raises concerns about "high-risk" practices such as "chemsex," sex between men that occurs under the influence of drugs, dating apps, unprotected sex and people seeking HIV-positive partners.

Gay men were disproportionately affected, the report says. The demographic, which represents about 2 percent of the total London population, accounted for 90 percent of new diagnoses in 2015, or 2,406 cases.


Reading books can extend your life and improve quality of life

A new study reveals that reading books can enhance lifespan for up to two years and improve the quality of life.

The study found that people who read books for just 30 minutes a day lived two years longer compared to non-book readers.

Even though the Amazon Kindle and other types of e-books have got more popular over time, printed book sales are increasing.

Nielsen BookScan reported 571 million print books were sold in the U.S. last year, which is greater than print books sales in 2014.

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Heartless: Infants deeply traumatized by medical procedures performed without pain management

A concerning new study suggests that decades of medical procedures performed on infants without pain management has had deeply traumatizing effects.

A groundbreaking study published in eLife titled, "fMRI reveals neural activity overlap between adult and infant pain," demonstrates that the infant pain experience, despite long held assumptions to the contrary, closely resembles that of adults.

Researchers discovered that when 1-6 day old babies were exposed to the same pain stimulus as adults their brains "lit up" in almost exactly the same manner. More specifically, infant and adult pain responses were indistinguishable in 18 of the 20 regions observed through fMRI imaging. The only two brain regions that pain did not show activation in the infants were the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex: two regions believed to help with the interpretation of pain stimuli.

In a Time.com interview, the lead researcher of the study expressed some surprise at finding that pain activated centers in the infant brain associated with emotional processing:
"The infant's brain is much more developed than I was expecting," says Slater. "I might have thought that some information might have gone to the sensory areas of the brain — telling the baby something was happening on the foot, for example — but I didn't necessarily think it would go to areas more commonly involved in emotional processing such as the anterior cingular cortex, which is thought be involved in the unpleasantness associated with an experience."

Comment: Only those who are incapable of feeling empathy and compassion could suppose that infants don't feel pain. That such a barbaric concept has been accepted for so long underscores the deep flaws within science and conventional medicine which is swarming with sociopathic individuals who have little to no ability to comprehend suffering. The medical field has attracted the worst elements of society and modern medicine kills and maims millions because of psychopathic guiding philosophies and practices.


Why we vomit and when to worry

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Vomiting is a natural reflex that often occurs as a form of protection. In the event you consume something that is contaminated or poisonous, vomiting is your body's way of getting rid of it. You may first experience nausea, which is the unpleasant feeling of being about to vomit.

Vomiting refers to the typically involuntary emptying of your stomach contents through your mouth. Nausea and vomiting are not diseases but rather are symptoms of an underlying health condition.

Often, a virus, such as norovirus, is to blame, but vomiting may also be due to bacteria, parasites and food poisoning. Other conditions, including motion sickness, pregnancy, reflux and even stress, can also cause vomiting.


How dirty is your plastic water bottle?

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Recycling your plastic water bottle may seem like a green thing to do, but the truth is it's better to simply avoid plastic altogether, and for a number of reasons. Drinking from a reusable water bottle places you at risk for contracting an array of dangerous germs like E.coli and salmonella.

Laboratory testing of 12 refillable water bottles used by athletes over the course of a week, identified a buildup of bacteria dangerous to humans. On average, the plastic bottles contained more than 300,000 colony-forming units of bacteria, according to the UK's Daily Mail.

The testing, completed by TreadmillReviews.net, found a wide array of bacteria linked to skin infections, pneumonia and blood poisoning. The bottles were so dirty that researchers concluded that drinking from them was no more sanitary than licking your pet's food bowl.


The many benefits of a morning workout

While the benefits of exercises are known to everyone, many tend to give the morning fitness regime a miss due to the heavy work schedule or late-nights. However, morning workouts have more benefits than any other workout during the day -- from controlling the weight, enhancing the mood and keeping you fit and healthy. Did you know it also helps you find your creative gene?

Whether it is in just writing an article, painting a canvas or churning out ideas for your office meeting; physical activity activates the creative juices and once they start flowing, there is nothing to stop you.

Early mornings are one of the best times to workout. Though it may seem tough at first, once you start, you'll feel exhilarated. Getting done with your workout first thing in the morning means you are less likely to use job or family obligations as an excuse to skip it.


America's hidden drug problem: Over-medicated elderly patients at risk of dangerous drug interactions, side effects

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Pharmacist Dominick Bailey reviews the medications being used by Harriet Diamond, 84, who was in the geriatric unit at the UCLA Medical Center for knee surgery.
Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit.

A doctor had prescribed blood pressure medication for a 99-year-old woman at a dose that could cause her to faint or fall. An 84-year-old woman hospitalized for knee surgery was taking several drugs that were not meant for older patients because of their severe potential side effects.

And then there was 74-year-old Lola Cal. She had a long history of health problems, including high blood pressure and respiratory disease. She was in the hospital with pneumonia and had difficulty breathing. Her medical records showed she was on 36 medications.

"This is actually a little bit alarming," said Bailey, a pharmacist.

He was concerned about the sheer number of drugs but even more worried that several of them — including ones to treat insomnia and pain — could suppress Cal's breathing.

An increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, raising their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects. Often the drugs are prescribed by different specialists who don't communicate with each other. If those patients are hospitalized, doctors making the rounds add to the list — and some of the drugs they prescribe may be unnecessary or unsuitable.

Comment: Dr. Gary Null - Medicine that kills: The American medicine system is the leading cause of death and injury in the U.S., killing more people unnecessarily than any other national medical system in the industrialized world, despite spending more on healthcare than any other country. The system is completely broken as a result of corruption, greed, malfeasance and self-serving interests which supports pharmaceutical profiteering over the health and safety of citizens. Those who are most vulnerable, and those without adequate knowledge to protect themselves from the depredations of the medical cartel are particularly at risk.


Solidifying the Zika psy-op: Major goals of the operation

The fresh new Zika virus psyop campaign is just warming up for a late summer or fall season party as I indicated in my last article on this topic. It appears we are clearly headed for a season of Zika virus scaremongering and everyone should brace for this so we can expose this script in real-time. The ruling elite know very well that when it comes to scaring the general public, the tactic works more effectively when you build up to it rather than hit the audience with a sudden story. Zika virus is a classic example of this. Let's not forget that before Zika virus there was the Ebola virus psyop in 2014. So before we go any further, let's pause for a minute and ask ourselves .... whatever happened to Ebola virus??

As we contemplate on this profound and very fair question, given that Ebola was being pushed as the virus that was going to end humanity as we know it back in 2014, let us turn our attention to the latest in the surely coming Zika virus psyop fear-party that appears will be unleashed on Americans on a grander scale very soon.

Comment: Zika mania explained:


Flu deaths continue to mount in people vaccinated against it

A death from the flu shot might appear on your local media, like it did in 2015, for Katherine McQuestion, a 26-year-old healthcare worker from Wisconsin.

Of course, the media makes sure an uneducated stooge from the health department gets on TV to say, well, yes, that's just an aberration that the person died. But it's not.

Comment: The yearly flu scare tactic campaign promoted by the media via Big Pharma is just a scam to sell more dangerous vaccines.


Spreading fear: Charity warns deadly Yellow Fever virus on brink of spreading to Europe and Americas

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Yellow Fever is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the same vector as for Zika and dengue.
A deadly African virus is on the brink of spreading to Europe and the Americas amid the largest outbreak in more than 30 years, a charity has warned.

Yellow fever can cause bleeding from the ears, eyes and nose, organ failure, jaundice and death in the most severe cases, and is considered such a threat that many African nations refuse entry to anyone who has not been vaccinated.

Yet despite those regulations, thousands of suspected cases have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the disease crossed the border from Angola.

Other cases have already been reported in Uganda and in Kenya, and earlier this year China notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 11 cases imported by migrant workers coming back from Africa.

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