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A 'very smart bug': Thanks to misuse of antibiotics, gonorrhea is becoming untreatable

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Guidelines for treating the infections had not been updated in more than a decade
For the tens of millions of people afflicted with gonorrhea infections each year, treatment is becoming much harder as doctors warn of rapidly increasing resistance to antibiotics.

On Tuesday, the United Nations sounded the alarm, updating the decade-old treatment guidelines for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis and asking doctors to be extra-careful when prescribing medications. The agency believes the 'misuse and overuse' of antibiotics is to blame for the resistance.

Medical officer Teodora Wi called gonorrhea a "very smart bug" that repeatedly adapts to new antibiotics.

Comment: The following article was carried by the Daily mail back in 2013: First cases of 'incurable' antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in North America as CDC warns of public health nightmare?
The long feared nightmare of U.S. public health officials has come to pass with the news anti-biotic resistant Gonorrhea has been detected in North American patients. A study released today by the Journal of the American Medical Association announced it had found nine patients with a strain of the sexually transmitted disease immune to the last remaining effective oral antibiotic.

This confirms the fears of both the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organisation who warned last year that untreatable gonorrhea, the world's second most common STD would soon become a reality.' These are the clinical cases we've been waiting for,' said study leader Vanessa Allen of pUblic Health Ontario. 'This is the translation of the lab information into what the clinical consequence is.'



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Surprise! FDA finds Monsanto's weed killer in U.S. honey

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The Food and Drug Administration, under public pressure to start testing samples of U.S. food for the presence of a pesticide that has been linked to cancer, has some early findings that are not so sweet.

In examining honey samples from various locations in the United States, the FDA has found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate can be pervasive - found even in a food that is not produced with the use of glyphosate. All of the samples the FDA tested in a recent examination contained glyphosate residues, and some of the honey showed residue levels double the limit allowed in the European Union, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States.

Glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used weed killer in the world, and concerns about glyphosate residues in food spiked after the World Health Organization in 2015 said its cancer experts determined glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. Other international scientists have raised concerns about how heavy use of glyphosate is impacting human health and the environment.

Comment: Glyphosate? It's in everything!


Heart - Black

Maternal mortality rate in Texas soars, now the highest in much of industrialized world

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The Lone Star state is the most dangerous place to give birth in the US. While the maternal mortality rate has been internationally decreasing, a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found the rate in Texas had doubled in two years.

A study from Maryland-based researchers found that Texas not only has the highest maternal mortality rate in the US, but in much of the industrial world. With an estimated 35.8 deaths per 100,000 births in 2014, Texas' rate of mothers dying during or as a result of childbirth is comparable to Mexico (38 per 100,000), Uzbekistan (36 per 100,000) and Egypt (33 per 100,000), according to the World Bank.

In fact, this is the highest rate in Texas since 1976, when it was 20 per 100,000, according to the Texas State Department of Health.

Comment: Giving birth in the U.S. is more expensive than anywhere else in the world, mirroring the cost of U.S. healthcare in general, yet health outcomes are far worse than in any other developed nation proving that the U.S. is truly 'exceptional' in a myriad of abhorrent ways.


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What you're not being told about drug laws, Obamacare & prescription drug abuse in America

A report released recently by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows one in every 20 Americans misused prescription painkillers last year. This discovery is particularly relevant because the drug war, combined with changes to U.S. health care law, may have helped exacerbate the so-called opioid epidemic.

In 2015, an estimated 119 million Americans older than 12 used prescription psychotherapeutic drugs — a term used in the SAMHSA report to refer to "pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives," though pain relievers were the most commonly used.

Researchers used that estimate, along with the data gathered from 68,000 surveys to produce the report. According to the report, "[a]ll estimates (e.g., percentages and numbers) presented in the report are derived from NSDUH [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] survey data."

SAMHSA found the use of prescription psychotherapeutic drugs "in the past year was fairly common in the United States," with about 44.5 percent of the population claiming to use prescription psychotherapeutic drugs in 2015.


Biohazard

Deadly dust: Award-winning filmmaker shunned for exposing US & NATO use of Depleted Uranium

Despite the fact that depleted uranium munitions employed by the US and NATO forces during combat operations in former Yugoslavia and Iraq ruined the lives of countless innocent civilians and servicemen, the powers that be appear reluctant to even discuss this problem and eager to punish those who go against their wishes.

The fate of Frieder Wagner is a peculiar example of what happens when you stand up to the establishment's injustice. A notable director who won the prestigious German Grimme Award, responsible for numerous documentaries for the ARD and ZDF channels, he quickly became a pariah after making a movie called Deadly Dust (Todesstaub) about the use of depleted uranium (DU) shells by NATO forces in the Middle East and in the former Yugoslavia.

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik, Wagner explained that Deadly Dust is based on an earlier documentary called The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children (Der Arzt und die verstrahlten Kinder von Basra) that he filmed for WDR.

Comment: The Doctor, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children
The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations. It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq.




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Monsanto-Bayer merger advances: 'Five-alarm threat to our food supply & to farmers around the world'

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"This new mega corporation would be the world's biggest seed maker and pesticide company, defying important antitrust protections and giving it unacceptable control over critical aspects of our food supply."
Chemical and GMO giants agree on takeover offer worth $66 billion; mega-merger to be reviewed by antitrust agencies worldwide

Monsanto accepted Bayer's $66 billion takeover offer—the largest all-cash deal ever—on Wednesday morning.

While anti-trust agencies around the world review the proposed mega-merger, environmental and consumer advocates roundly condemned the creation of what will be the largest pesticide and GMO corporation in the world.

"This new mega corporation would be the world's biggest seed maker and pesticide company, defying important antitrust protections and giving it unacceptable control over critical aspects of our food supply—undermining consumer choice and the freedom and stability of farmers worldwide," said Anne Isakowitsch, head of international corporate watchdog SumOfUs.

Comment: Bayer Monsanto merger: A match made in hell


Syringe

Enterprising doctor and pharmacist come up with cheaper alternatives to the ridiculously priced EpiPen

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Pharmaceutical company Mylan has made news recently by raising the price of a popular and important drug. Mylan acquired a product by the name of EpiPen in 2007. At the time, the price of the product was approximately $100 per unit. However, the price quickly shot up to $600 after Mylan's acquisition.

EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction. This product is popular among people with life threatening allergies.

EpiPen currently has annual sales of about $1 billion. In response to the controversy, Mylan said that it would sell its own generic version of EpiPen for $300 — a concession not well received by those who depend on this life-saving technology.

According to a report in Forbes, the government's outrage over the price of EpiPen is hypocritical as it was a direct result of the government's policy that caused the price spike:

Comment: Dr. Douglas McMahon is selling his verson for $50.
A doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Minnesota has created an alternative to the EpiPen that would be smaller and, more importantly, much cheaper than the Epinephrine devices available at the moment.

Dr. Douglas McMahon is no stranger to the dangers of allergic reactions.

"I actually have severe food allergies myself, so I've need to carry an Epinephrine device for many years. Throughout that process I've realized the current device is really big and cumbersome, to the point where I hardly ever carried it," he told WCCO.

While working with the Allergy and Asthma Center, he began playing around with EpiPens in his lab several years ago.

"By chance I came to realize how inexpensive the parts were, including the medicine, and I realized we can sell it to patients for a very reasonable cost," McMahon said.

This should come as a surprising piece of information to anyone familiar with the current EpiPen on the market made by Mylan, the price of which went from a little over $100 for a two pack, one year's supply, in 2007 to $600 in 2016.

In an effort to make their prices more reasonable, Mylan announced a cheaper alternative of $300 for a two pack. Not bad, but still close to three times more expensive than the price less than a decade ago.

Meanwhile, McMahon plans to sell his version for $50.

"I'm a patient that uses this device and I would prescribe this device, so I know both sides of the field," McMahon told WCCO.

McMahon's plans to call his EpiPen the AllergyStop and is trying to raise money for it on IndieGogo, where he hopes to raise $200,000 in the next month. That cost may only be a drop in the bucket when he is looking at the cost of running human trials on his product in order to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

All in all, McMahon expects that the AllergyStop tests will cost about $2 million in total after ensuring the medicine can remain sterile in the pen and be in direct sunlight. With so much money necessary, McMahon is open to allowing investors in on the project, but he hopes they won't expect him to increase the price.



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Maryland schools ban thousands of students without government-mandated vaccinations

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Maryland schools plan to ban thousands of students from attending class over new mandatory vaccine requirements.

Maryland students are required to receive vaccinations for chicken pox, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and meningitis and parents are required to provide proof within 20 calendar days from the start of school, but thousands of students across the state are out of compliance, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Next week, students without the proper immunizations will be banned from class until their parents provide proof they received the shots.

"... Baltimore County barred hundreds of children from school this week after failing to meet a Tuesday deadline for required vaccinations," according to the news site.

For Baltimore City schools, the number of students who could miss out on class next week is in the thousands, as 3,800 were without the required vaccinations Wednesday.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the Dots: There's something rotten.....everywhere

Things are heating up in the health world with many interesting news stories from the last few weeks. Is something big on the vaccine front headed our way? Public agencies are certainly acting as if there is. The WHO released an instruction manual on how to win the hearts and minds of vaccine deniers and if that doesn't work, the CDC has plans to stop, quarantine and 'treat' any travelers who look a little under the weather. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it's okay for doctors to ditch the non-vaccinated and, thanks to a little bill out of California, showing the film VAXXED could become a crime.

Join us for this episode of the Health and Wellness Show where we'll discuss the above madness as well as ways to protect against the dreaded MMR vaccine, the high costs of Autism, useless cancer screening and more.

Stay tuned, as always, for Zoya's Pet Health Segment and find out what an anal gland is.

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Pills

Pea-brained nation: New study reveals many common drugs that cause brain shrinkage

A group of common drugs used to treat allergies and other chronic health issues increase the risk of Alzheimers and dementia, according to a new study by the University of Indiana School of Medicine. The study also found that these drugs reduce the overall size of the brain as well as its metabolism if taken regularly. The drugs, known collectively as anticholinergics, are commonly prescribed for allergies, insomnia, hypertension, cardiac problems, and depression among others. Some of the most well-known brands in the US include Xanax, Zyrtec, Valium, Wellbutrin, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, and Histex. You can see a comprehensive list of anticholinergic drugs implicated in this study by clicking here.

This class of drugs blocks acetylcholine in the brain, an important neurotransmitter vital to normal brain function. In people with Alzheimers, there is always a lack of this neurotransmitter and, according to this study and others, these drugs worsen the condition or can provoke it. However, this study is not the first to find problems with anticholinergic drugs. A study in 2013 found that people who take these types of drugs showed a significant reduction in cognitive ability. Their risk of contracting Alzheimers also increased by more than 60%.

Comment: Just say no to drugs.