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Groundbreaking ruling: Manufacturer of Remdesivir not shielded by PREP Act for man's injuries

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In a groundbreaking decision, a Michigan judge ruled on Aug. 8 that a drug manufacturer and hospital are not protected by the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act in the case of a man who experienced two strokes and a leg amputation after receiving the COVID-19 medication remdesivir that was contaminated with glass particles.

This is the first time a judge has ruled a drug manufacturer and hospital are not protected under the PREP Act, which provides immunity from lawsuits and liability protections under state and federal law concerning all claims for loss resulting from the administration of the covered countermeasure, except in the case of willful misconduct. Although the ruling is not a binding precedent, this case sets the tone for future lawsuits against the company for injuries potentially incurred by those given the drug.

Detroit-based attorney Ven Johnson filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dan Nowacki, his wife, and son against Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Gilead), the manufacturer of remdesivir — marketed under the brand name Veklury — and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital that administered the drug, alleging breach of warranty, negligence, gross negligence, and loss of consortium — as Ms. Nowacki has lost her husband's "society, companionship, and household services."


Canadian parents lose custody of sick child after advocating for alternative medical care

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We spoke with a mother and father who are currently fighting to regain custody of their one-year-old child who was vaccinated by the B.C. Children's Hospital despite vaccination being against both parents' religious beliefs.

An Okanagan family — whom we are not naming due to privacy restrictions placed on the parents by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) — says they have been torn apart by the ministry for advocating for their child. The parental rights battle began shortly after the couple became at odds with some of the decisions a medical team at BC Children's Hospital made for their one-year-old child.


EPA authorizes release of 2 billion more GMO mosquitoes as reports of malaria surface in states that already released them

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Locally acquired malaria has been nonexistent in the U.S. for the last 20 years. But five such cases have recently been diagnosed — four in Florida and one in Texas — the only two states that have released genetically engineered mosquitoes.

GE mosquitoes created by biotechnology company Oxitec have been released in the U.S., even though the long-term effects could be disastrous.

Oxitec is using Aedes aegypti (A. aegypti) mosquitoes for this real-world experiment, the species known to carry yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, West Nile and Mayaro, a dengue-like disease.

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EMFs a possible human carcinogen

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Many people know ultraviolet rays and X-rays can cause cancer.

These are high-frequency, ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Ionizing EMFs are considered carcinogenic, while nonionizing EMFs, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth signals, and fields from electronic devices, are generally not. This perception has prevailed in the public mindset for decades.

However, there's limited awareness that certain nonionizing EMFs are also classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as class 2B carcinogens — a category indicating potential human carcinogenicity.

Dr. David Carpenter, an environmental health professor at the University of Albany who received his medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School, noted that radiofrequency, a type of nonionizing radiation used in telecommunications, might eventually fall under class 2A classification, denoting a probable human carcinogen.


Leprosy cases on the rise after COVID-19 vaccination

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A growing number of leprosy cases are being reported after COVID-19 vaccination, including two cases in the United Kingdom that researchers said may have been caused by the vaccines.

The researchers examined records from the Leprosy Clinic at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. They found that of the 52 people who went to the clinic in 2021, at least 49 were vaccinated.

The study definition of a leprosy adverse event associated with a COVID-19 vaccine included developing leprosy or a leprosy reaction within 12 weeks of receiving a dose and the person having no previous history of leprosy or a leprosy reaction.

Comment: This trend is not only occuring in the U.S, but is now suspected to be "endemic" in Florida:
Leprosy cases increase in Florida, CDC issues warning disease may be endemic in region

"There were 159 new cases of leprosy in the US in 2020, the most recent year for which data was studied, according to a report published on Monday by the CDC. Florida was among the top reporting states, and almost a fifth of all cases were reported in the state's central region.

Central Florida was responsible for 81% of the cases reported in the state."


Raising awareness of long COVID 'blue legs' symptom

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An unusual case of a long COVID patient's legs turning blue after 10 minutes of standing highlights the need for greater awareness of this symptom among people with the condition, according to new research. The study, "Venous insufficiency and acrocyanosis in long COVID: dysautonomia," has been published in The Lancet.

The paper, authored by Dr. Manoj Sivan at the University of Leeds, focuses on the case of one 33-year-old man who developed with acrocyanosis — venous pooling of blood in the legs.

A minute after standing, the patient's legs began to redden and became increasingly blue over time, with veins becoming more prominent. After 10 minutes the color was much more pronounced, with the patient describing a heavy, itchy sensation in his legs. His original color returned two minutes after he returned to a non-standing position.

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Caleb White, 17-year-old No. 3 high school basketball player in Alabama, dies after collapsing on court

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The No. 3 high school basketball player in Alabama died Thursday after collapsing on the court while playing the game he loved.

Pinson Valley High School senior Caleb White, 17, became ill around 1:15 p.m. while training with his teammates, according to his grandfather.

He suddenly dropped to the ground and was rushed to the hospital, but doctors couldn't revive him, George Varnadoe Jr. said on Facebook.

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New research reveals secondary microplastics untreated in nature trigger severe brain inflammation

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Director Choi Sungkyun, Head of the Core Protein Resource Center at DGIST, and Dr. Jinkyu Park, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kyungpook National University, have successfully demonstrated the laboratory-level process through which plastic entering the environment transforms into secondary microplastics. Their groundbreaking research reveals that continuous consumption of these secondary microplastics acts as neurotoxins in the brain.

With 8 million metric tons of plastic discarded each year, the impact of UV rays and waves causes it to break down into tiny fragments, transforming into secondary microplastics. These minuscule particles are subsequently ingested by lower life forms, like plankton, and ultimately pose a threat to humans at the top of the food chain.

Director Choi and Professor Park conducted a study to determine the harmfulness of secondary microplastics generated through the natural weathering of plastic leaked into the environment. To replicate the process of natural weathering, they artificially created secondary microplastics by subjecting crushed microplastics to seven days of ultraviolet irradiation and physical impact, simulating a natural environment.

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Research hints at links between babies' microbiome and brain development

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In a small, exploratory study, levels of certain types of microbes in babies' guts were shown to be associated with performance in tests of early cognitive development. Sebastian Hunter of the University of British Columbia, Canada, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on August 9, 2023.

Mounting evidence has highlighted numerous ways in which the community of diverse microbes that naturally reside in the human gut — the microbiome — is connected to human health, including brain health. Several studies in animals and humans have hinted at connections between the microbiome and early-life brain development, but few have examined how differences in infants' microbiomes might be associated with differences in their emerging cognitive abilities.

To help deepen understanding of these potential connections, Hunter and colleagues analyzed data from 56 infants aged four to six months. The infants had each completed at least one of three evaluations of various cognitive abilities, and the researchers evaluated their gut microbiomes using fecal samples.

Comment: In the abstract, the authors wrote:
The increase of Bifidobacterium is relevant for brain development as members from this genus are known probiotics that have strong associations with host immunity and connections to the brain-gut axis [73]. Recent studies have shown the importance of Bifidobacterium species colonization during postnatal development as they can promote the formation of synapses and microglial function [74].


Air Force detects unsafe carcinogen levels at MT nuclear missile base as hundreds of reports of cancer surface

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The Air Force has detected unsafe levels of a likely carcinogen at underground launch control centers at a Montana nuclear missile base where a striking number of men and women have reported cancer diagnoses.

A new cleanup effort has been ordered.

The discovery "is the first from an extensive sampling of active U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile bases to address specific cancer concerns raised by missile community members," Air Force Global Strike Command said in a release Monday. In those samples, two launch facilities at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana showed PCB levels higher than the thresholds recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

PCBs are oily or waxy substances that have been identified as a likely carcinogen by the EPA. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a blood cancer that uses the body's infection-fighting lymph system to spread.

In response, Gen. Thomas Bussiere, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, has directed "immediate measures to begin the cleanup process for the affected facilities and mitigate exposure by our airmen and Guardians to potentially hazardous conditions."