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Electronics at bedtime rob kids of sleep

Children who use electronic devices at bedtime have more than double the risk of not getting enough sleep during the night compared to who don't use them.

Further, the new review of 20 existing observational studies involving 125,198 children also shows that sleep quality and day-time sleepiness were affected in a similar way.

"Our study is the first to consolidate results across existing research and provides further proof of the detrimental effect of media devices on both sleep duration and quality," says Ben Carter of the Cardiff University School of Medicine.

"Sleep is an often undervalued but important part of children's development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems. With the ever growing popularity of portable media devices, such as smartphones and tablets, the problem of poor sleep amongst children is set to get worse.

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Breast cancer: The first sign isn't always a lump

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Around 1 in 6 women eventually diagnosed with breast cancer initially go to their doctors with a symptom other than a lump, according to a new study conducted in England.

Women who have a symptom of breast cancer other than lumps are also more likely to wait to see a doctor, compared with women who do have lumps, the researchers found. That might put them at risk of worse outcomes if the cancer isn't caught quickly.

"It's crucial that women are aware that a lump is not the only symptom of breast cancer," study leader Monica Koo, a doctoral candidate at University College London, said in a statement. "If they are worried about any breast symptoms, the best thing to do is to get it checked by a doctor as soon as possible."

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Canadian lab worker exposed to Ebola


A Canadian lab worker (file photo) may have been accidentally exposed to Ebola while working with pigs that were infected with the virus on Monday. The man was working with six infected pigs as part of an experiment, government officials said on Tuesday.

A Canadian lab worker may have been accidentally exposed to Ebola while working with pigs that were infected with the virus on Monday.

The man was working with six infected pigs as part of an experiment, government officials said on Tuesday.

He noticed a split in the seam of his protective suit during standard decontamination procedures and prior to leaving the Winnipeg, Manitoba lab, said John Copps, director of Canadian Food Inspection Agency's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease, where the incident happened.

All proper emergency procedures were followed and the risk to the employee, co-workers and community are low, Copps said.

Comment: Will the Ebola scaremongering campaign make a comeback?


Health

The thirst-quenching power of cold kombucha tea

Kombucha (pronounced kom-BOO-cha) is a fizzy, non-alcoholic fermented drink made with tea. It has gained praise and popularity in recent years for its ability to improve digestion and immunity. It's also a liquid more likely to quench your thirst and be more rewarding when you're thirsty.

According to new research published in PLOS One from Rutgers University nutritional scientist Paul Breslin, fizzy drinks may provide more stimulus to quench thirst based on sensory cues.

Fluid ingestion is necessary for life, and thirst sensations are a prime motivator to drink. There is evidence of the influence of oropharyngeal stimulation on thirst and water intake in both animals and humans, but how those oral sensory cues impact thirst and ultimately the amount of liquid ingested has not been well understood until now.

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Propaganda

Media blackout as White House issues executive order giving broad powers to 'Global Health Security Agenda' for infectious disease threats

While the eyes of the world are focused intently on the 2016 presidential election, the White House has made a dramatic, potentially game-changing move that has once again almost completely eluded the mainstream media — leading many to wonder what they may be hiding.

On Friday, November 4, a new executive order was signed titled "Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats," giving the United States government, military and other worldwide partner organizations new powers to respond to what they deem as "biological threats" that may potentially emerge.

Usually referring to disease outbreaks or perhaps even biological weapons, the nearly 2,500-word document (which can be found on WhiteHouse.gov by clicking here) is vague about what such a plan may entail. But speculation is that it could involve some sort of major medical or vaccine-driven response — with no mention as to whether consent of the people will be included.

Comment: See also: Is the CDC implementing a medical police state?


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Low vitamin D linked with higher asthma risk

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People who don't get enough vitamin D may be at increased risk for asthma, a new study suggests.

In the study, researchers analyzed information collected from more than 25,000 adults ages 18 to 79, and more than 9,700 children ages 6 to 17, who took part in a yearly U.S. national health survey conducted between 2001 and 2010. The participants were asked whether they had been diagnosed with asthma or experienced wheezing (a symptom of asthma) in the past year. The participants also had a test to determine the level of vitamin D in their blood.

Overall, of the study participants, 68 percent of the children and 70 percent of the adults had levels of vitamin D that were lower than what's usually considered adequate for healthy people (30 nanograms per milliliter), which is known as vitamin D insufficiency. In addition, about 1,200 children and 1,800 adults had been diagnosed with asthma. The disease involves inflammation and a narrowing of the airways, both of which make it difficult to breathe.

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Power naps and the science of sleep


Studies show that the Western sleep pattern is unnatural and harmful, but will our ingrained 9-5 culture allow us to accept healthy daily power naps? Hazel Sheffiled grabs 40 winks


The Arndale shopping centre in Manchester is an impractical place to take a nap. Shoppers hurry through its drafty, off-white interior. People stop on curvy benches to eat Greggs pasties. Workers rush back to their desks before the end of their lunch break. No one notices the low throbbing sound emanating from a big black tent right in the middle of the building, opposite Starbucks. Then from the buzzing big top a line of people emerge, yawning: they've just had 15 minutes of top quality sleep.

The Chronarium Sleep Lab landed at the Arndale shopping centre as part of the Manchester Science Festival, an 11-day long event taking in more than 100 installations and activities across the city.

From periscope making to mushroom growing, much of the schedule is dedicated to stimulating people with the wonders of science. This is perhaps the only one designed to to put them to sleep. But it could be the most important.

Comment: Napping for health: Afternoon siestas can save your life!


Syringe

The end of medical freedom and the rise of mandatory vaccinations

Mandatory vaccinations are about to open up a new frontier for government control. Through the war on drugs, bureaucrats arbitrarily dictate what people can and can't put into their bodies, but that violation pales in comparison to forcibly medicating millions against their will. Voluntary and informed consent are essential in securing individual rights, and without it, self-ownership will never be respected.

The liberal stronghold of California is trailblazing the encroaching new practice and recently passed laws mandating that children and adults must have certain immunizations before being able to attend schools or work in certain professions. The longstanding religious and philosophical exemptions that protect freedom of choice have been systematically crushed by the state.

Comment: Vaccine State USA: Mandatory vaccinations are here - California law requires total compliance
For those who have been paying attention to things on the mandatory vaccinations front, to say things are heating up would be an understatement. In just the last month, the Powers That Be have been making moves to continually erode health freedoms in favour of a 'total vaccine state', certainly in the US. These moves include:
  • Mandatory vaccinations for school children
  • Persecution of non-compliant doctors
  • The erosion of the last bastion of vaccine avoidance: medical exemptions
  • Attacks on freedom of speech, including the silencing of a documentary that exposes the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the cesspool of corruption that it is
In my last article, I covered the latest CDC push to stamp out every last smidgen of medical freedom for American citizens. In it, I discussed the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the August 15, 2016 edition of the Federal Register to amend federal public health law. The tricky language of the document, along with the fact that it's coming from the CDC, which, as I said in my last piece, has "a proven track record of hyping up non-issue diseases, hiding uncomfortable facts that will make their vaccines look bad, and widespread corruption," make this a dangerous move. But the document itself further hints at forcible detainment, quarantines and forced medical procedures, including vaccinations.

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In a populace so tied to believing the word of their leaders (with the help of the mainstream media) the public will, apparently, completely buy into any perceived threat, no matter how inane. A little research goes a long way toward tearing down the official narrative, but the number of people willing to take this step remains shockingly small. As a result we have a population so steeped in lies they are willing to submit to whatever steps their leaders deem appropriate "for their own safety", despite the fact that the actual threat is quite minuscule.



Pills

Pain management and the roots of the opioid epidemic

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Ascetics preparing and smoking opium outside a rural dwelling in India.
Abuse of opium products obtained from poppy plants dates back centuries, but today we are witnessing the first instance of widespread abuse of legal, prescribed drugs that, while structurally similar to illicit opioids such as heroin, are used for sound medical practices.

So how did we get here?

We can trace the roots of today's epidemic back to two well-intentioned changes in how we treat pain: early recognition and proactive treatment of pain and the introduction of OxyContin, the first extended release opioid painkiller.

Pain as the fifth vital sign

Fifteen years ago, a report by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally recognized medical society which accredits hospitals, stressed that pain was vastly under treated in the United States. The report recommended that physicians routinely assess pain at every patient visit. It also suggested that opioids could be effectively and more broadly used without fear of addiction. This latter assumption was entirely mistaken, as we now understand. The report was part of a trend in medicine through the 1980s and 1990s toward treating pain more proactively.

The report was heavily publicized, and today it is widely acknowledged that it led to massive - and sometimes inappropriate - increases in the use of prescription opioid drugs to treat pain.

With more opioids being prescribed by well-meaning doctors, some were diverted from the legal supply chain - through theft from medicine cabinets or trade on the black market - to the street for illicit use. As more opioids leaked out, more people started to experiment with them for recreational purposes.

This increase in supply certainly explains a large part of the current opioid abuse epidemic, but it doesn't explain all of it.

Microscope 2

Is there a connection between Helicobacter pylori, iron deficiency & gluten sensitivity?

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Chronic gluten exposure for those who are intolerant can weaken the immune system's ability to fight off infection. One of the most common types of infection in the GI tract (stomach) is a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (AKA- H. pylori). This bacteria can bore through the stomach mucus and cause erosion of the lining in the stomach and duodenum leading to ulcers. If the infection persists long enough it can contribute to dysplastic cell growth and stomach cancer. Common symptoms of H. pylori infection are:
  • Gastric bloating
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Black tarry stools
  • Excessive belching
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

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