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Virus mix-up by lab could have resulted in pandemic

It's emerged that virulent H5N1 bird flu was sent out by accident from an Austrian lab last year and given to ferrets in the Czech Republic
before anyone realised. As well as the risk of it escaping into the wild, the H5N1 got mixed with a human strain, which might have spawned a hybrid that could unleash a pandemic.

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Baxter: "experimental virus material" contained live bird flu virus

The company that released contaminated flu virus material from a plant in Austria confirmed Friday that the experimental product contained live H5N1 avian flu viruses.

And an official of the World Health Organization's European operation said the body is closely monitoring the investigation into the events that took place at Baxter International's research facility in Orth-Donau, Austria.

"At this juncture we are confident in saying that public health and occupational risk is minimal at present," medical officer Roberta Andraghetti said from Copenhagen, Denmark.

"But what remains unanswered are the circumstances surrounding the incident in the Baxter facility in Orth-Donau."

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Zicam may damage sense of smell - FDA

Shares of Zicam manufacturer Matrixx Initiatives plummet more than 55% after government warns consumers to discontinue use. Stock is halted.

Consumers should discontinue use of Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can can permanently damage users' sense of smell, the government said Tuesday.

In a press release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised consumers to stop use of three over-the-counter Zicam Cold Remedy products: nasal gel, nasal swabs and the discontinued "kids size" swabs.

Arrow Up

Tool helps gauge autistic language skills

Canadian researchers say a questionnaire could help parents gauge language skills of their autistic children.

A report by a panel of experts commissioned to evaluate the questionnaire by the U.S. National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in Bethesda, Md., is published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

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Study: Sinus Infections Tied to Toxic Shock Syndrome in Children

Sinus infections may cause more than 20 percent of all cases of toxic shock syndrome in children, U.S. researchers said Monday.

They said doctors treating children for toxic shock syndrome should be aware of the risk.

"Prompt imaging studies of the sinuses is mandatory when no apparent cause of toxic shock syndrome is found," Dr. Kenny Chan of the University of Colorado and the Children's Hospital of Denver, whose study appears in the Archives of Otolaryngology, said in a statement.

Arrow Up

Study links breastfeeding to high grades, college entry

Breastfed babies seem more likely to do well at high school and to go on to attend college than infants raised on a bottle, according to a new U.S. study.

Professors Joseph Sabia from the American University and Daniel Rees from the University of Colorado Denver based their research on 126 children from 59 families, comparing siblings who were breastfed as infants to others who were not.

By comparing siblings, the study was able to account for the influence of a variety of difficult-to-measure factors such as maternal intelligence and the quality of the home environment.

Health

Sexual diseases 'rampant' in California porn industry

The porn industry of California's San Fernando Valley is under pressure to clean up its act, following the revelation last week that one unnamed female performer has tested positive for HIV. And according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, she is just the tip of the iceberg.

Since 2004, county health officials say that at least 22 performers have tested HIV positive. The true figure could be higher, as reports depend on people admitting their occupation to testing labs.

Over the same period, there were 2378 positive tests for chlamydia, 1357 for gonorrhoea and 15 for syphilis in Los Angeles County among people describing themselves as adult film performers.

"Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant," says Jonathan Fielding, the county's director of public health.

Light Saber

The Importance of Food Independence

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The promise of skyrocketing food costs is being kept by the New World Government. Whether it will be a result of commodity futures speculation, crop blights, biofuel production, rising energy costs or inflation from printing money from thin air, rest assured that we will all be paying more for what we put on our dinner tables as time goes on. So again, I urge you to grow as much food as possible and store as much food as possible. There is no such thing as growing too much food or having too much food in storage as long as it is properly rotated. If you think you have too much food coming from your garden or have more food stored than you can consume before it expires, then share some with those less fortunate than yourself.

This is my third year of vegetable gardening and I am pleased that each year my tiny plot is more productive. I've learned that growing plants that continue to produce for many months is very important in order for me to be able to feed the people who live in this household. Personally, I don't like growing things that are one time only producers, the ones that when pulled from the ground or pot ends the plant's production. If you have a larger growing area, then by all means plant as many different types of veggies and fruits as possible. Since I am an urban prisoner with a very small area in which to grow, these are the crops I am concentrating on these days and why:

Syringe

Regular flu vaccine little help against new H1N1 strain

The seasonal flu vaccine provides virtually no protection against the new H1N1 influenza strain, federal health researchers confirmed on Thursday. Their study using stored blood samples supports an intriguing theory that people over the age of 60 have some immunity to the new H1N1 strain, perhaps because it resembles an older version of seasonal flu.

The findings are important as U.S. and global health officials grapple with the question of whether to offer a vaccine against the new swine flu virus, which has infected more than 11,000 people globally and killed at least 85.

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Fluoridation is the Ultimate Deception

The following article is, in essence, my testimony delivered to the Hawaii Senate Health Committee in 2008. It contains facts that anyone can use to oppose water flouridation wherever you live. The good news is that once again we have been successful in keeping fluoride out of our water supply.

Here we go again. Let's take our pure and tasty drinking water, put a medication (fluoride) in it, make the people accept it and make believe we have Freedom of Choice in this country.

I would like to pose some hypothetical questions:

What would you do if you suddenly found out that fluoride was not "safe and effective" at all, but was actually a carcinogenic industrial waste?

What would you do if you learned that the sugar lobby's answer to cavity reduction is more fluoride rather than less sugar in the diet?