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Cancer-fighting gene-editing tool Crispr to begin human trials in China

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It may be banned in the UK, but DNA editing technology will begin trials on humans in China next month in the hope of curing lung cancer. The technique known as 'Crispr' acts like a scissors, cutting out unwanted sections of DNA.

A team of scientists at Sichuan University's West China hospital in Chengdu will be the first to use the technique on humans after successful trials with monkeys.

"If this technology has good safety and shows certain efficacy, it has wide applications," Lu You, an oncologist leading the trials, told Bloomberg.


The evidence-based mind of psychiatry on display

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Earlier this year, Ronald Pies and Allen Frances wrote a series of blogs that collectively might be titled: "Why Robert Whitaker is Wrong about Antipsychotics." In regard to reviewing the "evidence" on that question, Pies did most of the heavy lifting, but he also told of drawing on the expertise of E. Fuller Torrey, Joseph Pierre and Bernard Carroll. Given the prominence of this group, it could be fairly said that Pies' review reflects, to a large degree, the collective "thoughts" of American psychiatry.

And with that understanding in mind, therein lies an opportunity, one not to be missed.

Over the past 35 years, psychiatry—as an institution—has remade our society. This is the medical specialty that defines what is normal and not normal. This is the medical specialty that tells us when we should take medications that will affect how we respond to the world. And this is the profession that determines whether such medications are good for our children. Given that influence, we as a society naturally have reason to want to know how the leaders in the profession think, and thus how they come to their conclusions about the merits of their drugs. The blogs by Pies and Frances provide us with just that opportunity. We can watch their minds at work and ask ourselves, do we see on display the type of thinking—the openness of mind, the critical thinking, the curiosity, the humility of character, and the devotion to public wellbeing—that we want to see in a medical specialty that has such influence over our lives?

Comment: The "institutional corruption" of Psychiatry: A discussion with the authors of 'Psychiatry Under the Influence'


Study finds working overtime increases likelihood of illness and injury

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Working overtime is great for the wallet, but not for your health, according to a new study. The research found that a person's likelihood of becoming ill grows when they begin working extra hours.

In the largest study of its kind, reported by Politiken newspaper, researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Purdue University found that when Danish production companies experience a surge in business, their employees' workload increases, thereby negatively impacting their health.

In particular, when a production company increases its exports by 10 percent and employees must work extra hours, workers suffer more illness and injuries.

"Our results show that there are real consequences when one is made to work too much," Roland Munch of the University of Copenhagen told Politiken.


Racism: Harmful for the brain and body

Today, we are looking at the effects of racism on the health of the sufferer. According to Merriam Webster, racism is the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

Especially in the United States, racism is a word some people would not want to hear. These people deny that racism exists. However, it now obvious that racism is not a perception in America, it is a reality. African-Americans and other minority groups in the country are constantly at the receiving end of racial bigotry.

But how does racism impact the health of the sufferer?

First, Sarah Zhang of the Wired News states that African-Americans face disproportionately high levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. She argues further that when it comes to mental health, studies show that reporting more incidents of racism is linked to more signs of depression and anxiety on the sufferer.

Eye 2

The future of warfare is viral: Department of Defense is creating virus-fighting viruses for outbreak emergency

The U.S. military is now creating its own custom-made line of viruses that it hopes can be used to neutralize a deadly virus during an outbreak by out competing with it and reproducing enough times to overwhelm a strain like HIV, Zika or Ebola.

But early research also shows that the lab created, genetically-engineered "dud" viruses could interfere with DNA and trigger cancer, and unlike other therapeutics, will be evolving as it courses through.

For now, it's future is still in the hands of military scientists. But the Department of Defense sees it as very promising.


Congress passed a new GMO Labeling Bill - so how will it work?

Confused about what the bill means and how it might change your shopping experience? Here's our explainer.

Last week, just before they adjourned for summer recess, Congress passed a bill that will establish national standards for labeling food containing ingredients which are genetically engineered (GE) also known as genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks.

Does this mean U.S. shoppers will soon see labels disclosing GMO ingredients on all food products? Not exactly.


Things you can do for a better brain

Reduce the mental decline that begins in mid-age by making moderate changes in your diet and lifestyle.

I can remember a survey I looked at years ago indicated that "maintaining mental sharpness" was the #1 health issue for 65% of the people questioned. I don't think much has changed. Brain health is a huge concern for many people, most likely because poor brain function equates to poor quality of life. There is no doubt that we live in a society that demands our brains work 100% - we constantly juggle facts, inputs, information, tasks, responsibilities, and process emotions. And at the same time, the statistics are showing us increased rates of cognitive decline and dementia are becoming some of the biggest health issues in the 21st century.

How can you prevent the mental downslide that starts in mid-age? You can buffer your brain against mild decline and even more severe reduced function with dementia by taking some steps in what you eat and how you live.


Holistic doctor deaths - over 50 dead on 1 year anniversary

Editor's note: VIDEO BELOW IS FROM MONTHS AGO, but I'll do an updated one with the nearly 50 doctors dead. A few aren't on the list yet and we'll get them all labeled for you.

Wine n Glass

Bye-bye booze! New study claims alcohol is linked to 7 types of cancer

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If you enjoy a good tipple after a hard day's work, you may want to put that glass down. A new study says that alcohol consumption is associated with seven types of cancer.

The study, published in the journal Addiction on Thursday, found an association between alcohol consumption and cancers in seven sites of the body: the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and female breast. The strongest link was between alcohol and cancers of the mouth and throat.

The research goes on to cite figures which suggest that alcohol led to around half a million cancer-related deaths in 2012, or 5.8 percent of cancer deaths worldwide.

Study author Jennie Connor, of the preventative and social medicine department at New Zealand's Otago University, said the study shows there is more than a simple link or association between alcohol and cancer, and that there is now enough evidence to prove that drinking is a direct cause of the disease.

Comment: Even if alcohol doesn't directly cause cancer, it's probably best to lay off the stuff:

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The Health & Wellness Show: Beyond the Pump: Getting to the heart of the matter

On this episode of the Health and Wellness show we will delve deep into the heart. Did you know the heart is more than just a pump? (Some would argue that it's not a pump at all.) It is made up of muscle cells and neurons, generating the strongest electromagnetic field of any organ of the human body. In addition to generating the strongest electromagnetic field, the heart has an intelligence of its own, which is why some neurocardiologists refer to it as the heart-brain or the fifth brain. With the knowledge of this electromagnetic heart-brain can we be tap into a different forms of intelligence such as intuition and wisdom? And what can we do to protect and strengthen this heart brain connection?

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