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The Case for Pathology: Brain MRIs Find Hidden Neurological Problems

Screening MRIs can uncover potential trouble in the brain, a new study suggests.

As a matter of fact, that might happen more than 10 percent of the time, according to Dutch researchers who found that 7.2 percent of those who received MRIs had blocked blood vessels in their brains, 1.8 percent had cerebral aneurysms, and 1.6 had benign brain tumors.

"Our study shows that incidental findings are much more frequent than was thought previously," said study co-author Dr. Aad van der Lugt, an associate professor of radiology at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Comment: One has to wonder what kind of effect it has on psychological make up of those individuals, even if there are no apparent physiological symptoms.

From Political Ponerology by Andrew M. Lobaczewski
Brain tissue is very limited in its regenerative ability. If it is
damaged and the change subsequently heals, a process of rehabilitation
can take place wherein the neighboring healthy tissue
takes over the function of the damaged portion.
This substitution
is never quite perfect; thus some deficits in skill and proper
psychological processes can be detected in even cases of very
small damage by using the appropriate tests. Specialists are
aware of the variegated causes for the origin of such damage,
including trauma and infections. We should point out here that
the psychological results of such changes, as we can observe
many years later, are more heavily dependent upon the location
of the damage itself in the brain mass, whether on the surface
or within, than they are upon the cause which brought them
about. The quality of these consequences also depends upon
when they occurred in the person's lifetime. Regarding pathological
factors of ponerogenic processes, perinatal or early
infant damages have more active results than damages which
occurred later.

The findings are published in the Nov. 1 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


H5N1 hits poultry in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam

Officials in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam have reported new outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry this week.

In Bangladesh, an official from the government's livestock department said the H5N1 virus was detected at three farms in the northern part of the country, Reuters reported today. Workers culled about 6,000 chickens, which were buried over the last 2 days, the report said.

The country's last reported H5N1 outbreak occurred in May, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.

Meanwhile, a livestock official in Pakistan said yesterday that 45,000 chicks at a breeding operation in the Northwest Frontier province were destroyed and buried after a laboratory in Islamabad identified the H5N1 virus in samples from the flock, The Post, a Pakistani newspaper, reported today.

According to OIE reports, Pakistan's last poultry outbreak occurred in July.

Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam reported two more H5N1 outbreaks in ducks, according to a report from Xinhua, China's state news agency. An outbreak that began on Oct 29 in southern Vietnam's Tra Vinh province struck a flock of 2-month-old ducks, killing 400 and sickening 500, the report said.

On Oct 28 an H5N1 outbreak killed 210 of 400 ducks at a household in northern Vietnam's Nam Dinh province, the Xinhua report said.


Medifraud: Available at a Pharmacy Near You

Unbridled profits, lax safety regulations and corporate fraud are all part of a normal day in the life of our corrupt drug industry.

We're hearing those phrases again," declared Law and Order district attorney, former Republican senator, and presidential candidate Fred Thompson in a July 26 ABC podcast. "National health care, universal health care, socialized medicine. We're being told that government bureaucrats can take over our entire medical industry -- which, by the way, is the best and most complex in the world -- and make it better."


'Mystery' skin disease in farmers

Farmers are being affected by a mysterious new skin disease, dermatologists report.

The condition affects the ears, which become hot, itchy and sore before blistering and crusting.

©Blackwell Publishing
Affected farmers have blisters on their ears


Fear and Knowledge

Fear grows in darkness;
if you think there's a bogeyman around,
turn on the light.

- Dorothy Thompson
© Zadius Sky
Fear is very much known to everyone and it is highly contagious. We see it everywhere, especially in today's world. When one becomes fearful, one's mind resorts to a state of being clouded or paralyzed. In order to overcome this kind of fear, one would require knowledge and the ability to think for oneself. Knowledge can surely protect us from that which we would be fearful of.


'Dual epidemic' threatens Africa

©Associated Press
Poor areas of sub-Saharan Africa are vulnerable

A rising number of dual infections with HIV and tuberculosis has created a co-epidemic spreading throughout sub-Saharan Africa, researchers say.


Flavor enhancers, coloring agents & preservatives - Food additives demystified

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) - flavor enhancer

Derived from cornstarch, usually a combination of 55 percent fructose and 45 percent sucrose. Treated with an enzyme that converts glucose to fructose, which results in a sweeter product. Used in many mass-produced foods including soft drinks, baked goods, jelly, syrups, condiments (like ketchup), fruits and desserts.


Commuters Inhale Heavy Dose of Pollution

Driving is more hazardous than anyone knew: A heavy commuter inhales more pollution while driving than in the entire rest of the day, a new study finds.

The research was done in Los Angeles, where the average driver spends 1.5 hours behind the wheel. That time in traffic accounts for 33 to 45 percent of total exposure to diesel and ultrafine particles (UFP), the study showed.

Comment: While the war against smokers continues, it is what we breathe in the air that causes us more harm. But we don't see anyone from the government running around to fix it, do we? It is clear that when they tell us to quit smoking because of the harm it causes us, they are lying again.

Read this SOTT focus piece for more information: Let's all light up!


Lawmakers: Look closely at foreign drugs

The Food and Drug Administration isn't paying enough attention to inspecting the growing amount of drugs produced by foreign manufacturers, say lawmakers who want the agency to update its approach.

The head of the FDA is being called before a congressional committee Thursday to explain his agency's lopsided approach to inspecting drugs, both domestically and overseas.

Black Cat

Cat's eye view of DNA sheds light on human disease

The first full genetic map of a cat -- a domestic pedigreed Abyssinian -- is already shedding light on a common cause of blindness in humans and may offer insights into AIDS and other diseases, researchers reported on Wednesday.

And the cat genome shows some surprising qualities that cats and humans appear to have uniquely in common, the researchers report in the journal Genome Research.