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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."


URGENT: Italian researchers find Covid vaccine myocarditis relapses in teenage boys following apparently complete initial recovery

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Two teenage boys who suffered heart inflammation following Pfizer's Covid jabs and then seemed to recover had relapses months later, Italian researchers have reported.

Both teenagers showed evidence of new heart damage from the recurrences, including high levels of proteins from injured cardiac muscle. Scans showed one boy had new lesions in his heart wall, and he needed nearly two weeks of hospitalization.

The researchers could not determine why the boys suffered the relapses, which came 8 to 12 months after the initial myocarditis episodes. They called for tighter monitoring of anyone diagnosed with mRNA-caused myocarditis - and more research to determine if young people who suffered it might face severe future complications.

Comment: The Daily Sceptic reported:
MIT health data expert Professor Retsef Levi wrote on Twitter that the study shows that vaccine-induced myocarditis is likely driven by the mRNA platform itself and not the spike protein specific to the Covid vaccines. The study also adds to the evidence of "sustained heart scarring and abnormalities", underlining that "vaccine-induced myocarditis is not mild", he said.

Former Tory and now Reclaim MP Andrew Bridgen has written to the Prime Minister to alert him to the new Swiss study showing heart damage at a rate of up to one in 35 following mRNA vaccination, calling on him to recall Parliament to review the latest scientific data and halt the booster programme.


World's largest study shows the more you walk, the lower your risk of death, even if you walk fewer than 5,000 steps

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The number of steps you should walk every day to start seeing benefits to your health is lower than previously thought, according to the largest analysis to investigate this.

The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology today, found that walking at least 3967 steps a day started to reduce the risk of dying from any cause, and 2337 steps a day reduced the risk of dying from diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease).

However, the new analysis of 226,889 people from 17 different studies around the world has shown that the more you walk, the greater the health benefits. The risk of dying from any cause or from cardiovascular disease decreases significantly with every 500 to 1000 extra steps you walk. An increase of 1000 steps a day was associated with a 15% reduction in the risk of dying from any cause, and an increase of 500 steps a day was associated with a 7% reduction in dying from cardiovascular disease.


'Vax-Unvax: Let the science speak' — Why RFK Jr. and I wrote this book

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In May 2017, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was invited to meet with Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Accompanying Kennedy to the meeting were Del Bigtree, Informed Consent Action Network founder, attorney Aaron Siri and Lyn Redwood, R.N., MSN, president emerita of Children's Health Defense (CHD).

Several other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials in the executive offices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) accompanied Collins and Fauci.

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Man bitten by stray cat contracts infection unknown to science

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The bite of a fluffy cat on the street can be more dangerous than you might think.

In the United Kingdom, a 48-year-old who was bit by a stray feline ended up contracting a species of bacterium that scientists have never seen before.

His immune response to the foreign microorganism was a doozy. Just eight hours after receiving multiple bites, the man's hands had swollen to such a great extent that he took himself to the emergency department.

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