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Chicago migrant shelter reports tuberculosis outbreak following measles reports

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© Fox NewsTuberculosis under a microscope and a Chicago migrant shelter
Chicago health officials have announced that a "small number" of tuberculosis (TB) cases have been reported at some migrant facilities following a recent outbreak of measles among migrants living in the Windy City's shelters.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said the TB cases were reported in "a few different shelters" in the city. However, officials did not disclose the exact number of confirmed cases or which shelter locations they originated from, Fox 32 Chicago reports.

The agency says its medical teams are ramping up contact tracing to address the health issue. Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that mainly affects the lungs.

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Poor Sleep Causes Toxic Brain Buildup, Exercise May Help Detoxify and Reduce Sleep Debt

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Clear your brain's 'metabolic trash' with exercise for restorative sleep

If you find yourself stumbling groggily out of bed each morning despite clocking in a full eight hours of sleep, your body may be trying to tell you something. Poor sleep wreaks havoc on your body in invisible ways.

While chasing more sleep seems like the obvious solution, new research reveals the key to feeling refreshed and well-rested may actually lie in how you spend your waking hours.

Comment: The results and conclusion in the study are rather general: From the study in Sleep Health
Sleep is often viewed as a separate entity from the 24-hour day. However, our study highlights the integral relationship between sleep and daily activities. Our findings suggest that the composition of our daily activities may have a significant impact on the multiple dimensions of sleep, emphasizing the importance of considering the integrated effects of time use. This new knowledge warrants further investigations into whether the structure of our days can help achieve healthy sleep, to enhance physical and mental wellbeing.
For many familiar with traditional medicine, the above hardly comes as a surprise, but the researcher have had an opportunity to apply statistics to a great amount of data. Who knows perhaps one day there will be statistics that can show if the following old proverbs are true: Early to bed, early to rise, makes man healthy, wealthy and wise; work sweetens the sleep; who goes fasting to bed will sleep but lightly; if the skin of your belly is tight, the skin of your eyelids can sleep; one hour's sleep before midnight is better than two after it, a quiet conscience sleeps in thunder (Except the first, they were found here)

On, there are 500+ articles that mention sleep in the title, of which probably more than half are health related. Among these there are close to 20 articles that mention both good and sleep, and with the current article 15 articles include both poor and sleep.

Below is a selection:

How sleep works
Sleep shrinks the brain — and that's a good thing
Neurons help flush waste out of brain during sleep
The complex relationship between sleep and pain: Insights from sleep expert Dr Alison Bentley
Humans don't hibernate but they do need more sleep in winter, new study suggests
Even in the depths of sleep our brains are alert to stranger danger, new study reveals
Sleep loss sabotages new memory storage in the hippocampus
Scientists make first observation of how the brain records memories during sleep
Brain paralyzes you while you sleep
General anesthesia and normal sleep affect brain in an amazingly similar way as consciousness fades
Inflammation May Be Link Between Extreme Sleep Durations And Poor Health
Snoring Sounds May Hold the Key to a Good Night's Sleep

What sleep does in general
Getting good quality sleep could add several years to your lifespan
Poor sleep hygiene: New study shows what disrupted sleep does to your mental health
Lousy sleep isn't good for your body, either

Sleep and children
Poor sleep in children may have prenatal origins
Poor Children More Vulnerable to Effects of Poor Sleep
Teens need more sleep than adults: Inadequate sleep causes low mood, poor health and learning
Poor sleep in adolescents may increase risk of heart disease (From 2012)
Why children need a good night's sleep: Study suggests sleep deprivation affects immature brain differently than adults'

Sleep and old age
Senior moments: Poor memory tied to faulty brain rhythms during sleep
Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories
Poor sleep habits raise the risk of dementia
A good night's sleep could keep you out of a nursing home

Good sleep
Researchers identify genetic causes of poor sleep
Ditch sugary sodas for a good night's sleep
Gut microbiome linked to poor sleep via metabolite production
Cold or hot shower before bed: Which is better for sleep?
Keys to getting a good night's sleep
Fixing Technical Problems for a Good Night's Sleep
Morning daylight exposure essential for a good night's sleep
US sleep scientists want to cancel daylight saving time
How the 'lost art' of breathing can impact sleep and resilience
Good relationships equal better sleep, says study: How responsive partners boost mental health


Best of the Web: Doctors report mysterious worldwide cancer 'epidemic'

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Leading doctors are highlighting a mysterious worldwide rise in cancer cases among patients aged under 50. Widely covered in the mainstream media, the development follows the recent announcement by Britain's Princess Catherine that she herself has now been diagnosed with the disease. The cause of the global increase, which is said to have sparked alarm among scientists, is hotly debated. But while improved diagnostic methods, genetic predispositions, lifestyles, and as yet unknown environmental factors have all been proposed as possible reasons, the roles of some other possible influences are essentially being ignored.

Illustrating the scale of the problem, the annual cancer incidence rate among British individuals aged between 25 and 49 has reportedly reached 162.4 cases per 100,000 people. This represents a 22 per cent increase over the figure in the 1990s. At the global level, a study published in the BMJ Oncology journal last year revealed that, between 1990 and 2019, there was a 79 percent surge in the incidence of early-onset cancer and a 27 percent higher number of early-onset cancer deaths.

Cancers previously seen as being more common in older age groups are increasingly being diagnosed in younger adults. Examples include breast, colorectal, esophageal, gastric, and pancreatic cancers, among others. With healthcare systems still struggling to recover from the impact of policies imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is growing concern that in the years ahead, the burden on national economies will escalate still further.


Moderna vaccine recipients have greater risk of developing chronic condition: study

A healthcare worker prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
© Thomas Lohnes/Getty ImagesA healthcare worker prepares a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Young men especially at risk of developing chronic hives, researchers find.

People who receive Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine have a greater risk of developing chronic hives, according to researchers in Denmark.

The Danish Medicines Agency review of data from Denmark and the European Union validated a safety signal that arose for chronic hives, or chronic urticaria, and Moderna's shot, the agency said on March 20.

Of 360 cases reported in Europe following the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 58 were deemed probably caused by vaccination and 228 were determined to be possibly caused by the vaccination, Martin Zahle Larsen from the Danish Medicines Agency said in a statement.

Comment: Although increased chronic hives resulting from Moderna's mRNA vaccines and fewer with Pfizer's mRNA vaccines are undeniably unpleasant, it's important to recognize that this article overlooks the more severe and potentially life-threatening side effects associated with these vaccines.

These include but are not limited to blood clots, myocarditis, pericarditis, and unfortunately, instances of excessive mortality, particularly among young, healthy individuals, predominantly men, and athletes.

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Neurological conditions #1 cause of disease worldwide, major US study reveals

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Conditions affecting the nervous system - such as strokes, migraines and dementia - have surged past heart disease to become the leading cause of ill health worldwide, a major new analysis said on Friday.

More than 3.4 billion people - 43 percent of the global population - experienced a neurological condition in 2021, far more than had previously been thought, the analysis found.

The study was carried out by hundreds of researchers led by the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which has become a global reference for health statistics.

Lead study author Jaimie Steinmetz of the IHME said the results showed that nervous system conditions are now "the world's leading cause of overall disease burden".

Comment: See also: Global cancer phenomenon: UK, Japan, South Africa, among dozens of countries suffering 'mystery' spikes of tumors


Does time-restricted eating increase the risk of cardiovascular death?

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Why I don't put any stock in a recent "study".

No matter what your stance on a particular topic is, you can nearly always find a study that supports your point of view. What matters more than being able to find a published study with a particular outcome is the quality of that study. Case in point: last Monday, researchers presented unpublished (read: not peer-reviewed) data from an observational study, concluding that time-restricted eating (TRE) was associated with a 91% increase in the risk of cardiovascular (CV) death, which resulted in a frenzy of headlines by many news outlets. If you already think that TRE is harmful to health, you might take the headline at face value; but if you look with a closer eye, you'll find that the results from this study are virtually meaningless.

What do we know about this study?

This study was presented as a poster at a conference, meaning that study details are limited and the full study still needs to be peer-reviewed before publication, as noted above. Randomized trials have been used to study the potential health benefits of TRE, but usually with limited duration. The motivation for this study was to see if long-term use of TRE affected mortality, something that would be extremely difficult to do with a randomized trial. For this retrospective, observational study, the researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) collected between 2003 and 2018 from more than 20,000 people in the US. Each year, NHANES collects demographic, biomarker, and dietary data from approximately 5,000 randomly selected US residents to track changes in overall population trends. Each food recall questionnaire requires the participant to remember what they ate, how much, and at what times on the previous day. This study required that every participant completed two food recall surveys less than two weeks apart, and averaged their two feeding windows to determine each person's eating duration.

Comment: Call it a sign of the times, but at this point in history, any health headlines in the mainstream media can almost be guaranteed to be false. As is said in the article, you can pretty much find a study to support any argument, so the studies chosen for the headlines serve an agenda in the messaging they convey. Implemented correctly, intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating, can be a very beneficial health strategy with multiple benefits. The 'it will make you die' headlines should be approached with the highest possible scepticism.

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Best of the Web: Ivermectin could be a 'powerful drug' for fighting cancer, here's why

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Different from many conventional cancer therapies, ivermectin kills cancer cells by enhancing immune response.

Rick Alderson was a retired sawmill worker who was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in November 2020.

He experienced excruciating pain in his bowels for months; then, a gastroenterologist found a large tumor in his rectum and told him and his wife he only had six months to live.

Comment: Not bad for a "horse de-wormer"! The more research that goes into ivermectin, the more of a miracle drug it turns out to be, with a broad range of therapeutic benefits beyond Covid. Is it any wonder there was a wide-sweeping smear campaign against it?

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Workout in a pill? Scientists move one step closer to an exercise-mimicking drug

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© alvarez via Getty ImagesScientists are working to develop a class of drugs called "exercise mimetics," which recapitulate some beneficial effects of exercise.
Scientists are in the early days of creating a drug that can mimic cellular benefits of exercise for people unable to engage in physical activity.

Could popping a pill bring someone similar benefits to running on a treadmill or doing resistance training? In new research, scientists moved one step closer to making this a reality and developing a drug that can mimic some of the cellular effects of exercise.

The goal is to make a drug that flips switches in human cells that would normally be activated by exercise. These switches help maintain and regenerate muscle mass and boost the activity of cells' power houses, for example, said principal investigator Bahaa Elgendy, an associate professor of medicinal chemistry and anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


FDA loses its war on Ivermectin: Must remove all related social media content and consumer advisories

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In December 2021, the FDA warned Americans not to use Ivermectin, which "is intended for animals" to treat or prevent COVID-19.

"Never use medications intended for animals on yourself or other people. Animal ivermectin products are very different from those approved for humans. Use of animal ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 in humans is dangerous," FDA said at the time.

This was a very controversial statement at the time since the FDA pushed the drug on African migrants back in 2015, and the drug was praised in several scientific journals.

There have now been 101 Ivermectin COVID-19 controlled studies that show a 62% lower risk in early treatment in COVID-19 patients.


Risks associated with blood transfusions from Covid mRNA vaccinated individuals exposed in new study from Japan

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The COVID-19 pandemic, declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2020, has spurred unprecedented efforts to develop and deploy genetic vaccination programs worldwide. Genetic vaccines, particularly those utilizing mRNA technology, have emerged as powerful tools in combating SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, concerns have been raised regarding potential risks associated with blood transfusions involving individuals who have received COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. This COVID-19 News report delves into the intricacies of genetic vaccines, the risks they may pose in transfusion scenarios, and proposes detailed measures to address these concerns.

Understanding Genetic Vaccines and Mechanisms of Action

Comment: See also: The Inanity of RNA Vaccines For COVID-19