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Nov 22 08:14

CDC launches task force for polio-like disease as MORE cases emerge: Now 109 kids are confirmed sick and 167 are under investigation as officials scramble to identify the cause

Another 16 children have contracted the rare polio-like disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) - bringing the total number of confirmed cases this year to 109 across 29 states, the CDC has revealed.

Another 167 children are showing tell-tale symptoms of the mysterious illness which has emerged as a major public health threat every other year since 2014.

It seems to be caused by a combination of viruses but this year, the third time AFM has surged, the CDC is still struggling to identify exactly how and why it takes hold.

As such, the agency today formed a task force designed to investigate the driving forces and possible treatments of AFM, and to establish what post-AFM life looks like for sufferers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; what if turns out that 90%, or more of these kids, have already been vaccinated against polio?!?!? Were they given a shot, or an oral form of the drug?

As stated in Wikipedia:

"Vaccine description: Target disease Poliomyelitis

Polio vaccines are vaccines used to prevent poliomyelitis (polio).[1] Two types are used: an inactivated poliovirus given by injection (IPV) and a weakened poliovirus given by mouth (OPV).[1] The World Health Organization recommends all children be fully vaccinated against polio.[1] The two vaccines have eliminated polio from most of the world,[2][3] and reduced the number of cases reported each year from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to 22 in 2017.[4]

The inactivated polio vaccines are very safe.[1] Mild redness or pain may occur at the site of injection.[1] Oral polio vaccines cause about three cases of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis per million doses given.[1]"

And a couple of weeks ago, the following made headlines:

Parents accuse CDC of not reporting childrens' death from AFM

This article goes on to state: "Parents of children who had a horrifying polio-like illness are accusing the Centers for Disease Control of hiding the deaths of two children who suffered from the condition.

This little PR stunt on the part of the CDC, is nothing more than trying to stay one step ahead of furious parents, whose kids may have been put at risk

The parents say by not publicly acknowledging the two deaths, the agency is intentionally downplaying the severity of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a disease that paralyzes healthy children in a matter of hours.

"I feel like they're just sugar-coating this," said Katie Bustamante, whose son Alex, age 6, died in May. "It eliminates my trust in the CDC."

Their accusations come amid a wave of criticism from parents of children with AFM and from some of the CDC's own medical advisers. In a recent on-camera interview with CNN, a group of parents gave the agency an "F" for its handling of the outbreak."

Also, there is also a vaccine-derived form of the virus:

vaccine-derrived poliovirus

Other interesting studies here include:

Vaccine causing polio in Africa?!?

The article goes on to state:

"Christopher K. Brown: There are several different ways to make a vaccine, one of which involves weakening the pathogen that causes the disease so that, ideally, it triggers the vaccine recipient’s immune system to recognize and fight off the pathogen without actually causing a case of disease. Because weakened—or attenuated, as they are called—vaccines still include a live, virulent organism, they are in very rare instances linked to disease, whether in a single individual or as the culprit behind an outbreak. Scientists do not fully understand why the intentional infection that the oral poliovirus vaccine causes might lead to unintended disease in an extremely small number of vaccinated people, but it is likely that having a weakened immune system may contribute to someone experiencing paralysis after getting the attenuated vaccine.

The process by which an attenuated vaccine leads to a larger outbreak is more complicated. When someone gets the vaccine, the viruses it contains replicate in the small intestine. The weakened viruses can then spread from person to person. This can be a good thing in that it offers immunity to people who are exposed through this type of transmission even though they didn’t get the vaccine themselves—and thus it increases the proportion of the population that most likely will not get polio even if exposed to poliovirus (that is, it bolsters herd immunity). But if a vaccine-derived strain of the virus continues to spread and replicate, mutations in its RNA (the genetic material that controls the virus) can over time allow it to revert to a form capable of causing disease, including paralysis, as we are seeing among children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If most of a population is not immune to the particular strain, then more people may start to develop disease as a result of the vaccine strain becoming virulent again."

Nov 21 16:37

Scientists Have Created A Star Trek-Like Plane That Flies Using "Ion Thrusters" And No Fuel

In their tests from 2016 to 2018, they created an aircraft with a wingspan of 5 meters (16 feet) that weighed 2.45 kilograms (5.4 pounds). It has a number of thin electrodes running across its wings, and at the front of these are thin wires, while at the back is an aerofoil – a curved surface to produce the lift, like on a regular plane wing.

The thin wires at the front are charged to positive 20,000 volts, while the aerofoil at the back is charged to negative 20,000 volts, creating a strong electric field. At the front, electrons are removed from nitrogen molecules in the air to produce ions. And as these accelerate to the back, they produce an ionic wind, which gives the plane thrust.

Nov 21 13:58

Big Pharma’s Dangerous Drugs Are Now Killing More People Than Guns or Automobile Accidents

While all these lives (and the lives of their loved ones) are being torn apart, Big Pharma has been raking in billions. And the same industry that caused this massive epidemic of death now stands to profit by selling new, pharmaceutical “cures” for the problem they created.

Nov 21 11:55

The Stories Continue.....

A Romaine Lettuce E. coli Alert, right before the US holiday, started this rumination. That aside, wishing all a convivial and Happy Thanksgiving!

Endemic Diseases Brought across the Borders... Illegals, Migrant Workers, Food Handlers... Real World Anecdote

Free-access borders to Cent.Americans, Islamic world migrants... bring in intestinal parasites (E. coli, hook worm, tape worm, amoebic dysentery, etc.) Plus un-treatable TB, scabies, typhus, cholera, rodent-host diseases...)

Those living in conditions where parasites are the norm tend to have high infant mortality rate. Those not eliminated from the gene pool may be under-nourished.

Nov 21 11:30

Cluttering the Space Commons? Upcoming SpaceX Launch Irks Orbital Debris Experts

Space-junk experts are raising a red flag about the upcoming launch of more than 60 small satellites atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission, dubbed SSO-A: SmallSat Express, was scheduled to launch Monday (Nov. 19) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but SpaceX pushed it back to perform additional inspections of the rocket. No new launch date has been set.

SSO-A: SmallSat Express will be the largest rideshare mission from a U.S.-based launch vehicle, with 25 percent of the customers launching for the first time. [See the Evolution of SpaceX's Rockets in Pictures]

Mission management provider Spaceflight has contracted with more than 60 spacecraft from approximately 35 different organizations. Spaceflight is a service offering of Spaceflight Industries, based in Seattle.

Nov 21 10:47

8 Reasons We Need To Stop Focusing On Nutrients

Op-Ed by Niamh Michail

The rise of nutritionalism — focusing on nutrient content rather than the whole food — has created a ‘nutritional cacophony’ that leaves people confused.

Today, the average individual faces a ‘nutritional cacophony’ when navigating food choices. He or she might feel encouraged to eat chocolate because of the powerful antioxidants in cacao despite the high sugar and fat content, or a breakfast cereal that is fortified in vitamins but contains 50% sugar. Nutrients benefits our health but they should not come at a cost.

According to Bernard Lavallee, nutritionist, researcher and author based in Montreal in Canada, selling a food product based on its ingredients and superfoods is a form of nutritionalism, which makes people dependent on specialists and nutrition ‘gurus’...

Nov 21 10:36

Vegas Man Rushed To ER After Flu Shot, ‘I Can’t Feel My Legs’

A Las Vegas man was sent to the ICU following receiving a flu shot. Monique Morgan says her husband, Shane, was given a flu shot on November 2nd. He began showing symptoms of the flu shortly after the shot.
“36 hours afterward, he developed flu-like symptoms,” said Morgan. Flu symptoms soon turned to paralysis.

“He’s like I can’t feel my legs… I need you to take me to the emergency room,” said Morgan. Doctors treating Shane believe it could be a “rare disease” called Guillain-Barré syndrome that is often linked to the flu shot.

Nov 21 09:55

YOUR MEDICAL DEVICES ARE NOT KEEPING YOUR HEALTH DATA TO THEMSELVES — PROPUBLICA

CPAP units, heart monitors, blood glucose meters and lifestyle apps generate information that can be used in ways patients don’t necessarily expect. It can be sold for advertising or even shared with insurers, who may use it to deny reimbursement.

Medical devices are gathering more and more data from their users, whether it’s their heart rates, sleep patterns or the number of steps taken in a day. Insurers and medical device makers say such data can be used to vastly improve health care.

But the data that’s generated can also be used in ways that patients don’t necessarily expect. It can be packaged and sold for advertising. It can anonymized and used by customer support and information technology companies. Or it can be shared with health insurers, who may use it to deny reimbursement. Privacy experts warn that data gathered by insurers could also be used to rate individuals’ health care costs and potentially raise their premiums.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect every and any data any which these devices process, to be sent, sold, or analyzed,in ways which never even occurred to you, as the end user.

Nov 21 09:41

Your Medical Devices Are Not Keeping Your Health Data to Themselves

By Derek Kravitz and Marshall Allen

CPAP units, heart monitors, blood glucose meters and lifestyle apps generate information that can be used in ways patients don’t necessarily expect. It can be sold for advertising or even shared with insurers, who may use it to deny reimbursement...

Nov 20 16:08

GM Mosquito Release In Cayman Islands Ends Prematurely

By Catherine J. Frompovich

There’s been a lot of buzz about GM mosquitoes to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. The Cayman Islands in the Caribbean took on a project to test their ability to ‘curb’ whatever those mosquitoes were supposed to be capable of doing: to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and dengue fever.

The UK-based genetic modification firm Oxitec, ‘creators’ of those GM mosquitoes, aka “bio-bugs,” apparently secured a mosquito release project for their GM male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to ‘impact’ the spread of dengue fever and Zika, which our friends at the Institute for Responsible Technology, under the leadership of Jeffrey Smith, opposed and obviously provided counter scientific information to Cayman authorities...

Nov 20 14:55

Mars revisited: NASA spacecraft days away from risky landing

It won’t be looking for signs of life, past or present. No life detectors are on board.

The spacecraft is like a self-sufficient robot, said lead scientist Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“It’s got its own brain. It’s got an arm that can manipulate things around. It can listen with its seismometer. It can feel things with the pressure sensors and the temperature sensors. It pulls its own power out of the sun,” he said.

By scoping out the insides of Mars, scientists could learn how our neighbor — and other rocky worlds, including the Earth and moon — formed and transformed over billions of years. Mars is much less geologically active than Earth, and so its interior is closer to being in its original state — a tantalizing time capsule.

Nov 20 13:48

CDC Warning: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce

Two days before families across America sit down for big Thanksgiving meals, the CDC is warning people not to eat romaine lettuce of any kind, due to an outbreak of E. coli infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32 people have become ill from a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in 11 states from Oct. 8 through Oct. 31. Thirteen of those people were hospitalized, including one who suffered kidney failure. In addition, at least 18 people in Canada have been infected with E. coli in Ontario and Quebec.

All of those cases have been linked to romaine lettuce, and the CDC said consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce of any kind, as “no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.”

Nov 20 12:54

The Top Five Ways To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

By Rosanne Lindsay, ND

Holiday season is here and food is a central theme, beginning with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge those people and things for which you are grateful. Gratitude reminds you that when you get stuck in life and feel overwhelmed, you can choose to see things differently. Practicing gratitude helps to free you up from judgment to see new solutions.

When it comes to health, how you navigate this time of year determines your success in staying healthy going forward into the New Year...

Nov 20 11:44

CDC launches task force for polio-like disease as MORE cases emerge: Now 109 kids are confirmed sick and 167 are under investigation as officials scramble to identify the cause

Another 16 children have contracted the rare polio-like disease, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) - bringing the total number of confirmed cases this year to 109 across 29 states, the CDC has revealed.

Another 167 children are showing tell-tale symptoms of the mysterious illness which has emerged as a major public health threat every other year since 2014.

It seems to be caused by a combination of viruses but this year, the third time AFM has surged, the CDC is still struggling to identify exactly how and why it takes hold.

As such, the agency today formed a task force designed to investigate the driving forces and possible treatments of AFM, and to establish what post-AFM life looks like for sufferers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If there is a problem with the polio vaccine, the CDC will make certain we never hear about it!

Nov 20 11:39

To science bloggers living with mommy

One: Richard Horton, editor-in-chief, The Lancet, in The Lancet, 11 April, 2015, Vol 385, “Offline: What is medicine’s 5 sigma?”:

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness…

Nov 20 09:39

SCIENTISTS ARE MAKING EDIBLE VEGAN PROTEIN FROM COTTON THAT TASTES JUST LIKE HUMMUS

Vegan protein made from GMO cotton that could meet the daily requirements of 600 million people could be on the horizon – and, apparently, it tastes like hummus.

Fortune reports that last month the USDA gave the green light to the commercialization of a cotton plant with edible seeds made with biotechnology. The new crop was created by scientists at Texas A&M University, who have been working on its development for 23 years. It is still pending approval from the FDA, but once the administration gives the plant the go-ahead, farmers will be able to grow the cotton for plant-based protein and fiber.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ewwwww....

Nov 20 08:56

Vitamin D may get you discharged home sooner! A deficiency in the sunshine supplement trebles the length of time patients stay in hospital

Lack OF vitamin D trebles the length of time patients stay in hospital, according to new research.

Those with the lowest levels of the sunshine vitamin are also more frail, at higher risk of dementia and falls and are more likely to die in hospital than those with the highest levels.

Nov 20 08:04

U.S. chicken farms are so dirty, meat has to be washed with chlorine before being sold for human consumption

Chlorine water is routinely sprayed all over U.S. chicken meat, believe it or not, as a way to destroy pathogens and other harmful compounds that are rampant in America’s disgusting factory farms. Most of Europe has much higher standards than the U.S. when it comes to rearing animals for meat production, hence why American meat typically isn’t welcomed there.

But now that the U.K. is “independent” from the E.U. governance, it’s apparently open game for American imports – including potentially disease-ridden chicken meat that, in addition to possibly containing harmful bacteria, is loaded with bleach chemicals that are harmful to human health.

Nov 20 07:51

Top 5 TOXINS that turn critically thinking citizens into obedient sheeple so that globalists can control elections

The most popular vaccines, flu shots, are loaded with mercury, which has been proven to cause neurological and brain damage to humans. The CDC recommends annual mass-mercury injections for all pregnant women and 6-month-young infants. Ever heard of mad hatter syndrome?

Nearly every psychological drug on the market today causes depression, anxiety, confusion, doubt, and other physical and mental conditions that keep people from thinking critically, or thinking straight at all.

Canola oil has been proven by science to cause memory loss, confusion, cognitive decline and dementia. Ever wonder why most Democratic voters can’t seem to remember what happened just weeks or months ago? It’s like “Ground Hog Day” (the movie) every day for these folks.

Genetically modified foods contain pesticides, including chemical insecticides and herbicides, that literally break down the cleansing organs and systematically destroy the brain, causing cancer and dementia.

Nov 19 19:56

Lab-Grown Kidney Organoids Sprout Brain and Muscle Cells

By Aaron Kesel

Lab-grown organs have been observed suddenly sprouting cells belonging to brains and muscles, leaving scientists bewildered, Dailymail.co.uk reported.

The miniature kidneys, made using test tubes and beakers in a laboratory, failed to behave the way they were expected to according to scientists.

Instead of growing into different kinds of kidney cells, they formed into brain and muscle cells...

Nov 19 12:59

Why Society Hates Men - MGTOW

The problem with western society playing the identity politics game is that it's quite hard to get men to play that game. Men aren't generally willing to play those games unless they are weak cucks looking to get laid by feminists and passing down their weak genes because they can't do it by competing with masculine men. The soviets tried to be sneaky when it comes to tricking men into identity politics by saying that workers were being oppressed by the bourgeoisie. The workers of course were mostly men. So lumping men together as oppressed workers got men to work towards building the soviet union. The west of course provided its workers a better standard of life and communism crumbled. As men we are for the most part individualistic and competitive. Capitalism works best for hard working, inventive and risk-taking male behavior. It doesn't work as well for other groups. So they get together and try to undermine capitialism using social justice and cultural marxism.

Nov 19 12:08

Threat of Wifi and EMF the Subject of International Scientist Appeal

Increasing numbers of scientists around the world are producing research data demonstrating the immediate threat posed to human health by saturation coverage of wi-fi, smart meters, and EMF in general.

Nov 19 11:46

Government Agency Warning: Space Storms Could Cause Mass BLACKOUTS

It’s not like solar storms of this magnitude have never occurred either. According to Fox News, In 1859 a giant solar flare doubled the sun’s brightness for a few minutes, followed by a surge in magnetism that caused powerful electrical currents in telegraph wires across Europe igniting widespread fires. Another such solar event in 1989 struck Quebec in Canada and burned out power cables led to a blackout. Researchers fear another such event would burn out high-voltage cables and substations across the United Kingdom.

Nov 19 11:16

The Snowiest Decade

Nov 19 11:15

Russian space agency shows interest in US lunar orbiter project

Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos is interested in the US project to create an international lunar orbiter but the Russian side has its wishes and proposals on it, Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. "We view with interest the project of our US colleagues to create the international manned Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway and we, of course, will have our own proposals and wishes. We are already discussing the technical aspect of the creation of the manned station on the Moon in the foreseeable future," Rogozin said at a conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station. The plans to create a lunar orbital station were unveiled in the spring of 2016. TASS reported at the time, citing the documents of Russia’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, that preliminary work was underway with the US Boeing Company on the issues of creating the near-Moon infrastructure in support of the national space agencies’ future plans.

Nov 19 10:37

US to continue using Russian engines for Atlas launch vehicles

The United States plans to continue using Russian RD-180 rocket engines for its Atlas launch vehicles, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations William Gerstenmaier told TASS on Monday. "We will still staying with RD-180 in Atlas," Gerstenmaier said. The Space Launch System (SLS), the new big rocket, will have main engines from the Shuttle, he added. Energomash is supplying RD-180 rocket engines to the United States for Atlas III and Atlas V launch vehicles. The first agreement on RD-180 engines was made in 1997 and provided for delivery of 101 engines. The US Congress imposed a ban on RD-180 engines use in 2014 in view of deteriorated relations with Russia but canceled it a year later, when it became clear that the United States will not develop its engines in coming years. The US ordered 18 extra RD-180 engines from Energomash in 2016.

Nov 19 10:36

LAB-GROWN MINI-BRAINS SPONTANEOUSLY PRODUCED ‘HUMAN-LIKE’ BRAIN WAVES FOR THE FIRST TIME

Neuroscientists from the University of California San Diego observed spontaneous electrical activity that resembles human brain waves in a lab-grown “mini-brain” for the first time. They hope this breakthrough will allow researchers to study the early stages of brain disorders like epilepsy in infants, which is usually difficult or impossible due to the difficulty of analyzing a fetus in utero.

Nov 19 10:35

Ebola response suffers another setback, as WHO evacuates some staff after attack

The World Health Organization has evacuated 16 people working to contain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a rebel attack near the area where they were staying, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Saturday.

The decision marks another violence-related setback for the response to the outbreak, but Tedros said in an interview with STAT that he hoped containment operations could resume as normal soon.

Overall, the response team in the area comprises more than 200 health workers and others, he said.

The attack appears to have targeted a camp used by United Nations peacekeeping forces in Beni, a city in northeastern Congo that is currently a hot spot for Ebola transmission. The camp is located near a hotel where some Ebola responders are staying.

Nov 19 10:31

Russia develops spacecraft capable of delivering 3.5 tonnes of cargo into orbit

Russian specialists have developed a spacecraft with the increased lifting capacity capable of delivering 3.5 tonnes of cargo into orbit, Chief Designer, First Deputy CEO of Energia Space Rocket Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said on Monday. "This spacecraft will have a lifting capacity of 3.5 tonnes," the chief designer said at a press conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS). A Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket is planned to be used to deliver such a spacecraft into orbit, he said. The Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) will be fully built in 2022 when the last of the three modules scheduled for their launch in 2019-2022 joins the station, Chief Designer and First Deputy CEO of Energia Space Rocket Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said on Monday. Russia’s manned space flight program pursues two tasks. The first of them is to expand the range of scientific experiments on the ISS, which has not yet used up its resource, he said.

Nov 19 10:25

Russia to send first humanoid robot to orbital outpost aboard manned Soyuz spacecraft

The first Russian humanoid robot will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a manned Soyuz spacecraft, Chief Designer, First Deputy CEO of Energia Space Rocket Corporation Yevgeny Mikrin said on Monday. "Under the project called Tester, an autonomous robot will be created. It will perform work inside a promising manned spacecraft, inside the Russian segment of the ISS. The first copy [of the robot] will fly aboard a Soyuz spacecraft," Mikrin said at an international conference devoted to the 20th anniversary of the world’s sole orbiter. The chief designer did not specify, however, the timeframe of launching the humanoid robot to the orbital outpost. According to the presentation of the Energia Space Rocket Corporation, there are plans to create two more robots. The former, Cosmorobot, will work with the research and energy module expected to be launched to the ISS in 2022. The latter, Teledroid, is designed for work on the space station’s Russian segment.

Nov 19 09:52

White rhino from Kruger sold to hunters, it is feared

Hundreds of white rhino from one of the world's most famous game reserves are to be herded up and sold, many of them to private hunters.

Nov 19 09:21

M 6.7 - 245km SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Nov 19 07:16

RIP Kepler: NASA sends final 'goodnight' command to shut down planet-hunting spacecraft that discovered 2,600 exoplanets

NASA has finally shut down its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft.

The space agency confirmed on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, Kepler received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth - nine years after it blasted off.

The 'goodnight' commands finalize the spacecraft's transition into retirement, which began on Oct. 30 with NASA's announcement that Kepler had run out of fuel and could no longer conduct science.

Nov 18 19:23

MGTOW Channels Attacked- Whats The Next Step?

I recorded this at 3AM. Sorry if I sound lame.
We pretty much all know by now Youtube attacked all MGTOW related channels. Here are some ideas on how we can respond. We are under attack simply for being men, this goes beyond MGTOW. Tomorrow it might be illegal to have a penis. We need to fight back.

Nov 18 12:06

How Satellites Are Tracking Devastation of California Wildfires from Space

The late-season Camp wildfire is still raging across Northern California, but firefighters are gradually corralling the Woolsey Fire, which has burned swaths of Southern California.

That means that the work of satellites monitoring the fires is shifting. While images of the Camp Fire are still being used to track the blaze itself, scientists are now focusing their satellite analysis on measuring the destruction left behind.

Nov 18 11:41

Is the solution to antibiotic resistance in SEWAGE? Bacteria-eating viruses have cured over a dozen Americans of superbugs - but the FDA has long dismissed it as 'Soviet pseudoscience'

Bacteriophages, or phages, are unique viruses that don’t harm humans but - as their name literally means - they are ‘bacteria eaters.’

But they are picky eaters. Each phage specifically targets a single kind of bacterium, so these treatments are tailored to each infection and only useful (for now) in narrow instances.

Critics say that phage therapy is still less effective than regular antibiotics and that the viruses so quickly leave the system that they would only be minimally effective.

But a pioneering program at the University of California, San Diego, is using phages to treat people with no other hopes left – and it’s working.

Nov 18 09:48

A common additive in food and drinks found to raise your blood pressure

If people can have too much of a good thing, imagine the dangers that come from of having too much of a bad thing. That’s exactly what researchers from the University of Basel found in their recent study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In their study, they found that consuming too much phosphate, a common additive in food and drinks, can cause a person’s blood pressure and pulse rate to shoot up.

Phosphate occurs in nature, where it is found in meat, fish, nuts, and beans. However, in its synthetic form, it’s used as a preservative. It’s added to meat products to keep from spoiling, prevent coffee from clumping, and make cheese more spreadable. It’s this increased consumption, the authors said, that could be harmful to a person’s health.

Nov 17 12:23

The 2018 Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend! Here's What to Expect

Come early Sunday morning (Nov. 18), the famous Leonid meteor shower will reach its peak, with lesser numbers expected on the preceding and following mornings.

According to Margaret Campbell-Brown and Peter Brown in the 2018 Observer's Handbook of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Earth will pass through the thickest part of the Leonid swarm at 7 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Nov. 17. But the best time to look will be during the after-midnight hours of Sunday morning, once the source the meteors appear to stream from, called the radiant, comes above the horizon for observers in North America. The meteors appear to fly away from a point located within the Sickle of Leo (hence the name "Leonids").

Nov 17 12:23

Antares Rocket Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station in Dazzling Predawn Liftoff

A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket lit up the predawn sky over Virginia Saturday (Nov. 17) to launch a privately built Cygnus spaceship filled with NASA supplies (and even some ice cream) to the International Space Station.
The Antares rocket soared into the clear, chilly skies over Virginia's Eastern Shore carrying an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft filled with tons of science experiments, food and other vital supplies for the space station's crew. Liftoff occurred at 4:01 a.m. EST (0901 GMT) from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport here at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility after two days of delay due to bad weather.

"What an outstanding launch," said Joel Montalbano, NASA's deputy station program manager, after the dazzling liftoff. Cygnus is now on track for an arrival at the station on Monday (Nov. 19), he added.

Nov 17 10:53

‘It robs your life’: Hospital mistakenly removes woman’s 2 healthy kidneys

A Colorado hospital is accused of mistakingly removing the kidneys of a woman who turned out to be perfectly healthy. She is now dependant on dialysis and faces a seven-year wait for a transplant.

Doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital told Linda Woolley she had to get her kidneys removed because pathology tests suggested she likely had kidney cancer. The 72-year-old had the operation in May.

However, a biopsy from March seen by KDVR shows “no evidence of malignancy” and says the results are “consistent with a benign process,” KDVR reports.

Nov 17 10:28

SURGICAL ROBOT "SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL", KILLS MAN AS DOCS SIPPED LATTES

In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of a surgical robot that it tasked with repairing a patient’s damaged heart valve, only to have the machine go completely bonkers and ultimately kill the man on the operating table.

According to reports, this first-time-use robot not only physically assaulted a living medic while attempting to conduct its programmed surgery, but also implanted stitches into the patient’s heart in a manner that physicians present during the fiasco described as not being in “an organised fashion.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for this hospital, all who attended this surgery, and the company which manufactured the robot, to be sued out of existence.

Nov 17 07:32

Keytruda may be a miracle cancer drug, but can those who need it afford it?

Keytruda (generic name pembrolizumab) is an immunotherapy drug manufactured by the company Merck & Co. It is most commonly used to treat melanoma, and was listed for this use by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration in April 2015.

Nov 16 19:31

Grapefruit juice and statins can cause liver damage, while St John’s Wort can make the contraceptive pill ineffective: Expert reveals six surprising drug interactions

Not only can drugs interact with each other, they can also interact with food and drink, as well as popular herbal remedies.

In a piece for The Conversation, Philip Crilly reveals some of the most noteworthy to give you an overview of the combinations to be wary of.

Nov 16 11:34

Voyager 2 Creeps Closer to the Edge of the Solar System

And at the beginning of November, the team noticed a sharp decline in the number of particles encountered — but not all the way down to nearly zero, where it will remain after it leaves our neighborhood. That means that the spacecraft still has a ways to go before scientists can finally declare it free of its home solar system.

The new data adds to the first warning of Voyager 2's impending departure, which came from the probe's High Energy Telescope, which measures high-energy particles. Those particles become more prevalent as a spacecraft leaves the solar system.

The spike in energetic particles is a signature of the probe gradually losing the protection of a bubble around our sun called the heliopause. That bubble is formed by the solar wind, a constant stream of charged particles that is born in the sun, quickly accelerates in the star's atmosphere and then sets off across the entire solar system.

Nov 15 16:53

Man discovers he does NOT have cancer after misdiagnosis led to five years of chemotherapy and biopsies

James Salaz, of Montrose, Colorado, was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) in 2012 after 'abnormalities' were found in his left lung

LCH is a rare form of cancer in which an excess of immature white blood cells cause tumors to form throughout the body

Salaz was on chemotherapy and painkillers for five years, but the 'abnormalities' were not disappearing

After his primary doctor was dismissed in 2017, Salaz found another doctor who told him he never had cancer

Salaz was actually suffering from vasculitis, an inflammation of the blood vessels

The chemotherapy he was on has also given him pancreatitis he will have to live with for the rest of his life

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Government Study Finds ‘Clear Evidence’ for Heart Tumors From Cellphone Radiation

Cellphones were classified as a Group 2B “possible carcinogen”1 in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization and the global gold standard for the classification of toxins.

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