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  • The Problem of A Stubborn and Unrepentant Heart

    02/25/2014 2:47:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/24/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus once rebuked the people of his time for their stubborn and unrepentant hearts: This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At...
  • 'Severe epidemic' of sexually-transmitted diseases is sweeping the nation, warns CDC Valentine's Day

    02/14/2013 8:52:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278457/CDC-warns-Valentines-Day-eve-severe-epidemic-sexuall | Daily Mail Reporter
    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released data Wednesday revealing that 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diagnosed each year nationwide, costing some $16 billion in taxpayer funds. Half of the 20 million new infections affect people ages 15 to 24 - who only make up a quarter of the population,l according to the statistics. Human papillomavirus (HPV) tops the list as the most common infection followed by chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV and trichomoniasis.
  • A SARS-like Virus Has Been Detected In The Middle East

    09/24/2012 2:45:26 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    TBI ^ | 9-24-2012 | Joshua Berlinger
    A SARS-like Virus Has Been Detected In The Middle East Joshua BerlingerSeptember 24, 2012 Health experts are monitoring a SARS-like virus that has killed one individual and hospitalized another in the Middle East. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the 49-year-old Qatari man was admitted to an intensive care unit in Doha on September 7, suffering from "acute respiratory infection and kidney failure" after traveling to Saudi Arabia. He was transferred to Britain by air ambulance on September 11. The British Health Protection Agency also released a statement on Sunday addressing the infections. The WHO said virus...
  • A New Target In Fighting Brain Disease: Metals

    01/30/2012 4:34:33 PM PST · by Dysart · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-30-2012 | Shirlely S. Wang
    Research into how iron, copper, zinc and other metals work in the brain may help unlock some of the secrets of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Iron and copper appear to accumulate beyond normal levels in the brains of people with these diseases, and a new, Australian study published Sunday shows reducing excess iron in the brain can alleviate Alzheimer's-like symptoms—at least in mice. A genetic mutation related to regulating iron is linked to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Zinc, on the other hand, appears to impair memory if its levels get too low or if it gets into...
  • A Petri Dish of Activism, and Germs

    11/11/2011 7:16:09 AM PST · by libstripper · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | Nov. 10,. 2011` | Mat Flegenheimer
    The chorus began quietly at a recent strategy session inside Zuccotti Park, with a single cough from a security team member, a muffled hack between puffs on his cigarette. Then a colleague followed. Then another.
  • 'Glee' Set to Show Gay Sex

    11/08/2011 10:59:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    'Glee' Set to Show Gay Sex By Paul Wilson Created 11/08/2011 - 1:07pm From its inception, popular TV musical comedy Glee has waged a relentless campaign of liberal propaganda and pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable on broadcast TV. The show is now stepping up its campaign of homosexual promotion. The latest episode of Glee (airing on Nov. 8) titled "The First Time," will feature a gay couple having sex on TV. Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly calls the episode a "game-changer," declaring "I can't think of another network series that's taken a teenage gay relationship so far or been...
  • Occupy Wall Street Protesters Seek STD Testing

    11/01/2011 9:20:39 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Occupy Wall Street protesters are flocking to nearby health clinics for testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV, after getting their freak on in 1960s-style hookups with crusty strangers, sources said. "Last week was free love," a medical professional at a nearby clinic said, referring to the number of people who organizers referred for STD testing. A volunteer at Zuccotti Park admitted concern among protesters about STDs. "We give directions to clinics if people ask for information regarding STDs," the volunteer, who identified himself only as "Captain," said, adding that pregnancy tests are also a hot item.
  • Pig-to-Human Transplants Could Be Closer Than You Think

    10/22/2011 9:29:06 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 47 replies
    PopSci ^ | 10.21.2011 at 3:10 pm | Dan Nosowitz
    Two scientists at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh discussed the state of xenotransplantation--the use of cells, organs, or tissue from one animal in another--in a review in The Lancet. In that review, they touch on the history of one particular subject: pig-to-human transplants. Their conclusion? Clinical trials of pig-to-human transplants could begin in just a few years. Pigs that are genetically modified with genes to protect their organs and other inside bits from attack by the human immune system are capable of all kinds of potentially life-saving effects. Research has been conducted until now...
  • Impacts of Illegal Immigration: Diseases

    07/20/2010 5:16:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 2+ views
    The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration ^ | July 20, 2010 | P. F. Wagner and Dan Amato
    Legal immigrants are required to have medical screening to ensure that they do not bring any contagious diseases into the United States. Illegal aliens are not screened and many are carrying horrific third world diseases that do not belong in the USA. Many of these diseases are highly contagious and will infect citizens that come in contact with an infected illegal alien. This has already happened in restaurants, schools, and police forces. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood...
  • Is Your Public Swimming Pool Safe? Dirty Pools and Diseases, CDC Reports

    05/21/2010 9:06:15 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 32 replies · 828+ views
    Assoicated Content ^ | May 21st, 2010 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Pools can be dirty, toxic and full of many things that make kids and adults sick. Fecal matter is just the tip of the iceberg. Children with dirty diapers are adding to unsafe swimming pools. When 1 in 5 adults admit to urinating in swimming pools, how much urine must be in public swimming pools? Nitrogen from urine can actually eat chlorine. Sweat and suntan lotion can also damage chlorine in pools.
  • Company plans to sell genetic testing kit at drugstores

    05/11/2010 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 471+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 May 2010 | Rob Stein
    Beginning Friday, shoppers in search of toothpaste, deodorant and laxatives at more than 6,000 drugstores across the nation will be able to pick up something new: a test to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments. The test also claims to offer a window into the chances of becoming obese, developing psoriasis and going blind. For those thinking of starting a family, it could alert them to their risk of having a baby with cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other genetic disorders. The test also promises users insights into how caffeine, cholesterol-lowering drugs...
  • Healthcare and Disease

    02/02/2010 6:47:03 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 96+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/2/10 | Mark Roberts
    Managing health care is a tougher job now than it was even 10 years ago. In addition to various health plan choices and a multitude of insurance offers available in the market place, employers and the medical community must also contend with new illnesses and communicable diseases that are getting more and more difficult to control and cure. As our population gets more diversified, Americans now are seeing health issues develop that we are finding more dangerous and more costly to manage.
  • Health Ministry: Flu, respiratory diseases claim 344 lives in Ukraine (Reports are confusing)

    11/18/2009 3:02:11 PM PST · by Mother Abigail · 20 replies · 970+ views
    Kyivpost ^ | 11-18-09
    Health Ministry: Flu, respiratory diseases claim 344 lives in Ukraine Yesterday at 20:36 | Interfax-Ukraine The current flu epidemic and other acute respiratory diseases in Ukraine has claimed 344 lives by Wednesday evening, the Health Ministry said. It said 18 people had died of such diseases in the previous 24 hours. The ministry said 1.502 million people had contracted such illnesses since the epidemic broke out and that 44,781 had fallen ill in the past 24 hours. A total of 83,904 people have been hospitalized since the start of the epidemic, and 54,407 of them have been discharged from the...
  • Pest-infested fence shipment stopped in Seattle

    05/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Cindy · 22 replies · 1,318+ views
    KING 5.com ^ | May 5, 2009, 7:46 pm PDT | Gary Chittim
    Note: Video included. # SEATTLE – The U.S. Customs and Border agents have detained 11 shipments of reed fencing from China that were so infested with plant pests and diseases, it could have killed crops.
  • London suffering from shocking rise in rare 'Victorian' diseases

    04/15/2009 1:34:06 PM PDT · by Stoat · 56 replies · 2,153+ views
    The Evening Standard (U.K.) / various ^ | April 15, 2009 | Joe Murphy,
    London suffering from shocking rise in rare 'Victorian' diseasesJoe Murphy, Political Editor 15.04.09   London is in the grip of a startling rise in diseases associated with Victorian times, figures disclose today.Rare infectious illnesses including typhoid, whooping cough and scarlet fever have soared by 166 per cent in the past two years.Infection rates in the capital are markedly higher than the national averages, warned Justine Greening, the shadow minister for London who assembled the figures.They include a staggering 214 per cent increase in cases of mumps - up from 125 in 2007 to 393 last year. The disease is...
  • Clostridium difficile or the Media: Which of These is More Dangerous?

    05/28/2008 10:33:24 AM PDT · by 60Gunner · 7 replies · 118+ views
    Comcast News ^ | 60Gunner
    Once again, the media has released a "nature is out to kill us all" article. Source: Comcast News. The writer of the article was, to be quite blunt, pretty damned irresponsible in selecting the information with which the reader is presented. Go figure. I will break this down point by point and fill in the blanks after each article snippet. My comments are in boldface: Para.1: More than 10,000 people per year are hospitalized with Clostridium difficile.Response: 10,000 people is about 0.00003% of the population of the United States. Hardly a widespread epidemic. Para. 2: The germ is resistant to...
  • From Multiple Sclerosis, a Multiplicity of Challenges

    03/06/2008 9:55:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 818+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2008 | JANE E. BRODY
    When it comes to understanding, preventing and treating chronic diseases, multiple sclerosis ranks among the most challenging. The word “multiple” is apt in more ways than one. Various suggested causes include early-life exposure to certain viruses or toxic agents, geographic and dietary influences, inherent immunological defects and underlying genetic susceptibilities. MS is highly unpredictable. Rarely are any two patients alike in the presentation, duration and progression of symptoms; even the underlying cause of disability in MS is being reconsidered. And rarely do any two patients respond in the same way to a given therapy, be it medically established or alternative....
  • AR Dept of Health debunks leprosy fears (Arkansas Leprosy Coverup)

    02/09/2008 7:24:27 AM PST · by Scythian · 24 replies · 815+ views
    KFSM News ^ | February 8, 2008
    SPRINGDALE - The Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock says some Northwest Arkansas doctors have wrong information that's leading them to fears of leprosy cases
  • Leprosy outbreak causes concerns in Northwest Arkansas (illegal immigrant connection)

    02/08/2008 12:44:53 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 39 replies · 911+ views
    KFSM ^ | Feb 7, 2008
    The medical community is warning the public: a leprosy outbreak in Springdale could blossom into an epidemic, if something isn't done soon. Doctors say at least nine cases of leprosy have been confirmed in Springdale. Local doctors say they would be shocked by even one case of leprosy in their entire career, so they say something must be done soon, in order to stop leprosy's spread. Springdale MD Jennifer Bingham says, "my initial response was: I am shocked. I am shocked we are seeing this. It's a true reason to be very worried." Medical specialists say the Marshall Islands have...
  • (December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs

    02/07/2008 8:36:10 PM PST · by navysealdad · 69 replies · 1,181+ views
    The Morning News NWA Online ^ | December 10, 2007 | By John Lyon
    LITTLE ROCK -- The people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands are among the unhealthiest people in the world. An estimated 6,000-8,000 Marshallese immigrants live in Springdale, AR. and the surrounding areas, of whom 867 are children enrolled in the Springdale School District, Pritchard told the House and Senate Interim Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor.Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Joe Bates testified that between 2000 and 2005, Northwest Arkansas had nine cases of congenital syphilis, six of which involved Marshallese; 38 people with infectious syphilis, 21 of whom were Marshallese; and nine cases of leprosy, all Marshallese....
  • Stem Cells May Reverse Brain Injury and Restore Memory

    11/26/2007 9:42:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 165+ views
    New University ^ | Aaron Elias
    Memories help construct lives and life experiences—without them, living life would be nearly impossible. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are debilitating illnesses capable of ruining victims’ lives and inflicting pain and sadness on their families. Recent findings at UC Irvine show that the use of stem cells can reverse memory loss after brain injuries and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. “This study can very well benefit people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as physical brain injuries and neuron loss, if it becomes transferable to humans,” said Debbie Morisette, a stereologist working on the study. “But as of right...
  • Latin American Scourge turning up in U.S. immigrants (Chagas Disease)

    11/06/2007 5:49:39 PM PST · by television is just wrong · 43 replies · 71+ views
    Los Angeles Times via SF Gate.com ^ | November 6, 2007 | Mary Engel
    A Los Angeles County hospital has opened the first clinic in the country devoted to studying and treating Chagas disease, a deadly parasitic illness that has long been the leading cause of heart failure in Latin America and is now being seen in immigrant communities in the United States. Unless Chagas is treated early, little can be done to halt its advance. Yet because 10 to 20 years can pass before heart or gastrointestinal complications develop, many people don't realize they're infected with what has been called a silent killer. "We really, really need to become more aware of the...
  • Final TB count: 212 test positive at 1 chicken plant

    11/03/2007 7:05:23 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 149 replies · 293+ views
    decaturdaily.com/ ^ | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2007 | Eric Fleischauer
    All of the employees at the Wayne Farms fresh processing plant in Decatur have received tuberculosis skin tests and 212 of them tested positive. Health workers read and tabulated a final batch of tests Wednesday, said Scott Jones, interim director of the State Department of Public Health's Tuberculosis Control Division. Of the 598 tests administered Monday, 165 tested positive. In skin tests administered to 167 fresh processing employees Oct. 11, 47 tested positive. One of the 47 has active tuberculosis disease, which is contagious. All told, 28 percent of those who received skin tests at the fresh processing plant tested...
  • TB-tainted man crosses border 76 times

    10/17/2007 3:35:25 PM PDT · by Dysart · 50 replies · 209+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10-17-07 | Sara A. Carter and Audrey Hudson
    A Mexican national infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis crossed the U.S. border 76 times and took multiple domestic flights in the last year, according to Customs and Border Protection interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Times. he Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency was warned by health officials on April 16 that the frequent traveler was infected, but it took the Homeland Security officials more than six weeks to issue a May 31 alert to warn its own border inspectors, according to Homeland Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Homeland...
  • Rare, non-fatal skin disease found in N. Texans[may have migrated north from the Mexican border]

    09/14/2007 8:49:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 35 replies · 1,127+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 14, 2007 | SHERRY JACOBSON
    Dermatologists in North Texas were alerted Friday to be on the lookout for a rare skin infection caused by a parasite that may have migrated north from the Mexican border. The disease, leishmaniasis, typically causes a half-dollar-sized boil that takes six to 12 months to heal. It is not considered life-threatening. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center said they have identified nine cases of the skin disease in North Texans in recent months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that all nine people, both adults and children, were infected by the parasite, Leishmania mexicana. Typically found in Mexico...
  • Illegal immigrants bring diseases into States

    09/11/2007 10:04:01 AM PDT · by uxbridge · 62 replies · 1,166+ views
    Kansas State Collegian ^ | September 11, 2007 | Brigitte Brecheisen
    As our nation slowly is overrun by illegal immigrants, we must realize there are not just societal and economic issues, but medical concerns as well. It has become second nature for people to sit back and make justifications for allowing illegal immigration. However, unless they acknowledge the consequences they are not likely to understand its full implications. Investor's Business Daily reported on Aug. 29, that Francisco Santos, an illegal immigrant, was arrested at Gwinnett Medical Center on Aug. 24 when he refused treatment for an active case of contagious tuberculosis and threatened to leave the hospital and return to Mexico....
  • China Faces Crisis of Credibility Before Olympics

    06/13/2007 7:53:08 AM PDT · by Lou L · 15 replies · 584+ views
    Peace and Freedom - Policy and World Ideas ^ | June 13, 2007 | John E. Carey
    China Faces Crisis of Credibility Before Olympics By John E. Carey Peace and Freedom June 13, 2007China has a crisis on its hands. With less than a year to the final run up to the Beijing Games next summer, Chinese pet food has killed American pets; Chinese toothpaste has been found to contain thinners that are poisonous; Chinese catfish are prohibited by Alabama and Mississippi because of high levels of antibiotics; a company in California has recalled “monkfish” from China because it is probably really puffer fish containing the toxin chemical tetrodotoxin.On Tuesday, June 12, 2007, China’s number two envoy in...
  • Illegals pose major health threat

    05/31/2007 11:13:51 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 3 replies · 689+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | June 9, 2005
    A prominent medical attorney who has studied illegal immigration concludes the porous border with Mexico poses a major public health threat to the U.S. Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is particularly concerned with increases in multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, chagas disease, dengue fever, polio, hepatitis A, B, and C, she told Lou Dobbs on CNN last night. "Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we've never seen or rarely seen in America, because they've always been the...
  • Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-Related Diseases Than Other Animals?

    02/25/2007 11:00:34 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 539+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2007 | Stanford University
    Stanford University Date: February 25, 2007 Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-related Diseases Than Other Animals? Science Daily — Why do humans and their primate cousins get more stress-related diseases than any other member of the animal kingdom? The answer, says Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, is that people, apes and monkeys are highly intelligent, social creatures with far too much spare time on their hands. "Primates are super smart and organized just enough to devote their free time to being miserable to each other and stressing each other out," he said. "But if you get chronically, psychosocially...
  • Many Babies Born Short Of Vitamin D

    02/09/2007 3:25:51 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Science News ^ | 2-9-2007 | Janet Raloff
    Many babies born short of vitamin D Janet Raloff Even in the womb, babies face a high risk of vitamin D deficiency, a new study finds. The sunshine vitamin is a building block for a hormone that not only helps build bone and muscle, but also fights infections and many chronic diseases. Lisa M. Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and her colleagues collected blood samples from 400 first-time moms early in their pregnancies and again at delivery. Half the women were black, and half were white. More than 90 percent of the participants took multivitamins—including...
  • Parasitic infection plagues states along Mexico border

    02/08/2007 8:53:15 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 79 replies · 2,059+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | February 8, 2007 | Joyce Howard Price
    Federal researchers say neurocysticercosis, a brain infection caused by a pork tapeworm, is a "growing public health problem in the United States," especially in states bordering Mexico, where the disease is endemic. ..."international travel and immigration are bringing the disorder to areas where it is not endemic," such as this country. "Neurocysticercosis is the primary cause of epilepsy in endemic areas. This brain worm is very serious," Victor C. Tsang, chief of the immunochemistry laboratory in the Parasitic Disease Division of the CDC said... "Oral-fecal contamination is the standard route of transmission," he said of the condition... "Recent data indicate...
  • Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia (MRSA)

    01/28/2007 4:09:37 PM PST · by blam · 105 replies · 3,342+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-28-2007 | Texas A&M
    Source: Texas A&M Health Science Center Date: January 28, 2007 Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia Science Daily — Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston have discovered a toxin present in the bacteria responsible for the current nationwide outbreak of staph infections also has a role in an aggressive pneumonia that is often fatal within 72 hours. "The virulence of CA-MRSA (community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) strains that produce the PVL (Panton Valentine leukocidin) toxin presents a nightmare scenario," said M. Gabriela Bowden, Ph.D., research assistant professor at HSC-IBT and...
  • Quarantine sought for harsh TB strain

    01/24/2007 8:06:50 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 39 replies · 1,507+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | Jan. 23, 2007 | ANDRÉ PICARD
    People infected with a deadly, virtually untreatable new form of tuberculosis should be isolated and confined -- against their will, if necessary -- to prevent a "potentially explosive international health crisis," according to a group of Canadian and African scientists. These harsh measures are justified given the "extreme risk" posed by an ongoing outbreak of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) in South Africa, they argue in today's edition of the medical journal Public Library of Science Medicine. "We're not saying put people in leper colonies," Ross Upshur, director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and co-author of the...
  • HIV, Malaria Fuel Each Other's Spread, Study Says

    12/07/2006 2:57:28 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 618+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | 12-7-2006 | Scott Norris
    HIV, Malaria Fuel Each Other's Spread, Study Says Scott Norris for National Geographic News December 7, 2006 A deadly synergy between HIV and malaria appears to be fueling the spread of both diseases in Africa, a new study suggests. The report, in tomorrow's edition of the journal Science, is the first to assess how Africa's increased rates of infection are in part caused by an interaction between the two diseases. HIV makes people more vulnerable to malaria by weakening their immune systems, the researchers say, and contracting malaria may worsen a patient's pre-existing HIV infection, possibly making it more communicable....
  • US Immigrants Pose TB Threat

    10/22/2006 9:59:05 AM PDT · by blam · 42 replies · 1,133+ views
    WND ^ | 10-22-2006
    U.S. immigrants pose TB threatFrom coast to coast, more cases found raising fears of new drug-resistant strain Posted: October 22, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com WASHINGTON – The worst forms of a drug-resistant killer tuberculosis bug, rapidly spreading throughout the world, have been gaining ground in the United States along with record legal and illegal immigration levels, alarming public-health officials over a disease once thought vanquished. Although the number of confirmed drug-resistant TB cases in the U.S. is relatively small – still measured in the dozens – health officials say visitors from other countries are bringing in the...
  • The American's Guide to Cuban Diseases

    08/19/2006 7:34:09 PM PDT · by CAWats · 14 replies · 915+ views
    Babalu Log ^ | 8/19/2006 | Cawats
    The American's Guide to Cuban Diseases Destemplanza: Mysterious body temperature, not high enough to be considered fever, but serious enough to miss school and work. Illness is unknown by the American Medical Association and understood only by doctors of Cuban origin. Patatú: Attack of obscure origin that can strike at any time. Could be serious enough to require hospitalization, yet is undetected by medical technology. Victims tend to be males and females over the age of 50 years. Sirimba: Attack with similar symptoms as the Patatu's but not as serious and with shorter duration. Can be alleviated by lying on...
  • Morgellons - World wide plague - it's about to hit the fan.

    08/14/2006 6:09:53 AM PDT · by Scythian · 39 replies · 2,483+ views
    The Morgellons Fibre Disease The mysterious Morgellons Fibre Disease might be an example of a mutation that should have never happened, but is now a worldwide tragedy (See world map) and might be the beginning of a whole new trend. The disease presents us with the strange case of a bacterial mutation with a simultaneous parasite mutation, their symbiotic linkup, and the production of filaments and gels in the body that are not biological in nature. The disease is both quite new and highly mysterious. According to a report it is carried into human biology by nematodes that are tiny...
  • Iraqi nurses learn to fight ... diseases

    08/02/2006 6:08:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 325+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Cpl. Antonio Rosas
    Navy Cmdr. Tara J. Zieber assists an Iraqi Army medic who is preparing needle and thread used to suture wounds Saturday July 15. Story and photo by Cpl. Antonio RosasRegimental Combat Team-7,1st Marine Division CAMP AL QAÂ’IM -- Iraqi nurses and corpsmen will soon be able to treat patients for diseases, thanks to U.S. military physicians serving in this region along the Iraqi-Syrian border. Navy doctors provided Iraqis two days of training designed to teach them how to treat patients for parasites like hook worms. The microbial pests have caused a variety of health problems in locals here, including mental...
  • U.S. Emergency Medicine on the Critical List[PC Alert]

    06/14/2006 2:33:58 PM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 11 replies · 316+ views
    MSN ^ | 6/14/06 | Steven Reinberg
    The U.S. emergency medical system is in critical condition and on life support -- overburdened, under-funded, and highly fragmented, according to three new reports released Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). According to the reports, ambulances are being turned away from emergency departments and patients can wait hours or even days for a hospital bed. And, as it stands, the system is currently unprepared to handle overloads of patients from disasters such as hurricanes, bombings, or disease outbreaks, the authors contended. "These reports reinforce something we have known for a long time," said one expert, Dr. Rick Blum, president...
  • Survival Smarts: Healthy Lobsters Shun the Sick

    05/25/2006 3:57:00 AM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 395+ views
    ap ^ | 5/24/06 | Bjorn Carey
    Caribbean spiny lobsters are normally gregarious creatures, enjoying the company of living together in underwater caves. ADVERTISEMENT But friendships are quickly severed if a lobster starts to smell like it's infected with a lethal disease. Even before an infected lobster starts showing symptoms, its mates pick up on the infection and avoid the sick one like, well, the plague, forcing it into a solitary existence. While the cold shoulder might sound harsh, it's an extremely effective means of maintaining low incidence of the disease in the wild, researchers write in a new study published in the May 25 issue of...
  • Frightening Skin Disease Invades L.A. (Morgellons)

    05/19/2006 3:46:43 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 137 replies · 9,430+ views
    KCAL9 ^ | 5/19/06 | KCBS
    Moregellons Makes Your Skin Crawl With Threadlike Strings Coming Out Of Sores (CBS) LOS ANGELES It's a "mystery” straight out of the "X-Files." But those who suffer from it will tell you it's painfully real. Imagine sweating "beads” of a *black tar- like substance" -- or pulling colored threadlike strings from sores all over your body. Worst of all... not only are doctors unsure of what it is, many tell patients they're making it all up. The disease literally makes your skin feel like it's crawling-- but here's the real scary part for us. Out of the entire country, the...
  • Doctors puzzled over bizarre infection surfacing in South Texas

    05/12/2006 6:44:12 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 209 replies · 5,398+ views
    KENS 5 Eyewitness News ^ | 05/12/2006 | Deborah Knapp
    If diseases like AIDS and bird flu scare you, wait until you hear what's next. Doctors are trying to find out what is causing a bizarre and mysterious infection that's surfaced in South Texas. Morgellons disease is not yet known to kill, but if you were to get it, you might wish you were dead, as the symptoms are horrible. "These people will have like beads of sweat but it's black, black and tarry," said Ginger Savely, a nurse practioner in Austin who treats a majority of these patients. Patients get lesions that never heal. "Sometimes little black specks that...
  • More Illegal Mexican Immigrant Imports - Infectious Diseases (my title)

    05/04/2006 11:57:32 AM PDT · by Kieri · 61 replies · 3,049+ views
    Medscape and WebMD ^ | 02/26/03 | Various
    (snip) From Mexico's perspective, the border encompasses some of the country's most economically prosperous states. In contrast, the U.S. border region is among the poorest areas in the United States, with >30% of families living at or below the poverty level[8]. Along the Texas border, an estimated 350,000 or more people live in 1,450 unincorporated areas known as colonias, which lack adequate sanitation infrastructure[8]. The large population movement, limited public health infrastructure, and poor environmental conditions contribute to increased incidence of certain infectious diseases[8-11] Analysis of data from the U.S. National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System for 1990 through 1998 showed...
  • CWA Warns that “Girls Gone Wild” Leads to “Girls with Regrets”

    03/11/2006 1:46:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 91 replies · 4,462+ views
    Concerned Women for America ^ | 3/9/06 | Concerned Women for America
    Washington, D.C. — Concerned Women for America (CWA) pleads with young women across the country to take caution and safety measures as they enter the spring break season. The American Medical Association released a study which says that 83 percent of college women admit that spring break involves increased consumption of alcohol, and 74 percent said the break is a time to indulge in sexual activity. “The danger of spring break is that students have an attitude that ‘anything goes’,” said Dr. Janice Crouse, CWA’s Senior Fellow of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. “The idea that this vacation has no...
  • No valentine for same-sex couple

    02/14/2006 4:33:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 398+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/14/6 | George Kelly
    MARTINEZ - County clerk-recorder's officials denied a marriage license to a same-sex couple in Martinez this morning. "They came in right at the stroke of 8 and had a picket sign asking for the right," said office manager Tanya Gutierrez. "They just wanted to bring attention to that fact that it's not equal." Gutierrez said the two women "were pretty satisfied with my answer as far as it not being legal. Certainly if it were to become lawful, we'd be happy to issue a license. We are sensitive to the public in regard to this issue." She said the couple...
  • Open relationships have drawbacks

    02/14/2006 4:35:58 PM PST · by SJackson · 25 replies · 1,059+ views
    Badger Herald ^ | 2-14-06 | Darryn Beckstrom
    Back in the day, we had a name for those who defied the definition of monogamy. They were called swingers. But today, it seems the rules have changed and the prevalence of open relationships has increased significantly. Open relationships are often defined as a situation in which couples agree that it is acceptable to date and engage in sexual activity with other people while still maintaining a relationship with each other. But a better definition may be cheating without the guilt. Over the past few years, the social stigma of engaging in polyamory has greatly subsided on college campuses —...
  • Resistant TB from Mexico feared Strain entering U.S. can't be treated with drugs

    01/31/2006 5:20:34 AM PST · by Dewy · 12 replies · 402+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 31, 2006
    A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis from Mexico is worrying U.S. health officials. Many Mexicans are using potent, readily available drugs such as telithromycin to treat TB, but they are not meant for the disease. That fact, along with short-term and inconsistent medicine use creates a drug-resistant variety of the life-threatening illness that could spread, the Brownsville Herald reported. WND INVASION USA Resistant TB from Mexico feared Strain entering U.S. can't be treated with drugs Posted: January 31, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com A drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis from Mexico is worrying U.S. health officials. Many Mexicans are using...
  • A Matter of Numbers:Experts say an animal disease disaster strikes the unsecured U.S.-Mexico border

    01/22/2006 12:46:20 PM PST · by axes_of_weezles · 26 replies · 968+ views
    Tucson Weekly:Currents ^ | 19 Jan 2006 | Leo Banks
      PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 19, 2006: A Matter of Numbers Experts say it's only a matter of time before an animal disease disaster strikes the unsecured U.S.-Mexico border By LEO W. BANKS Leo W. Banks Rancher John Ladd says the Border Patrol's Naco station, trying to be good neighbors, has sent out a four-man crew to make fence fixes along his borderland, farther from town. It's not much help. Leo W. Banks Dr. Gary Thrasher, a large animal vet in Hereford, near Sierra Vista, hesitates to name one disease, because there are so many. "I can give you a...
  • Whooping cough alert issued( Illegal Alert )

    12/16/2005 6:52:59 AM PST · by devane617 · 28 replies · 1,226+ views
    WFAA ^ | 12/16/2005 | Janet ST. James
    There's a health alert involving the whooping cough vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that pre-teens be vaccinated—again—to protect against the respiratory illness. The parents of 11-month-old Jose Cano assumed his vaccinations would last a lifetime. But the pertussis vaccine for whooping cough only lasts about five years. In recent years, there's been a serious rise in whooping cough (as it's commonly known), especially among teenagers whose immunity to the disease has expired. Experts blame, in part, immigrants crossing the border from countries where vaccinations are not required. Since the vaccine was introduced in the 1940s, pertussis cases...
  • New Study Identifies Louse-Borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army

    12/15/2005 5:32:37 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 738+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-15-2005
    : Infectious Diseases Society of America Date: 2005-12-15 New Study Identifies Louse-borne Diseases That Ravaged Napoleon's Army Using dental pulp extracted from the teeth of soldiers who died during Napoleon’s disastrous retreat through Russia in 1812, a new study finds DNA evidence that epidemic typhus and trench fever ran rampant among the French Grand Army. The study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available online, identifies the specific species of louse-borne pathogens that were a major cause of death among the remains of the retreating army. Napoleon marched into Russia in the summer...