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  • He ate a slug on a dare, became paralyzed and died

    11/06/2018 12:52:56 PM PST · by Borges · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/6/2018 | Sandee LaMotte
    It was just a silly dare among teenage boys. What could it hurt to eat a small slug? So Australian teenager Sam Ballard grabbed the slimy creature and gulped it down. He had no idea that the slug carried a potentially deadly worm that would put him into a coma that lasted more than a year, paralyze his body and ultimately take his life.
  • His health had been failing for years. Then he saw something crawling in his eye.

    08/09/2018 9:14:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    He had been experiencing a litany of symptoms his doctors couldn’t explain: lumps that kept appearing and disappearing, blinding pain in his eyes that lasted for a day and came back another, a small muscle in his forehead that he felt “snap.” His white blood cells soared, and itchy rashes covered parts of his body. His joints ached. He was constantly hungry and he had been eating a lot, but he couldn’t gain weight. There was a sinking feeling that his body had become host to unwelcome visitors, but tests showed nothing. One morning, he noticed a faint yellowish lump...
  • Health alert issued for salads, wraps from Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Kroger due to parasite worry

    08/03/2018 12:00:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the products, distributed by Caito Foods, have come into contact with lettuce contaminated with cyclospora. The parasite causes intestinal illnesses with flu-like symptoms and other ailments, which can last up to several months. The USDA says Caito Foods was notified from their lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, that the chopped romaine used in some of the salads was being recalled. The products affected by the recall have best-by dates ranging from July 18 through July 23.
  • Medieval parasite-filled poop found in Jerusalem latrine

    03/30/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-30-15 | Laura Geggel
    The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds. The people who used the latrine may have been long-distance traders or on a pilgrimage, likely from Northern Europe, where these parasites were common, the researchers said. "While we will never know for sure why they made this journey, pilgrims and traders would be a plausible explanation," said the study's senior researcher, Piers Mitchell, a lecturer of biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge in England. [See Images of the...
  • The passing of the Queen will be one the most disruptive events in Britain since WWII

    07/04/2018 9:23:19 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 83 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 2018 | Rob Price
    Since ascending to the throne in 1952, the monarch has seen 13 prime ministers serve Britain and lived through another 13 US presidents. She's now 92. At some point — not for many years yet, we hope — Queen Elizabeth II's reign will come to an end. But what happens then? For at least 12 days — between her passing, the funeral and beyond — Britain will grind to a halt. The stock markets and banks are likely to close. But to focus on the financial disruption doesn't begin to describe the sheer magnitude of the queen's death. It will...
  • Pittsburgh police detectives asked to bring riot gear in case President Trump fires Robert Mueller

    04/18/2018 12:17:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 18, 2018 | BY MEGAN CERULLO
    Pittsburgh police detectives will report for duty with riot gear Thursday, in anticipation of a potential large scale protest should President Trump decide to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Major Crimes Commander Victor Joseph instructed his unit to bring “a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice,” reported. The memo was issued based on “information of a potential large scale protest in the Central Business District.” “There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller. This would result in a large protest within 24...
  • Climate Change Is Causing a Dangerous Uptick in Cases of Lyme Disease

    04/17/2018 6:19:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    Pacific Standard ^ | April 16, 2018 | by Gabriela Serrato Marks
    After reading Mary Beth Pfeiffer's engrossing new book, Lyme, you will probably want to kill any tick you can find, donate to Lyme research, and find out if you are at risk for tick-borne diseases. Spoiler alert: Your risk is likely increasing. Ticks, some of whom carry the pathogenic bacteria that causes Lyme, can now survive in environments where they would have frozen to death 30 years ago. The good news is that there's a lot of new research coming out about stopping and treating tick-borne illnesses, and a good new book that connects the dots between climate change, ticks,...
  • Gloria Allred no longer representing Summer Zervos against Trump

    03/30/2018 2:28:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | March 30, 2018 | By Sonia Moghe
    Women's rights attorney Gloria Allred has withdrawn from representing Summer Zervos in her defamation suit against President Donald Trump. "Our withdrawal has nothing to do with the merits of her case against President Trump," Allred said. "We will have no comment regarding the reasons for our firm's withdrawal. We continue to wish Summer the very best in her pursuit of justice." Zervos said in a statement Friday that she "decided to part ways with Gloria Allred purely for personal reasons, having nothing to do with her work as my attorney.
  • OR woman's eye worm infection a first for humans

    02/12/2018 6:18:51 PM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    KOIN ^ | 2/12/18 | Kevin Harden
    By the time Abby Beckley pulled the second wiggly translucent worm from her left eye in August 2016, she knew something weird and unusual was happening.The 26-year-old woman from Brookings who was working as a summer deck hand on the Chirikof, a 58-foot commercial fishing boat plying the waters of Southeast Alaska near Prince of Wales Island, was puzzled by the tiny worms that wiggled and died on her index finger minutes after she gently tugged them from her irritated eye.Beckley and a friend searched the Internet for answers, but found little information that helped. At first, they thought it...
  • Young couple contracts hookworms in feet at Punta Cana beach resort

    01/29/2018 6:54:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    A young Canadian couple who recently returned from the Dominican Republic is warning those who are planning to travel “somewhere tropical” about the risks of walking barefoot in the sand after coming home with “incredibly itchy” feet — which turned out to be parasites.
  • North Korean soldier’s medical report exposes the regime’s evil

    11/24/2017 10:29:59 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 87 replies
    NY Post ^ | Nov 24, 2017 | Post Editorial Board
    ‘Oh” is all that’s known for the name of the North Korean soldier whose escape to South Korea became a viral video. But we do have a bit more to the story. Shots hit the 24-year-old five times in the lungs and intestines as he ran to freedom in the heavily guarded border zone. He’s now recovering in intensive care. His stomach contained raw corn kernels — a clear sign of brutal food shortages, though North Korea’s border guards are usually the regime’s most trusted, and favored, troops. With “more than 20 years of experience as a surgeon,” said Lee...
  • North Korean Defector had 10-Inch Parasite in His Stomach, Unlike Anything Surgeon Had Seen Before

    11/16/2017 9:24:43 AM PST · by Enchante · 16 replies
    Newsweak via Yahoo News ^ | November 16, 2017 | Sofia Lotto Persio
    An experienced South Korean surgeon operating on a defector from North Korea has described his shock upon finding dozens of unusual parasites inside the man’s stomach, suggesting widespread health issues among the population of the secretive state.... ..."I have been doing surgery for more than 20 years, but I have not seen such parasites. I will not be able to find them in [South] Korea," said Lee, who is a respected trauma specialist in the country.

    11/18/2017 6:14:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 104 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/17/17 | CALLUM PATON
    KIM JONG UN MAY HAVE CAUSED A PARASITIC WORM EPIDEMIC IN NORTH KOREA BY MAKING FARMERS SPREAD HUMAN FAECES ON THEIR CROPS The prevalence of parasitic worms causing health problems in North Korea may be the result of a personal intervention by Kim Jong Un, who urged farmers to spread human excrement on their fields to fertilize crops. The hermit nation’s leader issued an instruction to farmers in 2014 telling them to use human faeces with animal waste and organic compost on their fields. With a lack of livestock to provide animal fertilizer, agriculturists poured the human excrement, also known...
  • Livid Woman Screams About Veteran’s Service Dog In Delaware Restaurant

    09/22/2017 5:28:27 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 86 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 22 SEP 2017 | N/A
    A video of a woman screaming about a veteran’s service dog being inside a Delaware restaurant has caught the attention of the internet. It happened at Kathy’s Crab House in Delaware City. The unidentified woman was filmed screaming about how disgusting she thought it was that an animal was inside the eatery.
  • Climate Change Threatens the World’s Parasites (That’s Not Good)

    09/14/2017 7:48:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 13, 2017 | by Carl Zimmer
    Animals around the world are on the move. So are their parasites. Recently, scientists carried out the first large-scale study of what climate change may do to the world’s much-loathed parasites. The team came to a startling conclusion: as many as one in three parasite species may face extinction in the next century. As global warming raises the planet’s temperature, the researchers found, many species will lose territory in which to survive. Some of their hosts will be lost, too. “It still absolutely blows me away,” said Colin J. Carlson, lead author of the study and a graduate student at...
  • an introduction

    08/17/2017 11:42:42 PM PDT · by Vendome · 7 replies ^ | 1999 | About Us Editorial
    For those things which we enjoy most in life - friendship, love, play - the idea of giving them a price is absurd or even obscene. The idea strikes us as absurd because the market does not work by the same principles we do. 'Market forces' leave hundreds of millions starving in a world with surplus food. Millions die of preventable diseases while pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than basic research. The market does not recognise human needs unless they are backed up with cash. The only way to get the cash is to work for a boss or...
  • Raccoon Roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis)

    08/06/2017 10:42:32 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Eaton Rapids Joe ^ | 8/6/17 | Joe Mama
    Raccoon Roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis) Raccoon Roundworms (Baylisascaris procyonis) may be the perfect biological weapon. The common raccoon is the primary host for this parasite.  Not only have urban areas been a windfall for raccoon populations, but the closer proximity facilitates the raccoon-to-raccoon transmission of this worm. Typical rural habitat might contain 10 raccoons per square mile.  Prime, bottomland habitat might support 20 raccoons per square mile.  Urban habitats have been documented as holding 130-to-390 raccoons per square mile.  And, of course, urban habitats increase the exposure of humans to raccoon poop. Baylisascaris procyonis  The adult worm on the left is...
  • Democrats look to run on more than just opposition to Trump

    08/02/2017 12:04:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2017 | By Paul Kane
    Democrats, after analyzing their miserable 2016 showing, found voters didn’t know where the party stood on key economic issues. Starting now, they want to build an economic identity so that their candidates can run next year on something more than just opposition to President Trump. The pressure point, however, is crafting an agenda that balances the needs of energizing anti-Trump liberal activists without driving away centrist voters and Republicans disillusioned with the president and the lack of results coming from the GOP-led Congress. Without winning a significant bloc of Republican voters in next year’s Senate races, Democrats will fall deeper...

    07/24/2017 8:13:57 PM PDT · by NGC 6822 · 81 replies
    PARASITES IN US HEALTH CARE In early May my wife and I returned from a short vacation in Peru. Two weeks later I came down with severe diarrhea that has now continued unabated for six weeks. The cause has been identified as a parasite—Blastasytis Species. This parasite is believed to be present in 23% of the American population and 100% of people in “less developed countries” (Wikipedia). Albendazole is the first line of treatment for this infection. Albendazole tablets are sold throughout the world (outside of the US) for 1 penny to six cents each and are usually available as...
  • Parasitic Worm in Walrus Meat Infects 10 People in Alaska

    07/06/2017 8:00:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 46 replies
    Live Science ^ | Jul 6, 2017 | Rachael Rettner
    Ten people in Alaska were recently infected with what is now a relatively rare parasitic worm that they got from eating walrus meat, according to a new report.