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  • A (apparently) new malware is making the rounds, called Log 1

    03/05/2018 6:11:11 PM PST · by Chances Are · 28 replies
    The source is one Brooklyn Williams | 03/05/2018 | Chances Are
    This email starts innocently enough. Don't open it!
  • Is Southern-Fried Squirrel the Answer to KFC's Extraordinary Chicken Shortage?

    03/03/2018 9:37:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Morwenna Ferrier
    Some people in Britain hate grey squirrels enough to devour them. With the UK’s biggest purveyor of fried chicken in crisis, perhaps we should be cooking up our furry feral friendsne cold Sunday morning last month, I visited Pow Hill, a glorious moorland thick with pine trees that overlooks the Derwent reservoir, north-west of Durham. In a clearing, three amateur wildlife photographers, in full camouflage gear, sat on plastic bags and watched a red squirrel race across the bracken. As I watched the little fella leap from log to tree, the sunlight dancing across its tail, naturally my thoughts turned...
  • OUTBREAK ALERT: Yellow Fever Death Toll Triples In Brazil

    01/26/2018 7:17:47 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-26-2018
    The yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has taken a backseat to the flu outbreak spreading globally. But, the death toll from yellow fever has now tripled and travelers are being warned. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday there are 35 confirmed cases of the disease, including a case confirmed in the Netherlands for a traveler who had recently visited Sao Paulo state. Sao Paulo even closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as the yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam. The big Inhotim art park, which attracts visitors from all over...
  • Think Flu Season Is Bad? It Might Get Even Worse

    01/16/2018 8:03:46 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    Globall News ^ | 1-16-2017
    “This is the first year we have had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph.” Now new strains may be coming. The influenza virus that’s sickened millions of Americans is already the most widespread outbreak since public health authorities began keeping track more than a dozen years ago. Now, with the threat of more strains emerging, it might get even worse. “Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now,” said Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “This is the first year we have had the entire...
  • ‘Eye-bleeding fever’ outbreak CONFIRMED: Fears of PANDEMIC as disease hits SECOND country [Africa]

    01/16/2018 1:42:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | 01/15/2018 | By Henry Holloway
    HEALTH bosses have confirmed they are facing an outbreak of the “eye-bleeding fever” after four people died of the suspected disease in weeks. Uganda’s health ministry has today finally admitted it is facing the risk of a large-scale explosion of the viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF). VHF causes victims to suffer a burning fever before beginning to bleed from orifices including their eyes, anuses and mouths. It comes after a girl, nine, was reportedly killed by the infection Uganda, and three people died in neighbouring South Sudan of similar symptoms. Uganda health minster Sarah Opendi confirmed emergency response teams are now...
  • HIV breakthrough as cancer drug could hold secret to curing the virus

    12/01/2017 6:12:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | 00:05, 1 DEC 2017 Updated10:52, 1 DEC 2017 | ByAmy-Clare Martin
    Doctors using a treatment called nivolumab on a lung cancer patient with Aids noticed a “drastic and persistent” decrease in infected white blood cells A new cancer drug could “cure” HIV, a revolutionary study suggests. Doctors using a treatment called nivolumab on a lung cancer patient with Aids noticed a “drastic and persistent” decrease in infected white blood cells. The findings have raised hopes that drugs could one day eradicate the HIV virus, which attacks the immune system and cur­­rently has no cure. At present, those infected must take anti-HIV drugs for the rest of their lives to stop the...
  • Is the Golden Age of Antibiotics Over?

    11/25/2017 10:56:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 11/26 | Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior Reporter
    Yes, say some international experts citing the rise of the super bug. But experts in UAE disagree and argue for better prescription protocols and patient responsibilityThe case of the six-year-old girl who developed antibiotic resistance is not an isolated one in the world of antibiotics. As these super drugs are routinely prescribed, controversies on their abuse and overuse are beginning to throw a big question-mark on whether antibiotics have outgrown their effectiveness. The question doing the rounds in many medical corridors is: Is the golden age of antibiotics over? “No, this is not true,” said Dr Sandeep Pargi, consultant pulmonologist...
  • Kaspersky software safe to use?

    11/15/2017 6:43:19 PM PST · by EinNYC · 32 replies
    A query from a friend about Kaspersky | 11/15/17 | Me, Myself, & I
    I came home tonight to find an answering machine message from a friend considering installing Kaspersky Internet Security on her computer. But, she had heard of the recent Israeli hack into Kaspersky and the rumors that Kaspersky is collecting info for the Russian government. I have read several authors' discussions about whether Kaspersky is safe to use. I have used it for about a decade or so, and find it to be excellent. I'd be interested to know what FReepers think, particularly those of you with a computer security background!
  • Mumps Makes a Comeback, Even Among the Vaccinated

    11/06/2017 7:44:52 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 70 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/6/17 | PERRI KLASS, M.D.
    The number of mumps virus infected in 2010 was in the hundreds. Last year there were 6,000 cases reported. (See news source due to copyright restrictions)
  • Common Tech Myths Debunked

    11/04/2017 11:42:08 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 25 replies
    JFG Inc. Technology for Business ^ | 11/02/2017 | JFG Team
    Myth: Apple computers can’t get viruses Truth: Apple computers are susceptible to malware just like Windows PCs. Apple once bragged they were not as susceptible until a Trojan infected thousands of computers in 2012. To learn more about how to protect against malware see Cyber Security: The Onion Approach Myth: It’s harmful to plug your phone in before the battery is drained. Truth: Much like the myth of leaving your phone plugged in to charge for extended periods of time, this is also false. In fact, it could even be beneficial to plug your phone into the charger prior to...
  • The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests

    09/29/2017 12:08:52 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 4 replies
    "The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests The mutation, called S139N, first arose in an Asian strain of the Zika virus in 2013, just before a small outbreak in French Polynesia — the first linked to an increase in babies born with microcephaly. The researchers noted that strains of the virus without the S139N mutation caused some mice to develop mild microcephaly, meaning that the mutation, which occurs on a protein involved in making the virus’s protective coating, is likely only a piece of the puzzle. “That was a surprise to us, that it was just...
  • Zika virus can kill brain tumor cells, Washington University researchers discover

    09/05/2017 10:24:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | Blythe Bernhard St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    "We take a virus, learn how it works and then we leverage it," said Dr. Michael Diamond, a professor of molecular microbiology, pathology and immunology. "Let's take advantage of what it's good at, use it to eradicate cells we don't want. Take viruses that would normally do some damage and make them do some good." Researcher Zhe Zhu thought that glioblastoma stem cells, which stubbornly resist chemotherapy and radiation to regrow in most patients, looked a lot like the stem cells in a fast growing fetal brain. Since the Zika virus kills those fetal cells, maybe it would do the...
  • Thousands at risk of pig virus from ‘Supermarket X’ sausages (Europe)

    08/19/2017 8:27:12 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 20 replies
    A leading British supermarket may unwittingly have infected thousands of people with a pig virus that causes liver cirrhosis and neurological damage, say researchers at Public Health England. Hepatitis E (HEV) is transmitted by sausages and pork products from Europe, mainly Holland and Germany. UK pigs do not have the virus strain in question. More information at newsite due to copyrite restrictions
  • Police seize servers of Ukrainian software firm after cyber attack

    07/05/2017 7:01:46 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/5/2017 | Jack Stubbs and Pavel Polityuk
    Ukrainian police on Tuesday seized the servers of an accounting software firm suspected of spreading a malware virus which crippled computer systems at major companies around the world last week, a senior police official said. The head of Ukraine's Cyber Police, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters the servers of M.E.Doc - Ukraine's most popular accounting software - had been seized as part of an investigation into the attack. Though they are still trying to establish who was behind last week's attack, Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms have said some of the initial infections were spread via a malicious update issued...
  • Ticks on the rise across New England (Lyme disease & Powasson )

    06/21/2017 3:20:52 PM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 39 replies
    AP & Fox5 ^ | 6/21/17 update | MICHAEL CASEY and LISA RATHKE
    MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Tick numbers are on the rise across New England, raising the prospect of an increase in Lyme and other diseases associated with the blood suckers. Much of the region got a respite last year as the drought took a toll on ticks, whose numbers drop as the humidity falls below 85 percent. But the drought is largely gone from the region and ticks are taking advantage. Residents in Maine are complaining they are finding as many as 30 ticks at a time on their clothes, and public health officials in Vermont are reporting an above-average rate...
  • WHO says 3 Zika cases detected in India for 1st time

    05/28/2017 9:57:40 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 15 replies
    AP ^ | 5/28/17 | NIRMALA GEORGE
    NEW DELHI (AP) -- India has reported three cases of the Zika virus for the first time, including two pregnant women who delivered healthy babies. Health Ministry officials said Sunday that the three patients in western Gujarat state had recovered. "There is no need to panic," Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, a top health ministry official, told reporters. The World Health Organization said in a statement released Friday that the three cases that India reported to the WHO on May 15 were detected through routine blood surveillance in a hospital in Ahmadabad, Gujarat's capital. Two cases were detected in February and November...
  • POW! The tick virus far deadlier than Lyme

    05/08/2017 6:34:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 85 replies
    WND ^ | 5/08/17 | CDC or WND???
    WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control is warning of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease – one that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables the other 50 percent. It’s called POW for short, or Powassan, and it, like Lyme, is carried by deer. Recent cases have been noted in the Northeast U.S. and the Great Lakes states. The virus can cause inflammation of the brain, leading to death in 10 percent of cases and permanent disability in 50 percent of cases. Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting,...
  • Worse than Lyme: Tick-Borne Powassan Virus...

    05/01/2017 12:54:14 PM PDT · by Bob434 · 49 replies
    Today ^ | Linda Carroll
    As if Lyme disease isn't troubling enough, a more serious tick-borne disease may be emerging, experts warn. Powassan virus, which is a far rarer and more deadly pathogen than the bacterium that produces Lyme, is also transmitted by the deer tick. The virus can cause inflammation in the brain, which leads to death or permanent disability in 60 percent of cases.
  • (vanity) Computer help - virus question

    04/12/2017 9:37:05 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 49 replies
    n/a ^ | April today, 2017 | Texas Eagle
    Hey y'all. Don't eff with me, I'm drunk, but somehow i got this virus called brontok something screwin with my computer while I'm trying to enjoy pounding a few brewskis and jammin to some old Guess Who tunes. Are Burton Cummings and Randy Bachmann the coolest rock and roll dudes ever or what? Anyway, A while back somebody posted 3 or 4 essential free virus protection programs or whateve the hel you call them and I'm hoping one of them wil rid me of this pest. A little help?
  • Can anyone recommend a good anti virus program?

    04/08/2017 5:36:57 AM PDT · by stuck_in_new_orleans · 96 replies
    My Kaspersky AV subscription has expired and I wasn't very happy with their service. It seems to not play well with either my PC or Windows 10. Any good program suggestions?