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breaking news girls and too much social media use

Link between social media use
and mental health stronger
 in girls: study
January 6th, 2019

Xinhua - Teenage girls who spend more time on social media
have a higher risk of depression, according to a study
published in the British journal EClinicalMedicine
on Thursday.

Researchers led by Yvonne Kelly from University College
 London (UCL) in Britain found that almost 40 percent
of girls who spend more than five hours a day on
social media show symptoms of depression,
while the rate is much lower for boys,
which is less than 15 percent.

The researchers said the underlying processes
 of this phenomenon are not well understood.

Simon Wessely, an ex-president of the Royal College of
 Psychiatrists, told the British newspaper The Guardian
 that the researchers "still cannot definitely say that
social media usage causes poor mental health,
although the evidence is starting to point in
that direction."

Two-fifths of girls studied by UCL researchers have
suffered online harassments or online bullying
compared to a quarter of boys, while 40%
of girls, compared to 28% of boys, have
 suffered sleep loss because of online
habits, according to the study.

Compared with boys, girls are more likely to have
 low self-esteem and body weight dissatisfaction,
 and be unhappy with their appearance, said
the study.

The research is based on interviews with almost
11,000 14-year-olds who are taking part in the
Millennium Cohort Study, a major research
 project into children's lives.

The researchers claimed that these findings are
highly relevant to current policy development
on guidelines for the safe use of social media
 and call on industry to more tightly regulate
hours of social media use for young people.

walk into a bar

Clean cut: Dutch hospitals ditch
US body-part distributors

 over ethics, disease
December 9th, 2018.

Hospitals in the Netherlands are dropping US body-part
 distributors on ethical grounds after a decade of
unregulated trade in dissected human limbs.

In the United States, everything has its price, and as
the large scale dead-body market shows, this does
not end, after death. In a Reuters exclusive, two
Dutch hospitals revealed that they would be
cutting off their business ties to American
companies that have been profiting off
the sale of human body parts, in light
of disturbing revelations.

The scrutiny began after Oregon-based MedCure came
under suspicion of selling diseased body parts to
customers in America and abroad, drawing
attention from the FBI. The company has
sold tens of thousands of pounds of
human parts all over Europe,
including numerous severed
heads that were purchased
by Amsterdam’s Academic
Medical Centre (AMC) for
training and research.

No evidence of disease was discovered in these particular
shipments, but AMC and another Dutch hospital said they
 would drop the suppliers over their questionable ethics.

The parts the companies sell are often acquired from
 macabre deals where families are offered discounts
 on incredibly expensive funeral arrangements (with
 an average price-tag of $7,000 to $10,000 dollars in
 the US), in exchange for allowing companies to
 dismember and sell pieces of their loved ones’
corpses... yet, most don’t even realize that
someone is making money from their

According to another Reuters article from 2017, many funeral
homes have struck mutually beneficial deals with body-parts
 distributors – tipping them off on potential donors, in
exchange for referral fees – to take advantage of a
‘product’ that can easily be obtained for free.

Whereas Dutch law is fairly strict in regard to the transport,
sale and use of human organs, the body-part market is
essentially a free-for-all, with the health industry
claiming that regulations are not needed as the
 hospitals themselves are trusted to take
precautionary measures.

Freek Dikkers, a nose, ears and throat specialist at AMC
whose department had purchased heads from MedCure,
called such morbid business strategies “unacceptable.”

 Reuters reports that the going rate of a human head
on the US market is $500 dollars and an entire body
can fetch as much as $10,000...  although the
hospitals themselves declined to comment
on how much they had been paying.

MedCure say they are “an accredited and regulated
institution and adhere to the best-in-class industry
standards for safety ethics, and transparency,”
 who sells the parts in order to facilitate
scientific and medical research.

MedCure is not the first global medical supply company
to draw heavy scrutiny for exploiting an unregulated
market. The International Consortium of Independent
Journalists published a study, just this year, about
American based Medtronic, which made millions
selling faulty biometric implants - linked to
thousands of deaths.

(Source - RT)


Alcohol dependence & 
psychiatric disorders, 
share genetic links
- study

November 28th at 1:13am.

Xinhua - An international team of researchers have
 identified a gene, known to affect the risk for
alcohol dependence, and determined many
 other genes which contribute to the risk, 
to a lesser degree.

The researchers linked genetic factors associated
 with alcohol dependence to other psychiatric
 disorders, such as depression, and showed
that genetic factors tied to typical drinking
sometimes are different from those linked
 to alcohol dependence.

The study involved 50,000+ people. It compared
 genetic variants from nearly 15,000 individuals
 diagnosed with alcohol dependence to nearly
 38,000 people without such a diagnosis.

The one gene that stood out, called ADH1B, regulates
how the body converts alcohol to a substance called
 acetaldehyde. Variants in the gene speed the
 conversion to acetaldehyde, a compound
 linked to unpleasant side effects from
 drinking, and that compound has a
protective effect, making people
less likely to drink heavily or
become alcoholics.

The researchers found that the genetic risk factors
 related to alcohol dependence, were also linked to
 risk for other psychiatric disorders, such as
depression, schizophrenia, ADHD and the
use of cigarettes and marijuana.

A key aspect of the study is that it included genetic data
 from 46,568 European people and 6,280 people of
African ancestry. Although the same ADH1B gene
 was linked to alcoholism risk, both in people of
 European ancestry, and African ancestry, the
researchers found that different variants in
the gene altered risk in the 2 populations.

The researchers also found that the genetic factors
 related to simply drinking alcohol, were a little
 different, from the genetic factors that
 contributed to alcohol dependence.

In other words, at least at the genetic
level, there is a difference between
simply drinking alcohol, even large
amounts of alcohol, and becoming
 dependent on it.

"People suffering from alcohol dependence generally
drink a great deal, but they also experience other
problems, related to their drinking, like losing
 control over when and how much they drink,"
 said senior author Arpana Agrawal, a
professor of psychiatry, at
School of Medicine, 
St. Louis.

"I think it's likely that, as the sample sizes of our studies
 increase, we may find new DNA variants related to
these problematic aspects of alcohol dependence
- but possibly not related to typical drinking"
Agrawal said.

"The risk conferred by the ADH1B gene is one of the
strongest single-gene effects seen in people with a
psychiatric illness, but overall, it explains only a
small proportion of the risk," Agrawal said.

"Many additional gene variants are making small
contributions to alcoholism risk, but to find
we'll need to study more people."

The researchers plan to continue investigating those
 links between genetic susceptibility to alcohol
dependence, and the risk for other types of
psychiatric illness.

It is estimated that one in eight Americans
 suffers from alcohol dependence.

The study was published online, on November
 26th, in the journal, 'Nature Neuroscience'.

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toothpaste can cause type 2 diabetes

Toothpaste Can Cause
Diabetes, Study Says
July 24th, 2018

The titanium dioxide present in toothpaste favours
 the appearance of diabetes type two, according
 to research by the University of Texas, USA.

To demonstrate that statement, the authors analyzed
small samples of pancreas tissue from eleven
says an article in the journal
Chemical Research
in Toxicology.

As a result, eight of them suffered from diabetes type
two, and titanium dioxide (E171) was found in their
parts. No trace of the chemical was found in the
remaining three people.

The authors announced they expect to repeat
the experiment in a larger group of people.

E171 is widely used in cosmetics and food industries
for its ability to provide a whitish colour to products.

Diabetes type two is a metabolic disorder characterized
by high blood sugar levels. Its classic symptoms
are excessive thirst, frequent urination and
constant hunger.

(Source - Prensa Latina)

when the Welsh are marching instead of watching rugby...

Huge explosion in numbers
waiting to get NHS care
by Ceren Sagir
Thursday, May 31, 2018

The number of patients waiting over a year for NHS care
has seen a sharp 75 per cent rise, according to a new
official report.

Figures from NHS Improvement show that 2,647 people
said they had waited for over a year for treatment in
March, compared to 1,513 the previous year.

Recent figures show that GP closures have forced
 1.3 million patients to move surgeries in the last
five years.

Shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan
Ashworth said it “exposes a real crisis” in primary
care after “eight years of grinding Tory austerity.”

“Labour has long called for primary care to be
given greater priority and investment,“ he said.

“A key test for Theresa May in the coming weeks
will be whether or not she finally delivers the
 level of investment and support that
primary care so obviously needs.”

The report also highlights that NHS providers ended
 the year with a “challenging level of vacancies” of
 more than 92,000 posts.

A national survey of GPs has revealed that those
who plan to leave the profession in the next five
 years, is at an all-time high.

More than nine out of 10 GPs reported experiencing
considerable or high pressure, from increasing

Fresh calls have been made on the government through
 a petition to review immigration policies for overseas
doctors who are applying to work in the NHS.

Between December 2017 and March, over 1,500 visa
applications from doctors with job offers in Britain
 were refused as a result of the Home Office’s cap
on the number of tier 2 visas it issues to workers
 from outside the European Economic Area.

(Source - Morning Star)

Depressed parents blamed for
childhood friendship breakup
- study
May 10th 2018
(Source: Xinhua) 

A study published on Thursday in the Journal of Family Psychology
sheds light on why childhood friendships tend to fall apart,
demonstrating that parents are an important source
 of those breakups.

Looking at data from 1,523 children, among them 766 boys,
 from grades one to six, researchers from Florida Atlantic
 University (FAU) and the University of Jyvaskyla in
Finland conducted a survival analysis to identify
 the characteristics of parents that predict the
 stability of their children's friendships.

The researchers examined mother and father reports of their
 own depressive symptoms and parenting styles to predict
the occurrence and timing of the dissolution of kids' best
 friendships from the beginning to the end of elementary
school (grades one to six).

The researchers assessed three commonly recognized
parenting styles: behavioral control such as curfews
and monitoring; psychological control such as
 shaming and guilt; and warmth and affection.

They also assessed parental depression to disentangle the
unique contributions of parenting styles from parents'
 mental health difficulties known to shape parenting.

Lastly, they assessed the children's peer social status or
how well-liked they are by other children to separate the
effects of parenting from difficulties that children have
 getting along with peers.

"We already know that peer status plays an important role
 in friendship outcomes. For example, well-liked children
have more long-lasting relationships than do their class-
mates," said Brett Laursen, a co-author of the study and
 a professor and graduate studies coordinator in the
 Department of Psychology in FAU's Charles E.
Schmidt College of Science.

Laursen, who collaborated with lead author Daniel J. Dickson
and co-author Melissa Huey, both of whom received their
doctorates from FAU's Department of Psychology, and
 their collaborators in Finland, wanted to determine if
negative parenting characteristics such as
 manipulative and coercive behaviours
disrupt children's friendships.

Results from the study found clear support for their hypothesis
that negative features of parenting, such as depression and
psychological control, increase the risk that best
friendships would end.

According to the study, for children with clinically depressed
parents, the risk of best friendship dissolution increased by
up to 104 percent.

There was a similar, although not quite as dramatic, increase
 in the risk of best friendship dissolution for children with
psychologically controlling parents.

Parent depression and parent psychological control, uniquely
predicted subsequent child friendships breaking up, above
and beyond the contributions of peer difficulties.

A surprising finding from the study that was contrary to the
 researchers' expectations, was that they did not find any
 evidence that positive parenting behaviours like warmth
and affection, altered the stability of children's best

"We were hoping that positive behaviours would help extend
the life of friendships and that it would be a buffer or a
protective factor," said Laursen. "This wasn't the case.
Warmth and affection don't appear to make that much
of a difference. It's the negative characteristics of
parents that are key in determining if and when
 these childhood friendships end."

Findings from this study also confirmed that most friendships
were transitory. Fewer than 10 percent of first-grade best
friendships survived from the first to the sixth grade,
 with roughly half or 48 percent dissolving within
a year of initiation.

"We believe that children with depressed and psychologically
 controlling parents are not learning healthy strategies for
 engaging with other people, which could have long-term
 consequences for their future relationships,"
 said Laursen.

an alcoholic liver failure

Chronic drinking in adolescence
adds risks of liver diseases
 in adulthood: study
Monday, January  22nd, 2018.
Xinhua - Swedish researchers confirmed in a study
 published Sunday, that chronic consumption of
alcohol during adolescence can lead to greater
risks of developing liver diseases later in life.

The research by the Swedish scientists with Karolinska
University Hospital of Sweden showed that young men
who drank 20 grams or more of alcohol each day during
 their adolescence have higher risks of developing liver
diseases, including liver cirrhosis or even liver-related
deaths, later in their adult life.

The study, published in the Journal of Hepatology, was
based - partly - on the retrospective statistics of over
 49,000 Swedish young men aged between 18 and 20.

The data were collected in a nationwide survey conducted
from 1969 to 1970 on Swedish males conscripted then into
 military service.

The Swedish researchers examined the link between alcohol
 consumption early in life and later development of severe
liver disease.

After 39 years of follow-up research, the scientists found
that 383 men developed severe liver diseases later in
their life, such as liver cirrhosis, decompensated
liver disease, liver failure, or were killed by
liver diseases.

In some countries, recommended cut-off levels suggest that
safe alcohol consumption for men to avoid alcoholic liver
disease is 30 grams a day, roughly equivalent to 3 drinks.

However, the latest study indicates that the risk is dose-
dependent and young men consuming only two drinks,
or about 20 grams or more of alcohol every day, would
face greater risks of developing liver diseases in

It is generally known that alcohol is the leading cause of
 liver cirrhosis and liver-related deaths, and a 2014 report
 by the World Health Organization says that alcohol-related
cirrhosis leads to 493,300 deaths globally each year.

While alcohol-related disease is theoretically 100 percent
preventable, the scientists believe that it is needed to take
 measures to curb excessive alcohol consumption among
young people.

put the phone down

Put the phone down:
US health officials warn
of cancer & infertility risk
16th of December, 2017

The California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines
on cell phone exposure, warning residents to keep their cell
phone away from their body to reduce potential cancer
and infertility risks.

The release follows a legal battle initiated by UC Berkeley researcher
Joel Moskowitz last year after he discovered draft documents on the
 issue had existed since 2010, without being made available to
the public.

The precautionary document, ‘How to reduce exposure to radio f
requency energy from cell phones’, states that while the science
is still evolving, some studies have suggested a link between
long-term mobile phone use and cancer.

Qualifying that these studies have not established a definitive
relationship between the two, and that potential health risks
from cell phones are still contentious among scientists, the
health department states its advisory is for those
 concerned about the possible risks.

The main piece of advice issued by the authority is to keep the
phone away from your body. “Keeping your phone just a few
feet away from you, can make a big difference,” it says.

This means using the speakerphone option or a headset
instead of holding the phone up to your ear and keeping
your mobile device in a backpack or handbag and not
 in a pocket.

The guidelines also warn against a common habit for those
who also use their device as an alarm clock – sleeping next
 to your cell phone. Unless the phone is off or in airplane
mode, keep it at least a few feet away from your bed,
the guidelines recommend.

The report highlights that children could be at greater risk
as their body is still developing and over their lifetime
they will have a lot more exposure.

The release of the CDPH guidelines follows a ruling by the
 Sacramento Superior Court handed down in March. The
state argued in court that the unofficial document would
 cause unnecessary panic, reported KAZU.

A draft document was initially released but these
 new guidelines offer a more detailed picture.

In July, the California Brain Tumor Association held a
demonstration in Sacramento outside the CDPH
building to call for the public release of the cell
phone warning document.

CDPH director Dr Karen Smith said they released the guide-
lines because of a continued public interest in cell phone-
related health risks and the decision had little to do with
the court battle.

The latest safety recommendations are similar to those
issued by the Connecticut Department of Public Health
 in May, 2015.

A number of expert agencies including the US Food and
Drug Administration, the National Cancer Institute and
the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have
said sufficient evidence has not been presented to
show an ''association'' between exposure to radio
frequencies from a cell phone & health problems.

The agencies suggest more research is needed. The
International Agency for Research on Cancer has
classified radio waves as “possible carcinogens”
but note there is limited evidence. The US's
 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
the National Toxicology Program (NTP),
meanwhile, have not formally classified
 cell phones as to their cancer-causing

A study published earlier this year by University College Cork
in the Republic of Ireland, on ''myths'' about cell phones and
a cancer risk, found huge disparities between fact and fear.

“The results of our research show that a significant proportion
of Irish males incorrectly believe certain cancer myths, for
example between 45% to 52% believed that wearing tight
underwear, carrying mobile phones in pockets or the
extended use of laptop on the lap, increased their
risk of testicular cancer,” the team concluded.

FAT uk

UK is fattest country in Western Europe
 with 63% of adults overweight & obese
 – OECD study
12th of November, 2017

The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe,
the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) has stated.

Over 63% of UK adults are overweight, OECD says.

The 2017 Obesity Update report found that the UK is the sixth
fattest nation out of 35 OECD member countries, with a 27%
adult obesity rate. The US, Mexico, New Zealand, Hungary
and Australia fare worse than the UK, though. The countries
 with the lowest levels of obesity are Japan, Korea, Italy
 and Switzerland.

Adult obesity rates in the UK have increased by 92 percent
since the 1990s, while in the US with an obesity rate of 38%,
the increase has been a “mere” 65 percent. A further 36% of
the UK population are overweight. When it comes to children,
 the UK falls slightly below average, with a 24% obesity rate,
 compared to the average of 25 percent.

Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of more
than 30. Overweight people are classed as those with a BMI
of between 25 and 30.

While the overall health and life expectancy of Britons are
average, obesity rates of 27% far surpass the average
OECD rate of 19 percent. According to the study, 40%
 of Britons will be obese by 2030.

“One could weep over the figures,” Tam Fry, chair of the
National Obesity Forum told the Times. “The result of
successive governments who have, for 30 years,
done next to nothing to tackle obesity.”

Obese people are at risk of cholesterol, diabetes and heart
disease. OECD says “more could be done” to fight the issue,
 while recognising the UK’s efforts to ban super-size
chocolate bars from hospitals and the impending
sugar tax. The report also pointed a finger at the
 UK for its teenage drinking, and its shortage of
doctors and nurses.

(Source - RT)

drink kills brain cells - especially for women

Drinking frequently kills new brain
cells, especially
for women: study


Xinhua - Frequent alcohol drinking kills new cells in key brain regions,
with females being more vulnerable, a new study on mice said Thursday.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at
 Galveston discovered that alcohol killed the stem cells that are
responsible for creating new nerve cells and important to
maintaining normal cognitive function in adult mouse brains.

And for the first time, the research showed that brain changes
due to alcohol exposure are different for females and males.

The findings, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports,
may help open a door to combating chronic alcoholism.

For the study, UTMB researchers used a cutting-edge technique to tag
brain stem cells in order to observe how they migrate and develop into
 specialized nerve cells over time.

This allowed the researchers to study the impact of long-term alcohol
consumption on the cells. It showed that chronic alcohol drinking
 killed most brain stem cells and reduced the production and
 development of new nerve cells.

However, the effects of repeated alcohol consumption
differed across brain regions.

The brain region most susceptible to the effects of alcohol was one
of two brain regions where new brain cells are created in adults.

The researchers also found that female mice displayed more severe
intoxication behaviors and more greatly reduced the pool of stem
cells in a brain region called the subventricular zone.

Ping Wu, UTMB professor in the department of neuroscience and cell
 biology, who led the study, said in a statement that the discovery
 "provides a new way of approaching the problem of alcohol-
related changes in the brain."

"We need to understand how alcohol impacts the brain stem cells
 at different stages in their growth, in different brain regions and
in the brains of both males and females," Wu said.

     Pollution Causing More Deaths Worldwide  Than War or Smoking: Lancet  Prensa Latina - Environmental pollution, from filthy air to  contaminated water, is killing more people every year  than all war and violence in the world.

Pollution Causing More Deaths Worldwide
 Than War or Smoking: Lancet

Prensa Latina - Environmental pollution, from filthy air to
 contaminated water, is killing more people every year
than all war and violence in the world.

More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than
AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every
six premature deaths in the world in 2015, about 9 million,
could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure,
according to a major study released on Thursday
October 19th, in the Lancet medical journal.

The financial cost from pollution-related death, sickness
 and welfare is equally massive, the report says, costing
some $4.6 trillion in annual losses, or about 6.2 per cent
 of the global economy.

The report marks the first attempt to pull together data
 on disease and death caused by all forms of pollution

Asia and Africa are the regions putting the most people
at risk, the study found, while India tops the list of
 individual countries.

Still, many poorer countries have yet to make
 pollution control a priority, experts say.

cancer drugs in us and eu not proven

Europe's cancer drugs
mostly ineffective: Study
Thursday October 5th, at 4:02pm

European regulators approved 39 new cancer drugs between
2009 and 2013, despite having no evidence that they worked
better than existing medicines, or at all, researchers said on

The number represented more than half of 68 treatments to
become available for European cancer patients during this
period, they said, "raising serious questions about the
current standards of drug regulation."

Apart from dashing patient hopes, allowing unproven medicine
onto the market also unnecessarily exposed people to toxicity
 inherent in all drugs, while inflating state pharmaceutical

Writing in The BMJ medical journal, a team of public health
experts expressed concern about the approval of often-
pricey new cancer drugs by the EU regulator, the
European Medicines Agency (EMA).

"This situation has negative implications for
patients and public health," they warned.

"When expensive drugs that lack clinically meaningful
benefits are approved and paid for within publicly
 funded healthcare systems, individual patients
can be harmed, important societal resources
wasted, and the delivery of equitable and
affordable care, undermined."

Many drugs were approved on the basis of inconclusive,
early test results such as lab experiments, which were
unable to predict whether they would actually make a
patient feel better or live longer.

Another study, published in 2015, had found that most
cancer drugs approved by the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) between 2008 and 2012
similarly came with no evidence that they
boosted patient survival or improved
quality of life.

One of the authors of the American study, Vinay Prasad
from the Oregon Health & Science University, pointed
out that the average cancer drug in the US costs
more than $100,000 (85,000 euros) per person
 per year.

"In the US, this broken system means huge expenditures on
cancer drugs with certain toxicity, but uncertain benefit,"
 he wrote in a comment also carried by The BMJ.

"The US Medicare program is legally required to pay for any
 drug approved by the FDA, without any negotiation on price."

Given the toxicity and expense of cancer drugs, patients
should be exposed only "when they can reasonably
expect an improvement in survival or quality of
life," said Prasad.

The new study found that 11 new drugs approved by the EMA
between 2009 and 2013 were not shown to work any better
than existing medicines to which they were compared, co-
author Courtney Davis of King's College London told AFP.

In the case of 20 drugs, they worked no better than a placebo
or "dummy" drug, and another eight were not compared to
anything at all, "so we don't know whether they extend
or improve life," she said.

(Source: AFP)


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Humanity at risk as sperm levels among
 Western men plummet to a record low
July 26th, 2017

Chemicals, diet, stress, and lifestyle choices have caused
 the sperm levels of Western men to plummet to less than
 50 percent of what they were four decades ago, a new
study has found.

The research found that sperm in the ejaculate of men from
 Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand fell by
 1.4 percent every year between 1973 2011, leading to an
 overall drop of just over 52 percent.

“The results are quite shocking,” said study co-author
 Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist from the Hebrew
 University of Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
 He called the results an "urgent wake-up call."

Levine added that, while fertility treatments such as
IVF can sometimes offer solutions to the procreating
problem --- little is being done to address the root of
the issue: an overall general decline in men's health.

Poor sperm counts have also been associated with
testicular cancer, increased male mortality rates,
 children born with one or both testicles missing,
and the onset of male puberty, according to the

"Eventually, we may have a problem, and with
 reproduction in general, and, it may be, the
 extinction of the human species,”
Levine told the BBC.

Environmental influences, heat, lifestyle factors,
bad diet, stress, smoking, and obesity --- both
prenatally and in adult life --- have all
been “plausibly associated” with
 the decline, states the study.

“Therefore... sperm count may sensitively reflect the
impacts of the modern environment on male health
throughout the life course,” the paper reads.

In particular, the paper notes, chemical exposures or
 maternal smoking “during critical windows of male
reproductive development, may play a role in
prenatal life, while lifestyle changes and
 exposure to pesticides, may play a
role in adult life.”

Published in the medical journal Human Reproduction
Update, the “rigorous and comprehensive” research
analyzed data from 185 studies. Researchers from
Israel, Denmark, the US, Brazil, and Spain, took
 part in the study.

The trend has not been recorded among men in Africa,
 Asia, or South America, 'though the authors concede
that fewer studies have been made, in those regions.

The study’s authors have called for urgent work to
narrow down the causes for the decline in sperm
 levels among Western men.

“This definitive study shows - for the first time - that this
decline is strong & continuing,” said one of the study’s
authors, Professor Shanna Swan, of the Icahn School
of Medicine, at Mount Sinai.

(Source - RT)


Recreational cocaine users get addicted
much earlier than they think – study
May 26th, 2017

Folks who snort lines of cocaine “only recreationally,” to
socialize and have fun with friends, are actually much
 closer to becoming hooked than they think, say
researchers, who found that just watching
 someone using cocaine, can
 bring on cravings.

Even among non-dependent cocaine users, cues associated
 with cocaine consumption trigger the release of dopamine,
the so called “pleasure chemical,” in an area of the brain
 believed to promote compulsive use, scientists at
 McGill University in Canada say.

This means that people that refer to themselves as modest,
 recreational users, who think they can give up at any time,
 could be much closer to being addicted than they think.

“The study provides evidence that some of the characteristic
brain signals in people who have developed addictions are
also present much earlier than most of us would have
imagined,” Marco Leyton, an expert on neurobiology
 drug use and addiction and professor in McGill’s
 Department of Psychiatry, said in a statement.

Just standing in the corner while quietly watching someone
else using cocaine is enough to trigger a dopamine release
 and lead to cravings, the findings, published in Scientific
 Reports, say.

As the addiction gets worse, the cue-induced release of
 dopamine spreads towards the dorsal striatum, a
 structure deep inside the brain, whose role in
determining how we respond to pleasure,
 has been intensively studied.

“This area of the brain is thought to be particularly important
 for when people start to lose control of their reward-seeking
behaviours,” Professor Leyton said.

“The dorsal part of the striatum is involved in habits – the
difference, for example, between getting an ice cream
 because it will feel good versus being an automatic
 response that occurs even when it is not enjoyable
 or leads to consequences that you would rather
 avoid, such as weight gain or serious health
 hazards,” he explained.

Scientists used positron emission tomography (PET) scans
to see what happens in the dorsal striatum of recreational
cocaine users. They filmed participants ingesting cocaine
 in the laboratory with a friend with whom they had used
 the drug before. The participants later underwent a PET
 scan while watching the video of their friend taking
 cocaine. Exposure to cocaine-related cues proved
to increase both craving and dopamine release
 in the dorsal striatum.

“An accumulation of these brain triggers might bring people
 closer to the edge than they had realized,” Professor Leyton
 said, highlighting the “importance of providing help early”
to avoid the grave effects of dependency.


Record Number Of
Nurses Quit NHS
Monday July 3rd
by Felicity Collier

Bargain-basement Britain has lost more than 10,000
 nurses and midwives over the last four years, driven
 out by poverty pay & worsening working conditions.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said more
nurses are leaving than joining the profession, with
 those from Britain, leaving in the largest numbers.

The latest stats add to mounting pressure on the
Tories, to end their hated public-sector pay cap.

Alarmingly, the NMC study shows that workers below
 retirement age, are leaving at over twice the rate,
than in 2012-13.

Overall, the number of leavers - including workers
 from overseas -- rose from 23,087 in that period,
to 34,941 in 2016-17. Those who first registered
for the profession in Britain, made up 85% of
 the entire register.

Staffing levels and workload were top concerns for
those aged 21 to 30, while low pay and benefits
 were also cited, alongside the worsening
quality of care for patients.

An increased number of staff left for similar jobs abroad.

Both the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the Royal
 College of Midwives (RCM,) urged the government to
 scrap the pay cap to alleviate the crisis.

About 1,783 left the profession in 2016-17, but
that figure shot up to 3,264 for this year alone.

RCM policy director Jon Skewes said pay freezes
 and increasing workloads, have left workers
“demoralised and disillusioned.”

Unison head of health Sara Gorton said:

“Many organisations, including the NHS pay review body
 have warned that the pay freeze was not sustainable.

“Nurses and midwives’ pay has been held down for too
many years, despite demand for their expertise
growing. So it is no surprise, that they are
leaving the NHS.

“Ministers must also grant an automatic right to remain
for the 30,000 EU workers in the NHS as well as scrap
the pay cap --- if they are serious about keeping
patients safe.”

NHS Providers policy director Saffron Cordery insisted
 that a new staff retention programme will assist NHS
 trusts with the highest leaving rates, though this will
 help little, in the face of the 1 per cent pay cap.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has hinted that
 the government could lift the pay cap for NHS staff —
despite the Conservatives recently voting against
 raising the derisory cap for public-sector workers.

He said: “These pay review bodies have been set up
 in order to ensure that we can have authoritative
 advice on what’s required in order to ensure
that the public services on which we rely
are effectively staffed and the people
within them, are effectively

His comments came amid claims in the Observer that
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be calling for a lift
of the pay cap for NHS workers, in light of a report by
 the NHS pay review body -- highlighting “widespread
concerns” about recruitment, retention & motivation.

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth called on the
government to give NHS workers a pay rise as it will
improve recruitment & staff retention and reduce the
need for agencies, saving money in the longer term.

During the election campaign, Prime Minister Theresa
May came under fire after she told a nurse who hadn’t
 had a pay rise for eight years, that there was
 “no magic money tree.”

(Source - Morning Star)


Nurses Don’t Deserve This
May 17th

Britain’s nurses are on the brink of industrial action for the first time.

The Royal College of Nursing’s consultative ballot shows 78 per cent
of nurses are ready to strike — and more than nine in 10 are up for
action of other kinds, to resist Conservative plans for an eighth
successive year of shrinking wage packets.

The RCN estimates that the below-inflation 1 per cent rises since the
 Tory-Lib Dem coalition imposed “austerity”, mean nurses’ incomes
 have shrunk by 14 per cent since we last had a Labour government.

At the same time the catastrophic squeeze on NHS Trust budgets
across the country, as a result of chronic underfunding, means
that trusts around the country are proving unable to fill nursing
vacancies, a task made harder by the removal of bursaries for
 student nurses by the Tories in their 2015 “spending review.”

There are some 40,000 posts unfilled across England,
 twice as many vacancies as existed just 4 years ago.

The Royal College of Nursing has not taken strike
action once --- in the 101 years of its existence.

Nursing is a vocation, a job taken up by people
who devote their lives to looking after others.

It has always been appallingly underpaid, considering the vital
 role nurses play in caring for the sick and elderly, the highly
 skilled nature of the work, the grave responsibilities that fall
 on their shoulders and the huge societal contribution they
make by comparison with many more lucrative professions.

Even so, nurses have not walked out for higher wages. Nobody
becomes a nurse in order to rake in the big bucks, and they
have shown a principled reluctance to do anything that
 might risk the health of the people in their care.

Far from earning them respect, this fortitude and generosity
 of spirit has led the government to take them for mugs,
forcing their pay down for years and leaving them
struggling to cope in understaffed wards.

Confronted on the Andrew Marr show over the scandal
of nurses relying on foodbank handouts to survive, PM
 Theresa May didn’t miss a beat, sneering that there were
“many complex reasons” nurses might go to foodbanks.

As the author David Rosenberg retorted, she must be a
genius — having pondered it for hours, he could only
think of one.

May’s obfuscation is easily explained. The PM knows
 there are nurses living in poverty.

She doesn’t care — any more than she cares about the
 millions of other working people who've lost thousands
 of pounds a year in pay ---  thanks to seven years of
government of the rich, for the rich and by the rich.

Health Minister Philip Dunne might plead that nurses
 deserve a pay rise, but that it's unaffordable in these
hard economic times.

But this month’s Sunday Times Rich List surely gave the
 lie to that threadbare excuse. Britain’s billionaires are
rolling in it, with the 1,000 richest people adding 14/%
 to their wealth over the last year — bringing their ill-
gotten gains to an eye-watering £658 billion.

Nurses planning a summer of protest
deserve our
solidarity and support.

(Source - Morning Star)

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Minister for Disabled People Penny Mordaunt MP: End the uncertainty for disabled people who are having their adapted vehicles taken away

Dave Gale
United Kingdom

My name is Dave Gale. I have Becker muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting condition that severely impacts my mobility. 

I need a car to get to my job 30 miles away to provide for my family. I can’t use a regular car because of my condition, but I have a government-funded Motability car that is adapted to my needs.

However, the government is in the process of reassessing all disabled people’s benefits, and when mine were assessed in 2016, they decided to take my car away.

On 11 October, I had to give my Motability vehicle back. I was devastated and lodged an appeal to get it back.

In the meantime I had no choice but to use our family savings to buy a new adapted car in order to keep my job.

An appeal tribunal eventually overturned the original decision– but our savings are gone.

Sadly, mine is not an exceptional story. Since 2013, 50,000 people have lost their Motability vehicles as the government has been moving people from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Many get them back on appeal. But before that point, too many of us have seen our savings wrecked or our independence compromised because the Government haven’t conducted their assessment process correctly.

There is a very simple solution: people should be allowed to keep their vehicles until their appeals have been heard.

Penny Mordaunt MP, the Minister for Disabled People, told Parliament last year that she was going to do something to help people in my position. But months later, the minister has said nothing more.

We need to make sure that Penny keeps her promise, and we need your support to make sure that thousands more people don’t face the problems I have faced. 

sleep can cure

Happiness in Life Could Be as
 Easy as a Quick Afternoon Nap
British researchers have found that power napping can not
 only help get you through the day, but can actually make a
you happier person -- an effect the researchers have
dubbed “nappiness.”

More than 1,000 people of various ages participated in an
 online survey conducted for the Edinburgh International
Science Festival. The findings showed that their level of
 happiness depended somewhat on whether or not, and
 for how long, they snoozed in the daytime.

Participants were divided into three groups: those who
don't nap, short nappers of 30 minutes or less, and long
 nappers of 30 minutes or more. Having analyzed the
 participants' responses to a number of psychological
questions, the researchers found that 66 percent of
short nappers not only increased their productivity
but also felt happier, compared with 60 percent of
 non-nappers, and 56 percent of long nappers.

On the five-point happiness scale, short nappers had
 an average score of 3.67, as compared to 3.53 for
 non-nappers, and 3.44 for long nappers.

Almost 15% more participants aged 18-30
took naps, than those over 50.

"Previous research has shown that naps of under 30
 minutes make you more focused, productive, and
creative, and these new findings suggest the
tantalizing possibility: you can also become
 happier, just by taking a short nap," said
psychologist Richard Wiseman, of the
University of Hertfordshire, pointing
out how firms like Google... install
 special nap spaces for employees.

Among survey respondents, only 11 percent
said they were allowed to take naps at work.

Wiseman stressed that while brief naps, from 20 to
 30 minutes, benefit health and boost performance,
frequent longer dozing is associated with various
 health risks.

In another study on sleepy military pilots, the US space
 agency NASA, found that taking a short nap when the
co-pilot was in control, boosted alertness by more
than 50 percent.


Planned Parenthood Director Caught Admitting

Babies Born Alive After Abortion are Killed
Thursday, 30 March, 2017 at 10pm

A shocking new undercover video exposes a Planned
 Parenthood medical director admitting that babies
born alive after abortion, are sometimes killed.
The top Planned Parenthood official is caught on video
essentially admitting that it “depends on who is in the
room” as to whether or not a baby who is born alive
after a failed abortion, is taken to the hospital,
 or left to die.

The new undercover video shows DeShawn Taylor, former
 Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona and
longtime abortion practitioner at Planned Parenthood
 Los Angeles, graphically describing how to deliver
intact fetuses in late-term abortions to harvest
high-quality body parts, and indicating a
possible cover-up of infanticide.

The footage is never-before-released material obtained by
 The Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos
 recorded top-level Planned Parenthood leaders negotiating
 the harvesting and sale of the hearts, lungs, livers, and
brains of aborted fetuses, for financial benefit.

At a networking reception at a Planned Parenthood
conference, CMP investigators posing as buyers
from a biotech company, are introduced to Dr.
Taylor by Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned
 Parenthood Federation of America’s
 Senior Director of Medical Services.

Taylor explains to the investigators, “In Arizona, if the
 fetus comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed
 to transport it. To the hospital.” When one investigator
 then asks, “Is there any standard procedure for
verifying signs of life?”

Taylor replies, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is,
you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”

Taylor then laughs as she repeats what the Arizona
 law requires, and says, “It’s a mess. It’s a mess.”

The Planned Parenthood medical director also admits
 that Planned Parenthood does its best to obtain intact
 fetal organs to sell — essentially the body parts of
aborted babies.

Taylor confirms she does elective abortions on healthy
 fetuses and pregnant women up to 24 weeks. When the
 investigators ask her about obtaining intact fetal organs,
 Dr. Taylor replies, “It’s not a matter of how I feel about it
 coming out intact, but I gotta worry about my staff and
 people’s feelings about it coming out looking like a baby.”

Additionally, the Planned Parenthood official says she
doesn’t like it when people call unborn children babies
-- because she considers that “creepy.”

She continues, “We have the people who do our paperwork
 for the fetal death certificates, they email us calling them
 ‘babies’. Baby this, baby that, baby so-and-so, and I’m
like, that’s creepy!”

(Source: Lifenews.com)


Revolving doors:-  Former Tory government health
 adviser joins US firm involved in NHS privatisation
5th of February 2017
Posted by Mike Sivier

The most worrying part of this is that services for
 which the Conservative government is paying your
money to private firms, include contract negotiation.

Is that really a constructive use of our millions?

Wouldn’t that money be better-used helping
people to actually, you know, get healthy?

A former Government health adviser has joined a
US firm involved in NHS privatisation – in a move
 campaigners say demonstrates the “wafer-thin
partition” between Tory policy makers and the
 private health industry.

Nick Seddon, who was Cameron’s Special
 Adviser for Health, became Executive Vice
President of Optum, just four months after
he left his political role in July last year.

For-profit health management company Optum is
 part of multinational insurance firm UnitedHealth
Group, which made more than $8.4bn (£6.7bn)
in 2015.

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens,
is also a former UnitedHealth executive.

Optum already provides 156 NHS organisations,
 which it calls its “partners”, services such as
 contract negotiations & medication management.

A policy change made by David Cameron’s government
 in 2014, meant Mr Seddon’s move to the private sector
did not need to be vetted for conflicts of interest by a
 semi-independent advisory committee, as was
previously the case.

Instead his new appointment was approved by the
 Cabinet Office, which did so on the condition he
did not lobby the UK Government on behalf of
Optum in his first 2 years in the role or “draw
 on privileged information available to him,
a Crown servant”.

(Source - Vox Political)



Call on Jeremy Hunt MP to end the NHS Crisis
Add your name to the letter demanding action

Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Health
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London   SW1A 2NS

Dear Secretary of State

I am writing following events brought to my attention
 at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
site in recent weeks. In all of my dealings with
 Aintree NHS Trust, as a Local Ward Councillor
 and Member of Parliament, there has never
been a time when the sheer number of people
 raising concerns with me has been so great.

I've been inundated with emails from constituents
 detailing the problems with waiting times and
 specifically the accident & emergency dept
 being overcrowded – particularly during the
last week.  There have been various social
media posts, including images, which have
 depicted the sad state of affairs.

I care passionately about our NHS, but it is currently
 engulfed in a winter crisis that has been allowed to
ensue on this Government’s watch. The increased
pressures have led to an already overstretched
 system appearing to be at near breaking point.

Whilst we all recognise the fantastic work of
 our doctors, nurses and other staff who work
in our NHS, they need Government support
at this difficult juncture – so that their
extraordinary efforts are not only
 recognised, but underpinned
with practical help.

Therefore, I would be grateful if you could
 outline what steps your Department is
 taking to urgently address the problems
 hospitals are facing in my constituency
 and indeed across the country.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Rotheram MP

Liverpool Walton

We the undersigned, demand Jeremy Hunt
 MP takes action to end the NHS crisis:

please go here to add your name today:



A&Es Forced To
Turn The Sick Away

by Steve Sweeney
Saturday 7th January, 2017

And now even Red Cross is intervening in
 the crisis as Tories run service into ground

Patients are dying in corridors as a crisis engulfing
the NHS has pushed overflowing A&E departments
to shut their doors to urgent cases, it was revealed

Two deaths at Worcester Royal Hospital A&E last
 week, highlighted the life threatening pressures
being faced by the NHS as rising demand and
funding cuts impact health and social care.

A woman died in a resuscitation bay after she
 had suffered an aneurysm and waited on an
emergency trolley in an A&E corridor.

A second patient died from a heart attack
while on a trolley for more than 35 hours
 waiting to be transferred to a ward.

The Worcestershire acute trust was placed in
 special measures in December 2015 when the
Care Quality Commission raised concerns.

Overall, A&E departments in England could not
attend patients on 143 occasions in December
 — an astonishing 63 per cent rise compared
the same period in 2015 — according to

 figures from NHS England.

The latest statistics revealed a record number of 42
 diverts -- when patients are sent to other hospitals
as a “last resort” -- in the week including Christmas
and new year, compared with an average of 20 over
 a typical winter week in the NHS.

And 50 out of the 150 NHS trusts in England told the
 Nuffield Trust they have been struggling to cope with
the winter demand. Seven warned that they were not
able to deliver even the most basic care to patients.

Nuffield Trust chief executive Nigel Edwards warned
that the situation could worsen in the coming weeks.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “As we know,
 there are major problems in social care. But also
 NHS community services. The ability of hospitals
 to get people out, is still really tricky.

“The real crunch point generally comes in week two
 or three after the Christmas break. I think there are
 early signs, that there is a problem.”

The crisis has become so bad that even the UK
Red Cross is diverting resources to help. The
humanitarian charity, more usually seen at front-
line disaster zones, has responded to what it is
 calling the “humanitarian crisis in our hospital
 and ambulance services across the country”
by deploying its own staff to ease the burden
on the NHS, according to the charity’s chief
executive Mike Adamson.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine president
Dr Taj Hassan blamed chronic underfunding and
 understaffing as he warned that hospitals are
“in an absolute acute state of distress.”

Unison head of health Christina McAnea said:
“The NHS is a lifesaver but it’s being starved
of cash — and patients are suffering.”

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth:

“The government urgently needs to take action to
make sure that our NHS can cope over the busy
winter period, and is able to provide the best
possible care for patients.”

Tory Cuts Cost Lives

Sufferers with progressive and mental
 illnesses have benefits cut by the DWP
15 Dec 2016 - by Mike Sivier

The figures cover a period beginning under
David Cameron and ending with Theresa May.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ current
 system of assessing the sick and disabled for
 benefits is on a par with medieval tests for

Back in the day, people accused of being witches
 were submerged in a nearby river using a ducking
 stool, on the expectation that their evil powers
 would allow them to survive. When they died, the
 conclusion was - they weren’t witches after all.
This was, of course, no comfort to the dead
suspect or their bereaved family.

Now, people with illnesses that are expected to end
 their lives in the near future are being deprived of
 Personal Independence Payments because “they
were expected to live beyond six months”.

What if they don’t?

The DWP will conclude that they were terminally ill
 after all – but you can bet there will be no comfort
for the dead claimant or even their bereaved family
 as the DWP will not even offer a back-payment
 of benefit.

This is despite the possibility that deprivation of
 benefit may contribute to the deaths of claimants.

It is a sick, sick system.

This Writer would advise anybody who has lost
benefits to start going through the appeal process.
 If the DWP’s treatment of you affects your mental
 health in such a way that you consider self-harm,
 or even suicide – write a letter to them, spelling it
 out, and give a copy to a near family member or
 friend. And keep a diary of ways your health is
 affected because of the DWP’s decision.

The government gets away with this treatment of
 innocent people because it has been able to deny
 responsibility for what happens to them. If you
make this denial implausible, these people will
 have to think again – possibly while facing
 criminal charges.

Thousands of people with progressive diseases
 and mental illness have lost their disability
benefits in a cruel Tory cut.

Charities sounded the alarm tonight over a
 “devastating” shake-up which has axed or
 reduced 230,000 people’s Personal
 Independence Payments (PIP).

Around 110,000 DLA claimants reassessed for
the new benefit – 21% of the total – have been
 rejected since PIP launched in 2013.

Another 121,000 – 23% of those reassessed –
were given PIP but at a lower rate than their
previous benefit.

Those who lost out include many with progressive
 diseases – around 450 Parkinson’s sufferers, 3,069
 people with multiple sclerosis and 4,450 suffering
 unspecified ‘malignant diseases’.

Others with progressive conditions who saw benefits
 axed or reduced were around 294 cystic fibrosis
sufferers, 36 people with motor neurone disease
 and 1,617 people classed as “terminally ill”.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said
 those in the last group were found to no longer be
 “terminally ill” because they were expected to
live beyond six months.

Mental health charity Mind warned 74,580 former
 DLA claimants with 4 key psychiatric disorders
 lost some or all of their benefits – 55% of all
 those who were reassessed.

PIP was denied or cut back for around 2,525 blind
 people, 570 people with AIDS, 128 haemophiliacs
 and 19 double amputees.

Also hit were approx 20,050 people with back pain,
 34,545 with arthritis, 8,084 with chronic pain
 syndromes and 10,725 with learning difficulties.

All figures are approximate because the DWP rounded
 the total number of claims for each condition to the
 nearest hundred.

The figures, covering April 2013 to October 2016
 and compiled by the Department for Work and
 Pensions (DWP), were slipped out without
 fanfare on the government’s website.

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Circumcision on young boys

‘Informed & personal choice’: Danish
 doctors rise against child circumcision

The doctors association in Denmark calls to ban
child circumcision, & the country’s government
has made it obligatory to report circumcision
 to the authorities, starting next year, in a
to tighten restrictions on the
unregulated practice.

Circumcision must be “an informed, personal choice,”
and therefore should be postponed until adulthood,
the Danish Medical Association says, in a press
release. It believes the current state of affairs
 deprives boys of the ability to make their
own decisions about their bodies and
 their cultural and religious beliefs.

Norway may ban non-medical circumcision of boys

“Circumcision, should be an informed, personal
 choice. It is most consistent with an individual’s
right to self-determination, that parents not be
 allowed to make this decision but that it is left
 up to the individual when he has come of age,”
The Local quoted Lise Moller, the chairwoman
 of the doctors’ association’s ethics board,
as saying.

The Danish association does not favor a total ban
circumcision, however, but believes it should

 be performed, on children, only for medical

“We have discussed it thoroughly, also in our
ethics committee. We came to the conclusion
 that it's difficult to predict the consequences
of a ban – for the involved boys, who could
for example face bullying or unauthorized
procedures with complications – and for
the cultural and religious groups they
 belong to,” Moller said.

A majority of circumcisions in Denmark,
take place outside the public healthcare
system --- in religious ceremonies, and
 in private clinics. Somewhere between
1,000 & 2,000 circumcisions, mainly on
 Muslim and Jewish boys, take place
 yearly, according to estimates from the
 Danish Health and Medicines Authority.

A 2015 study, based on the data of 340,000
Danish boys, links circumcision with autism.

The study argues that autism is related to
painful experiences in early childhood.
 Critics say correlation does not mean
causation & more research is needed.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is banned
in Denmark, yet male circumcision is legal
& almost unregulated. Circumcision 'fans'
 claim that it is a beautiful tradition, which
 helps people hold to their ethnic, cultural
and religious roots, and that banning it
would violate basic human rights.

Circumcision opponents, however, say that
 keeping their privates intact is also a human
 right, and while the procedure does not have
any confirmed health benefits, it could harm
 children, both physically and mentally.

Multiple polls and studies indicate that
the majority of Danes support banning
 it on underage boys.

The Danish government, however, has
ruled in favor of the pro-circumcision

(source - RT)


Remember Mark Wood?
the number
of people likely to die like he did

(by Mike Sivier, Vox Political)    

Mark Wood: He died of starvation several months
 after his ESA was stopped without warning by
 the DWP.

Mark Wood starved to death four months after the
then-government sickness benefit assessor, Atos,
 found him fit for work.

His death was never entered in Department for Work
 and Pensions death statistics, as it did not happen
 within two weeks of his claim being cut off. So the
 DWP could deny responsibility, even though he
 plainly wasn't fit for work when he was assessed.

Now it seems government policies are deliberately
sending thousands of people to die the same way
poverty-stricken malnutrition.

Perhaps ministers think they have found a
to make the deaths look coincidental?

Consider: Government policies make people too poor
to eat, so they either starve to death at home like Mr
 Wood, or they become a burden on an already-
overworked National Health Service, forcing it
further towards collapse.

If they live, they have helped push the NHS further
into difficulty, that can be used later to justify a
switch to insurance-based private health; if
die, they cease to claim state benefits.

It’s easy to understand that this is how
Jeremy Hunt and Damian Green think.

    The number of people so ­malnourished they need
 hospital treatment has QUADRUPLED in 10 years.

    In a shocking indictment of the nation’s food
 poverty, 16,000+ cases of malnutrition were
 reported in hospitals in England last year,
 an average of 45 every day.

    Over 900 of these cases were classed as
   severe; meaning patients were in danger
of starving to death.

    But these alarming NHS figures are just
extreme tip of an iceberg of misery &

deprivation as GPs treat thousands more
 poverty-stricken patients for malnutrition.

    Campaigners blame spiralling food prices,
 falling wages and ruthless benefits cuts
 and sanctions.

Heated vegetable oil toxic

Heated vegetable oil is so toxic
even lard is healthier, says study

Vegetable oils produce harmful toxins when they
are fried that could lead to cancer and dementia,
 according to research that contradicts the
NHS’s healthy living recommendations.

Unsaturated fats found in corn and sunflower oil have
 well-documented health benefits when used at room
 temperature. However, vegetable oils lose these
 qualities when heated, undergoing “a complex
series of chemical reactions which results in the
 accumulation of large amounts of toxic compounds,”
said professor Grootveld of De Montfort University
 in Leicester, who has carried out research on oils.

He told The Telegraph:

This major problem has received scant or limited
 attention from the food industry & health research.

The toxic chemicals are called aldehydes, and are
formed in sunflower and corn oil at temperatures
above 190C (374F). A standard meal of fish and
chips fried in vegetable oil produces 100 to 200
times more than the safe aldehyde daily limit set
 by the World Health Organization.

 In the De Montfort University study, butter, olive
oil and coconut oil and even lard were all found
to release fewer of these toxins, which enter
the body through eating or inhalation.

However, the NHS Live Well website says that
 government guidelines advise using vegetable
oil instead of butter when frying food, sticking
to the idea that unsaturated fats should
always be chosen over saturated fats.

Reports from as early as 2012 warn of the heated
 vegetable oil and toxicity, although few studies
have attracted the media’s attention and the
government has continued to support their use
 – not least because there is still strong support
 for the use of vegetable oil instead of butter in
 the medical community. For example, Jeannie
 Gazzaniga-Moloo, PhD, RD, a spokeswoman
 for the American Dietetic Association, said:

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats is still
one of the healthiest changes most people can make.

The new study’s conclusion, however, dismisses the
 plausibility of Gazzaniga-Moloo’s comments, not only
 highlighting the toxicity of vegetable oils but also
questioning the safety of their high levels of
omega-6 fatty acids.

Fatty Acids

Omega-6 is an essential fatty acid, like omega-3.
The two work together: omega-3 decreases the
 inflammation that some omega-6 acids cause.
Both are “essential” because the body does
 not produce them naturally.

The problem is that the western diet includes
 far more omega-6 than omega-3, causing an
 imbalance that leads to a greater risk of
inflammation, which can contribute to cardio-
vascular disease, depression and some
forms of cancer.

John Stein, Oxford University’s emeritus professor
of neuroscience believes the balance of fatty acids
is vitally important, and that vegetable oils must
be consumed in moderation. He said:

If you eat too much corn oil or sunflower oil, the brain
is absorbing too much omega-6, and that effectively
forces out omega-3. I believe the lack of omega-3 is
 a powerful contributory factor to such problems as
 increasing mental health issues and other problems
such as dyslexia.

For now health experts are yet to come to a
conclusive opinion on the issue, so it appears
that when it comes to maintaining good health,
the key to a healthy diet could be moderation.

(from article in The Canary)

chemo toxic danger

Shocking: UK Study Reveals Deadly Dangers
of Chemotherapy Cancer Treatment

A startling study by Public Health England and Cancer
Research UK has found that cancer treatment itself
may be killing up to 50 percent of patients.

Chemotherapy has long been controversial, as the
 treatment does specifically target cancerous cells,
and destroys healthy cells in the process. In a first-
of-its-kind study, researchers researched cancer
 patients who died within 30 days of starting their
 treatment, indicating that the treatment caused
 the death, not the cancer.

Across the nation, they found that 8.4 percent of
those undergoing treatment for lung cancer, and
2.4% of those being treated for breast cancer,
died within a month of beginning treatment.

 Results varied greatly based on the hospital
however, as an alarming 50.9% of those in
 Milton Keynes Hospital beginning chemo-
therapy treatment for lung cancer died
 within 30 days.

Researchers note that the total number of patients
 treated at the hospital was much smaller than the
norm, but the numbers remain eye-opening. “The
 statistics don’t suggest bad practice overall
but there are some outliers,” said Professor
 David Dodwell, Institute of Oncology at St.
James Hospital in Leeds, a researcher behind
 the study. “It could be data problems, and
figures skewed because of just a few deaths,
but nevertheless it could also be down to
problems with clinical practice.”

One particularly important finding in the study
 revealed that there were significant differences
in fatality based on patient age and health.

Researchers now suggest not to opt for
chemotherapy if patients are in poor health
 or are weak, as the invasive treatment can
do more harm than good.

 “I think it’s important to make patients aware that
 there are potentially life threatening downsides to
 chemotherapy. And doctors should be more careful
about who they treat with chemotherapy,” Dodwell

 Hospitals with higher-than-average mortality rates
 were notified, and asked to review their practice.

“The identification of hospitals with significantly
 higher 30-day mortality rates should promote a
review of clinical decision making in these
hospitals. Furthermore, our results highlight
 the importance of collecting routine data
beyond clinical trials to better understand
the factors placing patients at higher risk
of 30-day mortality, and ultimately improve
 clinical decision making,” the report stated.


If you’re desperate to see a GP,
 Hunt’s new scheme will make you pay
by Jessica Gay
 (Source The Canary)

A new scheme has been launched which enables
 people to skip queues in GP surgeries and have
an on-demand doctor visit them in their own
home. Within 90 minutes. The only catch
 — it costs £120.

The service

The new ‘private primary care’ service, developed by
 GP Delivered Quick (GPDQ), has people ‘booking’
 a doctor via a smartphone app. They select a date
 and time for them to visit. Each consultation lasts
 around 25 minutes and the doctors are on call
seven days a week between 8am and 11pm.

But if you’re desperate to see a doctor, it’ll cost you.
To book a 25-minute weekday consultation costs
 £120. For weekend visits, it’s £150. And for a
 bank holiday, £200!

The service, which has been approved by Care
 Quality Commission (a health regulator which
 Jeremy Hunt now controls), was launched in
London in 2015. It has now recently been
 rolled out across Birmingham.

The man behind the app

Dr Anshumen Bhagat is the N. London GP behind
the app. After working 15 years in the NHS and in
 private healthcare, Bhagat decided to launch the
 app to provide greater flexibility for patients.

 He said:

This is digitising the home visit – it really is that
 simple. Patients benefit from speed & flexibility,
 with the ability to see a doctor when & where
 it suits them, booking and tracking their GP
 through their smartphone. Our 25-minute
 appointments allow for a more in-depth
 consultation, whilst our two-hour
 prescription delivery service
provides an extra level of

Regarding how GPs will benefit from
the service, Bhagat continued:

It also enables all GPs in the UK to see patients on
a private basis, work flexibly, and earn extra income
in the process – they’re essentially running a virtual
clinic through our state of the art mobile platform.

While the consultation price does include written
 prescriptions and referrals, the fact that this app
 prioritises those with money is troubling. £120,
 for example, is a lot of money. Especially for
those on benefits and low incomes, and for
 children and elderly people.

Also, London and Birmingham (where the service
 has been rolled out) have some of the highest
 levels of poverty in the UK.  27% of people in
London and 37% of children in Birmingham
live in poverty. Given this, it is almost
 impossible for society’s vulnerable
 people, to afford this service.


According to the app’s website,
 “every GPDQ doctor must meet our
high standards of clinical experience
 and patient care”. As well as this,
 each doctor “continues to work
 within the NHS”.

But with Hunt cutting NHS budgets left, right
 and centre, it questions whether the NHS will
 even exist in a couple years. The cuts have
 already forced many local practices to close,
 much to the delight of private healthcare
 services (like Virgin Care), which have
 been snapping them up.

So while the service secures a role for GPs if the
 NHS goes under, it does little to provide for those
 who depend on national heath care. The service,
which has been approved under Hunt’s watch,
gives us another indication of how the Health
 Secretary envisages future health care.

So far, it involves sucking the NHS dry, over-
exerting doctors, and shaking hands with
billionaire privateers. Sadly, it’s the same
 tale. And we’re wondering how he’s
still able to get away with it.


Are you insured?!?

    NHS doctors are now being ordered by chiefs
-- to ask patients if they have private health
 insurance and, if so, to ‘gently’ remind them
--- to use it.

    This unprecedented move, exposes the dire
 financial predicament the NHS is currently in,
and confirms that the ‘universal’ commitment
of the health service... is well and truly over.

 Labour built the NHS. Now it
 must fight to save and rebuild it.

If you're interested, go now to:


From wales:

My late partner was told she couldn't enter
the room where her son was then near to
death - unless she had an MMR vaccine.
I advised her to refuse the vaccine and
to insist on seeing her son, anyway...
the staff relented. (Her son survived).

Why did I do this? Because a dear
friend had had the MMR vaccine &
shrank from a fit, 14 stone man

-- to a thin, shaking wisp of his
former self. His friends were
horrified - and when, after a
year of watching him suffer,
they advised him to sue...
he was told it was 'too late.'

From the US:

Parents must be informed
From Jon Rappoport:
"On July 29, US Congressman Bill Posey made his
 last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five
 minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC
 in a now-famous 2004 study, that exonerated the
 MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection
 to autism."

"No connection to autism" was the lie...

"Parents who are, in ignorance, allowing their
children to receive the MMR vaccine, must be
informed. They must know what is going on.

They must know the danger to their children."

"Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Germany,
 France, India, China, South Africa…wherever the
 MMR vaccine is given…parents must be made
aware: they’re gambling with their children’s

"Government officials anywhere in the world who
 make this continuing crime possible are liable."

"So are manufacturers of the MMR."



Determining Factor in Child Autism

    by Kenji Tsuchiya

The age at which parents have children, shapes
their neurophysiological development, and the
 diagnosis of the autistic spectrum, Japanese
 expert, Kenji Tsuchiya, explained, at the 18th
 Conference on Psychophysiology, in Havana.

Starting from his lecture, the 'Neurological
Development of Children during the First
Years of
Life. An analysis of the Child's
Development and the
Diagnosis of the
Autistic Spectrum,' the expert
said that
his study is based on the information

collected from 1,250 children in Japan.

With the data from this research, it is possible to
verify how children from parents at an advanced

 age, meaning 35 years or older, are at higher risk
of being autistic and of having slower progress
in developing
language abilities and physical-
motor capacities -
characteristics that could
appear during the first
24 months of life,
Tsuchiya asserted.

Labour's Speech To Deaf And Disabled

Theresa May and her husband Philip

Theresa May outside No. 10 with husband Philip.

NINE former health secretaries join
 forces to condemn the government
by Ignacio Amigo
Nine former health secretaries have addressed
 a letter (paywall) to The Times to criticise the
 inaction of the current government in dealing
 with mental health. The signatories complain
that, despite “promised increases in funding”
& “warm words”, people with mental health
 issues are still being neglected.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat former health
 minister who arranged the letter, added that:

It is a stain on our country that people with mental ill
health are so often treated as second-class citizens.
More than 15% of adults in the UK live with mental
health problems. Of those, only a quarter receive
 some kind of treatment.


The letter makes the case that mental health
 problems are not being treated on equal grounds
with physical disease. It also points out growing
economic difficulties for mental health trusts. It
 mentions that two in five mental health trusts
have had their budgets slashed during the last
financial year. Not only that, but more than
£100m aimed at children’s services has
 not materialised.

The former health secretaries also highlight that
the situation has worsened for women. They see
 the “growing mental health crisis among young
women” that remains unaddressed. The numbers
 seem to confirm this. The latest rates of women
taking their own lives, from 2014, indicate a slight
increase. They also call attention to the fact that
20% of women aged 16-24 have self-harmed.
This rate has tripled in seven years.

Another dramatic case is that of children with eating
 disorders. According to the letter, the institutions
 are tackling these cases too late, when the
children are already too thin and have
self-harming tendencies.

The government

In her first speech after becoming Prime Minister
 in July, Theresa May acknowledged the situation
 of those with mental health issues. She said that
 “there’s not enough help at hand” for them. But
 just three months later, she claimed that the
government was investing “an estimated
record £11.7 bn” in mental health services.

Current Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt,
also shares this optimistic view:

We're making progress against our goal to address
 the difficulties faced by those with mental health
 problems – spending by clinical commissioning
 groups has increased by £693m, every area in
 the country has put together plans to trans-
children’s mental health services,
and our
suicide prevention strategy is
to be refreshed,
all backed by added

But some people disagree. Figures obtained by
Labour MP Luciana Berger indicate that 57% of
 the clinical commissioning groups are planning
 to reduce their mental health budgets. She
the government to take action:

The government must urgently step in and prevent a
 dangerous situation developing. Time & time again
 ministers have promised -- mental health spending
would increase. Yet for the third year in a row, this
has not happened, with a majority of local areas
 planning to spend less of their budget on

The former health secretaries also throw some
 figures in their letter that are at odds with this
 optimistic view. Namely, that 5,500 of patients
 with mental health issues have to travel long
 distances for treatment because of a lack of
beds. And some parts of the country spend
 just £2 a head on children’s mental health.

The letter asks for a pledge by the chancellor
to -- “make good on the promise to achieve
genuine equality”. The Autumn Statement,
 that will be released next week, will be
 a good opportunity to do it.

Get Involved!

– Support Work Wise UK and call Mind
 if you need mental health support.

– If you need to talk to someone,
 call The Samaritans on 116 123.

– Support the People’s Assembly
and UK Uncut.

source – The Canary.


Tory Plot To Sell Our
Medical Records

It seems the government is about to resurrect the
privatisation of our medical records, but this time
 without even telling us.

The government review into the care.data
scheme recommended that it be scrapped.

But buried in the report is a new scheme to
sell our medical records to big corporations.

The government’s review proposes to allow medical
 records from your family doctor, (possibly including
 NHS Numbers, diagnoses, referrals, prescriptions
- along with postcodes and dates of birth - ) to be
 uploaded to a giant national database – but this
 time without telling us or asking for our consent.

One of the schemes to replace care.data is called
 the “Single GP dataset”. The government’s review
 into care.data proposes to send all patient records
 from family GPs to the central database without
 the express consent of patients. Once in the
system, it can be “sold” to any customers of
the ‘Health and Social Care Information
centre”, including private companies.

The government buried this announcement
 on the day of the report into the Iraq War.
It is hoping no one will notice this new
land grab on our medical records.

As is now inevitable with such attempts
 at skulduggery, the plan is now exposed
and there is a petition against it, which
you can sign here:


cancer caused by meat eating say researchers

A Sad Day for Carnivores:
 Meat Eaters Higher Cancer Risk

Eating meat could be linked to cancer, whereas
 consuming whole grains, fruit and vegetables,
 may lessen the cancer risk, Danish researchers

A research team at the National Food Institute
 reviewed several studies on meat consumption
 and cancer risk, after last year's International
Agency for Research on Cancer summary,
which listed processed meat in the same
category of carcinogens as cigarette smoke
 and asbestos, Food Navigator reports.

 In June, the World Health Organization (WHO)
 published a report indicating that processed
 meat may be carcinogenic. The WHO report
said processed meats like bacon, sausages,
salami and canned meat, may all increase
 the risk of cancer.

Preben Vestergaard Hansen, a doctoral candidate
 in human nutrition from Metropolitan University
 College, explained to Danish Radio which three
 details aroused researchers' suspicion.

"According to new official dietary guidelines, we
need to cut down on fatty meat and red meat, and
 this applies to all meats from four-legged animals,
including pork. This concerns both fried and
cooked meat," Hansen told Danish Radio.

"Blood in the meat is the first probable culprit, as
iron (hemoglobin) takes oxygen around the body
 and is suspected to influence the development
 of cancer. Basically, we know that red meat is
 associated with an increased risk of colorectal
 cancer, but the link has never been established
with certainty," Hansen explained.

The second hypothesis is that all kinds of fried
meat can cause a greater risk of cancer. In this
case, so-called nitrosamines from the meat
membrane are the apparent culprit. And finally,
nitrite salts, which are used in processed meat
for preservation, are also associated with a
higher risk of cancer.

According to the reports, a daily intake of above
 50 grams a day leads to an increased risk of
 developing cancer. This amounts to roughly 3
 slices of bacon or one slice of ham, which is
 not much, considering that Danes consume up
 to 100 kg of meat per year.

Despite a lack of conclusive evidence, Danish
food authorities are discouraging Danes from
eating processed meat --- if possible.

However, there are indications that other life-
style-related causes such as lack of activity,
alcohol and smoking must be taken into
account to understand the whole picture.

Cancer is the leading cause
of death, in Denmark.

Cancer charity naughty investments

 UK cancer research pensions plan funds
 invest millions in British American Tobacco

Pension plans for scientists working at Cancer
 Research UK are among those to have invested
 in British American Tobacco to the tune of £211
 million (US$308 million).

The fund, which caters for university lecturers
and staff, is worth just shy of £50 billion. Its
 biggest investment (£344 million) is in Royal
 Dutch Shell, and is equally controversial,
reports The Guardian.

News that Cancer Research UK money has
 essentially been used to fight the effects of
 smoking and to fund the tobacco industry,
 comes as a shock to many.

A UK Universities' spokesperson, defends
the investments choice of the Universities
 Superannuation Scheme - and insists that
financial return takes precedence over
 any moral dilemmas raised.

“The USS, as part of its investment duties,
 takes into account wider social, ethical,
 environmental and governance issues,
so long as that ensures that the assets
 of the scheme are invested in the best
 financial interests of members and
their beneficiaries,” they say.

Earlier this year, the European Public
 Health Association (EUPHA) called on
people & companies to stop investing
in tobacco.

“For decades, it has actively sought to
mislead the world about harms caused
by its products. It has corrupted public
officials, been complicit in illicit acts,
 such as smuggling, and undermined
legislation to protect the health of
 the public,” reads the statement.

EUPHA President Professor Martin McKee
 added that “it is simply unacceptable that
USS should continue to invest in this
 discredited industry.”

Cancer Research UK Tobacco Policy Manager
George Butterworth admitted he was unhappy
 with the investment situation, but insisted the
 Tobacco Free Portfolios movement shows
 that things can change.

“The tobacco industry’s deadly products
are responsible for 1 in 4 cancer deaths.
Many people would be shocked to learn
 their pensions are invested in tobacco
 company shares --- especially those
striving to develop cures for diseases
 caused by this lethal industry,”
Butterworth said.

“Cancer Research UK’s own pension
 funds are tobacco-free, but many of our
 researchers, are based at institutions
 where that is not the case,” he added.

“To help make it easier for organisations’
pension schemes to opt out of tobacco
 shares, we’re now funding the UK arm
 of Tobacco Free Portfolios to encourage
 investment funds to divest from tobacco
 stocks. AXA’s move earlier this week to
withdraw billions in investment from
the tobacco industry, shows what
 can be done.”

blood dialysis  machine

Surgery should be standard treatment
option for diabetes: guidelines

New clinical guidelines endorsed by 45
international diabetes organizations, call
 for bariatric surgery, involving manipulation
 of the stomach / intestine, to be considered
as a "standard treatment option" for type 2

The guidelines recommend surgery to induce
 weight-loss for certain categories of people
 living with type 2 diabetes, including those
 who are mildly obese and fail to respond
 to conventional treatment.

The recommendation is based on evidence
from 11 clinical trials, that bariatric surgery
 can improve blood glucose levels more
effectively than any lifestyle or pharma-
ceutical interventions, in obese people
 with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Care Editor in Chief William Cefalu
 said in a statement that the new guidelines
 mark the first time surgery is recommended
 as a treatment option ------ for diabetes.

"Given the rapid developments in the field,
it's important to focus on this topic for those
 who care for individuals with diabetes,"

"These new Guidelines, based on
of multiple clinical studies, validate
metabolic surgery's indicated for
people with diabetes ------ and can
significantly improved outcomes."

Bariatric surgery involves the removal of
 part of the stomach -- or a reroute of the
 small intestine.

Although it's as safe as other common
operations such as gallbladder surgery
--- there are risks of complications and
 long-term nutritional deficiencies that
 require rigorous long-term follow-up
 by expert teams.

The new guidelines emerged from the
Second Diabetes Surgery Summit, an
 international consensus conference
 held in London in September 2015
 -- and jointly organized with the US
 Diabetes Association, International
 Diabetes Federation, Diabetes UK,
Chinese Diabetes Society, and
Diabetes India.

According to the new guidelines, bariatric
 surgery should be recommended to treat
patients with type 2 diabetes who have a
 BMI of 40 and those with a BMI of 30 who
 are not able to adequately control their
 blood glucose levels via other means.

These BMI thresholds should be reduced
 by 2.5 for Asian patients as they develop
type 2 diabetes at lower BMI than other

The BMI is a measure of obesity for adult
 men and women --- and is calculated by
 dividing body weight in kilograms, by
 height, in metres squared.

"Surgery represents a radical departure
 from conventional diabetes approaches"
 stated Francesco Rubino, a professor of
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at King's
 College, London, in Britain, and the first
author of the report.

"The new Guidelines effectively introduce,
both conceptually and practically, one of
 the biggest changes for diabetes care
 in modern times," he added.

Global Sleep Crisis

‘Global sleep crisis’ caused by
 social pressures – scientists

A new study, using data collected via
a smartphone
app worldwide, shows
modern-day social pressures
are eat-
ing into more and more of everyone's

The data was compiled by scientists at
the University
of Michigan --- who were
looking to analyze sleeping
around the globe.

They used information
such as age,
gender and even the amount of light

 that people sleeping are exposed to.

The aim of the study, carried out in 100
was to get a better under-
standing of how cultural
can have the ability to supersede

 biological rhythms.

"The effects of society on sleep remain largely
 unquantified," the study, published on May 6th
 in the Science Advances journal, states,
 according to Reuters.

"We find that social pressures weaken and/
or conceal biological drives in the evening,
leading individuals to delay their bedtime
and shorten their sleep."

A lack of sleep can lead to an increase in
risk of becoming obese or contracting
or heart problems.

The study found that middle-
aged men
suffer the most from sleep deprivation

-- and get less than the recommended
eight hours
per day -- which can also
prove to be a danger
to society.

"It's middle-aged men that seem to be getting
 a remarkably little amount of sleep, and we
 think that is very significant," the study's
 lead author, Professor Daniel Forger, of
University of Michigan, told CBC.

 "They are behind the wheel driving trucks,
driving airplanes, and when they do it with
 so little sleep, that can pose risks to them-
selves --- and also to society."

Around 6,000 people over the age of 15 were
 asked to send data on their sleeping patterns
such as when they went to bed and woke up,
 and how much light they were exposed to.

The amount a person sleeps is affected by
20,000 nerve cells located behind the eyes.
They adjust to how much light
they are
exposed to, especially natural light ---
which can cause a person to
wake up earlier.

Wake up! Too much sleep increases risk
 of dying from heart disease, study says.

"If you've very little sleep, you can perform
just as well as when you're drunk, so not
getting much sleep, is, indeed, a global
right now," Forger says.

The study found that those in Japan and
Singapore, received the least sleep, at 7
& 24 mins, and Netherlands subjects

got the most, at 8 hours and 12 minutes.

Although this is a difference of less than
 an hour, even a difference of 30 minutes
can impact on a person’s health, & how
 they are able to function.

"Impaired sleep presents an immediate,
 pressing threat to human health," the
 study mentions, according to Reuters.

However, a recent study shows that getting
 too much sleep may not be good for you, as
 those sleeping for more than 8 hours, face
 a higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Although previous studies had shown that a
lack of sleep was linked to stress, increased
 blood pressure & the secretion of adrenaline
 – all of which are factors of an increased risk
heart disease – the effects of too much
on heart disease, came as a surprise.

“We don’t know which mechanism can
explain a direct causal link --- between
 long sleep duration & an increased risk
 of dying from coronary heart disease,”
 lead author, Dr. Linn Beate Strand,
says, in a statement.

breastfeeding is best feeding

Breastfeeding may reduce mother's
 heart attack, stroke risk: study
June 22nd, 2017.
Breastfeeding is not only healthy for babies, it may also
 reduce a mother's risk of having a heart attack or stroke
 later in life, according to a new study of 300,000 Chinese
women published today.

Those who breastfed their babies, had about a 10 percent
 lower risk of developing heart disease or stroke compared
 to those who did not, and the longer they breastfed, the
greater effects they had, according to the study,
published in the Journal of the American
Heart Association.

"The findings should encourage more widespread breastfeeding
 for the benefit of the mother, as well as the child," study co-
Zhengming Chen, a professor of epidemiology at
the University
of Oxford, said in a statement.

"The study provides support for the World Health Organization's
recommendation, that mothers should breastfeed their babies
exclusively, for their first six months of life," Chen said.

Previous studies have suggested that mothers get short-term
 health benefits from breastfeeding, such as weight loss and
 lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after
pregnancy. However, the long-term effects of breast-
feeding on the risk of developing cardiovascular
diseases in mothers, were unclear.

In the new study, researchers from the University of Oxford,
 the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking
University, studied 300,000 Chinese women aged 30
 to 79 years, as part of a large prospective cohort
study called the China Kadoorie Biobank,
which provided detailed information
about their reproductive history
 and other lifestyle factors.

After eight years of follow-up, there were 16,671 cases of
 coronary heart disease which includes heart attacks,
 and 23,983 stroke cases among the 290,000 women
who had no previous history of cardiovascular
 disease, when enrolled in the study.

The researchers found that compared to women who had
 never breastfed, mothers who breastfed their babies had
a nine percent lower risk of heart disease and an eight
percent lower risk of stroke.

Among mothers who breastfed each of their babies for
two years or more, heart disease risk was 18% lower
and stroke risk was 17 percent lower, than among
mothers who never breastfed.

Each additional six months of breastfeeding per baby was
 associated with a four percent lower risk of heart disease
 and a three percent lower risk of stroke, researchers said.

"Although we cannot establish the causal effects, health
benefits to the mother from breastfeeding may be
explained by a faster 'reset' of the mother's
metabolism, after pregnancy," said study
co-author Sanne Peters, research fellow
at the University of Oxford.

"Pregnancy changes a woman's metabolism dramatically,
 as she stores fat to provide the energy necessary for her
 baby's growth & for breastfeeding once the baby is born.
 Breastfeeding could eliminate the stored fat faster and
more completely," Peters added.


UNICEF says breastfeeding has lifesaving benefits

Breastfeeding has lifesaving benefits, the
 United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),
states, reports Xinhua news.

"Investing in breastfeeding has a significant impact
 on the health of women and children --- and on the
 economies of both rich and poor countries," says
 UNICEF Chief of Nutrition Werner Schultink, citing
 a new series published by the UK weekly medical
 journal, The Lancet.

"The series provides crucial evidence for the case
 that breastfeeding is a cornerstone of children's
 survival, health, growth and development --- and
 contributes to a more prosperous & sustainable
 future," he says.

The study found that breastfeeding saves babies
 lives, reducing the risk of sudden infant deaths
 and intestinal diseases.

It also highlighted the economic benefits of
breastfeeding and called on governments to
support mothers with policies --- such as a
 minimum of 14 weeks maternity leave.

It found that countries lost over 500 billion
 dollars a year -- through losses in cognitive
 ability which led to lower earning capacity
 for people not breastfed as babies.

In China, the study found that breastfeeding
 decreased by 5% between 2003 & 2008 and
 that a 10% rise in breastfeeding, could cut
the treatment costs of childhood disorders
 by 30 million dollars, in urban China alone.

UNICEF, which contributed to the Lancet
series, says the study shows that breast-
feeding can help to achieve the UN's
 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These are 17 economic, social and environ-
mental goals all UN member states agreed
 to work towards achieving by 2030.

"Breastfeeding is..... the most natural, cost
effective, environmentally sound & readily
 available way we know, to provide all our
children, rich or poor, with the healthiest
start in life," stresses Schultink. "It's a win-
win for all concerned, to make it a priority."

vaccination terror

Recent Italian Court Decisions
on Vaccines and Autism

On September 23, 2014, an Italian court in Milan
 awarded compensation to a boy --- for vaccine-
induced autism.

A childhood vaccine against six childhood
 diseases caused the boy’s permanent autism and
 brain damage.  While the Italian press has devoted
 considerable attention to this decision & its public
 health implications, the U.S. press has been silent.

Like the U.S., Italy has a national vaccine injury
compensation program to give some financial aid
to those people who are injured by compulsory
 and recommended vaccinations.

The Italian infant plaintiff received three doses of
GlaxoSmithKline’s Infanrix Hexa --- a hexavalent
vaccine administered in the first year of life. The
 doses occurred from March to October, 2006.

The vaccine is to protect children from polio,
 diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis,
 and Haemophilus influenza type B.

 In addition to these antigens, however, the
 vaccine contained thimerosal, the mercury-
containing preservative, and aluminum, an
adjuvant, as well as other toxic ingredients. 

The child regressed into autism shortly after
receiving the three doses.  When the parents
 presented their claim for compensation first to
 the Ministry of Health, as they were required
to do, the Ministry rejected it. So the family
sued the Ministry in a general jurisdiction
 court, an option which does not exist
 in the same form in the U.S.

Based on expert medical testimony, the court
 concluded that the child more likely than not
 suffered autism and brain damage because of
 the neurotoxic mercury, aluminum and his
susceptibility from a genetic mutation. 

The Court noted that Infanrix Hexa contains
 thimerosal, now banned in Italy because of
 its neurotoxicity, “in concentrations greatly
exceeding the maximum recommended
levels for infants weighing a few kilograms.”

Presiding Judge Nicola Di Leo considered
another piece of damning evidence: a 1271-
page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report
 (now available on the Internet).

  This industry document has provided ample
 evidence of adverse events via the vaccine,
 including 5 known cases of autism resulting
 from the vaccine’s administration during its
 clinical trials.

In many developed countries, government,
 not industry, compensates families in the
 event of vaccine injury. So GSK’s apparent
 lack of concern for the vaccine’s adverse
 effects is notable & perhaps not surprising.

  In the final assessment, the report states:
 “[t]he benefit/risk profile of Infanrix hexa
 continues to be favourable,” despite GSK’s
 acknowledging that the vaccine causes
side effects including:

 “anaemia haemolytic autoimmune,
 thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic
purpura, autoimmune thrombocytopenia,
 idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura,
 haemolytic anemia, cyanosis, injection
site nodule, abcess and injection site
abscess, Kawasaki’s disease, important
neurological events (such as encephalitis
and encephalopathy), Henoch-Schonlein
 purpura, petechiae, purpura, haematochezia,
 allergic reactions (including anaphylactic &
 anaphylactoid reactions),” and death.

The Milan decision is sober, informed and
well-reasoned. The Ministry of Health has
stated, that it has appealed the Court’s
 decision, but that appeal will likely take
 several years & its outcome is uncertain.


US Senate Passes Bill Approving
 Mandatory Vaccinations for Veterans

Basically..... biological warfare is sneaky.
 It involves a microbial sucker punch to its
 intended target, often accomplished in a
 manner in which the aggressor can claim
 clean hands, while his victim may suffer
or die.

Biological warfare can take a number of forms.
The question—how to get a bacteriological or
toxic agent on board without the target being
 alerted– has been asked and answered.....

 In addition to using humans and animals as
 vectors, biological warfare agents can be
 airborne, waterborne, foodborne, or put
into pharmaceuticals.

Substantial concerns have been voiced.
Polio vaccines have been found to contain
cancer. A Merck rotavirus vaccine was
found to be contaminated with a pig virus.

Another Merck product, the Hepatitis B
vaccine, was reported to have been laced
 with the AIDS virus., In addition, a tetanus
vaccine distributed in the third world was
 found to contain human chorionic gonad-
otrophin, an anti-fertility agent known to
 produce spontaneous abortions.

The correlation between the rise in
 vaccinations of children & autism,
 has become an urban legend.

A Bill has just passed the US Senate:

Section 101 of Senate Bill 1203, named the
21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act,
says the Department of Veterans Affairs will
 be tasked with the mandate to “ensure that
veterans receiving medical services under
ch. 17 of title 38, US Code receive each
 immunization on the recommended adult
immunization schedule at the time such
 immunization is indicated on that schedule.”

The schedule is frankly staggering.
Over ninety vaccines are listed.

The issues. First, an entire group of individuals,
who at one time were in military service, will
 lose their inherent right to opt out of receiving
what is considered prophylactic treatment.

Anita Stewart, who served in the Air Force,
& now hosts Wise Women Media radio show:
“This could include experimental vaccines,
 or vaccines that have not been tested.”

It is believed that those who refuse will,
under this Bill, lose their medical benefits.

Second, the numbers of immunizations on
 the required schedule could be enough to
 sicken anyone.

Flu vaccines have been known to cause Guillain-
 Barre syndrome, which is a neurological disorder
 wherein a person’s own immune system attacks
 the nerve cells and can cause paralysis.

Gulf War Syndrome, which may manifest with
 such symptoms as:- rashes, severe fatigue,
muscle and joint pain, headache, irritability,
 depression, gastrointestinal and respiratory
 disorders and neurological cognitive defects,
is thought by some researchers to have been
 caused by “vaccine overload.”

 According to Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Professor
Malcolm Hooper, US Gulf war soldiers had
“at least 17 different vaccines, including
 live vaccines (polio and yellow fever as
well as experimental vaccines that had
not been approved (anthrax, botulinum
 toxoid) and were of doubtful efficacy.”

Others attribute Gulf War Syndrome
specifically to the anthrax vaccine
given to the troops.

In addition, a certain cluster of vaccines has
 been linked to type one diabetes.  The H1N1
vaccine has been linked to miscarriages and
 stillbirths. According to this report, the H1N1
 shot resulted in SIXTY TIMES the rate of
 miscarriage associated with the seasonal
 flu vaccine.

H1N1 was also found to be linked to a spike
 in narcolepsy in children. According to this
study, there was a 400 percent increase in
 the incidence of narcolepsy in those under
20 years, who received swine flu vaccine.

It would literally be possible to go on for
pages here. The pattern is clear. Vaccine
 safety is a realistic concern.

In light of the considerable scientific evidence
that vaccines cause illness, one must ask what
 this piece of legislation hopes to attain. Writes
Anita Stewart:

“Forced mandates are nothing more than medical
 tyranny….Vaccines in most cases do not cure or
 protect us, but could make some of us sicker and
 definitely create a huge and continuing revenue
 stream for Big Pharma.”

There are no studies of the effects of these
numbers of vaccines on adults. Equally,
 there are no studies concerning the “poly-
pharmacy” effects of combining them.

Given the increasing scrutiny of civil rights
 abuses in the US, plus escalating concerns
 over apparent covert US biological weapons
 activity in a number of different venues, one
 might expect that Senate Bill 1203 will
result in an upsurge of protest.

Veterans have already served their country.
To re-enlist them as lab rats diminishes both
 the concepts of freedom and democracy ---
 & those who served to protect these ideals.

Drug deaths in US soar

‘We’ve never really seen
 anything like this’:
US suicide rates
hit 50-year peak
November 29th, at 9:42am

The US witnessed the most deaths in a single year, since
 official records began, in 2017, with suicide and drug
overdose deaths soaring among an aging population,
 according to the Centres for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC).

It marks the third consecutive year life expectancy has
dropped in the US, and the longest life expectancy
decline trend since the late 1910s, when WWI
the worst flu pandemic in modern
combined, to kill
approximately 675,000


All told, the US recorded 2.8 million deaths in 2017, with
middle-aged deaths making the biggest impact on life

“These sobering statistics are a wake-up call that we
are losing too many Americans, too early and too
often, to conditions that are preventable,” Dr.
Robert Redfield, the CDC’s director, said.

The suicide rate in 2017 was the highest in 50 years,
 reaching roughly 47,000 cases (up from just below
45,000 the previous year).

“We’ve never really seen anything like this,” said Robert
Anderson, who oversees CDC death statistics. Suicide
is the tenth leading cause of death in the US, for the
 tenth year in a row.

Increases have been prominent among the female
 population, despite the fact that most people who
 die by suicide, are still male. The female suicide
 rate rose by 53 percent between 1999 and 2017,
 with a 26 percent increase for men, during the
same period.

“I really do believe that people are increasingly hopeless,
and that that, leads to drug use, it leads potentially to
suicide,” said Dr. William Dietz, a disease prevention
 expert, at George Washington University.

Among the 10 leading causes of death, only cancer
fell, while there were increases in suicide,
diabetes, Alzheimer’s, flu/pneumonia,
lower respiratory diseases, and
unintentional injuries.

The number one cause of death in the US, heart disease,
levelled off. Improvements in prevention and treatment
of the condition, usually offset increases in other
 leading causes of death.

Meanwhile, drug overdoses surpassed 70,000 in 2017,
solidifying the ongoing crisis as the  deadliest such
epidemic in US history. Accidental drug overdoses
accounted for one third of unintentional injury
deaths, while intentional overdoses made up
roughly a tenth of suicides, according to
the CDC. The CDC’s numbers are
subject to change as more data
becomes available, however.

The US still ranks as having among the lowest
life expectancy rates, for developed nations.

(Source - RT)


Drug abuse leading cause of
injury & deaths in US: Report

Drug abuse in the US is at “epidemic levels” where
 they are the leading cause of injury-related deaths,
surpassing car accidents and gun violence, says a
 new US government report.

About 46,470 US citizens died of drug overdoses in
 2013, the last year which data was available, while
 35,369 people died in traffic-related accidents and
33,636 were killed by guns, the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) says, on November 4th.

"Drug abuse is ending too many lives too soon
and destroying families and communities,”
DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg says.

"We must reach young people at an even earlier
 age --- and teach them about its many dangers
and horrors."

Drug overdose deaths have risen sharply in
the last ten years, up more than 50 percent
 from 30,711 fatalities in 2004.

"Overdose deaths, particularly from prescription
 drugs & heroin, have reached epidemic levels,"
 Rosenberg says.

The DEA report also finds that heroin and
 prescription pain killers, are among the
top drug threats in the US.

Heroin use in the US has skyrocketed in
 recent years and there was a 51 percent
 increase in users between 2013 and 2014.

According to new findings by researchers,
middle-aged white people in the US have
suffered a startling rise in death rates
since 1999 --- most likely because of
problems with legal and illegal drugs,
alcohol and suicide.

transplanting wombs

Womb transplants given UK go-ahead

Doctors have been granted approval to carry out
 the UK's first 10 womb transplants, following the
 success of the procedure in Sweden.

The go-ahead has been given by the Health
Research Authority as part of a clinical trial
 - which launches in the spring.

Around one in 7,000 women are born without a
 womb, while others lose their womb to cancer.

If the trial is successful, the first UK baby could
 arrive in early 2018.

Over 100 women have already been identified
 as potential recipients of donor wombs.

Dr Richard Smith, a consultant gynaecologist
at the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital
 in London who has been working on the project
 for 19 years, will lead the transplant team.

He said childlessness could be a "disaster"
 for couples, but the technique would offer
hope to those whose only other option is
 surrogacy or adoption.

How would the procedure work?

    The operation takes around six hours,
with the organ coming from a dead
 donor, whose heart is kept beating.

    The recipient will need to take immuno-
    suppressant drugs after the transplant
    and during any pregnancy --- to prevent
rejection of the donor organ.

    The woman's health is monitored closely
 for a year and then an embryo implanted
 in the womb.

    This embryo would arise from a combination
 of the woman's own eggs and the partners'
 sperm - using an IVF procedure.

    If all goes well the baby will be delivered
 eight months later by caesarean section.

    Couples will be given the option of trying for
 2 pregnancies before the womb is removed.

    Once it is no longer needed, the womb can
be taken out by a team of surgeons. This
 prevents the need for the woman to be on
 immunosuppressants for the rest of her life.

Dr Smith on BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
"Over the years I've had quite a lot of crises
with this... but when you meet the women
 who have been born without a uterus, or
who have had their uterus removed, for
one reason or another, this is really
heart-rending stuff and that is what
 has kept us going.

According to his team at Womb Transplant
 UK, each procedure costs up to £50,000,
but women will not have to pay for this.

The project has so-far been self-funded
 & supported by public donations which
researchers say will allow them to take
 on two procedures for now.

The women selected for the trial must
meet criteria set by Womb Transplant
 UK, which include being 38 or under,
having a long-term partner and being
 a healthy weight. They will also need
 to have healthy ovaries that are able
 to produce their own eggs.

More than 300 women have approached
the team, of whom 104 meet the criteria.

In October last year a woman in Sweden
 became the first in the world to give birth
 to a baby after having a womb transplant,
 but from a living donor.

Womb transplants are still very much at
 an experimental, trial stage.

For years researchers tried to perfect
 the technique on animals - from mice
 to monkeys.

A further three babies have since been
 born in Sweden using transplanted wombs.

There have been concerns that using
anti-rejection drugs in pregnancy
 could harm the foetus.

But researchers argue these medications are
 likely to be safe at the right dose, building on
 the success of earlier pregnancies involving
anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplants
 and other conditions.

How many need or want this procedure?

Estimates suggest one in 5,000 women are
 born with Mayer Rokitansky Küster Hauser
 syndrome... where they have no vagina,
cervix or uterus.

In some cases women may have wombs
 removed after surgery for, eg, cancer.

But not all these patients will be eligible.

 For the first few volunteers there is still
 a long and cautious road ahead.

glioma brain tumour

Australian Researcher: Phone Radiation
 is a Hotline to Brain Cancer

A highly respected Australian doctor, currently
remission from brain cancer, is speaking out
  about his
belief that radiation from wifi, cell
phones and their
towers, is a major factor in
increasing brain cancer

Dr. John Tickell is trying to raise awareness
calls for more funding for brain cancer
as it has become the number one
most deadly cancer
for young Australians. 

According to the
Australian government,
there are 35 new cases of
the cancer
discovered each week, with four out of

 five cases being fatal in the first 5 years.

"Leukaemia was once the leading cause of
deaths in Australia for under 40s,
but it now has a
5 year survival rate of 80%+.

Breast cancer is about
90% --- compared to
brain cancer, which is around
20%," Tickell
tells the Herald Sun.

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications
 Association denies there are any detrimental
 health effects at all from their radiation, but
the World Health Organization has recently
 upgraded the radiation threat to category
 B2, meaning "possibly carcinogenic."

"You can say you can't prove it but in my mind
 it's proven, looking at the studies that are not
 funded by the industry," he says.

The largest study to take place so far, was
conducted among 5,000 cancer patients.
The study found no increased risk of cancer
overall, but cellphone use was linked to the
patients having a 40% increased likelihood
 of developing Glioma, a common type of
brain cancer.

Tickell blasts the US Federal Communications
 Commission (FCC) and the fact that they have
 seemingly left all investigative studies, to the
 telecommunications companies themselves.

"The telco-funded studies say they’re safe but
 the FCC has not done any tests on radiation
 from 'phones, in 20 years," Tickell laments.

"There's a million more times radiation in the
 air today than there was fifty years ago —
that is frightening," he says.

aging and cancer prediction

Early diagnosis: Revolutionary study says most
cancers can now be predicted years in advance

After a 13 year study, US scientists identify a
'specific pattern of change' in the length
of a
biomarker present in cells which occurs
before patients begin having
cancer symptoms.

A joint Harvard and Northwestern team monitored
 792 initially cancer-free people for the period, 135
 of whom were eventually diagnosed with various
 forms of cancer. In those years, they constantly
 monitored their telomeres.

Telomeres serve as a protective cap on the ends
of chromosomes. As people age, and their cells
 replicate more and more times, telomeres grow
 shorter, until eventually the cell can't multiply
 again, and simply dies. They can be both an
 indicator of ageing -- a sort of internal body
clock -- and a cause of it, as cells with worn-
down telomeres can malfunction, causing
 a range of age-related diseases.

Those eventually diagnosed with cancer saw
 their telomeres deplete alarmingly many years
 before cancer actually developed – with some
 future patients having telomeres typical for a
person 15 years older.

Some of this catastrophic shortening could be
 predicted and diagnosed externally: eg, simply
 by looking at patients who are already suffering
 from inflammations, oxidative stress and other
 conditions that age their cells at a rapid rate.
But in other people, who appeared to have few
 external risk factors for cancer, measuring this
 rate could produce a revelatory diagnosis.

But this is not the most surprising part of the study.

Suddenly, three to four years before the diagnosis,
 the shortening would stop, and stabilize – but this
 was not good news.

“We found cancer had hijacked the telomere
 shortening, in order to flourish in the body,”
says Dr. Lifang Hou, a professor of preventive
 medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg
 School of Medicine, and the lead author of the
 study, published in EBioMedicine magazine.

Normally, a cell with a shortening telomere
might be “aged,” but would self-destruct, to
 prevent any of the cell abnormalities being
 allowed to spread through the body. But in
 future cancer patients, the cells multiplied,
 as if with the help of the enzyme telomerase,
 eventually, likely, contributing to the cancer.

The study's authors say previous “snapshot”
studies failed to understand the long-term
complex interaction between telomeres and
cancer, but that the relationship is clear &

“Understanding this pattern of telomere growth
 may mean it can be a predictive biomarker for
 cancer. Because we saw a strong relationship
 in the pattern across a wide variety of cancers
 - with the right testing, these procedures could
 be used to eventually diagnose a wide variety
of cancers,” says Hou.

To go beyond merely early testing, scientists
 now face two separate medical battles.

One is to slow down the telomere shortening,
 or whatever underlying conditions may cause
 it. The other, according to Hou, is to develop
 a potential cancer treatment that will force
 the afflicted cells to self-destruct instead of
making copies, but which won't merely age,
and kill off swathes of healthy cells.

Chemotherapy brain changes irreversable

Chemotherapy causes irreversible brain changes

Post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment, also
 called 'chemo brain' has long been suspected,
 but no research could confirm it.

 Now research shows cognitive impairment
 does result from chemotherapy treatment.

The research was conducted by scientists
 from the University of British Colombia's
Departments of Psychology and Physical

Chemotherapy treatment, they conclude,
 can generate 'mind wandering' and an
inability to concentrate.

Patients recovering after breast cancer
 therapy, were asked to complete tasks.
The results showed their brains stayed
 in a 'disengaged' state.

Todd Handy, a professor of psychology
 at UBC:- "A healthy brain spends some
 time wandering & some time engaged.
 We found that a 'chemo brain' is a
chronically wandering brain -- they are
essentially stuck in a 'shut out' mode."

Even as women were trying to focus
 on a subject, measurements showed
that the major part of their brain was
turned off. They couldn't concentrate.
They were focused on their 'inner
world', instead.

'Physicians now recognize that the effects
 of cancer treatment persist long after its
 over, and these effects can really impact
 a person's life,' says Kristin Campbell, an
 associate professor in the Department of
 Physical Therapy & research team leader.

It was also evidenced that, in a relaxed
 state, the brain was excessively active.

This 'forgetfulness', as patients have to
deal with it, brings major challenges at
work, and in social situations.


E-cigarettes more addictive than tobacco

59% of e-cigarette smokers are less likely to
 give up smoking & 49% are less likely to cut
 down on their usage of cigarettes.

These are the results of a new study by the
University of California's San Diego School
of Medicine.

Previous major research on the success
of e-cigarettes devices is refuted by the
new report.

Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, professor, and
 head of the Division of Global Public Health
 in the Department of Family Medicine and
 Public Health, concludes:

"We need further studies to answer why
can't quit. One hypothesis, is that
are receiving an increase in
nicotine doses,
by using e-cigarettes."

In addition to vapour, smokers inhale
 heavy metals and particles of aero-

The US Food and Drug Administration is
 still misinforming American citizens with
 its guidelines on e-cigarettes appeal and
 safety, ignoring the new study's results.

Women's brains danger with pill

Contraceptive pills ‘shrink’ part
of brain influencing emotions

California scientists say contraceptive pills
may change the structure of users’ brains -
 eventually leading to anxiety & depression.

The new find adds to those previously known
 side effects, which include: headaches, mood
swings, nausea, blood clots, breast, liver and
cervical cancer.

Specifically, synthetic hormones in the pill
 shrink 2 principal regions of women's brains
--- changing their structure and function...
Also, the same ingredients are believed to
suppress women's natural hormones.

Neuroscientists at the University of California
Los Angeles, studied the brains of 90 women,
44 of whom took contraceptive pills.

The researchers found that the lateral orbito-
frontal cortex and posterior cingulate cortex,
 were much thinner in the women on the Pill.

The lateral orbitofrontal cortex regulates both
 emotions and responses to rewards, while the
 posterior cingulate cortex governs the ‘internal
 state’: inward-aimed thoughts, the processing
of emotions and finding memories.

Taking the Pill can lead to increased anxiety
 and depression and other alarming symptoms
 such as decreased attraction to their partner.

“Some women experience negative emotional
 side effects from taking oral contraceptive pills,
 although scientific findings have been mixed.
 So it's possible that this change in the lateral
 orbitofrontal cortex may be related to emotional
 changes that some women experience when
 using birth control pills,” Nicole Petersen, the
 research’s lead author, tells media.

The scientists say they aren’t certain if the
 effects last after a woman stops taking the
 contraceptive pill.

Further, all risks associated with the Pill
 rise if a woman smokes, has thrombosis,
 is overweight, diabetic, has high blood
pressure, or high cholesterol levels.

The study was published in the Human
 Brain Mapping journal.

caesarean-sections-WHO warning

Caesareans should only be performed
 when medically necessary: WHO

25% give birth by Caesarean section
now, in
the UK.

The World Health Organization calls
 for more careful use of caesareans,
 and states they should only be per-
formed when 'medically necessary'.

Caesarean section is one of the most
 common world surgeries. Rates keep
 rising mostly in high & middle-income

WHO says 'though caesarean section
 can save lives, it is often performed
with no
medical need, & puts women
and babies at
risk of short and long-
term health problems.

According to WHO, the world's health
community since 1985, has thought
"ideal rate" for caesareans, to be

 between 10% to 15%.

But new studies show when they are
 10% of births or under, mother & new
-born deaths fall
--- yet when the rate
goes above 10%,
there is no evidence
that death rates improve...

The UN's WHO makes several points:

 1) Bad effects like stillbirths, or deaths by
birth asphyxia, need to be made clear.

 2) More research on their impact
on women's psychological and

 social well-being, is needed.

3) High rates of unnecessary caesarean
 sections can pull resources from other
needs in overloaded and weak health-
care systems.

4) WHO proposes Robson classification as
 an internationally applicable caesarean
 section classification system, as there
is no standard world system in place.

5) The variation in Europe is far too high
- 25% give birth by Caesarean section in
 the UK. In Cyprus it's 52%; Sweden, 17%.

The UK's Royal College of Midwives:

'We need a review of policies, guidelines
 and further research - to ensure that UK
clinical practice is based on evidence',
says Professor Alison Macfarlane, of
City University, London.

Its study says Caesarean section rates
in most EU states show "a continuous
 rise", 'though in a few countries there
are signs that they are flattening out'.

There are several possible explanations
 for the rise "including a fear of litigation,
 financial incentives, women's requests
 for Caesarean section, and the common
perception that Caesarean section is a
safe procedure".

The study says there are consequences
 to this -- including potential raised risks
for mothers and babies -- such as more

 still-births in future pregnancies.

The countries with the highest rates for
Caesareans planned even before labour
starts, are Cyprus (38.8%) & Italy (25%).

The lowest rates are in Finland (6.6%),
the Netherlands (7.7) & Norway (6.6).

Prof Alison Macfarlane:- "Given that people
 are supposed to be practising according to
the evidence, it's surprising there are such
 wide variations between countries.

She stresses the importance of mothers'
 and children's health being prioritised...
more than at present.

Gail Johnson, professional advisor for
 education and research at the Royal
 College of Midwives, affirms that the
percentage of UK women giving birth
 by Caesarean section is 'a bit too high'.

"A Caesarean is an emergency procedure
 done if normal birth is not going to work.
It's not a lifestyle choice, and although
 it's a safe operation, it does carry more
 risks than a vaginal birth."

Nuts help you live longer

   Go NUTS!  ---  For Heart Health  

A recent study published in 'Amazing' finds
people from different ethnic and socio-
backgrounds who consume nuts
and peanuts
(considered a legume) tend
to have a lower risk
of death from cardio-
vascular disease --- and live
longer too!

"We found consistent evidence that high nut/
peanut consumption, is associated with a
reduced risk of total mortality and of CVD
mortality," the authors of the study state.

"This inverse association was observed
among both men and women and across
 each racial/ethnic group, and was
independent of metabolic conditions,
smoking, alcohol consumption and BMI.

Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine
 research team, headed by Dr. Xiao-Ou Shu,
gathered data from 71,764 black and white
 men and women from the southeastern US,
 and 134,265 Chinese men and women from
 Shanghai, China.

Researchers were able to assess nut and
peanut consumption equally in participants
from the US; but only peanut consumption
 was analyzed in participants from China.

Men in both groups consumed more
 peanuts than women.

Nut and peanut consumption led to a reduced
 risk for overall mortality due to cardiovascular
 disease and ischemic heart disease, across
 gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

Risks for overall mortality were reduced by
21% among participants from the US, and
 by 17% among participants from China,
ate the most peanuts.

Although peanuts are often included as nuts
 in data, they are classified as legumes, with
 a nutrient content similar to tree nuts.

Nuts aren't only a healthy source of protein,
 fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants,
but are also high in mono-unsaturated fats,
which are emphasized as part of the heart-
healthy 'Mediterranean' diet.

The American Heart Association recommends
 eating four servings of unsalted, unoiled nuts
 a week - a 'serving size' being a small handful,
 one and a half ounces of whole nuts, or two
 tablespoons of nut butter.


50% of all children to be autistic in 10
years - Mass. Institute of Technology

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of
 Technology's Computer Science & Artificial
 Intelligence Laboratory, state that half the
 children in the world, will be suffering with
 autism, by 2025.

Senior Researcher, Stephanie Seneff,
says the drastic rise is largely thanks
to Monsanto and the use of its own
brand of glyphosate (a pesticide),
known as Roundup Ready.

Monsanto is a world leader in herbal bio-
technology. It sells genetically modified
corn seeds, soybeans and cotton, plus
 the world's most widely used herbicide.

According to researchers, the substance
 created when glyphosate is metabolized
by plants and animals, is highly toxic.

Its cytogenetic toxicity is 1,000 times
higher than the parent compound, say
the scientists.

Glyphosate is used to suppress annual
 and perennial weeds. It's recommended
 for use in vineyards and orchards, and
 in tea and citrus plantations.

Unfortunately, Roundup contributes to the
 destruction of beneficial intestinal bacteria
 required for the proper functioning of the
human immune system.

Another study in 2014, showed Roundup
 as 125 times more toxic than glyphosate.

Roundup use is linked to inflammation,
 cellular damage, and an increased risk
of developing multiple cancers. It has
 been associated with a higher risk of
Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder
 characterized by impaired social inter-
action, impaired verbal and non-verbal
 communication, restricted or repetitive
 behavior, typically developes gradually
--- although some individuals hit their
 childhood development milestones at
 a normal pace, and then regress.

Repetitive stacking or lining up of
objects, is sometimes displayed. 


India Celebrates Declaration of
               International Day of Yoga              

 Indian state and private institutions specializing
 in Yoga, practitioners, social institutions and the
media, celebrate the United Nations’ decision to
declare June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'.

"I have no words to describe my joy", PM Narendra
 Modi, promoter of the initiative, writes on Twitter.

In a message on passage of the resolution,
 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says:

"Yoga can contribute to resilience against
non-communicable diseases and can bring
 communities together in an inclusive manner
that generates respect. Yoga is a sport that
can contribute to development and peace and
 can even help people in emergency situations
to find relief from stress."

In suggesting June 21 as International the
Day of Yoga, Modi said that it is the longest
day in the Northern Hemisphere, and has
special significance in many parts of the

Estimates suggest that about 250 million
people practice Yoga worldwide.


If you are taking hormones from the
major pharmaceutical companies...





Russia bans methadone in Crimea

Russia will ban methadone - a narcotic drug
to treat of drug addiction - in Crimea,
Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN)
chief, Viktor
Ivanov, says (on Wed, March 26).

Methadone has become a criminal business in
 Ukraine, says Ivanov, and although its efficacy
 is not clinically proven, there are hard statistics
 showing that deaths from its use in the US and
 UK, have risen considerably, as addiction to
 methadone is much stronger than with heroin.

“Methadone is not a cure. Practically all methadone
 supplies in Ukraine are circulating on the secondary
 market as a narcotic drug in the absence of control.

 "As a result, it has spread to the black market and
trades there at much higher prices. It has become

a source of criminal income,” Ivanov says & adds
 that 200 million US dollars are spent in Ukraine
methadone therapy.

 Russian specialists and their colleagues in other
 countries, including the US, do not recognise it
 as a means of efficient treatment, he states.

There are twice as many drug addicts in Crimea

 as in Russia, Ivanov says. He describes the drug
 situation on the peninsula as “difficult”; blaming
 unemployment, the available means of making
poppy straw, its closeness to Turkey (a transit
 country for Afghan heroin), and the trading of
 methadone, in Ukraine.

noise kills

Mortality from Respiratory Causes

                  Linked to Noise Pollution               
Experts have shown - for the first time -
a close relationship between deaths from
respiratory diseases, with environmental
 noise levels in a city.

To establish this link, the experts analyzed
 daily mortality from respiratory causes data,
registered from 2003 to 2005, in Madrid.

The European Respiratory Society publishes
 that these results may be extrapolated to any
 town registering noise levels similar to those
existing in the aforementioned city.

According to the authors of the article, the
 cause of an increase in deaths from respiratory
 problems can be linked to the rise of cortisone
 levels in the blood, a hormone released in stress
 situations, including noise.

The study affirms the effect of noise on mortality
 is 6.2% for every decibel of increase in noise levels.

It also states that the most vulnerable individuals
 are those over 65 years old.

the sun


New research indicates that higher levels of
vitamin D in mothers during pregnancy help
babies have stronger muscles in later life.

The study conducted by the scientists at the
University of Southampton shows the impact
 of vitamins on baby during mother’s pregnancy.

The study on 678 children unveiled that women
 with high levels of vitamin D in the late stages
 of pregnancy are more likely to have children
with greater muscle strength.

When the children were four years old, their
 grip strength and muscle mass were measured,
 researchers show in the study report published in
 the journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

"There's some evidence that 'fast' muscle fibres
 go down in vitamin D deficiency, and you get
more fat in muscle," says the lead scientist
Dr Nicholas Harvey, from the Medical Research
 Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC
 LEU), at the University of Southampton.

“These associations between maternal vitamin D
 and offspring muscle strength may well have
 consequences for later health; muscle strength
peaks in young adulthood before declining in
 older age & low grip strength in adulthood has
 been associated with poor health outcomes
 including diabetes, falls & fractures," he adds.

An earlier study by Australian researchers shows
 that women with low blood levels of vitamin D
during pregnancy are more likely to have
with language problems.

Their study, published in Pediatrics journal
 in 2012, highlighted the role that vitamin D
 levels play especially during the second and
third trimesters in the development of certain
brain regions involved in language learning.

 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine, 3 times
 a week, is highly recommended. 

Many experts recommend a daily 10
 microgram vitamin D supplement for
 pregnant mums.

Vitamin D may also be obtained with a well-
balanced diet, including various types of fish,
 soymilk, broccoli, egg, liver, cheese, butter
and fortified milk and cereals.


Each year, of those diagnosed with AIDs,
80% are between 15 and 19 years old.

8 out of 10 are men, and 9 out of 10
are men who have sex with other men.

The use of a condom is advised.

Perhaps better still, continence.

keeping healthy


Leading an active lifestyle through the
practice of healthy hobbies
- such as
gardening -
may reduce the risk of
heart attacks and strokes, affirms

a specialized source.

According to a recent edition of the British
Journal of Sports Medicine, daily activities
like gardening are as effective as physical
exercise in helping elderly people to lower
their risk of suffering from these diseases.

The study monitored the heart health and
activities of almost 4 000 people aged 60
or older in Stockholm, Sweden, for 12 and
a half years.

Over the course of the study, the highest
level of physical activity, regardless of the
amount of formal exercise, was linked to
a 27% cut in heart attack or stroke risk
and a 30% lower risk of death from
all causes.

Previous studies affirmed that a healthy diet,
keeping to a proper weight, and exercise,
are some of the main factors that help
prevent these types of illness.

UK toddlers milk over-sweetened

The UK government is being criticizised over
the lack of nutrition information for toddler’s
milk, as new research shows the milk has
less than the recommended daily intake of
calcium and over twice the amount of sugar
compared to natural cow’s milk.

Consumer group Which? says parents could be
wasting hundreds of pounds on “unnecessary"
toddler milks that can contain more sugar and
less calcium than cows' milk. In their survey
they found 46% of mothers use toddler’s milk.

“Ministers should make their advice much
clearer and introduce guidance on the
ingredients of toddler milks, including the
level of sugar and calcium,” says Richard
Lloyd, the executive director at Which? .

Baby and toddler dairy products companies
that distribute across the UK such as Aptamil
and Hipp, and the UK-based Cow & Gate,
mix additives such as vanilla extract, which
attracts the child to that type of milk and
builds a preference for sweetened food.

 Conventional milk has 4.7g of sugar in 100ml
compared to 7.9g of sugar per 100ml in
toddler’s milk. In 100ml of toddler milk from
Aptamil and Cow & Gate there is 86mg of
calcium, which means children drinking
that milk get half of the 122mg of calcium
in conventional milk.

The toddler milk is more expensive than
cow’s milk. The annual cost of toddler milk
has been shown to be almost 10 times more
expensive than cow’s milk, at £62 per year
for cow’s milk compared to £593 for ready-
to-feed toddler milk.

“At a time when so many household budgets
are severely squeezed, parents could be
saving hundreds of pounds on toddler milks
that the government says are unnecessary”,
says Lloyd.

Save the NHS

Up to one-third of children in the UK have either

 attempted or considered taking their own lives,
according to a new report which sheds light on
 the ‘shocking statistics’ of suicide in the UK.

The latest study for the mental health charity
MindFull, a sister of the BeatBullying charity,
reveals that 29% of UK youngsters have
 deliberately harmed themselves, 32 % have
 considered suicide, and over 12% have felt
 they were failures on an almost daily basis,
 before they reached the age of 16.
Almost 75% of the 850,000 UK youngsters
 with diagnosable mental health problems,
 get no treatment at all, due to a huge lack of
 support for those seeking help, says the report.

“Too many children who try to speak out about
the way they are feeling are being let down or
simply ignored,” says Emma-Jane Cross,
 founder and chief executive of MindFull.

“It’s unacceptable that so many are having to
resort to harming themselves on purpose in
order to cope, or worse still are thinking
about ending their own lives.”

The ‘Alone with my thoughts’ research was based
 on the first-hand experiences of over 2,000 UK
 youngsters between 16 and 25 years of age.
“We are at risk of failing a generation of young people,”
the report warns, calling for a “transformation in the
way we address young people’s mental health.”
"Children and young people are growing up in a toxic climate,
that they exist in a 24/7 online world where they never switch
off, where cyberbullying, consumerism and pornography,
sexting and the pressure to have the perfect body bombard
them daily, where any exam grade below a C means failure
and employment prospects are bleak,”  the director of
YoungMinds policy Lucie Russell says, at Mindfull's launch.
“These shocking statistics highlight what YoungMinds
has been saying for many years - that children and
young people’s mental health is a vital issue that
must be prioritized,” she adds.

According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics,
 there were 6,045 suicides in people aged 15 and over
 in the UK in 2011 - an increase of 437 people from the
 year before. Over 4,000 children under the age of 14
 attempted to take their own lives in 2007, according
 to NHS figures. The figures show a 50% increase
 in student suicides between 2007 and 2011.

Among the key factors for childhood depression
 appears to be a growing fear of the future, a
 permanent lack of confidence, and constant
 pressure from schoolwork.

Mindfull, which has the support of Labour leader
 Ed Milliband and clinical psychologist Professor
 Tanya Byron, is offering free professional online
 help to 11-17 year olds who feel they cannot
 overcome life's ups and downs alone.

The organization offers to work with schools
across the UK, to teach youngsters how to
 manage anxiety and stress.

link between cell phones and brain tumours


The Italian Supreme Court has ruled that there is a
causal link between mobile phone use & brain tumours.
The ruling sets a legal precedent that could potentially
trigger a deluge of lawsuits.

Innocente Marcolini, a 60-year-old retired businessperson
argued that excessive use of his mobile phone for around
six hours every day for 12 years caused a benign brain
tumour that left his face partially paralyzed.

The Italian court ruled in the businessperson’s favour,
conceding that there is a “causal link” between phone
use and the development of the tumour.

"This is significant for very many people. I wanted this
 problem to become public because many people still do
not know the risks,”
said Marcolini to Corriere della Sera.
“I was always on the phone for at least five or six hours
a day. Always with a mobile pressed to my ear.”

Marcolini’s tumour was on the trigeminal nerve, close
to where his cellphone touched his head. Although the
tumour was non-cancerous, it endangered his life, as
it could have spread to the carotid artery and blocked
one of the main blood vessels to the brain.

He argued that the electromagnetic radiation emitted
by cellphones can damage cells, making tumours
more likely to occur.

Oncologist and professor of environmental mutagenesis
Angelo Gino Levis, who gave evidence during the court
hearing, says the ruling is “extremely important.”

“Finally a correlation has been officially recognized
between electromagnetic waves and the development
of tumours, in spite of the anti-alarmist propaganda and
research financed by mobile phone manufacturers,”

Levis told the Corriere. He stressed that after working
on several case studies the relationship between the
use of mobile phones and the increased risk of brain
tumours, is proven.

"It'll open, not a road, but a motorway to legal actions
by victims. We're considering a class action,”
told UK newspaper The Sun.

Currently the World Health Organization classifies
mobile phones as “carcinogens” and places them
in the same category as pesticides.

alzeimers cured with spring water

Silicon-rich mineral water prevents cognitive decline
in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a study
by UK researchers at Keele University shows.

UK researchers suggest that drinking silicon-rich
mineral water can reduce the levels of neurotoxin
aluminium in the body, which is linked to dementia.

Their study reveals that the majority of patients
who consumed at least one litre of mineral water
every day for 13 weeks showed no further signs
of cognitive decline; an improved mental health
condition was also noted in some patients.

Aluminium levels have long been linked with
Alzheimer’s-related mental damage, but the relationship
has never been conclusively proven scientifically.

“When you drink silicon-rich mineral water, aluminium
 throughout the body is gathered up into the blood and
 then excreted through the urine,” says Professor
Christopher Exley, Keele University, research leader.

“The most interesting thing was that we did see this
potential relationship between the removal of aluminium
 and the positive improvement in cognitive function.”

Aluminium levels were reduced by as much as 70% in
 some patients, which gives hope to those struggling
with the devastating disease.

heading football causes brain damage


Heading footballs frequently, may cause brain
damage leading to subtle but serious declines
in thinking & coordination, a new study suggests.

Researchers used an advanced MRI (Magnetic
Resonance Imaging) technique to analyse changes
in the brain's white matter of 32 adult amateur
soccer players who head balls 436 times a year,
on average, and found that players who head
footballs frequently - 1,000 or more a year -
show abnormalities similar to traumatic
injuries suffered in car accidents.

"This is the first study to look at the effects
of heading on the brain using sophisticated
diffusion tensor imaging," says Dr. Michael
Lipton, a leading researcher and associate
director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance
Research Center at the Albert Einstein
of Medicine in New York City.

"We found the real implication for players isn't
from hitting headers once in a while, but
repetitively, which can lead to degeneration
brain cells," he adds.

The researchers compared neurological images of
study participants, whose average age was 31,
and found those with the highest volume of
headers had abnormalities in five areas of the
brain, responsible for attention, memory,
physical mobility & high-level visual functions.

The findings come in the wake of mixed reports
on the so-called "cognitive" consequences of
frequently heading soccer balls at practice.

Dr. Chris Koutures, a pediatrician and sports
medicine specialist in Anaheim Hills, California,
says the imaging study is fascinating, but needs
more data to effectively determine safe header
limits, especially for younger players.

Dr. Lipton agrees that neuropsychological damage
from headers is hard for a coach or physician to
notice, as cognitive problems develop gradually,
& even players might not be aware of memory loss.

"We can't tell an individual today not to head
a ball, but caution is a good thing," Lipton
says. "We need more research for definitive
answers, and we have the advanced
imaging tools to do it."

idigenous people aren't psychopaths


Der Spiegel reports that two researchers at
University of St Gallen in Switzerland, in

comparing profiles for 28 successful stock
market traders, with an equal number of
diagnosed psychopaths, found that the
easily “outperformed” all crazies
-- in terms of
“reckless manipulation”.

Even at the risk of
hurting their own profit
margins, according to
Dr Thomas Noll, a
prison administrator, “they
spent a lot of
energy trying to damage
their opponents.”

white fleshed fruit helps stop strokes


Daily consumption of white-fleshed fruits and
vegetables - such as apples and pears - can
significantly cut the risk of developing a stroke.

During a 10 year study and follow up of 20,069
healthy adults aged between 20 and 65, Dutch
researchers analyzed the effects of the daily
eating of fruits and vegetables of various
colours in lowering the risk of developing
a stroke.

Results show that the risk of a stroke is
lower for people who ate a lot of
fruits and vegetables.

Every 25 grams per day of white fruits and
vegetables such as apples, pears, bananas,
cauliflower, chicory, cucumber & mushrooms,
led to a 9% decrease in the risk of stroke,
say Wageningen University scientists.

According to the report published in Stroke:
Journal of the American Heart Association,
the colour of the edible portions of fruits &
vegetables shows the presence of beneficial
phytochemicals (plant compounds), such as
carotenoids and flavonoids.

“Green, orange/yellow & red/purple fruits and
vegetables weren't related to stroke. Yet the
risk of stroke incidence was 52% lower for

people with a high intake of white fruits and
vegetables, compared to people with a low
intake,” says lead author Linda M. Oude Greip.

“To prevent strokes, it may be useful to consume
considerable amounts of white fruits and
vegetables,” she adds, saying “an apple a day,
which weighs approximately 120 grams, is an
easy way to raise white fruit & vegetable intake.”

"However, other fruit & vegetable colour groups
may protect against other chronic diseases.
Therefore, it remains of importance to consume
a LOT of fruit and vegetables."

good news for worlds children


Giving vitamin A supplements to children under
the age of five can save the lives of 600,000
in low and middle-income countries every year!

A review of 43 trials shows that vitamin A
supplements reduced child mortality by 24%
in developing countries by preventing many
deadly infections in children.

A team of researchers from the UK and Pakistan
studied over 200,000 children aged 6 months to
5 years, and found that taking vitamin A can
also reduce disabilities such as severe visual
impairment, blindness and complications caused
by severe infections.

According to the World Health organization (WHO),
vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause
of preventable blindness in children, and
increases the risk of disease and death from
severe infections such as diarrhea and measles.

About 190 million children under the age of five
might have vitamin A deficiency, especially in
Africa and South-East Asia, a condition that
hits young children and pregnant women in many
low-income countries.

Supplements are already distributed twice a year
in at least 60 countries, but about 20% of the
target population is not covered.

"I've never really seen something that works so
clearly," says author of the study, Evan Mayo-
Wilson. "From the 1970s through to today, the
picture hasn't changed. It's striking because
the evidence of a really big reduction in
mortality is very consistent."

"Until other sources are available, supplements
should be given to all children who are at risk
of vitamin A deficiency,” he recommends.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and
Aga Khan University, emphasize that the findings
are so compelling and clear that further trials
of vitamin A with placebos would be unethical.

UK drugs expensive and unsafe


The UK pharmaceutical industry is in “crisis,”
and UK scientists are finally raising their
worries about the growing number of ineffective
medicines with their adverse drug reactions,
named as "side effects" by the industry's chiefs.

The clinicians express their worries in a letter
to PM David Cameron & Health Sec Andrew Lansley,
urging a rethink of the way new medicines are tested.

The signatories say in The Lancet that currently
“epidemic proportions” of drugs cause adverse
reactions, while patients have to pay increasing
sums of money for their prescriptions.

Figures show that some 197,000 citizens of
the EU
die of an adverse reaction to drugs
every year.

The letter calls for a change of approach to
drugs testing, as testing on animals produces
results that are not the same for humans.

"Our reliance on animals to establish safety
results in the exposure of clinical volunteers
and patients to many treatments, are at best
ineffective and at worst dangerous," their
letter says.

Tony Dexter, one of the signatories, and head
a research lab in Cheshire, describes trying

drugs on animals and assuming they are safe
humans as; “really the toss of a coin."

"A fundamental problem is that a rat is not a
human. They are different sizes, have different
metabolisms and have different diets; so using
animals to predict effects on humans is difficult.

"50% of compounds that prove to be safe in rats
prove not to be safe in humans, so it really is
the toss of a coin," Dexter tells Sky News.

The signatories of the letter urge new procedures
in favour of testing medicines on human cells,
before issuing certificates for any new drugs.

They also voice concerns about the soaring costs
of most new drugs, that make them unsustainable,
as high prices are “creating an ever-increasing
burden on the National Health Service”.

A lack of adequate treatment for diseases like
Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, many cancers,
and strokes, is another source of concern for
the scientists and clinicians.

"The UK pharmaceutical industry is in crisis.
Likewise, health care is in a web of crises,
many of which are intimately linked to the
pharmaceutical industry's major problems,"
the scientists' letter cautions.

angel news


Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a 4th
Indicator, the Tongue.

STROKE: Remember the 1st 3 Letters;- S. T. R.


During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little
fall - she assured everyone that she was fine
(they offered to call paramedics). She said she'd
just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate
of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up,
Jane enjoyed herself for the rest of the evening.

Jane's husband called later telling everyone that
his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6pm
Jane passed away.) She'd suffered a stroke at the
BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of
a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today.
Some don't die. They end up in a helpless,
hopeless condition instead.

It only takes a minute to read this.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke
victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the
effects of a stroke ....totally. He says the
trick is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed,
and then getting the patient medically cared for
within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps,
STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to
identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness
spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer
severe brain damage, when people nearby fail to
recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke
by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T *Ask the person to TALK
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)

R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these
tasks, call the emergency number immediately
and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke --- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this:
Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.
If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one
side or the other, that's also an indication
of a stroke.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this
passes it on by email to 10 people; you can bet
that at least one life will be saved.

I have done my part. Will you?


The University at Cardiff, Wales, headlined research
last year that vitamin D is a major health boost.

Now new research indicates that taking vitamin D
can ward off vision loss from age-related
macular degeneration (AMD), in women younger
than 75, according to media reports today.

In the research, women under 75 who consumed
sufficient vitamin D, cut their risk of
developing early age-related AMD, a leading
cause of vision loss and blindness, by 59%,
when compared to women with vitamin D-poor diets.

Researchers found that vitamin D levels among
patients in the study were most affected by
the amount of vitamin D they consumed, through
certain fish, dairy, eggs, and leafy greens,
NOT by the amount of outdoor exposure they had.

Considering that many in the West are deficient
in vitamin D, this study may offer one more
reason for women to include vitamin D-rich foods
in the diet, says the lead author on the study,
Amy Millen of the University of Buffalo.


A fresh study at the University of Eastern Finland
shows that vitamin D deficiencies can increase
a person's risk of death, Finnish media report.

Researchers studied the effects of vitamin D on
over 1,000 people aged from 53 to 73 who didn't
suffer from cancer or vascular diseases, but
65% of the subjects were found to have low
levels of vitamin D. The subjects were monitored
for an average of nine years. A total of 87 of
the participants died in the course of the study.

The study confirms that a lack of vitamin D
increases the risk of chronic diseases.
Individuals with low levels of vitamin D
are about twice as likely to die early
compared to those with higher levels.

During the summer months in Finland, people
are able to obtain vitamin D from exposure
to the sun. However, persons living in Finland
must rely on vitamin D from food or supplements
during the darker months of the year.

Oily fish & eggs are major sources of vitamin D.
As, of course, is sunlight. The Cardiff study
highlighted exposure for "at least" half an hour
per day as vital for health and wellbeing.

The brain after meditation grows!


Meditation has REAL pain relieving effects,
a study in the Journal of Neuroscience says now.

In the study, researchers mildly burned 15 men
and women in a lab on two separate occasions,
before and after the volunteers attended four
20-minute meditation training sessions in 4 days.

The second time, after the participants were
instructed to meditate, they rated the same
pain stimulus - 120-degree heat on their calves -
as being 57% less unpleasant & 40% less intense.

"This is the first study to show that only a
little over an hour of meditation training
can dramatically reduce both the experience
of pain and pain-related brain activation,"

says Fadel Zeidan, lead author of the study and
a post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Centre, in North Carolina.

The reduction in pain ratings was substantially
greater than those seen in similar studies
involving placebo pills, hypnosis, and even
morphine and other painkilling drugs, he adds.

Past research has found that Buddhist-style
meditation - known as mindfulness meditation -
can help people cope with pain, anxiety, and
a number of other physical and mental health
problems. But in most cases the training takes
weeks, not days (as in this study).



Eight weeks of meditation can trigger measurable
changes in the brain, contributing to increases
in the amount of grey matter in areas associated
with learning and awareness.

A study of 16 volunteers who took the eight-week
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program,
shows that meditation can actually alter the
brain's structure, report scientists from Mass.
General Hospital, & Giessen University, Germany.

A comparison between the brain MRI scan of
meditators and non-meditators, two weeks prior
to the study, and 8 weeks after the meditation
program, shows that the practice can increase
grey-matter density in the hippocampus, the part
of the brain related to learning and memory, and
in brain areas associated with self-awareness.

The program included weekly meetings to practice
mindfulness meditation and audio recordings for
guided meditation practice. The participants
were asked to keep track of the time they spent
practicing each day.

The meditation group spent an average of 27 mins
per day doing mindfulness meditation exercises
which focused on nonjudgmental awareness of
one's feelings, sensations and state of mind.

According to the study published in Psychiatry
Research: "Neuro-imaging", participants reported
reduced stress after 8 weeks of meditation.

"It is fascinating to see the brain's plasticity
and that, by practicing meditation, we can play
an active role in changing the brain, and can
increase our well-being and quality of life,"
says the main author, Britta Holzel.

While previous studies have found structural
differences between meditators and other non-
meditating individuals, they couldn't prove
that meditation had caused this effect.

"Other studies in different patient populations
have shown that meditation can make significant
improvements in a variety of symptoms, and we
are now investigating the underlying mechanisms
in the brain that facilitate this change," she adds.

Left wingers think more!!


They say laughter is the best medicine,
so perhaps this news item will make you smile!

Neuroscientists are examining whether political
allegiances are hard-wired into people, after
finding evidence that the brains of Tories are
a different shape to those of left-wingers.

Scans of 90 students' brains at University
College London (UCL) uncovered a "strong
correlation" between the thickness of two
particular areas of grey matter and an
individual's views, reports The Independent.

Self-proclaimed right-wingers had a more
pronounced amygdala - a primitive part of
the brain associated with emotion - while
their political opponents from the opposite end
of the spectrum had thicker anterior cingulates.

The research was carried out by Geraint Rees,
director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive
Neuroscience, who says he is "very surprised"
by the finding, which is being peer reviewed
before publication this year.

It was commissioned as a light-hearted experiment
by actor Colin Firth as part of his turn guest
editing BBC Radio 4's Today program, but has now
developed into a serious effort to discover if
we're programmed with a particular political view.

Professor Rees says that, although it's not
precise enough to be able to predict someone's
stance simply from a scan, there is “a strong
correlation that reaches all our scientific
tests of significance.”

The US Dream becomes a sick show


Even Santa wasn't feeling too good last year,
as Lady Gaga decapitated him in public!

It seems the US culture of slaughter is reaching
out to our children from a US dream gone wrong.

The received wisdom is that whatever happens in
the US, the UK will soon do too. Time, perhaps,
for our physical and mental health, to change
and stop following the US to fat and ruin now?

Take a look at US "Health"... if you live there.

Most of the beef you eat, has been exposed to
excrement during processing. Your poultry is
infected with salmonella. Your stock animals
and poultry are overdosed with hormones
  and antibiotics.

In most countries, governments try to protect
their citizens against all this, but in the US
the government's increasingly bribed by
companies to avoid regulations and
proper inspections.

In a few years, the majority of all the produce
for sale in the US will be from genetically
modified crops, thanks to the cozy relationship
between Monsanto Corp and the US government.

Worse, due to vast quantities of high-fructose
syrup US people consume, fully one-third of
US children born today, will be diagnosed with
Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives.

And it's not just the food that's killing you,
it's the drugs. If you show any sign of life
when you're young, they'll put you on Ritalin.

Then, when you get old enough to take a good
look around, you'll get depressed, so they'll
give you Prozac. If you're a man, this will
render you chemically impotent, so you'll need
Viagra to get it up. Meanwhile, your steady diet
of trans-fat-laden food is guaranteed to give
you high cholesterol, so you'll be given Lipitor.

Finally, at the end of the day, you'll lay awake
at night worrying about losing your health plan,
so you'll need Lunesta to go to sleep...

Is this the way you want for you & your children?
And it all started in the good ole US, where ten
years ago they started diagnosing lively children
with little respect for authority as "sick"....

"Hyperactivity" and "Attention Deficit Disorder"
are now being misdiagnosed to control OUR kids,
yet they ARE exposed to extreme violence on TV,
in their US created video games, and can watch
a so-called superstar publically decapitate Santa.

Good Health !?!

There is, surely, a better, brighter way.

stinging nettle


Urtica dioica, a herbaceous perennial flowering
plant also known as stinging nettles, has long
been known for its numerous medical properties.
The herb is reported to be effective in treating
prostate disorders, respiratory problems,
stomach Catarrh and anemia.

The high content of secretin in the plant makes
Urtica dioica an effective herb for treating
several gastrointestinal-related conditions.

Now scientists have succeeded in producing the
world's first oral vaccine from stinging nettles
to fight diabetes and high blood sugar levels.

Its "discoverer" says that a peptide cycle found
in Urtica dioica improves the entrance of blood
sugar into the cells, a process believed to be
impaired in diabetic patients.

Shabani Domala, the researcher, says the drug has
successfully finished its trials and is expected
to enter the market by next year. He says the
best benefit is that the new oral drug, unlike
injecting insulin, is completely pain free.

“I started the project 15 years ago in Tehran
University of Medical Sciences for my diabetic
nephew, who was forced to inject insulin on a
daily basis,” the lead researcher, says.

So perhaps we in Wales won't get any benefit
from this at all... since we're slaves to the
UK's pharmaceutical monopolies, and "our" UK
coalition, for its own reasons, doesn't want
"its" subjects to be friends with Iran.

Mind, if Wales got off its ***e and produced its
own biotechnology, that would be true liberation.

An economy for Wales - is good for yewer health!!!

Cancer cells


A new study suggests that cancer was extremely
rare in antiquity and is therefore a modern,
manmade disease caused by environmental factors.

Researchers at Manchester's KNH Centre for
Biomedical Egyptology Cancer studied mummified
remains and literary evidence from ancient Egypt,
literary evidence from ancient Greece, & medical
studies of human and animal remains from earlier
periods, going back to the age of the dinosaurs.

According to the study published in Nature
Reviews Cancer, cancer is the result of diet
and pollution in the modern age. Only one case
of cancer was found among hundreds of Egyptian
mummies, with few written references to it.

One unnamed mummy was diagnosed with rectal
by Professor Michael Zimmerman, a visiting

Professor at the KNH Centre, PhysOrg reports.

The rate of cancer, especially childhood cancer,
has exploded since the Industrial Revolution,
showing that old age is not the main reason
behind cancer, scientists say.

“In industrialized societies, cancer is second
only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of
death. But in ancient times, it was extremely
rare,” says Professor Rosalie David, of the
Faculty of Life Sciences.

“There is nothing in the natural environment
that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-
made disease, down to pollution and changes
to our diet and lifestyle.”

Scientists believe that the short life span of
ancients, precluded the development of cancer,
but people of ancient Egypt and Greece did live
long enough to develop cancer, having diseases
such as atherosclerosis, Paget's & osteoporosis.

The team found the first descriptions of cancer
operations in the 17th century, and the first
reports in scientific literature of distinctive
tumors, within the past 200 years.

you CAN choose to be happy!


In a new study, Australian behavioral scientists
explode the theory that happiness is linked solely
to genetics, in a study viewed as a breakthrough
in psychological research.

The results of a 25-year study on 60,000 Germans
show very strongly that long-term happiness IS
determined by lifestyle decisions;- including
partner choice, love for others, work & religion.

The study discovers that people who put their
relationship with their partner & children first
are happier than those interested in careers or
material success, as are those who help others
through social or political activities.

Working less hours doesn't necessarily lead to
happiness, but working a lot more or less than
they want, makes people VERY unhappy.

"Other things that matter are social activities,
getting involved in social and community
with friends in an active kind of way,"

Professor Headey, team leader, says.

He adds that a link between religion and
happiness is also quite evident.

"Religion seems to work for people - people
regularly attend church or mosque are
a bit
happier on average, than people who
are non-
religious or non-attenders...

"So having some kind of belief system that
gives you
a sense of meaning or purpose
is important for happiness."

"People who select or happen to be selected
partners with relatively benign personalities,

with low levels of neuroticism, and who are
reasonably extroverted and outgoing, tend to
be happier than average, and happier than
would be, just on the basis of their own

personality traits," adds Professor Headey.

Professor Headey says these findings are
first of their kind on such a large scale.

"It is, I think, something of a breakthrough,"
Professor Headey says.

"People want to be happy, they want to know
they can do to make a difference, and
this gives
some indication of the kinds of
choices that matter.

"So we don't have to be stuck with the idea
happiness is set, like disease or height
or genes."

Study leader and Associate Professor at the
University of Melbourne, Australia, Bruce
says the study turns the idea of
happiness being
linked to personality,
firmly on its head.

"Happiness isn't just a matter of heredity;
it isn't just in the genes," he says.

"Genes might be about 50% of the story,
but the rest depends on lifestyle choices:
choices relating to your partner, and also
relating to your work life."

The study is being published in the official
journal of the US National Academy of Sciences,
& based on data from the German Socio-Economic
Panel, conducted by scientists partly from Australia.

It analyzed responses from a representative sample
of people aged 16 & over, who answered questions
every single year from 1984 to 2008.

Plastic people


Plastic dishes or packaging were very rare
in the Soviet Union. Soviet food stores did
not use polyethylene film and fresh groceries
would be wrapped in fresh clean packing paper.

Now it's considered normal to have foodstuffs
packed in various plastic containers, bags,
with fizzy reactive drinks in plastic bottles
and even plastic kettles are used to boil water !

Disposable plastic kitchenware appeared first in
the USA at the beginning of the 20th century.
Mass production started at the end of the 1950s,
and paper was gradually replaced with plastic.

Yet plastic kitchen utensils can be dangerous,
because as they're heated in a microwave oven
or filled with hot water, they discharge toxins
into both food and drinks.

Drinks in plastic bottles can be very dangerous
for children. When such bottles are heated, they
emit bisphenol A. This substance can trigger the
development of various cancers, heart ailments,
obesity, diabetes, etc. Bisphenol A is dangerous,
and especially for boys: it can often affect the
reproductive system of male embryos in the womb.

Baby bottles containing bisphenol are banned in
the US. US companies now manufacture plastic
bottles without the chemical. Nothing has been
changed for other countries, though.

Phthalate is another extremely toxic substance
used in the production of plastic kitchenware.
Phthalates are used as plasticizers - they make
plastic materials flexible and soft. They are
contained in polyethylene films that are used
for packing meat, sausages and other foodstuffs.
Phthalates can most easily penetrate into fats.

Therefore, specialists recommend that people
keep food in glass, metal or ceramic containers.
It's best to use plastic just for cold food & drinks.

Dmitry Zykov, a food technologies specialist:

"For hot food and water, you should only use
materials that have been exposed to a process
of being burnt in a furnace. Surfaces become
inert as a result of this process, and no toxins
can penetrate from such dishes or containers
your food. Tableware made of glass or
steel doesn't react chemically with
hot food.

If you have a plastic electric kettle at home,
I would recommend that you replace it with a
metal one. It's more expensive, but it's a lot
better for your health."

green veg and wholemeal bread to avoid diabetes


For the Welsh, cursed with a high incidence of
diabetes, here's some welcome research...

Following a diet rich in whole grains, which are
high in magnesium, lowers the risk of developing
diabetes in the long run, AND mitigates further
complications for diabetics, a new study finds.

Previous studies have reported that adopting a
healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruits
lowers the risk of developing diabetes, coronary
heart disease, strokes, and some cancers.

According to a study published in Diabetes Care,
individuals who receive about 200 milligrams of
magnesium from foods and vitamin supplements
for every 1,000 calories they consume, are at
a 47% lower risk of developing diabetes over
the next 20 years.

The higher magnesium an individual receives,
the lower would be the blood levels of several
markers of inflammation. High blood levels of
magnesium are linked to low insulin resistance.

"Increasing magnesium intake may be important for
improving insulin sensitivity, reducing systemic
inflammation, and decreasing diabetes risk,"
says lead researcher Ka He, at the University
of North Carolina.

Magnesium is needed for the proper functioning
of several enzymes responsible for the precise
process of glucose in the body, the study finds.

Scientists therefore are urging both diabetics
& individuals at risk of developing the condition
to follow a healthy diet rich in magnesium in
order to lower the risk of developing diabetes
and avoiding wosening its complications.

Little Jamie "back from dead"...



A mother saved her premature baby's life recently,
after being told by doctors "Sorry, we couldn't
save him". Read what happened next here...


less meat better for your health


Following a low-carbohydrate diet in which plants,
rather than animals, are the main source of fat
and protein, can lower the overall risk of death.

Previous studies all report that low-carbohydrate
diets can promote weight loss and improve blood
cholesterol levels. According to a new study,
published in the Annals of Internal Medicine,
adopting a higher-vegetable low-carbohydrate
diet, can lead to a 20% lower risk of death.

A low-carbohydrate diet rich in meat? -
this increases mortality rates by 23%.

A diet rich in meat is linked with a higher risk
of dying from cardiovascular diseases. It also
increases the risk of a cancer-related death,
albeit not "significantly".

Following the "Eco-Atkins" diet, which is rich
in vegetable-derived fats and proteins, lowers
the overall risk of death and the heart disease-
related mortality rate, by about 20%.

Lack of unsaturated fats, dietary fibre, vitamins,
minerals and phytochemicals in meat-based diets
may be responsible for the high death rate in
individuals following a meat-rich diet.

"These results suggest that the health effects of
a low-carbohydrate diet may depend on the type
protein and fat, and a diet that includes mostly

vegetable sources of protein & fat is preferable
to a diet with mostly animal sources of protein
and fat," says lead researcher, Frank B. Hu.

US Health industry


As we now see Health insurance company salesmen
on our streets, pretending to be "legal advisors",
and watch helplessly as the UK's health "industry"
is touted to more and more "experts" - by bribing
GPs to front the smashing of the UK's once world-
famous National Health Service; take a good look
at the US way... and see the dark abyss loom!

1 - Even as the rest of the US economy deeply
struggles, US health insurance companies
increased their profits by 56 percent in 2009.

2 - According to a report by Health Care for
America Now, the US's five biggest for-profit
health insurers ended 2009 with a combined
profit of $12.2 billion.

3 - The top executives at the five largest for-
profit health insurance companies in the US
received $200 million in "compensation" in 2009.

4 - According to an article on the Mother Jones
website, health insurance premiums for small
US employers increased 180% between 1999 and 2009.

5 - Health insurance premium increases are
getting totally out of control. For example,
the 39% increase in health insurance premiums
Anthem Blue Cross imposed on some California
customers last year, made national headlines.

6 - Since 2003, health insurance companies have
given $42 million in state election contributions.

7 - More than two dozen pharmaceutical companies
made over a billion dollars in profits in 2008.

8 - Each year, tens of billions of dollars is
spent on pharmaceutical marketing in the US alone.

9 - Nearly half of all US citizens now use
prescription drugs on a regular basis, according
to a CDC report that was just released.

According to the report, approximately one-third
of all US citizens use 2 or more pharmaceutical
drugs, and more than ten% of all US citizens
use 5 or more prescription drugs, regularly.

10 - According to the CDC, approximately three
quarters of a million people a year are rushed
to emergency rooms in the US because of adverse
reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

11 - According to a very surprising new study,
85% of new pharmaceutical drugs are "lemons"
and pose serious health risks to their users.

12 - The Food and Drug Administration reported
1,742 prescription drug recalls in 2009, which
was an increase from 426 drug recalls in 2008.

13 - Shocking new research has found that
expectant mothers taking antidepressants
have an astounding 68% increase in the
overall risk of miscarriage. Yet pharmaceutical
companies are doing nothing to stop this.

14 - The use of psychiatric medications among 18
to 34 yr old members of the US military & their
wives, increased by 42% between 2005 and 2009.

15 - There are new medical studies that suggest
that many of the most popular anti-depressant
drugs are no more effective than a placebo.

16 - Pharmaceutical companies continue to rake in
billions of dollars from selling vaccines and
are encouraging even pregnant women to take them,
even though there is mounting evidence that
taking vaccines while pregnant, dramatically
increases the rate of miscarriage.

17 - One woman in New Hampshire is seeking more
than $24 million in damages from the manufacturer
of a prescription drug that she took for shoulder
pain. It turns out that as a result of taking
the drug, she is now blind and has been left
scarred by internal and external burns.

18 - According to a study, the medical liability
system in the US added approximately $55.6
billion to the cost of health care in 2008.

19 - Pharmaceutical companies have become so
greedy that now they are even attempting to
patent our genes. It is being reported that
over three million gene patent applications
have been filed with the US government so far.

Tens of thousands of gene patents have already
been granted at this point. It is estimated
that companies hold approximately 40,000 patents
on sections of the human genome right now. Those
patents cover approximately 20% of our genes.

20 - According to a recent report, US citizens
spend about twice as much as residents of other
developed countries on health care, but get much
lower quality and far less efficiency in return.

You are what you eat


There was a massive campaign in Wales to make
people have to carry an "I don't want my organs
donated" card, in order to be able to opt out
from having body parts taken at death...

and in 2015, Welsh AMs capitulated to
the lobbyists... but beware!

Now that system -- of only donor card carriers
having organs removed automatically - is gone,
the ghouls have carte blanche to steal organ
parts --- when they were stealing them from
UK people illegally already... !!!

An inquiry has found that organs and bones
from the bodies of dead UK nuclear industry
Sellafield workers, were illegally harvested
without their consent for over 30 years.

The inquiry's findings reveal that relatives of
64 staff discovered that their loved ones had
been stripped of livers, tongues and even
legs, decades after they were buried, the
Belfast Telegraph reported.

The findings also proved the existence of an
“old boys' club” among pathologists, coroners
& scientists around Sellafield, prior to 1992,
which prioritized the needs of the nuclear
industry, above grieving family members.

The workers r
epresentatives told the inquiry's
Chair, Michael Redfern QC, that they felt as if
bodies had been “mutilated” and treated as
“commodities” to assist in research on behalf of
the industry to try to disprove the link between
cancers and radiation at Sellafield & elsewhere.

Some missing bones had been replaced with
broomsticks for deceased workers' funerals.
Redfern says families have been “wronged”.

“In most cases considered by the inquiry,
relatives were let down at a time when they
were most vulnerable, by those in whom they
were entitled to place absolute trust," he says.

In the Commons, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne
apologized to the families, and stated that the
practice has now "been stopped".

The 650-page report, following a three-year
inquiry, which also examined 3 other studies
involving the nuclear industry, in which 6,500
bodies, including children, were used, says the
removal of organs & tissue was “unnecessary
  & inappropriate” in a majority of Sellafield cases.



that microwaves were originally developed
as a weapon of war to destroy human flesh?

that ALL microwave cookers were banned
in Russia - until the collapse of the USSR?

that research shows that microwave cooking
mutates molecules and is probably responsible
for stomach cancers, Russian research shows?



Meyerhoff, group leader of new research, says that
the alcohol consumption among the heavy drinkers
his team studied, was only 60% of that typically
found among alcoholics in clinics...

These are the ONLY group normally ever studied.
But his team studied - for the first time - heavy
drinkers living among the general population.

Even in these "binge" drinkers, they found that
frontal white matter NAA was much lower in heavy
drinkers than light drinkers, and was associated
with lower executive & working memory functions.

In other words, binge drinkers are brain-damaged!

"Although the men and women who drank heavily for
many years demonstrated fewer changes in brain
metabolites than do alcoholics in treatment,"
Meyerhoff says, "the abnormalities we found, are
nonetheless associated with lower brain function."

Lower cognitive functioning, he says, can affect
daily living routines in not-so-obvious ways –
the changes may be too gradual or too weak to
noticeable – but they may still interfere with

basic cognitive processes, such as: decision
making; planning; regulation of emotion and
motivation; memory; and motor control.

"These deficits may have an affect on a heavy
drinkers' ability to judge his/her drinking, as
adversely affecting his/her life," he adds, "and
can also interfere with the drinker's decision

to seek treatment or reduce drinking, thus
perpetuating drinking behaviour."

Meyerhoff says some behaviours associated
with these metabolite changes, include the
inability to apply consequences from past actions;
difficulties with abstract concepts of time & money;
difficulties with storing and retrieving information;
and frequently needing external motivators.

Both Martin & Meyerhoff say the study's findings
of chemical abnormalities in the brains of heavy
social drinkers provide evidence of brain damage,
even if the drinkers cannot see it themselves.

"Our major aim was to detect the early adverse
of alcohol drinking on brain function, and
provide useful information to the heavy alcohol

drinker, family practitioners, and society," says
Meyerhoff. "Our message is: 'Drink in moderation!

Heavy drinking damages your brain ever so slightly,
reducing your cognitive functioning in ways that
may not be readily noticeable. To be safe...
don't overdue it.'"

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