Biodiversity reduces human, wildlife diseases and crop pests

June 15, 2015

With infectious diseases increasing worldwide, the need to understand how and why disease outbreaks occur is becoming increasingly important. Looking for answers, a team of University of South Florida (USF) biologists and colleagues found broad evidence that supports the controversial ‘dilution effect hypothesis,’ which suggests that biodiversity limits outbreaks of disease among humans and wildlife. The paper describing their research appears in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ‘The dilution effect hypothesis is important because it warns that human-mediated biodiversity losses can exacerbate disease outbreaks, yet it has been contentiously debated,’ said study lead author Dr. David Civitello, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at USF. Much of the debate about the dilution effect hypothesis has focused on whether it applies generally or only to a few select parasites. Until now, there have been no quantitative assessments to broadly support or refute it, and the lack of evidence has hampered understanding the relationship between biodiversity and disease risk. In reaching their conclusions, the research team reviewed more than 200 assessments relating biodiversity to disease and found that the dilution effect applied broadly to many parasitic species. Read

The Unprecedented War On Our Children -By Paul A Philips

June 15, 2015

Sure, our children are the future. But what kind of future do they have when most of the populace is either in ignorance or acquiescence when it comes to the unprecedented war on our children through the corporatist agenda? The ruling elite know that our children have to be dumbed down and controlled because they are the biggest threat to ending their mass-enslavement corporatist agenda: Our children are the key to our planetary awakening, but here is a list on how they are getting systematically destroyed. The Big Pharma war our children From governmental regulatory bodies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)… right up to the Presidential office the government have become nothing more than obedient lapdogs to Big Pharma’s profit machine, making this unholy alliance a major threat to the welfare of our children through the increasing use of brain and body degrading toxic mass medications with their side-effects. The vaccination agenda Typically the dumbing down begins with the vaccination agenda. A child would have received some 25 vaccinations by the age of 6 years old as in the case of the USA making it an out-and-out assault on a very young undeveloped immune

Data scientists find connections between birth month and health – Dr. Nick Tatonetti

June 9, 2015

Columbia University scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth. Overall, the study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest. The study was published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. “This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors,” said study senior author Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Columbia’s Data Science Institute. The researchers plan to replicate their study with data from several other locations in the U.S. and abroad to see how results vary with the change of seasons and environmental factors in those places. By identifying what’s causing disease disparities by birth month, the researchers hope to figure out how they might close the gap. Earlier research on individual diseases such as ADHD and asthma suggested a connection between birth season and incidence, but no large-scale studies had been undertaken. This motivated Columbia’s scientists to compare 1,688 diseases against the birth dates and medical histories of

Is Lyme the Next Infectious Disease Disaster? By Elayne Clift

June 3, 2015

In 1995, a young woman discovered a rash that looked strangely like a bull’s eye on her stomach but she ignored it. A few years later she began having pain in her knees, irregular heart beats, then neck pain. When her feet hurt, fatigue set in, and she experienced “brain fog,” she requested a Lyme disease test. The results were negative and no treatment was prescribed. A second test proved “suggestive” and she began a course of antibiotics. For a while she felt better, then much worse. Her doctor suggested she see a psychiatrist. Her story is not atypical. “Chronic Lyme disease patients may face a long hard fight to wellness,” according to The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). “Without proper treatment, [these patients] have a poorer quality of life than patients with diabetes or a heart condition.” Lyme disease, transmitted by the bite of a small tick, is caused by bacteria which can quickly infect multiple organs and produce a wide range of symptoms. It is known as the “great imitator” because it’s frequently attributed to other maladies so it often goes untreated. While early, adequate treatment with antibiotics can cure Lyme, it is complex to diagnose

73% of insomniacs cured after 1-hour therapy session

June 2, 2015

A simple one-hour therapy session has helped to cure 73% of people suffering from acute insomnia, according to a new study from Northumbria University. In the first ever study to attempt to treat insomnia in the acute phase — before it becomes chronic — researchers found that almost three-quarters of participants saw improvements in the quality of their sleep within three months following a 60-minute cognitive behavioural therapy session. The findings, published in the international journal SLEEP, are especially important as those transitioning from acute to chronic insomnia are particularly vulnerable to the onset of depression due to the condition. People with insomnia report consistent issues with the quality, duration or continuity of their sleep patterns. They may find it difficult to fall asleep, struggle to go back to sleep on waking during the night or wake early which can lead to problems with attention, concentration, mood and memory. Approximately one third of the adult population reports symptoms of insomnia, with 10% suffering from an insomnia disorder. The study was led by Jason Ellis, a Professor of Sleep Science in Northumbria University’s Department of Psychology. Professor Ellis is also the Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. Forty adults

China’s Unaddressed Mental Health Problems – CESAR CHELALA

June 1, 2015

China has a complex history in the treatment of the mentally ill. In 1849, the first mental institutions in the country were founded by Western missionaries. One of them, Dr. John G. Kerr, instituted some principles which are even valid today. Among those principles were the following: mentally ill patients shouldn’t be blamed for their actions; those that were hospitalized were not in a prison but in a hospital and should be treated as human beings, not as animals. During the Cultural Revolution there were changes that lead to strong political control, over-diagnosis and treatment, a change that overshadowed patients’ real needs. Many mentally-ill patients were sent to labor camps because of their ‘counterrevolutionary behavior’. Western models of treatment were gradually introduced only after the reforms advocated by Den Xiaoping. Today, however, serious problems remain such as the high number of untreated mentally ill patients, inadequate services, and lack of trained personnel. The spectrum of mental illness is broad, and includes minor conditions such as anxiety to depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other problems that may lead to drug addiction and serious crimes. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that mental illness –which affected seven percent of the population-

More People Reporting Wi-Fi Is Making Them Sick – MARCO TORRES

May 28, 2015

Wi-Fi signals are, unlike TV and radio signals, strong enough to penetrate concrete walls. Many health experts consider Wi-Fi radiation to be extremely dangerous to long-term health. Based on the existing science, many public health experts believe it is possible we will face an epidemic of cancers in the future resulting from uncontrolled use of cell phones and increased population exposure to Wi-Fi and other wireless devices. Now more people than ever are reporting unexplained symptoms causes by Wi-Fi. From using cell phones and computers to watching movies online, wireless technology has certainly made life easier. But there is a serious downside and many claim that exposure to wi-fi is making people sick, and some people don’t even know it. More health experts are advising that it is important that all of us, and especially children, to limit exposure to background levels of Wi-Fi, and that government and industry discover ways in which to allow use of wireless devices without such elevated risk of serious disease. We need to educate decision-makers that ‘business as usual’ is unacceptable. The importance of this public health issue can not be underestimated,” said Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State

Huge spike in neurological diseases after Fukushima — 600% rise in disorders among evacuees — Similar abnormalities reported post-Chernobyl — Cases of heart disease, brain infarction also up

May 21, 2015

[Neuro-otology: Branch of clinical medicine which treats neurological disorders of the ear] Soma City [is] 44 km north of Fukushima Daiichi… almost all patients who require hospitalization for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) care were referred to our department… We thus investigated the influence of the disaster on internal ear diseases. Regarding the evacuation area, the total number of patients [in the ENT department]increased 4.64 times [364% in 1st year], 4.24 times [324% in 2nd year], and 4.54 times[354% in 3rd year] compared with the number before the disaster. New patients [with vertigo, Meniere’s disease, and acute low-tone sensorineural hearing loss] in Shinchi Town… increased by 64.3%, 114.3%, and 46.4% [in years 1, 2, and 3] respectively… In the case of Minami-Soma City, except the evacuation area… increased by 84.2%, 152.6%, and 142.1%, respectively… Regarding the evacuation area… the numbers of patients with vertigo, MD, or ALHL became 7 times [600% increase in 1st year], 5 times [400% increase in 2nd year], and 7 times [600% increase in 3rd year]. Although the causes for MD and ALHL are still unknown [the rise] might be due to increased tension and stress… As for the cases [of vertigo] we were unable to establish the neuro-otologic pathogeneses in… 72%  [and] there may have been cases ofpsychogenic dizziness… administration of an anti-vertigenous drug or advice to keep calm

Anxiety Speeds Cellular Aging – Maylin Rodriguez-Paez

May 20, 2015

We’ve always known that anxiety takes a toll on the human body. Anxious people are more likely to suffer from heart disease and other diseases, for example. To date, however, we haven’t been too sure about anxiety’s effects on aging. Interestingly enough, a new study shows anxiety shortens telomeres, the end caps of DNA. The results were published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry.  Anxiety is Associated With 3.5 to 8 years of Cellular Aging Previous studies show a relationship between shorter telomeres and a shorter lifespan, making it a reliable marker for aging. Telomeres shorten in response to aging, smoking, excessive drinking, and unhealthy lifestyles. In the study, scientists recruited 1,283 people with anxiety, 459 people with former-anxiety, and 582 people with no history of anxiety. Aging was assessed by measuring the length of telomeres found in white blood cells. According to the results, people with current anxiety had significantly shorter telomeres than those without anxiety or those with a past history of the condition. Individuals who were overweight, underweight, smoked, or drank heavily had shorter telomeres. Read

Probiotics and Prebiotics Influence Neuropsychological Conditions – 6 Surprising Facts About Microbes In Your Gut – KAREN FOSTER

May 19, 2015

Researchers have long suggested a link between the gut-brain axis and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, and eating disorders. Using probiotics and prebiotics to alter the gut microbiota and influence the gut-brain axis may open up new ways of influencing neuropsychological conditions, says a new review. The majority of the science for probiotics has focused on gut health, but as the understanding of the gut and the microbiome increases, probiotics are increasing linked to a range of beneficial effects, from weight management to immune support and allergy response, and from oral health to cholesterol reduction. The gut contains microorganisms that share a structural similarity with the neuropeptides involved in regulating behavior, mood, and emotion–a phenomenon known as molecular mimicry. At the “forefront of current research” is work on the gut-brain axis – the two direction communication between the gut microbiota and the brain. Data from rodent studies has indicated that modification of the gut microbiota can alter signaling mechanisms, emotional behavior, and instinctive reflexes. Researchers have long postulated that gut bacteria influence brain function. A century ago, Russian embryologist Elie Metchnikoff surmised that a healthy colonic microbial community could help combat senility and that the friendly bacterial strains found in
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