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Estrogen protects women against the flu, study finds

The female sex hormone estrogen has anti-viral effects against the influenza A virus, commonly known as the flu, a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology reports. A virus infects and causes sickness by entering a cell and making copies of itself inside the host cell. When released from infected cells, the virus can spread through …

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Barbara Loe Fisher – Knowledge is the Antidote for Vaccine Orthodoxy

Humans have experienced two centuries of vaccine orthodoxy. That orthodoxy dictates that we believe vaccination is safe and effective and should be mandated by governments. It began with medical doctors insisting we get one dose of smallpox vaccine, 1 and has exploded over the past century into a U.S. government dictate that every child get 69 doses of 16 vaccines. …

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Andrew Levine – The Age of Stupidity is Upon Us

What if when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, the United States had had leaders like the ones that built the post-World War II world order? Those guys weren’t angels: they got the Cold War going, and they set the American empire on its global course. But they weren’t stupid. Even at a time when, unlike now, …

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Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adults

A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility — the ability to efficiently switch between tasks — and had a bigger anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region known to contribute to cognitive flexibility. The analysis suggests, but does …

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USA: Is Adult Protective Services Protecting Abusers? – Janet Phelan

When the Elder Justice Initiative was recently funded by Congress for $4 million for the fiscal year 2015–at a mere fraction of the $25 million requested by President Obama—consumer advocates were ecstatic.  The funds are earmarked for Adult Protective Services (APS), which has a national mandate to protect the elderly from abuse.  America’s dirty little secret (well, one of them, …

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World Set For Record Droughts By 2050, Say Scientists – Alex Pashley

The planet could suffer unprecedented droughts before the middle of the century, researchers warned on April 15, 2015, urging prompt action in adapting reservoirs to receding water resources. The western US may surpass historic levels of dryness as early as 2017 and the Mediterranean by 2027 if polluters emit at current rates, according to report by the International Institute for …

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SIBLINGS REVEAL SECRET TO LIVING PAST 105

The difference between living to 90 and living past 105 seems to depend largely on genes, according to a study of siblings. For people who live to 90 years old, the chance of their siblings also reaching age 90 is relatively small—about 1.7 times greater than for the average person born around the same time. But for people who survive …

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Having a purpose in life may improve health of aging brain

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. When a blockage interrupts blood flow in a vessel within the brain, a stroke can result or brain tissue can be damaged. This …