Category: Health

$100,000 vaccine challenge to be announced soon

(TFC) Washington DC – Robert Kennedy is now chairman of a foundation called The World Mercury Project and will announce later today the project will be conducting a $100,000 journalistic challenge, which will offer one-hundred thousand dollars to any person who can…

Scientists Identify Area of Brain Affected by Autism

A team of scientists in Dublin has found that a particular region of the brain reacts differently to stimuli in those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The team believe that their findings could be useful in devising new therapies for those afflicted with ASD.

The research team, led by Dr. Joshua Henk Balsters, a neurologist with ETH Zürich, sought to discover more effective treatments for autism, according to Independent.ie, as, “whenever we have spoken with parents of children with autism, interaction is something that parents find very sad or very difficult.”

Balsters’ team, composed of scientists from Ireland, Switzerland, and the UK, performed MRI scans on the brains of people with ASD, and on control subjects with no neural disorders. Balsters found a difference in activity between the two groups in a specific part of the brain.

WHAT DOES THE ENVIRONMENT HAVE TO DO WITH DISEASES THAT AFFECT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

The rise in recent decades of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis suggests that factors in the environment are contributing.

In 1932, New York gastroenterologist Burrill Crohn described an unusual disease in 14 adults. The patients had bouts of abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and lesions and scars on the bowel wall. Doctors in other parts of North America and Europe were seeing it in their patients, too. They called the rare condition Crohn’s disease. After World War II, the number of new people getting inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and a related condition called ulcerative colitis) skyrocketed across the West in countries such as the U.S., Canada and the UK. In the last three decades, IBD has begun to crop up in newly industrialized parts of the world like Hong Kong and China’s big cities.

Health And Eco-Concerns Hang Over New Zika Pesticide Set To Hit Market

The Zika virus’ spread has catalyzed a massive industry boom for big-biotechnology. It’s an industry making bank off manufacturing poison, and even mutants. Interestingly, it’s latest mosquitocide comes along with a study guaranteeing it’s eco-friendly.

“We’re essentially preventing mosquitoes from producing urine”, says Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, Ph.D. According to Science Daily, the pesticide–VU041–was developed to transcend the insect’s adaptive prowess. Denton joined colleagues in an evaluation of its possible ecological impacts.

Scientists Officially Classify New Organ in Human Bodies

Your body has one more organ than previously thought, according to new research from Ireland’s University Hospital Limerick. The new organ is called the mesentery, an object that was formerly believed to be several tissue structures. Researchers have called this a major breakthrough in the fields of abdominal and digestive diseases.

A new paper published in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology has reclassified the mesentery, formerly thought to be a fragmented membrane, as an organ, following microscopic research that revealed it to be one continuous structure. The mesentery is a double fold of peritoneum (the membrane that forms the lining of the abdomen) that attaches the gastrointestinal tract to the walls of the abdomen. Nerves and blood vessels are sandwiched in the fold.

Psychedelic Science Announces Astounding Potential For Addiction Treatment

Psychedelic science continues it’s redemptive march out of obscurity, and stigma. Decades of misinformation and propaganda is crumbling in a free fall accelerated by cannabis reforms. It’s a revolution conjuring up uses for psychedelics ignored since the days of 1960’s counter-culture. Among those benefits, researchers now say, is an uncanny ability to remedy the chains addiction.

The findings hail from a study done by numerous United Kingdom-based researchers. Unlike many, the study noted the “thousands of years” of historical use of psychedelics by indigenous cultures. It’s a facet sometimes referenced, but rarely held with any real credibility, or esteem. Rather, such native knowledge is left to languish well beyond the margins of academia. The UK study also acknowledged the role legislation has played in stunting psychedelic inquiry.

Russian Scientists Develop New Method to Destroy Chemo-resistant Cancer Cells

A group of Russian scientists obtained a new anticancerous compound that has the ability to combat cancer cells even if they are resistant to chemotherapy.

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Professor Alexander Kiselyov who leads the research told Sputnik International about the novel substance.

“The chemical compound was synthesized from an early product found in nature — parsley and dill seeds. Liquid carbon dioxide was used for extracting the needed natural components, which were then purified in the N.D. Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences,” explained Prof. Kiselyov, Moscow State University graduate, who received PhD degree in synthetic organic chemistry at the Georgia State University, was a Postdoc fellow at the Ben May Department for Cancer Research of the University of Chicago and at the Columbia University and now continues to work in national medicinal chemistry, structural biology and drug development.

A different way to R&D

Pharmaceutical giants have never shied away from the chance to make large profits from the sale of their medicines. But what if there was a way to marry corporate and social goals – to delight shareholders and tackle the most pressing global public health epidemics?

An initiative called the Health Impact Fund (HIF) has its eyes set on making medicines affordable and available to all. Supported by leading health scientists, Nobel-prize winning researchers and even former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin, it proposes a system that incentivizes pharmaceutical companies to research and develop drugs for neglected diseases and provides financial rewards to those that significantly reduce the global burden of disease.

Zika Virus Pesticides Wiping Out Bees, BioTech Industrial Complex Booming

Honey bee populations, after having dwindled over the last couple decades, have just taken a turn for the worst. Pesticides sprayed to kill mosquitoes suspected of carrying zika virus purged millions of bees from America. Now they’re being considered for the endangered species list, and few are talking about any of it. Not only that, but Zika fear is now fueling a pesticide spouting, water tainting, genetically modified mosquito breeding, corporate biotech industrial complex.

Zika pesticide has been sprayed across several states, including South Carolina and Florida, over the last month or so. The pesticide, called Naled, is being used to kill a specific species of mosquito which carries the virus. Similar poisons have been used in South America, where the virus is spreading.

Scientists Discover a New Drug That Can Knock Out Three Killer Diseases

Scientists have identified a compound that can kill the parasites that cause three neglected tropical diseases—Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and sleeping sickness.

A New Drug And a New Hope

One drug is giving new hope to millions of people living in poor conditions who might be exposed to deadly tropical diseases.

Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and sleeping sickness are three infectious that impact many worldwide, but they are also often neglected diseases. They are caused by three parasites: Trypansosoma cruzi, Leishmania, and Trypanosoma brucei. Chagas disease, or the so-called “kissing bug,” can cause the heart and digestive system to become enlarged; Leishmaniasis causes a variety of symptoms, ranging from anemia and fever to totally damaging the lining of the nose, mouth, and throat; and sleeping sickness, or Human African trypanosomiasis, can lead to coma when the parasite brought by the tsetse fly penetrates the brain.

Suicide on the Rise in Venezuela as Desperation Grows

Suicide Is One Option Venezuelans Are Taking to Escape Severe Crisis

Before committing suicide, Ana Maria Perdomo sat down in her kitchen to write a letter to her family.

“Children…Don’t be upset, even though I know it is difficult, don’t be sad. It is too difficult and I don’t want to be a burden to anyone, I know I have Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and it’s better to end this now.”

Mother of Augusto, 45, and Angela, 32, and grandmother to three girls of 4, 9, and 17, Perdomo, 61, hung herself on February 18 to avoid having to suffer the disease in Venezuela, a country that could have never supported her medically.

Dispatches: Indonesia’s Doctors Say ‘No’ to Chemical Castration

The Indonesian Medical Association has announced that its membership won’t participate in the government’s plan to chemically castrate convicted child sex offenders due to concerns that the proposed punishment “violates the country’s medical ethics.”

Chemical castration is the use of hormones to lower men’s testosterone levels with the goal of inhibiting their sex drive.

But the professional body expressed doubt that the procedure could guarantee a reduction in sexual desire. Dr. Priyo Sidipratomo, chairman of Indonesia’s Honorary Council of Medical Ethics, warned last week that any doctors who assisted with chemical castration of child sex offenders risked expulsion from professional medical associations.