Super-bugs in the News Again

August3

A Killer on the Loose


From the article:

Doctors at UCLA’s flagship hospital were baffled: A healthy 40-year-old woman had fallen deathly ill after a routine procedure.

A long black scope had been threaded down her throat to treat troublesome gallstones. Now antibiotics were powerless to stop a raging infection.

Her physicians called in Dr. Zachary Rubin, the hospital’s director of clinical epidemiology and infection prevention, and its top disease detective.

There was a mention in the comments about the following link…

Heartburn Help

http://www.heartburn-help.com/4-25-98.htm#10.%20Unclean%20Instruments%20by%20Steven%20Finch..%20Responses%20by%20others

http://graphics.latimes.com/superbug/

Is the Brain a “Gameable” System?

April16

Nootropic Brain Drugs Rise in Popularity for Today’s Cutthroat Corporate Climbers


From the article:

Andrew started his college graduation day at 6 a.m. with a wakefulness agent called modafinil, sometimes known as Provigil—it was the first time he remembers nootropic brain drugs having such a startling effect. He was juggling family and celebrations along with two ceremonies, engineering in the morning and economics in the afternoon, with a band competition in between, which he won. For 22 waking hours he was happy, alert, firing on all cylinders, oblivious to any fatigue.

This is a pretty interesting article. Somehow though…I don’t think it’s healthy to push your body so hard and not get enough sleep.

http://observer.com/2015/04/nootropics/

Comment:

Atlas Shrugged

Give it another decade and all these folks tampering with their brains are going to suddenly find them shutting down prematurely from burnout and abuse.

Justifying Their Job?

March25

New York City Limits Juice in Day Cares


From the article:

Health officials in New York City are cutting the amount of juice that can be served in day care centers and raising the age of children who can drink it.

I can’t believe the state of New York is worried about eight month old babies getting obese. Really? Is that the age where it starts? I doubt that.

Children get fat because of juice? And they call themselves “health” official’s? I have another name for them. But I’m not going to say it, lol.

If the health official’s knew anything about children they would know that most children can be a little heavier before they start walking.

I really wonder if there are that many children that are really obese? Doubt that too. I don’t remember seeing what I would consider obese children. In fact, there isn’t a single one that I remember seeing recently.  Not one.

Maybe New York Health Officials should start with their own BMI and get that in line first. It should be a requirement of the job. And if they are underweight? They should have to see a therapist.

http://www.myfoxny.com/story/28598711/new-york-city-limits-juice-in-day-cares

From “All About Vision”

March12

Cataract Surgery Recovery


From the article:

Your cataract surgery recovery should be short and uneventful, as long as your health is good and you don’t have other major eye problems. Statistics also show that your chances of a good outcome and sharper vision after surgery are excellent.

I wish I’d read this before surgery. Though I knew a little about the subject since my mother had been through it already.

Should you or someone you know need this info, it’s here for you. I will always share the good stuff with you. Also the crazy and odd stuff too, lol.

Anyway, this site has a lot of good information. I recommend taking a look at it.

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery-recovery.htm

General information link:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/

Good to Know

March12

How To Boost Your Diet and Nutrition
to Protect Aging Eyes


From the article:

Age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts commonly cause impaired vision and blindness in older adults. But lifestyle changes, including good nutrition, could help delay or prevent certain eye problems.

Read this a little while ago. Good information.Thought I’d pass it along.

Read more:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/over60/nutrition.htm

Coffee: Could It Be Causing More Problems Than We’re Aware Of?

January1

Why It’s Not Booze You Should Give Up for 2015,

It’s Our Morning Treat – Coffee


From the article:

What started out as a morning treat has turned into a number of caffeine fixes to get us through the day. But like booze, regularly consuming more than the safe daily limit of caffeine (between 200 and 400 mg, equivalent to two large Americanos at a High Street chain) is undoubtedly bad for us.
First I should start off by saying I disagree with the title. Alcohol is very bad for you.  About either one: I guess the question should be asked…. Is there really a “safe” limit?  In truth? Probably not.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2893137/Why-not-booze-2015-morning-treat-coffee.html

Patient Placed in Isolation

November23

 UPDATE 2-Traveler from Mali tested for Ebola at New York hospital


From the article:

A traveler from Mali was being tested for Ebola infection on Thursday at Bellevue Hospital, with results expected later in the day, health officials in New York City said.

Due to the patient’s symptoms and travel history, the person has been placed in isolation, the officials said in a statement. The officials gave few details about the person.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/20/health-ebola-usa-newyork-idUSL2N0TA29B20141120

Is a There a Link between Celiac Disease and Rhematoid Arthritis?

November7

Does Celiac Disease Mimic RA?


From the article:

A recent study finds a strong correlation between rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease.  The findings of the research state that patients with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis may be misdiagnosed and may actually have a form of polyarthritis caused by gluten.   The authors of the research paper state…. (go to link to read more)

I was pretty interested to find out if there was a link between gluten (wheat) and arthritis in general. B-I-N-G-O!  (second link) There most certainly is.

I did look on this site (first link) to find that there is a test that you can have sent to your home to test for a gluten allergy.  But for many, (like me… for instance) who couldn’t possibly afford it, I have another suggestion… Do you own experiment. Just stop eating anything with wheat in it. (Easy, right?) I’d give it a good two weeks.

BTW, wheat is in many things. You’ll have to read labels. (There is a link provided. You’re welcome.) I know personally my body doesn’t tolerate wheat. I don’t have RA but osteoarthritis. I guess I should say, I’ve never been diagnosed with it.  Going wheat free improved my symptoms. (It’s still a struggle) It may be good for any auto-immune disease?  (Disclaimer: No, I’m not a doctor. Just one smart? wheat free lol, cookie.)

http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/gluten-sensitivity-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-is-there-a-connection/

This one is a bit, okay….more than a bit technical. But you can glean info from it.

Arthritis and Coeliac Disease

How to avoid it, if  it turns out to be a problem for you:

From: Kids with Food Allergies (some may be grown-up kids, lol)

http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=52

And last but not least…a recipe / recipes to get you started:

And it has five stars. Yay! (the pie crust, that is)

Pie Crust Gluten Free Recipe

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/3071/pie-crust-gluten-free-recipe

You can use a substitute for the meat in this next recipe.

Quick & Easy Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

Sounds Like a Plan

October22

French Scientists Devise Fast-Track Test for Ebola


From the article:

A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said on Tuesday (Oct 21). Trials at a high-security lab have validated the technique and prototype kits should be available in Ebola-hit countries by the end of October for a clinical trial, France’s Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) said in a statement.

The only thing I wonder is….if there is a window where the virus wouldn’t show and a person could still be able to come down with it. I’m thinking of the HIV virus?

What is the “window period?”

http://www.health24.com/Medical/HIV-AIDS/Testing/What-is-the-window-period-20120721

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/french-scientists-devise/1427872.html

Anti-Anxiety Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s?

October19

Why You Are Demented?


I have to admit, that at first glance the question kind of made me laugh.

From the article:

Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs often prescribed to ease the anxiety and/or the insomnia associated with chronic pain. They include familiar names such as Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin. Unfortunately, recently published research has found that older patients prescribed these drugs are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the risk becoming significantly higher with the greater use of these medications

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/overcoming-pain/201410/why-you-are-demented

Things You May Want To Consider…..

October7

The other day I posted the article…

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – now I fear an unimaginable tragedy’

Which I read in a hurry and missed some things:

From the article:

In the end, you discovered that the Belgian nuns had unwittingly spread the virus. How did that happen?

In their hospital they regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilized needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with the virus. We told the nuns about the terrible mistake they had made, but looking back I would say that we were much too careful in our choice of words. Clinics that failed to observe this and other rules of hygiene functioned as catalysts in all additional Ebola outbreaks. They drastically sped up the spread of the virus or made the spread possible in the first place. Even in the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa, hospitals unfortunately played this ignominious role in the beginning.

Now….we are talking about 1976.  And nuns were using unsterilized needles? Why? We certainly knew about transmission of disease through unsterilized needles, right?

Thirty-eight years later and hygiene has not improved? Someone is not doing their job!

What can really be done in a situation when anyone can become infected on the streets and, like in Monrovia, even the taxis are contaminated?

We urgently need to come up with new strategies. Currently, helpers are no longer able to care for all the patients in treatment centres. So caregivers need to teach family members who are providing care to patients how to protect themselves from infection to the extent possible. This on-site educational work is currently the greatest challenge. Sierra Leone experimented with a three-day curfew in an attempt to at least flatten out the infection curve a bit. At first I thought: “That is totally crazy.” But now I wonder, “why not?” At least, as long as these measures aren’t imposed with military power.

The last two lines of this question are interesting to say the least.

Again….

Sierra Leone experimented with a three-day curfew in an attempt to at least flatten out the infection curve a bit. At first I thought: “That is totally crazy.” But now I wonder, “why not?” At least, as long as these measures aren’t imposed with military power.

Military power?

Have a Cold?

October7

How to Pick an Over-the-Counter Cold Remedy

This is one of those articles that you either have to use the arrows or,  just click on the next ingredient mentioned under the article to move on to the next bit of information.

Last night I bought two different medicine’s for my BF not knowing for sure which one he would  take.

My local CVS will allow you to return over-the-counter medications that are un-opened. You must also have your receipt. It’s good to know store policy before buying more than one medication.

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20456799,00.html

For Children:

Before You Buy Children’s Cold Medicines

Tip:  You can always ask the pharmacist for their recommendation. If your children are under 2 consult your doctor.

http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/pharmacology/a/byb_cold_meds.htm

Remember hand washing is a must to avoid getting or spreading a cold.

Another One – This Time Spain

October6

Spanish Nurse in Madrid Diagnosed with Ebola

From the article:

In the first known transmission of the current outbreak of Ebola outside West Africa, a Spanish nurse who treated a missionary for the disease at a Madrid hospital has tested positive for the virus, Spain’s health minister said Monday.

I know people who work in the health field who are already considering what they will do if Ebola spreads here in the States.

If it involved the health of your family, would you put yourself at risk? Something to think about.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SPAIN_EBOLA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-10-06-14-41-22

Future Tragedy?

October6

‘In 1976 I discovered Ebola – Now I Fear an Unimaginable Tragedy’

From the article:

Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire…..

Note: What was a little weird about this article is that it is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/04/ebola-zaire-peter-piot-outbreak

Bill Gates: World Needs Fewer People

From the article:

Software billionaire Bill Gates, who previously has advocated the reduction of the human population through the use of vaccines, and his wife Melinda marked the 100th year since the First International Eugenics Congress in London with a “family planning” summit with abortionists and the United Nations.

If the world needed fewer people why did Bill Gates have children. I mean him and his wife, of course.

Oh, he didn’t mean his children or his family, maybe just you and yours?

http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/bill-gates-world-needs-fewer-people/

Right Out of the Horses Mouth…

BILL GATES EXPOSING DEPOPULATION PLANS OF AGENDA 21 ON LIVE SHOW

Bill, has anyone ever explained it to you, that you emit CO2 every time you breathe out.

So, here’s the solution. All the people who believe too many people and CO2 are a problem…..including Bill, of course….hold your breath for as long as you can. Oh, and… don’t breathe back in. That should solve it.

And….. by the way, your welcome. You can thank me later. Well uh, no, probably not huh? Lol.

Ebola Not That Transmittable?

October5

Report: Inmate At Cobb County Jail Being Tested For Ebola

From the article:

The virus that causes Ebola is not airborne and can only be spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids — blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen — of an infected person who is showing symptoms. Those fluids must also have an entry point.

So let’s get this straight, shall we?

Is it inconceivable that people with Ebola will sweat and wipe their forehead with their hands and transfer that to a door handle , or grocery cart? Then you, having touched the same handle go home and your kitten get’s playful and scratches you  on your arm and you rub your arm with your hand which deposist the virus into your bloodstream. This is just a scenario.

Or, that those with Ebola  use public restrooms.  No urine or feces there. Let’s see,….. you just touched everything they touched when going to the bathroom. Then you didn’t wash your hands, or you did, then you touched the door handle and you went out to lunch and picked up your burger and took a bite.

Or, the server at the restaurant sneezed into their hand and touched your cup and not seeing him or her do that, you put it to your mouth and took a drink. No entry point there. I’m being sarcastic of course. And though it’s not listed mucus IS a body fluid.

I must be freaking out the germ-o-phobes.  Heck, I’m freaking myself out,  lol.

Given what some people’s standard for cleanliness is, I believe this could spread. Cases in Africa have been doubling every 20 – 30 days.

You think it can’t or won’t happen here? I’d say…think again…I believe our best chance was and may still be restricting travel from these places in Africa with outbreaks. I hope it won’t be too little, too late.

And I seriously hope I’m wrong in my thinking.

http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2014/10/03/report-inmate-at-cobb-county-jail-being-tested-for-ebola/

Another One…..

October5

Patient with Ebola symptoms enters Washington hospital

From the article:

“We can confirm that a patient ​has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in stable condition, following travel to Nigeria and presenting with symptoms that could be associated with Ebola,” said Howard University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton.

Wow, 2,800 + comments to this article.

http://news.yahoo.com/patient-ebola-symptoms-enters-washington-hospital-170221779.html