Thursday, February 19, 2015

Scientists Developing Microscopic Drones to Prevent Heart Attacks!

In what could be termed as a major medical breakthrough, scientists have been carrying out tests utilising microscopic stealth drones, made from plastic-like material and about 1,000 times smaller than the tip of a human hair.

These drones or nanoparticles are capable of latching on to hard plaques in the arteries containing fat cholestrol and calcium and would release a drug derived from natural protein thus repairing the inflammation damage in the body. Successful tests have been carried on lab mice where the atherosclerosis or clogged arteries were repaired after 5 weeks of treatment. The plaques were stabilised, making it less likely for fragments to break off and clog blood vessels. Although they had clogged arteries the lab mice didn't suffer from heart attacks. Researchers have therefore concluded that more tests were needed before the drones are tested on humans. For the human trials a fine tune of particles, which would enable optimised drug delivery is being planned. The drugs would be powerful and anti-inflammatory. This could be a major step in the treatment of heart diseases.
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What is Measles?

Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in
California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines. More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December. California Department of Public Health researchers, in a report to federal officials released on Friday, said that specimens from 30 of the state's measles patients had been genotyped and that all were of the same strain that has caused an outbreak in the Philippines. That same genotype has been detected in at least 14 countries and six other U.S. states in the last six months, the researchers said, and the source of the illness that sickened visitors at the Disney theme park has not been identified. Source

Dr. Samuel Katz of Duke University, the most senior and respected pro-vaccine scientist, talks about what measles is, it's history and proper treatment.
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Winner of British Animation Award 2008, public choice: commercial catagory - We made this film for Amnesty International - Brian Cox is the voice of Measles.. an attempt to lure people back to old fashioned, diseased dying instead of the more modern war and killing style demises! 'It's just not natural!  
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Should you get Vaccinated?

Should you get vaccinated? Find out how vaccines work to protect the population and what can happen when celebrities get in the way of Science.

Written and Illustrated by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham
Animated by Jorge Cham and Meg Rosenburg
Narration by Meg Rosenburg
Comic originally published in Scientific American Mind
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References:

Richard A. Stein. (2011) Vaccination: A Public Health Intervention That Changed History & Is Changing with History. The American Biology Teacher 73:9, 513-519 http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1525... (abstract)

Poland and Jacobson, "The Age Old Struggle against the Antivaccinationists", http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/...

G. A. Poland. (2011) MMR Vaccine and Autism: Vaccine Nihilism and Postmodern Science. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 86:9, 869-871 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Dobson, R (2003). Media misled the public over the MMR vaccine. BMJ. 326(7399): 1107. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Uno Y, Uchiyama T, Kurosawa M, Aleksic B, Ozaki N. (2012) The combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines and the total number of vaccines are not associated with development of autism spectrum disorder: the first case-control study in Asia. Vaccine. 30(28):4292-8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22...

Fleck, F. (2004) MMR Controversy raises questions over publication ethics. Bulletin of the World Health organization 82 (4): 311-12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Ahearn,WH (2010).What Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About the "MMR Causes Autism" Hypothesis. Behav Anal Pract. Spring; 3(1): 46--50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/artic...

Perry, DM (2013). Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy public health industrial complex. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc... The Atlantic, July 11 2013.


Williams, ME (2011) Jenny McCarthy's autism fight grows more misguided. http://www.salon.com/2011/01/06/jenny...

Institute of Medicine (US) Immunization Safety Review Committee (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK...

List of 25 studies failing to support MMR/autism link. http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4026.pdf

Hyman, SL (2013) New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria. American Academy of Pediatrics News. http://aapnews.aappublications.org/co...

Deer, B. (2011) How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed
BMJ 342:c5347 http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5...

Deer, B. Exposed: Andrew Wakefield
and the MMR-autism fraud. http://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-summa...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Obamacare - Cost Impacts and Reaction in the Marketplace!

Winthrop-University Hospital's MiniMed Adult Education Series

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Obamacare

Cost Impacts and the Reaction in the Marketplace: Panelists Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody and Brian Malone, BS, MS, RPh cover the basics of the law and the impacts it will have on individuals, employers and healthcare providers. Aimee DiBartolomeo-Cody
President, Premiere Benefit Plans, Inc. Brian Malone, BS, MS, RPh is the Director of Pharmaceutical Services at Winthrop-University Hospital.

Discussion points:
- Administrative Requirements
- Cost Impacts
- How is the Marketplace Reacting - Employers, Doctors and General Public

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Before you pull the trigger: The Facts on Abortion!

If you're pregnant and contemplating abortion, PLEASE consider these facts:
Fact #1: Every abortion kills an innocent human being.
Fact #2: Every human being is a person.
Fact #3: Beginning at conception, every pregnancy involves two or more bodies.
Fact #4: It is just, reasonable, and necessary for society to outlaw certain choices.
Fact #5: The right to not be killed supersedes the right to not be pregnant.
Fact #6: Poverty, rape, disability, or “unwantedness” do not morally justify abortion.
Fact #7: The differences between embryos and adults are differences of degree not of kind.
Fact #8: Less than 1% of all abortions are performed to save the life of the mother.
Fact #9: To be only "personally pro-life" is to not be pro-life at all.
Fact #10: If there is uncertainty about when human life begins, the benefit of the doubt should go to preserving life.

Fact #11: Abortion is more dangerous than childbirth.
Fact #12: Prior to abortion's legalization, 90% of abortions were done by doctors, not by "coat hangers in back alleys."
Fact #13: The 8 week+ unborn baby feels real physical pain during an abortion.
Fact #14: Abortion is condemnable for the same reasons that slavery and genocide are.
Fact #15: Abortion is not a “women's only” issue.
Fact #16: Every legal surgical abortion stops a beating heart and terminates measurable brain waves. Fact #17: The right to not be killed supersedes the right to privacy.
Fact #18: Abortion disproportionally targets minority babies.
Fact #19: Abortion has become a form of gendercide, shrinking the global female population at an alarming rate.
Fact #20: Laws concerning abortion have significantly influenced whether women choose to have abortions.
(Facts courtesy of http://www.abortionfacts.com/)
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Animation of Situation map of Ebola virus outbreaks 1976-2014!

Look at the interactive map below of Ebola virus outbreaks 1976-2014:


The map is created in OpenWebGIS and based on the data of the World Health Organization, Wikipedia and world massmedia.

The map contains the data until October 14. The information on the map is presented as a vector layer and you can export the data to other GIS formats - gml, geojson, csv, kml.

From the map, you can get the information about the countries where it has been officially confirmed that there were cases of illness, about years of the outbreaks, the number of cases and deaths from Ebola virus, also a brief description of the possible causes of each outbreak and its development.

To get information about virus outbreak, select Layer’s name ‘Ebola_Virus1976_2014’ in the combobox “Editable Layer”. Then click on the country you are interested in.

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How Nigeria Beat Its Ebola Outbreak!

Nigeria's success in stamping out the deadly haemorrhagic fever Ebola is being hailed as a model for countries struggling to contain the deadly virus The World Health Organisation declared Legal Notice. As the deadly virus rages in West Africa, Nigeria is now officially Ebola-free. The CDC is sending researchers to Africa's most populous country to study how The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of Ebola. Health experts credit a bit of luck and the government's initial response. Follow Elizabeth Hagedorn: http://www.twitter.com/ElizH Ebola Outbreak: Spanish Priest Gets Experimental Drug ZMapp; Nigeria Confirms Another Case. Nigeria will be officially declared Ebola-free in less than a week after containing the disease that has killed more than 4000 people. Eight of the 20 people. Nigeria becomes case study in how to beat Ebola While the Ebola virus continues to take a heavy toll in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Nigeria is receiving praise As the deadly virus rages in West Africa, Nigeria is now officially Ebola-free. The CDC is sending researchers to Africa's most populous country to study how they were able to contain the disease.
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