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Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight, putting future deep-space missions in jeopardy - Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to new NASA research, which could pr
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on missions to Mars and beyond.
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3 days ago by joeybaker
Italy bans unvaccinated children from school
Italy now requires children to prove they have been vaccinated before attending school.
governmentIncompetence  healthcare  win  popularStupidity 
7 days ago by joeybaker
There has been a 50% global reduction in sperm quality in the past 80 years. A new study found that two chemical pollutants in the home degrade fertility in both men and dogs - DEHP, widely abundant in the home in carpets, flooring, upholstery, clothes, w
New research by scientists at the University of Nottingham suggests that environmental contaminants found in the home and diet have the same adverse effects on male fertility in both humans and in domestic dogs.
healthcare 
15 days ago by joeybaker
UK says it won't cut food standards for US
Number 10 says it won’t give in to US calls to allow chlorine-washed and hormone-treated meat into the UK.
healthcare  governmentIncompetence  globalization  win 
18 days ago by joeybaker
One of the largest-ever studies of work-related risks in young adult cancer survivors finds that of 872 survivors, 14.4 percent borrowed more than $10,000 and 1.5 percent said they or their family had filed for bankruptcy as a direct result of illness or
Student loans aren’t the only reason young adults end up in debt. One of the largest-ever studies of work-related risks in young adult cancer survivors finds that of 872 survivors, 14.4 percent borrowed more than $10,000 and 1.5 percent said they or their family had filed for bankruptcy as a direct result of illness or treatment. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that cancer or treatment interfered with physical demands of their job, and 54 percent said that cancer or treatment interfered with their ability to perform mental tasks related to their job. The study also showed that not all cancers and not all treatments have the same effects on young survivors’ financial outcomes. For example, those exposed to chemotherapy were more than three times as likely to borrow over $10,000, and more than three times as likely to report job-related mental impairment than survivors not treated with chemotherapy.
casteingTheMiddleClass  casteingTheLowerClass  healthcare 
21 days ago by joeybaker
Ireland: Outdated sex education blamed for record HIV diagnoses
Numbers are higher than the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, with campaigners blaming sex education that has not changed in 20 years.
healthcare  governmentIncompetence  religion  censorship 
23 days ago by joeybaker
YouTube just demonetized anti-vax channels.
After advertisers complained about programmatic ad placements on anti-vax videos, YouTube removed ads on videos that advocate against vaccination.
healthcare  informationWar 
25 days ago by joeybaker
Cancer death rates are falling; five-year survival rates are rising
This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entry on Cancer.
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27 days ago by joeybaker
136 people dead, 8,400 others sick in Philippines measles outbreak
Infections spiked by more than 1,000 per cent in metropolitan Manila, the densely packed capital of more than 12 million people, in January compared to last year.
healthcare  popularStupidity 
28 days ago by joeybaker
33 students at 2 Vancouver schools ordered to stay home until they can prove they've had measles vaccine
Vancouver Coastal Health says 33 students at two French language schools in Vancouver have been ordered to stay home because they haven’t provided proof of measles vaccination.
healthcare  governmentIncompetence  win 
28 days ago by joeybaker
Scientists have genetically modified cassava, a staple crop in Africa, to contain more iron and zinc. The authors estimate that their GMO cassava could provide up to 50% of the dietary requirement for iron and up to 70% for zinc in children aged 1 to 6, m
One wonders how the anti-GMO movement could oppose something like this. But given their hostility to Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to contain a vitamin A precursor to prevent blindness, they usually find a way.
scienceAdvancement  agriculture  casteingTheLowerClass  healthcare  popularStupidity 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Anti-vax Movement Listed by World Health Organization as One of the Top 10 Health Threats for 2019
“Vaccine hesitancy” has been identified as one potential factor contributing to the 30 percent increase in measles cases around the world.
healthcare  popularStupidity 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing childhood diseases, a significant minority remains skeptical, such as the anti-vax movement. Mathematicians show this may be due to "hysteresis", where an effect p
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are a safe and effective tool for the prevention of childhood diseases, a significant minority of the U.S. population remains skeptical of the practice
healthcare  popularStupidity  informationWar 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Contrary to predictions, teen marijuana use declined in Washington state after recreational pot was legalized in 2012, a new study finds.
Contrary to predictions, teen marijuana use declined in Washington state after recreational pot was legalized in 2012, a new study finds.
drugProhibition  healthcare  win 
12 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump administration halts study that would use fetal tissue ‘to discover a cure for HIV’
The National Institutes of Health research was stopped before officials completed their audit of fetal tissue work, which is opposed by antiabortion groups.
trumpAristocracy  trumpStupidity  healthcare  politicalIncompetence 
december 2018 by joeybaker
Pediatric patients granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after
In the retrospective study patients granted a wish were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after accounting for the average cost of the wish.
healthcare  humanPsycology 
november 2018 by joeybaker
The percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
A pair of reports highlight a growing concern among health officials about children who aren’t getting protection against preventable diseases.
popularStupidity  healthcare 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point. The State’s long-term, aggressive tobacco control programs are cited as the primary reason.
Early adoption of tobacco control efforts in California led to fewer people ever smoking, reduced the amount used by those who do smoke and helped smokers quit at a younger age — when their risk of developing lung cancer is lowest. As a result, lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared to the rest of the country and the gap is widening each year by almost a percentage point.
localizedGovernment  healthcare  win 
october 2018 by joeybaker
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