Posted: November 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: Cankler Science News | Comments Off on Man Contracts Non-human Cancer from Tapeworm
The idea of having a parasite infest your body is unsettling enough, but the case of a tapeworm that gave its human host cancer takes the grossness to an entirely new level.
The New England Journal of Medicine yesterday published a case study about a HIV-positive Colombian man who had tumours that yielded puzzling biopsy results: the cells were definitely cancer-like, but the cells were not human.
Three years of tests finally revealed the man had been infected by a tapeworm that had contracted cancer, which had then spread around the man’s body.
The man’s weakened immune system made him particularly susceptible to the tapeworm’s cancer cells, according to scientists and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which helped diagnose the man :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 30th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life, Genetics | Tags: Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Cankler Science News, DNA, Mitochondrial Genome, White Plymouth Rock Chicken | Comments Off on Chook Evolution Rate Questions Domestication Rate and Human Migration
Chickens are evolving faster than previously thought, according to new research that challenges ideas of when they were domesticated and may have implications for human migration.
The findings, published in journal Biology Letters, are based on a genetic analysis of a chicken population that can be traced back over 50 generations.
The international team of researchers sequenced 12 mitochondrial genomes – DNA generally thought to be passed down from the mother to their offspring – in a well-known population of White Plymouth Rock chickens.
Previous chicken research – March 2014 – has been used to gauge human events in history, notably that Christopher Columbus beat Polynesians to South America :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 29th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Engineered Life | Tags: Cankler Science News, Favourite New Thought | Comments Off on UK Team Levitates Small Objects Using Sound
A team of UK scientists have cleverly used sound waves to levitate tiny objects, the breakthrough, published in Nature Communications, could lead to applications as out-there as Star Trek style tractor beams :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Bacon Cancer, Beef Cancer, Cancer, Diet, health, Smoking, The Organic Gourmet, WHO, World Health Organisation | Comments Off on BACONS as BAD as Smoking!?
According to a new report by the World Health Organisation, Bacon is BAD! More accurately, the study says that processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colon cancer and red meat is also a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organisation experts say, in a potentially heavy blow for the global meat industry.
The analysis of 800 studies from around the world by the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC – found “sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer”.
“Each 50-gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” it said in a statement.
The category includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked, hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.
The finding supports “recommendations to limit intake of meat” particularly in processed forms, the IARC said :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 21st, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Medicated | Tags: Australia, Australian Law, Crime, health, Health News, Medicinal Cannabis, Medicinal Marijuana | Comments Off on CHRONIC! Australia to Legalise Cannabis
Australia’s Government has announced it will legalise the growing of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Health Minister Sussan Ley says the Government wants to give people suffering from debilitating illnesses access to all of the most effective medical treatments, including medical cannabis.
The minister said she had been moved by stories of people who get relief from the currently restricted drug, sometimes legally imported but not always. However, Ms Ley said the legalisation was only about medicinal cannabis, not recreational use.
“This is not a debate about legalisation of cannabis. This is not about illicit drugs. This is not a product you smoke. This has nothing to do with that,” Ms Ley said. “Most commonly the product is an oil or a tincture that you put on your skin.”
A progressive government in Victoria looks to have that state as the nation’s first onboard, the state Government plans to embark on a cannabis cultivation trial, based on the recommendations of a report by the Victorian Law Reform Commission :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: September 24th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, REBLOG!, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Chronic Obesity, Diabetes, health, High Sugar Diet, Obesity, Obesity Epidemic, Sugar, The Organic Gourmet, Weight Loss | Comments Off on REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease
25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.
According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.
Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.
However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.
The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.
The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 25th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Vaccinate Your Children | Comments Off on NSW PASSES Childcare Vaccination Legislation, Victoria Close Behind and Feds Cut Welfare Payments to Unvaccinated Children
STICKY: June 19, 2015 :: The New South Wales Parliament has passed new laws covering childcare centres and vaccination. From January 2016, childcare centres will be required to refuse the enrolment of a child whose parents or guardians cannot show proof of vaccination or provide an approved exemption.
NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner says parents who are seeking an exemption will first need to speak to a general practitioner. Childcare centres will face fines if they do not complete checks to ensure a child is vaccinated, or that they have exemption.
Health experts have warned of increasing instances of whooping cough across the state, which they attribute to low immunisation rates. A recent report found that in the far north coast town of Mullumbimby, less than half of young children were fully immunised.
The new legislation, an amendment to the Public Health – Vaccination of Children Attending Child Care Facilities – Bill 2013, allows exemptions for “medical contraindication, conscientious objection based on personal, philosophical, religious or medical belief.”
Greens MP Dr John Kaye says the Bill has the support of the Greens, who say the legislation doesn’t take away the rights of an individual to oppose immunisation.
The Australian Medical Association says the New South Wales laws should set a precedent for the rest of the country. But some child care workers are warning that it could put disadvantaged children at an even greater risk.
With the Federal Governments No Jab/No Welfare Payment policy ready to kickoff in 2016, anti-vaccination groups are surely becoming an endangered species, you’d think. In the last 10 years, the number of children whose parents have objected to vaccination has doubled. Almost 40,000 children haven’t been vaccinated and have a conscientious objection on their record :: Read the full article »»»»