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: February 21st, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Australia, Avian-Influenza, Bird Flu, Disease and Disorders, H5N1, health, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Poultry and Egg Production, SARS, Singapore, Vietnam, WHO, World Health Organization | Comments Off on WHO Allows Publication of Controversial Bird Flu Research
After months of controversy, the World Health Organisation – WHO – has decided to allow the publication of controversial research into bird flu. Scientists in the Netherlands and the United States have made versions of the virus which could potentially spread more easily between humans. There were calls for the research to be kept secret, and WHO indicated earlier this month that this was their preference, but the WHO has decided it is in the public interest to release it.
The disease remains a huge problem in countries from Indonesia to Egypt. When the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been contracted by humans, more than 60 per cent have died, making it one of the most lethal strains of flu ever detected. An expert panel convened by the WHO has decided the research should be published in full. The panel says the research should not be published until it has increased public awareness and understanding and reviewed issues of bio-safety and biosecurity. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: antibiotics, Drug-resistant, Extensively Drug Resistant, India, Mumai, TB, Treatment, tuberculosis, WHO, World Health Organisation, XDR | Comments Off on UPDATED: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai Slums
Doctors in India say they have found cases of a rare strain of tuberculosis which appears totally resistant to antibiotics. Doctors said they tried to treat a dozen patients from Mumbai’s slums for two years, but the infection proved to be resistant to drugs. Experts say similar cases of incurable tuberculosis have emerged in Italy and Iran, and pose a serious threat to global efforts to control the disease. “It is an untreatable form of Tuberculosis in the sense that there are no available first and second-line drugs for it in the world,” says Zarir Udwadia, a Tuberculosis doctor at the Hinduja National Hospital in Mumbai. India’s government said the laboratory at Hinduja was not accredited for some of the tests that Dr Udwadia’s team carried out, and questioned the term “totally drug-resistant Tuberculosis”. “The term … is neither recognized by the WHO – World Health Organisation – nor by the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program,” it said in a statement. Such cases can be managed by national extensively drug-resistant – XDR – Tuberculosis treatment guidelines, according to the WHO.
UPDATE: January 19, 2012. Indian Government Denies Tuberculosis Claim
The Indian government has dismissed reports that a form of incurable tuberculosis has arrived in the country. In a paper published late last year in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Zarir Udwadia and his colleagues at the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Mumbai reported 12 cases of totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB) (see ‘Totally drug-resistant TB emerges in India’)
But in a statement released on 17 January, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare dismissed the report. It says that a team of doctors sent by the ministry found that seven of the patients are responding to treatment. “For now, these cases are defined as Extensively Drug Resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), and accordingly can be managed by national XDR-TB treatment guidelines,” it says.