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BACONS as BAD as Smoking!?

Posted: October 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 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 »»»»

Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

Researchers Reckon Short Shots of Sunshine Lower Bloodpressure

It’s well known that sunshine is our major source of vitamin D, the lack of rays has been associated with forms of depression and osteoporosis. Too much is the main cause of skin cancer, it’s a tricky business this sunshine thing, even in Australia where we have a pretty steady flow of the stuff.

New research out of the UK suggests that short bursts of sunlight could help lower blood pressure. According to  British scientist, Professor Martin Feelisch from the University of Southampton,  sunlight triggers natural stores of nitric oxide in the skin that dilate the small blood vessels.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and high blood pressure is one of the main associated risk factors. Although Professor Feelisch admits the study was small, he’s confident the results would be replicated with a larger group :: Read the full article »»»»

Antibiotic Resistance More Dangerous Than Terrorism

Posted: March 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Antibiotic Resistance More Dangerous Than Terrorism

SUPERBUGProfessor Dame Sally Davies, the United Kingdom’s chief medical officer, says antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat, and routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years unless new antibiotic drugs are discovered.

An Australian expert agrees with the UK’s top medico statement that resistance to antibiotics is as great a risk to public safety as terrorism. Infectious Disease expert, Professor Peter Collignon from the Australian National University agreed with Dame Davies statement, saying the threat posed by antibiotics resistance is very real.

“It is just as important as terrorism and I actually think more important,” Professor Collignon said. “The reality is common things we take for granted – like bowel surgery, like treating people with leukaemia – if we don’t have antibiotics that work we can no longer do those.”

Dame Sally says new drugs are needed to stop the “ticking time bomb”, as bacterial infections increasingly evolve into “superbugs” resistant to existing drugs :: Read the full article »»»»

UPDATED: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai Slums

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai Slums

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai SlumsDoctors 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.

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