This is an excellent video for those sitting on the UFO fence. It might just tip you over with its facts and logic.
This is an excellent video for those sitting on the UFO fence. It might just tip you over with its facts and logic.
September 4, 2014
#1 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going to get worse in the very near future. There is still a window of opportunity to tamp it down, but that window is closing. We really have to act now.”
#2 Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders: “Riots are breaking out. Isolation centres are overwhelmed. Health workers on the frontline are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers.”
#3 David Nabarro, senior United Nations system coordinator for Ebola disease: “This outbreak is moving ahead of efforts to control it.”
#4 Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for emergency operations: “This far outstrips any historic Ebola outbreak in numbers. The largest outbreak in the past was about 400 cases.”
#5 Margaret Chan, the head of the World Health Organization: “…we hope to stop the transmission in six to nine months”.
#6 Dr. Daniel Bausch, associate professor in the department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University: “You have a very dangerous virus in three of the countries in the world that are least equipped to deal with it. The scale of this outbreak has just outstripped the resources. That’s why it’s become so big.”
#7 Gayle Smith, senior director at the National Security Council: “This is not an African disease. This is a virus that is a threat to all humanity.”
#8 Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “The level of outbreak is beyond anything we’ve seen—or even imagined.”
#9 Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar: “This is different than every other Ebola situation we’ve ever had. It’s spreading widely, throughout entire countries, through multiple countries, in cities and very fast.”
#10 Dr. Richard Besser, health and medical editor for ABC News: “Emergency rooms are closed, many hospital wards are as well leaving people who are sick with heart disease, trauma, pregnancy complications, pneumonia, malaria and all the everyday health emergencies with nowhere to go.”
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15 June 2014
By Liz Pleasant
From Oakland to Brooklyn, practitioners of holistic health care are working to make their services affordable for all.
Fewer high school students smoked cigarettes in 2013 than in previous years, while more adults are delaying health care because they can’t afford it. These are among the insights of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest annual report, released in May.
The report suggests that young people are becoming less likely to damage their health through bad habits. High school students are smoking fewer cigarettes, drinking less alcohol, and only “barely” using cocaine. Marijuana use has gone up a bit, but most parents would likely agree they would rather their teen experiment with pot than cocaine. So, that’s the good news.
The bad news is that the high cost of healthcare is causing serious problems. According to the CDC, 13 percent of adults report forgoing or delaying health care because they can’t afford it. And, among uninsured Americans, that number jumps up to 33 percent.
Another theme in the report is the extraordinary dependence of the U.S. health care system on prescription medications. More Americans were prescribed drugs in 2013 for their ailments than in any previous year. Fifty percent of Americans reported taking at least one prescription drug in the previous month, the CDC found, and 10 percent reported taking five pills or more.
Yet prescription drugs aren’t the only way to treat illness. Lifestyle changes or natural remedies like yoga and massage therapy can be highly effective when treating conditions such as high blood pressure, depression, or aching joints. Such treatments could potentially be less expensive as well due to their focus on preventative medicine, which can lead to fewer ailments, doctors’ visits, and medication in the future.
But high prices and difficulty in getting insurance companies to cover holistic services make these alternatives unattainable for many low-income Americans.
Angela Angel is working to change that. She’s co-founder of the Healing Clinic Collective, a free event for women in Oakland, Calif. Attendees receive a day of free holistic health care—everything from acupuncture to massage therapy to nutritional counseling—as well as discounted rates for appointments in the future.
“A lot of the women that were treated [in the past clinic events] are now real clients,” Angel said of the clinic’s lasting impact, with many of them receiving discounted rates.
The clinic benefits practitioners of holistic medicine too. “They want to diversify their clientele base,” Angel said. “So we helped connect them to the community because sometimes when you’re working as an acupuncturist … you’re not usually reaching out to populations in East Oakland.” (In that area, 51 percent of households are low-income and 35 percent of residents reported not having seen a doctor within the previous year, according to a study released by Building Healthy Communities.)
The clinic’s latest event was Friday, June 6, and Angel expected a large turnout. Almost 400 women attended last year’s clinic, which prompted Angel’s team to plan more events. They have another women’s clinic planned for later this summer, a men’s clinic planned for the fall, and a children’s clinic they hope to host at the end of the year. If you’re interested in supporting their efforts click here.
Angel’s collective isn’t the only project aiming to make holistic medicine available to low-income Americans. In Brooklyn, N.Y., the Third Root Community Health Center offers health care services including acupuncturists, herbalists, and reiki practitioners at a sliding-scale rate. Third Root reaches out to low-income people in New York City, with a focus on community organizers and activists who are often overworked and lacking the resources for that type of care.
In Seattle, Wash. the Samarya Center uses the revenue earned by its yoga studio to bring physical therapy to different communities. The center provides free yoga to critically ill patients at Seattle’s Bailey-Boushay House; for veterans and their families at the city’s VA hospital; and for patients with chronic pain at the Pike Place Medical Clinic, which serves many homeless and low-income Seattle residents.
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It often persists into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention and/or controlling impulsive behaviors. Effective treatments for ADHD include medication, mental health treatment, or a combination of the two. When children diagnosed with ADHD receive proper treatment, they have the best chance of thriving at home, doing well at school, and making and keeping friends.
According to CDC scientists, children are commonly being diagnosed at a young age. Parents report that half of children diagnosed with ADHD were diagnosed by 6 years of age, but children with more severe ADHD tended to be diagnosed earlier, about half of them by the age of 4.
“This finding suggests that there are a large number of young children who could benefit from the early initiation of behavioral therapy, which is recommended as the first-line treatment for preschool children with ADHD,” said Susanna Visser, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lead author of the study.
The study increases our knowledge of ADHD treatment. Nearly 1 in 5 or 18 percent of children with ADHD did not receive mental health counseling or medication in 2011-2012. Of these children, one-third were reported to have moderate or severe ADHD.
“This finding raises concerns about whether these children and their families are receiving needed services,” said Dr. Michael Lu, Senior Administrator, Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA).
The study also found that:
Nearly one in five high school boys and one in 11 high school girls in the U.S. were reported by their parents as having been diagnosed with ADHD by a healthcare provider. For this study, data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) were used to calculate estimates of the number of children in the U.S. ages 4-17 that, according to a parent, had received a diagnosis of ADHD by a healthcare provider and were currently taking medication for ADHD. The NSCH is conducted in collaboration between HRSA and CDC.
The article is available ‘open access’ at http://jaacap.org/webfiles/images/journals/jaac/visser.pdf. Journalists wishing to interview the authors may contact CDC’s press office at email@example.com or + 1 404 639 3286.
There is a huge difference between natural marijuana and synthetic marijuana. The man- made stuff will hurt you. There are some serious health implications associated with synthetic marijuana. See the study below.
There has been no deaths or side effects reported for natural marijuana use. Be smart. Don’t give the prohibitionists any ammunition.
Center For Disease Control
November 22, 2013
On August 23, 2013, the Georgia Poison Center was notified of eight persons examined in an emergency department in Brunswick, Georgia, after smoking or inhaling fumes from synthetic cannabinoids. The Georgia Poison Center notified the Georgia Drug and Narcotics Agency, which informed the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). The Brunswick emergency department was asked to report any additional patients who reported use of synthetic cannabinoid to the Coastal District Health Department. DPH investigators reviewed recent medical records of patients who had gone to the emergency department and found that 22 patients had been examined after using synthetic cannabinoids during August 22–September 9, 2013.
The 22 patients were aged 16–57 years (median: 25 years); 18 (82%) were male. Patients experienced hyperglycemia (13 [59%]), hypokalemia (nine [41%]), acidosis (seven [32%]), tachycardia (13 [59%]), nausea/vomiting (eight [36%]), confusion/disorientation (seven [32%]), aggression (seven [32%]), somnolence/unresponsiveness (seven [32%]), and seizures (three [14%]). Complications included pneumonia (two patients), rhabdomyolysis (one), and myocardial infarction (one). Six (27%) patients were admitted to the intensive care unit; five (23%) required assisted ventilation; none died. Serum from seven of the initial eight patients was tested for synthetic cannabinoid by the Clinical and Environmental Toxicology Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. Five tested positive for ADB-PINACA (N-(1-amino-3,3-dimethy-1-oxobutan-2-yl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide), a previously unrecognized synthetic cannabinoid related to indole compounds recently identified in Europe and Japan (1).
Law enforcement authorities removed the synthetic cannabinoid from the implicated Brunswick smoke shop,* which sold all types of tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia. The product, “Crazy Clown,” was tested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory, which identified ADB-PINACA, an indazole classified under Georgia law as Schedule 1 on the basis of its close relationship to Schedule 1 compounds already specified. The smoke shop owners were charged on September 10, 2013, with possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance with intent to distribute; no additional patients who used synthetic cannabinoids have been reported by the ED.
Synthetic cannabinoids are designer drugs often smoked as a marijuana alternative. Despite laws prohibiting synthetic cannabinoid sales, they are still widely available, and recent increases in reports of synthetic cannabinoid use and adverse health effects have occurred (2,3). Common adverse effects include altered mental status and tachycardia. Clinicians examining patients with suspected drug abuse and these symptoms should consider synthetic cannabinoid intoxication (4). Public health authorities can raise awareness of adverse events associated with synthetic cannabinoids and establish mechanisms for surveillance by partnering with poison centers, health-care providers, and law enforcement.
Cherie Drenzek, DVM, Georgia Dept of Public Health; Robert J. Geller, MD, Alaina Steck, MD, Justin Arnold, DO, Gaylord Lopez, PharmD, Georgia Poison Center. Roy Gerona, PhD, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Univ of California, San Francisco. Laura Edison, DVM, EIS Officer, CDC. Corresponding contributor: Laura Edison, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-657-6452.
Late-breaking news, and I’ll update as I find out more: While the government is shut down, with food-safety personnel and disease detectives sent home and forbidden to work, a major foodborne-illness outbreak has begun. This evening, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture announced that “an estimated 278 illnesses … reported in 18 states” have been caused by chicken contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg and possibly produced by the firm Foster Farms.
“FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period,” the agency said in an emailed alert. “The outbreak is continuing.”
This is the exact situation that CDC and other about-to-be-furloughed federal personnel warned about last week. As a reminder, a CDC staffer told me at the time:
I know that we will not be conducting multi-state outbreak investigations. States may continue to find outbreaks, but we won’t be doing the cross-state consultation and laboratory work to link outbreaks that might cross state borders.