This is probably not the first death, but it is the first death that I have heard about.
This is probably not the first death, but it is the first death that I have heard about.
Cases of cancer are set to soar worldwide.
Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent “human disaster” that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization.
The World Cancer Report, produced by the WHO’s specialized cancer agency, predicts new cancer cases will rise from an estimated 14 million in 2012 to 22 million annually within two decades. Over the same period, cancer deaths are tipped to rise from 8.2 million a year to 13 million annually.
The rising incidence of cancer, brought about by growing, aging populations worldwide, will require a heavier focus on preventive public health policies, said Christopher Wild, director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Wait… couldn’t the headline instead be: “Mortality Rates Set to Plummet”? I mean no offense to any of you who have lost an elderly loved one to cancer. I have. But the good news is that people worldwide are living long enough for cancer to catch up to them.
To be fully honest with you, my suspicions were aroused by the WHO acronym itself. All international organizations are infected by leftist (often antisemitic) microbes. It’s only one step from this bogus story to “Humanity Set to Perish From ‘Natural Causes’: ‘Imminent Human Disaster’ Unavoidable, WHO Says.”
Some background: There are two types of diabetes, types 1 and 2. Type 1 usually strikes in childhood and is thought to be an auto-immune disease, meaning that the body kills its own insulin producing cells. Type 2 is usually (but not always) associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Type 1s take insulin immediately and without it they couldn’t survive, but type 2s can go for years with various other approaches. Eventually they end up on insulin too.
Insulin is injectable. It cannot pass through the gut in a pill form. This means that the parents of millions of little kids around the world stick their little fingers several times a day to get a blood glucose reading and then give a shot. Parents and kids hate this, as you can imagine. So various companies have been trying since … oh since the 1920s when insulin was first isolated and used to save lives … to come up with a pill. In the case of type 2s, it would be a supplemental treatment, something they would start earlier in the course of the disease. In the case of type 1, it would either replace insulin, or more likely replace some or most of the injections. The finger sticks don’t go away in any case.
Here’s the news from Israel today:
Oramed Pharmaceuticals, the Israeli drugmaker seeking to develop the first oral pill for diabetes, said a trial on type 2 diabetes patients showed that the medicine has promising therapeutic potential.
The one-week study of 30 patients also met safety goals, the Jerusalem-based company said in a statement today. Oramed plans to follow the mid-stage trial with another study later this year.
“The results we announced today give us confidence about the chances of success in a bigger trial going forward,” Chief Executive Officer Nadav Kidron said at a press conference today at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. “We are also excited about the potential of this drug for type 1 diabetes.”
The results bring Oramed, whose stock has more than tripled in the past year, a step closer to doing something no company has ever done: develop oral insulin. The technology has eluded scientists for decades and Novo Nordisk A/S, a Danish developer of diabetes products valued at about $104 billion, has yet to develop a pill to replace daily shots.
While Oramed is years away from a potential approval, it’s taking advantage of the growing attention to raise money. The company raised $16 million on Dec. 25, five days after it said it had successful results in an early-stage type 1 diabetes study. On Jan. 24, the company filed to raise as much as $100 million.
This site is not about stocks or anything like that, and this is not a suggestion to run out and buy stock. It is just a big Attaboy! to the scientists at this company. Here’s hoping that this thing really works.
Absolutely horrible. What have we done to ourselves?
Jeanne Patterson really needs to see a doctor but had to cancel her appointment last week.
Why? Because her new Obamacare benefits were not in order, forcing her to spend hours and hours on hold with her insurer, Independence Blue Cross.
Many folks who signed up for coverage through the state and federal exchanges are running into roadblocks now that they are trying to use their new benefits. And though exchange officials and insurers have urged consumers to call their insurers if they encounter problems, many say they either wait endlessly on hold or get the runaround.
But that’s just anecdotal. Several more anecdotes at the link.
Never mind that he uses the term, that Michelle uses the term, that pretty much all Americans, left, right, and center use the term.
Now that the whole steaming pile of donkey [bleep] has turned out to be a… whole steaming pile of donkey [bleep], applying his name to the whole steaming… you know… is, like, racist:
I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man. To render him inferior and unequal and to diminish his accomplishments.
President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents. And at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick. But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word. A belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate.
And so he decided, if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. And he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting — ‘if that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’ Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare. That’s right! I said it and I’m not ashamed and neither is President Obama. Because he knows that of all his victories over two terms in office his legacy is ultimately going to be remembered for this one single word.
And I thought the word was doofus. That’s the word Aggie used that got our one liberal commenter, Richard, Robert, whatever, to quit in a huff. I still think doofus is a better word to describe his “legacy”.
But didn’t we also call Romneycare Romneycare? And Hillarycare Hillarycare? And weren’t the Bush tax cuts the Bush tax cuts? Let me apologize to all black people offended by my past use of Romneycare. I didn’t mean to render you inferior and unequal and to diminish your accomplishments. I don’t recall using Hillarycare, but if I did, I’m really sorry if I put myself above and apart from you.
Such nonsense could only come from the ridiculous and self-humiliating (and kinda hot) Melissa Harris Perry of something called MSNBC.
But then, I’m always a sucker for a woman with fashion sense:
This was the same woman who said kids belong to the state, not their parents, and the state has an overriding interest and say in how they’re raised. Maybe she can start with Sasha and Malia. Those poor sweet girls don’t deserve the family they’ve been born into.
A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent’s mainland.
Mexico is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It’s a disease that’s very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor water and sanitation.
Mexican health officials first picked up on the problem Sept. 9, through routine surveillance of hospital cases of severe diarrhea. Since then there’ve been 171 reported cases in Mexico City and states to the north and east. One victim has died.
Dr. Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization, says it was all but inevitable that cholera would spread beyond the Caribbean. “It was always a major concern that it would be exported to other countries, as has recently happened in Mexico,” he tells Shots.
Since it was introduced into Haiti — very likely by United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal who were billeted at a camp with poor sanitary facilities — cholera has sickened 715,000 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic (which share the island of Hispaniola) and Cuba. Nearly 9,000 have died.
Andrus says vacationers visiting Cuba — who probably got cholera from contaminated food — have exported the disease to Chile, Venezuela, Italy, Germany and Holland. So far those cases haven’t touched off outbreaks. But as the Mexican epidemic shows, it can easily happen if an imported case contaminates water or food in an area with poor sanitation.
“You have those situations throughout Latin America,” he notes. “We are the region of the greatest disparities.”
The last time the Americas saw a major cholera epidemic was 22 years ago. It was allegedly brought by a ship that discharged its bilgewater in a Peruvian port. The disease spread all the way up the continent, sickening more than a million people and killing 10,000 or so, until it hit the U.S.-Mexican border. There it was stopped by modern water- and sewage-treatment facilities in the United States.
“Cholera’s one of those infections that catches attention in a way that few infections do — plague, Ebola, pandemic influenza, cholera. It’s one of those ones that everybody sort of sits up straight for. It is one of the ones that tests the system.”
If cholera can jump from a UN-dug latrine pit in Haiti to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Italy, Germany, Holland—and now Mexico—what makes you so sure it won’t show up here?
Casting aside a long history of inhospitality, California has now become a virtual sanctuary for the estimated 3.5 million illegal immigrants who live within the borders of the Golden State.
The primary—and inter-connected—concerns of these California pilgrims, more than two-thirds of whom hail from Mexico, are deportation and harsh working conditions.
Are you reassured by “modern water- and sewage-treatment facilities in the United States”? Me neither. While I accept their efficacy, I also know that chaos theory dictates—pun very much intended—that [bleep] happens. You tell me it won’t happen here.
I guess there’s no harm in telling people to drink more water. It’s just that there’s no good in it either:
“There’s no good evidence that drinking extra water is going to lead to a healthier existence,” said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania.
The White House “decided to sort of support some of these urban myths that have been really debunked over the years,” Goldfarb said.
Experts contacted by CNN said that Obama was on the right track but may have missed the mark. Health through hydration is not really about drinking more water for the most part, it’s about drinking less soda and other sugary drinks.
Dr. John Dooley of Foxhall Internists had nothing but praise for the first lady’s previous health campaign, arguing that it has a lot of science backing it up. The same cannot be said for the “drink up” campaign.
“The claims about extra water itself leading to extra health benefits, that’s a bit overstated,” Dooley said.
At least water doesn’t taste like “vomit”, as students roundly dismiss FLOTUS’s lunch menu. But all those water bottles clogging up the recycling bins—what about the impact on the environment?
Except in Concord, Mass, of course, where water bottles are banned! Way to get out in front, Concord! I guess I’ll just have to down a Gatorade or a Coke if I get thirsty in your fair burg.
PS: At least the media are drinking the Kool Aid!
Oh, who cares?
The former president, who has been enlisted to sell the nation on Obamacare, told reporters that he was joining his daughter, Chelsea, in an all vegan diet after he had had heart trouble. He was even named PETA’s person of the year in 2010.
But in a recent interview with AARP, Clinton said he ate salmon and omelets once a week.
“Once a week or so, [Clinton] will have a helping of organic salmon or an omelet made with omega-3-fortified eggs, to maintain iron, zinc and muscle mass,” wrote Joe Conason in the AARP magazine’s August/September 2013.
What’s the big deal, BTL? A man can’t eat a little salmon, a few eggs? Especially a man noted for his appetites?
“He had the filet mignon last time he was here, four months ago,” Javier Blazquez, the son of the owner of Casa Lucio in Madrid, told The New York Times in 2010. “The doctors tell him not to eat it, but he does anyway.”
“He evangelizes about his vegan diet and being healthy,” the younger Clinton told Rose. “He’s not just trending vegan, he’s vegan,” said Rose.
“He is,” confirmed Chelsea. “He is in the vanguard of trying to make this much more a part of our conversation around health and public health.”
Clinton himself confirmed it in an interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta in 2011. Though he admitted, “Once in a while, literally in well over a year now, at Thanksgiving, I had one bite of turkey.”
Bill Clinton is proof that you can fool all the animal activists all of the time.
Anthony Weiner still want to be mayor of New York City.
Sydney Leathers is promoting safe sex after saying she regrets having unprotected intercourse in her porn debut with an actor who days earlier slept with a star diagnosed as HIV positive.
In a statement today, Leathers said: ‘Some might call me a hypocrite for suddenly having this message about safe sex because I chose not to use a condom while filming my movie, Weiner and Me.
‘I don’t think I’m a hypocrite though. I think it would be foolish of me to not learn from a teachable moment like this. Had I not said anything about this, it would have felt like a missed opportunity on my part. And we all know I don’t like to miss opportunities.’
Leathers recently made the film Weiner And Me after a sexting relationship with the New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.
I hope she’s okay. Besides, we know how HIV is really transmitted:
Pat Robertson believes gay men are knowingly spreading the HIV virus while shaking hands with others using a special ring.
The host of the 700 Club and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network made the remarks Tuesday and said attacks are most prevalent in cities like San Francisco.
‘You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,’ Robertson said. ‘Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.’
So as long as you only boinked him, Sydney, and didn’t shake his hand, you should be fine. What a kooky world. No wonder there are Captain Arizonas in it!
What a perfect description of some strains of radical Islam!
Longtime readers, if we have any anymore, will know my simmering fury with the certain Nigerian Muslim leader who banned polio inoculations for his flock out of some crazy paranoid fantasy that made Michael Moore look sane.
The strain of polio virus recently discovered in southern Israel is exactly the same kind as the type of virus that is prevalent in Pakistan, and which existed exclusively in Pakistan until recently, reports the Pakistan-based publication Dawn.
Dr. Nima Abid, a representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Pakistan, told Dawn that the virus was “definitely” from Pakistan, since “The virus genotype (genetic make-up) is the same as prevalent in Pakistan and this is what the research has indicated.”
“We don’t have details how the virus travelled all the way to Israel,” he said.
The website added: “WHO’s international travel and health recommends that all travellers to and from the polio-affected areas be fully vaccinated against polio. Three countries remain endemic for indigenous transmission of WPV: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Additionally, in 2013, the Horn of Africa was also affected by an outbreak of WPV.”
The Israeli Health Ministry is set to announce in the coming days that it is embarking on an emergency inoculation program to protect some 200,000 children from polio. A report on Channel 10 Tuesday night said that doctors have found hundreds of people carrying the virus in recent days, especially in southern Israel. The carriers are not sick, but can transmit the disease.
What Nigerian Muslim leader, BTL?
Polio was on the verge of eradication in the world, but according to a leading expert on Islam, Daniel Pipes, the dreaded disease is resurgent in the Muslim world, because of one man’s paranoia.
Pipes writes that Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria and a physician, suggested in mid-2003 that the vaccination program in his country was part of a Western conspiracy to render Muslim children infertile.
“His call for an end to the polio immunization campaign touched a nerve and spread to other Muslim religious leaders in Nigeria, causing the vaccination process to slow down and incidences of the disease to pick up.
“From Nigeria, this dual phenomenon of conspiracy theory and re-appearance of the disease then expanded to Muslims internationally,” writes Pipes, who has been following the resurgence of the disease closely in his blog over the years. “So closely connected have Islam and polio become that the Muslim-only pilgrimage to Mecca became a major mechanism of transmitting the disease to faraway places like Indonesia.”
By now, he writes, Ahmed’s paranoia has sent the new wave of polio from Nigeria to Muslim populations in at least 17 other African countries and 6 Asian countries.
Yeah BTL, but how does that effect Israel?
What do you want, a picture?
I know you haven’t even had breakfast yet, but I thought you needed to know.
A study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — performed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies — has found that there is no benefit of reducing salt intake to below one teaspoon per day. The report reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake, as salt consumption was previously considered a substantial health hazard, particularly to those with high blood pressure.
The study, entitled “Sodium Intake In Populations: Assessment of Evidence,” confirms that there is no evidence substantial enough to limit sodium consumption to less than 2,300 milligram daily for Americans. Researchers concluded that one-and-a-half to three tablespoons of salt per day is not detrimental to a person’s health, contrary to past belief.
Previous to this study, a low-salt diet was thought to be as sacrosanct as global warming. Just saying.
Speaking of blood (though not of blood pressure):
On Friday, gay men in 53 cities across the country lined up outside Red Cross centers to give blood, and to get turned away, intentionally. Since 1983, the Food and Drug Administration has banned gay and bisexual men from donating, a policy activists and, on June 18, the American Medical Association, say is discriminatory and reflects outdated medical assumptions.
In Boston, 21 men arrived at the Red Cross donor center on Tremont Street Friday afternoon, got tested for HIV, and brought their results, all negative, with them to try to donate. When they were turned away, they all left quietly, thanking Red Cross screeners politely.
“It isn’t really a sexy LGBT issue,” said Ryan Yezak, a 26-year-old Los Angeles filmmaker who organized the demonstration just weeks after the Supreme Court invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Yezak will count the number of gay men turned away Friday and send the men’s negative HIV tests to the FDA to ask for a change in the policy.
But for Yezak, the ban recalls rhetoric that called homosexuality a disease and society’s disgusted reaction to gay men during the early years of the AIDS crisis.
When potential donors fill out a medical history survey, male donors are asked if they have “had sexual contact with another man since 1977, even once.”
That means the FDA automatically excludes more than 4 million Americans from donor lists, the number of men identifying as gay or bisexual, according to a 2011 report by the Williams Institute, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal research group. And the number of men reporting any same-sex activity during their lives is higher, the report said.
The FDA regulates donors based on medical history, whether they have traveled somewhere with dangerous blood illnesses recently, and their behavior. A spokeswoman for the agency said in an e-mail that gay men fall under the last category, along with “intravenous drug abusers and commercial sex workers.”
She said the agency opposes donations from gay men who test negative because the virus is difficult to detect in its early stages. The policy is “currently under evaluation,” the spokeswoman said, and the FDA may “consider new approaches.”
Having lived in the UK (20 years ago), my blood is traif too: exposure to mad cow disease. It doesn’t make sense to me either, but I’m sure it would to a blood recipient. I’m being “discriminated against” for having eaten British beef, not for having lived in Britain—just as these men are being “discriminated against” for behavior that may have inadvertently infected them, not for for being gay. We both exposed ourselves to pathogens no one else wants. Pretty simple.