What's killing us this week?

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by sparks » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:43 am

Kwai Chang Caine Syndrome.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:08 am

Do gut bacteria make a second home in our brains?

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—We know the menagerie of microbes in the gut has powerful effects on our health. Could some of these same bacteria be making a home in our brains? A poster presented here this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience drew attention with high-resolution microscope images of bacteria apparently penetrating and inhabiting the cells of healthy human brains. The work is preliminary, and its authors are careful to note that their tissue samples, collected from cadavers, could have been contaminated. But to many passersby in the exhibit hall, the possibility that bacteria could directly influence processes in the brain—including, perhaps, the course of neurological disease—was exhilarating.
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Roberts wondered whether bacteria from the gut could have leaked from blood vessels into the brain in the hours between a person’s death and the brain’s removal. So she looked at healthy mouse brains, which were preserved immediately after the mice were killed. More bacteria. Then she looked at the brains of germ-free mice, which are carefully raised to be devoid of microbial life. They were uniformly clean.

RNA sequencing revealed that most of the bacteria were from three phyla common to the gut: Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes. Roberts doesn’t know how these bacteria could have gotten into the brain. They may have crossed from blood vessels, traveling up nerves from the gut, or even come in through the nose. And she can’t say much about whether they’re helpful or harmful.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:39 am

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Post by Rob Lister » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:57 am

that is too cool.

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Post by Pyrrho » Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:21 am

What the hell was he smoking.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:57 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:20 pm
We've probably all heard that green tea has health benefits (but I don't know how strong the science behind that really is). But people normally consume it by making tea with hot water, not eating the leaves themselves. Anyway, very few supplements have any serious science to back them up. That's the main thing to remember. Or there might be some science, but it's tangential. Not double-blind placebo-controlled studies of the supplement itself.
Someone left this on top of the microwave at work. I've been staring at it every time I reheat my lunch.

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Most of us kill these things with weed-killer or yank them of our gardens and throw then in the compost. This guy decided to roast these things and sell them as a "super herb tea" to pretentious idiots. Most of the time, I think it's morally wrong to profit from the stupid, but when I see stuff like this....I mean this little canister is $60, and someone just left it on top of the microwave......roasted weeds that you can yank out of your own lawn.....people I work with who apparently have enough disposable income that they can just buy shit like this and leave it lying around at work......makes me lose my appetite every time I see it. Why don't I just chuck it in the trash? Why do I torture myself like this? Maybe as a reminder that every time I see something that restores a tiny spec of my faith in humanity, the overwhelming reality is that I'm surrounded buy people who are willing to buy things like......well.....

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:20 am

Maybe someone received it as a gift, and didn't like it so they brought it to work as a way to get rid of it? I could imagine myself doing that.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:35 am

Could be. Hadn't thought of that. Doesn't help. The momentary feel-goodz that someone was thinking of someone else....here, try this, it might make you feel better.....is quickly crushed by the thought that someone still paid $60 for a can of common weeds. I work in a department full of scientist that develop scientific tests for scientifically vetted active pharmaceutical ingredients. If anyone in the world should know better, it should be my co-workers. Imagine someone leaving a copy of one of Sylvia Brown's books on top of the microwave at the James Randi Educational Foundation. So what if it was a gift. It's just......wrong.

It's been on the microwave for a week. If it's still there on Monday, I'm chucking it.

Or maybe a week from Monday......I don't know.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:22 pm

I don't know about any super health benefits, but I've had dandelion greens as a cooked vegetable and they are not bad.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:13 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:22 pm
I don't know about any super health benefits, but I've had dandelion greens as a cooked vegetable and they are not bad.
Just blowing those dandelion seed right into my prejudiced eyes, aren'tcha. :roll:
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Witness » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:20 am

Bruce wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:35 am
Could be. Hadn't thought of that. Doesn't help. The momentary feel-goodz that someone was thinking of someone else....here, try this, it might make you feel better.....is quickly crushed by the thought that someone still paid $60 for a can of common weeds. I work in a department full of scientist that develop scientific tests for scientifically vetted active pharmaceutical ingredients. If anyone in the world should know better, it should be my co-workers. Imagine someone leaving a copy of one of Sylvia Brown's books on top of the microwave at the James Randi Educational Foundation. So what if it was a gift. It's just......wrong.

It's been on the microwave for a week. If it's still there on Monday, I'm chucking it.

Or maybe a week from Monday......I don't know.

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It's good for your fat liver and lazy cancer cells. Now shut up and finish your cup! :x

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Pyrrho » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:05 am

Black salve:

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real- ... 1b42360470
Mr Barry, like many who use black salve, believes mainstream doctors and scientists are not acting in the best interests of patients. Rather, they are prescribing expensive medical treatments purely for their own benefit, part of a “money making machine” profiting off the public “in the name of science”, he said.

This opinion is widely held among black salve fans. They claim the cheap ointment at $50 a tub has the potential to destroy the billion dollar “cancer industry” run by traditional health care providers.

They don’t care about the warnings from doctors. They believe most health professionals only criticise black salve because they are frightened the illegal treatment is a threat to the medical industry’s profits.

But the list of people who have died or been severely maimed after using black salve is alarming.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Doctor X » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:12 am

From the article:
Mr Barry’s leg was amputated after years of applying black salve. He has used it on hundreds of melanomas, rejecting advice from doctors to undergo chemotherapy and radiation.
he is extremely lucky it so far has not widely metastasized as malignant melanoma will if you poke it and piss it off.

By nature of its origin from neural crest, melanoma can, and will, go anywhere.

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Doctor X » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:20 am

I post this . . . for a friend:
Consumers warned to avoid Rhino male enhancement products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or use Rhino male enhancement products and has identified more than 25 products marketed with variations of the name "Rhino" that contained hidden drug ingredient(s). These products continue to be sold at gas stations, convenience stores, on eBay, and on Amazon. The FDA has received reports of people experiencing chest pain, severe headaches and prolonged erections after taking a Rhino product that led to surgical intervention and hospitalization due to extreme drops in blood pressure. [FDA warns consumers to avoid Rhino male enhancement products found at retailers because of undeclared and potentially dangerous drug ingredients. FDA News Release. Nov 27, 2018. In October, Nam Hyun Lee, 60, was arrested without incident at his residence in Fullerton, California after being named in a 12-count federal indictment that accuses him of illegally selling Rhino and several other products that contained the erectile dysfunction drugs Cialis (tadalafil) or Viagra (sildenafil) that he falsely marketed as herbal supplements for men. Lee, also known as "Daniel Lee," is a South Korean national believed to be illegally residing in the United States. BUILD THE WALL! BUILD THE WALL! LOCK HERTURN UP! The indictment charges him with conspiracy, three counts of smuggling misbranded drugs into the United States, and eight counts of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of funds contained in several bank accounts, an as-yet undetermined amount of cash seized during the execution of search warrants, and a $1.2 million residence in Fullerton that prosecutors allege was purchased with proceeds from the illegal activity. If convicted, Lee could be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.. [Fullerton man arrested on federal charges alleging illegal importation and sale of male sexual enhancement drugs. U.S. Department of Justice Press Release. Oct 31, 2018]

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:44 am

Hard to believe "male enhancement" quackery still exists in the age of Viagra.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:43 am

And poachers are still killing endangered rhinoceroseses(es?) for their horns.
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Post by Witness » Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:10 am

Pangolins are all the rage right now. For their meat, and:
Wikipedia wrote:Though pangolins are protected by an international ban on their trade, populations have suffered from illegal trafficking due to unfounded beliefs in East Asia that their ground-up scales can stimulate lactation or cure cancer or asthma.
And older uses:

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A coat of armor made of gilded pangolin scales from India, an unusual object, was presented to George III in 1820

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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:12 am

Can baby powder cause cancer?

One jury says yes:

J&J loses its battle to overturn a $4.7B baby powder verdict

$4.7 billion with a "b". That's a lot of baby powder. 22 plaintiffs so each of them should end up with hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:01 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:44 am
Hard to believe "male enhancement" quackery still exists in the age of Viagra.
What if I told you that the key reagent in the synthesis of viagra is found in rhinoceros horns?
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Re: What's killing us this week?

Post by Bruce » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:17 am

Anaxagoras wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:12 am
Can baby powder cause cancer?

One jury says yes:

J&J loses its battle to overturn a $4.7B baby powder verdict

$4.7 billion with a "b". That's a lot of baby powder. 22 plaintiffs so each of them should end up with hundreds of millions of dollars.
The asbestos mineral is often found near talc, so it wouldn't be surprising to find asbestos fibers in baby powder. Wouldn't be such a big problem if they didn't grind the powder so fine that it becomes airborne at the slightest squeeze of the bottle.

I never really understood the use for the stuff. Babies don't need to be dry, and baby powder is a terrible drying agent anyway. Plus it makes everything smell like baby. Pew!
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