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Gonorrhea Evades Antibiotics, Leaving Only One Drug To Treat Disease : Shots - Health Blog. Hide captionHealth officials say they're worried that one day there will be no more antibiotics left to treat gonorrhea. iStockphoto.com Health officials say they're worried that one day there will be no more antibiotics left to treat gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea Evades Antibiotics, Leaving Only One Drug To Treat Disease : Shots - Health Blog

There's some disturbing news out today about a disease we don't hear about much these days: gonorrhea. Federal health officials announced that the sexually transmitted infection is getting dangerously close to being untreatable. As a result, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for how doctors should treat gonorrhea.

"We are sounding the alarm," said Gail Bolan, who heads the CDC's division of STD prevention. Gonorrhea has been plaguing humanity for centuries. "Gonorrhea used to be susceptible to penicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline and doxycycline — very commonly used drugs," said Jonathan Zenilman, who studies infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins. That's already happened in other countries. Obesity in the US: The average American has gained about one pound each year since the mid-1990s. The average American has gained about one pound each year since the mid-1990s.

Obesity in the US: The average American has gained about one pound each year since the mid-1990s

The average American man weighed 194.7 pounds in 2006, up from 181 pounds in 1994. The average American woman weighed 165 pounds, up from 154. Two thirds of us are overweight or obese. Check the effect on health care costs by clicking to see today’s infographic. Whose responsibility is this? Worst TB outbreak in 20 years kept secret. The CDC officer had a serious warning for Florida health officials in April: A tuberculosis outbreak in Jacksonville was one of the worst his group had investigated in 20 years. Linked to 13 deaths and 99 illnesses, including six children, it would require concerted action to stop.

That report had been penned on April 5, exactly nine days after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill that shrank the Department of Health and required the closure of the A.G. Holley State Hospital in Lantana, where tough tuberculosis cases have been treated for more than 60 years. As health officials in Tallahassee turned their focus to restructuring, Dr. Had they seen the letter, decision makers would have learned that 3,000 people in the past two years may have had close contact with contagious people at Jacksonville’s homeless shelters, an outpatient mental health clinic and area jails. They wasted away before ever getting treatment, or were too far gone by the time it began. 10 Healthy Ways to Help a Hangover - Lifestyle. While it's not something I'm proud of, I've got plenty of hangovers under my belt.

10 Healthy Ways to Help a Hangover - Lifestyle

See, despite all of my healthy practices—yoga, deep breathing, clean cosmetics, brown rice and kale eating—I'm just not that great at saying no to that third or fourth drink once I get going. Bless those of you who are—and damn those of you who are immune to hangovers altogether! Apparently you exist, and you are lucky. But while I am working on my to-don't list (new rule: don't drink before dinner), I've also concluded that the only thing worse than a hangover is the guilt and self-loathing that can come with it. And where does that take most of us? Got any to add? Have some miso soup with your eggs.

Take a handful of omega 3s—and then repeat. Drink kombucha tea. Have sex or just a good cuddle. Get some body work. Try some hydrotherapy. Do some exercise—but just a little bit! Have a banana/blueberry/kale/lemon smoothie. Drink coconut water from a coconut. Enjoy your hangover. Texas Man Strangles And Eats Dog After Entering Animal-Like State From Synthetic Marijuana. In Washington, DC, Doctors Add Vegetable Prescriptions to Anti-Obesity Arsenal - Lifestyle. There are plenty of cities trying to tackle obesity with punitive measures, by banning sodas or ditching vending machines.

In Washington, DC, Doctors Add Vegetable Prescriptions to Anti-Obesity Arsenal - Lifestyle

A new program in Washington, DC is taking an opposite approach, encouraging healthy eating not by preventing people from eating poorly but by subsidizing healthy foods. We Can helps low-income families in the District access fruits and vegetables, an essential but often too-expensive portion of any healthful diet, by providing a "prescription" for subsidized items from the farmers' market. According to The Washington Post, each of the 35 families participating in the prescription program receives $1 per family member per day to spend at a handful of markets around town. (That works out to more than $100 per month for a four-person family.)

It's hosted by the Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo clinic in Washington, DC and is a part of a suite of programs, including cooking and yoga classes, designed to help low-income families confront the challenges of obesity. White phosphorus: The new napalm? - Vietnam War. “Too hot!

White phosphorus: The new napalm? - Vietnam War

Too hot!” Wailed 9-year-old Kim Phuc as sticky napalm burned through her clothes and skin. Forty years ago this week, Kim Phuc was photographed running down the road away from her burning village after a South Vietnamese plane dropped incendiary weapons. The photograph, taken by Huynh Cong “Nick” Ut for Associated Press on June 8, 1972, became emblematic of the terrible impact on civilians of the U.S. -led bombing campaigns over Southeast Asia. In the decade that followed, the shocking consequences that napalm inflicted on civilians in Vietnam and elsewhere became a major factor motivating adoption of a new international law restricting the use of some incendiary weapons.

Today, children continue to endure the devastating impacts of incendiary weapons. Napalm is the most notorious incendiary substance, but it is only one of more than 180. White phosphorus munitions cause particularly severe injuries, including chemical burns down to the bone. Vegetable oils promote obesity. Soya oil, maiz oil and sunflower oil promotes weight gain.

Vegetable oils promote obesity

(Photo: Colourbox) A recent study suggests a close association between dietary omega-6 and the development of overweight and obesity. Omega-6 is a type of fat found in certain vegetable oils which is present in large amount in processed and junk food. New results from experiments using animal models show that a high intake of omega-6 led to overproduction of signalling compounds that stimulate the appetite, with the result that the animals ate more and developed obesity.

“People in the Western world are eating less and less fat, but at the same time our body weight is increasing, so the type of fats we eat would seem to mean more for developing overweight and obesity than just how much fat we consume,” says NIFES scientist Anita Røyneberg Alvheim. Increase in consumption of vegetable oils The fat-promoting effect of omega-6 was reduced when the feed was supplemented with marine omega-3.

More weight, not more food. Global Food Disparity: A Photo Diary. In an increasingly globalized world, it’s still sometimes shocking to see just how disparate our lives are compared with other human beings around the world. A book of photographs by Peter Menzel called "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" ("©Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com. Ten Speed Press, published in 2005) makes a relevant point with great irony: at a time when hundreds of millions of people don't have enough to eat, hundreds of millions more are eating too much and are overweight or obese. In observing what six billion eat for dinner the authors note, "Today, more people are overweight than underweight.

" It is these cultural differences, emphasized and reinforced by the author, which exemplifies the lifestyles and dietary habits of people around the world. You can buy the book here. Meet the The Manzo family of Sicily. Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07. Nearly Half of New U.S Veterans Are Seeking Disability. America’s newest veterans are filing for disability benefits at a historic rate, claiming to be the most medically and mentally troubled generation of former troops the nation has ever seen.A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related.

Nearly Half of New U.S Veterans Are Seeking Disability

That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.What’s more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.It’s unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Growing Fear Over Fukushima Fuel Pool 4 as Wall Bulge Detected.

A new bulge in the walls of the Fukushima Unit 4 nuclear plant has driven growing new fears over in Japan.

Growing Fear Over Fukushima Fuel Pool 4 as Wall Bulge Detected

The No. 4 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co.' S Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Saturday, May 26, 2012. New concerns have risen after its operator reported a bulging of the building's wall. (Toshiaki Shimizu/Japan Pool) [Yellow reactor containment dome at left background.] Attention has focused on Unit 4’s spent fuel pool because of the large number of assemblies filled with rods that are stored high above the ground at that severly damaged reactor building.

On Saturday Japan’s government sent Environment and Nuclear Minister Goshi Hosonoto to inspect Unit 4. Mr Hosono said the government accepted the Tokyo Electric Power Company's assurances that reinforcement work had shored up the building. But many Japanese have scoffed at such assurances and point out that the pool's cooling system has malfunctioned several times. LBM: Body Weight Simulator. Requirements for Running the Simulator The first time the simulator is launched on your computer, your web browser will request that the applet be given access to your computer.

LBM: Body Weight Simulator

This is required so that simulation results can be cut and pasted from the tabulated data. The simulator requires that Java is installed to run. Please download the free installerExternal Link Disclaimer. Mac users will find that Java has been disabled. Exit the browsergo to /Applications/Utilities in the Finder and click on Java Preferences.app (or type "open -a Java\ Preferences" in a terminal)click "Enable applet plug-in and Web Start Applications," and restart the browser. Accessibility and Section 508 Compliance The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the NIH Office for Intramural Research are committed to providing access to all individuals - disabled or not - who are seeking information from their programs.

For More Information. A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity. We spoke at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where Dr.

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

Chow, 49, gave a presentation on “Illuminating the Obesity Epidemic With Mathematics,” and then later by telephone; a condensed and edited version of the interviews follows. You are an M.I.T. -trained mathematician and physicist. How did you come to work on obesity? In 2004, while on the faculty of the math department at the University of Pittsburgh, I married. I didn’t even know what a calorie was. I could see the facts on the epidemic were quite astounding. The interesting question posed to me when I was hired was, “Why is this happening?” Why would mathematics have the answer? Because to do this experimentally would take years.

Now, prior to my coming on staff, the institute had hired a mathematical physiologist, Kevin Hall. However, the model was complicated: hundreds of equations. What new information did your equation render? We think so. Right. Mad Cow California. The downer dairy cow recently found stricken with mad cow disease in California was infected with an “atypical” strain. Such cases are thought to arise spontaneously, a notion the USDA seized upon to explain how the disease could arise despite their regulations. If anything, that fact highlights the weaknesses in the current feed rules. If mad cow disease can arise out of nowhere, then it’s even more important to close the loopholes and stop the feeding of cattle blood to calves and chicken manure to cows to prevent it from spreading. And what the USDAdidn’t mention about the atypical strain found in California is that there’s evidence it’s a more dangerous form of the disease The California cow died of a particularly virulent form of mad cow disease known as BASE, bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy, also known as L-type atypical BSE.

Then cats started dying. Just as one in a million people sporadically get CJD, evidence suggests one in a million cattle get atypical BSE. 4 Things Grosser Than Pink Slime. One way that nasty bacterial strains from factory farms make it to "the community"--i.e., you.Jez Page/Flickr The specter of "pink slime"—pureed, defatted, and ammonia-laced slaughterhouse scraps—has caused quite the uproar over the past six weeks.

(The latest: Propublica has a great explainer on pink slime and other filler products.) The current fixation on pink slime may well lead to the demise of the product; already, supermarket and fast-food chains and school cafeterias are opting to stop adding the stuff into their burger mixes. The company's maker, Beef Products International, has had to temporarily shut down three of its four plants in response to collapsing demand, which doesn't augur well for the company's long-term health. But I'm wondering if focusing on the ew-gross aspects of "lean, finely textured beef" (as the industry calls it) doesn't miss the bigger picture, which is that the meat industry's very business model is deeply gross. 1. 2. Then there's the antibiotics. 3.

Day becomes night in Brazil's 'cracklands' Reuters reports from Sao Paulo — When night falls, street crack marketplaces open for business. The gritty transactions of the drug trade take over in city neighborhoods that hum with legitimate commerce by day. Throngs of stupefied buyers crowd around dealers before skulking away behind the telltale glow of cigarette lighters. These are not the images that Brazil wants to project. Ricardo Moraes / Reuters A youth consumes crack on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro on March 19, 2012. Paulo Whitaker / Reuters A combination picture shows a street in Sao Paulo during the day and at night on March 19, 2012.

Lunae Parracho / Reuters A drug user consumes crack in the old center of Salvador da Bahia on March 19, 2012. Reuters photographers recently spent 24 hours in eight of those cities chronicling their "cracklands," as the neighborhoods have come to be known. Doctor Panels Urge Fewer Routine Tests. Antibiotic resistance genes accumulating in Lake Geneva. Daily chart: The Big Smoke. Generic Drugs Prove Resistant to Damage Claims. A depression community with articles, discussion and letterbox. Is Our Society Manufacturing Depressed People? Children's Stair Injuries Down Nearly 12% Mysterious hog farm explosions stump scientists. Truth about young people and drugs revealed in Guardian survey. New theory: CO2 makes you fat. Is It Safe To Eat 'Pink Slime'? : The Salt. Wild meat: Squirrel nutcase. The Toilet Paper - Today's Post. The "Pink Slime" in Your Kid's School Lunch. Dementia Behind Bars. Rise in Preschool Cavities Prompts Anesthesia Use. AntiSec Hacks Monsanto.

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