Not just the needles – Tattoo ink is connected to infections
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by: Ben
(NaturalNews) The pain associated with tattoos is usually geared toward the needles; this time, the ink is the culprit. At least 14 cases of skin infections have appeared in New York within the last year, and others have been found in Washington, Colorado and Iowa. When traced back to the original source, what appears to be the cause? Contaminated water.
The patients in these cases have turned up with what appears to be an allergic reaction: a rash at the site of the tattoo with a number of small red bumps. While an allergy to tattoo ink is possible, the symptoms examined have actually been diagnosed as cases of Mycrobacterium chelonae.
Mycrobacterium chelonae is a form of mycobacteria commonly found in nature, notably in drinking water. If left untreated, it can lead to various syndromes, such as lung disease, ocular disease and joint infections. It can also cause a secondary infection if it spreads. It has been noted that tattoo parlors may provide ointments for infection, but these ointments are unlikely to have the proper effect on this bacteria. Unfortunately, chlorination has no effect either.
Treatment and recovery takes at least six months, and the initial diagnosis is often difficult to pinpoint.
Tattoo artists sometimes dilute ink with distilled or purified water. One of the cases in Colorado linked an infection to a parlor with this unsterilized practice. In the New York cases; however, it was found that the artist’s procedures were not the cause. The investigation then moved to the manufacturers, and the bacteria was identified in samples taken. It is suspected the contamination occurred from unsafe practices or tainted ingredients.
Getting a tattoo has always posed various health risks. An artist should always use new, sterilized needles and wear surgical gloves. Parlors and workstations should be kept clean. This recent outbreak of infections demonstrates, though, that no matter how safe and clean a shop and its artists are, there is still always potential for complications. Those getting tattoos should be aware of the symptoms of Mycrobacterium chelonae and seek medical attention if they believe they may have been infected.
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Shock discovery: Bacteria found in public water comes from the treatment filters, not from the water source
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
The study, unique in its own right, took a broad look at the water supply in Ann Arbor, from source to tap. What researchers found is that most of the bacteria in water coming out of the tap did not come from the aquifers or rivers where it originated, but from filters at treatment plants designed to remove such bacteria. Researchers hope their findings lead to more sustainable water treatment processes that utilize fewer chemicals and result in tap water containing lower levels of byproducts that pose public health risks. They say their work could eventually provide engineers the ability to control the types of microbes in drinking water, thereby improving overall health like “live and active cultures” in yogurt.
The study, led by Lutgarde Raskin, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and which is published online in Environmental Science & Technology, spanned six months in which researchers took samples of drinking water at 20 points along its path from groundwater and Barton Pond sources, to a number of places along the water treatment cycle, and ending at tap sources. The team harvested bacteria from each sample then sequenced the bacterial DNA.
The researchers noted that tap water is loaded with bacteria, despite intensive filtering and disinfection processes from source to sink that occur in most of the developed world. But they add that’s not necessarily problematic, and in fact could serve as an opportunity to improve the process overall.
DHS using Boston subway system to test new sensors for biological agents
The idea that disease and infection might be used as weapons is truly dreadful, but there is plenty of evidence showing that biological weapons have been around since ancient times.
Bioterrorism is nothing new, and although medicines have made the world a safer place against a myriad of old scourges both natural and manmade, it still remains all too easy today to uncork a nasty cloud of germs. DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) has scheduled a series of tests in the Boston subways to measure the real-world performance of new sensors recently developed to detect biological agents.
DHS says that S&T’s Detect-to-Protect (D2P) Bio Detection project is assessing several sensors (made by Flir Inc., Northrop Grumman, Menon and Associates, and Qinetiq North America) to alert authorities to the presence of biological material. These devices with “trigger” and “confirmer” sensors have been designed to identify and confirm the release of biological agents within minutes.
30 percent of the U.S. population has genes for Celiac Disease
Monday, August 27, 2012 by: Jaqui Karr
(NaturalNews) “30 percent of the American population has the genes for Celiac Disease” Let’s not even superscript the source; that number comes from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Chicago, Celiac Disease Center (12.12.2011). So why is everyone under the impression that Celiac Disease affects only one percent of the population?
The one percent is one of many, many, many pieces of misinformation floating around and leaving millions susceptible to disease in the process. Besides being an outdated number, it is also referring to the number of people officially diagnosed with Celiac Disease (as of over a decade ago), not the millions of ticking time bombs walking around today with mystery ailments that they are not connecting to gluten.
As Celiac awareness began to rise, websites went up and slogans were built around that “1 in 133″ number and now everyone has gone with it. This has created a situation that is nothing short of dangerous and harmful.
Let’s look at two more hard facts: “97 percent of Americans estimated to have Celiac Disease are not diagnosed.”1
“Celiac Disease has over 300 known symptoms”1 (part of what makes it hard to diagnose).
That means there are a lot of people walking around feeling sick, tired, depressed, along with 300 other known disorders and they are not making the connection to gluten because they think Celiac Disease is “so rare.” It’s not rare at all; in fact, “Celiac Disease is one of the most common life-long disorders in both Europe and the U.S.”2
West Nile Hysteria: Calls Flood 911 Lines in Response to Mosquito Bites
Editor’s note: Corporate media spawned hysteria due to West Nile propaganda.
With hundreds of human cases of the West Nile Virus being reported across Texas and more than a dozen related deaths in North Texas it seems some people are overreacting and calling 911 when they’re bitten by a mosquito.
In short, health officials say a mosquito is not a health emergency.
“We understand peoples concerns regarding the West Nile Virus, but in the absence of any symptoms of West Nile then a simple mosquito bite is really not a reason for someone to call 911,” said Matt Zavadsky, public affairs director for MedStar Emergency Medical Services.
West Nile: they’re lying to you again
Friday, August 24, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport
(NaturalNews) The government PR machine has swung into high gear promoting West Nile disease. It’s a “national outbreak.” 1138 cases in 38 states. 41 deaths. Planes are spraying toxic aerial pesticides.
Never mind that the US Centers for Disease Control claims 36,000 people die every year from ordinary seasonal flu — and there are no announcements of an “epidemic” or an “outbreak.”
Never mind that the World Health Organization (WHO) claims between 250,000 and 500,000 people die every year from ordinary seasonal flu — and this isn’t called an “epidemic” or an “outbreak.”
If you added up the death count from all the hyped and predicted epidemics of the last decade, including West Nile, SARS, bird flu, weaponized smallpox, and Swine Flu, the total would come to about one year of deaths in the US from ordinary flu.
But who cares about facts? What’s important is how much fear can be generated. That’s the statistic that counts, when you’re talking about the CDC or WHO.
And when it comes to the public, it seems that some people feel a morbid attraction for viruses. Every time a new one is announced, they rub their hands together and say, “This is the big one! It’s going to spread like wildfire!”
Other people, involved in natural health, who reject huge amounts conventional medical wisdom, nonetheless make the mistake of buying the virus of the moment. They automatically accept it as real and then figure out how to treat it naturally. That can be a big mistake.
Have researchers ever actually isolated (found) the West Nile virus? You should be asking that question.
You should always question what the CDC tells you.
The deepest form of medical-research chicanery comes when scientists claim they’ve found a new virus and they haven’t. They haven’t nailed it down. They say they have, but that’s not true.
People have a hard time fathoming this. They will accept the fact that a medical drug touted as miraculous really causes heart attacks, strokes, and death, but for some reason The Virus is sacred territory. “Scientists would never lie about that.” Really? Why not?
Do you think discovering a new virus is like dipping a tweezer into a dish of liquid and picking out a little critter who is shaking his legs? And therefore, nobody can lie about it, because it’s either there or not? No, that’s not the way it works.
A new virus is discovered by taking a tissue sample suspected of harboring it; then that sample must be transferred to a fine filter that will trap the virus. That’s how the initial all-important isolation process is begun.
In the case of West Nile, this was attempted in 1999. It was called a success, but there was a major problem. As I stated in a previous article:
Researchers claim the West Nile virus is 0.04 micrometers. At the same time, they admit that the original fishing expedition for the virus employed filters that were 0.22 micrometers. The obvious conclusion? The filter was too porous. It was nearly six times larger than the virus.
In fact, Robert McLean, director of the National Wildlife Center of the US Geological Survey, told ABC’s Nick Regush, “We don’t have a purified form of the [West Nile] virus.”
A stunning admission.
The late ABC reporter, Regush, followed up on McLean’s pronouncement with this: “I find no evidence anywhere in the scientific literature that the rules of virus purification and isolation were thoroughly followed [in the case of the West Nile virus].”
People respond to these assertions with an accusatory tone: “Then what’s making people sick? Why are people dying?”
People getting sick and dying doesn’t necessarily have a connection to why health authorities are telling you they’re dying.
Researchers identify rare adult immune disease in Asia
Doctors have identified the disease as a syndrome that creates AIDS-like symptoms but say it’s not a virus, and it’s not contagious.
August 24, 2012 – HEALTH – Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified a new disease among people in Asia that causes AIDS-like symptoms but is not associated with HIV. The study, released in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday, found patients with the disease were making antibodies that attacked their immune systems. “We all make molecules and proteins in the body that tell our immune system how to function properly,” said Dr. Sarah Browne, a clinical investigator at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH and the lead author on the study. “They tell different immune cells when to turn on and when to start fighting infection,” she said. “We found a large number of the patients that we studied with serious opportunistic infections make an antibody that blocks the function of one of these molecules, which is interferon-gamma.” Without functioning interferon-gamma, people become more susceptible to certain types of infections — infections people with working immune systems normally don’t get, she said. The disease is being called an adult-onset immunodeficiency syndrome because it strikes adults. Cases date back to 2004, with most of them occurring in Thailand and Taiwan. The NIH has been studying the disease since 2005. “It’s rare — more prevalent over in Southeast Asia,” Browne told CNN. “But we have been diagnosing it here in the U.S. in individuals of Asian descent.” So far NIH has seen about 12 cases, all of them in people of Asian descent. According to Browne, most patients survive. There have been deaths in other countries, she said, but did not know how many. No one has died in the United States. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, says it’s important to note the disease is not contagious. “It is not a virus, that’s the first thing. It’s not a new AIDS-like virus,” Fauci said. “It’s a syndrome that was noticed and discovered in Asia where people get opportunistic infections similar to HIV/AIDS, but the cause of the syndrome is not an infection like HIV.” Fauci said researchers “found the people have an autoimmunity, where their bodies are making antibodies against a protein that’s important in fighting infection. The reason the body is making that antibody is unclear but it isn’t a virus like HIV that’s causing it,” he said. “It’s autoimmune disease, and people get secondary infections similar to AIDS.” The study was already in the early stages in 2009, when Kim Nguyen, a 62-year-old Vietnamese woman from Tennessee, came to NIH suffering from symptoms that would be linked to the mystery disease.
Mystery HIV-Like Virus Hits Asia, Cause Currently Unknown
Several people of Asian heritage in various parts of the world have been overwhelmed by AIDS-like symptoms…but are HIV-negative. Doctors don’t know why. What doctors do know is that this mystery disease is neither spread through a virus (as is AIDS) nor transferred from parent to child. The immune systems of those affected become compromised nevertheless, and patients cannot guard against germs as do healthy individuals.
Kim Nguyen, 62, for example, began to show strange symptoms later in life, such as a persistent fever, infections throughout her bones, and tuberculosis-like symptoms. “I felt dizzy, headaches, almost fell down. I could not eat anything.” She had visited Vietnam twice in 15 years.
Her physician, Dr. Carlton Hays, Jr., says, “She was wasting away from this systemic infection. She’s a small woman to begin with, but when I first saw her, her weight was 91 pounds, and she lost down to 69 pounds.”
After almost a year at the National Institutes of Health hospitals in Bethesda, Maryland, Nguyen says she feels great now. Still, doctors are a little closer to finding the cause of the mystery disease.
Diversion from HIV/AIDS
HIV—the virus responsible for AIDS—harms T-cells, which fight germs. This mystery disease, however, doesn’t attack those cells. Instead, it produces autoantibodies which block interferon-gamma, which helps the body eliminate infections.
“Fundamentally,” however, “we do not know what’s causing them to make these antibodies,” says Dr. Sarah Browne of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
After conducting research involving over 200 people in Taiwan and Thailand, Dr. Browne and others are calling this disease an “adult-onset” immunodeficiency syndrome because, as in Nguyen’s case, it develops later in life for unknown reasons. They have reason to believe that many cases are mistaken for tuberculosis in some countries.
The disease has proven sometimes immune to antibiotics, leading doctors to attempt several approaches including cancer drugs to suppress antibody production. Alternative healing methods have not yet surfaced.
Disease with AIDS-Like Symptoms Not Contagious
Researchers said they had identified the new mysterious disease that has affected many people throughout Asia, as well as some in the United States, with symptoms that are AIDS-like even though they do not have HIV.
The immune system of the patients becomes damaged and leaves them unable to fight off germs as healthy people can. What is triggering this has not been determined, but at least the affliction does not seem to be contagious.
This new disease is another type of acquired immune deficiency that occurs in adults and is not inherited. However, it is not spread like AIDS via a virus, said doctors and scientists studying the condition.
A study was done with researchers in Taiwan and Thailand where the majority of cases have been diagnoses since 2004. Researchers said there is the possibility that a specific infection could trigger it, even though the particular disease itself does not seem to move from person to person.
Usually the disease develops in humans around the age of 50, but is not passed down through generations or passed through families, meaning it is unlikely that only a single gene is responsible for the disease. Some of the patients inflicted with the disease have died due to infections that were overwhelming, including some Asians that lived in the U.S.
One patient who is 62 said she had felt sick for many years. She is Asian and has lived in the U.S. for 37 years, but visited Vietnam on two occasions. She had fever, bone infections and other strange symptoms. However, since being treated, she feels much better, but she had to spend over a year in the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
U.S. approves new once-a-day pill to treat HIV
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, August 27, 2012 19:09 EDT
WASHINGTON — A new pill to treat HIV infection — combining two previously approved drugs plus two new ones — has been approved for adults living with the virus that causes AIDS, US regulators said Monday.
The single daily dose of Stribild provides a complete treatment regimen for HIV infection, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.
“Through continued research and drug development, treatment for those infected with HIV has evolved from multi-pill regimens to single-pill regimens,” said Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
“New combination HIV drugs like Stribild help simplify treatment regimens.”
The new regimen, made by Gilead Sciences in California, was tested in more than 1,400 patients, in two double-blind clinical trials.
Results showed that Stribild performed as well or better than two other treatment combinations, and brought virus readings down to undetectable levels in around nine of 10 patients after 48 weeks.
The drug combines Truvada — another Gilead offering approved in 2004, that combines emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate to fight an enzyme that HIV needs to replicate — with elvitegravir, another enzyme-fighting drug, and cobicistat, which enhances the effects of elvitegravir.
The drug was tested in adult patients not previously treated for HIV. The FDA said further study is required to determine the drug’s safety for women and children, how resistance may develop, and whether the drug interacts with other drugs.
Sierra Leone cholera death toll rises to 217
Updated 9:54 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Humanitarian officials say the death toll from a cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone has risen to 217 people.
Oxfam said Thursday that the death rates in the West African country are almost double emergency thresholds.
Nearly 12,000 cases already have been reported and Oxfam said the number of people affected is “likely to increase significantly in the next month.”
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