Fighting Diseases

Fear and Money

Recent reports that diseases, once thought to no longer be a threat, were on the rise, caught many people off guard. But none more so than the upper middle class. People with money, living in their own world were shaken to their very foundation when faced with the fact that their child was vulnerable to a disease that many knew nothing about.
Then instead of talking to their doctor, they listen to the conspiracy theorists, twitter, and Google and fear runs amok. Brian Torchin realizes that these medicines have been protecting us here in America for more than 50 years. They were designed to save and protect our lives when we were children and now the lives of our children and grandchildren. The people who worked, and researched and studied these diseases and the vaccines, had children too, they had a stake in the success of these vaccines. Fear is an ugly guest and the way to fight it, is through knowledge, and not focusing on the negative information. Negative will always be there, not saying ignore it, balance it. These diseases are preventable as we know but money cannot prevent them, only vaccines can. Children should not be victims of their parents fears and phobias, they’ll have enough of their own to deal with when they grow up.

Scientists Discover a Possible Cure for Ebola

A recent study revealed a promising treatment for the Ebola virus when scientists were able to cure monkeys who were infected with the deadly disease.

The treatment targets one specific strain of the virus called Makona, the most common form of the virus in West Africa. There were six monkeys involved in the experiment, all were originally infected with the disease, when three monkeys that received the new treatment, known as TKM-Ebola-Guinea, showed no symptoms 28 days later. The other three monkeys, who were given no treatment, died.

The new drug has not been tested on humans yet, and there is still no cure for deadly virus that has caused worldwide concern in recent months. Ebola has killed over 10,000 people, with tens of thousands more becoming ill. Flavio Maluf ( that it is the deadliest outbreak of the virus in more than 30 years. So, scientists are hopeful because this is the first time any drug has shown a complete cure rate when tested on animals. Of course, extensive testing must be conducted before the treatment is available to the medical community.

Facebook, Privacy and Rare Illness

Everything posted online could one day become subject to public scrutiny. Yet, people still post personal details daily because social networks like Facebook market to them to do so because those networks make money off of selling ads based on user content and behavior.

Although Facebook promotes its privacy measures, such as custom audience and Closed and Secret group options, it does not actually protect users in any way. Beyond rampant “accidental” privacy switches that randomly turn private posts into public ones, information posted in Closed and Secret groups can be easily recorded by anyone who is a member of those groups.

Facebook is under scrutiny in several countries for its tracking practices. Now, users are demanding that it be taken to task for its failure to protect people who use groups.

Why is this important?

Sam Tabar knows that many people with rare illnesses have no access to support groups except through social networks. Facebook has benefited from being promoted in the news as a provider of a communication platform for people who need group-oriented support for mental or physical health issues. Yet, any private group member can abuse the site to gather health data about group members, including journalists, doctors, insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, researchers, et cetera. In an offline covered entity group setting, this type of trust breach would fall under HIPAA. Online, users are told it is their fault for opening up about themselves.

Measles Is One Of The Top Killers Of Small Children In The World

According to the Global Burden of Disease study, published in Lancet, measles is among the top ten killers of children under 5. In 2013, 82,100 children under 5 died from measles around the world. More small children died from measles than they did from AIDS, road accidents, or drowning.

The number one killer of children under 5 was lower respiratory infections like pneumonia, which caused over 700,000 deaths in 2013. Malaria caused the second-greatest number of deaths. The rest of the causes, in descending order, were diarrhea, nutritional deficiencies, birth defects, meningitis, measles, drowning, road accidents and AIDS.

In the developing world, measles is a lethal disease that kills 225 children a day. Globally, measles kills 145,000 people a year — and over half of those victims are small children. In some extremely poor areas, the disease kills 10 percent of its victims.

According to the World Health Organization, a measles vaccine costs about a dollar, while treating it costs $11,000 per case in the United States. 113 countries have higher vaccination rates than the United States does.

Susan McGalla knows that the measles vaccine is extremely effective and has eradicated the disease in those countries that have it. Find more on McGalla at Consequently, people in the United States and some other countries have forgotten how deadly measles can be. That ignorance has allowed the anti-vaccine movement to gain traction, despite their unfounded fears about the vaccines.

Fighting a Bug

There have been two people who have died in California as the result of a superbug. As if dealing with the flu, the threat of Ebola and measles isn’t enough, there is now a superbug that people in the country have to worry about. This superbug is resistant to antibiotics. There have been almost 200 people who could have been exposed, so the fate of those people is now left in the hands of this bug that seems to be stubborn. But, it was reallly Gianfrancesco’
s comments that he posted to an article on the behalf of trade.nosis, that describes an even worse situation where there people who have contacted the bu did so in  a hospital!  A hospital is supposed to be a place to go to get better when you are sick, not a place to go to get sicker. When a hospital knows that there are tools that cause infections and illnesses, then the hospital should do everything possible to try to treat those patients who have their lives altered, even if it’s for a short period of time.

A Television Engineer Discovers a Cure for Cancer

A retired television engineer named John Kanzius may have stumbled across a cure for cancer. He has been fighting his own cancer for six years. Now, he has accidentally started fighting for everyone else too.

Kanzius’ discovery happened during his research on radiowaves. He realized that exposing SWNTs (single-walled nanotubes) to radiofrequency waves would heat them up enough to destroy them. If they are inside another cell they will take that cell down with them when they die. Kanzius knew it would be a great idea but he had no idea how to get the SWNTs inside of a cancer cell.

That is where researchers for the American Cancer Society stepped in. They played around with Kanzius’ discovery until they figured out a way to implant the cells. The answer is gold and lasers.

Instead of SWNTs, they used lasers to put gold tubes inside cancer cells. The same concept worked with these tubes as they did on the carbon versions. As soon as the golden tubes heated up, they destroyed the diseased tumor cells around them.

From what Susan McGalla has learned, these tests were done on lab mice and rabbits. Find more on McGalla at No human trial has been attempted yet but it is only a matter of time. Kanzius’ accidental discovery may save his life and the lives of thousands of others with the same life threatening cancers. His story shows that anyone can make a difference. Cancer can be fought.

Poor Balance May Be Indication Of Possible Brain Disease

Scientists have done a study to determine risks of dementia or stroke. Their studies have found a link between these conditions and the ability to balance oneself. Not being able to balance on one leg for more than 20 seconds is associated with ‘silent’ strokes.

A researcher from Japan conducted a study showing the ability to balance on one leg is an important test to determine the health of the brain. Poor balance should be looked at as this may be an indication for increased risk of brain disease according to a few people like Jared Haftel.

A study done on 53 year old men and women had them do a balance test. They were asked to stand on one leg for more than 10 seconds; and a second test had them sitting down and standing up from a chair. The men were asked to perform this action 37 times in a minute and the women were asked to do it 35 times in a minute.

Standing on one leg is a simple test to measure the postural instability. Not being able to balance may be due to brain abnormality.

To Vaccinate or Not, The Tale of Grand Traverse County

“I don’t want my child vaccinated” she said. Another mother chimed in with the same sentiment, then another, and another and another until the parents made Grand Traverse County in Michigan the place with the highest reported incidents of whooping cough in decades.

Not a good claim to fame.

Skout reports that while it is the parent’s right to say if their child will or will not receive the vaccination to protect the child from contacting whooping cough, it’s also the prerogative of the medical community to say “I told you so” to the parents who opted out of having their child vaccinated and then their child became sick with whooping cough.

Within this Michigan school district 14 school building in Grand Traverse County have reported children with confirmed cases of whooping cough. Whooping cough is a serious respiratory infection that causes uncontrollable and violent outbursts of coughing and makes it difficult to breathe, often resulting in death for infants and young children.