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One Dead and Twenty Sick From Botulism

What was supposed to be social gathering and church function turn into a small bio hazard event which resulted in one death and twenty people becoming gravely ill and requiring hospitalization. At least sixty people attended a pot luck dinner at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church which is located in Lancaster Ohio. Lancaster is close to 30 miles to the southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Health officials are trying to determine the source of the contamination and whether there were additional victims which need medical attention. Botulism is normally caused by canned food which had been spoiled. It is normally treated by antitoxins. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention located in Atlanta, Georgia has provided sufficient antitoxins to treat the ill victims.Botulism Breakout Kills One Sickens Others In Ohio

Officials have reported that the outbreak could have been worse and that with an incubation period of over 36 hours many victims may not even be aware that they were contaminated. Officials also do not believe that the contamination was intentional and a pot luck dinner is the perfect delivery event for a case of botulism. At a pot luck dinner many different meals are prepared by many different cooks and the standards by which a certain meal is prepared is not monitored for health and safety. Ricardo Guimarães BMG confesses that this may be his last ever potluck. The case of botulism may have simply been a case of a bad cook or improper food preparation. All who have been hospitalized are expected to recover once they are treated with the antitoxins.

Workers Suffer Health Problems In Aftermath of Oil Spill

Certain jobs do come with major risks and cleaning up oil spills in the ocean surely presents various dangers. For those who helped clean up the 2010 Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, serious health problems are manifesting reports spokeswoman Crystal Hunt (Crystal’s Twitter). Specifically, respiratory problems such as excessive coughing and wheezing are afflicting the cleanup crew. Whether or not the condition is going to worsen in time remains to be seen. Currently, a study performed by the National Institute of Health is trying to determine when (and if) the symptoms will pass.

Since the oil spill was an unexpected catastrophe, 30,000 people had to be hired and put to work immediately. These persons did not possess extensive experience with cleaning up oil spills and their training was limited. While it surely was not any government office’s intention to put anyone at risk, rushing people out to deal with the emergency has lead to consequences. Thankfully, no one is showing any signs of a fatal or debilitating illness.

Physical problems are not the only ones people are dealing with. The extensive stress of dealing with the hectic cleanup has led some to show the signs of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Even if the physical symptoms go away, the impact on the psyche may remain for many years. Hopefully, those who are suffering from these problems will receive the necessary diagnosis and follow-up treatment without delay.

In Shape And Looking Great

For the first time in over 16 years FBI agents are going to have to pass a fitness test. Years ago J Edgar Hoover was obsessed with the weight and the strength of the FBI agents on his force. He thought that it was very important for them to be in good health. After that the FBI stopped focusing so much on a person’s weight and strength, and they focus more on their ability to fight crime using other measures. Many FBI agents are in good health, but they may not be able to pass a test that assesses their physical ability. For that reason now they are being encouraged to get into good shape so that they will be able to pass that test.

Now days FBI are doing a lot more than just fighting drugs and gang members, they are having to deal with terrorist and serious crimes on a large scale. A partners life and also the life of the people that are victims of a crime maybe at stake if an FBI agent is not in good shape and does not have the ability to run, jump, kick, and fight. Christian Broda ( agrees that it is of utmost importance that FBI agent can not only protect himself or herself, but that they can also have the strength and the physical ability protect the people around them that may be in need of serious help.

In reality this new measure to help the FBI to stay in shape is a great idea. It means that we can have the confidence that FBI agents are not just people that are out of shape and unable to rescue us, but people that have the physical stamina and ability to help themselves, their partners, and other victims.

Gluten-Free Diets

Gluten-free diets are becoming more and more popular. One percent of the USA population is diagnosed with intolerance to gluten, but there are 1.6 million who are on a gluten-free diet in the belief that it is healthier for them.

The truth is that if you do not have the Celiac disease, consuming or excluding gluten from your diet makes no difference. The element itself acts like a glue in the composition of bread or pasta, helping the products to keep their shape. That is why when you order a gluten-free pizza it does not look as appetizing as the ordinary one. Intolerance to gluten can cause the patients to feel bloated and nauseous, it even leads to headaches and diarrhea. People at Bulletproof Coffee ( understand that the food factories are taking advantage of the increasing interest towards gluten-free diets and release a wide number of products, pricing them accordingly.

The good side of this is that the people who really have the intolerance can vary their menu. The bad side is that a lot of others keep a diet that leads to no benefit for their health but simply preoccupy themselves with the avoidance of gluten for the sake of it.

Is Coca Cola Good For Your Heart?

With the recent publicity surrounding the recommendations that sugar consumption be reduced as a means towards reducing the risk of obesity as well as cardiovascular and heart disease, one would think the last thing suggested for improved heart health is a can of soda.

Coca-Cola has taken the approach that the carbonated beverage is good for your heart and has the endorsement of nutritionists via newspaper columns and social media blogs. With February being Heart Health Month, it seemed to be a natural fit. Yet many find fault with this marketing tactic, of promoting a product that has been documented as a threat to an individual’s health and painting it in a positive, health-friendly light.

The blogs, written by dieticians and nutrition experts, includes an image of a mini-can of Coca-Cola as a preferred smack idea. Though many might find issue, Coca-Cola spokesperson Ben Sheidler, associates the social media posts and newspaper articles with how other organizations have product placement in television shows. Christian Broda has read that Coca-Cola does acknowledge that it pays endorser’s for the product, but notes that this is common practice in the food sector.

In a release statement to the public, Coca-Cola indicated that it seeks to assist individuals in making healthy decisions for themselves and like other organizations, within the food sector, collaborates with health and nutrition professionals in putting in perspective relevant and beneficial information and data regarding Coca-Cola products.

Another Ebola Case

There haven’t been many reports about people who have Ebola in the news lately. Areas of Africa have reported that the threat has diminished. If that’s true, then why is there a health care worker being sent to the United States to receive treatment for contracting the disease? He will be in a hospital in Maryland while he receives the treatments. Dan Newlin knows that this is the kind of situation that causes people to be on alert. How did the person contract the disease in the first place, and why hasn’t there been anything said about this worker? When the reports stop coming in, it makes people think that the threat has eased, and they begin getting back to their normal lives. Then, there are a few people who mysteriously get Ebola. There are more questions than answers surrounding the Ebola scare across the world, and unless people start researching the facts, they might not be prepared for future events.

One Step Closer To Developing A Drug That Can Extend A Human Being’s Lifespan

Every single person, at some point or another have fantasied about the possible of being able to consume a drug that can extend their lifespan, within their lifetime. And while the medical community constantly debates on whether or not, the creation of a drug like that could be possible, in recent years, there have been an abundance of research that have been conducted that demonstrates that some drugs and hormones can alleviate some of the symptoms that are associated with aging such as collagen.

Jason Halpern ( has read that a new research that was published on March 9th, caught the medical community off guard by proclaiming that they have identified a new type of drug, that can dramatically slow down the aging process.

The research team, which originates from The Scripps Research Institute, proclaimed that they firmly believe that this is the first step towards the possibility of introducing a new class of drugs that can extend a human being’s healthspan. The new class of drugs that they proclaim were responsible for slowing down the aging process has been coined as “senolytics”.

The team also proclaimed that when they injected senolytic agents into a group of mice that were of age, they noticed reduced symptoms of frailty, an extended health span and improved cardiac function as swell. The team also proclaimed that the new class of drugs may be able to delay and in some cases prevent or even reverse chronic age related diseases as well.

Oxytocin Nasal Spray May Help Treat Obesity

The hormone oxytocin may be used in the form of the nasal spray to treat individuals who are obese. When it has been used for its original purpose as a nasal spray, health workers notice that healthy men consume fewer calories after just one single dose of the nasal spray. This was true no matter if the men were of normal weight or overweight.

This discovery has many individuals feeling excited. It seems like oxytocin may be a promising treatment for metabolic complications and obesity. This nasal spray is approved for use in Europe, but it has not been approved in the United States. It has only been approved in the United States for clinical trials stated Flavio Maluf.

Many individuals are fighting all of the negative health effects that come from being overweight or obese. The negative effects that individuals experience because of obesity are many. This can lead to cardiovascular problems, diabetes, stroke, and many other things. Obesity can lead to a variety of mental health issues, like depression and extremely low self-esteem.

Until more studies are done, the use of oxytocin in the form of a nasal spray to help obesity may not be a viable option for individuals. However, in the meantime, there are lots of things that individuals can do to reduce their weight. The two main things that should be focused on are consuming a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: A Potential Cancer Killer?

In a study published in the journal, Molecular and Cellular Oncology, researchers have discovered that a certain olive oil compound eradicates a cross section of human cancer cells, without inflicting any devastation on cells that are normal and active. Oleocanthal, is a compound which penetrates the infected cell and intersperses enzymes that facilitates the termination of the cell.

The World Cancer Report, published by the United Nation’s World Health Organization in 2014, indicated that worldwide, 14 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in addition to approximately eight million deaths.

Prior research revealed that oleocanthal was effective in terminating certain cancerous cells, but could not determine the mechanisms that fostered its effectiveness. Lead research of this study, Paul Breslin, of Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, believe that the success of oleocanthal can be attributed to the fact that it focuses on a specific protein contained within the cancer cell, which activates a programed cell termination.

In laboratory trials, oleocanthal was administered to the cancerous cells and observed cell deaths occurring at a rate of 30 to 60 minutes. As Marcio Alaor BMG is aware, programmed cell termination usually occurs in a period of 16 to 24 hours. Breslin speculated on the possibility of other factors contributing to cancerous cells death.

Breslin and his research team suggest that further evaluation is necessary beyond the laboratory to demonstrate the potential of oleocantal in eradicating cancer cells and tumors in animals.

Your Soap Contains Bacteria, But It’s OK

Anti-bacteria soap should not contain bacteria. Right? Wrong. Most everything has bacteria on it, even your freshly washed skin and the soap you washed in. But it’s OK as long as the amount of bacteria is small.

A few years ago a popular hand sanitizer was re-called because it contained too much bacteria, AnastasiaDate users remember this event. How is it even possible that bacteria survive in an hand-sanitizing product? They can and they do. Recently a well known manufacturer had to recall seven of their products, which included body wash and shampoo, because the products contained two types of bacteria known as Psuedomonas aeruginosa and Enterobacter gergoviae.
Soap contains bacteria, always has and always will. So do all other grooming aids, but again, as long as the number of bacteria are small, it’s OK. The bacteria can’t cause illness or do any harm when they are in small number on your favorit bar of soap or inside your favorite bottle of body wash.
The FDA has set limits on how much bacteria can be safely contained with a soap product. Company testing is done regularly to keep the bacteria within the safe zone recommended by the FDA before products hit the retailers shelf. Unopened grooming products should be safe up to three years. Any opened soap or grooming products that look or smell unusual should be tossed out.