Bill Gates: can we have an honest conversation about GMOs?


Some of the world's most powerful figures tout the benefits of GMOs, writes Stacy Malkan, but what's the real story? Facts on the ground expose the PR spin, half truths and outright propaganda that has come to dominate a public conversation that is not so much about engineering genes, but engineering truth for the benefit of multinational corporations.


The food industry's fight to stop Vermont from labeling genetically engineered foods is heading to the floor of the US Senate.

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A rise in the use of anti-depressant drugs among children is a concern, the World Health Organization has said.

A warning in 2004 brought a fall in use of the drugs, after fears that some could lead to suicidal behaviour.

But a new study shows that between 2005 and 2012 there was a 54% increase in the number of young people prescribed them in the UK.

It also showed rises in Denmark (60%), Germany (49%), the US (26%) and the Netherlands (17%) in the same period.

'Matter of concern'

World Health Organization (WHO) director of mental health Dr Shekhar Saxena said the research, published in the European Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, raises serious questions.

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There’s No Guarantee That Genetic Tests Are Accurate

Even those administered by doctors lack FDA oversight

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Bacteria in Our Gut Affects HIV -- Is There a Solution?



Across our bodies -- on our skin, in our mouth and nose, inside our intestines, on our genitalia, and in other places -- colonies of microorganisms flourish. We call these colonies of bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in and on our bodies the microbiota, or the microbiome. The largest microbiome colony lives in our gastrointestinal tract -- our gut -- and in healthy people, helps us do things like digest carbohydrates, produce vitamins and prevent harmful pathogens from flourishing. When there's a disruption to our gut microbiome, problems can arise.

Now, researchers are investigating how HIV and the microbiome are linked. At CROI 2016, and at a recent San Francisco General Hospital HIV Grand Rounds presentation, research was presented about how HIV and other things change the gut microbiome -- and if things like fecal microbial transplantation and probiotics can make it healthy again.

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Drug Abuse Deaths and the Associated Press

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Drug Abuse Deaths and the Associated Press


According to a January 2016 CDC report,1 over 47,000 Americans fatally overdosed on prescription opioid pain killers in 2014. This is a stunning fact. But almost as stunning is the apparent lack of concern expressed by the world's media when reporting it. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, for example, thought it worth a mere 214 words.2 NBC News was obviously more excited and pushed their coverage to a hefty 223 words.3 And even those who pushed their word totals up slightly higher ignored the real stories hidden behind the headlines.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the CDC report in detail--which virtually no news service did--and then explore the backstory that was pretty much ignored outside of a couple of surprising journalistic players. And finally, I want to take a look a stunning twist to the story that absolutely no one looked at but that to my mind is really the most important takeaway from the whole debacle.

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Public Health Officials Know: Recently Vaccinated Individuals Spread Disease

Washington, D.C., March 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to "Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated," and to "Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit."1

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Togo Meningitis Deaths Rise to 70, More Than 860 Cases Reported

The death toll from a meningitis outbreak in Togo rose to 70 as the government attempted to halt the disease by vaccinating more than 233,000 people, a health official said.

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Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism.

Singh VK1, Lin SX, Newell E, Nelson C.

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Department of Biology and Biotechnology Center, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322, USA. singhvk@cc.usu.edu


Abstract

Autoimmunity to the central nervous system (CNS), especially to myelin basic protein (MBP), may play a causal role in autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder. Because many autistic children harbor elevated levels of measles antibodies, we conducted a serological study of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and MBP autoantibodies. Using serum samples of 125 autistic children and 92 control children, antibodies were assayed by ELISA or immunoblotting methods. ELISA analysis showed a significant increase in the level of MMR antibodies in autistic children. Immunoblotting analysis revealed the presence of an unusual MMR antibody in 75 of 125 (60%) autistic sera but not in control sera. This antibody specifically detected a protein of 73-75 kD of MMR. This protein band, as analyzed with monoclonal antibodies, was immunopositive for measles hemagglutinin (HA) protein but not for measles nucleoprotein and rubella or mumps viral proteins. Thus the MMR antibody in autistic sera detected measles HA protein, which is unique to the measles subunit of the vaccine. Furthermore, over 90% of MMR antibody-positive autistic sera were also positive for MBP autoantibodies, suggesting a strong association between MMR and CNS autoimmunity in autism. Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism.

Copyright 2002 National Science Council, ROC and S. Karger AG, Basel

PMID:
12145534   
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12145534

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EXCLUSIVE: How Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world:

Patients are over-medicated and often given profitable drugs with 'little proven benefits,' leading doctors warn
  • Queen's former doctor, Sir Richard Thompson, has backed new campaign
  • Experts calling for urgent public enquiry into drugs firms' 'murky' practices
  • They say too much medicine is doing more harm than good worldwide
  • And claim many drugs such as statins are less effective than thought


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Obama, Robert Califf and FDA's conflict of interest

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Obama's Pick to Lead FDA Nears Senate Confirmation

Clinical trials expert Robert Califf clears major hurdle despite some lawmakers' concerns about industry ties


After a five-month delay, the US Senate is finally poised to vote on the nominee to head the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cardiologist and clinical trials expert Robert Califf.

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