Apple iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies

Does Apple pursue DNA data?

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Apple Has Plans for Your DNA: The iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies. Illustration by Sarah Mazzetti

Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

One issue facing Apple is whether consumers are even interested in their DNA. So far, most people still have no real use for genetic data, and common systems for interpreting it are lacking as well. “In 10 years it could be incredibly significant,” says Lyon. “But the question is, do they have a killer app to interact with their [DNA] quickly and easily.”

Read Apple Has Plans for Your DNA,
by Antonio Regalado on MIT Technology Review, May 5, 2015.

One Year with Stilbosol, what has it meant?

DES advert, FFA National Future Farmer, 1956

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Stilbosol patenting turned the cattle feed industry upside down in the mid fifties with its phenomenal use by the farmers.
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Say No to Recycling Toxic Chemicals into New Products

Toxic recycling contaminates our homes! STOP it now!

This post content is published by IPEN – a global network of public interest organizations working to eliminate toxic substances.

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African countries expressed deep concern regarding the EU proposal to recycle products containing toxic flame retardants into new products such as children’s toys, food containers and soft furnishings.

Geneva, 8 May 2015: The EU has pushed dangerous cleanup standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and OctaBDE) at a UN meeting of chemicals treaties in Geneva, Switzerland. All three toxic chemicals are listed in the Stockholm Convention for global elimination. They are ubiquitous in the environment globally and can disrupt human hormone systems, creating potential adverse effects on the development of the nervous system and children’s IQ.

African countries expressed deep concern regarding the EU proposal to recycle products containing toxic flame retardants into new products such as children’s toys, food containers and soft furnishings.

We do not want toxic chemicals recycled into toys for African children and we do not think EU children should be playing with them either,” said Tadesse Amera, PAN Ethiopia. “The EU already sends us ewaste and now it seems they want to increase our toxic burden.”

The EU proposal will allow toxic recycled products to be used by EU consumers and, then exported to developing countries as waste, transferring the toxic burden from richer countries to poor countries where the capacity to deal with contaminated waste is limited and where they will potentially add to health problems and hamper poverty reduction.

Ironically, the waste cleanup limit for PCBs and other substances already listed in the treaty is 20 times safer than the current EU proposal for flame retardants, despite the fact that they are all similarly toxic. Expert advisors to the EU noted that under the EU proposal, none of the current PentaBDE wastes would qualify for cleanup. The EU appears to be designing a standard to avoid cleanup actions on the world’s most toxic chemicals.

Jindrich Petrlik from Arnika Association said, “As an EU-based public interest NGO we find it shameful to see the EU violating the integrity of the Stockholm Convention, and putting economic interests before human health and the environment. This is poisoning the circular economy.”

Thimerosal in Vaccines and Autism

About the vaccines mercury-containing preservative ‪‎Thimerosal‬ …

Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else.

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National Women’s Health Week

What steps should you take for good health?

May 14-20, 2017 #NWHW

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Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.

About National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on womens’s health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.

The 18th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on May 14, and is celebrated until May 20, 2017.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

How can I participate in National Women’s Health Week?

New blood test screening technique could pick up twice as many women with ovarian cancer

New ovarian cancer blood test is promising – but screening still a way off

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A new screening test that tracks changing levels of a protein in the blood can detect twice as many ovarian cancers as conventional methods, research has shown.

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL.

The method uses a statistical calculation to interpret changing levels in women’s blood of a protein called CA125, which is linked to ovarian cancer. This gives a more accurate prediction of a woman’s individual risk of developing cancer, compared to the conventional screening method which uses a fixed ‘cut-off’ point for CA125. The new method detected cancer in 86% of women with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer (iEOC), whereas the conventional test used in previous trials or in clinical practice would have identified fewer than half of these women (41% or 48% respectively).

The results come from analysis of one arm of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS), the world’s largest ovarian cancer screening trial, led by UCL and funded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, Department of Health and The Eve Appeal. The trial involved 202,638 post-menopausal women aged 50 or over who were randomly assigned to two different annual screening strategies (multimodal screening or transvaginal ultrasound) or no test at all.

Sources and more information
  • New screening technique could pick up twice as many ovarian cancer cases, University College London, 5 May 2015.
  • New ovarian cancer blood test is promising – but screening still a way off, cancerresearchuk, May 5, 2015.
  • New ovarian cancer test twice as effective as existing methods, guardian, 4 May 2015.

Ordonnance Distilbène 1968.02.07

Regardez le Diaporama, et l’album de photos “DES adverts” sur Flickr.

Le DES, finalement inefficace pour prévenir les fausses couches, a été retiré des ventes en 1971 aux USA. En France, le Distilbène a continué d’être prescrit jusqu’ en 1977, soit six ans après les Etats-Unis d’Amérique! Alors, quelle est la responsabilité des médecins?

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The Rise of Superbugs Resistant to Antibiotics

How the deadly misuse of antibiotics is threatening our world

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The Full Rose Moon 14th #FullMoonEngageMe #SocialMedia Event on #EmpireAvenue #SocialNetworking

June 1-5 2015, join our free social media event taking place at each Full Moon.

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In June 2015, between the 1st and the 5th, join our free social media event taking place at each Full Moon – via #EAv – and give a boost to your social networking! Full Rose Moon (or strawberry moon) image via Stephen Little.

The Full Rose Moon

In June‘s month, there was usually a very small window where tribes could plant and harvest strawberries, giving its full moon the name Strawberry Moon.
June’s full moon is sometimes referred to by Europeans as the Rose Moon, while other cultures named it the Hot Moon for the beginning of the summer heat.

14th #FullMoonEngageMe Schedule

Our free event will start on Monday the 1st of June 2015 at +/- 07:00 UTC and will last until Friday the 5th at +/- 24:00 in HERE.

What is this about?

Our 1st #FullMoonEngageMe event launched in May 2014… Grab a unique opportunity to super charge your social networking by meeting and connecting with top social media engagers on Empire Avenue and beyond. Time for some “serious buzz” and serious FUN!

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Avalanche of unnecessary medical care harming patients physically and financially

Overkill, annals of health care

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Millions of Americans get tests, drugs, and operations that won’t make them better, may cause harm, and cost billions. What can we do about it asks Atul Gawande, surgeon and public-health researcher. Image by Anna Parini.

Virtually every family in the country, the research indicates, has been subject to overtesting and overtreatment in one form or another. The costs appear to take thousands of dollars out of the paychecks of every household each year. Researchers have come to refer to financial as well as physical “toxicities” of inappropriate care—including reduced spending on food, clothing, education, and shelter. Millions of people are receiving drugs that aren’t helping them, operations that aren’t going to make them better, and scans and tests that do nothing beneficial for them, and often cause harm.

Why does this fact barely seem to register publicly?

Read Overkill, newyorker Annals of Health Care, MAY 11, 2015.